A Pub Crawl With a Difference

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We are all used to pub crawls. The concept of visiting a few pubs, having a pint in each and catching up with friends is popular. In Australia I have found a different version which could even be added to the tourism brochures. In Sydney, there is a pub crawl by ferry that my nieces and their friends have introduced me to. It makes for a long day but you do some different places that normal tourists probably wouldn’t see. But it does require timing otherwise the ferry times are lost and you can’t afford to wait 30 minutes for the next.
Taking a train into Circular Quay which is where the ferry terminals are (it’s sandwiched between the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House), the start was at The Ship Inn at 10am. Here you have a panoramic view of Sydney as beloved by tourist authorities and we had just 55 minutes to soak it all in before the Mosman ferry left at 10.55. At the Mosman Rowers, there was another drink whilst the Wednesday afternoon sailors went up and down the bay. Just an hour here before heading back to Circular Quay to rendezvous with the Milson’s Point Ferry that took us under the bridge and over to Luna Park. Luna is the amusement park for Sydney and the smiley clown face has adorned the Sydney skyline for decades. Only 55 minutes hear at the Deck for a quick one as the kids enjoyed some rides and then onto the next ferry to take us to Darling Harbour where there was just 40 minutes at the Helm Bar whilst the kids visited the Aquarium and the warships and the old South Steyne Manly Ferry were glanced at by the rest. The next ferry of the day took us to Balmain and on to the Belgium Beer Cafe. Here we overlooked the rest of Darling Harbour and just watched the ferries, the catamarans and the water taxis go by as the sun warmed us up as a very late lunch was eaten.
Then, to the other end of the harbour, to Watson’s Bay where the famed Doyle’s restaurant is to be found. Doyle’s has been serving up good seafood for ages and is still there. They will pick you up from Circular Quay in their own boat and whisk you back afterwards. We just spent the rest of the afternoon at the nearby Watson’s Bay Hotel and watched the world go, – and some dolphins. Then back to Circular Quay for a walk through the Rocks (the old convict area that is full of tourist shops and trendy bars and cafes) for a final nightcap before we got back at the station just before 9pm. 7 stops in 11 hours. A schooner in each but not always beer (a schooner is only a bit smaller than a pint) and a placid day largely watching the world go by in the stunning scenery of Sydney Harbour whilst chatting to old mates.
You couldn’t ask for much better!

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