An iconic spectacle cruising above the traffic on the streets of Australia’s largest city for over 25 years, the Sydney Monorail will make its final circuit on June 30th. The 3.6 km. track has been given its marching orders by the city government to make way for an expansion of the convention and entertainment center in Darling Harbor.
Despite grand plans for moving people when it was introduced in 1988, the reality is, as Premier Barry O’Farrell recently stated, the Sydney Monorail has never “been truly embraced by the community.” Lacking links to other transport facilities, and revealed to be hugely costly to operate, authorities will now look into extending existing light railway facilities to replace it. The New South Wales government purchased the network from Metro Transport Sydney in March 2012.
Tourists have their last chance to view the city center, Darling Harbor and Chinatown areas from a unique angle through the end of this month. A single ride will cost you around $5 AUD, while a Day Pass or a Family Card slashes the cost even more.
For more information, visit: http://www.monorail.com.au/