Plonked square in the middle of Sydney Harbour, immediately west of the bridge, lies Goat Island, so named because of its shape, so the Ranger sheepishly explained. The constant din of trains crossing the bridge would awaken the most gullible of trolls, should one happen to inhabit the island.
The location and aspect of the island is enough to cause apoplexy in a den of property developers. Just imagine: 13.5 acres = 54 building blocks @ $10m each = *ker-ching*!!
The two aerial shots of the island are courtesy of the National Parks & Wildlife Service, the current custodians of the island.
Looking directly east, and on full 250mm zoom, using the deck of the SHB as my spirit level, we experience the working harbour in all its glory. Under the bridge, on the left, is Admiralty House, the Sydney residence of the Australian Head of State. The fort like island in the centre is Fort Denison (or Pinchgut). From memory, the water tower on the ridge in the background is way out at Bellevue Hill. There are a coupla ferries and the square rigger is ... umm ... its not the replica Endeavour, nor is it the James Craig ... mmm ... it's the Southern Swan.
In 1788 there were 14 islands in Port Jackson. Since 1788, five islands have been connected to the mainland via reclamation (Berry, Garden, Bennelong, Glebe and Darling Islands) and two small islands have been joined (Spectacle island). Eight islands remain – Fort Denison, Rodd, Cockatoo, Snapper, Shark, Clark, Spectacle and Goat.
Sydney-siders might care to enlarge the images of the city skyline. This is where property developers (and Paul Keating) are going to put a red monstrosity 500m out over the harbour and step (expensive) apartment buildings along Barrangaroo. All in the name of returning the foreshore to the people.
Tomorrow: come with me to explore the Queen's Powder Keg and the spirit of convicts past.