You’d have a hard time convincing me that any other Australian city can compete with the beauty of Sydney harbour; especially the meandering tributaries, the open seas and the steep sandstone cliffs that change colour under the influence of the sun. The waterways are also a huge influence on the way Aussies go about their daily life and spend time outdoors.
Fortunately for my family we grew up a stones throw from middle harbour, a place where bush land meets protected coves and a boat launching spot is a five-minute drive away.
So for this visit, when my Dad suggested a sunrise fish and a coast out to the main harbour I was up well before the sun and raring to go – eager to remind myself of the beauty I miss living further North.
Life on the harbour is busy with early morning rowers, paddle boarders, bobbing yachts, diving seagulls, and public ferries whisking people across the waves to work. I wanted to capture the changing light and the peacefulness of the morning, precious time when I usually have the most candid and unhurried chats with my Dad over a line in the water.
This time we didn’t catch anything. A visual record and time with my nature loving father is always more important to me than eating fresh squid or a bag of black fish. Maybe next week we’ll bring home something for the bbq!