Saturday 16th February 2013
Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. It is on the south east coast of the Tasman Sea. Inhabitants of Sydney are called ‘Sydneysiders’ and comprise a cosmopolitan and international population. The city is built on hills surrounding Port Jackson which is commonly known as Sydney Harbour where the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge feature prominently. Sydney was established in 1788 at Sydney Cove by Arthur Phillip as a penal colony and was the first British colony in Australia.
At 10:30am we took the hop on hop off Sydney Harbour explorer ferry which stops at eight places around the different harbours. From Circular Quay we went to Fort Denison, Taronga Zoo, Shark Island, Watsons Bay, Manly, Lunar Park and Darling Harbour before returning to Circular Quay again.
Two years ago when we were last here (on The Sojourn)the newspaper headlines called it ‘The Day Sydney Melted’ as temperatures reached 120f. Today we called it ‘The Day Sydney Drowned’ because just fifteen minutes into our hour and a half round trip cruise the heavens opened and we were hit by torrential rain…and I mean real torrential rain!!
At one point our ferry captain had to stop the boat as the rain was so severe that he couldn’t see more than five feet in front of him. The rain persisted on and off throughout the cruise but as least the ‘off’ bits were hot and sunny so we could dry out and take some photos.
We returned to The Quest for a late twelve noon beer and lunch before hitting the shops in George Street, the main shopping street, where I managed to buy (yes you’ve guessed it) a pair of shoes and a lovely silver grey top for when the weather returns to really hot as we make our way north again.
On our way back to the ship we stopped at The Rocks to wander the shops and stalls and bumped into Pauline & Steven who were having a cool beer in the oldest pub in Sydney.
After all that activity it was back to the ship for a well earned vodka and tonic before dressing for dinner at the main restaurant. There was a movie under the starts tonight – Priscilla Queen of The Desert – but needless to say we were too tired to watch it…so it was early to bed…zzzzzz
Techie bits: On the 16th of February 7:25am we were:
33° south and 151 east
Travelling on a compass course 188°
Speed = 0 knots
Wind speed =3 knots
Air temperature = 19°c (66°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 11387
Depth = 6 metres
Sunrise = 6:31am Sunset = 7:46pm