Saturday, June 17, 2017

Last Autumn Weekend, Kings Cross Market

Autumn in Sydney is not visible until very very late. The only sign of autumn in Sydney is the temperature cooling down from March onwards.

That's the last weekend of autumn, when I decided to go for a little walk. By little walk, I mean, 2.7km walk to Kings Cross Organic Food Market.

Not that I wanted to shop groceries in a market 3km away from my house, I just wanted to see the hype, the people, the buy-sell activities, everything.

I am so much satisfied with the walk.

Somewhere along Kent Street, late May view

Supreme Court of New South Wales

Hyde Park Barracks

Golden and crispy looking trees

Little Feet amongst the leaves

St. Mary Cathedral, looking gorgeous in autumn!

Upon passing Hyde Park, I stepped into Wooloomooloo, an inner city eastern suburb of Sydney. Located 1.5km from Sydney centre, Wooloomooloo is the home of famous Kings Cross and Potts Point.

Probably derived from an aboriginal word "wallamullah" which means place of plenty, Wooloomooloo got its name. It was originally a working class area of Sydney and just recently went through redevelopment to attract more homebuyers.

What a cute way to derive the name

Looking at this, I am stupefied

And the sunshine

After walking about 40 minutes, I finally reached Kings Cross Organic Market. The market is held weekly in the vicinity of iconic Al Alamein Fountain. Al Alamein Fountain is the memorial of the soldiers who died in World War II during the battle in Al Alamein, Egypt. The dandelion-shaped structure was completed in 1961 and won many awards afterwards.

First sight of Kings Cross Organic Market

The fountain and a sign post showing distances to various cities in the world

What a pretty backdrop for a market

Food stalls
Fresh produces, homemade stuffs

A terrific french patisserie

After walking around, I decided to but the almond croissant and it was superb! A very nice friend asked me out for lunch and I quickly agreed to it. I walked another 2km or so to Surry Hills and catch a bus from there.

People say Sydney has terrible public transport. I agree with that but I love walking around this beautiful city. And I like to amuse myself with little things that I found.

Like this cute mailbox asking for pizza voucher

And this pretty little red door

Love is in the air,
Little Feet

Friday, June 16, 2017

Autumn Favourite, Bowral in New South Wales

I came from a tropical country and always live in one for the whole of my life. I know nothing about spring-summer-autumn-winter cycle, I have never experienced dry and hot summer, I can't sleep at night without fan or air conditioner. 

Until last year.

I came to Australia in late spring, got to experience the breeze and the colours for a while before the sun started to show its wicked side. It was so unbearable in summer, especially in late January to February when every single sunshine just stung the skin. Autumn then cooled down the air and brought us so much rain in March. The leaves started to brown and fall in late April, it felt like magic. And here I am, in mid June, when the winter blows the harsh wind sometimes.

If I am to settle in tropical country for the rest of my life, at least I have my one year of four seasons.

My favourite so far is autumn for sure.

And my favourite autumn date is the day I spent in Bowral. Located approximately 120km from Sydney, Bowral is largest town in the Southern Highland of New South Wales. Bowral is believed to get its name from "bowrel" which means high in Aborigin. 

During the colonial era, Bowral served as summer retreat town for elite in Sydney. That's why there are many estates and manor houses here. However, we did not have time to visit any of the estates that day.

Our first stop was Bowral Lookout. Located at Oxley Drive, it provides scenic bird-eye view of Bowral, the Wingecarribee River Valley and Moss Vale. It was icy cold up top there but it's all worth the view.

Believe me, it's hundredfolds more beautiful when you view it directly

The explanation of each of the things that you may see

The platform

We just drove towards Bowral town afterwards, but it was not lunch time yet. So we decided to just drive with our instinct, and taa daa, we saw this beautiful compound. Without thinking, we just parked and walked in.

St Jude Anglican Church is located in 38 Bendooley Street, Bowral and this is an extremely pretty place to visit. We just kept taking pictures endlessly in every possible spot.

What a perfect combination of colours

The autumn feel

Another angle
My favourite photo of the day

Maple leaves!

At the back of the church

Bed of fallen leaves

Only the hungry tummy that could bring us out of the church. Our next destination was the town of Bowral, which is as pretty. The centre of the town is along Bong Bong Street. There are many eateries, shops, cinema, banks, and grocery store.

Corbett Square

Bong Bong Street

A chic alley, at the back there is Grand Bistro where we had our lunch
Fall-for-autumn happy face

Great food

Next stop, Gumnut Patisserie, which apparently keeps winning many awards from year to year

That's the best salted caramel cake I have ever had!

