Garuda Indonesia Colours Magazine March 2019 - Page 78

Travel | Sydney 76 1 The path becomes narrower, filtering sunlight through trees. A lizard darts and, somewhere above, parrots cackle. The cliffs drop away in honeyed sandstone towards the Pacific Ocean. As you walk downwards from clifftops you head into gullies and another world, where giant ferns grow and water trickles between mossy boulders. Yet you’re not in the countryside, but in the heart of Sydney. Follow the path and you’ll sometimes see downtown skyscrapers glittering across the harbour like a mirage. 1 The Iceberg pool is at the edge of the ocean and Bondi Beach. It is one of the best pools and most photographed spots. 2 As well as a waterside walk, booking a Sydney Harbour cruise is also a great way to explore the city. One of the joys of Sydney is that you can still find corners of wilderness that appear to have sidestepped the 21 st century. Many stretches of the city’s coastline are national parkland, and even when tracks meander through suburban streets they retain a tranquil atmosphere. Both the harbour and coastline are easily accessible on walking tracks, yet few visitors realise these tracks exist. Of all Sydney’s waterside walks, the coastal track that leads from Bondi to Coogee is perhaps best known. Follow in locals’ footsteps, though, and you’re rewarded with a great urban experience. You’ll appreciate how water is Sydney’s greatest asset, making the city scintillate. Walk down pathways that end in glittering bays and bobbing yachts, and you’ll begin to appreciate why Sydney is frequently cited as one of the world’s loveliest cities. Of all Sydney’s waterside walks, the coastal track that leads from Bondi to Coogee is perhaps best known. Bondi is Aboriginal for 2