Sunday, 15 September 2019

The Palm Beach Ferry



Until we visited Sydney in 2017, something I had never done (despite spending many weekends in the area in my 20s) was catch the Palm Beach Ferry. The ferry connects Palm Beach (unsurprisingly) in the very north of Sydney, and the area south of Newcastle. It's an attractive ferry ride, which crosses four water bodies: Pittswater, the Hawkesbury River, Broken Bay and Brisbane Water.

Taken from Google Maps


As my Father lives near Ettalong Beach and there is a bus which runs between Palm Beach and outside the apartment we stayed in, in Manly, it made sense to use the service for a direct (if slighly long winded) commute. Because, of course, the bus and ferry timetables don't co-ordinate. Most of the time we caught the train from Woy Woy to Sydney then the Manly Ferry, but Palm Beach made a nice change.

You can see how narrow the channel in Brisbane Water is - and how shallow


From left to right: the Pacific Ocean, Barrenjoey Heads, Pittswater, and Lion Island

There are some really pretty views when the sun is out, and when the weather is less than optimal (surprisingly not uncommon in Sydney in summer) it can feel like an adventure. We crossed under both conditions, the following video is of the second, less sunny crossing. I am amazed at how steady I managed to keep my camera.



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5 comments:

chm said...

Love the new banner. Kind of miss the green background.

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Simon.. Like your new design BUT Pictures do not open on a new tab like they used to...

Le Pré de la Forge said...

Like the new look... clean and crisp.

Le Pré de la Forge said...

Yes they do....!

Simon said...

Pics dont open in a new tab (or new window) for me, either. There used to be a setting you could apply tp the blog to ensure they do, but google knows best...

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