SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE: TRIVIA & FUN FACTS

If you’re planning a trip to the Sydney Opera House, you might already know it’s one of the world’s most iconic structures. But here’s the thing: there’s more to this Aussie gem than meets the eye. We’ve rustled up some trivia and fun facts about the Sydney Opera House that’ll leave you amazed.

A Shell-ter of Stories, Mate!

The Opera House isn’t just a pretty face; it’s got stories to tell. Did you know it took a whopping 16 years to build? From 1959 to 1973, they worked diligently and with great determination to assemble the iconic shells that you see today.


A Star-Studded Opening Night

When the Opera House finally flung open its doors in 1973, the first performer was none other than Paul Robeson. The famous singer belted out some tunes, making it an unforgettable night. The Opera House has been hosting A-listers ever since.

More Than an Opera House

While it’s got “Opera” in its name, the place isn’t just about singing. You can catch ballet, theatre, and even rock concerts under those iconic sails. It’s a versatile venue!


Acoustic Marvels

Now, the Opera House isn’t just a looker; it’s a listener, too – one of the world’s most iconic monuments, and a symphony to the senses. With over one million tiles, its shells are designed to create the perfect sound. You’ll hear every note, even the didgeridoo’s drone!

Best View from the Water

Here’s a genuine piece of advice for you: one of the best views of the Opera House is from the water. Hop on a harbour cruise, and you’ll get a stunning view. It’s like seeing an old friend from a whole new angle.


Jørn Utzon: The Man Behind the Shells

The genius behind those iconic sails is a Danish architect named Jørn Utzon. His design won the competition to build the Opera House, and he created a masterpiece. He’s like the Picasso of the architectural world.


A World Heritage Treasure

In 2007, the Sydney Opera House secured a position on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It’s not just a national treasure; it’s a global one! That’s right, it’s not just a local legend; it’s a globally renowned marvel.

Shelling Out for Repairs

Remember those tiles we mentioned earlier? Well, they’re not all the same colour. They come in a few shades and replacing them is like fitting together a giant jigsaw puzzle. The Opera House shells get a touch-up every now and then to keep them looking fresh.



In conclusion, when you visit the Sydney Opera House, you’ll have the opportunity to discover its fascinating history and appreciate its versatile functions. To wrap it up, don’t forget the golden rule – the best view of the Opera House is from the water on a harbour cruise. The views are particularly spectacular at sunset, as the golden hues of the sun cast a magical glow on the iconic sails.

Get up close and personal with this icon and take in the sunset view of the Opera House from the water with a traveller favourite – the Sunset & Sparkle Harbour Cruise. Your departure location is conveniently located near the Opera House steps, offering you the opportunity to admire this landmark from both the land and water with just one tick. ✅ So, set sail, soak in the sights, and enjoy your visit!

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SET SAIL FOR THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS PARTY


The holiday season is a time for joy, celebration, and creating unforgettable memories with friends, family, and colleagues. While traditional parties and gatherings are wonderful, why not elevate your Christmas festivities this year by taking to the waters of Sydney Harbour? Imagine sipping a glass of wine under the stars, surrounded by breathtaking views of Sydney’s iconic landmarks – all while enjoying good company.

Let’s explore why hiring a boat on Sydney Harbour for your Christmas party is a decision you won’t regret.

WHY HIRING A BOAT ON SYDNEY HARBOUR IS A MUST

1. Spectacular scenic backdrop – Sydney Harbour is renowned for its unparalleled beauty, and there’s no better way to appreciate it than from the deck of a boat. Your Christmas party will be framed by the glittering city skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House, and the majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge. This natural and architectural beauty creates an enchanting atmosphere that instantly elevates your event to a whole new level.

2. A unique, unforgettable experience – Break away from the norm and give your guests an unforgettable experience. A Christmas party on a boat is a departure from the traditional indoor setting, offering an opportunity for your guests to socialise, dance, and celebrate in an open-air environment. The gentle lapping of waves, the cool breeze, and the twinkling lights of the city create a magical ambience that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

3. Customisable venues and sizes – Whether you’re hosting a small family gathering or a larger corporate bash, boats on Sydney Harbour come in a range of sizes and styles. You have the flexibility to choose a vessel that perfectly matches your party’s size and theme. Many boats offer multiple decks, indoor and outdoor spaces, bars and even a space to dance.

4. Stress-free planning – When you hire a boat for your Christmas party, you’re not just renting a venue – you’re enlisting a team of experts to help you plan and execute your event flawlessly. Within the Sea Sydney Harbour team, we have experienced event coordinators who can assist with details from catering to entertainment and logistics. This allows you to relax and enjoy the party while leaving the details in capable hands.

