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More running in Sydney

Last week I was back in Sydney for work (as previously posted), which meant that I was back on the road for a bit of running. And since I had already explored the area around the Opera House and Darling Harbour, I figured it was time to do the “drive out and run back” routine to see a bit more of the city.

Image and route via strava.com.
Image and route via strava.com.

So, after work, I got on the T1 line from Wynyard and went across the bridge for the short ride to Waverton. Sitting in full running gear among a lot of suits and skirt returning from work was a bit strange, but once I noticed that half the women (and some of the men) are actually also wearing sneakers instead of high heels and dress shoes, it’s not quite as bad. Welcome to Australia. 🙂

The ride in the train already offered nice views, even if I was on of the very few that actually took notice.
The ride in the train already offered nice views, even if I was one of the very few that actually took notice.
Waverton station on the north shore of Sydney.
Waverton station in the northern part of Sydney.

I started my run from there and made my way down to the Balls Head Reserve (yes, I chuckled as well when I read that name), which is a tiny nature reserve on a peninsular sticking out into the harbour. It’s high on a cliff overlooking the bay and offers some stunning views.

A glimpse of the city through the trees.
A glimpse of the city through the trees.
And a stunning view across the western part of the city.
And a stunning view across the western part of the city.

This is where I stopped taking pictures and focused more on my running. So no more images, just a word of advice: if you like to run over flat stretches (as I do), don’t use this route! Once you get away from the immediate waterfront, Sydney (like Melbourne and Brisbane) is a city of many ups and downs. Many, many ups and downs. I guess I’ll have to do a bit more investigation to find some other area to run in.

Or just stick to the harbour. But that would be boring.

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