The Great Dangaroo Flood


While probing the east end of Old Compton Street in search of evidence of the former Little Compton Street I happened to look up and spy a brass plaque, attached about 4 metres from the ground, on Number 7.

Squinting my eyes somewhat I was able to ascertain that the plaque marked the high water mark in the Great Dangaroo Flood, an event that heretofore I had never heard of. The plaque left me somewhat mesmerised and further investigation ensued. Continue reading “The Great Dangaroo Flood”


Where Has Little Compton Street Gone?


Two signs in a utility tunnel under Charing Cross Road are the only visible evidence of the existence of the former Little Compton Street. To see the signs you need to look down through the metal grating on the traffic island at the intersection of Old Compton Road and Charing Cross Road. Continue reading “Where Has Little Compton Street Gone?”

Sydney Light Rail


This is the simplest form of Sydney public transport to tell you about as there is only one line, though as I write (December 2017) construction of an extremely controversial line connecting Central Station and Circular Quay via a track down George Street is underway. It will be the world’s most expensive light rail system on a per kilometre basis – if that’s any claim to fame. And that’s before the budget blow-outs occur.

I have digressed. Continue reading “Sydney Light Rail”

Sydney Buses


Sydney has a reasonably extensive system of buses but like most places catching a bus is the thing tourists tend to steer clear of or fear most. The reasons for this is that bus routes are harder to decipher, buses get snarled up in traffic, all buses don’t stop at all bus stops, and stops are not marked in the way train stations and the like are, meaning that unless you know the route you may have little idea where you are. Continue reading “Sydney Buses”

The Airport by Train


Notwithstanding my second picture I highly recommend this service if your final destination in Sydney is within walking distance of a train station.

Catching the train is the fastest way to reach Sydney Airport or to get to the city from the airport. Services run directly to/from the city centre to/from stations located inside the Domestic and International terminals. You can probably go cheaper by bus but for the extra dollar or so I prefer the faster train service. Continue reading “The Airport by Train”

Get A Free Bicycle For The Day


Adelaide City Bikes (Run by Bike SA) is a FREE bike hire scheme available to everyone every day. The scheme is an initiative of Adelaide City Council aimed at achieving a cleaner and greener city.

Bicycles are sturdy machines – certainly not designed for speed but they will get you around the city or along the coast. Bicycles can be ridden anywhere within the city limits – I recommend a ride along the banks of the Torrens River (including to the coast), the Parklands Trail and along the Gulf St Vincent. Continue reading “Get A Free Bicycle For The Day”

Free Bus Services – 99A/C and 98A/C


Adelaide Metro Bus Service 99A/C

Route 99A/C (anti-clockwise and clockwise respectively) is a useful free bus service for getting around the centre of Adelaide.

While the area covered can be done on foot the bus service is a very welcome alternative when its wet or Adelaide temperatures sore towards or past 40 degrees centigrade which happens regularly in summer. Continue reading “Free Bus Services – 99A/C and 98A/C”