Eastern Sydney Panorama Tour, Sydney

Harley and trike tour, Sydney Australia
Eastern Sydney Panorama Tour, Sydney

One of our most popular tours is the Eastern Sydney Panorama Tour. It goes for 1.5 hours through the eastern suburbs of Sydney. You can travel on the trike or Harley Davidson motorcycle to some of the most famous sights of Sydney and Eastern Sydney.

Mrs Macquaries Chair

We’ll pick you up from a prearranged place and take you around Sydney Harbour. Past the Botanical Gardens which has Government house situated in it. Next, we ride past the Art Gallery of NSW to Mrs Macquaries Point. A fantastic view of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge is found here. 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 New South Wales.

Harry’s Cafe de Wheels

Then, travel through Woolloomooloo, past the famous Harry’s Cafe De Wheels. Harry’s Cafe de Wheels is an iconic pie cart located on Cowper Wharf Road in Woolloomooloo. It’s near the Finger Wharf and Fleet Base East. They are best known for their dish “Tiger Pie”, a type of Australian meat pie named after the original founder of Harry’s.

Ride up to infamous Kings Cross, Colloquially known as The Cross, the area was once known for its music halls and grand theatres. It was rapidly transformed after World War II. By an influx of troops returning and visiting from the nearby Garden Island naval base. It became known as Sydney’s night entertainment and red-light district; however, many nightclubs, bars and adult entertainment venues closed due to the Sydney lockout laws. Today, it is a mixed locality offering services such as a railway station, gyms, supermarkets and bakeries. There are many entertainment venues including bars, restaurants, nightclubs, brothels and strip clubs.

The Coca-Cola Billboard in Kings Cross

Kings Cross is also home to the huge Coca Cola sign. The Coca-Cola Billboard in Kings Cross, Sydney, usually referred to by Sydneysiders simply as “The Coca-Cola Sign” or “The Coke Sign”. It was/is an advertising billboard erected in 1974 by the Coca-Cola Company. It is more often regarded as an iconic landmark than as an advertisement.

Bondi Beach

Further into the posh Eastern Suburbs and we drive past the lovely suburbs of Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay, Rose Bay and Vaucluse. Arriving at the world famous Bondi Beach is quite impressive. You will have a fantastic view from the back of the trike or Harley. We wander along the beach front where you will be momentarily as famous as the beach itself when all passersby can’t help but look at you.

Oxford Street

If there is time we return to your drop off point via the very ‘out there’ Oxford Street, home of great fashion and jewellery designers. The western section is widely recognised as Sydney’s main gay district.

This itinerary can be changed to suit your personal requirements. However, you’ll find the time flies past. Sometimes the route is changed on the day, depending on the traffic. In conclusion, the Eastern Sydney Panorama Tour really is a good one which shows some beautiful parts of Sydney city.

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Troll Tours is totally 100% Australian Owned

Troll Tours Pty Ltd is a 100% Australian Owned company
Troll Tours – 100% Australian Owned

Troll Tours is totally 100% Australian Owned. The owners, riders and staff are all Australian. The main trikes are made in Gosford, north of Sydney, making them Australian manufactured. Of course, the Harleys are made in the USA or they wouldn’t be Harleys. 😎

Troll Tours Pty Ltd is Certified Australian Owned.

Australian Owned

Australian Owned is a social enterprise, which is cause-driven with a mission to support the Australian business community. We want to give businesses the tools to grow, assisting to strengthen local communities through jobs and investment, contributing to the long-term prosperity of this country.

The certification company mission,“Our vision has been to build transparency and trust in the Australian Owned Certified logo for both business and consumer. As a result of the findings from our extensive research and market engagement, we are thrilled to unveil our refreshed certification logo, reflecting the organisation’s evolution while keeping our core beliefs and mission unchanged”.

It’s important to buy from an Australian Owned company / business. Certainly, Consumers feel it’s important to support Australian-owned businesses in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic. They are learning that it has never been more important to strengthen our economy and our communities. We were the first Trike and Harley Tour business in Sydney to specialise in trike tours. This was 15 years ago, so we have plenty of experience.

