Australian National Maritime Museum In Sydney
Being an island nation the sea has always been important to Australia, in fact until the 1960’s nearly all of our population arrived in this country by sea – and all that migration started with the First Fleet in 1788.
It’s trade with other counties is by sea, some 90% of our population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast line, so the seas (or oceans) are deeply etched in our past, present and future.
What better way to acknowledge the importance of the sea than a trip to the Australian National Maritime Museum located beside the spectacular Darling Harbor, which abuts the city of Sydney?
The really good news is that entry to the museum is free, although there is fees payable for entry to HMB Endeavour replica, destroyer HMAS Vampire, submarine HMAS Onslow and the tall ship James Craig.
The museum has a fascinating collection of maritime exhibits ranging from models of ships – and a modeler actually hand builds a timber model boat, to real boats of all descriptions ranging from a quirky entry to the Darwin beer can boat race, to the world’s fastest boat and the yacht Blackmores First Lady, which was sailed by Kay Cottee, who single handed sailed around the world without stopping.
Plenty of other exhibits to keep visitors enthralled for many hours – depending on interest.
There’s a well-stocked gift shop containing many nautical books and outside Yots café and bar, although for food there are cheaper options at the nearby shopping center, which includes a large and competitively priced food court.
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).