Sydney’s bonus for visitors

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the rivercat in front of the Opera House

the rivercat in front of the Opera House

If you happen to be in Sydney next week, there is a potential travel bonus awaiting you. Travel on any of the famous harbour ferries during peak times and it will be absolutely free!

If you happen to be in Sydney next week, there is a potential travel bonus awaiting you. Travel on any of the famous harbour ferries during peak times and it will be absolutely free!

The Maritime Union of Australia’s Sydney branch  is in dispute so they will not be collecting fares between 7am and 9am and then again from 5pm until 7pm.

Seeing Sydney Harbour, apart from being one of the “must-sees” of visiting Sydney is a great way of spending the day. Some visitors have bought day passes and do nothing more than travel by ferries all day just to see as many different aspects of the harbour as you can possibly see.

For the best choice next week, skip the darling harbour ferry and concentrate on either the Manly or the Parramatta ones as they take you the furthest distance.

If you opt for Manly then the forty minute journey will take you across the famous heads and take you to the beach resort of Manly which has changed out of recognition over the last fifty years. The Corso, the road that links you from the harbour to the Pacific coastline beach, is largely pedestrianised and full of restaurants. The Many Aquarium is just a walk around the bay in which the Manly ferry docks and if you want a spectacular sight, go up to North Head where there are viewing areas and you can gaze across the entrance to the harbour and the suburbs on the south side.

The rivercat service to Parramatta is a stopping service so there are other places you can get off along the route such as the site for the Olympic Games in 2000. But the whole journey takes over an hour and- if you catch it at low tide – the catamarans slow right down and hog the middle of the rapidly depleting river to make sure they don’t ground. Some services have to end their journey a little downstream.

Parramatta is where you would go to see some of Australia’s oldest buildings such as Old Government House, the Experiment farm Cottage and Elizabeth Farm which was the home of John Macarthur who introduced merino sheep into Australia. Today though, the city is a bustling business centre with shopping centres and a host of Indian and Chinese restaurants reflecting the changing face of Australia.

Grab a cheap ferry ride whilst you can next week. Not only will it save your wallet but you might visit some place you ordinarily wouldn’t have thought of visiting.

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