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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.

Beach Tours

Beach Tours and Harbour Cruises in Sydney

Hop on a ferry. Sail a boat. Jump in a helicopter. Or let Sydney's experienced tour operators show you the way. With an adventurous spirit, it's easy to uncover the best-kept secrets of Sydney's beautiful waterways and beaches.

Jet speed boats, harbour cruises, twilight sails, fishing charters and whale watching tours (in season) are all great ways to experience Sydney Harbour, but don't forget the ferry. Manly's the most famous destination from Circular Quay, but you can also catch ferries to Watson's Bay, Balmain, Woolwich, Mosman, Taronga Zoo and even Parramatta. Buy a day pass and hop aboard.

Diving enthusiasts can discover the best dive sites and marine life around the harbour with a guided tour. Or, wax up a board and hop on a wave; you'll find surfing lessons in the Northern Beaches, Bondi and Cronulla. A kayaking tour is also a great way to get to know Sydney's lesser-known waterways.

For an aerial perspective, book a helicopter flight or seaplane tour, some of which combine flights and a romantic gourmet lunch. And don't forget the fun you can have from the shore, either. On an eco-tour, you'll learn about lagoons, headlands, rock platforms and flora and fauna. Or, join an Aboriginal fishing tour and learn how to catch your dinner and cook it!

There are also heaps of great day trip tours on offer to the Northern Beaches, the Central Coast and iconic Bondi Beach. And if you've got time, don't miss a day trip to the beautiful beaches of Bundeena and the Royal National Park, around an hour out of Sydney.

Explore more Sydney tours

  1. Ocean Swimming

    Ocean Swimming

    Experience Australia's fastest growing summer recreational activity and learn new skills while you're at it. Enjoy a leisurely guided swim at Bondi or prepare for an ocean swim event which are...

  2. Private Lessons

    Private Lessons

    Enjoy the thrill of surfing beautiful Bondi beach with your own personal instructor. There is no better way to advance your surfing skills, their private lessons are tailored specifically to meet all ...

  3. Bondi Local Tour

    Bondi Local Tour

    Sydney is a beachside city. Join your friendly local Bondi Surf Instructor and experience Australia's most famous beach, Bondi, the way the locals do! Enjoy a half day tour that includes transfers...

  4. The Bondi Boat

    The Bondi Boat

    With a twice daily departure you may board from either Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. You will be welcomed by a friendly, informative host who will offer you complimentary tea and coffee. Start you...

  5. Eastern Beaches Tour

    Eastern Beaches Tour

    Sit back, relax and enjoy all that the Eastern Beaches of Sydney have to offer. Starting at Watsons Bay, you can take in the history and romance of shipwrecks, old lighthouses and military fortificati...

  6. Beach Cruise

    Beach Cruise

    Departing each Wednesday, the Beach Cruise will head straight to a beautiful harbour beach via the main sights! You can swim off the boat, use the kayak, go snorkelling or just enjoy the vie...

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