Kayaking Club – Summer 2018

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Walkers’ Christmas Party in Cabarita Park, Saturday 9/12/2017

On Saturday evening about 30 members gathered in the park to celebrate a successful year of walks and outings.

We were lucky to have Patricio and Elisabeth go early to secure the shelter for us and clean it … thank you very much.

It was a beautiful evening and there was plenty of lively chatter and fellowship.

Thanks everyone for participating in the walks this year … the more the merrier.


Probus Christmas party 2017 at Concord Golf Club

Photos by Steve Taylor Club photographer.

Walk of interest – La Perouse Headland, Thursday 23/11/2017

Review by Gilda McRobert

Sunny sojourn with ‘citing sightings by the seaside.

And speaking of sibilants, one of the best exponents of the sound, slithered across the path, though silently; an identity crisis? It was black, it was brown, it was definitely grey. Ah, animals in the Aussie wild, we B.P. urbanites know them.

We also know our shags. They, appropriately, were on a rock. The cormorants were a bit trickier but they of course led us into the ethical considerations around cormorants, fishing and tourism. No such issues for birds at La Perouse, nor for us.

Here the water was blue, the beach was inviting and the sand was in our shoes!

We walkers of interest though, cope with whatever nature throws up at us. There we were; no concrete pathways, no yellow lines to indicate change of level, just the bush, the birds, the glorious coastline, the wonderful water.

We did more than 10 kilometres. Barley sugars were shared, the talk flowed. Comments made, especially while walking through the cemetery of the infectious dead. How could we not think what we did, when there, across the entire grave was a huge stone slab, about half a metre thick?

I say it every time, these walks are fantastic: $2.50 accessible places, glorious locations, convenient coffee shops. And the weather always seems to oblige.

Thank you Judy for organising a wonderful day.

P.S. What if La Perouse had arrived first?

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Walk of Interest to The Garrison Church, The Observatory and S H Ervin Gallery at the National Trust

Twenty-four Probus members spent a pleasant day walking from Circular Quay to Observatory Hill. First stop was a coffee break in The Rocks where the group split into three and went to the café of choice so as not to overload one establishment.

A short walk from there lead us into The Garrison Church and then on to The Observatory for a super view of the surrounding areas of old Sydney and some informative displays.

After lunching and enjoying the fellowship of our members in The National Trust Café we visited The Salon des Refuses in the SH Ervin Gallery and were impressed and also surprised at the portrait paintings on display. We were able to vote for the one we liked the most, so will have to remember to find out the results as we may win a prize too.

After a successful few hours of culture, we headed down several flights of stairs and onto Barangaroo Wharf and home.

Thank you everyone for participating … it’s a great way to enjoy Probus.

The Bike Club Clinic

Elite athletes are seen here contemplating their next venture from Breakfast Point.

From left to right are Paula, Shirley, Chris, Trish, Graham, Phil and Mick.

Mick is seen here giving expert adjustments to Shirley’s bike with Chris admiring his technical skills.

Walk of Interest to the Inner West

Good weather, good friends and a well planned outing. The essential ingredients for an excellent Walk of Interest.

Christmas in July 2017 – The Carrington Hotel Katoomba

It didn’t snow, but it was chilly enough to add some Yuletide atmosphere to our Christmas in July at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba. Thankyou to all who attended and a special thanks to our Outings organisers for all the excellent work done in the background to make it a memorable event.

Kayaking to Cockatoo Island

Our intrepid Kayaking crew paddled to Cockatoo Island for a cuppa recently. Here are a few photos taken on the day. Looks like fun!

Review – Garden Island Naval Heritage Centre

Wednesday 17 May 2017Outings conveners Peter and Marion Lean.

On an absolutely delightful mild sunny day 36 Probians gathered at Cabarita wharf for an outing to Garden Island in Sydney.

Garden Island is Australia’s main naval base with a major dry dock, major ship berthing facilities, and maintenance and repair facilities.

Located on the north east corner is the Naval heritage centre, located in a beautifully refurbished old building, and which contains many important artefacts (uniforms, equipment, boats (of the smaller variety) medals, equipment and armaments, all clearly and beautifully presented.

Although there are a lot of steps involved there is a magnificent lookout on top of the island, with 360 degree views of the Eastern suburbs, the city, the bridge and opera house, and north towards the zoo. Also located on the northern section is the site of the first fleet’s garden (hence “Garden” island) with the inscription 1788 scratched into the rock nearby. Apparently this was Sydney’s first example of graffiti.

We had a very pleasant lunch together, with truly the worlds best view – Sydney Harbour.

Our outing was superbly organised by Peter and Marion (he even had the morning ferry diverted to a closer jetty in circular quay so we had less walking to do.)

Highly recommended for a great day out with amazing scenery on the worlds best harbour.

Words and pictures by Steve “squizzy” Taylor, club photographer.

Review – Walk from Taronga to Balmoral

The week started with a not too encouraging weather forecast for our walk but changed in our favour as Thursday drew closer and so, nineteen Probians set off from Cabarita on the rivercat with Alison joining us at Abbotsford.

We arrived at Circular Quay in time for a comfort stop and coffee before we caught the ferry to Taronga Zoo and then commenced the walk along the picturesque track that hugs the shores of our beautiful harbour.

We walked past Athol Hall, today a function centre and cafe, on through the beautiful avenue of Angophoras with their stunning trunks and buttress roots towards HMAS Sydney Mast at Bradley’s Head and the various plaques dedicated to and telling us the stories of naval vessels that had served in both world wars. Here there were several cheeky kookaburras on sentry duty and they were very happy to pose for photographs. There were some wildflowers on display en route as well.

We then headed to Clifton Gardens at Chowder Bay where we found tables and enjoyed a picnic lunch, gathering strength for the next stage of our walk, up a challenging flight of stone steps towards Georges Heights from where the north and south heads of the harbour are clearly visible. From that point on, the walk reverted to a pleasant stroll towards Balmoral where we rewarded ourselves with coffee and icecream and caught the bus back to Taronga Wharf and then home.

This has to be one of the most beautiful walks in the world … stunning views of our harbour and city.