|Woolloomooloo Wharf & Boy Charlton Pool|
We arrived late in the evening and met the owner of the apartment in Woolloomooloo before unpacking and crashing out.
We woke up to blue skies and warmth! 15 minutes after the leaving the apartment and just about the time we got to the middle of an open area with only a few trees for cover, the grey clouds rolled in and a heavy shower stopped us in our tracks for 30 minutes!
Once the rain had blown over, we walked to Mrs MacQuarrie's chair and had a great view of Sydney Harbour.
|Sydney Harbour (in case you didn't know!!)|
From a distance the roof looks white, but up close it is actually a pale cream colour.
The building is mostly pre-cast concrete, but the roof is made of ceramic tile.
As the clouds gathered again, we headed around circular quay and into The Rocks, one of the oldest areas of Sydney, it became established shortly after the colony's formation in 1788. The original buildings were made of sandstone, from which the area gets its name. It was a rough area, full of sailors and sailors 'entertainment' but fell into decay when the plague broke out in the late 19th century. Most of the buildings were demolished, but World War 1 stalled the destruction.
In the early 1970s the area was redeveloped into a tourist destination, and today is one of the busiest areas of central Sydney. It is home to many artisans and independent cafes and houses a craft and farmers market each weekend.
The other world famous vista is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The southern bridge end is located at Millers Point in The Rocks area, and the northern end at Milsons Point in the lower North Shore area. It carries six lanes of road traffic on its main roadway, a footpath, two railway tracks and a bicycle path.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, known to some 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.
Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's largest (but not longest) steel arch bridge at 1149m and its arch span is 503m. The top of the arch is 134m above sea level and the clearance for shipping under the deck is 49m. The total steelwork weighs 52,800 tonnes, including 39,000 tonnes in the arch.
|It is possible to climb to the top of the arch|
The next morning brought warm, clear skies and we made the most of it by jumping on a harbour cruise. We cruised around the harbours before getting off in Manly for a stroll. The beach was fairly quiet as it was windy but the surf was up which makes a nice photo!
|Not a soul in sight!|
We boarded our boat and sailed back to Sydney. The views of the Opera House from the water (with a blue sky!) were awesome!
We rounded off day two with a huge Greek feast - thanks for a great day out Kelly, Maddie & Doug!