Elizabeth Farrelly, writing in the SMH this morning argued:
A good harbour, like a good city, relies on connectivity. The water is great. In Sydney's case, the topography is also great. That's nature.
But what makes nature into a great harbour is culture. It's the transitional fringe, the incremental embroidery of wharfs, slipways, seawalls, steps, cafes, platforms, boathouses, chandleries, shipwrights, moorings and (if you really must) marinas that make a harbour. Sydney Harbour has a grand tradition of this stuff - working, industrial harbour furniture much of it, but also the canvas dinghies, packet boats, watermen's wherries, tugs and fishers and coal lighters and wild 18-footers and container ships.
Both photos are of Watson's Bay: looking from it to the city; looking down into, and across it.
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