Friday, November 10, 2017

Sydney Day 3

We like to have our studio apartment to have our breakfast. While we ate out for lunch and dinner, breakfast was always in our apartment. I have cereal and toast and R, who does like to eat early, did have toast most mornings.

The night before, somewhat on a whim, we booked Sydney Harbour cruise, which included a seafood lunch.

We walked through Hyde Park and caught the train from St James to Wynyard and then walked. I had looked on electric maps already. How come this walking direction takes us through the middle of buildings? It is the newish tunnel from Wynyard Station to Barangaroo, Barangaroo being a highrise development at what was called East Darling Harbour colloquially known as The Hungry Mile, where wharf workers used to wait for ship unloading piece work. The walking tunnel was good.


The ticket I had on my phone told me King Street Wharf number 1 but there was a Captain Cook harbour cruising boat there. On Google Maps I can see the name of the company we booked with at Wharf 5, so we went up there. No, no booking for us. She looked closer at the document on my phone and told us it was a Captain Cook cruise, even though we had booked with another company. Back to Wharf 1 and it was very soon boarding time. We were on a upper deck.


On the dot of 12 the ship left the wharf and journeyed around to Circular Quay where more passengers were collected. We were told to begin eating before then and be ready for the best position for shots of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge five minutes after we left the Quay. Side thrusters are on!


The food was quite nice and plentiful.


I hope I get the locations correct. The Royal Botanic Gardens, with I think hidden by trees, Government House, home to the Governor, who does not actually live there.



I suppose the windows would need a lot of cleaning.



The city skyline.


Both the Bridge and the Opera House.


Farm Cove


Woolloomooloo where there was once a naval base. I believe it is now closed but there is still a naval ship anchored.



You must be very rich to live in houses on the edge of the harbour.



I think the old house was once owned by a former mayor.


A passing ferry. We had swung over to the northern side of the harbour from around Watsons Bay.


Bradleys Head.

Cremorne Point Wharf.


Shell Cove?


Neutral Bay?


Kirribilli.

Who lives there? No body, but it is supposed to be the Sydney residence of the Prime Minister of Australia. Like Government House for the State Governor, it is still maintained.


Admiralty House, once home to Admirals, now the Sydney home of the Governor General of Australia.


Not much a beach for the PM or GG.


Fort Denison where last time we were in Sydney you could lunch. Closed down now.


The northern approach to the bridge. We have never explored this area.


They almost all waved to us.


Luna Park.


Lavender Bay.


More Luna Park.


The horror of North Shore, Blues Point Tower. I wrote about it back here.


Back on the southern side, housing built on wharfs.


The ten? storey white building is a bit interesting. We docked back at Wharf 1 where some left the ship. We stayed on to Circular Quay.


I really like the way rocks were shaped and used in the park part of Barangaroo.



Just more tall towers.


Two wedding, but no funeral, at The Rocks. The cruise was very good value, we thought, at $89 each. It lasted two and quarter hours. We were going to get the train from the Quay to Museum, but we could only find an entrance to trains going the other way, so we caught a bus instead. Dinner that night at a cheap restaurant in Oxford Street called Pad Thai. You would not go there for the decor but the service was good and the food cheap and absolutely delicious. 


This may be the last post for a few days as we are away for Fire Fighting Nephew's wedding for a couple of nights. Quell horreur, we are warning there may not be internet or phone reception. I will die.

28 comments:

  1. What a great tour. Brings back lots of memories so thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Marie. While I was doubtful about the tour, it was very good.

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  2. Yes it brought some lovely memories for me! Hubby and I loved Sydney
    Wasn't that the Manly ferry?

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    1. Probably was the Manly ferry, but it looked a little small to me. Thanks.

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  3. Great pics. I love cruising, err, taking cruises:)
    Enjoy the wedding. No internet? Yikes.
    We'll leave the light on for ya.

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  4. It is Luna Park not Lunar Park.

    The rocks at Barangaroo Park are positioned to replicate the original coastline at the time of European settlement.

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  5. Anonymous9:38 am

    I wonder how much the tax papers are coughing up to maintain the PM's residence on the harbour and how much to pay for security at the mansion? You know, the one with the renewables he doesn't believe in. - Ian

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    1. Ian, I heard that the PM's own house has a security detail of 22 staff.

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  6. Great cruise Andrew. Lovely photos of Sydney's beautiful areas. Enjoy the wedding.

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    1. Cheers Sami. It was such a nice day too.

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  7. A wonderful cruise...thank you for letting me cruise along with you. :)

    I hope you enjoy/ed the wedding.

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    1. This afternoo, Saturday, Lee. It's a lovely setting.

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  8. You took some wonderful photo on your cruise. Something I have never done. I wonder why?
    Enjoy the wedding and your time away.

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    1. EC, I am very glad I was 'talked' into it. Thanks very much.

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  9. Some fascinating architecture there, both old and new. Lot's of 'oo's' in your place names; I like that.

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    1. Cro, it took me a while to remember the mnemonic 'sheep toilet cow toilet' to spell Woolloomooloo.

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  10. That's a lovely tour of the Harbour and it's dwellings.
    Enjoy the Wedding.

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  11. I would love to go on the Sydney Harbour cruise, which included a seafood lunch (for us non-meat eaters). But was it very crowded and tourist-focused?

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    1. Hels, not at all crowded but yes, tourist focused which was fine for us.

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  12. What super photos of your river trip Andrew. I cannot believe that I have never, not once even noticed the Blues Point Tower building and I take pics of the bridge, which I love, all the time.. how weird! It was so nice to catch up with you guys over there, looks like you had a super time. Enjoy your time away this weekend, lucky you to have no internet, I love when that happens 😀😀

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    1. Grace, Bluespoint is an ugly tower spoiling a beautiful spot. Lovely to see you too. Guess what? I has the internet.

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  13. Nice to see the sights from the cruise boat. If I ever travel abroad I will already know a lot of places from your detailed posts, and those of other bloggers. I love some of the names, like Lavender Bay.

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    1. Strayer, Lavender Bay is a great name for a beautiful spot.

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  14. These shots remind me of my harbour cruise years ago, on a less sunny day. I didn't bother with sitting inside and eating though. I preferred being outside in the weather and feeling the motion of every wave.

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    1. River, wasn't the weather pretty bad when you cruised?

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