Exploring Sydney Harbour is a must while you’re in Sydney. But there’s much more to Sydney Harbour than just the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. To get the most out of this amazing place, you need to get up close and personal. Here are our top 5 ways to explore Sydney Harbour.
There are so many ways to explore Sydney Harbour. We live in Sydney and we’re amazed at how often we discover a new part to the harbour – a new view, a new walk, a new beach.
Sydney Harbour is the biggest natural harbour in the world, so the potential for finding untouched or non-touristy parts to it is very high.
The Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House aren’t the only things to see on Sydney Harbour. Both are stunning icons of Australia, but there’s a lot more to find either out on the water or from the shoreline of this amazing natural harbour.
Here are our top 5 ways to explore Sydney Harbour like a local:
The ferry system in and around Sydney Harbour is fantastic. Topping up your Opal Card, picking a wharf at Circular Quay and seeing where the next ferry takes you is a great way to get a unique view of the harbour.
Otherwise choose a destination like Watsons Bay or Cremorne and walk around the shoreline… but more about that in a minute.
Our favourite ferry trip is to Manly. You’re on the biggest of the Sydney ferries and you end up in a place that doesn’t feel like Sydney anymore.
Hire a boat
The speedboats LEKKER rents out are amazingly fast and very nimble so pretty much anywhere you ask your skipper to take you, they’ll go.
Fill up the cooler with beers and snacks and head out into the harbour. Splitting this between a group of you will make this an affordable yet very fun way to see the harbour at its best. And the guys at LEKKER love a crowd to play to!
We’ve only been introduced to SUP or Stand Up Paddle-boarding recently when we were Noosa but absolutely loved it.
It’s so much fun and surprisingly easy when you’ve got smooth waters like the harbour provides.
It’s a pretty good workout for your core too and you get to see some intimate parts of Sydney Harbour most don’t get to explore.
Mrs Romance loves kayaking – even though the times we’ve done it together, we’ve always ended up in trouble… but that’s a story for another time.
Kayaking is very popular on Sydney Harbour. Especially from Manly, exploring the bays and beaches only accessible from the water around the middle and outer harbour is great fun and so interesting.
You could even double up with a ride on the Manly Ferry to get there!
Manly Kayak Centre is a great company and will sort you out with a kayak and a map of where you can go. One of our wedding presents was a voucher to use their boats and it was unforgettable.
Our top tip for kayaking though: go mid week. The weekends are always busy here.
Walk the Harbour foreshore
There are countless walks you can do along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour. They all give a unique perspective of the harbour and what she has to offer. And best of all, they’re free to do!
The walk from Watsons Bay around to the southern headland is one of our favourites. Or visit one of the other beautiful harbour beaches like Balmoral or around Double Bay.
Alternatively check out places like Cockatoo Island or Fort Denison for a really different view of Sydney Harbour and a bit of Aussie history to boot. You can get to these little harbour islands by ferry – or water taxi if you’re in a rush!
Sydney Harbour really is an amazing, unique place. If you’re a Sydneysider, make the most of it for we are the lucky few. If you’re visiting, put this part of Sydney on the top of your list!
What’s your favourite part of Sydney Harbour? Do you have a favourite spot in your hometown you always recommend visitors go to? Tell us in the comments!