The time out trike tour was just what was needed. Both our passengers work long hours and don’t get much time to just relax. Gabriella has done a few trike tours with us over the last few years, mostly she went with her mum who loves the trike tours. She has also been on a Harley, just herself, which helped clear the cobwebs and feel better again. This time she took her partner.
We had fantastic time!
Shayne thoroughly enjoyed the ride and found it so relaxing because he hasn’t really had any time out to do like this. He said thank you and he would love to do another one!
Thank you for pictures, brilliantly done.
Inner Sydney suburbs
Our trike rider picked them up from an inner suburb of Sydney and took them on a tour along the coast of the eastern suburbs. Firstly, they rode through Surrey Hills to Bondi Beach. This route took them past the lovely Moore Park and Centennial Park.
Moore Park was founded as a recreation ground in 1866 to assuage pressure from the people of Sydney for a public space for outdoor activities and organised sports. The park quickly became the focus for major sporting events and entertainment facilities with the founding of Sydney’s first Zoological Gardens on the site in 1879 (the zoo included a bear pit and elephant house), the construction of the Royal Agricultural Society Showground, and the opening of the Australian Golf Club’s first course in 1882.
Moore Park adjoins Centennial Park. Riding through the huge Centennial Park, it is a lovely experience, they stopped for photos at one of the ponds. 120 fields and venues, and 35+ different sports played in the Centennial Parklands. It is the largest community sports precinct in Australia! The history is also interesting: “Originally a swamp and then set aside as land for the water source for Sydney. Centennial Park was reconstructed as a public park and opened in 1888. Sir Henry Parkes’ vision was to create a ‘People’s Park’ in which the citizens of Sydney could ‘take in the air’ away from the Sydney town centre.”
Further east they came to the famous Bondi Beach. home of the world famous tower of the Bondi Lifeguards of the Bondi Rescue TV series. When in Sydney it is one of the places you should visit. 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. Bondi Beach is recorded by the Australian Museum that Bondi means place where a fight using boondi sticks (nullas nullas or fighting sticks) took place.
Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly
Riding further south, along more beautiful, though possibly less well known, beaches. The suburb of Tamarama has a small ocean beach about 1 kilometre south of Bondi Beach and a couple of hundred metres north of Bronte Beach. It is an extremely narrow beach and deceptive for its size. Tamarama Beach is often referred to as Glamarama (or Glamourama), owing to the alleged abundance of glamorous people who sunbathe (often topless), on what must be one of the smallest strips of sand in the state (Wikipedia). So far, the trike tour for surprise birthday is a huge success.
Bronte Beach sits on Nelson Bay, surrounded by Bronte Park. Bronte offers scenic cliff-top walking paths south to Coogee via the Waverley Cemetery and north to Tamarama and Bondi Beach. Clovelly Beach is a small and tranquil beach located at the end of a narrow bay. All these beaches are beautiful and great places to swim. So far, taking the time out trike tour was so worthit. The passengers were having fun and had seen many beautiful sights even with the grey sky.
Next is Coogee Beach where they stopped for a coffee and a stretch. Another beautiful beach and slightly more famous than the previous beaches, due to a well know hotel in Coogee. The name Coogee is said to be taken from a local Aboriginal word koojah which means “smelly place”. Another version is koo-chai or koo-jah, both of which mean “the smell of the seaweed drying” in the Bidigal language, or “stinking seaweed”, a reference to the smell of decaying kelp washed up on the beach. Coogee was gazetted as a village in 1838. The first school was built in 1863, and the building was converted into the Coogee Bay Hotel in 1873 (Wikipedia).
The next beachside suburb they rode through was Maroubra. It is a local Aboriginal word meaning place of thunder. In 2006, Maroubra Beach became the second Australian beach to be named a National Surfing Reserve. Maroubra Beach stretches for approximately 1 km on Maroubra Bay.
The little known Little Bay area was first used as a sanitation camp during Sydney’s smallpox outbreak in 1881–82, to isolate the healthy contacts of sufferers of the disease. Also, bubonic plague in Sydney of 1900 and then again when soldiers returning from Europe brought the influenza virus back in 1919. Little Bay was an ideal location because it was isolated from settlements but still close enough to Sydney.
This beautiful peninsula in Sydney’s southeast is where Captain Arthur Phillip’s First Fleet initially landed in 1788, before deciding to settle at Sydney Cove. La Perouse is named after a French explorer who arrived in Botany Bay a week after the First Fleet. Nearby is the 1880s-built Bare Island Fort, which you might recognise from the Tom Cruise film Mission Impossible 2.
However, the 2 hours was three quarters of the way through, so Brian turned around and headed “inland” back to their home. On conclusion, the time out trike tour was just what they needed. To forget about life for a while, relax and have some fun while doing so.