60th present 3bridges tour – Bhaskar + Meera 28.03.21

Meera gave the 60th present 3bridges tour to her husband. After all, you only turn 60 once! They live out of Sydney so caught the train in to Circular Quay. Our trike rider Steve met them there. We emailed a map before hand so they knew exactly where to meet.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Firstly, they rode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 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.

Kirribilli

Next, 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.

They continued riding on through North Sydney and Crows Nest before joining River Road. It is a fun road to ride on. River Road leads to Burns Bay Road which, in turn, leads to another bridge but not one of the main three.

Fig Tree Bridge, Tarban Creek Bridge, Gladesville Bridge

The Fig Tree Bridge opened in 1963 and spans the Lane Cove River. After that bridge, they continued on and crossed the second of the bridges Tarban Creek Bridge. This spans Tarban Creek, likewise, it has nice views east to the Harbour Bridge. Then they got to bridge #2 of the main 3 Bridges, the Gladesville Bridge. It has wonderful views along Parramatta River towards the Harbour Bridge and the city.

This bridge is on the main arterial thoroughfare of Victoria Road. They travelled along for a short while before turning off into the inner west suburb of Drummoyne. Following the shoreline of Iron Cove, which is part of the Parramatta River, they saw some lovely water views. It is part of the 7 km long Bay Run. So far, the 60th present 3bridges tour was a huge success.

ANZAC Bridge

Our favourite bridge is the ANZAC Bridge. We think it is incredible, a work of art and design. It is main bridge #3. Similarly, it is also great to see without a roof over your head inhibiting the view.

Most noteworthy, the stay cable design concept development and final design for the new bridge were carried out by the Roads & Traffic Authority of NSW. Finally, the bridge was opened to traffic on 03 December 1995 as the Glebe Island Bridge.

The bridge was given its current name on Remembrance Day in 1998 to honour the memory of the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (known as Anzacs) who served in World War I.

However, the hour was up so Steve dropped our passengers back at Circular Quay. The passengers thought the 60th present 3bridges tour was fantastic. A fabulous birthday present they could share and a great way to see parts of the city only the locals know about. https://trolltours.com.au/product/three-bridges-trike-tour/

6year old birthday surprise – Jerry, Col + Dad 19.03.21

Three generations went for this 6year old birthday surprise. It was Jerry’s 6th birthday, Grandpa’s (Col) birthday and Dad went along for the ride. All of us were hoping the rain would hold off and it did. It was Jerry’s actual birthday so being on the correct day made it extra special.

Wakehurst Parkway

Our trike rider Craig, picked them up from home. Home is on the northern peninsula. Firstly, they rode down Wakehurst Parkway. We love the Wakehurst Parkway because the legal speed is slightly faster than everywhere else. Wakehurst Parkway ia apparently, Australia’s most haunted road. It is also home to ‘Kelly’ a mysterious female figure. More info below.

Dobroyd Headland

Then they rode into the posh northern beaches suburbs of Seaforth and Clontarf. Dobroyd Headland was next, it has the best views. The views are the Heads, looking out to the South Pacific Ocean. So far, the 6year old birthday surprise was the best and funnest experience.

Manly

Continuing on, they rode to Manly where they rode along the beach front. However, time was nearly up so they headed back home which was the drop off point. In conclusion, the 6year birthday old surprise was a huge success. Best present ever!

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Wakehurst Parkway is haunted

The ghost, known as ‘Kelly’, has reputedly terrified motorists over the past five decades. Rumours that circulated among locals on Sydney’s northern beaches had suggested it might be linked to a woman killed in a car accident. But now a new theory has emerged from accounts gathered. Nearby is The Quarantine Station. This is where thousands of travellers arriving in Sydney by ship were sent between the 1830s and 1984 to prevent them spreading disease. Many died in the site’s hospital. Kelly may be a nurse that worked at The Quarantine Station.

birthday surprise Harley ride – Kaelie 15.03.21

Kaelie has always wanted to go on the back of a Harley. So Steve, her husband, organised a birthday surprise Harley ride. After all you only turn 50 once! We were to keep the drop off point a surprise as well. She had no idea where her party was going to be held. We did remind Steve that Kaelie has to wear a helmet. If she has spent hours at the hairdresser she may not want to put a helmet on.

Steve said it was a dress up party and Kaelie was dressing up as Wonder Woman, wearing a wig. So the helmet was not a problem. Sounds like a great party!

However, on the Sunday night it was pouring down with rain. Both Kaelie and us decided to postpone to the following day. It was a good call. Monday was a beautiful sunny warm day.

