Because I am particularly interested in lighthouses, I wanted to visit this museum, but we just didn't get there. This is a shame because apparently it is free on the FIRST THURSDAY of the month (excluding the public & school holidays).. The best I could do was to photograph the Cape Bowling Green lighthouse and Lightship CLS-4 Carpentaria from to top of the tower where we had lunch, and from across Darling Harbour when we went to the Aquarium.
The Cape Bowling Green lighthouse was originally built in 1874 about 45 miles south of Townsville, Queensland. It is a round wood frame tower covered by galvanized iron sheets. There is a lantern and gallery on top. The lighthouse was relocated twice because of beach erosion and then in 1987, it was replaced by a modern lighthouse, and dismantled and moved to the AMSA with the original 3rd order Chance Brothers lens. Located on the wharf at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour a short distance south of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Site and tower open to guided tours daily. Check the schedule by phone before you come.
The CLS 4 Carpentaria, built in 1917 was an unmanned lightship Lightships are floating lighthouses that aid navigation and warn ships of hazards. They anchor where a permanent light can't be built, beaming powerful lights that run for months. Commonwealth Lightship 4, Carpentaria, was one of four unmanned lightships built at Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney, in 1916-17. It originally used an automatic acetylene light with a sunlight-operated valve to turn it on and off. Painted red with its name in huge letters on the side, it was easily recognisable to navigators. CLS4 retired in 1985 after a close encounter with container shipping in Bass Strait almost sent the sturdy, steel-hulled vessel to the bottom. It is a single-masted steel lightship; with a round cylindrical light tower with lantern amidships. It was replaced by a modern ship.
Open daily 9.30 am - 5 pm (6 pm in January)
Closed Christmas Day, 25 December
Vessels open at 10 am, last boarding 4.10 pm
Galleries & Exhibitions Ticket
Adult $7 Child $3.50 Family $17.50
The Australian National Maritime Museum has thousands of exhibits depicting Australia's history - from ancient times when Aboriginal people trapped fish and traded with Asian neighbours, right up to the present. Visitors can see what life was like on the convict ships; how Australia "rode on the whale's back"; how its first submarine fought bravely (and lost) in World World I at Gallipoli; what people packed when they sailed to a new life on these shores; why surfboards have become shorter; and more. There are displays, hands-on exhibits, a cinema and the latest museum computer games. Guided tours at no cost.
Visitors can go aboard the HMAS Vampire, the former Royal Australian Navy destroyer. A guided tour shows how the crew lived, worked and relaxed.
Also on display is Australia II, winner of the 1983 America's Cup; relics of Captain Cook's Endeavour; the famous World War II commando boat Krait; a sleek racing cutter of 1888; a Vietnamese refugee boat that made the hazardous sea voyage to Australia and a pearling lugger from Broome, a far north-western seabord town which is now a booming tourist destination.
If you're interested in boats and ships, this is the place to visit in Sydney. It traces back Australia's maritime history from Aboriginal canoes to submarines and racing yachts.
Admission is free/by donation for the museum itself. Charges apply if you want to visit the boats/ships moored nearby, like the submarine HMAS Onslow or the destroyer HMAS Vampire.
The museum is open 7 days a week from 9.30 am to 5pm (6pm in January).
This museum offers FREE ENTRY to visitors to learn more about the maritime history in Australia but a navy ticket is needed if you were to get into these 3 ships : A submarine HMAS Onslow, destroyer warship HMAS Vampire and a captain-cook style of ship- tall ship James Craig.
Navy ticket : Adult $18 Child $9
For better deal refer to my See Sydney Travelogue
there are wonderful exhibits here on all aspects of seafaring from Australia early days up to the present, my favourite was the Passenger exhibition on how life was like on board ship when the only way to Australia was by sea, either travelling first class in luxury or crammed together with all the other immigrants in the steerage class
there was also a great display of scrimshaw work from the days before whaling was banned
there are lots of interactive displays and some specially designed for children
outside there are various boats, ships and a submarine to explore
this is a wonderfully spacious museum, and entry is free, though there is a charge if you want to look around the warship and submarine moored outside, or visit any featured exhibition
you can get here by ferry, bus no 456, monorail or Sydney Light Rail [ Pyrmont Bay]
the museum is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm
This is a great museum. Don't take the guided tour, for it is boring, but explore the museum yourself. The parts I was most interested in was the explorers part. Mainly because the Dutch were the first Europeans to discover Australia. There are quite some displays about this and a lot of other history of Australia. For a long time Australia was even called New Holland. There are also exhibits that focus on the surfculture and watersports, the navy, the aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.
Located in Pyrmont, across from the city side of Darling Harbour it is a pretty good museum in terms of roataion of exibits. They always seem to have something new on here. It is a good place to go and combine a stroll around Darling Harbour and the new developments at Pyrmont. This photo shows the side of the museum and the 'Welcome Wall' in front which is a historical piece celebrating all the migrants who have come to Australia over its 200 year migrantion history (or thousands of years old migration history if you consider the Aboriginal people as coming from South East Asia over the land bridge via PNG!). In this photo you can also get a bit of an idea of their various ships that you can also check out and the cute lighthouse that has become something of an icon of Darling Harbour! Check out their website at http://www.anmm.gov.au/index.htm