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Big Honey Dog walks Sydney: Kirribilli

A couple of weekends ago, my human friend, Carmel, invited me and Hsin-Yi over to visit her new house that she moved to, in a part of the North Shore of Sydney, called Kirribilli.

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I took a Lucky Bamboo plant for Carmel as a house-warming present for her new home! If you missed my post about Lucky Bamboo, you can check it out here, to see all the special meanings it has and why it’s good luck to have it in your home. 😛

Kirribilli is right by where the Sydney Harbour Bridge joins the North Shore – and it’s got lovely streets with great views of the harbour, so Carmel thought it was a great chance for me to do a fun, new walk – and you know how much me & Hsin-Yi love exploring new places! 😛

So we set off, starting from just under ‘The Coathanger‘ – that’s the local’s nickname for the Sydney Harbour Bridge – it really is very grand when you see it up close!

Can you see the Sydney Opera House all tiny under the bridge, on the other side? The beautiful night pictures that Hsin-Yi got in my last post were taken from there, on that side...


People always go on about me being a big doggie but I felt very small standing under that bridge! 😉

Kirribilli is an Aboriginal word, which means “good fishing spot” – although we didn’t see anybody fishing, we did see a lot of boats!

Kirribilli is one of the oldest suburbs in Australia, so it has lots of beautiful old buildings and houses – and lovely old trees. We also liked it ‘coz it’s quite hilly, with the streets winding up & down and around and every time we turned a corner, we could catch a glimpse of the water – it’s so much more interesting walking through streets like that than boring flat ones and it reminded us a lot of our beloved Auckland, back in NZ, which was just like this!

Kirribilli also has some famous places & ‘landmarks’ – one of them is Kirribilli House, which is where the Prime Minister of Australia lives! (when they are in Sydney) I walked right past his/her front door and checked the pee-mail there! (it wasn’t very interesting)

There is also a big park called Luna Park – but not a park with grass and trees and things – this park has lots of big machines that make flashy lights and loud noises and spin things around very fast. Hsin-Yi told me it’s called an ‘amusement park’ and humans – especially human pups – like to go there to ride on the machines and make themselves feel scared. And they pay money paper to do that! Really, sometimes, humans are very strange creatures.

They don’t allow doggies inside the amusement park, so I didn’t get to see what it really looked like inside but even if they had, I don’t think Hsin-Yi would have gone in – she is the Biggest Chicken In The World and doesn’t like going on anything too fast or too high or too upside down or too anything. She doesn’t even like driving fast in the car machine! :roll:  So she doesn’t like amusement parks coz she’s too scared to go on even the slowest, boringest, baby rides.

When Hsin-Yi was a human pup and went with her family to Disneyland in the faraway place called Los Angeles, she had to take her 3-yr old sister with her to help her be brave on rides and she used to spend the whole time clutching her sister, with her eyes squeezed shut, screaming and begging for the ride to end (while her baby sister was waving her arms and laughing). Once her family were in a queue for an exciting ride (where you sit in dangling seats and are flung all around inside a black alien spaceship) – and they queued for 45mins and when they finally got to their turn, Hsin-Yi suddenly started screaming, “I’m not getting on! You can’t make me!” and then she burst into tears and ran all the way back out of the queue and sat sulking on a seat outside while her family went on the ride without her. (By the way, this was when Hsin-Yi was 24yrs old).

So yeah, we were definitely not going into this park! 😉 Although to be honest with you, I’m not sure I wanted to after seeing its famous front gate which has a huge, creepy smiling face. Hsin-Yi wanted me to pose for a picture there but I’m not sitting too close to that big creepy grin…*shudder*…hurry up and take the picture!!

We did get a sneak peek of some of the rides as we walked around the outside of the park…

…and then we continued down along the waterfront…

…and guess what? I even found a shipwreck!

And even better, I found a Giant Stick!!!!!


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Well, after that, it was time to head back to the Harbour Bridge, where Carmel’s husband, Peter was meeting us and we were all going to check out the weekend Kirribilli Markets

Of course, as usual, I attracted a LOT of attention – everybody kept wanting to come up to say hello to me! 😉

The weekend markets in Sydney are very dogfriendly but they are usually very crowded with lots of people and very little space between the stalls – so not really an easy place to take a big girl like me! My humans always worry about me getting in other people’s way.