Cronulla Beach

Our Harley rider Phil picked her up from her home at Bexley. She didn’t care where she went, she just wanted to ride. Phil drove her to Cronulla Beach. It’s a nice ride following Rocky Point Road over the Captain Cook Bridge. Then the road turns into Tarens Point Road. Turn left somewhere and you’d hit either Greenhills Beach, North Cronulla Beach or South Cronulla Beach. So far, the birthday surprise Harley ride was one of the best presents ever!

They rode past some of the scenic areas and stopped for a couple of photos. However, half of the hour was already up so Phil turned around and they rode back to Kaelie’s place.

In conclusion, the birthday surprise Harley ride was a huge success (as was the party) 😍. Steve wrote:

Hi Katrina.
Thanks for the photos. Kaelie had a great time with Phil. We are still recovering from the party which is a good sign. Yes ok to post on social media. I will also do a review ASAP.
Cheers Steve

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50th Beach Beauty tour – Tony + Trudy 13.03.21

Another surprise birthday present. Trudy emailed us using the contact form on our website. She wanted to organise a 50th Beach Beauty tour for her partner. This was back in November last year. Sure, we can easily organise a trike for you. Tony loves fast cars and fast bikes so Trudy has given Tony different experiences over the years. She reckoned a trike tour where he could just sit back and relax, would be the go. It was, they loved it.

Manly, Freshwater, Curl Curl, Dee Why etc

Craig, our trike rider picked them up from their hotel in Manly. Firstly, they rode up past Queenscliff, which is really northern Manly. Then they rode past Freshwater,  Curl Curl, Dee Why and Long Reef. All such beautiful beaches. SO far, the 50th Beach Beauty tour was a lot of fun. Already they had seen so many of the beautiful places many visitors to Sydney don’t get to see.

Pittwater

Next, they turned left and headed up the hill to get a photo overlooking Narrabeen. Continuing up the peninsula as far as Newport where we detoured away from the beach side. Travelling inland slightly meant they could take in the views of lovely Pittwater. There is an abundance of sailing boats, trees, water and a relaxed atmosphere.

“Home and Away”

Then the tour went via Bilgola Plateau, Clareville, Careel Bay and Avalon before reaching Palm Beach. Palm Beach is the home of the long running TV series “Home and Away”. They had to stop for photos and proof they were there!
However, the 3 hours was almost up so Craig headed back dowm south. They returned via Narrabeen Lake and Wakehurst Parkway before dropping at 16ft SKIFF Club in Manly. Here they continued their celebration by eating lunch at the club. In conclusion, the 50th Beach Beauty tour was a huge success.

Testimonial

Morning Katrina,

OMG it was amazing, Craig was an awesome guy and the best host and we would so do it again and that’s fine, preferably the one with my eyes open lol. No worries, happy to write a review on all of them if you like? And tell Craig thanks the ride and the lunch we had after at the sailing club was unbelievable : ) .

Trudy
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School teachers birthday tour – School Teachers 13.03.21

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.

Kirribilli

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.
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89 years young trike ride – Whittaker Family 13.03.21

89 years young trike ride around the block! How good is that! Henry rang us to inquire about a ride for his Mum. She is turning 89 and loves motorbikes but hasn’t been on one for decades. The family thought it would be a great idea to organise a trike ride for her. They were happy to go on it with her. It was a great birthday present, they all loved the whole experience.

So, our trike rider Steve met the family at the nursing home Mum is in. They took it in turns to go on a ride with her. Steve took them around the block, a large block. 😆 There isn’t much to write about as they rode around the large block many times. However, it didn’t matter, they all loved their turn. It doesn’t matter what age or what stage you are at, our trike rides and tours are for everyone.

In conclusion, the 89 years young trike ride was a huge success.
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Recent history

Our pick up was in the suburb of Greenacre. This area was previously known as East Bankstown. When the first road went through the area, an acre of land was cleared for cultivation. The contrast to its surrounding area led to it being referred to as the ‘Green Acre’. In 1909, Greenacre Park Estate became one of the first subdivisions in the area. Michael Ryan operated an inn called the Harp of Ould Erin on land he owned to the north of Liverpool Road. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenacre,_New_South_Wales

‘Prehistory’

Radiocarbon dating suggests human activity occurred in the Sydney metropolitan area from around 30,000 years ago. The Darug people lived in the area that was greater western Sydney before European settlement regarded the region as rich in food from the river and forests. Parramatta was founded in 1788, the same year as Sydney, making it the second oldest city in Australia. Opened in 1811, Parramatta Road, which navigates into the heart of greater western Sydney, is one of Sydney’s oldest roads and Australia’s first highway between two cities – Sydney CBD and Parramatta, which is now the sixth largest business district in Australia. Rapid population increase after World War II saw the settlement of many ex-service men and migrants in the greater west, making it one of the most urbanised regions in the country and an area of growing national importance.

