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International Fleet Review Spectacular

Posted by on October 5, 2013

My contract for work in Australia is for six months, but sadly only covers two bank holidays, the second of which has finally arrived with only one month left to go. I desperately wanted something interesting to do, so I was quite pleased to hear that a shed load of naval ships (40) were visiting for a “fleet review” in Sydney Harbour. I was even more pleased to hear that a “spectacular” was planned for Saturday night that was supposed to be better than New Year’s Eve. Quite a claim.

In the morning we headed into the city for breakfast and timed our walk home across the harbour bridge perfectly to watch a few navy ships sail below us.

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Navy ships sail under us. Sadly I didn’t spot the boat with Prince Harry on board.

After the Grand Prix qualifying (super uneventful) we walked down to Blue’s Point and set up camp by the water. We had three hours to wait but with books and a bag of crisps it wasn’t so bad. The worst part were the three kids sat behind us who were quite loud (and maybe just a little drunk); the girl thought South Africa was in America and was keeping an eye out for mermaids. Still, with 10 minutes to go a group came and sat right in front of us and the kids politely pointed out that it was a bit rude to rock up late and block our view, so they left! That wouldn’t have happened in England.

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The fireworks were quite fun, we especially liked the bit where a plane flew overhead and all of the ships fired at it. I think there was a story line but there were no loud speakers near us. As a spectacle tonight probably did out shine New Year’s Eve, I mean there were 40 naval ships about and fireworks going off in all directions. But we could only watch one direction at a time and, if memory serves, the fireworks were better to see the year start again. But then we did watch those from a boat and we were a little drunk, whereas Blue’s Point was strictly alcohol free (mostly). I still have no idea what a fleet review is by the way, but I assume it’s pretty much what it sounds like?!

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My favourite time of day in Sydney.


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