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  • Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania
  • Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia
  • Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney
  • Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania
  • Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia
  • Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia
  • Sunset in outback Western Australia
  • Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania

Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania

Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia

Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia

Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney

Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney

Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania

Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia

Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia

Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia

Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia

Sunset in outback Western Australia

Sunset in outback Western Australia

Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Monorail in Sydney going to cease operating

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Photo: Ben Novakovic
Build almost exactly a quarter of a century ago, Sydney's monorail will have its last day of operation on 30 June 2013. At the time of construction it was part of the redevelopment of Darling Harbour and back then considered a big step towards solving traffic congestion in CBD. The idea was that by not taking up any space at street level it would help to reduce traffic congestions. Unfortunately the monorail never met expectations and only ever reached about half the expected passenger numbers. From the beginning until today it has mainly been a tourist attraction.

 

There are a number of reasons for this not the least of which are that

  • the 3.8 km loop that connects Darling Harbour with the CBD. But while there are stops at important tourist attractions like Sydney Aquarium or the Powerhouse Museum it does not integrate well with Sydney's bus and rail system and for instance does not service any of the major traffic interchanges at Central Station, Town Hall, Martin Place or Circular Quay.
  • the maximum speed of only about 30 kilometes per hour resulting in 12 minutes travel time for the entire loop. Considering that it is only a one-way loop walking from CBD to Darling Harbour does not take much longer.
  • A rediculously high price of 5 dollars flat fee, even if you just ride between two of the only 8 stations.

Now it is about to be closed and the last service is scheduled for 30 June. So take a ride while it is still there. It never was good in terms of adding to the public transport in Sydney but it sure was fun to ride though CBD and enjoy the different perspective from above.

About meLiving Australia, living my dream

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My name is Gernot. You most like have never come across this name before, because it is rare even in Germany where I am originally from.

I have been to Australia for the first time in 2000 and immediately fell in love with this this country. The pleasant climate in Sydney, the unique combination of urban life and nature this city offers but especially the beautiful, warm colours of the land.

In 2010 I finally made this long standing dream come true. I left Germany and migrated as permanent resident to Sydney.

Between this first visit and relocating to Australia permanently has passed almost a decade and of course I have been back in between a number of times, travelling this country I now call home.

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