365 Places: Brooklyn

Day 18: Brooklyn New South Wales, Australia

Many years ago I lived in the northern region of Sydney, close to the Hawkesbury River, Muogamarra Nature Reserve and the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. One of the places I loved to visit was the tiny village of Brooklyn, well-known for its oyster farming industry. If you were driving north from Sydney, you may well miss this little place nestled close to the river, which is not a bad thing, as I remember part of Brooklyn’s charm was that it gave me the sense that I have stumbled onto a place forgotten by time.

Image credit: hawkesbury.river.com

Image credit: hawkesbury.river.com

In those days, I used to stay with a girlfriend and her family and I was very surprised to know that there was a “dunny man”. (Dunny is a slang Australian word for toilet). Once a week, the dunny man would come and pump out the pit toilets that people had in the backyard. I had vague memories of my grandmother’s house in Brisbane having an outside toilet, but by the time I was at school in the 1970s there was an inside toilet. I am sure that Brooklyn would now have inside toilets too 🙂

Anyway, it is a very cute place. One of the highlights of visiting Brooklyn is to travel there by train from Sydney, stop off have a cup of tea and then head up to Gosford on the train. The trip through Brisbane Waters used to be stunning and I hope there has not been too much development since I left in 1989. At one point, I was living in Gosford (Wyoming actually) and would catch the train to Hornsby to art school. Some mornings the waterways were so magnificent the train driver would beep his horn as the train rattled through Woy Woy and Mullet Creek, before arriving in Brooklyn.

Image Credit: NSW Dept Environment

Image Credit: NSW Dept Environment

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Tracey M Benson is a lover of travel, having a diverse background as an artist, writer and researcher. Working with online environments since 1994, Tracey's experience includes providing digital media, web and social media solutions to government, non-profit, private industry and tertiary sectors. Tracey has made many contributions to TripAdvisor and is now concentrating on writing about her love of travel and many adventures.

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2 comments on “365 Places: Brooklyn
  1. AndrewGills says:

    I love Brooklyn. I camped on the dam while I was walking The Great North Walk last year and then caught the train across to Wondabyne. I must go back there one day just to experience Brooklyn itself for a little longer. It’s a stunning part of the world.

    I’m enjoying your 365 days posts.

  2. bytetime says:

    Thanks Andrew,

    I really appreciate your comments 🙂 Have you pleased about the Great North Walk?

    Re: 365 Places – I am also enjoying remembering some special places and dreaming about places I would love to go.

    Have a great day!

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