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.
Ferry Information is opposite Wharf 4. Open daily. 131 500.

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.
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia at Rushcutters Bay is the home of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. 9363 9731. Information for Members and their guests.

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.

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.

If you have your own boat, you can stay overnight on a 24 hour public mooring. Waterways 131 256.
Tie up at Cockle Bay Wharf and explore Darling Harbour. 9286 0111.

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.

Ryde is nestled between the Parramatta and Lane Cover Rivers and is one of Sydney’s oldest settled areas. You’ll find parks and picnic spots, historic houses, Lane Cove National Park, Sydney’s only surviving vehicle ferry across Parramatta River and two of Sydney’s major regional shopping centres; Top Ryde which was Australia’s first, and Macquarie Centre, which incorporates a large ice skating rink. Take the RiverCat from Circular to wharfs at Gladesville, Meadowbank or Kissing Point.

For local knowledge phone Ryde Information Service. 9952 8356

Historic riverboat, “Reliance” was built at Palm Beach in 1919 and was for many years the mail boat operating daily between Brooklyn and Wiseman’s Ferry. Eco-history tours on “Reliance” depart from Lane Cove River Steakhouse jetty on Delhi Road at Fullers Bridge, Chatswood West on weekends. Tea and coffee provided or bring a picnic. See Sydney’s mangrove ecology along the tranquil upper reaches of the Lane Cove River and learn the River’s history. 9411 6171

Experience the beauty of Sydney’s pristine waters aboard one of our classic vessels.
M.V. Banjo Paterson II. A restored classic, built in 1949, with a large deck area providing the perfect entertainment on Sydney Harbour.

M.V. Panache III. Ultimate in stylish corporate entertainment, presentations and board meetings. Double staterooms available.

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.
Ask about them now.

From Palm Beach in the North to Cronulla in the South. The surfing and board riding is unequalled and most are suitable for families. But remember to only swim “between the flags” on beaches patrolled by life-guards. Call into Cronulla or Manly Information Centres for local knowledge.