The North Shore Skimmer ride was organised by our passengers from the UK. They saw us and the tour online and asked their hotel receptionist to ring us. We organised our trike rider with just two days notice.
Phillip Street to Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Mosman, Balmoral Beach, Seaforth, Manly Wharf, Manly Beach and back to Manly Wharf
Opera House + Sydney Harbour Bridge
Firstly, they rode to the Sydney Opera House. We can’t get very close but we know some good angles which give some great scenic views. Then it was over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We always tell our passengers to look up and enjoy the unique view. The more than 6,000,000 rivets are so interesting and the arch is so iconic. It’s nicknamed ‘The Coathanger’ because of its arch-based design. It is the largest steel arch bridge in the world.
Next, they rode past Kirribilli House. Kirribilli House is the secondary official residence of the Prime Minister of Australia. After that, they rode around the corner to Jeffrey Street Wharf. From here, the views across Sydney Harbour towards the Sydney Opera House and the CBD are magnificent. In addition, it also has an up-close view of the side and underneath of the bridge. A perfect place to stop for photos.
The Kirribilli Loop
They rode under the north side of the bridge and continued on their tour. The underside of the northern end of the SHB – Sydney Harbour Bridge – is very interesting. The Kirribilli Loop was finished by riding past Luna Park and the North Sydney Olympic Pool.
lower North Shore suburbs
Continuing east, they rode through Cremorne, Mosman and down past the Taronga Zoo to Bradleys Head. Make sure you look for the koalas eating and sleeping in the gum trees. So far, the North Shore Skimmer ride is a huge success.
Bradleys Head and Balmoral Beach
Similarly, Bradleys Head has wonderful views across Sydney Harbour to the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the CBD. Riding on, they rode past the lovely posh Balmoral Beach. Everyone who comes here loves it! Balmoral Beach is not so well known by visitors and tourists, but the stunning natural beauty of the beach and surrounds make it well worth a visit. Crossing the Spit Bridge is fun, it has great views of Middle Harbour.
After Balmoral Beach they continued on past, Seaforth and Clontarf before stopping at Tania Park. Tania Park is on Dobroyd Head with stunning views looking across Sydney Harbour and through North and South Heads. Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head is named in honour of Arabanoo, the first Aboriginal man to live among European settlers. It’s a great spot for whale watching, offering views over North and South Head and the Pacific Ocean. This is where the photo was taken.
Manly + Queenscliff
Then it was down the hill into Manly. They rode past Manly Beach and up past Queenscliff, which is really northern Manly. However, the hour was up so Fred turned around, drove back past Manly Beach and dropped the passengers off. There are plenty of good restaurants in Manly so they had a pick of places for lunch. Then they could explore the area before catching a ferry back to the Sydney CBD.
In conclusion, the North Shore Skimmer ride was a big success. Our UK passengers saw more than they would have by themselves.