Also, although I don’t mind crowds of people at all, I don’t like strange doggies coming up to my face and into my personal space, when I’m on leash – and usually, there are lots of other strange doggies there and well, you know the Golden Rule: lots of strange adult doggies in a confined space is a BAD IDEA –

(puppies & very young doggies are usually fine coz they still just want play with anything, but as us doggies get older, most of us get much more – ahem – selective about the other doggies we want to mingle with. And especially now that I’m a “senior doggie”, I can be quite fussy! 😉 ) –

– plus some of these other doggies just don’t have very good manners and sometimes, I get grumpy if another doggie lunges at me or rushes up to my face or gets in my way and comes too close into my ‘pesonal space’, when I’m on leash (I’m usually fine when I’m off-leash). So to protect me, my humans usually don’t take me into cramped places with strange doggies much.

So after a bit, me & Hsin-Yi went to wait in the grassy area under the bridge while Carmel & Peter got some yummies. Whew! I was glad to sit down for a rest – we had been going for over 2hrs by now and I was knackered! 😛

But ooh!! What’s this? What’s Peter got? FOR ME??!!

Mm…yum..yum…yumm..slurp…slurp…slurp…I think Peter is my new favourite person! 😀

Ahhhh…it was the perfect end to a perfect walk! 😛

Thank you so much, Carmel & Peter, for a wonderful morning!

 * ps. as you know, Hsin-Yi has been very busy & stressy lately so we’re awfully behind with visiting blog friends & responding to comments & messages & things – so please bear with us – we’ll try to catch up as soon as we can!

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38 Responses to Big Honey Dog walks Sydney: Kirribilli

  1. Cindy says:

    Now that was a Honey sized stick! I bet Goose (of Gospel of Goose) would be jealous if he sees you with that. I also think Peter enjoyed giving you that ice cream cone as much as you enjoyed having it.


  2. that looks like such a lovely walk, and we agree, that little village does look like Auckland!
    The photo of you eating the icecream with Peter, is a lovely shot – Peter looks to be enjoying himself as much as you Honey!
    It looks like your weather is a bit nicer than ours has been, we’ve been cooooold (see our latest post!) Brrrr. (but of course only when Hsin-Yi has some time to help you!)

  3. Veronique Marouze says:

    Thank you for the walk. It is nice to have a look at this part of Sydney I only saw from the Opera.

  4. Looks like a wonderful walk Honey!! I loved seeing the picture with the Opera House in the background. Since I have small children, we watch alot of Finding Nemo and it reminds me of you since thats where the story takes place :) Where we live, the farmers markets are soon going to start since the nice weather is starting and Im hesitant to take Capone since he is already so big and I don’t think he’d do well in such a crowded spot. You are much more of a pro, though and will probably take your advice and leave him home. Ooo ice cream! What a lucky girl you are! Loved the pictures as usual. Take Care,

    Val & Capone

    • bighoneydog says:

      Oh Valerie – you mustn’t do everything based on what we do! 😉 Especially as Honey is a much older dog and at a different stage in life to Capone.

      I actually think that – unless they are really uncomfortable in crowds or have problems with other dogs – I would definitely think about taking a young dog like Capone to these kinds of places because it is great socialisation, in terms of the numbers & types of people you might meet and the sights & sounds, etc – plus also just good practice for remembering his manners in the excitement of these kinds of new places. You know, testing his training with distractions. He might not be perfectly behaved (which is totally understandable) but every time you try it a bit, he will get a bit better.

      But of course, as I said, you have to make the decision based on your own lifestyle & your knowledge of Capone’s personality. If you’re very unlikely to take him into crowded spaces EVER and he seriously has a problem with them, then maybe leave it. But if he’s just a regular puppy and you think it would be a good experience for him – and especially if he might need to deal with crowds later in life, then I would encourage you do to it with him. It might help to have someone to help you look after the rest of family – so that you can just focus on him and maybe just walk him around the market briefly – and then take him back out and wait outside with him, while the other person stays with the rest of the family in the market (or vice versa).

      Also, it depends on the market – if this was roomier, I probably wouldn’t have minded so much with Honey (don’t know if you were following us then but back in Brisbane, we did take Honey to the night markets there but they were organised with MUCH wider walkways and space between the stalls, so I didn’t mind taking Honey into that – it’s just that these kinds of weekend markets tend to be pretty cramped and hard to move around, even without a pony-sized dog in tow! 😉 ) – I sort of know Honey now and I know that while she’ll behave if I’m managing the situation, it’s much more stressful for me to have to be “alert” all the time and watching out for potential incidents when we’re in a situation where she is crammed into a confined space with strange dogs. And so I just prefer to opt out. But remember, she is a fairly old dog now – whereas Capone is still very young and as I said, most young dogs won’t have a “personal space” issue yet – just as long as you don’t let him go barging into another dog’s personal space! 😉

      Good luck and have fun if you decide to go!


