looking inward, through typical Sydney red tile roofs, you can see the famous opera house and the "coathanger", as Sydneysiders affectionately call their bridge.
South Head lighthouse dominates the high ground.
A protective fence around it warns off trespassers in misspelt English. I am collecting quite a portfolio of misspelt official signs in Australia. You would expect government departments to get somebody to proof-read their messages. Wouldn't you?
A short trail leads along the top of the cliffs, providing views south along the coast towards the lighthouse above Bondi Beach
and northwards across the harbour entrance to North Head.
We took full advantage of these opportunities.
The trail passes above the notorious Gap, which used to be a favourite suicide jump for depressed locals.
There have been no recent suicides, but a man was convicted last year of throwing his girlfriend to her death over the fence.
Although the scenery was stunning, breezes were non-existent so we abandoned plans to walk further and retreated to the relative cool of our little house.