There’s nowhere else quite like Sydney Harbour. This magnificent stretch of water is surrounded by one of the world’s most famous cityscapes, punctuated by icons such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, not to mention Australia’s richest real estate – but it’s also a natural and ecological haven.
In this area you’ll find colonies of fur seals, pods of dolphins, migratory whales, and on land more than 1000 acres of national park, pristine natural landscapes filled with unique native wildlife, surrounding the harbor. There’s culture to be found here too, both ancient and modern. There are watersports to view and enjoy, sailors and kayakers and stand-up-paddleboarders galore. And, there’s luxury, even on the water itself.
Sydney Harbour Boat Tours is a unique operation, offering private cruises aboard a luxurious, 37-foot Scandinavian sports cruiser that can take passengers to parts of Sydney Harbour that even locals don’t realize exist. Spend half or even a full day on this iconic waterway, and this is what you can expect.
There are few places in the world where you can find seals, whales, penguins and even dolphins all in the one area – and even fewer that are so accessible from a metropolitan area. It’s possible to view all of these animals in Sydney Harbour, within six miles of the city centre.
Aboard Sydney Harbour Boat Tours’ high-speed cruiser, it’s mere minutes after setting off before you can begin scanning the surrounding waters for those tell-tale dorsal fins, in the hope of spotting dolphins frolicking in clear waters. The boat is equipped for open water exploration, which means if you visit at the right time of year, there’s the chance to travel outside the heads and spot majestic humpback whales as they make their way past Sydney. Your skipper will know where to spot a few of the fur seals that make Sydney Harbour their home, plus – if you’re cruising at the right time of the day – where to find the adorable fairy penguins that make their home around Manly.
It’s worth looking up, too, as you glide past the harbor shore: the trees here are filled with native Australian birdlife, the likes of kookaburras, cockatoos and lorikeets whose calls fill the air.
Here’s the thing that Sydney Harbour Boat Tours can do that no other cruise company can: land on Sydney’s beaches, take you ashore for a swim, for a stroll through national parklands, and even for a picnic on the sand. That’s the access you get with a small private vessel. The team will bring along a seafood lunch too, sourced from the famous Sydney Fish Market nearby, and if you’d like to enjoy it on the beach, then that’s what you can do.
And it won’t just be any beach. Your skipper knows Sydney Harbour, as they say, like the back of his or her hand – in fact far better than most locals do. You will have access to stretches of sand that plenty of people don’t even know exist: quiet, idyllic beaches only accessible by boat. These secluded hideaways are ripe for exploration. There might be the chance to snorkel and spot fish and other marine life, to go for a gentle paddle in a kayak, or maybe hike through nearby bushland on the lookout for lizards, possums, bandicoots, or some of the 150 species of birds that call the harbor area home.
There’s so much more to Sydney Harbour than the well-known icons. Of course, your skipper will get you up close to those big-ticket items, to grab the perfect photo of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, to see the famous Luna Park façade, to cruise past Shark Island and Manly Wharf and the like.
However, there will also be the chance – thanks in no small part to the speed and agility of your sleek, twin-engine Scandinavian sports cruiser – to explore the further reaches of this area, the likes of Middle Harbour, so much quieter and calmer than the main harbor, surrounded by dense bushland, perfect for anchoring up and enjoying a quiet drink. In fact, whatever it is you desire from your experience, be it deserted beaches or classic pub lunches, harborside icons or tranquil inlets, your skipper will be able to find the perfect spot.
This is it, this is the kicker: this experience of Sydney Harbour, this unique and luxurious half-day or full day out? It’s exclusive. It’s yours to do with as you please. Itineraries with Sydney Harbour Boat Tours are customizable. The boat is private. Whatever your fancy, whatever your whim, you can make it happen. No large crowds. No staring at beautiful locations and wishing you could go ashore. Here, you can go ashore. You can head out to look for whales, too. You can get that perfect photo of the harbor’s icons.
This is your day, your experience. There’s nowhere else quite like Sydney Harbour, and it’s yours to enjoy.
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