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|EXPLORE SYDNEY’S WATERWAYS
Sydney is a city of great natural beauty, surrounded by sea, beaches, rivers, bays and magnificent harbour.
Explore the Eastern suburbs and beaches on the “Bondi & Bay Explorer” bus. 20 stops on the route.131 500.
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Ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay. Walks along Camp Cove Beach and South Head. Watch the harbour’s passing parade from Green Point. Fish & chips from the wharf kiosk, a stroll through the park and a drink at the pub to round off a perfect day.
Explore Greater Sydney’s other great waterways and their suburbs, beaches, parks and picnic spots.
The natural and unspoiled beauty of the Hawkesbury River as it flows from Windsor in the west to Broken Bay and Pittwater in the north makes this river one of Australia’s most scenic waterways.
The Nepean River at Penrith, source of Sydney’s water supply has many favourite recreation areas.
There are five Islands in Sydney Harbour National Park. Take a tour of Fort Denison or Goat Island. Clarke, Shark and Rodd Islands are accessible to the public. 9247 5033
See Sydney by ferry from Circular Quay. Commuter ferries are great value.
A favourite is the half-hour ferry trip to Manly passing the Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, Shark and Clarke Islands and the harbourside beaches, bays and foreshore mansions. Leaves Circular Quay every 30 minutes.131 500
Sleek new RiverCats depart regularly for the 1 hour trip under the Harbour Bridge and then along the Parramatta River to historic Parramatta, passing under the Gladesville, Ryde and Silverwater Bridges and close by the 2000 Olympic site at Homebush Bay. 131 500
Hawkesbury River and Pittwater ferries leave from Windsor, Brooklyn, Palm Beach and Church Point. Palm Beach Ferries. 9918 2747
The shores of Sydney’s waterways are dotted with sailing clubs, both large and small and are great places to eat. Try “Pitusa’s” at Woollahra Sailing Club, Rose Bay. Good value and fantastic views. Breakfast and lunch on weekends.
Sydney’s Fish Markets at Pyrmont. Restaurants, cooked and uncooked seafood and shops. Ferries from Circular Quay or Metro Light Rail. There’s even a place to tie up your own boat. 9660 1611. www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au
Fishing, one of Australia’s most popular sports, is great in the Hawkesbury and Georges Rivers, Port Hacking and in some parts of Sydney Harbour. For best advice on “where they’re running” seek out a local on the beaches and jetties. “High Tide” Friday Daily Telegraph and weekends from 4am Radio 2KY 1017. Fishing Infoline 1902 272 555 for latest hot-spots. www.fishinfo.com.au.
If you have your own boat, you can stay overnight on a 24 hour public mooring. Waterways 131 256.
Sail up Parramatta River to Looking Glass Bay at Gladesville for a fine dining treat at Banjo Paterson’s Restaurant and call into Birkenhead Point on the way.
For local knowledge phone Ryde Information Service. 9952 8356
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Both are fully licensed and fully catered for Weddings, Parties, BBQ’s and cocktails. Large all weather entertainment areas.
Phone Classic Harbour Cruises, Sydney’s most flexible charter operator on 02 9818 4635.
There are always “Stand-by Rates” available on both vessels.