RYDE GUIDE

WHERE THE GRANNY SMITH APPLE WAS BORN

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All roads lead to Ryde...

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The City of Ryde, just 12 kilometres from the Sydney CBD, is connected by rail, bus, road and two RiverCat terminals to Sydney's major attractions.

Ryde offers easy access to Sydney Harbour, Sydney CBD, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park, home of the annual Sydney Easter Show. Stay in Ryde and take the time to visit the local attractions, including the many fine heritage buildings such as Wilandra and the beautifully restored colonial mansion, Brush Farm House, built in 1820 by famous Blue Mountains explorer Gregory Blaxland.

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Ryde has an abundance of beautiful parks, natural reserves and scenic waterways, offering a range of outdoor activities including bushwalking, cycling and water-sports.

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On weekends yachts, dinghies and fishing boats ply the Parramatta River while families enjoy the trails, parks and historical features that dot the foreshore along the Ryde Riverwalk. The "Putney Punt" across Parramatta River is the sole survivor of a by-gone transport era and should not be missed.

Lane Cove National Park, a 400ha park with a natural bushland and river setting, is one of Sydney's favourite places for picnics, BBQs or bush walks. Hire a rowboat or canoe and meander through this picturesque river park. Tel: 9412 1811 www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Home to the award-winning Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre, Ryde caters for all sporting interests with some of the region's finest golf courses, plus tennis, squash, tenpin bowling, walking, sailing and swimming.

You will find a broad range of quality accommodation to choose from, including luxury 3 and 4 star hotels and the unique Lane Cove River Tourist Park set in a relaxing bushland setting.

Eat your way around the world in restaurants serving a wide range of international cuisines, including Eastwood's famous Asian restaurants.

Shop to your heart's content at the Top Ryde City, with its outdoor shopping and dining piazza and Macquarie Shopping Centre, North Ryde.

Enjoy music in Eastwood Plaza, a bistro lunch in Gladesville or a relaxing dinner in a riverside, bushland or historic setting.

Granny Smith Festival...
fun, food, entertainment

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The Granny Smith Festival is the highlight of a busy year of community events that attracts tens of thousands of visitors.

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This famous festival held every year on the third Saturday in October, celebrates the life and legacy of a local - Maria Ann "Granny" Smith - who back in 1868, accidentally grew the first batch of tangy green apples that now bear her name.

From sun-up to sundown, there's fun for everyone:
> Grand Street Parade 10.00am - 2,000 participants - marching bands, dancers, clowns, stilt walkers, floats, vintage cars
> Kids' shows and carnival rides, jumping castles, face painting, show bags and baby animals
> International food fair, plus home made apple pies
> 280 street stalls - bargain hunters' heaven
> 60 acts on 6 stages
> Singing Star and Sports Star contests
> 'The Core' Youth Zone - chills from 1.00-5.00pm
> Great Family Concert 6.45pm
> Fireworks Spectacular 8.00pm

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OTHER RYDE FESTIVALS

January kicks off with the Australia Day Family Concert and Fireworks Spectacular at North Ryde Common, followed by Lunar New Year, the popular Cinema in the Park series and All the Colours of Ryde Festival.

The Ryde Rivers Festival at Kissing Point Park in September features Dragon Boat racing and great family activities.

The year rounds off with a Community Christmas Celebration in Ryde Park and Carols by Candlelight at various locations throughout the City.

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Contact us for local information and advice, to find out 'What's On' or for a full list of places to go, things to see and do and where to stay, eat or be entertained.

City of Ryde Tel: (02) 9952 8222 (Mon-Fri 8.30am- 4.45pm) or go to www.ryde.nsw.gov.au

Transport Information and timetables
Tel: 131 500 www.131500.com.au