Troll Tours is in the top 10 things to do in the Sydney list.

In conclusion, Troll Tours is totally 100% Australian Owned, so please support us. In return, you’ll be providing jobs for Australians. Don’t forget, the owners, riders and staff all live in Sydney and the Greater Sydney area. So they know the best places to take you for the best views and for places off the beaten track. Best of all, you will have a fabulous, memorable experience – Feel the Freedom.

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Palm Beach is one of our favourite places in Sydney

Palm Beach is one of our favourite places in Sydney. Palm Beach is a suburb in the Northern Beaches region of Sydney. It is located 41 kilometres north of the Sydney but it’s such a wonderful ride to get to. It’s the destination on our Beach Beauty Tour. https://trolltours.com.au/product/the-beach-beauty

Summer Bay (Home and Away)

Sometimes, Palm Beach is colloquially referred to as ‘Palmy’; and is used for exterior filming of the soap opera Home and Away, as the fictional town of Summer Bay. It is also the subject of the 2018 film ‘Palm Beach’. Despite the hefty property prices it remains a haven for a variety of artists

It is bounded by Broken Bay to the north, the Tasman Sea (within the South Pacific Ocean) to the east, Whale Beach, Avalon and Clareville to the south, and Pittwater to the west.

The Palm Beach photo above

This photo was taken from the headland at the northernmost point. It rises quite sharply from the beach to over 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level, and features an operational lighthouse. The narrow sandy isthmus or tombolo linking the south side of the headland to the rest of Palm Beach had extensive fencing and shrub planting undertaken during the 1980s to combat sand erosion.

Fishing is good at this time of the year. During winter, the Australian salmon run so bring your beach rod!

Specifications of Palm Beach

The 2.3-kilometre long east-facing beach curves in a gentle arc between the lighthouse and Barrenjoey Head. To the sandstone rocks of Little Head in the south, beach linking Barrenjoey to the mainland. North Palm Beach extends 1.4 kilometres south from Barrenjoey, with the northern 600 metres backed by a 200-metre wide densely vegetated foredune. The southern Palm Beach section includes the southern 600 metres (2,000 ft) of beach, which curves to the southeast in the southern Kiddies Corner. It receives increasing protection from Little Head with waves decreasing in height down the beach. Rips usually extend all the way to the head, though usually smaller in size, with a weak permanent rip against the southern rocks.

So as you can tell by this article, Palm Beach is one of our favourite places in Sydney! We can pick you up somewhere on the Northern Beaches and tour to and around here. Or, we can pick you up anywhere in Sydney or the surrounding areas, however, the ride may take longer than 3 hours. Contact us for a tour to Palm Beach – we know you’ll love it!

Queen’s Birthday: June long weekend – we are open!

The Queen’s Birthday: June long weekend is a holiday and is a moveable feast. In other words, it moves date each year. It celebrates the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. She is not only Queen of Great Britain but also Queen of Australia. Also of New Zealand and 13 of the 50 other countries in the commonwealth.

History of the Queen’s Birthday

The Queen’s actual birthday is neither in June nor October but in April. The official birthday is in June to increase the chance of good weather for the celebrations in the UK. It not to help the Australian ski industry. The holiday traditionally marks the start of the Australian ski season. It is not a public holiday in the UK.

Since 1748, the monarch’s official birthday has been marked by an outdoor parade known as Trooping the Colour. This was usually held on the king or queen’s actual birthday. Edward VII, who reigned from 1901 to 1910, was born in November. Instead of making the troops parade on a cold and dark November morning, the tradition began of celebrating his birthday officially in May or June. This meant there was less chance of it being chilly and drizzly during the event. This tradition was then carried on by subsequent monarchs.

History of the Queen

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of the House of Windsor was born on 21 April 1926. In 1952, after the death of her father, King George VI, Elizabeth succeeded to the throne. Thereafter, she was known as Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth II continues to reign as Queen of Australia. There was a referendum in 1999 which resulted in the retention of Australia’s constitutional monarchy.

