I was extremely fortunate to spend this New Year’s Eve on a friend’s parent’s yacht anchored in Farm Cove. This is about as close to the fireworks as you can get and my first time viewing the New Years fireworks from a boat.
The first few hours were spent waiting for the 9pm Family Fireworks and as usual they didn’t disappoint but were merely a teaser of what was to come at midnight.
Midnight then came with the bridge and then the harbour lighting up.
A few months ago I took my camera on a walk from Surry Hills down to the harbour during Vivid Sydney. Below are some of the sights that I saw, and not all of them are Vivid Sydney related, Sydney is a beautiful city that glitters under lights.
(Note: this was posted in February but backdated to December).
In mid-December Sydney hosted the final act of the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series. I went down by myself for a few hours on the Saturday afternoon and then returned for the entire afternoon of the Sunday with friends. My friends had never seen yacht racing before and really enjoyed it, it was fun trying to explain all the technical terms of yacht racing to them that I had learnt as a child watching the Americas’s Cup Coverage on TV.
Below are a few photos of the racing near Farm Cove in Sydney Harbour.
I enjoy using Sydney’s new Opal card, I enjoy not having to queue and remember to buy weekly and travel-10 tickets. I especially enjoy the free travel after 8 journeys, especially as it is generally saving me money.
What I’m not enjoying is continually encountering problems using the Opal card. At least once a week I’m encountering buses with readers that aren’t working. And it seems to be getting worse.
In the last two week’s I’ve experienced a bus that I was able to tap onto, but not tap off of – encountering the dreaded default fare. I’ve encountered a bus where the two back door readers weren’t working – sending me on a mad dash to the front of the bus to tap off before the bus drove off.
But the two most annoying issues this week have been overcharging. The first is a tap on and a tap off being recorded as two tap on, encountering two default fares.
The second is being charged $4.70 for a fare from Town Hall to Central (instead of $3.30).
And making the problems even more annoying, the complaint form on opal.com.au times out and loses the message you are sending if you take too long to fill it out.
I’m assuming that many others are experiencing these overcharging issues without even realising it.