Rose Bay is the ultimate waterside hotspot; it’s got seaplanes, you can go sailing or enjoy a leisurely kayaking day so whatever your preference, you’re guaranteed a memorable adventures on beautiful Sydney Harbour. Choose between captaining a little red speedboat, hopping aboard a yacht for a twilight sailing race and lots more.
Things to do
In the era of flying boats, Rose Bay was an international water aerodrome until 1955. Today its seaplane heritage is alive and well, with Sydney Seaplanes and Sydney by Seaplane offering scenic harbour flights, taking off and landing on the harbour. For a romantic day trip, take a seaplane to a waterside restaurant such as Berowra Waters Inn or a secluded beach for a picnic.
You can hire equipment for all your harbour adventures, from full-size sailing boats to smaller stand-up paddleboards and kayaks at Rose Bay Aquatic Hire or Point Piper Kayaks. There are sailing tours run by Sydney Harbour Escapes and Pilgrim Sailing, which also has a fun twilight racing experience in summer.
Explore Sydney Harbour is a faster-paced ride, you can pilot your own speedboat and zoom to iconic attractions such as the Sydney Opera House. This self-driving tour doesn’t require a license or boating experience, you’ll be provided with safety instructions before the tour and follow a qualified guide on the tour.
Eat and drink
Your tastebuds are in for a treat, with a delicious range of places to eat. Catalina and Regatta are fine dining restaurants right on the water that feature in the national Good Food Guide. Lyne Park has casual options including Sugar and Spoon and the Plumer Road Chicken Shop opposite the golf course is a local institution.
Getting to Rose Bay in Sydney’s east is easy by public transport. A ferry ride across the sparkling harbour from Circular Quay, via Garden Island and Double Bay, is only 20 minutes. From Double Bay, walk down New South Head Road to Point Piper then stroll the seawall, built in the 1920’s, along the Rose Bay foreshore for gorgeous harbour vistas.