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Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Boating on Sydney Harbour

  • See Sydney Harbour by speedboat
  • Sydney Harbour featuring the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, sailing boat, water taxi and ferry


Events on Sydney Harbour

If you're out on the harbour in a boat during major events, make sure you have all the boating information you need for a safe and fun-packed outing.

Must Do

Safe boating on Sydney Harbour

Sail boat, Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is centre stage over summer with a series of big spectacle events that are loved by Sydneysiders and visitors from around the globe. Held each year, these summer events attract thousands to the harbour foreshore and onto the water.

On 26 December, the famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race sets sail from Sydney Harbour heading down the South Coast of NSW to the finish line at Hobart. The start of one of the world's great ocean yacht races is watched by millions, either on TV or from around the harbour.

Sydney loves a party and New Year's Eve is welcomed with a bang on Sydney Harbour. Sydney's New Year's Eve has earned an international reputation as one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the world.

On 26 January each year, Australia Day is a celebration of Australian heritage. Using Sydney Harbour as the sparkling centre of the action, the day-long event offers plenty of free entertainment for the whole family. Highlights include the Ferrython and the Australia Day Regatta.

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