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Aquatic and Coastal ExperiencesNew South Wales


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Sydney is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities on earth.  Its sparkling harbour, dazzling beaches, beach culture and sunny Mediterranean-style climate are matched by an array of world-class museums and art galleries, a 24-hour nightlife, relaxed lifestyle and rich architectural heritage.

Less than a two hour drive from Sydney lies the World-Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, perfect for walking, camping and canyoning on a short break. South from Sydney, starting at the Grand Pacific Drive, enjoy the beaches and small towns of the South Coast.

Heading north, on the Legendary Pacific Coast, discover stunning beaches, national parks and the world-famous Byron Bay. Off the north coast, explore one of the state’s most spectacular World Heritage-listed sites, Lord Howe Island, a pristine patch of paradise with secluded beaches and palm forests.

Surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of shoreline, national parks and historic sites, the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour are synonymous with the NSW capital city. Alive with the movement of ferries, yachts and kayaks.

Experience the beauty of the harbour on an iconic Sydney ferry. Passing by some of the harbour’s famed landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a ferry ride offers plenty of scenic vantage points. Follow the Manly, Watsons Bay or Taronga Zoo ferry routes to enjoy panoramic harbour views.

During Vivid Sydney admire some of the city’s popular waterside icons illuminated at night.  On New Year’s Eve enjoy a mesmerising fireworks display over the harbour.


  • Swim at harbour beaches such as Neilsen Park or Balmoral
  • Enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner cruising Sydney Harbour with Captain Cook Cruises, Sydney Showboats or Magistic Cruises 
  • Sail with Eastsail or cruise with Sensational Sydney for exceptional experiences 
  • Walk the trails around Sydney’s coastline including Royal Botanic Gardens to Mrs Macquaries Chair; Manly to Spit Bridge; Bondi to Bronte coastal walk