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Since 1788 when Arthur Phillip described it as ‘one of the finest harbours in the world, in which a thousand ships of the line might ride in the most perfect security’, Sydney Harbour has been regarded as one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.

Today millions of visitors come from all over Australia and the world to discover the natural beauty and panoramic scenery that we who live in Sydney treasure so much.

Holiday on the Harbour

The most affordable way to explore Sydney Harbour is on one of Sydney’s famous ferries which all leave from Circular Quay. Pick up the a free brochure from Circular Quay or log on to www.sydneyferries.info for timetables, maps and suggestions for exploring Sydney by ferry.

Some favourite harbour trips experienced by Sydneysiders for generations include:

> Manly Ferry. Half-hour trip passes many of Sydney’s famous harbour landmarks and crosses Sydney Heads.

> Watsons Bay via Garden Island, Darling Point, Double Bay and Rose Bay. Stay for fish and chips and a stroll around South Head.

> Special all-inclusive passes to Taronga Zoo and other attractions.

> RiverCat along the scenic Parramatta River to historic Parramatta, now Sydney’s second major CBD.

Harbour Cruises

Harbour cruise companies leave from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. There are day and night, morning and afternoon, lunch and dinner cruises. Or stay 2 nights on Captain Cook Cruises’ Weekend Explorer.

Sydney Ferries Information Booth.

Wharf 4 Circular Quay


Where to get more Information

For information about walks, exhibitions, shopping, historic sites and attractions around The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Blackwattle Bay and the Fish Markets. Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Visitor Centres at The Rocks and Darling Harbour

Tel: 1800 067 676  www.shfa.nsw.gov.au

Sydney Harbour National Park encompasses much of the harbour foreshores including Bradleys Head, Nielsen Park, North Head and South Head. You will find history, mystery, cultural heritage, swimming and picnic spots, fun and entertainment. There are also many Aboriginal sites – signposts of an ancient cultural heritage that still lives on.

There are guided tours in the park, from bush food tours around Bradleys Head to nighttime ghost walks in the Quarantine Station.

Take a harbour swim and picnic at the beautiful and historic Nielsen Park.

Sydney’s Islands. There are 7 islands in Sydney harbour. Take a ferry tour of Fort Denison and Goat Island and enjoy a picnic on Shark, Clarke or Rodd Islands.

For information, fees and conditions:

Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre. Cadmans Cottage 110 George Street, The Rocks  Tel: (02) 9247 5033


Island and headland tours

For information about tours, events and camping around Sydney Harbour including Cockatoo Island, Georges Heights, Chowder Bay and Middle Head, former School of Artillery, North Head, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, Macquarie Light station, Snapper Island, former Marine Biological Station, Watsons Bay and HMAS Platypus Neutral Bay.

Contact Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

PO Box 607 Mosman NSW 2088

Tel: (02) 8969 2100


Harbour Walks

Experience the contrasting landscapes of Sydney and some simply stunning views of Sydney Harbour on walks from The Rocks to Woolloomooloo; Rushcutters Bay; Rose Bay to Watsons Bay and on to South Head; Balls Head, Milsons Point; Middle Head; Manly Scenic Walkway around the foreshores of Middle Harbour from Spit Bridge to Manly and on to North Head. Brochures and route maps from Sydney Visitor Centres.

Don’t forget to take your camera.


NSW Maritime controls all recreational boating on Sydney Harbour and is also responsible for the marine environment. For information about licences, moorings and boating regulations Tel: (02) 9563 8557 www.maritime.nsw.gov.au


Only by sailing on Sydney Harbour can you fully appreciate all its subtleties, intimacy and intrigue. Call in to Cruising Yacht Club of Australia or RAN Sailing Association in Rushcutters Bay or any of the sailing clubs dotted around the harbour and ask if there are any crew spots available. Especially on a Wednesday afternoon or Friday evening.

For the adventure of a lifetime, go sailing on the 1874 square-rigged barque James Craig that has been lovingly and authentically restored by the Sydney Heritage Fleet. Tel: (02) 9298 3888 www.shf.org.au

There is also a wide range of sailing and boating experiences, bareboat and skippered charters organised by the many commercial sailing and charter organisations. Brochures from Sydney Visitor Centres.

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