Troll Tours is open all weekend so book a tour with us. The Queen’s Birthday: June long weekend is worth celebrating! Even if it’s more the day off work than remembering the queen. Go on, have some fun and ‘Feel the Freedom’.

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https://www.officeholidays.com/holidays/australia/australia-queens-birthday

Celebrate with 10% off our tours – Mother’s Day 2021

Celebrate with 10% off our tours. Get 10% off our tours of 1 hour or longer. You can book your Mum a Harley or trike tour with Troll Tours. Book and buy now and receive 10% off.

Book now or buy a Gift Voucher

The tour can be experienced after Mother’s Day, so book now. Or, buy a Gift Voucher for your Mum. She will have 3 years to use it and can choose when she wants to go. Offer ends 09 May 2021 so get in quick. You can use the Dine & Discover voucher to get $25 off.

The route

Your Mum can choose where she wants to go. As long as it is possible within the time frame that was bought, we will take her there.

Ideas

Ideas are on our website but all the tours are adaptable. Or, we can design a completely new route which takes into account your interests.

Celebrate with 10% off our tours! So, go on and book a tour before the offer ends for another year.
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History

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. However, it can also be used to honour Aunties and any special female in your life. Celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, it is a great time to let them know how much you love and admire them. Remember, in Australia, it is celebrated in the month of May.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary also does this, and claims the first use of ‘auntie’ was in 1672. However, they don’t reference how they know this or explain more about the story.

Use in reference to Indigenous Australian women

The term aunty or auntie is also used as a term of respect to refer to an older Indigenous Australian woman. They may or may not be related to the speaker. Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians can use ‘aunty’ or ‘auntie’ towards a woman of high esteem and earned respect. However, non-Indigenous Australians should always ask whether this is appropriate. If you’re wondering how to address an aunty or auntie in your local Aboriginal community non-verbally, for example writing a letter, email, or mentioning her online, you should simply ask her how she would like to be referred to.

Dine & Discover NSW – feel the freedom with us!

Dine & Discover NSW is a new scheme to help NSW recover. Recover from the COVID pandemic that is. This is to encourage the community to get out and about and start spending at dining, arts and tourism businesses. 

From March, NSW residents aged 18 and over will be eligible for 4 x $25 vouchers, worth $100 in total.  Vouchers can be used at participating NSW businesses that are registered as COVID Safe. Troll Tours Pty Ltd is COVID Safe accredited.

The Dine & Discover NSW Vouchers will be divided into 2 categories:2 x $25 vouchers to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday (excluding public holidays)

#1 – 2 x $25 vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues, any day of the week (excluding public holidays).
#2 – 2 x $25 vouchers to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday (excluding public holidays)

We are part of the #1 community and we are happy to accept a $25 voucher for each person on our tours. Scanning your voucher is easy, it will have a QR Code. Once it has been approved we are good to go. The difference will have been paid before the ride – with direct deposit or credit card. Cash is fine before the Harley or trike tour starts. We will ask for a back up payment type just in case it doesn’t work.

Customers

From March, NSW residents aged 18 and over can apply online for Dine & Discover NSW Vouchers. 

You can download the Service NSW app now, before the vouchers become available from March. https://trolltours.com.au/product/design-your-own-ride/

However, if you look at our tour page, https://trolltours.com.au/tours-and-prices/ you will see there are so many choices. The prices are also shown and remember, if there are 3 or more people you will pay the corporate price, which is lower. All our tours can be changed to suit your personal requirements. Or, create your own Harley or trike tour. We are happy to take you on any tour (which is legal 😂).

Valentine’s Day – show your love to that special one!

Valentine’s Day – show your love to that special one! Don’t forget, it is on Sunday 14 February this year (2021).

