I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to heights so to be honest the Sydney Harbour Bridge was of absolutely no interest to me. Just looking at the promotional photos of people climbing across the top with big smiles on their faces was enough to flip my stomach. No, I’m more of a water baby and so when I visited Australia I chose to see the Sydney Harbour by speedboat.
My friend Lisa and I opted for the 50-minute tour from Circular Quay. We sat down, belted up and told our driver to go as fast as possible. And that he did. We whizzed around the Sydney Opera House doing 270-degree spins with the tunes blasting out and pausing briefly to take the obligatory photo.
The boat was cool and comfy and it was invigorating to feel the wind in our hair and the water splashing our faces after enduring the hot heat of Australia in September. The Sydney skyline was a beautiful sight from the safety of the boat and I felt like I appreciated it in a new way, like when you see Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge. It gave a new perspective.
Our guide was hilarious and told us some great stories as we sped around the waters, alternating between power brake stops and crazy fish tail manoeuvres. Just before we went under the Sydney Harbour Bridge our driver purposely did a 270-degree turn to get us all drenched. It was brilliant fun.
The speedometer was shaking on 75 km/ph as we passed on by Fort Denison and the Prime Minister’s Sydney Residence. We were the kings of the water, with no scary 134m heights involved.