When people think of the most beautiful harbours in the world, one of the first names that would come to mind is Sydney Harbour.
With over 240 kilometres of shoreline encompassing 54 square kilometres of meandering waterways, Sydney Harbour offers a smorgasbord of activities for Sydneysiders and visitors alike.
And like all beautiful destinations, there’s more than one way to experience Sydney Harbour. Here are 5 fantastic ways to enjoy and explore one of the world’s most stunning natural harbours.
Book a ferry ride
The harbour is one huge aquatic playground, which is why there’s no better way to experience it than from its waters. If you want an inexpensive yet quintessential local experience, a ferry ride is the best way to go. Sydney Ferries, a government-run ferry service on Sydney Harbour, transports Sydneysiders and visitors to many of Sydney’s best-kept local secrets. Its main hub is in Circular Quay, with trips departing daily to Manly, Taronga Zoo, Parramatta, Darling Harbour, Neutral Bay, Mosman Bay, and Eastern suburbs.
If you want a taste of the classic Sydney adventure, a trip to Manly is without a doubt the perfect choice. Its world class surf beaches, vibrant restaurant scene, and serene, secluded coves would make you feel you’re a thousand miles from the buzzing city of Sydney. For the best views, book a trip in the late afternoon where you’ll be guaranteed a front row seat to a gorgeous sunset over Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Jet Boating in Sydney Harbour
If unwinding is all you want, you can choose from the many harbourside cafés, bars and restaurants. But if adventure is what you’re after, Sydney won’t disappoint. You and your friends can soak up the Aussie sun on the water in a thrilling boat ride, be ready to get wet as you fly past the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in a high powered jet boat in Circular Quay.
Try stand-up paddleboarding
The latest craze to hit the beaches of Sydney, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a fun way to see the awesome Sydney Harbour while keeping fit and active. A host of SUP lessons are available so you can quickly find one that suits you, whether you want to go solo or be with a group. Because you need calm and smooth waters to enjoy the activity, SUP gives you the chance to explore the quieter beaches, such as in Rose Bay, Mosman and Watsons Bay.
Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and up its summit
If you want to enjoy a spectacular bird’s eye view of the harbour but aren’t up for a heli tour, then a climb to Australia’s “Coathanger” is your best bet. One of Australia’s iconic landmarks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is an absolute must-visit. Whether you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the day, twilight, or night, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the city and its waterways. On your climb, you’ll be equipped with all the necessary safety equipment. All you need is your sunnies, a comfortable pair of shoes, and sense of adventure for the adrenaline-filled fun ahead!
Take a walking tour
For a closer look of the harbour and its surrounds, try one of the many walks available. Aside from giving you a different perspective of the place, you also get to meet the locals, and exercise a bit. Plus, they’re free! Try one of the many walks available, with the 30 kilometre walk from South Harbour Bridge to South Head one of our favorites. It’s one of the world’s most interesting coastal walks which lets you follow the harbour’s shoreline, passing through some city suburbs, beaches and parks, and on to South Head, where you’ll be treated to picture-perfect views of ocean cliffs. If the 30 kilometre walk hasn’t satiated your wanderlust yet, and want to see more of the harbour’s magnificent coastal vistas, you can even extend your tour from South Head to Bondi and Clovelly.
From the waters, over it, along the shoreline, or on the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, there are truly plenty of ways to explore and enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours.