The roads in Sydney seem to be permanently congested. Even crossing the road in the Central business District seems to take forever as you wait for the pedestrian lights to turn to green. So getting around on the bus can be a slow process. Sydney is built on the water, which is a big contributor to the congestion, but the city take advantage of this by having a network of cream and green ferries centring on the Circular Quay. It’s a fun way to travel too, providing a different perspective of the city from the water.
On the second morning of our time in Sydney we walked over to Darling Harbour to take a look at the redeveloped docklands and also to catch the ferry round to the Circular Quay.
Darling Harbour, which is to the west of the Circular Quay, used to be part of the port of Sydney and the site of the NSW Railways central marshalling yards and freight consolidation centre. In the 1980’s when the port declined the harbour became largely derelict. However, in recent years, like many former harbours round the world, it has been redeveloped and reinvented as an area of leisure pursuits and tourist attractions. So today it’s the location of tourist attractions including the Australian National Maritime Museum, a Sealife Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World and a branch of Madame Tussards. It’s also the site of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and a number of hotels. The quays are also lined with bars and restaurants.
We walked along the harbour to the ferry terminal at Barangaroo. A lot of (controversial)development with glass and concrete skyscrapers is taking place at this eastern end of the harbour which was once lined with dock labourers searching for work
We didn’t have long to wait for a ferry and set off on the route that called at Balmain East, McMahons Point, Milsons Point and then Circular Quay.
It was a lovely, sunny morning, although with a stiff breeze the water was a little choppy. but I managed to snap a few decent photos.
Looking back to Barangaroo
The Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the west
Coming in to McMahons Point – lots of fancy yachts moored up here.
Luna Park at Milsons Point
Sailing under the bridge
Past the Opera House
Approaching Circular Quay
We took the ferry back to Darling Harbour a couple of times and also sailed the longer route across to Manly. An inexpensive way to take a tour of the Harbour!