The racegoers Harley transfer tour was organised by Matt for himself and 4 mates. In Sydney to have a holiday and win big at the races, they thought it would be fun to get there by Harley. It was! Unfortunately, it was raining but they still had fun and enjoyed the tour. We picked them up from the Coogee Bay Hotel and dropped them off at Randwick Races via Bondi Beach.
The name Coogee is taken from a local Aboriginal word koojah which means “smelly place” owing to the amount of seaweed that can collect on the beach. But daily beach cleaning by Randwick City Council staff keeps the beach in pristine condition year-round.
Coogee Bay Hotel
Firstly, our Harley riders met up with the passengers at the Hotel. For 150 years, Coogee Bay Hotel has hugged the stunning coastline of Coogee Beach. There’s always been a playground in these heritage buildings. Coogee Bay Hotel was a school in the 1860s, before conversion to a hotel in 1873. Now it is a local favourite which brings visitors and locals together (from their website).
Bronte Beach and Tamarama Beach
Next, they rode north to Bronte Beach and then further north to the tiny but picturesque Tamarama Beach. It’s lovely to look out to the South Pacific Ocean from any of the beaches. So far, the racegoers Harley transfer tour was interesting, scenic and fun!
Further north they came to the famous Bondi Beach. Here they stopped for photos (where this photo was taken) and why not with this view! On the left of this photo is the the world famous tower of the Bondi Lifeguards of the Bondi Rescue TV series. They stopped at the famous Bondi Beach for photos. 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.
Next, they headed south west through Waverley. It’s a posh, historic suburb. Waverley takes its name from a home built there in 1827. It was named Waverley House, after the title of the owner’s favourite book, Waverley, by author Sir Walter Scott.
Finally, they rode 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.”
Finishing the Harley tour at Randwick Racecourse was fun except for the heavy rain! The racecourse dates back to 1833. Until then, Hyde Park in Sydney’s centre had been the main city venue for races. Dedicated ground was needed to accommodate racing’s enormous popularity and in January 1833, Governor Bourke designated land on Botany Rd, Randwick, for use as a racecourse.
In conclusion, the racegoers Harley transfer tour was a lot of fun, even in the rain. It was a good start to a great day of entertainment and excitement.