In an attempt to atone for the excess of food consumed on Christmas Day, today I walked across the historic railway bridge that spans the Georges River between Oatley and Como on the South Coast/Illawarra railway line. It’s a popular walk and I often see power walkers, joggers, families and cyclists using the bridge as I go past in the train to and from work.
I caught the train to Oatley and walked back across the bridge to Como as it seemed to make sense to start my walk heading towards home. As it turns out, I’m really glad I did it that way. Here’s why 🙂
Oatley is a pretty suburb in the south of the St George district. There’s a big park running through the centre of the shopping centre and on Boxing Day, it was quiet, with a few cars around and some kids playing footy on the grass. Follow this path and eventually you end up at the beginning of the track that will cross the bridge.
There’s no shade, lots of weeds and a few bright yellow flowers soaking up the sunshine.
So far fairly uninspiring as a walk. However, the beauty of doing this walk heading towards Como is that all of a sudden, you get this
The bridge itself looks like this
Miraculously, the Como Waterfront Cafe was open, so I could sit for a rest and look back on the bridge, enjoying the fabulous breeze and the sounds of kids jumping off the nearby jetty, squealing and splashing each other.
It’s a short walk up the hill back to the railway at Como station. Nice day out – I thought about a cold beer at the Como pub on the way past. Next time.
Thanks to all those people who went to work on a public holiday today so that there was public transport, coffee and the possibility of a beer – I’m very grateful!