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You Can Visit This Floating Forest On A Shipwreck In Sydney

You Can Visit This Floating Forest On A Shipwreck In Sydney

You probably think you know all there is to know about Australia’s most beautiful city. You know about Milk Beach. You can make your way to Shady Pines Saloon with your eyes closed. You turn Gordon’s Bay into your second home every weekend in summer.

But did you know about the remarkable floating forest on the crumbling decks of a shipwreck in Homebush Bay? Neither did we.

NIKON D90 + 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 26 mm, 239 sec at f / 13, ISO 200 © Rodney Campbell
(Photo: Rodney Campbell/Flickr)

Homebush Bay is actually home to many abandoned World War Two ships, and the most popular is the SS Ayrfield which has earned the name ‘Floating Forest’ among the locals. Lush flora has spouted within the rusted hull of the abandoned wreckage of the 1140 tonne ship creating a pretty unique sight against the backdrop of the Parramatta River.

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(Photo: Steve Dorman/Flickr)

The 104-year-old boat served as a bulk cargo ship that carried coal between Newcastle and Sydney and also transported supplies to American troops in the Pacific Ocean. The SS Ayrfield was then brought back to the bay to be dismantled in 1972 but was left to rot after operations and wreckage eventually ceased not long after.

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(Lead image: Steve Dorman/Flickr)

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