Sydney Harbour
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Our most recommended Sydney Harbour Day Trips

Sydney: Whale Watching Cruise by Catamaran

1. Sydney: Whale Watching Cruise by Catamaran

Reach a top speed of almost 30 knots on Sydney’s largest purpose-built whale watching vessel, Fantasea Catalina, and take only 15 minutes to get from Circular Quay to the open ocean. Spend less time in the harbor and more time watching whales. Enjoy unobstructed views from spacious, wrap-around decks over 3 levels. Check out the open top sun deck, providing 360 degrees of viewing. Whale watch in comfort with air-conditioned cabins with large windows and great indoor and outdoor seating. Listen to informative commentary by an experienced crew. Know exactly what to look out for with onboard multimedia presentations. Don't worry if you don’t capture the perfect whale photos, as an onboard professional photographer has that covered with photos available for purchase onboard. Tea, coffee, and bottled water are included in this cruise. Additional drinks are available for purchase from the onboard licensed bar.

Sydney Harbour: 20-Minute Coast & Skyline Helicopter Flight

2. Sydney Harbour: 20-Minute Coast & Skyline Helicopter Flight

Capture stunning pictures of Sydney from above with this helicopter tour. Admire the skyline from above soar over iconic sights like the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Rose Bay, and Manly Cove. Climb aboard for a 20-minute helicopter flight over Sydney Harbor for an experience you'll remember for a lifetime. Get a safety briefing and pre-flight photos at the heliport before boarding. Enjoy time to relax, use the bathroom, grab some water and chill out in the beautiful lounge room area. Then it's liftoff time. Fly over sights such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Taronga Zoo in the company of a licensed pilot. Listen to a running commentary through the provided voice-activated headsets as you continue over Watson's Bay, Rose Bay, and Manly Cove. Upon take-off, enjoy full panoramic views of the Sydney skyline, Pacific Ocean, and the historic port of Botany Bay. Within minutes of your departure, your experienced and skilled pilot will have you above the glistening waters of Maroubra Beach and heading north along the coast at 500 feet. Fly along the picturesque coastline of the eastern suburbs beaches and see Coogee, Clovelly, and the world-famous Bondi Beach. Admire the spectacular houses of Dover Heights and Vaucluse perched on the sandstone cliffs as you continue northbound to Sydney Harbor, the world’s largest natural harbor.

Sydney Harbour: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

3. Sydney Harbour: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Experience Sydney Harbour in the best way from the water. Board from the Man O'War Steps and enjoy an intimate and relaxed 1-hour cruise that showcases the best of Sydney by dusk.  With a maximum number of 30 passengers, you will enjoy 360° uninterrupted views of one of the most beautiful harbors and cityscapes in the world. With indoor and outdoor areas for viewing the harbor’s beauty, watch as the sun sets and the city reveals its lights.  Enjoy a grazing platter and a non-alcoholic beverage, with the option to bring your own alcoholic beverages onboard. Unwind and relax as you cruise around Sydney Harbour. Bring along the whole family or your friends. Enjoy the company of a friendly and knowledgeable crew.

Sydney Harbour: Private Helicopter Flight with Transfer

4. Sydney Harbour: Private Helicopter Flight with Transfer

Start your helicopter adventure at the Sydney Airport with a preflight briefing and photo opportunities before boarding the helicopter. After take-off, enjoy spectacular aerial views of the buzzing coastal metropolis and landmark sights such as the iconic Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and the famous beaches of Bondi and Manly Cove. As you cruise over the Harbour City, your pilot shares informative commentary on the landmarks below. Look down on the Taronga Zoo and the wave-capped waters of Watsons Bay and Rose Bay. As you loop back toward the airport, hover above the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground. 

Sydney: Guided Harbour E-Bike Tour

5. Sydney: Guided Harbour E-Bike Tour

Your ride commences at Darlinghurst and will begin by first taking you to Woolloomooloo, where you will see the largest finger wharf in the world. You will then progress on to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, riding through the Domain. From there you will discover the Opera House and Walsh Bay, before riding over the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a visit to the historic village of Pyrmont and a short stop for coffee! Your tour guide will point out areas of interest, local flora and fauna, and historic sites throughout your ride. You will returning through the city using bike lanes, progressing onward to Surry Hills  and back to Darlinghurst in a 24-kilometer loop that provides travelers with a unique and complete view of Sydney.

