Chloe + Emmylou’s mum bought them a 22nd birthday trike tour. She bought Gift Vouchers for each of them so they could pick a date and time. Today was it and what a glorious day! A perfect day for a 2.5 hour tour around Sydney. Firstly, they did the Eastern Panorama tour and then the 3 Bridges tour.
Our trike rider Craig, picked them up at Circular Quay. We emailed a map and directions on how to get to the pick up point. It’s very easy.
After riding east through the city, they arrived at the infamous Kings Cross. It’s the ‘red light’ district of Sydney. Once it was full on though it has calmed down a lot since it’s heyday. Home of the famous and huge Coca Cola sign. Kings Cross is also home to nightclubs and ladies of the night though it is not nearly as raunchy as it was in the 1970s (apparently).
Watsons Bay and The Gap
Continuing on, they rode through the posh eastern suburbs of Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay, Rose Bay and Watsons Bay. Here, they stopped at “The Gap” for photos. The view towards North Head and out to the South Pacific Ocean. Watsons Bay sits on the end of the South Head peninsula.
We then rode via Dover Heights to North Bondi Headland. They stopped for a stretch, some photos and to see the view. It has a stunning view which looks south, down the coastline and to the famous Bondi Beach. It’s probably the most famous beach in the world. The beach is seriously nice (but not our favourite) and we usually stop near the lifeguard station, made famous by the TV series “Bondi Rescue”. Bondi Beach is one of the most visited tourist sites in Australia.
Next, the headed west and back into the city. So far, the 22nd birthday trike tour was a blast! Their Mum had organised the itinerary and it included the 3 Bridges tour.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was the first bridge they rode over. We always tell our passengers to look up and enjoy the unique view. The more than 6,000,000 rivets are so interesting and the arch is so iconic.
Next, they rode past Kirribilli House. Kirribilli House is the secondary official residence of the Prime Minister of Australia. After that, they rode around the corner to Jeffrey Street Wharf. From here, the views across Sydney Harbour towards the Sydney Opera House and the CBD are magnificent. In addition, it also has an up-close view of the side and underneath of the bridge. A perfect place to stop for photos.
The Kirribilli Loop
They rode under the north side of the bridge and continued on their tour. The underside of the northern end of the SHB – Sydney Harbour Bridge – is very interesting. The Kirribilli Loop was finished by riding past Luna Park and the North Sydney Olympic Pool.
They continued riding on through North Sydney and Crows Nest before joining River Road. It is a fun road to ride on. River Road leads to Burns Bay Road which, in turn, leads to another bridge but not one of the main three.
Fig Tree Bridge, Tarban Creek Bridge, Gladesville Bridge
The Fig Tree Bridge opened in 1963 and spans the Lane Cove River. After that bridge, they continued on and crossed the second of the bridges Tarban Creek Bridge. This spans Tarban Creek, likewise, it has nice views east to the Harbour Bridge. Then they got to bridge #2 of the main 3 Bridges, the Gladesville Bridge. It has wonderful views along Parramatta River towards the Harbour Bridge and the city.
This bridge is on the main arterial thoroughfare of Victoria Road. They travelled along for a short while before turning off into the inner west suburb of Drummoyne. Following the shoreline of Iron Cove, which is part of the Parramatta River, they saw some lovely water views. It is part of the 7 km long Bay Run. So far, the 22nd birthday trike tour beat all expectations.
Our favourite bridge is the ANZAC Bridge. We think it is incredible, a work of art and design. It is main bridge #3. Similarly, it is also great to see without a roof over your head inhibiting the view.
Most noteworthy, the stay cable design concept development and final design for the new bridge were carried out by the Roads & Traffic Authority of NSW. Finally, the bridge was opened to traffic on 03 December 1995 as the Glebe Island Bridge.
The bridge was given its current name on Remembrance Day in 1998 to honour the memory of the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (known as Anzacs) who served in World War I.
However, the 2.5 hours was up so Craig dropped our passengers back at Circular Quay. The passengers thought the 22nd birthday trike tour was fantastic. A fabulous birthday present they could share and a great way to see parts of the city only the locals know about. https://www.trolltours.com.au/product/three-bridges-trike-tour/