Scenic World – Blue Mountains

We highly recommend you consider a visit to Scenic World as part of our Blue Mountains & Featherdale Private Tour. This is a privately owned tourist attraction located in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. It hosts 4 main attractions, Katoomba Scenic Railway, Scenic Skyway, the Cableway and the Walkway.

Whilst theme parks or man made tourist attractions may not be your thing, I recommend you go to Scenic World as all the attractions are designed to give you a real experience in this rugged National Park.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

We visit The Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park as part of our North Shore & Beaches private tour. This is a protected national park (created in 1894) of some 14,977 hectares (37,010 acres).

The park is a recreational park for many Sydneysiders. There are many great walking tracks, fishing spots, a camping ground at The Basin and spectacular views out over The Pittwater and the Hawkesbury river.

The first inhabitants of the area were the indigenous Garigal people and the park contains many rock engravings and other aboriginal art such as cave drawings, axe grinding grooves and middens.

Luna Park @ Milson Point.

Luna Park Sydney is an amusement park located on the north side just beside the bridge and the North Sydney Olympic Pool. It was opened in 1935 but prior to that this location was very important during the construction of the bridge.

Most of the rides were brought from South Australia after Luna Park Glenelg South Australia went into liquidation.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

You can walk over it (BridgeClimbSydney), walk across it, walk up it (Pylon Lookout), walk under it and even catch a ferry beneath it. Each experience gives you a different perspective of this iconic Sydney structure. So I suggest you try as many as you can while you are here.

Featured in our North Shore & Beaches private tour “ The Coathanger” is perhaps Sydney’s most iconic structure (it fights it out with the Sydney Opera House).

It was opened in 1932, and holds a very important place in Sydney’s history as it opened up the north shore and northern beaches to development.

The roadway across the bridge is known as the Bradfield Highway named after Dr John Bradfield a controversial figure who is largely attributed with the construction of the bridge.

The bridge’s design is often said to be influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York City.

A brief history of the Sydney Harbour Bridge – Courtesy of Pylon Lookout website

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest (but not longest) steel arch bridge, and, in its beautiful harbour location, has become a renowned international symbol of Australia. A brief history follows:-

The contractors, under Director of Construction, Lawrence Ennis, set up two workshops at Milsons Point on the North Shore. Here, the steel (79% imported from England, 21% from Australian sources) was fabricated into girders etc.

The foundations for the four main bearings, which carry the full weight of the main span were dug to a depth of 12.2 metres and filled with special reinforced high-grade concrete laid in hexagonal formations.

The four impressive, decorative 89 metre high pylons are made of concrete, faced with granite, quarried near Moruya, where about 250 Australian, Scottish and Italian stonemasons and their families lived in a temporary settlement. Three ships were specifically built to carry the 18,000 cubic metres of cut, dressed and numbered granite blocks, 300km north to Sydney.

After the approach spans were erected, work began on the main arch. Two half-arches were built out progressively from each shore, each held back by 128 cables anchored underground through U-shaped tunnels. Steel members were fabricated in the workshops, placed onto barges, towed into position on the harbour and lifted up by two 580 tonne electrically operated creeper cranes, which erected the half-arches before them as they travelled forward.

Joining of the Arches
There was great excitement on 20 August 1930 after the arch was successfully joined at 10pm the night before. The steel decking was then hung from the arch and was all in place within nine months, being built from the centre outwards to save time moving the cranes.

As the project neared completion, the last of approximately six million Australian made rivets were driven through the deck on 21 January 1932. In February 1932 the Bridge was test loaded using up to 96 steam locomotives placed in various configurations.

Opening Celebrations
The official opening day on Saturday 19 March 1932 was a momentous occasion, drawing remarkable crowds (estimated between 300,000 and one million people) to the city and around the harbour foreshores. The NSW Premier, the Hon. John T. Lang, officially declared the Bridge open. However, the Premier enlivened proceedings when Captain Francis De Groot of the para-military group, the New Guard, slashed the ribbon prematurely with his sword, prior to the official cutting. The captain was arrested, the ribbon was tied together, and the ceremony went ahead.

The opening celebrations included a vast cavalcade of decorated floats, marching groups and bands proceeding through the city streets and across the deck in a pageant of surprising size and quality, considering the economic depression.

The celebrations continued with a gun-salute, a procession of passenger ships under the Bridge, a ‘venetian’ carnival, a fly-past, fireworks, sports carnivals and exhibitions. After the pageant the public was allowed to walk across the deck…an event not repeated until the 50th anniversary of the Bridge in 1982.

Manly Ferry

Catching the Manly ferry has been “ a thing” in Sydney for as long as there has been ferries. Whilst a great trip and you should do it, I encourage any visitor to Sydney to catch any of the public ferry trips from Circular Quay to any destination and back. They are fair value and you will explore a new part of Sydney that may not be in the guide books.

Suggest the following trips:

Watsons Bay

Mosman Bay

Cockatoo Island

Parramatta