This third day was the day I had been waiting for. I was longing for beach and some good hikes and Day-3 was where I went outside the central Sydney proximity and catches some hikes.
Believe It or not, I woke up at 4:30 and getting ready to catch the bus to Watsons Bay since I really wanted to catch sunrise at Hornby Lighthouse. To get to the lighthouse, I needed to ride a bus #324 to Watsons bay and stop at the Military Rd Terminus. It takes about 1-1,5 hours to get there. So there I was, in the pitch dark morning catching Bus #324 at Town Hall Bus Station. I stopped by to the closest Mc Donald junction that open 24 hours for quick breakfast beforehand.
Hornby Lighthouse and the Gap Lookout
I made it there before the sunrise at the Gap Lookout where the bus stopped. The lookout distracted me immediately, so I didn’t’ go the lighthouse right away. I also didn’t get the sunset color as I expected due to gloomy weather at that morning. But it was so good not to be surrounded by bricks and buildings. I was so happy to be able to get some sea winds, and it was a very beautiful scenery to enjoy, not to mention the sulphured crested cockatoo around the cliff at the lookout. It was such a scenery to enjoy.
After some walks around the Gap lookout, I stopped by a nearby café for another breakfast (I was that hungry), it’s called The bay café, and had eggs on toasts.
After that I began the hike to the lighthouse. The path was quiet, the hike was great, about 15 minutes’ walk with elevation rise around 10 meters. It started from Camp Cove beach all the way up to the lighthouse.
Not many people walked up there, so I was having a quiet and happy moment all to myself over there.
Tips: try to walk around the area and if situation and weather permit, fine some nice edge with the view overlooking the Sydney eye tower. Spend 1-2 hours under the sun with the sea breeze.
After spending sometime in the lighthouse, I walked back to the gap lookout, with the intention to catch a bus to Bondi Beach. But the weather at that time started getting sunny but cool and perfect for walking. So I decided to take a walk instead from the Gap to the Bondi beach. I managed to find Macquarie Lighthouse as well, but getting lost halfway and then eventually rode a bus to Bondi the rest of the trip. I took bus 333 and it stopped right in front of the beach entrance.
Bondi beach is one of the most popular beach in Australia and it’s 1 km long. The name Bondi comes from Aboriginal world meaning “noise made by sea waves breaking on the beach/surf’. There are two parts of Bondi beach, the northern side and the southern side. The southern wasn’t as crowded that day.
I took the stroll from north to south Bondi Beach, and admiring the Bondi Iceberg pool, the swimming pool right next to South pacific ocean. It’s just exhilarating and scary to see the waves of the ocean hit the wall of the swimming pool.
Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk (Tamarama Beach & Bronte Beach)
After Bondi Iceberg, I continued walking along the coastal area and it was perfect walk under the perfect sunny Sydney weather. The view was amazing, emerald and turquoise blue sea hitting the coastal rocks and sandy beach, beachgoers and surfers flooding the beach. It simply was the best thing to do and the best place to be. Especially now where I’m shelter-in-place for about a month, I miss hiking and travelling.
I passed Tamarama beach and Tamarama points, and what a great view indeed. Then I continued walking to Bronte Beach. Tamarama beach has less visitors and probably the ideal place to sunbathing and surfing.
I was probably beaten by the time I finished walking at Bronte beach. It felt like I kept walking since I woke up that morning till that afternoon. So, I decided to go back to the hotel for a changing and resting for a while as well as having lunch before going to the next destination.
The only reason I went to the Centennial park is the array of trees it has that sort of overlapping and form an arch like some magical forest in the movie. Well at least that was how I imagined it. In reality though, the ground was pretty damp, though there were dry spots, and lots of bugs as well. But, it’s still beautiful anyway.
Aside from these trees, Centennial park vast area also have several beautiful small ponds (Busbys pond and duck pond) and numerous wildlife I thoroughly enjoyed. It made a perfect spot for chilling and relaxing. I also stopped by Paddington reservoir garden for a quick stop before getting back to the hotel
It was such a perfect day indeed, and on that day i knew i fell in love with Sydney.
see you at Day-4!