Economy

Being the third largest economy in Australia, behind Sydney CBD and Melbourne, the region covers 5,800 square kilometres (2,200 sq mi) and is one of the fastest growing populations in Australia, with an estimated resident population as at 2017 of 2,288,554. Western Sydney has the most multicultural suburbs in the country with 38% of the population speaking a language other than English at home, and up to 90% in some suburbs. Containing about 9% of Australia’s population and 44% of Sydney’s population, the people of GWS are predominantly of a working class background, with major employment in the heavy industries and vocational trade

A Harley and trike tour – Maria, Michael + Stephanie 07.03.21

Maria bought the Harley tour as a Christmas present for her husband. She and her husband decided to make a surprise for their daughter. So, they changed it into a Harley and trike tour. Michael went on the Harley and Maria and Stephanie rode on the trike.

Our Harley rider Phil and our trike rider Steve, met them at The Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks.

Mrs Macquarie’s Point

Firstly, they rode through the city and past the Royal Botanical Gardens to Mrs Macquarie’s Point. It 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.

Continuing on, they rode 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).

Then it was through the eastern suburbs of Sydney, including the Bays: Rose Bay, Double Bay and Rushcutters Bay. Next the riders usually stop at Bondi Beach for photos and so our passengers can have a proper look at the beach.

Bondi Beach, Tamarama and Bronte

Next, it was fun riding past the famous Bondi Beach. In this area, onlookers always seem to wave. They stopped at the famous Bondi Beach for photos, when in Sydney it is one of the places you should visit. The beach is seriously nice (but not our favourite) and we usually stop near the lifeguard station, made famous by the TV series “Bondi Rescue”. Bondi Beach is one of the most visited tourist sites in Australia. Bondi Beach is recorded by the Australian Museum that Bondi means place where a fight using boondi sticks (nullas nullas or fighting sticks) took place. So far, and the whole way, the a Harley and trike tour in Sydney was a huge success.

Then, they rode past more of the lovely eastern beaches – Tamarama and Bronte. Tamarama is an eastern beachside suburb of Sydney, in NSW. It is affectionately nicknamed Glamarama (or Glamourama), as it is a beach where wannabe trend setters come to sunbathe and swim or simply try to be seen. 😎

Centennial Park

Next, they rode through the lovely Centennial Park. 120 fields and venues, and 35+ different sports played, Centennial Parklands is the largest community sports precinct in Australia! The history is also interesting: “Originally a swamp and then set aside as land for the water source for Sydney, Centennial Park was reconstructed as a public park and opened in 1888. Sir Henry Parkes’ vision was to create a ‘People’s Park’ in which the citizens of Sydney could ‘take in the air’ away from the Sydney town centre.”

Oxford Street

Oxford Street, home of great fashion and jewellery designers. The western section is widely-recognised as Sydney’s main gay district.

However, the hour was almost up. Steve and Phil rode our passengers back to the hotel. In conclusion, the a Harley and trike tour in Sydney was a huge success. A real surprise for Stephanie, our passengers loved every second of the experience. #feelthefreedom https://trolltours.com.au/product/the-city-viewer/

surprise 60 trike transfer- Johnny + Ros 06.03.21

Johnny rang us to organise a surprise 60 trike transfer. It’s not every day your wife turns 60, so you do want to make it a good one!! Sure, we are great at keeping surprises, love them! After organising the route and drop off point, it was changed. We don’t mind changes being made to any itinerary.

Our trike rider Craig, met the couple at their home in Ryde. Ros got a huge surprise but it was a good one and you should have seen the look on her face. You can see in the photo below, Ros loved it.

Gladesville Bridge

Firstly, they rode across the Gladesville Bridge. This bridge is on the main arterial thoroughfare of Victoria Road. They travelled along for a short on Victoria Road before turning off into the inner west suburb of Drummoyne. Following the shoreline of Iron Cove, which is part of the Parramatta River, they saw some lovely water views. It is part of the 7 km long Bay Run.

ANZAC Bridge

Over the wonderful ANZAC Bridge was next. Our favourite bridge is probably the ANZAC Bridge. We think it is incredible, a work of art and design. Similarly, it is also great to see without a roof over your head inhibiting the view.

Most noteworthy, the stay cable design concept development and final design for the new bridge were carried out by the Roads & Traffic Authority of NSW. Finally, the bridge was opened to traffic on 03 December 1995 as the Glebe Island Bridge. The bridge was given its current name on Remembrance Day in 1998 to honour the memory of the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (known as Anzacs) who served in World War I.

