Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Secluded beaches, quiet coves and soaring headlands predominate this harbor,
which is considered one of the world's most beautiful.
The location of the first European settlement in Australia, the harbour has continued to play a key role in the history and development of Sydney. The city itself lies on the southern shore. The Parramatta River forms the harbour's western arm. Many recreational events are based on or around the harbour itself particularly the Sydney New Year's Eve celebrations and the starting point of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
Rev: "it is very beautiful and i want to live there because of that and many more attractions are there too nice city nice food nice people really love to go there again"
Rev: "Even though the day was overcast the River-cat trip up to Parramatta from Circular Quay was great. There was plenty of room on the boat, we stopped along the way for people to get off and on, there were some lovely old homes to look at on the way. A most enjoyable trip. We had to get a bus to finish the journey, as it was low tide but the bus was there waiting and included in the tariff. We then walked from the normal ferry stop to the railway and got the train back to the city"
Eighteen years later, on 21 January 1788, after arriving at Botany Bay, Governor Arthur Phillip took a longboat and two cutters up the coast to examine Cook's Port Jackson. Phillip first stayed over night at Camp Cove, then moved down the harbour, landing at Sydney Cove and then Manly Cove before returning to Botany Bay on the afternoon of the 24th. Phillip returned to Sydney Cove in H.M. Armed Tender Supply on 26 January 1788, where he established the first colony in Australia, later to become the city of Sydney.
Rev: "We had just landed from a 22 hour trip and took the coffee tour. It was the perfect way to begin seeing Sydney with this relaxing tour providing us a beautiful overview of the city."
Unable to free their submarine, the crew detonated charges to destroy it, killing themselves in the process. The anti-submarine boom net was demolished soon after World War II, and all that remains are the foundations of the old boom net winch house, which can be viewed on Green (Laings) Point, Watsons Bay. Today, that Japanese midget submarine remains on static display at the Australian War Memorial.
Rev: "Great restaurant,nice staff, tasty food, stand out quality and presentation. A bit expensive, overpriced, except that, all great."
Under the directions of Dr J.J.C. Bradfield of the NSW Department of Public Works, the bridge was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd of Middlesbrough and opened in 1932. The bridge's design was influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York. It is also the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, and it is the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 metres from top to water level. It was also the world's widest long-span bridge, at 48.8 meters wide, until construction of the new Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver.
Rev: "The Sydney Harbour is an exceptional site, and all areas surrounding it are worth exploring on foot! Do not skip the Rocks area and Darling Harbour as well!"
Rev: "A trip to Sydney wouldn't complete without having experience to walk around Sydney Harbour. Must go take picture at iconic Opera house and Harbour Bridge. Take a ferry Darling Harbour at least you could get the to take the picture of both in one frame on boat. Walking across the bridge from The Rocks to the other side really worth all the time and energy."
These three harbours extend from the single entrance (known as Sydney Heads (North and South Heads)). North Harbour is the shortest, and is really just a large bay extending to Manly. Middle Harbour extends to the north-west. It is bridged at The Spit and Roseville. Its headwaters lie in Garigal National Park. The longest arm, Sydney Harbour, extends west as far as Balmain, where it is fed by the estuaries of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers.
Rev: "Cruising around Sydney Harbour is one of the great visual experiences of a lifetime. I particularly enjoyed the iconic Sydney Bridge and Opera house."
Rev: "Sydney Harbor/Circular Quay area has many activities in one spot. There are many ferries one can catch to visit other parts of Sydney, the hop-on-off bus starts there, The Rocks bar/restaurant area abuts the harbor, The Opera House, and many more attractions."
Sydney Ferries is an agency of the New South Wales Department of Transport, providing ferry services on Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River in Sydney, Australia. Most ferry wharves, aside from those concentrated around the Central Business District, lie on the northern banks of the harbour, or on the southern bank, east of the Harbour Bridge.
Rev: "My young daughter and I often spend time in the city. We start at Luna park and then walk over the bridge. It has an amazing view and is full of history we have also walked at night there are security but may get a little hairy as in some parts it is dark just before the steps."
Rev: "The Sydnet Harbour is the best in the world. Not just the 'big bit', get in and around the inner harbour via the ferry system and you'll discover another world."
Rev: "Apart from being a very busy place, there is so much to see and do every day. Would highly recommend doing the Opera House tour which is only for an hour but so worth it."