By Jason Reed
On the ferries that crisscross Sydney’s harbour, passengers sit inside hunched over their smartphones, often ignoring the gorgeous scenery afforded by what some describe as the world’s most beautiful commute.
The arrival in 1788 of British Captain Arthur Phillip’s 11 convict ships in Sydney Cove and subsequent discovery of a freshwater stream led to what is now Circular Quay ferry port and, in many ways, the birthplace of modern Australia.
Sydney’s ferry system has been its lifeblood since the mid 1800s. Commuters sail to work on ferries named after those in the first fleet: The Friendship, Charlotte and Golden Grove among others.
Today’s commuters, with their lattes and smartphones, from fast-food employees to finance industry executives, contribute to more than 15 million individual passenger journeys each year.
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