Sydney Harbour

Highlights

Enjoy scenic ferry rides, delicious harbour cruises and wonderful boating adventures on Sydney Harbour, one of the world’s finest natural harbours. You can also climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are lovely foreshore walks, too. And explore the harbour’s indigenous and colonial heritage.

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney
  • Neilsen Park, Sydney

About Sydney Harbour

A delight to explore, Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. The sparkling blue waters, iconic attractions, hidden beaches, enchanting bushland, pretty gardens, charming islands and intriguing heritage are all easy to enjoy in an enticing range of experiences.

Hop on a ferry at Circular Quay and glide past the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Taronga Zoo. There are all kinds of harbour cruises, including lunch cruises, tall ships and an Aboriginal cultural heritage cruise. Boating is popular too, with sails dotting the deep blue waters.

Sailing on Sydney Harbour - Image; Hugh Stewart, DNSW

Walking is great way to see the harbour, which is also known as Port Jackson. You’ll find various walks with superb views of Sydney’s famous landmarks. One of the best city walks in the world is from Woolloomooloo to Barangaroo, stopping at Mrs Macquaries Point for a perfect postcard selfie.

The harbour is teeming with wildlife. Big-belly seahorses, wobbegong sharks and hundreds of other fish species inhabit the waters. Take a ferry to Manly and spot little penguins near the wharf. Pockets of bushland are home to colourful birds, such as rainbow lorikeets and crimson rosellas.

Sydney Harbour view from Bradleys Head - Mosman

For a bird’s-eye view, you can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb or fly in a seaplane from Rose Bay. The splendour of the harbour is breathtaking. The Sydney Harbour National Park includes The Heads, the dramatic sandstone cliffs at the entrance, and many of the harbour islands.

You can take a ferry to Cockatoo Island, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Australian convict sites. Fort Denison’s sandstone Martello Tower is the only one of its kind in Australia. On Garden Island is the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, a museum, and Shark Island is a lovely spot for a picnic.

Australia Day in Sydney Harbour - Image; DNSW

The harbour is a world stage, too. The Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks are a dazzling celebration, lighting up the skies and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Vivid Sydney festival illuminates harbour icons in May and June, and the thrilling start to Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is on Boxing Day.

  • Sailing on Sydney Harbour

    Boating

    See some of the city’s iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House on a chartered harbour cruise or tour. Catch a ferry from Circular Quay and enjoy scenic harbour views or hire a boat and explore the harbour and secluded beaches and coves at your own pace.

  • Exploring Fort Denison, Sydney

    History

    Discover Cockatoo Island’s convict and shipbuilding heritage with an audio tour around the island. Spend time exploring the historic Fort Denison, the island’s museum and Australia’s only Martello Tower. Stop by Middle Head to observe tunnels, forts and other military defences built from 1806 to the 1960s.

  • Sydney Harbour bridge views

    Walks

    Make your way along urban pathways, through lush bushland and past scenic vantage points as you follow the Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head walk. Take in views of the city skyline, swim at a harbourside beach or cross the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge as you complete a section of the Sydney Harbour Circle Walk.

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