Published Author, magazine and newspaper article writer. Healthy foodie trekker traveller sailor skier and scuba diver and golf lover. Wellness Coach by day (wellnesswoman.com.au) and writer reviewer in my spare time.
Published May 28th 2013
Ready to collapse after a big walk?
Norhtbridge Walk – Shops to Sailing Club 9 ks – 2 Leisurely hours
Our mild Australian winters make walking an excellent pastime without too much sun or likelihood of rain.
Starting at Miller St, Cammeray, this is a lovely walk to do on a Saturday or Sunday with a friend or by yourself. It is a combination of boutique shops to nosey in and a beautiful reward halfway which is the spectacular views to be seen from Northbridge Sailing Club. You might want to take a packed lunch or picnic, and definitely a camera for this hidden pearl.
Commencing on Miller Street at Cammeray you may like to park your car in one of the many side streets nearby, or frequent buses run to this area. You could also park in Ernest St, Crows Nest, which joins Miller Street.
Heading North to Northbridge by taking the bridge over the freeway you can treat yourself to the shops on the left on the way there and the shops on the right on the way back. For food lovers there are two great food establishments for eating or for catering purposes and they are Simone Logue and About life. There are a myriad of other little shops to explore from clothes to candles and much more. At the end of the shops cross the road to the other side and we will be staying here for the duration of the walk.
Miller Street turns into Strahallen Avenue, where you will pass under the beautiful architectural construction of Long Gulley Bridge, built in 1892. To me it is reminiscent of Richmond Bridge, in London, if anyone has been there?
Following the road straight ahead you will wind down and around the bends and at some stage take the steps up past a few houses to enable you to stay away from the road. As you wander another kilometre you will start to see Northbridge come into view. When you reach the junction of Sailors Bay Road, if you feel spent at this point you can turn left and head off to Northbridge Plaza, home to Woolworths and Witchery as well as many other delightful treats.
Turning right will take you down to the Northbridge Sailing Club which is our intended destination for the view and the exercise. Stay on the right hand side of the road and you will find the pathway fairly flat for this part of the walk. Veer right at the junction of Bonds Corner where Bonds Bottle shop offers tastings of champagne etc if you happen to be passing at 2pm on a Saturday. You will pass coffee shops and even a cheese making shop who run courses for beginners and you get to eat your produce too.
Ahead you will see Northbridge Oval and the Golf Course and hear the whoops of delight from Golfers who have obviously had a great hit. Luckily the golf course is on land which slopes down to the bay and you are not in danger of being hit by a ball. The golf course itself is beautiful and a fun course to play on.
Immediately after the golf course the pathway turns to what can only be described as bush, it is tarmacked but not paved and there is vegetation either side. For a moment you can pretend you are in the heartland of the Blue Mountains or similar.
When you pop out of there you will walk about another kilometre following Sailors Bay Road all the way as it slopes gently downwards towards Northbridge Sailing Club and Boat yard.
When you arrive at Clive Park you will see a narrow road on your right leading down to the water. Head down the path and you will see the signposts for Northbridge Sailing Club on the right and you can go down the wooden staircase. Visitors are welcome to this lovely family club. There is a massive deck where you can sit and have a picnic, a rest, or gaze in awe at the view. The clubhouse is available for weddings too. Stop and stare awhile and watch the canoeist or sailors of all ages go by.
When you have feasted your eyes aplenty and given your brain some new images to behold you can return in exactly the same manner as you came. The pathway back up is a little steep but when you return to Sailors Bay Road, you will find yourself back at Northbridge in no time at all. You can continue toward the Plaza or turn left onto Strathallen Ave to make your way back to Miller Street and view the shops on the other side of the street.
A beautiful leisurely walk of around 10k maximum – depending on where you start. Easy enough for anyone to do and very well worth the view.