12.08.2018 – Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, NSW

Our excursion was nearly at an end as we made our way back towards Sydney City to catch a train back to Penrith.

The Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, constructed 1910-1913 with a length of 410m and width of 64m was extended by about 30m in 1916 and is apparently the longest timbered-piled wharf in the world.  Used for approx 70.years for the exporting of wool, it was a staging point for troops leaving for war and receiving point of new migrants to Australia.  Along the length, it had two sheds between which was a covered roadway.  These structures are used now as a hotel, restaurants and apartments, but retained is much of the original workings and structure.  A big tick for preserving history.

To the west of the wharf, Sydney Botanical Gardens and the City; to the east, Garden Island Naval Base;  and south, an icon of Sydney:  “Harry’s Cafe on Wheels” – serving pie and peas since 1945.

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