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.

Friends sailing in Sydney Harbour, Sydney

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 with big-belly seahorses 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 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.

The harbour is also a famous world stage. 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.

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  1. Australia Day Lunch Cruises

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    Sydney Harbour goes all out for its Australia Day celebrations, featuring an amazing line up of events including ferry races, tall ships, sailing regattas, fly-overs, fireworks and much more. Take in all the action aboard an Australia Day…

    26 Jan
  2. Australia Day Dinner Cruises

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    Official Participating Vessel Cruise aboard MV Sydney 2000, the official participating vessel in `Australia Day Live’ at Circular Quay, positioned inside the exclusion zone for the spectacular finale, water-show and fireworks for front…

    26 Jan
  3. Dymocks Children's Charities Great Debate

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    The Dymocks Children's Charities (DCC) Great Debate will be a star studded gala raising much-needed funds to assist children in need around Australia improve their literacy standards and fall in love with reading. The event is a fun…