Jessie Street Gardens│Sydney
The Jessie Street Gardens are located in Loftus Street, near Circular Quay, in front of the Gateway building. It was built to honour the life of a leading Australian women’s rights activist, Jessie Street. We weren’t purposefully looking for this garden. It was therefore a pleasure to stumble across it while we were looking for a place to sit down a relax. We were trying to do a low-budget day (ie. we had gone over budget for a few days and we needed to try make up for it) so we bought some Subway sandwiches and we looked for a secluded spot to sit down. These gardens were perfect because, although located in the center of tall buildings, it still seemed to feel completely nature. In fact, the surrounding skyline added a unique feel to the garden!
Jessie Street (1889-1970) was a noted feminist and international peace campaigner. She gained international publicity for the situation of Aboriginal Australians and her suggested amendments to the Australian constitution were adopted in the 1967 referendum.
We sat down on the edge of a grassy embankment and ate our Subway sandwiches. Once we were done, we lay on the grass – taking turns to walk around with little man. Left alone, this child will wander off and never return, and since we were in the middle of a city area, we didn’t want him walking into the road. His extreme confidence never ceases to amaze me. He walks up to complete strangers and kneels down next to them “to chat”. Lying back and looking up at the blue skies, surrounded by buildings, we surprisingly calming. Sydney is just wonderful! The city is big, and yet it doesn’t have that “big city” feel. Coming from China it also seemed exceptionally clean. But then again, our perception might be warped.
After some downtime, we walked a couple of blocks over to the nearest Big Bus Sightseeing stop. We had spent the morning exploring some of Sydney’s most famous sights, and we wanted to get in a few more stops before the end of the day. In fact, the bus stopped in a road around the corner from our hotel. The smart thing to do was to make sure we rode it “all the way home”.
We wished that we had known that Sydney’s major sights were located within a short walking distance from each other. It turned out that we got off the sightseeing bus to see the Sydney Opera House, and then walked everywhere from there. In an attempt to get some “extra miles” out of our sightseeing bus ticket, we went looking for the Sydney’s Fish Market. Unfortunately, even though we got there just after 4pm, everything was closed. We sort of imagined a big market, open to all hours, and alive with activity. Instead we found a deserted lot!
Justin looks left first, I look right. But we live in China were there are barely any road rules adhered to so you better look both ways, or you are in trouble. Needless to say, when we travel, we sometimes forget which ways cars are coming. These road signs reminded me of South Africa, and helped us remember which way the traffic was coming!
Sydney is awesome.
We loved walking around this city!