With seaplanes, sailing, kayaking and more, Rose Bay offers many memorable adventures on beautiful Sydney Harbour. You can even captain a little red speedboat on a tour or hop aboard a yacht for a twilight sailing race. There are tasty experiences too at acclaimed waterfront restaurants.
In the era of flying boats, Rose Bay was an international water aerodrome until 1955. Today enjoy scenic flights with Sydney Seaplanes and Sydney by Seaplane, taking off and landing on the harbour. For a romantic day trip, take a seaplane to a waterside restaurant or a secluded beach for a picnic.
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. The seawall along the Rose Bay foreshore was built in the 1920s. Stroll along the wall for gorgeous harbour vistas.
Your tastebuds are in for a treat, with a delicious range of places to eat. Both Catalina Rose Bay and Regatta feature in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide. In Lyne Park are casual options, including Sugar and Spoon. You’ll find plenty more casual cafes in Rose Bay such as Bernasconi’s.
You can hire equipment for your harbour adventure, from sailing boats to stand-up paddleboards and kayaks from Rose Bay Aquatic Hire or Point Piper Kayaks. There are sailing tours such as Sydney Harbour Escapes and Pilgrim Sailing, which also has a fun twilight racing experience in summer.
With Explore Sydney Harbour, zoom to iconic attractions such as the Sydney Opera House piloting your own speedboat. You don’t need a license or boating experience for this self-driving tour. You’ll be provided with safety instructions before the tour and you follow a qualified guide on the tour.