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STS Festival
Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is often referred to as the most beautiful natural harbour in the world. Those who come to see it will understand why. The 240 kilometres of shoreline encompass approximately 54 square kilometres of water, which translates to an enormous area for exploration and discovery. Although there are exclusive homes dotted around the water's edge, there are large tracts of parklands, reserves and gardens that balance the harbour environmentally. There are public harbour walks around much of the harbour edge and many picnic spots

On a warm sunny day, the harbour is a vibrant blue and dotted with hundreds of sailing boats, cruise boats and ferries.

The best way of seeing the harbour is to be on it and that's easy to do. Sydney Ferries, which are also government run, provide an inexpensive way of seeing the most beautiful harbour in the world.

The hub of Sydney Harbour is Circular Quay, a ferry terminus situated at the bottom end of the central business district. Government ferries depart from here for most parts of the harbour. From here its an easy walk or short ferry ride to The Rocks, the Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour and Bondi Beach.

Private cruise operators also run excursions around most parts of the harbour, and these vary in price and can extend from a short trip around the harbour to an evening cabaret/dinner cruise with a four-piece band and dance floor. Another way of seeing the harbour, and gaining some perspective on its size and beauty, is to walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and go to the top of the Pylon Tower. From here, for a fee, you will get a magnifient view of the harbour, the city skyline, the Opera House, The Rocks, Darling Harbour and North Sydney. The traffic passing underneath is also quite spectacular.

Another way of seeing the harbour from a lofty position is to take the lift to the top of Sydney Tower, Australia's highest man-made structure. Here there is a revolving restaturant where you can have lunch or dinner and watch the city go by beneath you. There is also an observation tower for general viewing.

Sydney Harbour Opera House
Sydney Harbour Opera House
Botanical Gardens Fort Denison
Botanical Gardens Fort Denison

 

Key Things to Do in Sydney Harbour:

 

For more information, visit:
- Wine & Dine at harbourside restaurants by the Operahouse
- Take a Sydney Harbour luncheon/dinner Cruise
- Take a cruise to Fort Denison to view the historic prison island
- See an Opera/Musical/Concert/Play at the Sydney Opera House
- Take a ferry from circular quay to Taronga Zoo or Northern Beaches
- Explore boutique Australian shops & galleries
- Walk along the foreshore and enjoy a picnic at the botanical gardens
- Sydney Harbour
- Royal Botanical Gardens
- Opera House
- Sydney Ferry Timetables

 

Map of Sydney Harbour
 

The Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Opera House

The Opera House

The Blue Mountains

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Northern Beaches

Sydney Harbour Bridge