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Sydney Harbour National Park

Sydney Harbour National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sydney: Whale Watching Cruise

1. Sydney: Whale Watching Cruise

Experience a miracle of the natural world on a whale watching cruise from Sydney Harbour. Go in search of the migrating whales that turn the Pacific Ocean waters near Sydney into a prime viewing spot for southern right and humpback whales between the months of May and November. Cruise aboard a great vessel and benefit from full commentary and guaranteed whale sightings. As many as 15,000 whales swim past Sydney every year. Encounter whale activity, including the famous whale breaches when they jump high out of the water. You may even get a close-up wink from a whale when they are feeling extra curious! Get the chance to see southern rights, orcas and minke whales in their natural environment, along with playful dolphins, seals, fairy penguins, albatross and more. Whale sightings are 95% guaranteed. In the unlikely event that you don't see any whales, you can cruise again in the same season for free (on a standby basis and confirmed 24 hours in advance, subject to availability).

From Manly: Sydney Harbour Hands-On 3 Hour Yacht Cruise

2. From Manly: Sydney Harbour Hands-On 3 Hour 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.

From Manly: Sydney Harbour Hands-On 2 Hour Yacht Cruise

3. From Manly: Sydney Harbour Hands-On 2 Hour Yacht Cruise

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

4. 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!

Breathtaking Manly Beach Bicycle and Sunset Cruise Tour

5. Breathtaking Manly Beach Bicycle and Sunset Cruise Tour

Start your Manly Beach bicycle tour with stunning views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline from the Sydney Harbour ferry. This scenic cruise will ensure you see the most spectacular views of the Harbour and Sydney Opera House. After the memorable ferry ride, you'll cycle along the world-famous Manly beach and venture out to the charming North Head. Take in the coastal cliffs with the city skyline in the background and perhaps catch a glimpse of Australia’s native penguins or migrating humpback whales. After the ride, we will conclude the tour by cruising back through the Harbour and enjoying the beautiful Sydney sunset as it fades beneath the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and city skyline. Whether you're visiting Sydney for the first time, have friends coming to town or are setting up a group activity, this cycling tour of Sydney is a perfect and unique way to explore the city. You can sit back and relax on one of our comfortable bicycles while our expert Bonza guides show you the way. We've carefully planned routes that ride in the street for a minimal amount of time and instead allow you to experience parks, harbor fronts, and sidewalks as much as possible. Our guides will give you great tips on what to do while in town, what's on, where to eat, and provide you with a very entertaining and informative experience. This ride is more suited to an intermediate fitness level due to a significant hill as we head out to North Head. The journey is worth it when you reach this picturesque area and the ride down is a blast.

Chef-Led Sydney Beaches and Aussie Food Tour

6. Chef-Led Sydney Beaches and Aussie Food Tour

Start your day with an Aussie coffee experience. Have your barista-made coffee and a hearty breakfast in one of the many cafes or in one of the barbecue areas in front of Bronte Beach. After your feed, you have the option of doing a spectacular coastal walk (approx 1km) from the lookout at Mark's Park in Tamarama to Bondi Beach or get dropped off at the shops in Bondi or head straight to the beach. You will have a bit of free time in Bondi. Drive from the Eastern Suburbs to the Northern Beaches. Your driver/guide will point out places of interest along the way. You will pass by the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Spit Bridge and many different suburbs. Your first stop on the other side of the harbour is Freshwater. Learn about Australian surf culture and Surf Lifesaving Club with a local legend. Have a chef cooked Aussie barbecue lunch overlooking Freshwater Beach. After your sumptuous meal, you will have more photo opportunities as you do the short boardwalk on top of South Curl Curl and marvel at the scenic beach view. Next part of your tour is beer-tasting at one of the micro-breweries in Brookvale. Bump elbows with the locals as you try many different beers. After your refreshments, you will take a short drive to the lookouts in North Head. There are a couple of short walks you can do. After which, you will have an afternoon tea delight at a picturesque spot overlooking the city. The last stop is Manly Beach. Be charmed by another gem in the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Walk through The Corso and have the option to explore the surrounding shops and pubs. At Manly Wharf, your guide will hand you your ticket for the iconic Manly ferry ride to Circular Quay as your tour concludes. Feel free to stay back, hangout and watch the sunset from Manly and catch the ferry to Circular Quay in your own time.

