Fun Day Sunday $2.50 for all trains, buses and ferries Sydney-wide plus Father's Day. We had to do a Big Day Out and on the recommendation of my neighbour Janelle, we decided to visit Cockatoo Island.
Cockatoo Island? Never heard of it? We had to look it up on the 'net. It's a former convict colony which was converted to a shipbuilding dockyard and then quite possibly something else as well, today it's a kind of giant museum currently housing art installations for the free 18th Biennale of Sydney (that posh talk for an international visual arts event - I had to look it up in the About page of it's Facebook page!).
Doesn't sound like it would grab you? Well, think again. There are of course the usual art exhibitions that make you go what the..? but then there are the fabulous ones that make you go.... ooohhh and ahhhhh! and let's do that again!
Like this one inside an old mining tunnel which crossed the island.
Next came a long 'flowerbed' of lights that bent, swayed and clicked on and off with noise or touch, we couldn't quite work out which.
At the end of the tunnel we found something like dry ice pouring out from the cliff wall. It was so cold and left us covered with glistening drops of water. The kids rushed in and out of the fog screaming and laughing at the same time. Adults were equally fascinated.
We didn't manage to see all the installations but the few that we did see were spectacular.
This one we didn't have time to queue for so we had to settle for a photograph through the window. Apparently it was so special that only a certain number of people were allowed in at anyone time. People queued at one set of sliding doors and were allowed out of a side door. Who knew art exhibitions had bouncers?
After a long day, we all pretty well felt like Little Bun, ready for a snooze. After an icecream at Circular Quay it was back home by train.
Happy Father's Day to mon amour, to my Dad and all the amazing Dads out there. You are all trendsetters! You may not be wearing the latest skinny jeans and tees but by being loving, kind, and involved fathers, you're setting a trend for the next generation and to all your family and friends watching how you parent. We hope you had as fabulous a day as we have.