School teachers birthday tour was organised by Lynda and the Ladies. A couple of the ladies are turning 60 years young and they all wanted to celebrate. They all live approx 1.5 hours out of Sydney so they drove in and parked in Balmain. Our two trike riders, Steve and Syl, picked them up at a prearranged point in Balmain.
The five lovely ladies hopped aboard and off they rode. The main attraction they wanted to see, and experience, was the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Firstly, our riders drove over the flyover and onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is always a fun part. We always tell our passengers to look up and enjoy the unique view. The more than 6,000,000 rivets are so interesting and the arch is so iconic.
Next, after riding across the Harbour Bridge they rode past Kirribilli House. Kirribilli House is the secondary official residence of the Prime Minister of Australia. After that, they rode around the corner to Jeffrey Street Wharf. From here, the views across Sydney Harbour towards the Sydney Opera House and the CBD are magnificent. In addition, it also has an up-close view of the side and underneath of the bridge. A perfect place to stop for photos.
The Kirribilli Loop
They rode under the north side of the bridge and continued on their tour. The underside of the northern end of the SHB – Sydney Harbour Bridge – is very interesting. The Kirribilli Loop was finished by riding past Luna Park and the North Sydney Olympic Pool. Then, it was back over the bridge to the Botanical Gardens.
Mrs Macquarie’s Point
It’s nice riding past the Royal Botanical Gardens to Mrs Macquarie’s Point. This area has beautiful views looking west towards the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. They ride past Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is an exposed sandstone rock cut into the shape of a bench, on a peninsula in Sydney Harbour. It was hand carved by convicts in 1810, for Elizabeth Macquarie, the wife of Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of NSW. So far, the school teachers birthday tour was interesting as well as fun.
Continuing on, they rode past the amazing building of the Art Gallery of NSW. Next, it was through the inner eastern suburb of Woolloomoolloo and past the famous Harry Cafe De Wheels. Harry’s Café de Wheels has been serving customers for over 80 years. They make delicious pies, hotdogs and more. Next they rode through the infamous Kings Cross, though it has calmed down a lot since it’s heyday – home of the famous and huge Coca Cola sign. Kings Cross is also home to nightclubs and ladies of the night though it is not nearly as raunchy as it was in the 1970s (apparently).
However, the 1.5 hours was almost up – time flies when you’re having fun! So our riders rode through the city and dropped the passengers back in Balmain. Here they were going to continue the celebrations by eating lunch. In Balmain there are so many nice cafes and restaurants to choose from. They didn’t want photos on our website or social media, so we have used a totally different tour photo. In conclusion, the school teachers birthday tour was a huge success.