If you are stuck for ideas just look at what we have. Harley and trike tours around Sydney! Isn’t that more fun than red roses? Our tours sure are more fun and way more memorable. You won’t need to dress to impress 😆. No need to book for actual Valentine’s Day, we can email you a gift voucher. This means the love of your life can book for you both, when it suits.

All of our tour routes are flexible, the ones on our website are just ideas. You can choose to do one of them, change one of them or design a completely new route.

Troll Tours provides everything

Troll Tours provides everything – accredited trike and Harley riders, Harbour Bridge toll x 1 per bike, GST, photos, helmets, jackets (if needed), insurance and a fun time. It also includes the Passenger Service Levy and government taxes. 

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. It originated as a minor Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine and, through later folk traditions, has become a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.

Court of love

The earliest description of February 14 as an annual celebration of love appears in the Charter of the Court of Love. The charter, allegedly issued by Charles VI of France at Mantes-la-Jolie in 1400, describes lavish festivities to be attended by several members of the royal court, including a feast, amorous song and poetry competitions, jousting and dancing. Amid these festivities, the attending ladies would hear and rule on disputes from lovers. No other record of the court exists, and none of those named in the charter were present at Mantes except Charles’s queen, Isabeau of Bavaria, who may well have imagined it all while waiting out a plague. Thanks to Wikipedia for this information.

So don’t forget Valentine’s Day – show your love to that special one!

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Happy Australia Day 2021 from all of us here at Troll Tours

Happy Australia Day 2021 from all of us here at Troll Tours. We are a proudly Australian owned and operated company. Troll Tours gives the best Harley and trike tours, if we do say so ourselves. Sydney and the greater Sydney area, such as the Blue Mountains and The Royal National Park (southern Sydney). Did you know the Royal National Park is the second oldest national park in the world? We do hope you enjoy our Australia Day Celebrations, whether you are here in Sydney, somewhere in Australia or overseas and looking on.

Australia Day history

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Observed annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet at Port Jackson in New South Wales. It marks the raising of the British flag at Sydney Cove by Arthur Phillip. The date of 26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland). Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808. With the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818. On New Year’s Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a federation. This marked the birth of modern Australia. A national day of unity and celebration was looked for. It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories adopted use of the term “Australia Day” to mark the date. It was not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories. Thanks to Wikipedia for this paragraph of the history.

present-day Australia

In present-day Australia, celebrations aim to reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation. It is marked by community and family events and reflections on Australian history. There are official community awards and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new members of the Australian community.

So, happy Australia Day 2021 from all of us here at Troll Tours. https://trolltours.com.au/

The Gap Sydney NSW – Part 2

Following on from Part #1 : The Gap, Sydney NSW

Suicides

The Gap is also infamous for suicides and accidental deaths.

The tall cliffs have made it a location for those wishing to end their lives. The Tasman Sea is the body of water here, east of Sydney and all the way to New Zealand. Between 2008 and 2011 numerous measures have been implemented to dissuade those at risk of suicide, these include security cameras to monitor the area, several purpose-built Lifeline counselling phone booths, and information boards from the Black Dog Institute and Beyondblue. An inward-leaning fence has also been erected to deter people from jumping. The Gap, Sydney NSW is a seriously interesting place.

William Albert Swivell

On the afternoon of 20 April 1936, noted Australian diarist Meta Truscott recorded how she and her uncle, Christopher Dunne, witnessed a suicide at The Gap. By chance, the pair shared a bench with a well-dressed, middle-aged man who was later identified as William Albert Swivell. As the three watched a ship sail through the Sydney Heads, her uncle asked the man if he knew its name, to which Swivell replied, “The Nieuw Holland.” Soon afterwards, the smartly-dressed man stood up and walked away; he climbed to the top of the cliff and jumped to his death.

Caroline Byrne

Feeling old! We remember this one – in June 1995, a 24-year-old model, Caroline Byrne, fell to her death at The Gap. Due to the notoriety of the area, police did not initially suspect foul play. However, in 2008, her then-boyfriend was convicted of pushing her over the edge, but in February 2012, he was acquitted of her murder on appeal.

