Green and gold at home on the harbour

Posted by barbara on June 8, 2011


The green and gold ferry 'livery' visually compliments the bushclad sandstone foreshores

The best way to describe the Sydney ferry fleet mid 2011 is a visual hodge podge (akka a mismatch and mix and match) of different types and colours of vessels. The 'liveries' vary from green and gold to white and green and the non-corporate colours of contracted vessels.


With the fleet soon to pass into private hands, I daresay that those of us who love the jaunty older style green and gold ferries are in a state of dread about changes that may result from new owners intent on establishing an across the board corporate livery.

The colours that have graced the Manly and harbour ferries for as long as many of us can remember, a bush green and sandstone yellow, are exactly in keeping with Sydney Harbour's foreshore and surrounding bushland. They 'match' the colour palette of the harbour, by day or night. Less so the stark white and/or green vessels of the RiverCats and others that currently serve as 'also run' fill ins.

As to whether the company that takes on the ferries will retain the green and gold, I've got everything crossed. In the meantime one snaps away for posterity.

At the 'thrumming' of the incoming 6 am ferry and the outrushing of the last late night ferry to the Quay, we will remember them.



What fairer sight than a brightly lit early morning ferry casting reflections on the harbour


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