Today I walked over Anzac Bridge, around Black Wattle Bay, past the Sydney Fish Markets and back home.
The ANZAC Bridge spanning Johnstons Bay is one of Sydney’s outstanding landmarks. Opened in December 1995, at a cost of $170 million, it provides a key link between Sydney City and the suburbs to the west. Via the City West Link and Victoria Rd it is the major east west route to the M4 toll way at Concord and the Homebush Bay Olympic 2000 site.
The bridge has a main span of 345m, a total length of over 800m with the two towers supporting the 128 cables 120m high. It is the longest cable-stayed span bridge in Australia and amongst the longest concrete cable-stayed span bridges in the world.
This new bridge replaced the old Glebe Island bridge and initially adopted that name.
On the 80th anniversary of Armistice Day, the 11th November 1998, the premier of NSW, Bob Carr, renamed the bridge as the ANZAC Bridge as a memorial to members from both sides of the Tasman who formed the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps – the ANZACs. Flags were placed on the tower tops, an Australian flag on the eastern tower and a New Zealand flag on the western tower.
I completed this walk today with Kelli, Carly, Tamara & James from work.
This walk starts at the Rocks end of Circular Quay. After enjoying a freshly cooked corn cob, we set on our way ascending the stairs to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The path over the Bridges is about 1.5 kilometres to Milsons Point train station and the cafes of Kirribilli.
From the bottom, we walked along the foreshore of Kirribilli and enjoyed the harbour views right along to Milsons Point with the North Sydney Olympic Pool and Luna Park.
We then followed the waterside path into Lavender Bay, leading down to McMahons Point Wharf. Most people would have caught a ferry back to Circular Quay but we walked back via a stop at the fish & chips shop in Kirribilli.
Photos here – http://www.ozmatrix.com/gallery/v/sydney/daytrips/cq2lb