      • Hi Hsin-Yih! Thanks for your response :) I appreciate all the good feedback about taking Capone to a crowded spot. I certainly don’t do everything based on what you do, just take certain situations into consideration before I attempt to do anything since this is my first Great Dane and have only been in crowded places once or twice with him. Being somewhat of a planner and worrier, I like to err on the side of caution and would rather think twice about putting myself and Capone into a situation that he might not be ready for. I also always have my two little ones in tow so everything is quite different when we’re a crowd of 4 instead of 2. But like I said, I appreciate all of the info and will consider leaving the kids at home before I attempt the next outdoor market.

        Take Care,

        Valerie & Capone

  5. Echo says:

    Hi Honey,

    This place look great, with all this green and trees, a lot of interesting pee-mail !!

    You’re so lucky you eat that ice cream, we are not allowed to eat sweet food, since I have a bad stomac, it makes me very sicky…

    It seems you had a good time with your friends and human (what a great stick 😎 ) here in France, it rains cats & dogs since sunday so it’s been ages since we get on a proper walk…

    Bisous baveux


    P.s : The vet called yesterday, Link has hypothyroidism witch mean his thyroid doesn’t work anymore so he will be taking everyday pills for the rest of his life but he will be perfectly fine. We are so relieved !! Thank you for your nice thougts (& slobbers of course ^^), it was so sweet of you !

    • Hello Honey, and hello Echo!

      I’m so sad but relieved for you Echo, I guess it could have been much much worse! Do you like pills? I love them! When someone has sickies in the house i always try to nip their medecine hehehehe…
      We don’t know what hypothyroidism is but it sounds mean so we hope you’ll be Okay when you start your treatment!
      I am sure Link and Maite will be taking good care of you and will snuggle you with love!

      Lots of Slobbers!
      Indigo & Anais

      • Jed & Abby in MerryLand says:

        Jed has had hypothyroidism for years. The thyroxine pills work great. We’re sure Link will live a full, normal life and have his normal energy level once he’s on the right dose. Jed gets a blood test twice a year to be sure his dosage is correct, and it has changed over the years. It’s now lower than it was a couple of years ago. Also, Jed had skin itchies that got better once his thyroid level was back to normal.

        Jed & Abby

    • bighoneydog says:

      Oh Echo – thank you for the update about Link! I am sorry to hear about his hypothyroidism although I think it is good that you finally have a clear diagnosis because this will make it much easier for your humans to know what is happening and how to help Link. We don’t have any personal experience with hypothyroidism but as you can see, many of our other blogs friends do and it seems to be a very manageable condition, nowdays, with good medicines. I guess there are lots of doggies who have to take some special medicines for life (like diabetes too, for example) and it is just a new, different way but once you get used to the routine, it’ll all settle back into “normal”!

      Anwyay, I am happy to hear that Link is doing well now – I’m sorry we haven’t come to visit in a long time but we have been thinking of you! 😛 Hopefully, we will be able to catch up soon…

      Honey the Great Dane

      • Echo says:

        Thank you so much for your sweet replies !!

        Oh, and Indigo, Link is sick, I am just fine. And if I don’t like pills at all, Link doesn’t mide taking them so it will be easier this way. Our humans will not have to chase him around the house to give him his medicine, like they have to when I have to take some…

        Abby & Jed, thank you so much for charing your experience with us, we will be please to hear more of it !! Link has some ouchies and no more hairs on his belly, we hope he will get better with the pills.

        Veterinary medicine has made some great progress his past decades and luckily, Link will live a perfectly normal life punctuated by pills twice a day. Like you said Honey, that’s a routine to get used to cause he need to have it at the same hour every day but it’s a price we’ll gladly pay to keep Link with us for (hopefully) many years !!

        Thank you so much for your sweet thoughts and worlds, we are so moved.

        P.S : Honey, it’s very sweet of you to come to my blog even it’s in french. I know it takes you and Hsin-Yi more time to read it and we thank you for that (you’re not alone, I take ages to write this comment in English, I’m a little rusty ^^).
        Anyway, we’ve posted some fun videos on our youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/Dreamymai38 including some fun trick I’ve been learning. (Maïté is so pround of us that she can’t stop bragging about it … ).

