Thursday, 29 January 2015

Syeney Ferries - The River Cats

This post shows three River Cats into and out/off Circular Quay. Most ferries seem to back out of the wharf, do a u-turn (uie)out in the middle of Sydney Cove, and then charge of on their route, in this case the F3 to Parramatta. I think that numbering is Gladys-speak, Gladys being the transport minister in our state government.

There are seven low-wash catarmarans in this class of ferry. They came into service between 1992 and 1995.
The three ferries shown here are: the Shane Gould, the Evonne Goolagong, and the Marlene Mathews. The others in the class are:
the Betty Cuthbert
the Dawn Fraser
the Marjorie Jackson, and
the Nicole Livingstone.
Each is named after a famous Australian sportswoman.

The styling is nowhere near as attractive as the First-Fleet class of ferry.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

9. What wouldn't I miss? Private cars in the CBD ...

Top shot I took Sunday just gone, when the mercury tipped 35C. From the Pylon Lookout, facing south looking along the Bradfield Highwy. Two historic shots below: first by Max Dupain in 1938, second by John Tanner in 1956. Both show vehicles streaming south from the bridge.

I wanted to say that I would not miss Sydney's traffic snarls, but as I no longer drive but go everywhere by public transport, this may seem self-serving. What I dream of is a city so well-serviced by public transport, that individuals no longer take their private car through, or into, the CBD. Park the vehicle at a hub 20 kms out, and train/bus in and out. IMO, the CBD should be for the use of pedestrians, and cyclists. And light-rail, whenever that comes.

So, should I have to leave my be-lov-ed city, which I will only do in a box, I will not miss the bumper-to-bumper cars endangering the lives of pedestrians.

And so we come to the 10th post in this series. I know what it is now, but it only occurred to me this morning. I've been pretending to be Bach, what with my theme and variations. Shall reveal all this coming Sunday, Theme Day. Back to ferries tomorrow.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

8. What wouldn't I miss? Our ignorance of historical significance ...

The top image was taken from the far-eastern end of the Cahill Walk, as soon as I alighted the lift from the quay. I am facing west. The bottom image was taken during 1931. The bridge itself has been constructed - now for the fit-out and approaches. It is one of the images displayed in The Pylon Museum, which is worth your attention. There are 200 steps, and walking is the only option. As a Senior, it cost me $8.50. But only bother if there are NO cruise ships at the Overseas Terminal!

So, why do I feel a need to whinge about our collective ignorance of historical significance?

Sydney Cove is the birthplace of European civilisation in this city, nay, this nation. And LOOK how we honour it! (Must remember not to overdo the exclamation mark in this little rant.) Sure, Sydney has always been a working harbour, and I respect the history of our harbour, and the people who have worked it. But really what we have here is a developmental pig-sty. Once the Cahill Expressway cut across the head of the cove in the mid-'50s, the die was cast.

The First Fleet anchored out there.
Captain Arthur Phillip raised the Union Jack 50m behind me.
The convicts pitched their tents on the left.
The soldiers, and military bureaucrats, pitched theirs on the right.

And today we have el-cheapo eats, not-so-el-cheapo eats, buskers, convenience stores, ice-creameries, and assorted stores purporting to flog mementos to gullible tourists!

If I had to, or chose to, leave Sydney, I would not miss our attitude to the past. But this attitude, is a national characteristic, I am afraid.

Monday, 26 January 2015

7. What wouldn't I miss? The sheer size of my city ...

Both these image were taken from the Pylon Lookout on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The first image is facing east, ie pointing down the harbour to the Pacific Ocean. The second image is facing north-west, ie facing upstream, and inland.

Sydney has a population of 4.75 million, which is just under 20% of the entire Australian nation. Sydney covers an area of 12,367 km2, with a density of 380 people per square kilometre. Sheer urban sprawl.

From Bondi to Penrith (ie, from the ocean to the mountains), is 65 kms. This is the east-west axis.

From Cronulla to Berowra is about 60 kms, ie the north-south axis.

From Palm Beach to Campbelltown, the diagonal axis, is 100 kms.

We live in enclaves, sometimes determined by socio-economic factors, sometimes by education factors. Often, however, people live where they do from choice, or because their "people" have always lived thereabouts.

If I had to leave Sydney, I would hope that I moved to a more densely populated city, ot to a smaller town.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

6. What wouldn't I miss? Humongos Cruise Liners

During summer, there is a cruise ship tied up in Sydney Cove, every day. Every weekend there is a different one. This is the "Voyager of the Seas". They are so massive, they dwarf the Harbour Bridge, They dwarf the Opera House. From the Pylon Lookout on the bridge, I could not see Circular Quay (and obviously, judging from this photograph, from the Cahill Walk, I could not see the Pylon lookout), and I could not get a good view of the city skyline.

If I had to leave Sydmey, I would NOT miss these cruise liners. I want my city back!!