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					Sydney Drives & Detours


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> Lennox Bridge over the Parramatta River

The Parramatta River, which rises in the          Smith festival held in Eastwood in October
hills northwest of Parramatta and flows to        of each year.
Sydney Harbour has for over 200 years been        Cross Parramatta River on the Putney/
Sydney’s central waterway.                        Mortlake Punt and on to Homebush Bay.
Many of Sydney’s suburbs are nestled              Chosen as the site for the Sydney 2000                The geographic and demographic heart of                    at Lane Cover River Tourist Park 9888 9133
along its banks, its tributaries and bays.        Olympic Games because of its centrality and           Greater Sydney is                                
From the former working class, but now            access by road and public transport, Sydney           around Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush         Head south from Sydney Olympic Park to
gentrified, suburbs of Balmain, Birchgrove,       Olympic Park (Pages 32-33) now provides               Bay, which made it a very accessible location the beautiful and uniquely Asian themed
Rozelle with a myriad of restaurants and on       visitors with a wide range of attractions             for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.            Auburn Botanic Gardens corner of Chisholm
to Sydney Olympic Park (P32), Ryde(P30)           and a choice of activities, including tours of        Today, Sydney Olympic Park provides visitors & Chiswick Roads, Auburn or take a virtual
and Parramatta (P36), one of Australia’s          venues that hosted the world’s athletes. Just         with a wide range of attractions and a choice tour at Nearby
founding cities and, today, Sydney’s second       to the north is the Kokoda Track Memorial             of activities, including tours of venues that Rookwood Necropolis is an outstanding
largest CBD.                                      Walkway in Brays Park at Rhodes honouring             hosted the world’s athletes. (See pages 32    example of Victorian burial traditions.
Canada Bay, on the foreshores of Parramatta       a significant battle in the Papua-New Guinea          - 33).                                        Voluntary guides conduct tours. 9589 1161
River, is named after Canadian rebels,            campaign of 1942-1943. Not far south is                                                                          Paddy’s Markets at Flemington are Sydney’s
                                                                                                        The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in
deported to Australia following the               the beautiful and uniquely Asian themed                                                                          “Biggest & Best” traditional markets. 1300
                                                                                                        Brays Park on Homebush Bay Drive at
Canadian Revolution of 1837-8. The 7km            Auburn Botanic Gardens. The Nearby                                                                               361 589
                                                                                                        Rhodes, not far from Olympic Park honours
Bay Run around Iron Cove is family, bike,         Rookwood Necropolis is an outstanding
                                                                                                        this significant battle in the Papua-New                    Canada Bay takes its name from the Irish
wheelchair and stroller friendly.                 example of Victorian burial traditions. Visit
                                                                                                        Guinea campaign of July 1942-January                       and French Canadian rebels who settled                          Paddy’s Markets at Flemington, Sydney’s
                                                                                                        1943.                             in the area after they were deported to
                                                  “Biggest & Best” traditional markets.
The picturesque Lane Cover River is a                                                                  Cross the Parramatta River to Ryde and                      Australia following the Canada Revolution of
tributary of the Parramatta River, winding        By far the best and most relaxing way to                                                                         1837/8. With over 38 klm of foreshore on the
                                                                                                       follow the same road all the way to the
through a peaceful bushland valley. The river     see Parramatta River is from the Parramatta                                                                      Parramatta River, Canada Bay is a great place
                                                                                                       De Burghs Bridge entrance to Lane Cove
is the focus of most activities in Lane Cove      Rivercat from Circular Quay. Tel: 131500         > Sydney Olympic Park day picnicking,                           for a picnic, a leisurely bike ride or strenuous
                                                                                                       National Park for a relaxing
National Park where you can stroll along                                                                                                run along the harbour. Best known is the
                                                                                                       walking and rowing. Or turn right at
the bank, hire a rowboat, picnic or stay                                                               Victoria Road follow it through Gladesville                 Bay Run, a 7km trail around Iron Cove. Parks,
overnight in the nearby Tourist Park. Tel: (02)                                                        to picturesque Hunters Hill peninsular and                  walks, some great foreshore clubs and
8448 0400                                                                                              Woolwich.                                                   restaurants and exciting views.                                                                           Stay in the 196 room luxurious Courtyard                    For information
                                                  Parramatta Tel: 8839 3311                                                                                        Sydney Olympic Park Information Centre
Ryde (Pages 30-31) is the link between the                          by Marriott Hotel in North Ryde 9491 9500
Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers. There are                                                             Toll-free 1800 780 833,                    1 Showground Road
                                                  Ryde Library Tel: 9952 8222                                                                                       near Olympic Park station) 9714 7888
an amazing number of bays, picnic or fishing                                  just off the M2 and Epping Highway and
spots from Putney through to Henley on the                                                             opposite Eden Gardens, Sydney’s ultimate          
                                                  Sydney Olympic Park Tel: (02) 9714 7888                                                                          Ryde 9952 8222
Parramatta River, which serves as Ryde’s                         gardening experience 9491 9900
southern boundary. Take the time to wander                                                    and close to the                     Auburn
                                                  ■ DISCOVER GUIDES ONLINE
through picturesque Hunters Hill peninsular                                                            entrance of Lane Cove National Park. You                    Canada Bay
                                                  For more information and links go to :
and Woolwich. But don’t miss the Granny                      can camp or stay in a cabin in the Park itself
                                                                                                   > Lane Cove National Park
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