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. 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…

  2. Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas

    Event dates to be confirmed: May 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    Vivid Sydney’s multi-award-winning festival of light, music and ideas returns to illuminate Sydney with mesmerising new light art and projections and deliver a fresh new program of music and ideas. Explore the brilliant Light Walk,…

  3. New Years Eve aboard Sydney 2000

    Tuesday 31 December 2019 , Sydney Harbour

    Crusing inside the exclusion zone as a part of the parade 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…

    31 Dec