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North Shore Temple Emanuel

a Progressive Jewish Congregation

Walking Group

The Boomers & Beyond Walking Group is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

General Information

The walks are relatively easy and typically three to four kilometres long. They are planned so that the group finishes at a suitable location for refreshments!

Walkers are encouraged to bring a hat, sunnies (if appropriate) and their own supply of water.

Bookings essential.

For more information, email Boomers & Beyond.

Reminder: These walks are designed for fit Seniors, who can manage on both track and sealed pathways, with no walking aids. If you are likely to be slow or need help, it is your responsibility to bring a friend who can accompany you if you fall behind the group.

Message from Vera Cranston 4 August, 2020

I have very much missed your company for our monthly walks and and of course, talks over coffee.  It's been half a year since we got together.

I had several walks planned all of which have been put on hold because of the COVID situation.  In particular there was a walk planned later this month to celebrate NSTE's 60th Birthday.  I had organised a tour of Chatswood, home to the Temple, because the urban landscape and demography have changed so dramatically over the last 60 years.

However, I will optimistically look forward to seeing you sometime in the future, when it is considered safe.

If anyone has ideas on particular walks of interest, please let me know.

Wishing you good health and to take care,

Vera Cranston

Recent Outings 

Thursday 20 February - Cammeray to Folly Point, return

It was a beautiful sunny day for our walk from Cammeray Square to Folly Point overlooking Willoughby Bay.

Our group of 12 enjoyed the beautiful view and the rather steep climb back up the hill where we were rewarded with coffee and refreshments. We welcomed some new members to the group and enjoyed each other's company.

Thursday, 21st November, 2019, Guided tour of Garden Island, Sydney

Thursday 17 October - Berry Island to Waverton 

We had a lovely Boomers' Walk on Thursday 17 October, with a lively group of 12 walkers.

Our Indigenous guide, Karen Smith, provided background information about the original Aboriginal tribes who lived on Berry Island, describing their lifestyle based on fishing, hunting and gathering. Berry's Bay was a plentiful source of seafood and the evidence of seashells and relics of middens provided testimony to their livelihood.

As we traversed the island Karen provided background on the native flora and fauna - the Brush Turkeys were our companions en route.

We left the Reserve to cross Oyster Bay admiring the full vista of the harbour. After climbing 190 steps to get to Bay Road, then an uphill walk, we rewarded ourselves with coffee and snacks, plus plenty of schmooze at one of the cafes.


Thursday 19 September - Rainy day coffee and schmooze catchup at Norths








Thursday 22 August - Neutral Bay to Milsons Point via Kurraba Point 






Thursday 20 June 2019

Given the heavy rains of the previous days, we were very lucky with our walk last Thursday - a little crisp in temperature but brilliant sunshine and little wind!  We had our share of aerobic exercise up the rather steep slope of Walker Street, but we were rewarded with the magnificent view of Sydney Harbour once we reached the overpass.
A special treat was provided by Diane Ford who kindly hosted morning tea in her current home on the 36th Floor in a local apartment block, where we could again admire the view.  As always, conversation flowed and a very pleasant time was had by all, combined with healthy exercise and the enjoyment of our surroundings.
Hope to see you at the next walk, most likely in August, as many people are overseas or committed to childcare during the school holidays next month.

Thursday 16 May 2019 - Birchgrove to Balmain 

Last Thursday, a beautiful sunny day, 17 of us enjoyed the walk from Birchgrove to East Balmain.  The ferry ride from Circular Quay took in our beautiful harbour and in a few minutes we had arrived at Birchgrove Wharf.  We walked through the narrow streets and saw the old workers' cottages in this once highly industrialised area. The former Caltex site at Ballast Point has been preserved as parkland and will be further developed for public use.

The "Dry Dock" Hotel was reminiscent of the past landuse, with many dockyards along the foreshore to cater for the extensive shipping trade.

We enjoyed the "village" atmosphere of Darling Street and the many corner shops and enjoyed coffee, refreshments and schmooze in the refurbished old Balmain Bowling Club, providing a "boost" to the local economy.  Then for the last section, we headed to Balmain East Wharf for the ferry trip back to Circular Quay.
Thanks to all who came along, and hope to see you for our next walk on Thursday, 20th June, 2019.

Thursday 21 March 2019

Our group of 20 is to be congratulated for venturing out into the morning rain for our walk from Manly Wharf to Queenscliff and return.

After the initial downpour, we were rewarded with bright sunshine and clear skies and the brilliant vista of the unbroken stretch of beach as we walked along the foreshore.  How beautiful is this landscape and how lucky we are to live in this city!

It was very pleasing to welcome more newcomers to our group and also pleasing to see our loyal Easties who travel long distances by public transport to come to the Northside.  It's wonderful to see the network of friendship expanding! 

On our return walk we stopped  to see the extensive urban development along the edges of Manly Lagoon.

As usual, we finished with a coffee and schmooze where we enjoyed catching up and renewing friendships.

Thu, 22 October 2020 4 Cheshvan 5781