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Lifestyle : Sydney, The Harbour City 2011
1HERSA1 S003 LIFEJACKET -- WEAR IT Lifejackets save lives. But a lifejacket will not save your life if you are not wearing it. Remember: You must carry a lifejacket for every person on board Children under 12 must wear a lifejacket at most times Wear one at times of heightened risk such as boating alone, at night, in adverse conditions or if you are a poor swimmer PWC drivers and passengers must wear them at all times Don't just have lifejackets on board, make sure you and your passengers wear them. For more information see our website or call the Info Line. Info line 13 12 56 MAR0293/UC 09/11 206 King St, Newtown 02 9550 2668 0432 329 000 www.aboutdose.com one origin Ask to sample our Ethiopian blend Come meet Sydney's most enthusiastic barista AG4513523AA-071011 The Sydney Morning Herald Friday, October 7, 2011 3 A voyage of rediscovery A tourist cruise reignites Sydneysider Julietta Jameson's love of the harbour. Eye-opener . . . (clockwise from main) Circular Quay; Rushcutters Bay; a view from the deck. Photos: Kate Geraghty, Domino Postiglione I t's a weekday morning and I'm going where most Sydney- siders fear to tread: on a Captain Cook Cruises harbour boat. It's just me and the tourists joining the jaunty crew of the MV Sydney 2000 -- a big, comfy boat with huge windows and wide viewing decks. But what better way is there to blow away the cobwebs that obscure a local's perspective than to join visitors on a cruise of our harbour? Even on a grey day like this one? As we pull out of Circular Quay, our tour guide, Sally, is already refreshing my delight in the harbour, telling me things I don't know or reminding me of trivia I had long forgotten: how nine Sydney ferries were named after the ships of the First Fleet, how The Rocks got its name from being built on rocky ledges, about Jack Mundey's fight to save the area, how Bennelong Point was once a tram depot. Hugging the shore, the big boat glides past the Opera House and reveals a view of Government House that is simply fabulous. Sally tells us the Conservatorium of Music was built in stables. ''Elaborate stables,'' she adds in understatement. As we pass Mrs Macquarie's Chair, dozens of tourists take pictures of both the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and I am struck by how pretty Sydney really is. Passing Garden Island, Sally tells us it used to actually be an island -- one of the harbour's original 13, which have since been reduced to eight as a result of landfill and pontoons. We ogle the fancy yachts of Sydney's rich in Rushcutters Bay, the site of Australia's first vineyard, apparently. ''Not a very successful one,'' Sally says, before pointing out the marked contrast between the built-up eastern suburbs and the verdant north shore. ''It was developed much later,'' she says. ''You can see that.'' We do the seafaring equivalent of a kerb crawl past the amazing houses of Point Piper, where Sally matches real estate to names and I marvel at how money doesn't always buy taste, though Malcolm Turnbull does have a mighty nice pile with great views. I am surprised by how big Nielsen Park is, disappointed at the lack of nudity on the nude beach near Parsley Bay, excited by the roll of the boat as we cross the harbour entrance between the Heads. ''One nautical mile wide,'' Sally informs us, and I am, I have to admit, incredulous when she tells us that Manly was so named by Captain Arthur Phillip as a tribute to the masculinity of the local Aboriginal blokes. I vow to do that walk from Balmoral to Taronga -- ''two hours along the shoreline'', Sally promises -- and wish I were a diver so I could see the seahorses in Chowder Bay. We eat cake and drink tea and coffee as we cruise along the green parkland of the north before HMAS Sydney and Sirius Cove illustrate just how large the Royal Australian Navy's presence is in our still very much working harbour. At Admiralty House, the flag reveals the governor-general isn't home but there are gardeners and security on the front lawn, as at Kirribilli House. Passing Balmain, I think of how fun it used to be exploring the peninsula shoreline when I lived there. And I vow to do this walk again, too. A stop at King Street Wharf to pick up the lunch passengers and we're back to Circular Quay. But it looks different. More special; less workaday. The whole harbour does. I feel lucky to be living by this lovely, multifaceted waterway. And enriched by the tourist's-eye view of its myriad features. SPECIAL REPORT Take your pick Captain Cook Cruises Runs 20 cruises daily. The Coffee Cruise, which includes morning and afternoon tea and takes two hours and 20 minutes, departs 10am and 2.15pm daily. Adults $49; children aged five to 14 $28. Bookings: 9206 1111; captaincook.com.au. Magistic Cruises Dinner, lunch and sightseeing cruises from $20. Bookings: 8296 7222; magisticcruises.com.au. Prestige Harbour Cruises Scheduled cruises with entertainment, such as the Aqua Jazz lunch cruise, as well as sightseeing lunch cruises and tall-ship cruises. Sightseeing lunch, adults $88; children $50. Bookings: 8765 1225; prestigeharbourcruises.com.au. Matilda Cruises A wide range of cruises, including breakfast, high tea, lunch, dinner and cocktail cruises. From about $40. Bookings: 8270 5188; matilda.com.au.
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