A beautiful meandering waterway, Sydney Harbour is one of the world's greatest natural harbours. Many species of marine life live in the deep blue waters, from lionfish to seahorses. The harbour is a popular recreational playground too, with sailing, cruising, kayaking and foreshore walks. And, of course, you can also simply relax on gorgeous sandy beaches.
Experience Nature at Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour is a natural home to many animals, from big-belly seahorses and water dragons to ringtail possums and rainbow lorikeets. Hundreds of fish species are in the deep blue waters, according to the Australian Museum. In the pockets of enchanting foreshore bushland are kookaburras, currawongs, crimson rosellas and rainbow lorikeets, to name just a few birds.
You can explore the natural beauty of Sydney Harbour on walking trails and tracks that thread through eucalypt forests to lookouts with spectacular views of the harbour, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy short walks around the harbour or take a long walk such as the Sydney Harbour Circle Walk, a magnificent route along the stunning foreshore.
Guided walking tours are available with the likes of Sydney Coast Walks, EcoTreasures and Auswalk Walking Holidays. A cruise on the sparkling waters with the likes of Captain Cook Cruises and Fantasea is a delightful way to experience Sydney’s famous harbour attractions. For a bird’s-eye view of the harbour, buckle up for helicopter tours or fly in a seaplane with Sydney Seaplanes.
To explore the underwater world, go on a guided snorkelling tour of the harbour with Sydney Harbour Discovery. You can also hire kayaks and stand-up paddleboards and paddle around coves and bays, and sailing is a great way to relax and enjoy the harbour too. You can hire a skipper and a yacht from EastSail in Rushcutters Bay.
The harbour is dotted with islands including Cockatoo Island, part of Australia's World Heritage-listed convict sites. You can hire a tent and camp overnight here or rent a restored Federation House. Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Shark Island at the mouth of Rose Bay, a gorgeous spot for a picnic with sloping lawns.