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Beautiful images of Sydney Harbour draw visitors from all over the world to Sydney. A day or night on its sparkling waters is a wonderful experience. See the majestic Sydney Opera House on a ferry, explore islands on a cruise, climb aboard a tall ship, hire a yacht or explore in a kayak. You can also zoom across the harbour in a jet boat.
Wonderful Harbour Experiences
A great way to explore one of the greatest natural harbours in the world is by boat. Plenty of choices are available, from ferries and cruises to charters and yachts. You can even hire a kayak from the likes of Sydney Harbour Kayaks or Manly Kayak Centre and paddle yourself around Sydney Harbour.
Tours of Sydney Harbour will take you past some of Sydney's iconic attractions, such as the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House. Enjoy lunch or dinner cruises or watch a glorious sunset over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on an evening cocktail cruise.
Ferries crisscross the deep blue waters to many attractions, such as Taronga Zoo, Sydney Harbour Islands and Luna Park, an amusement park with a giant smiling moon as the entrance. Two popular ferry rides are from Circular Quay to Manly and Watsons Bay.
Various companies offer cruises and chartered voyages around the harbour, from tall ship experiences with Sydney Harbour Tall Ships and Sydney Heritage Fleet Cruises to personal sailing tours with the likes of EastSail, Sailing Sydney and Sydney by Sail.
The harbour marks the starting line of one of the world's great ocean yacht races. On every 26 December, the famous Sydney Hobart Yacht Race sets sail. And 26 January is Australia Day, with the Harbour being the centre of celebrations including the Ferrython and the Australia Day Regatta.
If you hire a yacht or motorboat, Roads and Maritime Services' user-friendly Boating Destination Map will help you find facilities and services.