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.
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.
Cremorne Point Wharf.
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.
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.