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. New Year's Eve on Cockatoo Island

    Monday 31 December 2018 to Tuesday 01 January 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    Cockatoo Island is one of the best places in Sydney to watch the world-renowned New Year’s Eve fireworks. Right in the heart of Sydney Harbour, you’ll enjoy a fun and relaxing night with family and friends - without the crowds, long walks h…

    31 Dec - 01 Jan
  2. New Years Eve aboard Sydney 2000

    Monday 31 December 2018 to Tuesday 01 January 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    The eyes of over a billion people worldwide turn to Sydney Harbour on New Years Eve, not only because they have the first major display but one of the world's best. The Harbour Bridge, city buildings, and specially selected cruise vessels f…

    31 Dec - 01 Jan
  3. New Years Eve Clark Island Garden Party

    Monday 31 December 2018 , Sydney Harbour

    Experience an unforgettable New Year's Eve on sublime Clark Island in Sydney Harbour National Park. Enjoy a gourmet three-course meal, cocktail on arrival and live music on this uncrowded island oasis set in a garden theme. Clark Island is …

    31 Dec