5. Build stronger connections – Being on a boat in a private, more intimate setting encourages mingling and interaction among guests. It’s an opportunity for people to connect and socialise in a way that might not be possible in a larger, traditional venue. Boat parties cater to all ages -kids can enjoy the excitement of being on a boat, while adults can relish the scenic views and festive ambience.

6. Escape the hustle and bustle – Sydney can get quite busy during the holiday season, but when you’re out on the water, you can escape the crowded streets and enjoy a serene and peaceful atmosphere. It’s a tranquil oasis away from the holiday rush.


This holiday season, step away from the ordinary and embark on a nautical journey that will leave a lasting imprint on your guests’ hearts. Hiring a boat on Sydney Harbour for your Christmas party is more than just an event – it’s an adventure that combines stunning visuals, exceptional service, and a unique atmosphere. It’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on the year that’s passed and set intentions for the one ahead.

The charm of the harbour, combined with the luxury and convenience of a boat charter, promises a Christmas celebration that will be cherished for years to come. So, why wait? Set sail for an unforgettable experience and make this Christmas truly special!

Visit www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/christmas-parties for further information. For enquiries or to book your Christmas Party on Sydney Harbour email the team at info@seasydneyharbour.com.au.

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TOP 10 MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS ON SYDNEY HARBOUR

Sydney Harbour, with its iconic landmarks and breathtaking views, is a true gem of Australia. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, exploring this stunning harbour is a must-do experience. From the world-famous Sydney Opera House to hidden coves and lush islands, Sydney Harbour offers a diverse range of attractions that cater to all tastes.

In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey to uncover the top 10 must-see attractions on Sydney Harbour.

SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE: Climb to the Sky

For a thrilling adventure, embark on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Ascend this colossal steel structure and be rewarded with panoramic views of the harbour, the city, and the Blue Mountains in the distance. For a fresh angle of discovery, cruise under the magnificent iron structure – here you will see the engineering brilliance and marvel at the icon’s true size.

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE: An Architectural Marvel

The Sydney Opera House is an architectural masterpiece that graces countless postcards and travel brochures. Its unique design, resembling billowing sails, is an iconic symbol of Sydney and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a guided tour to explore its inner workings and learn about its fascinating history.

TARONGA ZOO: Wildlife Wonderland

Located on the shores of the harbour, Taronga Zoo offers a chance to meet Australia’s unique wildlife. See kangaroos, koalas, giraffes, elephants and platypuses, and enjoy stunning views of the city skyline from within the zoo. Take a ride on the Sky Safari – one of Taronga’s most loved experiences.

FORT DENISON: A Historical Gem

A former prison and defensive structure, Fort Denison offers a glimpse into Sydney’s colonial history. Explore the fort’s museum and enjoy a guided tour to discover its secrets. The island also offers stunning harbour views and picnic spots.

SHARK ISLAND: A Secluded Oasis

Escape the city’s hustle and bustle on Shark Island, a peaceful oasis in the middle of the harbour. Enjoy a leisurely picnic, swim in crystal-clear waters, and take in the picturesque views of Sydney’s skyline. Fun fact – an aerial shot shows exactly how this harbour island got its name.

COCKATOO ISLAND: Industrial Heritage

Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once a bustling shipyard and prison. Today, it’s a haven for history buffs and art enthusiasts. Explore the convict precinct, tunnels, and art installations that pepper the island.

WATSONS BAY: Scenic Beauty

Watsons Bay, at the harbour’s entrance, is a picturesque destination with stunning beaches and cliffs. Enjoy a seafood feast at the renowned Doyles on the Beach restaurant and take in the panoramic views of the harbour. The beach is a great place to take a dip in the ocean after exploring the bay and its surroundings.

THE ROCKS: Historic Charm

The Rocks is one of Sydney’s oldest neighbourhoods, where history comes to life. Stroll along cobblestone streets, visit historic pubs, and browse local markets for artisanal goods. It’s a charming step back in time.

SYDNEY AQUARIUM: Underwater Wonders

Discover the wonders of the deep at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Walk through glass tunnels surrounded by sharks, rays, and colourful fish. It’s a fascinating underwater adventure for the whole family, and much loved by the kids.

MANLY BEACH: Surfer’s Paradise

No visit to Sydney is complete without a trip to Manly Beach. Hop on a ferry and head to this iconic surf spot. Enjoy the waves, stroll along the Corso, and soak up the laid-back beach vibes. This magical beach spans 3km, so there is plenty of space to spread a towel and enjoy the soft golden sand.


Sydney Harbour is a treasure trove of attractions that cater to a wide range of interests. Whether you’re drawn to history, wildlife, adventure, or simply relaxing by the water, Sydney Harbour has something for everyone.

Exploring the top 10 must-see attractions on Sydney Harbour is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience. However, if you truly want to make the most of your visit, there’s no better way than to experience Sydney Harbour from onboard a boat. By doing so, you can enjoy these remarkable sights from a unique perspective, savouring the harbour’s beauty at your own pace.

