Upon arrival Sydney, our plan was to catch the water shuttle to Circular Quay and board one of the harbour ferries, for the scenic trip up river to Parramatta. At Circular Quay, we asked one of the volunteers which ferry goes up river. Unfortunately, the record rains had flooded the dock, so no ferries were operating up the river that day.
Change of plans – which berth does the Manly Ferry use? We headed over to berth # 3 and hopped onto the Manly ferry.
On completion of the Opera House Backstage Tour, we walked around Circular Quay to the historic “The Rocks”, where we enjoyed refreshments in a couple of pubs. Similar to the West Coast, the beer scene in Sydney has improved significantly since I docked at OPT in the late ’70s.
Normally when in port overnight we organise private excursions on the first day and then ship’s tours on departure day. However, to complete the Opera House backstage tour, with the ship, would have cost almost double. It starts at 06:45, well before our scheduled arrival on the first day, so we booked it on the last day in Sydney.