Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour (Photo Hamilton Lund; Destination NSW

Sydney Harbour
One of the finest in the world


Described in 1788 by Captain Arthur Phillip as “one of the finest harbours in the world”, Sydney Harbour is still regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. And it’s easy to see why! With its natural beauty and stunning panoramas, Sydney Harbour has so much to discover and enjoy

Manly Wharf (Photo Hamilton Lund: Destination NSW)

The most affordable way to explore Sydney Harbour is on one of Sydney’s famous ferries which all leave from Circular Quay. Some favourite HARBOUR TRIPS include:
> MANLY FERRY Half-hour trip passes many of Sydney’s famous harbour landmarks and crosses Sydney Heads.
> WATSONS BAY via Darling Point, Double Bay and Rose Bay. Stay for fish and chips and a stroll around South Head.
> Special all-inclusive passes to TARONGA ZOO and other attractions.
> RIVERCAT to Parramata along the scenic to Parramatta River.

Sailing on Sydney Harbour (Photo Pierre Tousaint; Destination NSW)



Plan your day out on Sydney Harbour.
For ferry timetables and fare information Tel:131500 Brochures and timetables at Circular Quay or Manly and other ferry wharves.

HARBOUR CRUISES Day, night, lunch and dinner cruises leave from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. There are also a number of jet boat and other cruises and rides with various levels of excitement, including tall ships. Just look around at the signs to see what is offered.

MARITIME MUSEUMS For a permanent exhibition of the maritime history of Australia, including a replica of Captain Cook’s ‘Endeavour’, we recommend a visit to the The Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. Tel: (02) 9298 3777

HISTORIC SHIPS Take a square-rig sailing adventure out to sea on a 138 year old tall ship, discover the history secrets of Sydney Harbour on a coal-fired steam tug, or a take a cruise on a ‘gentleman’s schooner’. The Sydney Heritage Fleet is the ‘Museum that goes to sea’. Tel: 02 9298 3888

SAILING Experienced sailors will often find a boat looking for crew at sailing clubs around the Harbour and Parramatta River. Just call in and have a look at the notice board. Many have waterfront restaurants. For information about the sport of sailing go to

ROWING You will often see rowing crews training on Parramatta River. Many are associated with school or university clubs, but some are licensed with bistros and bars.

The WHALE WATCHING season is from May to December. Cruises leave from Circular Quay or you can try elevated vantage points such as North and South Heads.


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