Each month, the residents of the Fernbank retirement village in St Ives enjoy a mystery tour to a surprise destination around Sydney. Earlier this month, the Fernbank residents were treated to a fun and relaxed day at Chowder Bay.
With perfect weather in a perfect location, the group enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea and expert commentary on the area from their bus drive from ‘On Course Tours’. Named after whalers who made chowder from the bay’s seafood, Chowder Bay is located on the southern side of Middle Head Peninsula. Nestled between the harbour and a steep expanse of bushland, Chowder Bay is the perfect spot for a day trip, lunch or afternoon tea. Residents had the choice of wandering around the historic buildings, or just sitting back and enjoying the afternoon. The more active residents also had the option of walking between Taronga Zoo and Balmoral Beach. The Bungaree Walkway (dedicated to historic indigenous leader, Bungaree) leads up to Georges Head Lookout and offers spectacular harbour views and scenic bushland settings.
Chowder Bay was opened to the public in 2000 following decades of military occupation. The area features historic buildings and facilities originally established as a Submarine Miners Depot, and later used as barracks and mess buildings for the Australian military. The buildings have since been carefully restored by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and they now house a range of organisations and businesses offering diverse visitor experiences. All who attended this months’ mystery tour thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the group are already looking forward to exploring another mystery destination next month.