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Tall Ships and Spontaneous Adventures

Spontaneous Adventures in Sydney

View Adventures in the Southern Hemisphere, Part 1 on smr1188's travel map.

Well it was a lazy Friday morning in Sydney, over 80 degrees and we weren't sure what to do. Feeling like we'd seen everything in the area of our hostel and walked just about everywhere else, nothing was jumping out at us for a plan. On our budget we didn't want to spend a lot and weren't feeling up for any museums.

We spent the morning catching up on the internet with friends and pictures and occasionally vocalizing a “What are we doing today?” that was usually met with silence. Next thing we knew, it was after 2pm! We took a break and headed downstairs for some tea, on our way back we passed the bulletin advertizing sailing on one of the local tall ships. We did a double take, it actually looked like a good deal!
$139 value for $40...includes hour and a half sail, mast climb, and open bar. Oh and it sails every day at 3:45pm. Gosh, we should do this today!


A quick check online told us nothing about the availability for the day so we packed a bag and headed in the direction oh the harbour. Stopping along the way we confirmed that yes, we could do it that day for the advertised price deal, we just had to be at the dock in half an hour. We had to speed walk since it normally takes us 45 minutes to get to the dock, but we made it!


And it was a beautiful afternoon for a sail! We were on the Southern Swan, build in 1922 in Denmark. Long story short, the Southern Swan made the voyage from England to Australia in 1988, to take part in the famous Australian Bicentennial First Fleet Re-enactment and has stayed there since.


We started with the mast climb since you couldn't drink until after the climb. It was quite windy but gorgeous views from up there, unfortunately we weren't allowed to bring a camera or spend much time up there since there was a lot of people who wanted to climb during that sail. But to just hang out up there would have been awesome!

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After the climb we got some champagne, then decided they'd be better as mimosas and just enjoyed the ride. We sailed under the harbour bridge which was a new direction for us and there was a bit of commentary on the surroundings that we listened in on.


Though there had been dolphins in the harbour the day before, none were to be found that day. Despite my best efforts of looking...Looking_for_dolphins.jpg

Sometimes it gets really tough not having things planned out, especially for me, but being able to do these spontaneous activities is awesome!!

Posted by smr1188 17:04 Archived in Australia Tagged sailing sydney_harbour Comments (2)

Watching (or mostly looking for) Whales

Sydney Harbour

View Adventures in the Southern Hemisphere, Part 1 on smr1188's travel map.

We went whale watching the other day, last week. Sydney is right along the whale migration for mostly humpback whales, though southern right whales are less frequent but also commonly seen. We're nearing the end of the migration so we knew there wouldn't be as many as if we'd come a month earlier...but we still got to see 1 adult, and follow him for a little bit.


We also spotted some sharks, though not sure what kind, and a lot of sea birds.
On our way back, in the harbour, we even saw a pod of dolphins checking out a kayaker! So wish I coulda been that kayaker! They were right along side the kayak all swimming about, that was really neat.

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It was another gorgeous day and we got a great boatride through the harbour to Many and back as well.

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Posted by smr1188 23:13 Archived in Australia Tagged sydney_harbour whale_watching Comments (0)

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