Born or Bred a Traveller?

Born or Bred a Traveller?

From my early years I had no option but to travel, because my parents’ job involved moving around to where they were told to go.

By the time I was 9 years old I had lived (with my parents and brother) in 9 different towns in northern NSW, western NSW and southern QLD. Before I married I’d lived in 19 different houses. Even after leaving my parents home I moved around, and now that I am at the ripe old age of ….. well, an old bloke, I have lived in 27 houses in lots of different places.

There were some aspects of moving around that I didn’t like when I was young. I hated losing friends and changing schools, but I always enjoyed exploring the next “new” town and house.

Though I didn’t really form a bond with any of the places in the country. I probably wasn’t old enough to do that. However, I immediately loved Collaroy (on the northern beaches of Sydney) when we moved there in 1959. From then on I grew to love the city of Sydney, it’s CBD and surrounding areas.

So on this day I had a very enjoyable time wandering around the “skirts” of Sydney’s CBD with Maggie, Luke, Julia and Oscar. Something many other Australians are starting to do again, now that Covid-19 restrictions are being gradually lifted.

Darling Harbour on the Western Edge of Sydney’s CBD

DSC08253Travelling on the “good unfinished ship” Imax Theatre

DSC08250Nice boat, but I don’t think I could handle a voyage by yacht

DSC08260A harbour cruise would be good

DSC08262DSC08242City view from the Pyrmont Bridge

DSC08256City view from under the Pyrmont Bridge

DSC08258The understructure of the Pyrmont Bridge, with a place to charge your phone?

DSC08259The CBD end of Pyrmont Bridge

DSC08252The “controllers house” – used when the Pyrmont Bridge “twisted” open to allow yachts to pass

DSC08435There isn’t much room in the “controllers house”

Sydney is where the British colonisation of Australia began and it’s also where Australia’s first people began to be dispossessed of their land and their rights.

Barangaroo, the Place and the Woman


“Barangaroo, the woman from whom Barangaroo the place takes its name, was a considerable influence in the days of the early European colony… She was an independent and strong member of the Cammeraygal clan who lived in and around the north harbour and Manly.

The first written account of her in 1790 described Barangaroo as being in her early 40s, worldly, wise and freer of spirit than the settlers expected of a woman.

Her first husband is said to have died of small pox, which decimated the clan around Sydney after European settlement. Her second husband was Bennelong, a Wangal man and one of the best known Aboriginal people from Sydney’s early days.”(

For more information on Barangaroo, the woman, use the following link.


DSC08282Oscar, enjoying the walk with Dad, Mum, Grandma & Owl

DSC08286The old eastern wall along Hickson Street, Barangaroo

DSC08289The construction zone on Hickson Road, Barangaroo

DSC08291DSC08294DSC08310View of Balmain East from the recently created Barangaroo Reserve

DSC08316Oscar & Luke explore the multilevel landscaping within Barangaroo Reserve

DSC08343DSC08347The Anzac Bridge & Jones Bay Wharves from Barangaroo Reserve

DSC08350Let’s run, let’s beat Grandma

DSC08356Sydney Harbour Bridge from Barangaroo Reserve

DSC08359Like moths to the beacon

DSC08377Years ago kangaroos could have been lying here in the shade, just like this. Except …

DSC08388The Palisade Hotel

DSC08390DSC08394High Street Millers Point, with the historic Sydney Observatory behind

DSC08397The Barangaroo Hotel Casino under construction, with office & residential towers behind

The new hotel is looking more like a huge yacht with its foresail unfurling around the mast.


As much as Maggie and I love to travel and explore Australia or overseas, it’s always good to return home to Sydney.

Cue the music, “I still call Australia Home” by Peter Allan or “I am Australian” by Bruce Woodley. They never fail to raise the “goose bumps”.

I’m turning all soppy on you now. I’d better go …. See you next time.



  • Peter Stanton
    Posted at 18:09h, 25 May Reply

    Hey that was great…so many happy memories of that beautiful city so brilliantly revealed through your photographic art…thanks dear Friend.

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 18:16h, 25 May Reply

      Thank you Peter, I’m pleased I was able to help you recall happy memories of your time in Sydney.

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