An attempt to visit every suburb in Sydney.

It was around this time last year that the blog set foot in The Shire  for the first time. Well I'm back for another round of Suther...

Cruising George: Taren Point

It was around this time last year that the blog set foot in The Shire for the first time. Well I'm back for another round of Sutherland adventures with

Taren Point

There are many ways to get to Taren Point - drive, bus, unicycle.

For me, the best way in was to grab a bus from my previous suburb of Ramsgate, dropping me off just north of the suburb. Like most things in The Shire, this bridge is named after Captain Cook, and it connects Taren Point to its northern neighbour Sans Souci.

Walking across Captain Cook Bridge offers up sweeping views of the Georges River, making it possibly the best way to enter Taren Point,

that is, if you don't mind the traffic whooshing by you.

Clearing the bridge landed me in the suburb, where I was immediately able to enjoy the classic waterside suburb hallmark of "bloody big houses".

Unlike some suburbs though, Taren Point shares its waterside with the public too, with fishermen reeling out their lines under the bridge I'd just crossed.

This path loops around to the suburb's eastern shore, with more (private) riverside beaches,

and this cool bird,

that I inadvertently scared away.

Sadly, this path is not very long, and I was soon in suburbia,

where I was reminded how waterside houses look funny from the front.

Continuing down the street, 

I was soon able to head off-road once more to another spot on the river.

This is Shorebird Reserve, a spot where shorebirds apparently hang out in the summer as part of their global migration.

This is celebrated with these cute footprints on the path,

and a warning to would-be lettuce thieves.

There's even a little viewing platform where you can get a better look at the sandy shore.

The path does continue on from here, further along the shore, but I chose to depart and head back into suburbia.

It's worth noting that if you do want to continue on, there's a good few kilometres of walking you can do along the shore from here into neighbouring Caringbah, with some more viewing platforms further downstream. That might be one for another day, but here's a photosphere from Google Maps to fill the gap.

Anyway, my goal was to head west to my next suburb, so I trudged through the still-really-large houses of Taren Point.

Here, I was able to enjoy some pretty gardens,

and more warnings,

while starting to hit the suburb's industrial pocket (a patch of the suburb that my route mostly avoided).

I can't say I saw too much of interest after this, with main roads,

and more huge houses.

The Taren Point Bowling Club marks the suburb's western border.

Taren Point: Big, waterside houses. But at least they share the shore.