A couple of photos of Central Station.
An arriving tram.
We left the bus at the terminus and were confronted with a howling wind. As we strolled towards the sea, down came a heavy shower and we took refuge in a shopfront. In spite of the weather I could see La Perouse had potential as a very nice spot. Across the water is the container crane infrastructure of Port Botany and fuel storage tanks.
Here is a photo by and of Port Botany. La Perouse can be seen in the distance under the gap between 'Port' and 'of'.
The Boat House looked interesting so we popped in. In such weather the deck was of course closed. We had a mind to eat, but was another one of those places to take mum for lunch on her birthday and booked out. We did have coffee there in a separate area.
Laperouse was French explorer and the local museum exhibitions are mostly related to him. It was reasonably interesting and I learnt quite a lot about him. The building had been housing for cable station staff, a Salvation Army refuge for women and children and as housing for nurses and soldiers. The anchor was retrieved from the see floor where the two Laperouse expedition ships sank off Solomon Islands.
I liked this map showing the discovered and undiscovered Australian coastline.
The tram to La Perouose turned to go back to the city using a loop. Up until recently, the replacement bus service used the loop but I understand it has gone and the bus now turns around at a roundabout. I believe it was a smaller circle than the road around the central island. What is the island off the shore?
When we were in the bus on the way to La Perouse, I momentarily pondered as we travelled past relatively new areas why a tram would run all this way, into what then was probably sandy scrub. It was of course as many Sydney trams lines did, to take people to the beach. The beach on a nice day here would be very pleasant. It is said to be shallow and quite safe, but it really did not feel like that on this bad weather day.
From your left, the museum, the sentry tower and the war memorial.
The island is called Bare Island and although you can use the bridge and clamber around below the walls, an entry fee must be paid to go within the walls.
The waves were very strong, crashing onto the rocks a cresting in the open. Above the water line you can see the yellow of a kite surfer. They went back and forward across the rough water. They must have been very skilled.
Sentry tower or as it is called, Barrack Tower.
The couple had walked from Bare Island to take some photos on the leeward side of the tower.
There is a long tradition of snake shows at La Perouse and they still happen every Sunday.
I not like and kept my distance from the fence. This is a red bellied black snake. It was shown to us that the underside of the snake is more crimson than red.
We only saw the 1.30 show because the scheduled bus did not turn up to depart on time. A bus arrived, the driver got out, locked the bus and disappeared. We stayed in the shelter out of the wind and the bus took off, so we had to wait for the next one, which was equally due no doubt to bus diversions in the city and congestion.
The L94 took us back to Oxford Street using Anzac Parade all the way. A short spur line used to run off the road into Long Bay Gaol, but now the gaol is right up to the road and nothing more than a bustop is needed. We then caught the 380 to Bondi Junction and had a nice lunch in The Cosmopolitan Coffee Lounge. Time to head back to the hotel but where on earth is bus stand N? Signs pointed up, down and all around and we could not find it. Eventually we discovered it outside the transport interchange. The next stop at the beginning of Oxford Street would have been the sensible place to catch the bus, had we known. Trams once ran along Oxford Street and are remembered by this faux track along the mall.
Somewhere along the way we sighted the harbour. In the evening we dined at long established Tandoori Palace. Tomorrow will be our last full day in Sydney. Where did we go? Another bus along an old tram route to arguably Sydney's best beach.