Westside Stories

  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Location: Darling Harbour, NSW

Check in Time: 9.45am

Finish Time: 12.30pm
Vessel: Heritage Motor Launch - Harman 1943 or Berrima 1955

Event Details: 

Sydney Harbour ceased being our major working port when that role was transferred to Botany Bay.  Some of this transformation is complete while much is still underway.  See the remaining vestiges of the working waterfront alongside modern new construction as we take you deep into the bays and coves, west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. One of the bays we explore in detail is Rozelle, where we see the SHF workshops, and many historic vessels including those being restored, before moving on through Blackwattle Bay on our return route. 

The tour finishes back at the Australian National Maritime Museum Heritage Wharf by 12:30pm.


  • started with a dry dock, but they went on to build warships, pipes and locomotives
  • see where Palmolive and Protex soap was made alongside where our ferries now rest  
  • view a heritage listed incinerator by the same designer as our capital city
  • be visually transported to Scandinavia by multi coloured harbour front workshops
  • pawnbroker’s three brass balls, or something else? and what does Ultimo mean? 
  • a bay named after a landowner, who with his wife was hanged for murder
  • circumnavigate an island that housed convicts, water police, gunpowder, harbour
    masters, the Maritime Service Board and a TV film set.  

Event Information:

What to wear: Please wear sensible footwear and dress appropriately for the weather on the day; a windproof jacket may be useful whatever the weather.
Check in Time: 9.45am
Meeting Point: At the two anchors outside the main entrance of the Australian National Maritime Museum

Minimum Age: 12

We are a registered COVIDSafe company. 


• Walk from Town Hall station across the historic Pyrmont Bridge (15 min).
• Darling Harbour ferry from Wharf 5 at Circular Quay and alight at Pyrmont Bay.
• Light Rail L1 from Central or Dulwich Hill station and alight at Pyrmont Bay.
• Bus No 389 which runs from Bondi Junction to Pyrmont and goes through the city via Park St. (https://transportnsw.info/routes/details#/sydney-buses-network/389/31389)
• Parking at Harbourside Car Park, Murray Street. When booked on one of our sails you are eligible for discounted parking. To claim your discount, please go to the Main Reception of the Australian National Maritime Museum Building during open hours and ask for your ticket to be validated.

Other special instructions:

  • If, in the opinion of the Master on the day of the event the wind or sea state is deemed unsuitable for the comfort of passengers, the event will be cancelled. Smoking on board strictly prohibited.
  • Please take the time to carefully read through the terms and conditions prior to purchasing a ticket. Terms and conditions are available here https://shf.org.au/terms and at checkout. 
To view full terms and conditions click here.