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5 Ways To See Sydney By Boat Jan 24

5 Ways To See Sydney By Boat

5 Ways To See Sydney By Boat

When a city like Sydney is blessed with such an incredibly beautiful harbour (not to mention its rivers and beaches) you can bet your bottom dollar that one of the best possible ways to see it is to jump on a boat and set sail, me hearties! From Sydney Harbour cruises to kayaking adventures, there is certainly no shortage of ways to have fun on the water in beautiful Sydney. Here, we share five of the best ways to get your sea legs and get a different perspective on the Harbour City.


The sheltered waters and secret beaches of the inner harbour of Sydney make it absolutely perfect for exploring by kayak. Why not combine exercise with a bit of sightseeing and rent yourself a kayak to access all those little nooks and crannies of the harbour that you’ve only ever seen from a distance?

Our pick for the best kayaking would have to be Point Piper, there’s a charming little stand where you can rent doubles or singles, them sail them over to untouched beaches near Vaucluse for unforgettable views of the Sydney Harbour Bride, Opera House and city.


If you ever get the opportunity to sail Sydney Harbour, do it! There are a scattering of local yacht clubs around the harbour, most of which offer rentals for experienced sailors or skippered options if you’re not too confident. It’s also a great opportunity to take a sailing lesson or two, and on a good summer day with the wind at the right speeds, there’s not much that compared to skippering your own boat around the glorious surrounds of Sydney Harbour.

Tall Ship

If you want a little touch of history, there are plenty of ways to experience it with one of Sydney’s tall ship cruises around the harbour. Choose from a themed ship (where all the crew wear pirate outfits) or a classier affair as you sail into the sunset enjoying cocktails and canapés and learning about the various aspects of Sydney’s past.

Fishing Adventure

If you’re more interested in what’s under the water in Sydney than what’s above it, a fishing adventure is the perfect way for you to enjoy your trip. There are several companies that can take you out on a chartered fishing boat, either to the deep sea to try your hand at some serious angling, or for a spot of harbour fishing to try and catch some dinner!

Jet Boat

While for some people, the idea of a holiday means rest, relaxation and taking time to smell the flowers, while for others, the only way to get the most out of their holiday is to travel at breakneck speeds and get their heart rate going. Luckily, Sydney caters to both types of holidaymaker, and if you fall into the latter group then jet boating is definitely for you. Strap yourself into a high-speed monster of a jet boat and try to keep your lunch in your tummy as you zip and zoom around the harbour at death-defying speeds.

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