Sydney Metro Opened on 26 May 2019

The Sydney Metro is the brainchild of then Transport Minister (current Premier) Gladys Berejiklian and former NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell. There were no rail services to the burgeoning suburbs, Cherrybrook, Kellyville, Castle Hill, Norwest, and Rouse Hill. In the last ten years, Hills area has become a lucrative business hub attracting many private entrepreneurs. Many new homes were built around this area with a booming population, but the only thing that lacked was a railway line.

The long-awaited Sydney Metro train which opened for the public on Sunday 26 May, covers a 36 KM line from Tallawong to Chatswood. It’s a significant milestone for commuters, especially for those in the Hills area.

As much as the fauna and flora add beauty to nature, bridges, roads, and railway lines showcase the human potential and glorify the surroundings. The infrastructures benefit communities, and give a sense of belonging, that the public is the joint owners of the public property. Yesterday, this milestone was celebrated in high spirit. In the first six hours after the gates opened, 90,000 people rode on the new Sydney Metro Line.

It’s a hi-tech fully automated system. The heart of the entire Metro System is the Operational Control Centre in Tallawong. One room is filled with powerful computers which monitor the movement of trains along the railway, the location, and direction of each train. These trains are some of the most advanced on the planet.

Some commuters have reservation about the driverless trains. One spokesperson said that people have to imagine that they are travelling in a horizontal lift. My husband and I, travelled on this historic day 26 May 2019, from one end to the other end of the entire 36KM line. The train was packed to its maximum and a few platforms were a sea of colours.

There was an unexpected delay on one train when a door failed to align properly, which was immediately removed from service. Overall, it’s a great achievement which will benefit present and future generations. Many years ago, when my daughter attended the University, she had to catch 2 buses and a train to reach her destination, which took about one and a half hours. The Metro train would take only 15 minutes to cover the same distance.

People queue outside

Awaiting the train

Car park and commuters queue

Steps to the platform

Inside view of the station

Top view of the station

Train Underground

Train Above ground

Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park, Queensland

The Natural Bridge is one kilometre circuit walk, which takes you through an enchanting rainforest and a waterfall. The waterfall from above plunges into a circular hole and into the dark arched cave below. As you walk along the circuit path , you can witness the waterfall from top to bottom of the cave below . We couldn’t see glow worms in the dark-cave below, as we toured on a sunny day. Glow worms light up the cave at night time. Continuous sound of waterfall and the noise of birds in the surrounding take you to another place in the planet.

Water Is Life
“There can be water without life, but there is no life without water. No known living thing can function without water”. Slogan found in a dam we visited in Brisbane.

Cooking Implements

“A bad workman blames his tool” may be true at times. But when it comes to cooking its important that proper knives,gadgets,utensils etc. are well equipped in a kitchen.
Cutting vegetables with Global Knife set is an absolute joy. These knives are sharp, light and easy to handle.
For cutting meat I prefer Mundial knife. The wooden handle and heavy metal makes cutting and chopping of meat effortless .

Visit to Kings Park Botanic Garden, Perth

Its a beautiful park overlooking Swan River. Taking a scenic walk along a bridge is simply wonderful. We came across a barren tree at a distance and wondered about its significance in the park. A closer look at the tree displayed the history of the tree. Its a giant boab tree (Gija Jumulu – Aboriginal term) which was brought over to Kings Park from Telegraph Creek in Western Australia. After travelling over 3200km from its native place this 750 year old (estimated) tree was planted in July 2008. Its mentioned that this was the longest land journey of a tree of this size in history.
The giant boab trees can live more than 2000 years it seems.
These trees are found in the Kimberly region, in Western Australia.