Then they rode around the back of Pyrmont past Jones Bay Wharf and the Star Casino. It’s an interesting area.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Riding over the Sydney Harbour Bridge is always fun. 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. So far, the surprise 60 trike transfer was one of the funnest experiences they had ever been on.

Kirribilli

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.

They continued riding on through the back streets of Neutral Bay and Mosman. However, the 2 hours was up so Craig headed to the drop off point. Bathers Pavilion at Balmoral was where the party was being held. In conclusion, the surprise 60 trike transfer was a huge success and really added an element of celebration to such an important milestone.
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Harley surprise 60th trike transfer. Sydney Australia
surprise 60 trike transfer- Johnny + Ros 06.03.21

birthday surprise trike tour – Louis Family 06.03.21

Victoria used us in August last year, for another birthday surprise trike tour. For her 11 year old son. This year it was another of her children’s birthday so she and her husband decided to organise another trike. All the kids had a great surprise, not just the birthday boy!

West Pennant Hills

Our trike rider Steve, met the family at their home in West Pennant Hills. There were 6 passengers so they went in 2 x groups of 3. It didn’t matter where we took them, it was for the experience more than the places we rode through. Our riders didn’t want to sit in traffic with the passengers, it’s not much fun. So they headed north, away from the city.

Koala Park

Firstly, they rode past the Koala Park, through Cherrybrook, Dural and Middle Dural. Continuing on, they rode to Glenorie via the Old Northern road. However, the hour was over half way done. The riders turned around and rode back down via to Galston. This was along Arcadia Rd and Galston Road returning to West Pennant Hills and home.

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Glenorie history

Located on the Old Northern Road, a historic road built by convicts between 1825 and 1836 to link early Sydney, in the Colony of New South Wales, with the fertile Hunter Valley to the north. Glenorie was originally part of Dural and later known as North Dural. The name caused confusion for the post office and in April 1894, local resident William Black offered the Colony’s Postmaster General two names: Hazeldore and Glenorie. The name Glenorie was accepted because it had the support of the local progress association. Glenorie was named after a known and popular town in Scotland.

North Dural Post Office opened on 1 August 1894 and was renamed Glenorie on 1 October 1894.

Birthday surprise trike tour. Sydney Australia

wife’s surprise birthday present – Alannah + Jacqui 06.03.21

Michael wanted to organise his wife’s surprise birthday present. Absolutely, we have had so much experience organising surprises. We just all wish we could be there to see their faces. A trike was preferred so they could sit and chat together.

Our trike rider David, picked Michael’s wife and daughter up from their home. It is in the southern Sydney suburb of Bexley. David has lived in the area all his life so knows the best places. Places with a scenic view.

Maroubra Beach

Firstly, he rode along Qantas Drive to see the stationary aircraft and spot one about to take off! Next it was to Maroubra Beach to see the Rubik cube.

Rubik’s Cube by the Beach: Guerrilla Public Art

For decades at Maroubra beach in Sydney there has sat looking out across the foreshore a concrete block. But, in the middle of a warm December night, during what has been described as a 6-hour escapade involving two artists and a third “police look out” the concrete block was transformed. It really is a giant Rubik’s Cube statue!

David and the passengers also went to Maroubra Beach to check out the surf as there was a surf warning. Already, the wife’s surprise birthday present was a success!

Long Bay and La Perouse

Then they joined Anzac Parade and passed Long Bay then onto La Perouse They stopped for a photo shoot with Bare Island in the background. David explained the historic significance of La Perouse and pointed to Cook’s landing place in Kurnell just across the bay. The La Perouse peninsula is the northern headland of Botany Bay. It is notable for its old military outpost at Bare Island and the Kamay Botany Bay National Park.


However, the hour was almost up so they rode back via Foreshore Drive. Again past the airport to see more stationary planes and home again. The wife’s surprise birthday present was a huge surprise and a huge success. A very memorable experience.
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La Perouse history information

La Perouse was named after the French navigator Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse (1741–88), who landed on the northern shore of Botany Bay west of Bare Island on 26 January 1788. Captain Arthur Phillip and the first fleet of convicts had arrived in Botany Bay a few days earlier. Louis XVI of France had commissioned Lapérouse to explore the Pacific. In April 1770 James Cook‘s expedition had sailed onto the east coast of Australia whilst exploring the south Pacific searching for Terra Australis or ‘Land of the South’. Upon King Louis XVI’s orders, Lapérouse departed Brest, France, in command of the Astrolabe and Boussole on 1 August 1785 on a scientific voyage of the Pacific inspired by the voyages of Cook. La Perouse in Sydney’s south is named after the leader of this French expedition.

A lot more interesting information can be found: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Perouse,_New_South_Wales