Sydney Harbour National Park 2-Hour Walking Tour

7. 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.

Manly: 3-Beach Kayak Tour with Lunch

8. Manly: 3-Beach Kayak Tour with Lunch

Departing Manly Wharf, follow your guide past luxurious yachts and local ferries to the first stop at Reef Beach. Once there, choose to swim and relax or walk up to Dobroyd Head for breathtaking views of Manly. Next, continue on to Quarantine Beach where you will moor the kayaks and enjoy a visit to Australia's first quarantine station, hearing stories about the lives of both passengers and staff. The final leg of the day is the stunning Store Beach. Sit back, relax, and settle in for a hearty picnic lunch on the sand before making the scenic journey back to Manly.

1 Hour 45 Minute Helicopter Scenic Flight Hunter Valley

9. 1 Hour 45 Minute Helicopter Scenic Flight Hunter Valley

This is the ultimate helicopter experience, We start this journey from the picturesque Hunter Valley, Tracking south we cover the expansive national parks of Yengo, Dharug and Ku-ring-gai, taking in views of the beautiful sandstone cliffs of the Hawkesbury river, We then track for the skyscrapers of Parramatta before following the river down to one of the most iconic views in the world, Sydney Harbor bridge straight in front with the opera house to our right. We keep down low and wave to the bridge climbers as we pass right by. Next is North Head and the breathtaking Northern Beaches, We follow the coastline all the way back keeping an eye out for Dolphins and the occasional shark, then back inland to the Hunter wine region to top it off. This flight will leave you speechless and wanting more.

Sydney: Exclusive Sydney Harbour Cruise on a Classic Yacht

10. Sydney: Exclusive Sydney Harbour Cruise on a Classic Yacht

Southwinds is a beautifully presented unique classic sailing yacht. Designed and built in Sydney, constructed with Huon Pine. Come aboard and enjoy the breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour as the sun starts to dip and the city lights spring to life. Learn a little about our beautiful sailing yacht, her construction and her rich history. Relax while our attentive, experienced crew serve you refreshments as we start the cruise and take in Sydney Harbour's magnificent sights, including the iconic Opera House and beautiful Harbour Bridge. When we are ready, we will roll out the sails and enjoy a gentle sail around the harbour. Get behind the helm and experience the thrill of sailing a stunning, one of a kind, 1950's classic sailing yacht. * This is a small group cruise. Maximum 16 onboard (adults only)

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What people are saying about Sydney Harbour National Park

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Jimmy's Gourmet Tour was an excellent alternative way to see Sydney in a small group tour setting. Not only is Jimmy an excellent chef, but he is also a nice down to earth local who takes pride in his tour and his city. Jimmy has the advantage of not only being a local, but also someone with experience traveling Australia and the world, so he is able to connect with anyone on the tour. The opportunity to see a few of Sydney's beaches in a day was wonderful, and to me the food portion was a bonus that blew me away. The lunch Jimmy prepared, with many Aussie and Sydney specialties, was delicious. I highly recommend this tour for a solo traveler like me, for couples, or for small groups. It was a great way to see Sydney.

This experience went beyond expectations. Onur greeted me enthusiastically an was awesome and we had an amazing opportunity to sail near the SailGP race. We were able to really move with good wind. Onur and Owen let me participate in the process and fortunately were plenty patient. This is an incredible way to see Sydney and the area from the water in an exciting way.

Mike was a fantastic guide and has a wealth of knowledge about Sydney’s history and culture. We had a great day!

Izzy was a terrific teacher. She made sailing lots of fun and simple. A really great introduction.

Our Instructor Onur was very good, patient and did a great job of explaining things.