Up to Six Day Trips (travelling Public Transport) for Class of '69 attendees 'et al' to render visiting Sydney this late October the more pleasurable.
Up to Three Day Trips before our 55th Class Reunion on Thurs 24 October 2024 at The Chapel, and up to Three (other) Day Trips after our 55th Class Reunion

At least one day's rest between each below proposed Day Trip


i)        NSW's transport ferry ride from Circular Quay to Parramatta Wharf / Rydalmere Wharf.  Initially up Sydney Harbour, then left up Parramatta River to view some of Parramatta's Top Ten Attractions and enjoy a light 'dry' lunch.  Train or ferry back to the CBD.          

ii)       Train from Central station to Katoomba station (1 hr 57 min trip seeing lots of historic western Sydney) whilst Chin Wagging with folk that now look so much older.  Then catch #686 bus (2.4km south via Lurline St) to Echo Point Rd Lookout to view The Three Sisters.  Then catch same bus back to Katoomba station for same train route back to Central station.

iii)      Ferry ride from Circular Quay Wharf to Manly Wharf to walk 1.5km north to Queenscliff Beach for a light on-the-go (dry) lunch.  Then walk back to Manly to catch the bus to Cnr. Falcon St at Miller St, North Sydney.  Then walk 17 min to North Sydney station.

iv)      Catch train to Milsons Point station and walk back (south) over the Sydney Harbour Bridge (on the east side with views of the Sydney Opera House), then short meander down to Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House.  Then commence the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Walk c/w around Mrs Macquarie's Chair in The Botanic Gardens with Sydney Art Gallery over on LHS.  Then walk thru the verdant The Domain to pass through Sydney Hospital and descend along Martin Place to Wynyard train station. 

           Reduce above walk distance by skipping the walk past The Opera House along Mrs Macquarie Chair and Martin Place, and rather catching train from Circular Quay station.  (You will still see the Sydney Opera House from our flat, free walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.)

v)       Ferry boat ride from Circular Quay Wharf to Taronga Park Zoo Wharf.  Then short Govt bus ride up to Taronga Park Zoo.  Two hours later after viewing a welter of animals, and partaking a light feed, retrace route back to Circular Quay station.  Seniors admission (with a Seniors Card) is $35.10 when booked and paid on-line.

vi)      John Waters & Phil Johnston were still disrupting classes at Leo's 40 years on - Wed, 18 Nov '09.

A 30 min 'walk through' the St Leo's College school grounds and sporting ovals - a journalist from the Hornsby Advocate to attend and -

1.      chat with inaugural school students from any of the three classes that formed St Leo's in 1956; and

2.      view old Kodak photos, incl. the first Leaving Certificate class in St Leo's school uniform in 1962.

St Leo's opened in 1956 with a 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Class that compromised up to 15 students in each class.  My eldest brother, Gerard, was in the original 5th Class, having moved north from St Pius College, Chatswood.  His life long friend, Clive Powe_l, was also in the original 5th Class.  The small class ahead of Gerard and Clive, being the original 6th Class, progressed to complete the Intermediate Certificate in 1959, but did not advance to attempt the Leaving Certificate at St. Leo's in 1961.

An article in the Hornsby Advocate featuring six or seven of the original school students that had attended St Leo's in its inaugural year of 1956 (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class) at a former student's 'school grounds walk through', accompanied by old Kodak photos and old school boaters or ruminants of school uniforms, would evidence marvellous public relations between a burgeoning co-ed St Leo's College, Wahroonga of today, and the school that first taught boys (initially limited to four primary school classes) almost 70 years ago.

Phil Johnston retains two old school boaters that still display/exhibit the old St Leo's cloth purple and gold head band sown together in fine cotton.

(Over recent years approaching Christmas there has been a school reunion at the Hornsby RSL for older SLOBs.  This writer understands that three students from when St. Leo's opened in 1956 (or shortly after) attended the most recent lunchtime get-together on Thurs, 16 Nov 2023.  It would be beneficial for the six or seven original students that started in 1956 to meet with the journalist at the Hornsby Advocate, and a representative of St Leo's, at least three weeks before an approved 'school grounds walk through'.  Some attendees may wish to catch the once all too familiar Red Rattler to Waitara station and walk down Yardley Ave to the lower end of the college.  Others could park their jalopy in Woolcott Ave for a short walk to the main College gates

The actual visit at the school grounds would not exceed 35 mins in toto and hopefully be partially attended by the College Principal, Anthony Gleeson (or delegate) who attended our Nov 2014 class reunion at The Blue Gum Hotel, Waitara.