Sydney Harbour By Ferry

Sydney Harbour by Ferry


Sydney Harbour
is commonly referred to as the most beautiful natural harbour in the world. Those who come to see it will understand why. The 240 kilometres of shoreline encompass approximately 54 square kilometres of water, which translates to an enormous area for exploration and discovery. Although there are exclusive homes dotted around the water’s edge, there are large tracts of parklands, reserves and gardens that balance the harbour environmentally. It is possible to walk around much of the harbour edge and picnic in many spots.

 

The Sydney Opera House is situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Hrbour, close to the  Sydney Harbour Bridge. It sits at the north-eastern tip of the CBD, surrounded on three sides by the harbour Sydney Cove and Farm Cove), and neighboured by the Royal Botanic Gardens. Contrary to its name, the building houses several separate venues rather than a single opera theatre, the two main venues, the Opera Theatre and the Concert Hall, being housed in the two larger sets of shells. The Sydney Opera House is a major presenting venue for Opera Australia The Australian Balet, the Sydney Theatre Company and theSydney Symphony, as well as hosting many touring productions in a variety of performance genres, and is a major tourist attraction. It is administered by the Sydney Opera House Trust, under the New South Wales Ministry of the Arts.

 


On a warm sunny day, the harbour is a vibrant blue and dotted with hundreds of sailing boats, cruise boats and ferries. The best way of seeing the harbour is to be on it and that’s easy to do. Sydney Ferries, which are also government run, provide an inexpensive way of seeing the most beautiful harbour in the world.


The Sydney Harbour Bridge, also affectionately known as the ‘Coathanger’, was opened on March 19th 1932, after six years of construction. Made of steel the bridge contains 6 million hand driven rivets. The surface area that requires painting is equal to about the surface area of 60 sports fields. The Bridge has huge hinges to absorb the expansion caused by the hot Sydney sun. You will see them on either side of the bridge at the footings of the Pylons.
The bridge is the world’s largest (but not longest as thats the New River Gorge in the USA) steel arch bridge, and, in its beautiful harbour location, has become a renowned international symbol of Australia.Its total length including approach spans is 1149 metres and its arch span is 503 metres. The top of the arch is 134 metres above sea level and the clearance for shipping under the deck is a spacious 49 metres. The total steelwork weighs 52,800 tonnes, including 39,000 tonnes in the arch. The 49 metre wide deck makes Sydney Harbour Bridge the widest Longspan Bridge in the world. It now carries eight vehicle lanes, two train lines, a footway and a cycleway

Houses on the harbour

One of the highlights of the harbour ferry cruise is the way the houses all spill down to the harbour shoreline making for a beautiful and interesting trip down the harbour. A mixture of magnificent multi-million dollar mansions, family homes and apartments mixed among natve vegettion of the harbour national parks and beautiful make for a beautiful and interesting trip down the harbour by ferry.

This is the view looking back toward the city from near Watsons Bay – situated at the mouth of  Port Jackson – the official name for Sydney Harbour.

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