Half Day Cruise for Groups

Westside Stories

Explore the inner bays, islands and coves west of the bridge along the southern shore. See maritime relics of the working harbour, and witness this transformation in progress.

Sydney Harbour ceased being our major working port when that role was transferred to Botany Bay. Some of this transformation is complete while much is still underway. See the remaining vestiges of the working waterfront alongside modern new construction as we take you deep into the bays and coves, west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. One of the bays we explore in detail is Rozelle, where we see the SHF workshops, and many historic vessels including those being restored, before moving on through Blackwattle Bay on our return route.

Highlights:

* started with a dry dock, but they went on to build warships, pipes and locomotives

* see where Palmolive and Protex soap was made alongside where our ferries now rest

* view a heritage listed incinerator by the same designer as our capital city

* be visually transported to Scandinavia by multi coloured harbour front workshops

* pawnbroker’s three brass balls, or something else? and what does Ultimo mean?

* a bay named after a landowner, who with his wife was hanged for murder

* circumnavigate an island that housed convicts, water police, gunpowder, harbour masters, the Maritime Service Board and a TV film set.

The cruise finishes back at the Australian National Maritime Museum wharf by 12:30pm.

For more information, and to book, call the Sydney Heritage Fleet Office on (02) 9298 3888 or email info@shf.org.au/home.