Cooks River Industrial Heritage Tour Brunch Ride

Two rides for the price one! Our semi-regular brunch ride returns in June with a bonus.

The Cooks River has had a changing role in inner Sydney that reflects our increasing urbanisation.

Until the 1890s, it was a favourite picnic and boating destination, but from then as it became home to industry, it degenerated into a drainage channel and became one of the most polluted rivers in Australia, if not the world.

Along the way it has been home to many different types of industry, large and small, and that industrial role is giving way a new role as it is becoming increasing residential.

Drawing from research by the "Australian Society for the History of Engineering and Technology", John August (Mr.Y.) has curated a fabulous ride that starts in Meadowbank, takes us through the former industrial areas along the Rhodes Peninsula and then onto the Cooks River via a brunch stop in Homebush West before finishing at Tempe.

This will a great ride for people interested in our industrial heritage and the environment. The Cooks River is one of Sydney’s cycling gems. All this for a $5 donation.

Total ride distance will be about 17km, easy with no significant hills and lots to see along the way. Don’t forget your helmet, your drink bottle and wallet or purse. Make sure your bike is in good nick.

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  • Mr.Y.

    Here's the 1 day course I'm doing in Engineering and Resources this Saturday in the CBD :

    http://www.weasydney.com.au/index.php?action=course&course_action=detail&code=32WK083&search=1&keyword=engineering

    June 19, 2013

  • Yogi as in B.

    From Axel, when I asked him about his ride. He enjoyed it. He liked the ride stops too. It was his first ride with other adults. So I thank you all for a great ride. We both had a good time.

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Mr.Y.

    Here's a link to the original document describing the tour :

    http://ashet.org.au/images/Cooks-river-tour.pdf ; note that there were a lot of changes - we went over the Meadowbank cycleway bridge, and around the Rhodes foreshore etc. etc.

    There's more info at the ASHET site, at ashet.org.au

    Cheers, John / Mr.Y.

    June 17, 2013

  • Reina

    Friendly and humoros people in one group. Appreciated photos being taken. Kindly add more of your taken ones. It was great way of knowing historical Sydney.

    June 17, 2013

  • Yogi as in B.

    Awesome and well studied. The ride stopped at various locations to tell us about the engineering feats and historical happenings along our route

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • Heather V.

    Sorry not going to make it. Not feeling great this am.

    June 16, 2013

  • David B

    Sorry. bike business to attend to. Enjoy everyone....

    1 · June 15, 2013

    • Yogi as in B.

      U have a bike business.. Bring me a tube . 700 x 28 French

      2 · June 15, 2013

    • David B

      Just the business of the public interest... No Tube for You

      June 16, 2013

  • jack c.

    sorry wrong info. there are trains from central to medowbank. but please double check tomorrow morning

    June 15, 2013

  • jack c.

    hey guys. be aware of the trackworks in northern line

    June 15, 2013

    • kate

      Actually 4 bikes.

      June 15, 2013

    • jack c.

      there are bus services from strathfield to meadowbank. but i thinl you cant bring bikes onboard

      June 15, 2013

  • kate

    What's the best way to get from the city to meadowbank if riding? I think track works might prevent me from catching train all the way

    June 15, 2013

    • jack c.

      you can ride from strathfield. about 25 mins.

      June 15, 2013

  • Kirsten

    Sorry can't make it after all .! Family commitments .

    June 15, 2013

  • Katty D.

    Sorry, off to the Sydney Film Festival instead

    June 15, 2013

  • Sue T

    great thanks. I'd like to come along, I'll miss the first movie, if I can be back in CBD by 3.15 it should be good

    June 15, 2013

  • Sue T

    how long will it take, I need to know if I miss the first movie, thanks

    June 15, 2013

    • Chris

      Hi Sue. I expect we'll finish early afternoon. If you want to leave us along the way, that's fine. We'll be going reasonably close to Strathfield station which can have you in the city in under half an hour.

      June 15, 2013

  • Sue T

    hello, how long will this ride take, roughly? I need to be back in the CBD by 12noon for the Sydney Film Festival.... am I dreaming?

    June 14, 2013

    • Chris

      Yes you are.

      June 15, 2013

  • Rob W.

    Sorry can't come

    June 15, 2013

  • Tiran

    Anyone interested in cycling from Tempe to Meadowbank in the morning?

    June 14, 2013

  • John D.

    We're travelling from Newcastle & the Central Coast by train arriving Eastwood at 0945. We'll ride from there as train to Meadowbank won't get us there untill 1009. From the map I assume you'll be on the West side of the station.

    June 14, 2013

    • John D.

      Thanks Chris. It's not very far so we'll try to be on time, let's hope State Rail is!

      June 14, 2013

    • Chris

      Keep us in the loop

      June 14, 2013

  • Sal

    Sorry but Im no longer able to make this ride. Hope to join you soon

    June 10, 2013

  • sabrina t.

    Sorry, can't make it anymore as friend visiting!

    June 5, 2013

    • Mr.Y.

      No problem - thanks for letting us know !!!

      June 7, 2013

  • Yogi as in B.

    can I bring kids?
    aged 8 and 46?

    June 4, 2013

  • Mr.Y.

    Hi everyone - looks like we're full at present, though there is a waiting list. Every genuinely interested rider is welcome - however, please have a serious think about whether you're 95% certain you'll turn up on the day - and also make a firm assessment of your guests, too - are they as keen as you ?

    If not, please revise your RSVP as soon as you know. Otherwise, you may be denying a spot to a genuinely interested rider - which would be very sad. Please make your RSVPs with the consideration they deserve !

    2 · June 4, 2013

  • Yogi as in B.

    can I bring kids?
    aged 8 and 46?

    June 4, 2013

  • Chris

    Do!

    June 1, 2013

  • John D.

    I'd like to bring my son & son in law, 39 & 42, both super keen.

    June 1, 2013

  • Sal

    Sounds like an intersting ride :-)

    May 25, 2013

  • sabrina t.

    Have just joined your group and very much looking forward to this ride.... original itinerary! Thx

    May 13, 2013

  • alex b.

    looking forward to it!

    May 12, 2013

  • Yogi as in B.

    can I bring kids?
    aged 8 and 46?

    1 · May 12, 2013

    • Chris

      You shall have to look after them.

      May 12, 2013

    • Gilbert

      And the 46 will need special attention.

      3 · May 12, 2013

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