Last chance to get onboard Sydney’s Monorail before it’s taken down
by Shamoli Dutt

29-05-2013

There’s a little over a month left for people to catch a piece of Sydney’s transport history by travelling on the Monorail before it’s dismantled on 30 June.

The closure marks an end of 25 years of service as one of the city’s major tourist attractions after opening in July 1988 as a Bicentennial gift to Sydney.

It was a controversial topic in the 80s with many Sydneysiders attending anti-monorail meetings at Sydney’s Town Hall. I was one of them.

However, over the years it became a city landmark, much appreciated by visitors to Sydney.

As part of the 40 day countdown, the Monorail Memories website had been established to archive images of the tourist attraction’s 25 year history.

Sydney Transport is requesting passengers to add their own Monorail memories, past and present to the Monorail Memories page.

The website is enabled for a wide variety of social media including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr.

Once the final service ends on 30 June, the page will be used as an archived picture gallery documenting the Monorail and Sydney’s changing landscape.

Passengers can choose a single loop or make a day of it with a Monorail Day Pass from $9.80 for a single or $24 for a family of four.

A Monorail Day Pass includes unlimited travel plus discounted entry to ten of Sydney's best attractions: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye, Captain Cook Cruises, Powerhouse Museum and the National Maritime Museum.

Passengers travelling in the Monorail after dark, can catch the spectacular sights of the Vivid Sydney Lights Festival which has been extended to Darling Harbour for the first time in the Festival’s five year history.

The 3.6 kilometre Monorail loop includes seven stations (Harbourside, Convention, Paddy’s Market, World Square, Galleries, City Centre and Darling Park) which are located inside buildings, over freeways, at hotels and near a broad selection of the city’s major tourist attractions.

Sydney Monorail operates daily every 5 minutes

Open 7am – 10pm Mon – Friday, 8am – 10pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

For more information: www.monorail.com.au

by Shamoli Dutt - Austguide Travel News Editor