Water sports in Sydney

Sydney is an aquatic playground. Enjoy kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and sailing on Sydney Harbour. In marine reserves home to blue gropers, yellowtail and other fish, snorkelling and diving are popular. How about kayaking in national parks? Or whitewater rafting on an Olympic course?

You’ll find all these water sports and more. Want speed? Zoom across the harbour in a jet boat, or try wakeboarding on the Hawkesbury River or at the Cables Wake Park in Penrith. Deep-sea fishing expedition? Fishing charters will take you to the blue waters off the Sydney coastline to cast a line.

Friends sailing on Sydney Harbour, Australia

For harbour sailing, join the crew of Explore Sailing in Darling Harbour and experience the billowing sails of a former America’s Cup yacht. Or hire a skipper and a yacht from EastSail, in Rushcutters Bay, and explore one of the world’s finest natural harbours and drop anchor in a secluded bay for lunch.

To explore the harbour at a slower pace, rent a kayak or take a guided tour. With Sydney Harbour Kayaks at Spit Bridge, Mosman, paddle around Middle Harbour, past cliffs and stunning homes. Your guide will regale you with the harbour’s military history, shipwrecks and notable characters.

On the lower north shore Natural Wanders, at Milsons Point, offers the Billy Blue Paddle for beginners, a 5.5km trip from Lavender Bay to Blues Point - an excellent location for a photo opportunity or simply marvel at the views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Snorkelling above yellowtail fish, Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, Manly

The clarity of the water in the harbour and the sea makes Sydney perfect for snorkelling and diving. To learn more about snorkelling or to investigate going deep to explore wrecks, Dive Centre Manly has plenty of information. Sydney Underwater Scooter Tours has a guided tour of Gordons Bay.

There are surf beaches all along the coast, including National Surfing Reserves at Bondi, Cronulla, Maroubra, Manly and North Narrabeen. If you want to learn to surf or hone your skills, lessons are available at several famous beaches. Kiteboarding is thrilling fun too, with lessons in Botany Bay.

For thrills in Western Sydney, battle Olympic-size rapids at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium. The nearby Nepean River is great for paddling, too. Kayaks and SUPs are available for hire from Horizon Line, or take a guided tour on the river which flows into the Hawkesbury River near Yarramundi.

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