Charmaine Dragun

We remember this one – it’s so sad. In November 2007, Charmaine Dragun, a 29-year-old newsreader who worked for 10 News First, jumped from The Gap after battling depression and anorexia.

In conclusion, Troll Tours finds The Gap, Sydney NSW very interesting. We love taking our passengers here, to show them the view and to tell them the haunting history.

Photo by ConstantZero
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The Gap Sydney NSW – Part 1

The Gap Sydney NSW – Part 1 – hopefully this article will give an insight into a little known but beautiful area of Sydney. We can take you here on a Harley or trike tour. Just ask us!

The Gap is part of the eastern suburbs of Sydney, just 7kms north of the famous Bondi Beach. It is an ocean cliff on the South Head Peninsula. It is formed from Sydney sandstone making it part of the Sydney basin. More on that later. The Gap has a spectacular view to the east, out to the Tasman Sea. It’s not possible to see NZ but the north island is 2,154 km from here, straight ahead.

Prior to European settlement, The Gap was inhabited by the Birrabirragal Aboriginal clan.

A short European history:

Shortly after the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, the British established a makeshift signalling station on the ridge above The Gap. Its role was to give early warning to the colony of any approaching ship. A formal signal station was established in 1790, serviced by a bridle trail that developed into the Old South Head Road by 1811. Pilots based at Camp Cove in Watsons Bay would meet ships at the entrance to Port Jackson in order to guide them safely into Sydney Harbour.

In 1871, a year after the official withdrawal of Imperial British forces, the headland around The Gap became a military garrison when work began to build coastal artillery emplacements to defend the Port of Sydney. Construction was undertaken by the colonial government’s militia under the command of British military engineers. The first barracks, which were occupied by members of the New South Wales Artillery, were completed by 1877. Extensions were added in 1880 to accommodate additional personnel. Many of the early barracks are still standing near The Gap.

By 1895, the area was being used by the fledgling Australian Army as a gunnery school. In 1942, the Royal Australian Navy had established a radar training school nearby. The facility was initially named HMAS Radar, but was later commissioned as HMAS Watson on 14 March 1945. Torpedo and anti-submarine warfare training were relocated to Watson in 1956.

The Gap has been part of Sydney Harbour National Park since 1982. In 1990, the area was opened to the public to offer access to the spectacular cliff views and walks.

Ship wreck

In 1857, the sailing ship Dunbar carrying 63 passengers and 59 crew struck the rocky cliff at the foot of The Gap. The Dunbar, which was captained by James Green, had left England on 31 May 1857 arriving off Botany Bay shortly after dark on 20 August 1857. In poor visibility and stormy weather, Captain Green misjudged the entrance to the harbour. The Dunbar drove into the rocky cliff at the foot of The Gap causing the ship’s topmasts to snap and the ship to turn broadside against the rocks because of the pounding of the waves.

By light next day, crowds watched as breakers pounded victims’ corpses against the rocks. Other bodies amid cargo and wreckage were washed inside Sydney harbour with the incoming tide; many of the dead were naked and had been mutilated by sharks. The funeral of the Dunbar victims was one of the longest processions ever seen in Sydney. The unidentified dead were buried in a common grave at Camperdown cemetery.

A young sailor named James Johnson was the only survivor. He was rescued after clinging to a rocky ledge below The Gap for 36 hours. Johnson, who was later employed at the lighthouse near Newcastle, rescued another lone survivor from the wreckage of the steamer, SS Cawarra, in July 1866.

More than fifty years later, The Dunbar’s anchor was recovered and placed on the cliffs at Watsons Bay with a memorial tablet.

We hope you have enjoyed The Gap Sydney NSW – Part 1. Part 2 will be about some of the sad (but interesting) suicides and accidental deaths. It’s really why The Gap was in the news often. Not so much any more, thankfully.

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Thanks to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gap_(Sydney) https://sydneycitytour.com.au/attractions/the-gap/ https://dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/the_gap