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Welcome to the best harbour city in the world! Sydney Harbour is simply beautiful, a real working harbour with ferry transportation and huge container ships passing by but also an amazing playground for the people of Sydney.
Sydney Harbour covers an area of 55 square kilometers. There are many bays and smaller habours like Darling Harbour within Sydney Harbour and into the west the waters of Sydney Harbour travel down the Parramatta River and up the Lane Cove River.
The Heads of Sydney Harbour
Fort Dennison is a piece of Australian history. Often referred to as pinch gut island, this island very close to the Sydney Opera House was once used as a gaol (jail).
Cockatoo Island has a camping site, the only camp site right in the middle of Sydney Harbour. You can take your own tent or hire the tents that are already setup ready to go. For more information visit the Cockatoo Island website.
Shark Island is located in Sydney Harbour close to Rose Bay. There are ferries 4 times a day that go across to Shark Island, leaving from Circular Quay. There are picnic shelters as well as nice grassed areas for sitting back and enjoying the scenery of the harbour.
Clark Island is part of the Sydney Harbour National Park. You can visit for picnics though no camping or fires are allowed.
The best way to see Sydney Harbour is on a boat and the cheapest way to do this is to take any of the public ferries to various destinations around the harbour. Take a ferry from Circular Quay
Fusion Cruises run daily harbour sightseeing cruises leaving from King St Wharf. The new Fusion boat has 3 different levels, a fully kitchen to prepared the best meals and a fully licensed bar. The Fusion can also be hired out for private parties. The daily cruise leaves King St Wharf at 12.45pm everyday and goes for 1h 20 minutes. Cost is $40 for adults and $25 for children including lunch.
Captain Cook Cruise have over 20 cruises a day on Sydney Harbour include 2 hour cruises at 10am and 2.15pm, dinner cruises, breakfast cruises, cocktail cruises at 5pm daily and whale watching cruises May to November.
Rhythm Boat Cruises has special harbour cruises including musical entertainment including Rock and Roll cruises, ABBA shows, Salsa cruises.
Sydney Showboat is a magical musical evening afloat. A lavish cabaret show with fine-dining and a harbour cruise all rolled into one. Boats leave Sydney's King Street Wharf 5 nights a week at 7.30pm.
Jet Boating Sydney Harbour
For the adventurous rather than a leisurely boat cruise there are a number of Jet Boating companies for exhilarating rides on the harbour. Prices are around $60 for a 35 minute ride:
Last update 23rd January 2016
Sydney Harbour viewed from the Harbour Bridge
Balmoral Beach located on the north shore of Sydney, close to Mosman. A nice beach with some grassed areas for picnics. There are some shops and restaurants located along Balmoral for a nice relaxing lunch or dinner.
Chinaman's Beach is located close to the Spit, just down from Mosman. A quiet harbour beach with grassed area for picnics and bbqs.
Watson's Bay Beach is close to the south head of Sydney Harbour. Waston Bay Beach has views right across Sydney Harbour back towards the Sydney city area. For a nice relaxing lunch at Watson's Bay check out the Watson's Bay Hotel or Doyle's On The Beach for some of the best seafood in Sydney.
Lady Jane Beach is a nudist beach located close to the south head of Sydney Harbour.
Sydney Harbour Ferries
The main ferry port in Sydney is Circular Quay which has ferries all around Sydney Harbour as well as up the Parramatta River all the way to Parramatta.
May welcomes in the Whale Watching season (May to November) with boats leaving from Sydney's King Street Wharf (next to the Aquarium) takes you out past the harbour entrance to view the migrating whales traveling north for the winter. Some of the whale watching tours include:
Try out some real yacht sailing on Sydney Harbour check out Sydney by Sail.
Snorkeling in Sydney Harbour
There are over 600 different species of marine life living in Sydney Harbour including some amazing seahorses and the unusual looking Woobbegon sharks. There are some great areas in Sydney harbour which are ideal for snorkeling or scuba diving. Check out Snorkeling in Sydney.
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