        Talk to you soon.

        Bisous baveux.

        Echo (Link is shy but he sends you a thankful wet nose ^^)

  6. Sarah S says:

    A WHOLE ice-cream just for you Honey??you lucky duck. Looks like you had a great day:)

    • bighoneydog says:

      Hee! Hee! Sarah – you will not believe how quickly that WHOLE ice-cream went down! 😉

      Honey the Great Dane

  7. Ice Cream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- the end to a perfect day for you, Honey! That sure was one big stick!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  8. Sounds like a wonderful trip which made for some beautiful pictures. That sure was some stick. We hope you were able to bring it home as a souvenir. :)

    the brown dawgs

  9. Thanks for taking us along on a wonderful walk! The area is so pretty. Minnie knows what you mean about other doggies in her personal space. Even at 6 she is somewhat of a crab at times.

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

  10. Lassiter Chase & Benjamin the Shelties says:

    Honey, looks like you went to the Land of Giants. Giant bridge, Giant scary human face for the park, Giant stick. Too bad the ice cream cone wasn’t Giant Sized!!!

  11. Angus & Milo's Adventures says:

    Hello Honey
    That looks like a lovely walk that you went on with Hsin-Yi & Carmel. I agree that huge face look’s very scary and you where very brave to go even that close. That was a pawesome stick that you found i have never seen one so big. How lucky you were to get an ice cream you really looked like you enjoyed it honey. The photo’s are fantastic.

    From Milo & Jet

  12. sara, oreo & chewy says:

    What a lovely day! Thanks for taking us along.

    Now I would LOVE to go on some of those amusement rides :)

  13. Charlotte :) says:

    This stick is rather large :) When we went on a walk a very long time ago with my Mother’s labrador, my father threw a huge stick (it was more like a log) and the dog just ducked :) He isn’t really expert when it comes to dogs. :) Anyway it was lovely to see Honey in the video, she was acting like a puppy! It’s so adorable!

    I really like amusement parks but I probably won’t of gone in because of the creepy face (shudder). :)

    Wow! Kirribilli looks like a really lovely place! I know you said in your last reply that most bits of Sydney are as grubby as London (I can’t remember your EXACT words) but that looks like a lovely little place!

    And don’t worry, we all understand that people can be busy sometimes, so you are quite excused Hsin-Yi :) Do keep us updated:)

    All the best,

  14. Kari says:

    What a great outing and YAY ice cream

    Stop on by for a visit

  15. Hello Honey!

    How I wish we lived in a place so exciting as Sidney! Although i can feel a real lack of livestock in the area… The only smell around must be the other doggies’! Maybe that Prime Minister of yours should plant a few sheep and cows here and there to make it more interesting!!!


    • bighoneydog says:

      Oh Indigo – we totally agree! We miss the sheep & cows we had back in NZ! Back there, in Auckland, the government did a great thing where they kept aside a huge piece of land in the middle of the city as a “reserve” and part of that land was turned into a working farm – right in the middle of the city! So we could go for our walks inside this huge park and walk past fields with cows & sheep & chickens and things – it was one of our favourite walks. It was wonderful – especially seeing the baby lambs being born every spring – and really wonderful socialisation, both for puppies and for human pups. So many city children just miss out on nature & animals! They think milk comes from supermarkets! 😉

      Honey the Great Dane

  16. Jed & Abby in MerryLand says:

    We did not know your PM lived in Sydney. We would have guessed Canberra. And you can walk right up to her door?! You sure can’t walk right up to the White House anymore, although you used to be able to do that when mama was younger.

    What a wonderful outing with great friends who supply good drinking water AND ice cream! They would be on our ‘visit often’ list for sure. Now that they have that nice house, maybe they can get their own Dane and you’ll have a new friend to visit.

    Thanks so much for passing our message to Drake’s mom. She did get in touch.

    Jed & Abby

    • bighoneydog says:

      Oops, sorry, Jed & Abby – I didn’t explain that very well. We should have said it was the “Sydney residence” of the PM! 😉 You’re right – he/she doesn’t live there all the time. It is more a “historic house”, really. And it does have big gates out the front and walls surrounding the property – so you can’t really go right up to the front door! 😉 (That was a bit of artistic licence when I was telling the story – hee! hee!) – although we definitely didn’t see any guards or anything!

