Thursday February 10, 2005

Exploring Sydney Harbour

Hurley, Frank, 1885-1962. Mosman Bay. From the National Library of Australia Pictures Catalogue.

Mosman enjoys a beautiful location on the northern shores of Sydney Harbour.

The following tour offers multiple perspectives on the life of this great natural harbour…

The Living Harbour website explores the rich life of the harbour through interactive maps, photos and information. Find out about the animals, habitats and geology of the harbour and the history and lives of Sydney’s Indigenous peoples.

Second port of call is Maritime Heritage Online, a project of the NSW Heritage Office. The Sydney Region map shows coastal defences, shipwrecks, lighthouses, pilot stations, museums and cemeteries, which link to photos and further information.

Michael McFadyen lists Wreck Dives in Sydney for scuba divers. See also Shipwrecks of Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) and The Heads.

Lighthouses Australia and Lighthouses of Australia are two beacons to historic and working navigation aides.

The Sydney Ports Corporation offers wave, tide and wind data as well as an insight into the working of a commercial harbour. Have a look – coastalwatch.com has live video.

Or to explore in person, take a walk on the foreshores.

The NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service offer guided Discovery activities in and around  Sydney Harbour National Park, like a Bradleys Head Bush Food Tour and a Middle Head Forts Tour.  See also A Fabulous Harbour Walk: Chowder Bay to Middle Head Road (and soon on to Balmoral Beach).

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust  is preparing former Defence and other special Commonwealth lands for their return to the public. Historic and beautiful sites include Georges Heights, Chowder Bay and Middle Head in Mosman and Macquarie Lightstation.  The site has maps, photographs and histories.

And if you know of other interesting sites/sights on Sydney Harbour, please leave a comment.

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