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Activities and outings

Our Activities and Outings Officer, Megan, is tireless in organising a wide range of activities and outings. 

 


 

June 2024

Nutcote

‘Nutcote’ is the home of celebrated Australian children’s author, May Gibbs (1877-1969) at Neutral Bay.  Our group enjoyed a guided tour followed by relaxing conversation over a delicious Devonshire tea.

 


 

May 2024

North Head

After taking the ferry to Manly and exploring there for a while we continued our journey to North Head by bus where we followed the Fairfax Walk.  The rich history of the area truly came alive as we strolled through the historic fortifications and listened to stories of bravery and sacrifice.  Then it was time for lunch with great food and even better company.

 


 

May 2024

Probus Art Tour of White Bay Power Station

Our tour of the revamped former White Bay Power Station coincided with the 24th Biennale of Sydney.  The theme of this Biennale is "Ten Thousand Suns".  There was an amazing array of artwork, surrounded by remnants of the old Power Station.


April 2024

Parramatta History Tour

Members participated in the Inland Port Walking Tour to the area east of the Parramatta CBD and a guided tour of Hambleton Cottage.  Lunch was enjoyed at the 100 year old Albion Hotel.  The walking tour along the river explored connections between the local Aboriginals and settlers, how Parramatta was established and how it was the main connection between the town and Sydney.


March 2024

Tour of North Head - to be rescheduled

Our planned tour of North Head was cancelled due to extreme temperatures and will be rescheduled


February 2024

Quarantine Park Brunch

Brunch at the Abbotsford Quarantine Park was extremely well supported.  Quarantine Park has become a favourite for members to socialise informally.


January 2024

State Parliament Visit

An excellent lunch in the Strangers Restaurant was followed by a tour of both the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council, with special access to the floors of both chambers as Parliament was in recess.  With separate guides for each chamber, both guides were outstanding in sharing the history, symbolism and functioning of the Parliament.


December 2023

Christmas function

Thirty three member enjoyed the spirit of friendship, fellowship and fun at our annual Christmas function.

 


 

 

November 2023

Everything old is new again

This tour took in of some of the ‘new’ features of the Sydney urban landscape.  Our first stop was the Goods Line, originally part of the freight railway line that connected the Sydney railway terminus and the Darling Harbour port.  The remodelled Goods Line is now a shared pedestrian/cycleway but several historical rail artefacts have been preserved. 

On to Central Railway where we explored the areas that have been refurbished to accommodate further extensions of the Metro Rail Line.

We then travelled by train to Marrickville to see the new Marrickville Library that is built around the former Marrickille Hospital and after stopping for lunch many continued to explore the suburb.

 


 

November 2023

Jacaranda cruise with Graham Ross

Our cruise on Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River allowed us to view Sydney’s spectacular jacaranda trees, in full bloom.  Graham Ross, horticulturist, TV and radio presenter, author and garden tour escort gave a non-stop in-depth description of everything from indigenous history to the founding of Sydney to the colourful celebrities of the city, and shared the wealth of knowledge he has of the flora of Sydney.

 


 

October 2023

Barefoot Bowls

After a rudimentary ‘lesson’ from Bowling Club stalwart Henry, it was time for the four teams, including two guests of members, to hit the greens. This was when a new vocabulary was introduced to the teams, including ‘jack’, ‘bias’, ‘lead’, ‘second’, ‘skip’ etc, as well as learning that bowls is usually accompanied by a drink, preferably alcoholic. Some players were naturals at the game, while for others a few more lessons would be beneficial.

 


October 2023

Cooper Park

A gorgeous sunny day saw members embark on a delightful walk through Cooper Park in the eastern suburbs. Cooper Park is an area of abundant trees, ferns and gullies accessible via laid out paths. Whilst some paths are a little rocky in places, this only added to the feeling of being out in the bush. Birdsong was evident as well as a long-necked tortoise and eel, discovered in Cooper Creek.  This walk was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we finished our time together with coffee and a chat at the kiosk.

 


 

September 2023

Probus Month celebrations

To celebrate Probus Month, an informal meeting and barbecue brunch was held at the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in West Concord. Whilst our emphasis was on socialising, those who experienced the Kokoda Track in WWII were also remembered.

 


September 2023

Day trip to Rydal

Our bus trip took us to the amazing little town of Rydal, known for their spectacular displays of daffodils.  On the way we stopped at the Hydro Majestic in Katoomba for morning tea, with lunch at The Tin Shed in Lithgow.  On our way home, we took a short walk at Mount York to take in the beautiful views.

 


August 2023

Sydney Zoo

Sydney's new zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including endangered species from around the world.  It is also the only combined zoo and aquarium in NSW.  Sixteen Russell Lea Probus members spent an enjoyable couple of hours wandering around in sunny but chilly weather.

 


July 2023

Metro Northwest

Our outing on the new driverless Sydney Metro train from Chatswood to Tallawong was a great experience. The train is easily accessible to all, with great signage, comfortable seats and a clear view of the journey no matter where you are seated. We were able to stand at the front where the driver normally would be and watch the tracks ahead, which was fun.

 


July 2023

Hunters Hill walk

The Jeanneret Walk is one of several in the Guide “Hunters Hill Heritage Walks” and features a number of grand historic buildings, many with beautiful gardens. The walk is named after Charles Jeanneret (1834-1898), who was responsible for at least 16 sandstone buildings in Hunters Hill.  By chance we met one of the authors of the Guide and she shared her considerable knowledge of the area we were about to explore.

 


June 2023

State Theatre

The inconspicuous façade of the State Theatre in Market St, City belies what hides behind!

For 16 members, our visit to the State Theatre provided two hours of fascinating history about this iconic building as well as opportunity to discover hidden parts of the theatre otherwise not accessible to the general public.

 


May 2023

Concord Oval Recreation Centre

We were guided around the newly opened state-of-the-art sports centre by the Recreation Centre Manager.  This well-equipped sports centre houses the Zurich Centre, a centre of excellence for the Wests Tigers rugby league team and other local clubs.  The sportsfield has the tallest goal posts in the southern hemisphere.

 


May 2023

Western Sydney International Experience Centre

Our group met for morning tea at Warragamba Dam, prior to driving on to the Experience Centre.  The Centre is a space age looking building, a community engagement and education hub designed to showcase the developments and future possibilities associated with the airport.