Sydney Harbour can put on a magnificent show. A visit to the Harbour is always top of the list when we have visitors staying. Lunch or dinner at a cafe on the Harbour is a must.
But when we’re left to our own devices, I reckon we Sydneysiders can neglect our city’s most glorious views. Why wait for a visitor? How about enjoying our Harbour simply to mark our own special occasions. Why not!?
I wanted to treat a very special friend on her birthday. She’s the lady who saved my sanity many times when my twins were tiny babies. Maria no longer works for me, but we love to catch up especially every year around her birthday.
RedBalloon offered to shout us a treat – who could refuse?
RedBalloon has loads of ideas for presents for her. But our eyes were caught by all the fantastic Sydney and Surrounds experiences that RedBalloon offers.
Who chose that colour?
We cruised past Garden Island, Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay and past Point Piper. There really are some amazing houses along the water and we got great views of the multi-million dollar waterfront properties.
I can totally see myself sunning on those loungers right there.
There’s a detailed commentary running all the while. This was really interesting but we were keen to natter and chatter too, so it felt a bit obtrusive at times.
Having said that, I learned a few new Sydney Harbour facts:
A gun is fired at 1pm each day from Fort Dennison
Rose Bay is the Harbour’s largest bay
There are 250km of shoreline around the entire Harbour – wow!
October 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the Australian Navy
I once organised a 30th birthday party on Shark Island for my boyfriend of the time: far away and long ago.
The ship went into Darling Harbour and stopped at a wharf there, then weighed anchor for the return journey to Circular Quay.
What a treat! How lucky were we. Great company, wonderful views and interesting information, and best of all, a lovely lunch as we cruised along.
Getting back onto dry land was a bit harsh, to be honest. Back home for pickup, homework and being the cook, waitress and washer upper. But with some delightful memories.
Do you have a favourite Sydney Harbour haunt?
And what’s your idea of a great birthday treat?
Thanks for reading.