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On a beautiful winter’s day one Sunday, on the rare occasion that the Happy Gwailo wasn’t working on a weekend, we decided to go for a walk in Sydney’s Bicentennial Park on Homebush Bay. The park was full of people out enjoying the sunshine and making use of the multiple free electric barbeque pits provided. Bikers were out in force, and we even saw a few tandem bike riders – not a sight you often see. The mystery was solved when we came across a bike rental shop towards the end of our walk. No wonder bikers outnumbered walkers by a huge majority!
My favourite thing about Bicentennial Park is the many bodies of water in and around it. Lake Belvedere is towards the Southern end of the park, and there is, of course, Homebush Bay, and multiple creeks and ponds throughout the park.
Our chosen path took us past an enormous waterbird refuge. There are a few bird hides dotted around the pond, which seemed a little pointless to me, given that the path runs right beside the pond and the birds seemed mostly used to humans.
One of the more interesting things about Bicentennial Park is the multiple WWI and WWII shipwrecks that dot the park. Back in the 60s, the government had approved a section of Homebush Bay for use as a shipwreck yard and many can still be easily seen from the shore.
Our way back took us through the Badu mangrove forest, with convenient boardwalks running through them.
After our walk, we dropped by the Brickpit, with its 18.5m high walkway that circles the pit. Once the site of a State-owned brickworks, the pond is now a water storage and frog habitat for the Green and Golden Bell Frog.
What a great way to spend a sunny Sunday :).
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