Touring HMAS Toowoomba, Garden Island, Sydney.

Seizing the day yet again, we drove down to Sydney on Saturday to tour HMAS Toowoomba, which was open to the public as a fundraiser for a group of children’s charities called Kids in Need. These charities included Muscular Dystrophy NSW, which assists me with managing my dermatomyositis, which is a neuro-muscular condition. Unlike Muscular Dystrophy, there is treatment for DM, although not always as effective as we’d like.

HMAS Toowoomba

HMAS Toowoomba

The Police were all waiting for Mister to turn up.

The Police were all waiting for Mister to turn up.

HMAS Toowoomba was docked at Garden Island, in Sydney Harbour. Garden Island is located to the north-east of the Sydney central business district and juts out into Port Jackson, immediately to the north of the suburb of Potts Point. Used for government and naval purposes since the earliest days of the colony of Sydney it was originally a completely detached island. It was joined to the Potts Point shoreline by major land reclamation work during World War II.

The kids at the entry to base.

The kids at the entry to base.

Garden Island is so-called because it was planted in 1788, in the first months of European settlement in Australia, to serve as a kitchen-garden by officers and crew of the First Fleet vessel HMS Sirius.[2] Initials carved into a sandstone rock on the site are believed to be the oldest colonial graffiti in Australia, comprising the letters “FM 1788,” representing Frederick Meredith who served as Sirius‍ ’​ steward.[3]

Frederick Meredith carved his initials into the rock at Garden Island in 1788, the year the First Fleet arrived in Sydney.

Frederick Meredith carved his initials into the rock at Garden Island in 1788, the year the First Fleet arrived in Sydney.

Which came first Qantas's  flying Kangaroo or the Navy's ocean hopper?

Which came first Qantas’s flying Kangaroo or the Navy’s ocean hopper?

HMAS Toowoomba (FFH 156) is the seventh Anzac class frigate of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). She was laid down in 2002 by Tenix Defence Systems and commissioned in 2005.

In 2007, Toowoomba was deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Slipper. Her second deployment to the Middle East occurred during the second half of 2009. As part of this, she became the first RAN vessel to operate with the counter-piracy Combined Task Force 151.

If you look behind the kids, there is either the perfect location for hide & seek or time out.

If you look behind the kids, there is either the perfect location for hide & seek or time out.

 

Geoff testing out their breathing apparatis.

Geoff testing out their breathing apparatis.

The kids with "Oscar" their crash test dummy. He leads quite a rough life and has had 4 reincarnations in the last 12 months. Apparently, a shark got his hands.

The kids with “Oscar” their crash test dummy. He leads quite a rough life and has had 4 incarnations in the last 12 months. Apparently, a shark got his hands.

Missis now ready to put out any fires onboard.

Miss is now ready to put out any fires onboard.

 

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I was absolutely stoked at being able to make it up this ladder. A testimont to the power of prednisone and being in remission.

I was absolutely stoked at being able to make it up this ladder. A testimont to the power of prednisone and being in remission.

Standing under the "cannon", or whatever you call it.

Standing under the “cannon”, or whatever you call it.

Obviously, we had a fabulous day out and would liike to thank everyone who made it possible!!

xx Rowena

11 thoughts on “Touring HMAS Toowoomba, Garden Island, Sydney.

  1. New Journey

    looks like great fun had by all…and yes hooray for prednisone…it saves my husband on a regular basis…glad to see you looking well and happy….

  2. roweeee Post author

    Thanks very much. Pass my best wishes onto your husband. I have a love hate relationship with the stuff. Actually, now that I’m well and it’s down to 10mg a day, I’m pretty happy with the stuff and won’t go lower. xx Rowena

  3. New Journey

    Very good…he has COPD and seems to be on it every 3 months or so…but it really gets his lungs back into working order…it really is a miracle drug….

  4. roweeee Post author

    I went to a seminar on that by the Lung Foundation last year. I have some fibrosis in my lungs and have to be careful…especially now that it’s winter. had pneumonia 2 years ago and was very sick. That’s a formidable foe!

  5. New Journey

    glad your feeling well…yes the lungs are tricky…doesn’t take much to put them in a pickle, so to say – Peter has to be careful around allergens, smoke is the worst for him, to bad too, he love to play in the fire pit….had to get rid of it, to much of a temptation…he also hates being in crowds, everyone sneezing and coughing…as he says…life’s a bitch!!!

  6. roweeee Post author

    Can relate to all of that. I’ve had to have strong words with my husband about our fire place. It sets me off and on a cold night when there’s smoke in the air, it feels uncomfortable too. I jump when I hear people cough but I have a bit of a cough myself. My son has asthma and he’d clear a train with that. We joke about his foghorn.

  7. roweeee Post author

    Thanks, Tom. I think Max would have loved it onboard…and nipping off to Harry’s for a Tiger Pie. I’m sure he would found a nice comfy spot near the kitchen. It was a fascinating tour.

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