Monday, June 25, 2018

Up The River.....

Saturday morning we walked to Circular Quay from Darling Harbour, down Pitt Street to catch a ferry up the Parramatta River with a stopover on Cockatoo Island. The Island was originally a ship building dock and grain transportation. The convicts worked on the island, sadly in chains. Cockatoo has a wonderful 90 minute audio tour and you can now camp on the island in "glamping tents". We woke to a predicted 20 degrees with blue skies and a gentle breeze.
 Beautiful facades on the old buildings.
Sydney Tower

 Circular Quay, waiting for the ferry.
 It was a 30 minute ride to the island on the Shane Gould ferry .
Luna Park
 A splash of colour.
 Cockatoo Island

 A couple of the glamping tents. The facilities were excellent for a good night's sleep.

 The Powerhouse area.

 Lovely stonework, the colours glowed in the sun.
The mess hall.
 Remains of the military guardhouse.

 Wish I had some fabric for rust dying....

Old Chinese sampan on the slipway.
 Not sure what this is, but it was very glamours with it's own unusual mooring on the river.
 As you entered the mouth of the Parramatta River, it was very calm and the Rivercat glided along slowly.

 Interesting reflections.

 At the end, we sat and had lunch before heading to the station to catch the train back to the city.
Seafood basket for John and Spaghetti Marinara for me.


  1. Wonderful that Sydney turned on the weather for you too. Sandstone is the defining feature of the place, it looks great in the weathered buildings.

  2. 20 degrees sounds like heaven at the moment!

    Looks like a beautiful and interesting trip up the river.

  3. Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend.