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Sydney Harbour National Park

Sydney Harbour National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sydney: 4-Hour Clear-View Kayak Hire

1. Sydney: 4-Hour Clear-View Kayak Hire

Venture out into the deep blue horizon and be mesmerized by the beauty of Manly Cove by kayak. Following a briefing, some instructions, and gearing up, you will take to the water on board a see-through kayak for up to 4 hours. With guidance from a convenient map, you'll explore the most scenic routes and secluded beaches of the area. As you soak up some vitamin D and the serene sounds of the water, ogle at the marvelous underwater world through your clear-view kayak. Visit up to four beaches during the day to relax and laze in the sun, take a refreshing ocean dip, or go for a snorkel. You're bound to feel completely immersed in the natural treasures of Sydney's backyard, as you gaze beneath the surface its water.

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

2. 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!

From Manly: 2-Hour Hands on Sailing in Sydney Harbour

3. From Manly: 2-Hour Hands on Sailing in Sydney Harbour

Discover hidden beaches and experience the beauty of Sydney’s coastline on this 2-hour cruise from Manly. Board the yacht in Manly and begin your cruise through Sydney’s Northern Suburbs. Famous for its beaches and multi-million dollar mansions, this part of Sydney is best seen on the water. Learn how the boat works and help the captain set the sails and steer the yacht during the cruise. You can bring your snacks and drinks to enjoy onboard.

Sydney: Harbour Cruise with Gourmet BBQ Lunch, Beer and Wine

4. Sydney: Harbour Cruise with Gourmet BBQ Lunch, Beer and Wine

Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational cruise, a unique, 4-hour cruise experience. Your personal captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a gourmet 3 course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and a 5-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a private vessel offers including swimming, fishing and kayaking – or just sit back and relax on the expansive sunbed and enjoy the sun.  The sample menu includes: Entree • Prawns served with mayonnaise  • Fresh bread and butter  Main courses are cooked on the barbecue and include shared platters of: • Grilled salmon with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon • Marinated grass-fed rump steak • Mixed green salad with cherry tomatoes and a balsamic dressing • Creamy German potato salad Dessert • Selection of cheeses with crackers and seasonal fruit Drinks • Local beer, wine and soft drinks • Tea and coffee 

From Manly: Sydney Harbour Hands-On Yacht Cruise

5. From Manly: Sydney Harbour Hands-On Yacht Cruise

Embark on a 3-hour sailing cruise and experience the magic of Sydney from the water. Make your own way to the starting point and board the yacht at Manly. Cruise past the multi-million dollar waterfront mansions of the rich and famous, discover hidden harbor beaches, and revel in uninterrupted views of iconic attractions including the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. During the cruise, have the opportunity to help set the sails and steer the boat and take in the views. You're also welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy along the way.

Sydney: Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting

6. Sydney: Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting

Start your local beer discovery with a stop at 4 Pines Keller Door in Manly. Here you'll get to learn about and taste their award-winning beers and see where beer on the beaches all started. The tours change depending on the day, but some of the Northern Beaches breweries usually visited are Nomad Brewing Co, 7th Day or the 4 Pines Truck Bar in Brookvale; and Modus Operandi Brewing Company in Mona Vale, where the team will take you through their brewery and the brewing process. Filled with knowledge, you can relax over some tasters and a delicious lunch at the brewery. The tour can drop you in Manly or Surry Hills, just let the guide know.

Sydney: 4-Hour Cruise with Lunch at a Fishing Village

7. Sydney: 4-Hour Cruise with Lunch at a Fishing Village

Discover the largest harbor in the world on this half-day sightseeing cruise. With a small group, enjoy a personalized harbor boat cruise on a small, sleek boat that ensures the best views of Sydney. After cruising up close to iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, see historic sites and naval dockyards as well as extravagant waterfront mansions belonging to Australia's rich and famous. Keep an eye out for resident penguins, seals, and dolphins. Break for lunch at a waterfront beach club and enjoy a delicious meal with wine, beer or a soft drink. Afterward, take a short stroll up to The Gap to admire magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and all the way back to Sydney. Your next stop is one of Sydney's lesser-known and most idyllic beaches, accessible only by boat, and described by locals as a hidden paradise. Take a stroll or swim in the beach's crystal-clear waters before hopping back on the boat. Finish your Aussie experience with a visit to the historic Quarantine Station and Museum and immerse yourself in Sydney's history. Here, enjoy afternoon tea including coffee and Aussie cakes.

Sydney Harbour National Park 2-Hour Walking Tour

8. Sydney Harbour National Park 2-Hour Walking Tour

Discover the cultural history, convict-built buildings, military fortifications and explore Aboriginal heritage on a walking tour at Sydney Harbour National Park. See native wildlife living in rare pockets of bushland, once common around Sydney. Get staggering coastline views and be sure to keep a lookout for whales on their annual migration north, if visiting during winter. Encounter local animal species such as water dragons, blue tongue lizards, rainbow lorikeets, brush turkeys and perhaps the elusive king parrots. Wander underneath the thick canopies of the Sydney red gum trees and enjoy the scenic views along the water’s edge, while admiring the intricate sandstone rock formations on the shores of Sydney Harbour National Park. Learn about the area of Chowder Bay as an integral part of Sydney’s whaling industry and the military fortifications of Bradleys Head.

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What people are saying about Sydney Harbour National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 56 reviews

Great tour, Mike was an outstanding guide, knowledgeable in plants and nature, as well as aboriginal history and art. It was just two of us, but he did not spare any effort to show us everything, from nature and art to beaches and neighbourhoods. Well worth our time.

Very easy to locate, staff was super friendly and helpful! It's a solo ride which was actually kind of nice because you just get to paddle to where you want and stop at the beached and explore! Great experience!

What a fun experience! In a nice area with multiple little beaches to visit. The lady who runs it was super nice

From start to finish it was a great day. I could not recommend enough.

Our guide Matt was amazing! Overall a great experience.