A trip to Sydney isn't complete without experiencing the glistening Sydney Harbour. With over 240 kilometres of shoreline, it is a natural harbour and is also known as Port Jackson. Take one of the many walking paths, and if you're ambitious or naturally just curious, an 8.5hour walk will connect you from the Central Business District (CBD) across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and to Manly. Or for a short cut take the ferry to Taronga Zoo and wander harbour side for a brisk 20-minute walk.
Lining the harbour-front are luscious parklands and foreshores in the northern side, with Sydney Harbour National Park conserving this land. Head east, and you'll find more walking paths with tracks that begin at Camp Cove Beach to Watsons Bay. For calm waters, you can swim at Camp Cove, or continue walking and you will find a more secluded beach along Hermitage Foreshore track at Milk Beach. The harbour is also home to some incredible water sports like kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Head to Balmoral Beach to experience this or grab your kayak from Spit Bridge.
On a bright sunny day in Sydney, make your way to the harbour and watch the sailboats pass in and out of the port. Jump on a Sydney Ferry like the Sydney to Manly route to experience the harbour by water; bringing a new and unique perspective of the city. Many of these routes provide public transport for locals, which mean they're not necessarily the most scenic route but the fastest from each destination. However, they still offer an ideal vantage point of the city from the water. If you're looking to experience all of the hotspots by boat, opt for a private cruise with excursions on the harbour instead. Some include dinner and a live band on board too.
Begin your journey at Circular Quay where you'll have access to a choice of ferries. From here you can easily connect to Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach and The Rocks too. If the view from the water has enticed you, next, it's time to see the view from above. The BridgeClimb along Sydney Harbour Bridge is an exciting way to see the city's skyline and harbour from above, as cars continue passing by below you during your climb. The bridge provides an excellent vantage point to experience views across the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Darling Harbour and North Sydney. If the BridgeClimb is a little too extreme for you, take an elevator up to Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck with a revolving restaurant waiting for you at the top. Here you'll find an observation tower and great views across the city and harbour too. Step up your perspective a notch with a scenic flight over Sydney, departing from Rose Bay; you can upgrade your flight to include lunch at one of the incredible Sydney waterfront restaurants. While we're on the topic of waterfront restaurants, Quay is often named one of the world's best restaurants, or Opera Bar to soak up iconic Sydney.
Watch Sydney Harbour transform from day to night, and experience the incredible views and iconic sites the harbour has to offer.