The island is hard to distinguish, what with all these trees. Come in maybe 15% from each side and you should see a difference between foreground island and background forest.
Scotland Island, that is! It’s one of Sydney’s “hidden gems”; so hidden, in fact, that many residents have never even heard of it.
Where to find the island.
The island is accessible only with your own boat, or this rather cute ferry.
I stayed overnight at a B&B on the island recently. Once settled in, I headed off to walk around the island. It’s only about 1km in diameter, and the road that runs around the island is about 3km long. Don’t be fooled by the street names on this map; there isn’t a single street sign on the island!
The road is more like a bush track, but it made for good walking.
One thing that struck me is how close together the houses are.
You’d want to be on good terms with your neighbours, living so close to them!
Another thing I noticed is all the ****ed trees blocking the views! A glimpse of a view here and there, but mostly you’re looking at trees. I felt quite hemmed in.
Some of the houses nearest the water would have clear views, but not the ones higher up, tucked among the trees.
For example, this is the view from my room at the B&B: nice trees.
Considering all those trees, and how close together the buildings are, fire is a real concern. I spotted a number of these little fire service depots along the road, plus there is a real station.
A reassuring sight.
I think the only real vehicles belong to the fire service, but I did see a number of golf carts as transport.
This cart has seen better days!
Every house has a water tank or two. According to my hosts, the tanks are the main water supply on the island: no rain equals no water, in which case it must be brought from the mainland. In my best city-dweller manner (and remembering the glasses I’d guzzled in my room), I exclaimed, aghast, “You don’t drink it, surely?” They filter it, both with something mechanical and also with a laser filter (“like they have in hospitals and kindergartens”, she said; I’d never heard of such a thing) — oh well, I’m still here to tell the tale, and I must say the water had a nice taste!
This house needs some attention! Yet you can see the TV antenna and the electricity wire, so presumably it was occupied fairly recently.
Quite a contrast to other houses, prices for which exceed $1m.
I laughed when I spotted this street library housed in a old fridge.
More books are available at this ferry wharf.
Whatever was being given away here seems to have been popular.
If you keep an eye out, you’ll spot a number of curious objects along the way.
Another glimpse of a view, blocked by more trees.
These people are ready for winter with their stockpile of firewood.
A variety of house number styles.
And here we are at the highest point on Scotland Island, some 100m above sea level. There are some very steep roads on this island. 😦
A lovely, peaceful spot — from which to admire the trees.
Linked to Jo’s Monday Walk.