June 14, 2017: This Day we enjoyed a tour of the Sydney Observatory in association with the Hornsby Branch who made the booking and arrangements. The day started out with morning tea at West Pymble and then a very pleasant journey into the city. We arrived at the Observatory to find much road works going on and it was impossible for the coach to make it up to the observatory so a nice walk was involved. Upon reaching the observatory we were divided into two groups to make it easier to proceed. The young lady that accompanied our group was very good and she certainly new her subject, in fact she seemed quite passionate about it, Unfortunately the weather was such that the big telescope was unable to be opened and so we didn’t get a chance to look at the sky but we did get a great view of that part of the city that was the beginning of this great country and we were instructed in the use of the flags.
At 1 o’clock we watched the big ball fall after the gun had gone off to let the shipping know the exact time, the only way of being accurate in the days gone by. After the tour we repaired to the Blackbird Cafe at Darling Harbour for a two course lunch followed by tea or coffee if you required it. We were delivered safely back on the Central Coast, after dropping off our friends at Hornsby, by our very pleasant driver Phil. All in all a very nice day out and very informative. “
Reviewed by Pat Taylor, Photos by Sheila Perry & Helen Leslie