Sydney Harbour Paddle [13]

Sunday 12/7/1992

By Kevin Bones

On a picture perfect winter Sunday morning five kayaks set off from Rose Bay for a leisurely paddle around Sydney Harbour. We dodged the ferries and jetcats as we crossed to Bradley’s Head and then, hugging the northern shore, we headed towards the Harbour Bridge. The clear blue sky, and calm conditions made for some wonderful photo opportunities with Sydney’s famous landmarks.

The scale of bridge was awe inspiring from a paddler’s view, and after passing under it we paddled around the docks to Darling Harbour. To our great disappointment Darling Harbour security prevented us from paddling under the Old Pyrmont Bridge and into Darling Harbour proper. This was despite the fact that other private craft were allowed access. After registering our disapproval we headed back into The Harbour and stopped at Blues Point for lunch. On the return paddle to Rose Bay we took a close look at Fort Denison, Clark Island, and Shark Island, not to mention a few of the rich and famous people’s backyards.

It was a very enjoyable day, with thanks to Trevor Farrell for organizing it, and was a great introduction to the club for Michael Maleedy and I, who were both on our first paddle with the club.