If autumn is a delicate piece of gown, Bowral wears it perfectly. Autumn looks so autumn in every part of Bowral. I should thank Thu a lot for mentioning this pretty place to a noob like me.

Who doesn't want a road trip like this?

If it's not people's backyard, I would have gone in and pose already

It looks so crispy!

Still in awe with this road

Thanks Bowral for giving me an unforgettable memory of autumn.

Love is in the air,
Little Feet

Thursday, June 15, 2017

La Perouse, Back to 1788

It was almost the last day of summer when Sydney started to get day and night full of rain. I did not want to get myself locked up in my apartment thus decided to make a move to a place called La Perouse Beach.

La Perouse is a suburb located 14 km southeast of Sydney CBD in the area of Botany Bay National Park. Bus 394 runs directly from the city to La Perouse. It was an enjoyable 30-minute ride with a great destination.

The area was named after a French explorer Jean-Francois de Galaup, comte de Laperouse. He landed on the northern shore of Botany Bay on 26 January 1788. He was only fifteen when he joined the Navy and got his first naval assignment in Canada after four months of training. He became the first European to explore many great things in this world. 

France - Madeira (Portuguese) - Tenerife - Trinity - Brazil - Chile - Easter Island - Hawaii - Alaska - British Columbia - Monterey - Macao - China - Japan - Korea - Manila - Tartary Coast (Russia) - Samoa - Botany Bay.

His last assignment in 1785 to the Pacific landed him in Botany Bay in 1788 and that, sadly, was the last landing place of Laperouse. After a rough time in Samoa (many of the crews were brutally killed and hurt), Laperouse and his crews took two months recovery time in Botany Bay, encountering the first fleet too. In March 1788, he was seen off to Caledonia and never seen ever again.

In 1828, the shipwreck was found in the reefs of Vanikoro in Solomon Island. The second wreck was found in 1962 with continued search effort afterwards. 

As a remembrance of Laperouse, the monument and the museum was built overlooking the beach. The museum is open every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no admission fee but gold coin donation is appreciated for the maintenance and operation of the museum.

Monument of Laperouse and the Laperouse Museum
Museum Open

The "old stuffs" of La Perouse

The museum displays the timeline of La Perouse journey in relation to Botany Bay

The photo of Laperouse

His wife, whom he married in 1783 and never saw again after his expedition

The anchor of the ship


The map outlining the expeditions taken by Laperouse around the world

I love history and I love how this museum lets us flow into the time. It is so organised and informative. Although it is small, La Perouse museum holds a dear place in my heart.

From La Perouse Museum and monument, the visitors can choose either the Frenchmen Beach or the Bare Island. Of course, I wanted both.

The Frenchmen Beach is overlooking Frenchmen Bay at the west facing the industrial area at the other end of the bay. It is a strip of white sand beach with a clear water and many fish, I presume. I saw some fishermen during my short walk here. When I visited the beach, the area was quiet. Nobody's swimming or laying by the beach. Is this beach always so quiet?

The Frenchmen Beach

The white sand overlooking the industrial area at the other end

That's La Perouse Museum there

After an enjoyable walk, I headed to the Bare Island which is the main attraction of this area. Bare Island got its name from Captain Cook who described it as "a small bare island" in 1770. A fort was then built on the island in 1877 as Botany Bay was so-called the back door to Sydney. However, the project was never completed. It started to collapse before completion due to the use of substandard concrete.

It became a retirement house for war veterans since 1912 and is currently one of the famous recreation areas of Sydney.

La Perouse Point

Bare Island, viewed from La Perouse Point

Glorious sandstone

Magnificent view

Bare Island is connected to the area with a foot bridge. As the most highlighted scuba diving spot in Sydney, this area is also a favourite for fishing activities. However, not only divers and fishers can enjoy Bare Island, everybody can!

There is a Bare Island tour inside the fort every Sunday and tickets can be purchased in the museum.

People can also walk alongside the Bare Island and simply enjoy the scenery, the wave, the thrill. Yes, the thrill. Apparently, some steps are quite steep and slippery. With the wind, the risk of falling is there. So, be extra careful.

Foot bridge leading to Bare Island

Under the bridge, there's a path to somehow walk by the side of the island

I am amazed by how the nature works


More abrasion

Some steps are too high for me to climb

Spending time in La Perouse and Bare Island can easily take half a day. There is a walking track towards Henry Head Lighthouse passing Congwong Beach, Little Congwong Beach and Brown Rocks. The walking track was quiet and there were too many spiders. I made my U-turn on the third spider.

I am not made for bushwalking for sure.

Love for La Perouse

Love is in the air,
Little Feet