Sydney Harbour


Nature around Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is a beautiful meandering waterway, famous around the world. It’s also a natural playground for Sydneysiders and visitors who use it for sailing and cruising as well as swimming at beaches, walking around the foreshore and picnicking on its islands.

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney
  • Neilsen Park, Sydney

About Sydney Harbour

Surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of shoreline, national parks and historic sites, the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour are synonymous with the NSW capital city. Alive with the movement of ferries, yachts and kayaks, Sydney Harbour is also a gateway to access other parts of Sydney as well as a prime spot for spending a day out on the water. 

Part of Port Jackson, which is made up of Middle Harbour and North Harbour as well as Sydney Harbour, it's one of the largest natural harbours in the world.

A great way to experience the beauty of the harbour is to catch an iconic Sydney ferry. Passing by some of the harbour’s famed landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the city’s waterways offer plenty of scenic vantage points.

Follow the Manly, Watsons Bay or Taronga Zoo ferry routes to enjoy panoramic harbour views.

Clark Island, Sydney Harbour National Park.

Take advantage of a sunny Sydney day by relaxing on a chartered yacht in one of Sydney Harbour’s bays or unwind on a chartered cruise vessel departing from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour.

Head out on foot and enjoy a short scenic tour around the foreshore, or spend an evening dining on one of the most magnificent natural harbours in the world.

The islands in Sydney Harbour, including Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat and Cockatoo Island, hold both great cultural and historical significance. Some of the sites are rich with Aboriginal history, while others reflect the city’s European past with convict-built structures and defensive forts.

Cockatoo Island is one of 11 Australian convict sites that have been included on the UNESCO World Heritage list, while Fort Denison’s sandstone Martello Tower is the only one of its kind in Australia.

South Head in Sydney Harbour National Park

Sydney Harbour National Park incorporates many of the harbour’s islands as well as large stretches of foreshore, ideal for a harbourside walk. Spend time enjoying the sights offered by a section of the challenging Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head Walk or wander through areas of bushland, such as the surrounds of Bradleys Head.

Keep an eye out for native wildlife and from coastal headlands in the park, watch for whales passing by on their annual migration from May to November.

Make your way to Sydney Harbour during the Vivid Sydney festival to see some of the city’s popular waterside icons illuminated after nightfall or stake out your spot, either on the water or on land, on New Year’s Eve to enjoy a mesmerising fireworks display.

Held annually, both events attract thousands of visitors and offer a different way to soak up the city’s sublime night-time views and spot Sydney’s most popular attractions.

  • Sailing on Sydney Harbour


    See some of the city’s iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House on a chartered harbour cruise or tour. Catch a ferry from Circular Quay and enjoy scenic harbour views or hire a boat and explore the harbour and secluded beaches and coves at your own pace.

  • Exploring Fort Denison, Sydney


    Discover Cockatoo Island’s convict and shipbuilding heritage with an audio tour around the island. Spend time exploring the historic Fort Denison, the island’s museum and Australia’s only Martello Tower. Stop by Middle Head to observe tunnels, forts and other military defences built from 1806 to the 1960s.

  • Sydney Harbour bridge views


    Make your way along urban pathways, through lush bushland and past scenic vantage points as you follow the Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head walk. Take in views of the city skyline, swim at a harbourside beach or cross the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge as you complete a section of the Sydney Harbour Circle Walk.

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