Friday 23 March 2012

Walking Group

Another Slight Change of Plan

The walking group set off for their Seniors' Week walk to visit Darling Harbour and the Maritime Museum. This time alighting at Town Hall Railway Station and walking down Druitt Street to the Darling Harbour precinct proved to be much easier and shorter than the usual walk from Central Station.

Because of Senior's Week entry to the Chinese Gardens was free so everybody decided to go there first for a short visit and enjoy the garden's special offer of tea and scones to replace our usual stop for breakfast. Even though we had all been before the visit was so enjoyable that we stayed longer than intended before setting off for the Maritime Museum.

It was a lovely day to stroll through Darling Harbour in the sunshine pausing to take in the view, watching school children in Tumbalong Park perform a tableaux about Mahatma Gandhi's struggle for Indian independence and generally just enjoying the harbour scenery before finally passing under Pyrmont Bridge to arrive at the Maritime Museum.

It was something of a surprise to find that the previously free museum now had a charge for entry but it was only a fairly modest $3.50 and we were prepared to pay until someone noticed that entry to all the exhibits including tours of the ships anchored at the dock was now only $10. After a bit of discussion it was decided, because it was already nearly 12 noon, not to go to the museum on this occasion but to come again in a few weeks and have more time to take the full tour.

So, once again the group set off, this time to catch the ferry for Circular Quay, we had a short wait so we wandered into the nearby park to relax and chat before the ferry came to take us to Circular Quay and our lunch.

To cut a long story short we had our lunch at Circular Quay in the food court, then made our way to Martin Place Railway Station where we caught the 2.23pm train back to Dapto. A good day out...

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Why not join us on our next outing?, it is not until the 20th April because of Good Friday and details will be announced at the club meeting the previous week. You are more than welcome to come along.