Sydney Harbour is an aquatic playground for Sydneysiders, with more than 240 kilometres (150 miles) of shoreline, punctuated by unspoiled beaches, picturesque gardens and pockets of natural bush. It is also home to some of Australia’s big-name attractions, including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Read on and explore.

Circular Quay is a great base for exploring Sydney Harbour. Ferries depart from Circular Quay throughout the day to different parts of the harbour, connecting the city with Sydney’s waterside suburbs. Circular Quay is also the major transport hub for water taxis, harbour cruises, buses, trains and taxis. Sydney’s  and historic  are located on one side of Circular Quay. The  and 

 are on the other. Expect postcard views at every turn.

Climb to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a  for unforgettable panoramic views. You’ll be guided high into the bridge’s arches, ascending 134 metres (440 feet) above sea level. If you’d prefer to keep your feet on the ground, it’s free for visitors to cross the bridge along the pedestrian walkway. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Sydney Harbour on a  over the beaches and city skyline. Flights depart from Rose Bay and can be combined with lunch at exquisite waterfront restaurants or a prepared picnic hamper to be enjoyed on a secluded beach.

Festivals and events are based on or around Sydney Harbour throughout the year. In May Sydney’s historic landmarks become a canvas for brilliant light installations and projections during the  festival of light, music and ideas. The spectacle stretches from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour and . On 

 join the party as more than one million people gather around the foreshore to take in the spectacular fireworks display from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. During major events, make sure you plan your day ahead and arrive early.

Discover the colourful history of Sydney Harbour’s islands: Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat and Cockatoo. You can reach the islands on a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, and once you arrive, you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views. Pack a picnic and head for Shark Island, a little slice of paradise with palm trees, picnic tables and a sandy beach. The World Heritage-listed  was off-limits to the public for more than 100 years, but today offers guided tours, a cutting-edge arts program and the option to camp overnight in one of its luxury safari tents.

Enjoy the harbour and everything it has to offer from Dave and Nicki Lee.

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