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Sydney Secrets | Add The Floating Forest To Your Insta Bucket List

By Nick Arnold
18th Sep 2018

Put your hands up if you’re a fan of the old and mysterious! Come on, we know you’re out there.

Look, we’ve all seen Titanic. We all know how it ends (there was definitely room for two on that door, just saying). Well, not all boats are doomed to sink to the ocean floor. Some, as it turns out, slowly transform themselves into epic Instagram opportunities. Sorry, we mean really high-brow cultural things to go and see.

If you can muster up the energy for a 30-minute drive from Sydney’s CBD, and you head out towards an area called Homebush Bay, well, you’re in for a treat. The bay is home to a ship that used to carry coal between Newcastle and Sydney known as the SS Ayrfield.

It’s well over one hundred years old now, and in the 1970s it was supposed to be disassembled, but clearly, no one ever got round to it. The wreck of the ship has been there ever since, and over time, the trees and foliage on board have just kept on growing, earning the vessel it’s new nickname, ‘The Floating Forest’.


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It’s not exactly going on a guided ghost tour or anything like that. You really don’t need a guide, you can just wander around looking at it on your own. But what makes the wreck really impressive is the contrast of the rusty-coloured wreck below and the vibrant shades of the greenery on top.

It’s sort of like a giant broccoli sat in a really old, rusty bowl—if that does anything for you.

If you go either earlier for sunrise or slightly later at sunset, you can easily while away some time looking at the wreck, watching as the sky slowly changes. You don’t need to pack your swimmers, there’s a handy little footpath that runs just parallel to the boat, perfect for setting up that tripod for the old self-timer.

It makes a change from all the photos you’ve probably got on your phone of the Opera House— not that we don’t love the sweeping sails of the Opera House— and it’s something else with a bit of history in our glorious city.

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Image credit: Pinterest.

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