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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. Port Stephens

    Port Stephens

    Highlights include: cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Hawksbury River, 4WD Beach and Sand Dune Tour on Stockton Beach, Sand Boarding, lunch in a popular local seafood restaurant at Nelson Bay ov...

  2. Surf Easy Course

    Surf Easy Course

    If you're determined to ride a wave at Maroubra Beach - and stay on it - then the three lesson beginner's package will get you going. The professional team will get you safely up and onto you...

  3. 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...

  4. Best Beaches

    Best Beaches

    Surf beaches, surf culture, harbour beaches, secret beaches, nude beaches, all beaches, lagoons, lookouts, bushwalks, Aboriginal rock carvings, Ku-ring-gai National Park, the Spit to Manly walk, the ...

  5. Sizzling Sydney

    Sizzling Sydney

    Discover fabulous Sydney on this five day adventure. See the best Sydney has to offer including the Botanical Gardens, Bondi Beach, beautiful Sydney Harbour, the Blue Mountains and of course the wonde...

  6. Sydney Highlights Tour

    Sydney Highlights Tour

    Highlights include Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, Mrs Macquarie's Point, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Watsons Bay.Experience this H...

  7. Manly Surf School

    Manly Surf School

    Manly Surf School runs classes every day and classes cater to all levels of ability, fitness and age. The program focuses on teaching the skills of surfing and how to handle yourself and you...

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