Outing:  Sunday 23rd July 2017.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at Maritime Museum, and Darling Harbour

Travel and Meeting arrangements
For those travelling from the North Shore by train, we will catch the following train to Central, and meet in the second last carriage
09.45 Hornsby
09.59 Gordon
10.09 Chatswood
10.22 North Sydney
10.35 arrive at Central
For anyone coming by other trains, we will all meet under the clock in the main concourse at Central Station by 10.45 am. We will then catch the light rail to the Maritime Museum. Anyone wishing to make their own way to the museum should be at the main entrance by 11.00 am.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is an international competition for professional and amateur photographers, run by the Natural History Museum in London. The top 100 images from the 2017 competition are on display in this special exhibition.

We have been offered a very good group concession price of $16 each, which covers the Photography exhibition, the permanent galleries, 3D cinema, a visit to the fleet of vessels and the ‘Escape from Pompeii’ exhibition. For $12 seniors can visit just the Photography exhibition, permanent galleries and 3D cinema.

After enjoying the exhibition, we will meet for lunch at 1.00 pm at Yots Waterside Café,
which is in the Maritime Museum. They have a special Italian menu for the duration of the “Escape from Pompeii” exhibition. We will need to pre-order for the group, and this will be coordinated by Judith Bennett when we have a final list of participants.

Afternoon Photo Shoot
After lunch we will be photographing “The Changing Face of Darling Harbour”.  We will follow the route shown on the map, which will include the new International Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre and the ICC Sydney Theatre. We will then return on the other side of Tumbalong Park and follow the foreshore around to Barangaroo. If anyone prefers to do more exploration or go home early, that will be fine.

There will be a final opportunity to meet for refreshments at Simplicity Café, 19 Lime Street, at King Street Wharf, before walking through Barangaroo and the new Wynyard Walk tunnel to Wynyard Station.

Please register at the next NCP meeting with your name and telephone number if you wish to participate in this outing.

For more information about this outing, and for contact on the day if required, please phone Judith Bennett on 0419 899 066.

A Week in Mystery Bay
22nd – 29th October 2017

Mystery Bay Cottages

For our week away together this year, we are planning to explore the South Coast of NSW.

Accommodation will be at Mystery Bay Cottages, located on the coast just south of Narooma. The cottages are set on a quiet rural property, within walking distance of two beaches and national parkland. We have currently reserved all accommodation on the property, which comprises 6 two-bedroom cottages and a three-bedroom house. This will give us a total of 8 queen bedrooms and 7 twin bedrooms, with a maximum capacity of 30 people. Each cottage has cooking facilities and there is a common BBQ area. Check it out at: (www.mysterybaycottages.com.au).

The cost will depend on the number of participants, but a preliminary estimate is $350 – 400 per person for the week.

The drive is approximately 5hrs 15mins from the North Shore. We will try to optimise car pooling and will have photo stops on the way.

Montague Island

Photographic opportunities will range from dramatic coastal scenery (including Camel Rock at Bermagui), to quiet rockpools and beach life; Maculata forest; the hinterland with its rolling hills and the heritage villages of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba; and a profusion of birds and wildlife, including seal colonies and penguins on Montague Island. We also plan to visit Mogo Zoo en route.

The itinerary will be flexible and relaxed, so that we can ‘do our own thing’ during the daytime and find some interesting options for eating together in the evenings and sharing our photographic experiences.

Expressions of Interest

If you are interested in this trip, please register your interest here so that we can determine how to proceed with our accommodation booking. Further email correspondence will be directed to those who have registered.