Sydney: Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Whale Watching & Sailing

6. Sydney: Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Whale Watching & Sailing

Each year the Great Whale Migration sees thousands of Humpback and Southern Right Whales swim close to the coastline around Sydney. Coral Trekker, one of Sydney Harbour Tall Ships historic vessels, operates whale watching cruises during this incredible migration to allow people to see the whales up close in their natural environment. The Coral Trekker offers significant advantages for whale watching over motor vessels. The view from the tall ship’s towering crows nest is perfect for finding whales in the distance so that the captain can direct the ship closer. Also, the quiet nature of the ship ensures a low impact on the whales’ environment and the open deck allows great unrestricted viewing for all. Experience the thrill of real tall ship sailing. The freedom of the open sea and the camaraderie with your fellow guests and the crew as you set sail on a tall ship is unforgettable. The Coral Trekker is an authentic square rigger with over 20,000 square feet of canvas. You will have the chance to climb the mast, help set the sails, assist with manoeuvres and much more. The crew are there to help those who want to get involved and learn more about the ropes, but nothing is compulsory and no experience is necessary. Don’t miss your chance to take part in sailing activities that are not available on our regular daily cruises. During the day everyone will have the chance to climb the mast to help spot whales or to enjoy spectacular views of the harbour. You will be in a specially designed full safety harness and instruction is provided by the crew. You will feel a true sense of achievement and experience Sydney Harbour from a unique perspective.

Sydney: Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Tour

7. Sydney: Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Tour

Enjoy a full-day trip to the most scenic part of Sydney on this fun-filled and unforgettable tour of the Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Relax on a scenic drive in an air-conditioned minivan to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. While there, bush walk to sacred rock engraving sites to learn about local Aboriginal culture. Enjoy stunning ocean views at Manly Beach, the Spit, West Head, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Long Reef, North Head Palm Beach, Summer Bay and Palm Beach Lighthouse. Then travel to Narrabeen Beach, one of the best surfing spots in Sydney. Take advantage of the superb photo opportunities from Long Reef Headland, where you may even be lucky enough to see a whale. Then, escape the crowds and stroll the cliffs along the Curl Curl coastal walk. Stop to admire the spectacular views of Freshwater Beach, where you can learn about the origins of surfing in Australia. Sail past Sydney Harbour’s entrance between North and South Heads on the Manly ferry before enjoying views of the mighty Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House at the end of your tour!

Sydney: Taste of the Highlands - Fine Dining & Wine Tour

8. Sydney: Taste of the Highlands - Fine Dining & Wine Tour

This leisurely day of wining and dining in the country begins with a scenic drive from Sydney Harbour to the Southern Highlands. On arrival at Cuttaway Hill Wines, owner and winemaker Mark Bourne will demonstrate the traditional méthode champenoise used to make champagne. Have a glass in hand ready to sample the final product before sitting down to a tasting of Mark's estate grown wines including some available exclusively at the cellar door. The wine is complemented by a vignerons platter that includes a selection of local produce. Experience fine dining Southern Highlands style at Eschalot. Owner and head chef Matty Roberts will lead you through the garden surrounding the restaurant where he will pick the freshest of fresh ingredients to prepare the meal you are about to savour with matching local wines. To round out the day it's back to school with a Pinot masterclass showcasing the premier grape variety of this cool-climate region. You'll learn about the various Pinot mutations used to make sparkling, white, rosé and red wines. The class includes tasting flights of estate grown wines accompanied by matching morsels.

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What people are saying about Sydney Harbour

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Sensational. Great company to deal with, all staff very helpful and courteous. And what a view, something not to be missed. Can't wait to be back in Sydney to do it again.

It was easy to book and pay. Communication was great. One suggestion: it would be nice to have transport service from city center and back.

Best experience ever. I'll definitely redo it and this time I'll come will my friends and mu familly

Thinking about this trip? Don’t hesitate! 15 glorious once in a lifetime style minutes

Best experience! Such friendly people and awesome atmosphere! Loved it!