      Honey the Great Dane

  17. Garth Riley says:

    What a beautiful place to walk! My humans would especially enjoy seeing the bridge. We loved the video of you playing with the stick. You always look so calm and dignified, so it’s good to see you being playful!!! I like really big sticks too!

  18. Melanie & Grendel says:

    Honey, that looked like a simply wonderful day full of adventures! You were a very silly girl playing with that stick. Glad you got to cap everything off with ice cream 😉

    I laughed out loud when Hsin-Yi said Carmel was spoiling you with the bowl, ’cause I was just thinking “Heh, Honey’s spoiled…. Grendel just takes it right out of the bottle.” :-)

    You’re perfectly right about the creepy face outside Luna Park….. But tell Hsin-Yi she’s REALLY missing out on amusement park rides. This theme park junky would be happy to help her overcome her fears 😉

    Hugs & Slobbers from Melanie & Grendel

  19. Sasha says:

    Wow. What a lovely walk! I hate to admit it but I can be one of those old cranky dogs at times.

    Nicki loves amusement parks… especially roller coasters but no one else in the family does. The small girl human in our family tried to crawl behind Nicki while on one of those rollercoaster rides at Disney World, then tried to crawl into Nicki’s lap on another.

    Sticks… I don’t get it. Now balls and frisbees…..wheeeeeee!

  20. Rubie's mum says:

    Oh I would like to walk there, but my mum would like to walk to where it is flat….. but she would like the views! She gets puffed easily. That was a lovely tour, and I saw all those peeps looking at you at the markets.

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie xxx

  21. You sure look excited about your ice cream Honey. Sometimes when I am being really good my owner will take me for a walk to the ice cream place too. Although I am sad to say there never is BIG sticks like that on the way :( . We love following your adventures as your human has perfected her camera thing and has such a great eye for good photos. I am always amazed at the beauty you find in all your walks.



    p.s. maybe a little jealous too

  22. melinda says:

    I just love the photos of you with an ice cream cone; every time I see you eating ice cream it makes me smile, they are just so darn cute. I am sure glad you are so brave and calm with all that screaming going on; Hsin-Yi screaming at carnival rides, and Paul screaming at spiders and fish pedicures, what’s a lady to do?
    I just realized I missed the 2012 archives when linking to the “Lucky Bamboo”, yeah, I have something to engage in today, since it is overcast and drizzling. Just like comfort food, a cup of hot chocolate and a good blog!

  23. ludo says:

    Oh my dogness! You got a whole ice cream? To yourself? Not just the measly cone bit at the end? Lucky! That looked like a really interesting place to walk Honey, for you and the peoples.
    Yup, Mum beed doing that busy thing for a while, we had lots of family visiting and then we went on Hol-ee-day. We recently has TNP’s family visiting. I thinks I told you before about his Australian Sister in law, Mum meant to tell her ‘hey we know a Doctor guy in sydney.’ because her Dad be a Cancer specialist Doctor in Sydney, but we forgot again.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  24. Oskar says:

    It looks like a wonderful place to explore, but I’m still creeped out by that big awful face!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  25. Roo says:

    What a lovely day with your new friends Honey :) Great long walk with beautiful sites to see! You did look much smaller under that coathanger bridge 😉

    Waggin at ya,

  26. Blue-Sea says:

    Hi Honey,

    I just read your last 3 posts in one go. Due to some work reason, mom and I couldn’t get around to reading them sooner. We had a blast and lots of laughs reading them. We love Hsin-Yi’s sense of humor. Mom says when Hsin-Yi finally writes that MG novel, it would be be extra special as pulling off humor in writing is tough. One needs to be a natural at it. Mom isn’t. Hsin-Yi seems a pro. Keep enjoying your walks and everything Honey. And we are so glad that Muesli is safe after that pill scare.

  27. Emma says:

    Hey, your blog has a new new look. I like it. Sorry we haven’t been around for awhile.

    Scary! I thought that huge creepy gate keeper was going to eat you. It sure isn’t a very inviting image.

    The market look like a lot of fun…for my Mom 😉 Mmmm that ice cream looks delicious.


  28. You are so lucky getting your own icecream Honey!!

    The walk you went on looked really great – our human enjoys going on walks through places like that, it’s a bit different :)

    Also the night photo’s your human took for you other post are just beautiful!!

    Lots of slobbers,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

  29. That looks like such a wonderful walk!!! I wish I had such cool places to go walking in. Our walks get very boring if we don’t have company… :(

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