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Farewell Sydney Monorail

The Sydney Monorail will be ceasing operations on the 30th of June 2013.

The Sydney Monorail will be ceasing operations on the 30th of June 2013.

For more than 20 years of roaming every nook and cranny of the bustling Sydney metropolis, Sydney Monorail is bidding farewell. The well-known monorail will be running its course for the last time before it ceases operation at the end of June this year.

City Centre Station

City Centre Station

View of George Street inside Sydney Monorail

View of George Street inside Sydney Monorail

Sydney Monorail had its first operations in 1988, and since then it has brought numerous Sydneysiders and tourists around its eight-station loop. It has become one of Sydney’s main attractions, and means of going around the city. Its network has connected various points of interests to most visitors of the Sydney CBD, from the illustrious Darling Harbour to the top and up-market shopping centres and hotels, and to various cultural as well as entertainment centres that dot the multicultural city of Sydney. Thorough its circuit loop, it has been a silent witness of countless smiles of people who have embarked on an exciting and enjoyable journey around Sydney – bringing families, groups of friends and even wanderers to highly amusing museums, parks and wildlife and natural sanctuaries.

Sydney Monorail

Now that its departure will end one of the most treasured attractions of Sydney, we are hoping that a new era of a better and more efficient transport system will be rolled out into the metropolis. A system that will not just be another form of ‘tourist magnet’, but a system that can either be relevant and beneficial to the landscape of the urban jungle of Sydney, and its reputation of being a prime mega-city of the 21st century.

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13 thoughts on “Farewell Sydney Monorail

  1. It’s sad to know that the state government is removing this monorail. But it’s also quite timely that a newer system be built in place of it, to accommodate more travellers, not just tourists.

    Posted by Brandon Hughs | January 15, 2013, 12:42 PM
  2. I hope the light rail they build is going to be better planned than the terrible white elephant they are building on the Goldcoast at the moment. It has caused chaos as the building process passes through the main part of Surfers Paradise, causing many businesses to close due to noise and customers unable to get access or parking. I always thought the monorail was a brilliant idea, wish they had used that concept here.
    Your photos capture the feeling of the monorail journey

    Posted by pommepal | January 15, 2013, 3:52 PM
    • At the moment, the plan they have is quite good according to the Transport minister. The only thing is that the work on the new light rail will not be started until 2014, after the elections. So its going to be another ‘wait and see’ thing. Thanks for having time to drop by our blog. 🙂

      Posted by thebudgetwanderer | January 15, 2013, 5:00 PM
      • Oh dear I’m thinking it will cause chaos in central Sydney

        Posted by pommepal | January 16, 2013, 10:22 AM
      • The Transport minister has laid down stages of work plans on the areas going to be affected by the construction. But I think it will certainly cause chaos if the supposed plan will not be put in place and finished on time.

        Posted by thebudgetwanderer | January 16, 2013, 10:28 AM
  3. Sad, but it seems appropriate/practical. Still…substance or style…which is actually better?

    Posted by Recovered Baptist | January 16, 2013, 10:58 AM
    • Yeah, I think the main reason why the state government wanted to put down the monorail because its losing money especially with its maintenance. So its just practical for a better system to replace it, however as pointed out by Pommepal the construction would certainly make it chaotic in Sydney CBD especially that George Street is a main road. But the government is trying to finalise the planning stage of the construction in order to lessen if not prevent this chaos.

      Posted by thebudgetwanderer | January 16, 2013, 11:05 AM
  4. It’s a shame, I never made it to Sydney yet but I definitely plan to do so but I will never be able to use the monorail then 😦

    Posted by Freya Renders - Holiday Nomad | January 19, 2013, 6:02 PM
  5. Didn’t realise the monorail was being removed. Thanks for the update.

    Posted by lignumdraco | February 8, 2013, 11:25 PM
  6. IMHO they should keep the monorail and extend it down george st, around to circular quay to join up with the ferry traffic, and back through the city. A better option than losing 2 lanes of roadway along george st ,,,oh wait, Clover moore only wants buses and light rail there ….keep dreaming Clover.

    Posted by Mike | March 28, 2013, 10:32 AM
  7. This is something very sad.

    Posted by newsferret | July 3, 2013, 9:10 PM

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