Kings Park, St George’s College and UWA

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Essentials

  • Starts at Kings Park War Memorial and ends at the UWA boat shed.
  • The walk takes in a sealed path through bushland and a uni campus.
  • You do not need a map as it is well signposted.
  • For summer months, bring a hat and sunscreen.
  • Level of difficulty (on scale of 1 easy to 5 challenging): 1.

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  • Start at the Kings Park War Memorial.
  • Walk the Kokoda Track until it meets Law Walk.   Take the Law Walk (straight ahead).
  • Keep the Swan River and Mounts Bay Road to your left.
  • At the edge of the park, the Law Walk crosses Park Ave.  Here you  leave the park.
  • Park Avenue is behind St George’s College. Walk along Park Ave until you reach Crawley Ave.
  • Turn left into Crawley Ave and head down to Mounts Bay Road. Turn right.
  • In about 50 meters you will be in front of St George’s College.
  • This is a private college for UWA students, but the Warden will not mind if you take some photos.

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  • Leave St Georges and cross Mounts Bay Road to the UWA campus.
  • Highlights:
    • forecourt of the Great Hall,
    • Romanesque colonnade,
    • Open air cinema,
    • Cricket pavilion,
    • Law quadrangle
    • Library.

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  • Leave the campus and head back towards the river.
  • The UWA boat shed in on the way back to Perth.
  • Follow the path between Mounts Bay Road and the river.

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  • The blue boat house is a popular backdrop for wedding photos.
  • The statute of the diving beauty is a college favourite for O-week banners and pranks.

 

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For coffee – there is a Dome on St George’s Terrace. I order the strong skim flat white.

If you are planning to eat out or drink, bring your money.  Perth is not cheap.

Have fun!

Monumental DC, USA

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Essentials

  • Starts at The White House.
  • The walk consists of sealed paths, it is about 8 km and not demanding.
  • You do not need a map or signposts as each new destination can be seen from the last.
  • Level of difficulty (on scale of 1 easy to 5 challenging): 1.

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The walk

We did this walk in January 2014, a day before the Polar Vortex descended upon Mid-West USA.  It was dry and cold.  It had snowed the night before, transforming Washington DC into a winter wonderland.

There are some impressive monuments to take in along the way.

There are shops in the first two kms of the walk, and the only toilets are in museums and cafes.

Coffee tip – do this walk on a weekday and you can grab a good espresso from Bolla (on 15th Street, between North G and F Streets).

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Highlights and hidden treasures

  • Jefferson Memorial (tip: do not walk up the external stairs when frosty or wet).
  • Martin Luther King Memorial.
  • Lincoln Memorial.
  • Korean War and Vietnam memorials.
  • The Washington Memorial (which was not open, as post-earthquake repairs were underway).

 

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London Loop, Stage 1

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Essentials

  • Starts at Erith Railway Station and ends near Bexley Railway station. The train trips to and from London are fun in themselves.
  • The walk consists of (mainly) sealed and (some) unsealed path, it is longish (15km) but not demanding.
  • It is well sign posted.
  • Level of difficulty (on scale of 1 easy to 5 challenging): 2 (can be muddy).

 

The walk

We did this walk in December 2010, but the weather was quite fine and not cold. The walk is the first stage of a much longer walk, the ‘Loop’ that circumnavigates greater London.

There are some impressive water views along the way, first of the Thames as it becomes and estuary and then little rivers, mainly the Cray. The walk is more urban than the official site indicates, there are lots of industrial sites along the way, but the rivers remain the focus and they soften the whole thing. The path was pretty basic too, not much of an effort to beautify it.

There are shops in the built up areas after the estuary, where there are toilets and pubs.

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Highlights and hidden treasures

  • The walk covers a number of important points relating to the Romans’ invasion of Britain and progress up to London.
  •  If you are into infrastructure there are some impressive anti-flooding structures and bridges along the way.
  • You can visit the 1573 mansion Hall Place along the way, well worth a look.
  • It is fun looking across the estuary at the start, where you can see the end of the Loop, all 150 or so miles of it.
  • The whole walk is a really refreshing view of a part of London that tourists would rarely experience.

 

External link (map)

http://www.walklondon.org.uk/section.asp?section=1

Bondi to Bronte and back

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Essentials 

  • Start at the southern end of Bondi Beach and walk the coastal track to Bronte Beach.
  • 3 kms from beach to beach.
  • Buses at either end of the route to and from Bondi Junction Station or Circular Quay.
  • Description – undulating sealed path.
  • Level of difficulty (on scale of 1 easy to 5 challenging):  1.

 

The walk

We set off from Bellevue Hill on a mid-winter Saturday morning.  The walk to Bondi Beach is past flats, cafes, laundrettes and pubs.  The pavements are littered with discarded furnishings and rubbish. Waverley Council seems to neglect the back streets of the beach suburbs, while concentrating resources on the beach-front precinct.  It is not smelly or filthy – just unkempt.  That said, this is a part of Sydney that has a very relaxed and easy atmosphere.  Backpackers and tourists mix easily with local families and professionals.

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The walk around the headland from Bondi to Bronte is spectacular.  The path is pristine and the views in every direction are stunning.  It is very popular, so be prepared to keep moving or step off the path to allow joggers and prams to pass and over-take.

There are cafes and other shops at Bondi Beach and Bronte, but nothing really in-between.  There are toilets all along the way.  The cafes at Bronte are always packed.

We walked home away from the beach, via Waverley College and Bondi Junction.

 

Highlights and hidden treasures

  • The variety of architecture in the back streets.

 

External link

(From UK Telegraph: ‘Five free things to do in Sydney’)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/8233301/Five-free-things-to-do-in-Sydney.html?image=4

Hermitage Walk, Sydney Harbour

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Essentials

 

  • Bottom of Bayview Hill Road, Rose Bay to Nielsen Park, Vaucluse.
  • 1.5 kms.
  • Bus START 324 and 325 at Kambala School; END 325 at Wentworth Ave, Nielsen Park.
  • Description – mix of sealed and unsealed path, clambering over rocks and under trees.
  • Level of difficulty (on scale of 1 easy to 5 challenging):  3.

 

The walk

We set off from Rose Bay on a mid-winter Sunday afternoon.  This is a stunning way to take in Sydney Harbour and the view across to the City.  It was a very peaceful ramble. We passed only half a dozen other walkers. The path and the water were pristine.

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At Strickland House, a group was enjoying a picnic on the front lawn and a professional photo shoot was underway at Milk Beach.  Strickland House itself is only open to the public during Heritage Week, however the grounds are open to the public during the day (no charge) all year round.

There are no amenities until you reach Nielsen Park, where there is a toilet and kiosk.  Other places of interest along the way include Steele Point Cottage (which is available for holiday letting) and Greycliffe House, the Sydney office of the NPWS.

 

 

Highlights and hidden treasures

  • There are paths along the track that lead down to rocky ledges and beaches along the water’s edge.
  • It is fun admiring all the luxury homes that front onto the track.
  • The service buildings around Strickland House are locked up and neglected, but it is possible to peer inside.
  • The hour-long walk home via Vaucluse Road was all down hill and lots of fun.

 

External link (map)
//www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkVenues.aspx?venue=20080707300010018

 

Welcome

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Welcome to our blog!

We are a couple of Aussies who have discovered urban walking and we are prepared to share our experiences with the world.  With each walk, you can expect:

  • directions to the start and end point (including public transport);
  • distance travelled;
  • coffee tips; and
  • graded level of difficulty (1 to 5).

Happy hiking, trekking and tramping!

The Jindy Bugs