Sydney Harbour is so picturesque that it even has its own webcam streaming live images 24/7 so that admirers of our fair city can dream and dream of the time they can walk around and watch the boats, ferries and cruise ships go by; see cars and trucks cross the harbour bridge; and watch the city lights turn on at sunset and twinkle in the night. But that’s no way to take advantage of the calmer waters of the harbour if you actually live in the Emerald City.
In fact, Sydney Harbour has got plenty of water activities you can do to not only pass the time but also a number of experience that will give you a newfound appreciation or perspective on Sydney. Some might even give you a bit of a workout while you’re at it.
See the harbour and all of its sights, sounds, and secluded areas from the comfort of your very own kayak. However, if you’re not a seasoned expert on the waters, and not too sure on the rules of the harbour, it’s probably best that you book in with an operator. Luckily, there are a few operators out there offering to take you out and about.📌 Oz Paddle 📌 Sydney by Kayak 📌 Sydney Harbour Kayaks
Is it easier than kayaking? I don’t think so, but the elation felt when finally being able to stand up and paddle for a prolonged period of time is something I have been searching for for a long time now. It will come, one day. Meanwhile, the waters of Sydney Harbour make for the perfect place to keep on practicing. Then, maybe one day I’ll be able to make it out into the ocean.📌 Watssup 📌 Balmoral Boatshed 📌 Manly Kayak Centre 📌 Rose Bay Aquatic Hire
Sailboats aren’t just for the rich and powerful but being on one will definitely make you feel like a million bucks. And to be pretty frank, gliding across the water with the wind in your hair and Sydney all around you does sound like an unforgettable experience. Whether you know what to do already or need a few lessons to show you the ropes, there’s a boat in the harbour ready for you.📌 Sydney by Sail 📌 Champagne Sailing 📌 East Sail
4. Jet Boats
A sail around the harbour too slow for your liking? Well, thankfully then there are a number of jet boat operators ripping up the waters and giving those on board a shot of adrenaline into their system. You might not get the clearest of shots for your Instagram feed, but you will feel something unable to be captured in a photo.📌 Thunder Jet 📌 Harbour Jet 📌 Oz Jet Boating
5. Sydney Ferries
Whether you’ve caught them a million times or never at all, Sydney’s ferries are our favourite way of exploring the harbour. From the departure point at Circular Quay, Sydney’s ferries fan out in all directions and take locals and tourists alike on scenic journeys to stunning locations.
6. Sydney Harbour Cruise
The best way to appreciate the spectacular landmarks around Sydney Harbour is from the deck of a boat. Sydney Harbour has so many cruises to choose from, you’re bound to find one that suits your schedule. Experiences on offer range from a gourmet lunch as you enjoy the views, a Brazilian-style party complete with DJ, or a relaxed and romantic 3-course dinner.