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See Jacarandas in bloom where there they are most concentrated,
along the shores of the Lane Cove River.
For a short time every spring, our heritage motor launches voyages across Sydney Harbour to cruise the lower Lane Cove River so that you can view the purple tide of Jacaranda trees blooming in the gardens of Hunters Hill and the North Shore. These gardens seen from the water give you an uninterrupted view of the shoreline as it was envisaged by some of the founding fathers of Hunters Hill, the Jouberts, who handed out trees in the 1860’s for the early inhabitants to plant in their gardens to enhance the new suburb.
Heritage Motor Launches:
Lady Hopetoun (c. 1902 VIP Steam Launch):
*Please note that our historic vessels are inaccessible for wheelchairs and walkers
1943 Motor Launch
Compared to the Sydney Heritage Fleet’s 100-year-old grand old ladies, Harman is a spring chicken in her seventies!
Harman is a Royal Australian Navy motor launch built in 1944 by the firm Storey and Keers.
She has been an unobtrusive workhorse representative of many other working craft around Sydney Harbour.
1955 Motor Launch
She was built at La Perouse for the Australian Oil Refinery Ltd. She was launched as A.O.R.1 in 1955. Workers at the refinery would travel by tram to the end of the route at La Perouse and then travel on Berrima (A.O.R.1) to the refinery.
1902 Steam Launch
Built in Sydney in 1902, VIP and Vice-Regal Steam Launch Lady Hopetoun is a classic example of the grace and style of Edwardian steam launches of her period.
She is one of the Fleet’s five operational heritage vessels more than 100 years old.
Mary Reiby house