Whilst there’s never a bad time to be on the Back of the Ferry, twilight during Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time is my favourite. This years AEDST season has been a ripper, with the ever increasing numbers of massive cruisers coming through the Heads, making journeys home even more enjoyable. Even Mr Liquor at Circular Quay has picked up his act with the introduction of the odd unique in 2015. His latest unique is typical Euro malt bomb from Italy. Birra Italia 1906, was first made in 1906 (funny that) in Milan. The brand declined after an earthquake caused the wells that fed the original brewery to relocate. A new owner and new brewery – Birra Castello S.p.A – emerged at the start of the century and this looks to be their flagship export.
This year there’s been some new visitors to Sydney Harbour, with the Queen Victoria gracing us with her presence. The Harbour almost seemed crowded when the Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary joined forces for the day. A great sight is seeing any of the new behemoths sail out at sunset lit up like a city skyscraper on its side. The last couple of daylight savings evenings have seen the Manly Ferry chase one down the Harbour. On the night of the Birra Italia, we were able to pass the Radiance of the Seas during a particularly colourful sunset with orange and purple hues filling the air. Just beautiful.