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The Ferrython Experience: Up Close and Personal

Tug boat

Tug boat

It is better late than never to have talked about our experience of today’s event, Ferrython 2013.

It was a tiring day for The Budget Wanderers but worthwhile. We woke up at 7 in the morning to be at Circular Quay for the annual Ferrython event. This year we decided to be on-board a ferry to witness up close one of the most anticipated event in the Sydney Festival 2013. Interestingly, the affair also coincides with the Australia Day celebrations across the country.

Our ride for the Ferrython

Our ride for the Ferrython

Australian colours

Australian colours

As we embark on our Sydney Harbour cruise which started around 9:30 near the prominent Sydney Opera House, we felt the excitement as we take pride in witnessing the parade of ferries and boats of all sizes and colours along the clear waters of the harbour.

And since it is the founding day of Australia, most of these vessels were adorned with the traditional colours of Aussie pride – the customary national flag, and the familiar green and gold colours. Familiar symbols such as the kangaroo were also included in most of the decorations seen in all of the water vessels.

With the fluvial parade of all the vessels in the harbour, merrymaking of locals and visitors alike made the event more enjoyable and spectacular.  People on-board various watercrafts were waving at each other as each vessels sailed their way alongside the harbour while others happily greeted each other. Some chanted the traditional “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!”, whereas others showed their epic dance moves.


When lunch was served, the Aussie favourite barbecue completed the celebration together with the smiles and laughter of every mates on-board.

The five hour cruise in the Sydney Harbour provided a genuine experience of Australian culture of fun and friendship. A culture that is exceptionally Australian and representative of Aussie pride!


7 thoughts on “The Ferrython Experience: Up Close and Personal

  1. Great images. Love the shot of the rough waters under the bridge.

    Posted by Lane | January 27, 2013, 10:15 AM
  2. Watch this race on tv and from what I saw it looks fun. Good thing you made a post about it.

    Posted by Chris | January 27, 2013, 10:52 AM
  3. Amazing colours! This is my first time hearing of a Ferrython! Would love to board the boats someday 🙂

    Posted by Vanessa T. | January 27, 2013, 8:54 PM
  4. What fun! I love the ferries, and the harbour!
    I note the Sydney Opera House in the background. Did you know my husband Ron Sharp designed and built its Grand Organ in the Concert Hall?

    Posted by Margaret L. Sharp (@MargaretLynett1) | August 27, 2013, 9:29 PM

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