Get in touch with the Sea Sydney Harbour team to discover private and tour boating options and embark on a journey that will leave you with cherished memories of Sydney’s stunning harbour.

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HEN’S PARTY GAMES

Planning a Hen’s Party for your bestie and that beautiful bride-to-be? Already booked a boat cruise ✔️✔️✔️ and now planning for some fun games while on board? 

The Sea Sydney Harbour team have created a list of fun-filled, boat-suitable, games to play with your group – it’s all about stress-free and easy planning and you can use our templates, or make these games as funny or as naughty as you like! 

WOULD SHE RATHER

It’s time to see how well you know the bride!

This game is for all on board to play. Create a quiz sheet prior to the day and list 10-15 different preferences, with two similar choices noted e.g coffee vs tea. The party guests must then answer what they think the bride would prefer. After the game is played, the sheets are checked with the bride and the highest score wins!

Would She Rather

NEVER HAVE I EVER

Bet you didn’t know that!

Let’s find out more about the guests and the bride-to-be, with this fun and revealing card game. Questions are asked around the group and guests respond with HAVE or HAVE NOT. It’s funny, embarrassing and revealing and an ideal game for groups, as it’s a great icebreaker! 

Purchase the game online here, or you can make your own version. 



HELP WRITE THE BRIDE’S VOWS

Sometimes an outside observer has some great insights! What should the bride say on her special day?

Prior to the day, bridesmaids can create a vow template for the group or you can use ours. Party guests must come up with the missing words to the vows making them fun and exciting (or naughty), bringing laughter into the group. There is no limit to how creative the group can get filling in the blanks. 

Help Write The Bride’s Vows

TWO TRUTHS & A LIE (BRIDE EDITION)

How good are the bride squad’s poker faces?

The maid of honour and the bridesmaids come up with a series of two truths mixed with a lie. Make this all about the bride and the couple, such as how the bride and groom met, the bride’s initial thoughts of the groom, plans for the future, etc… Get as personal as the bride-to-be will let you get! 

Present the statements to the group, who must then choose which is the lie. This game is exciting with laughter and fun for everyone. 

‘FIND SOMEONE WHO’ BINGO

Great for larger groups on the boat, or if you’re hosting a Hen’s Party on land and venue hopping. 

This game gets all the ladies involved and is great to get your group mingling amongst each other, or with others at the same venue. It can be played in small groups or individually, with the aim to be the first to “find someone who” ticks each of the boxes on the BINGO card. The person or group that crosses off all their card first is the winner! 

You can use the BINGO card that we have created, or add and change details on the card, tailored to your group and/or venue.

Hen’s Party Bingo

COCKTAIL QUIZ

Who is the true cocktail queen?!?

This game involves the group naming as many cocktails as possible – a great game for people that like to work under pressure and love to enjoy a good cocktail. The bride to be can start the game off, and the next person’s cocktail name must start with the last letter of the cocktail named prior. When you can’t come up with a cocktail name, you’re eliminated from the game and the last lady standing wins! The winner can then create their favourite cocktail for the group.



Have fun playing these games with your Hen’s Party guests, and be sure to enjoy the planning time with the bride squad too. Some games noted may require some bridesmaid preparation prior to the day and prizes are a great idea to have for the winners. 

Don’t forget to secure your unique harbour venue and set sail before the veil. Reach out to the Sea Sydney Harbour team or click here to find out more information on our Hen’s Package options – email info@seasydneyharbour.com.au or phone +61 452 188 739.

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HELLO ‘HEAVEN’

New to Sydney and the newest member to the Sea Sydney Harbour fleet – this vessel lives up to her name and is truly HEAVEN on Sydney Harbour!  

Fully refurbished in 2022, we are excited to show Heaven off to the world and see her cruising Sydney Harbour. This vessel has had more than a makeover – it has been refitted from head to toe, including new flooring, walls and ceilings, internal and external paintwork, installation of a brand-new bar and BBQ, with fresh, modern furniture and décor throughout. 


“From what she was, to what she has become in the past few months, is amazing! We are very proud of Heaven’s finished look and are excited to share this vessel with our clients.”
Captain Frank –


Heaven is a multi-story power catamaran with split levels and a vast amount of indoor, outdoor, and covered space on board. The vessel is extremely spacious and functional for private charters, harbour tours and water transfers, with the split upper deck being a favourite place for guests to unwind, mingle and have a casual chat with the Captain. On the lower level, guests will enjoy a covered aft deck, internal cabin space and an open bow area to relish in the sun and take in the amazing harbour views. 

A true delight on Sydney Harbour – Heaven presents a touch of luxury, a relaxed and fun vibe, delivered with immaculate service from the Sea Sydney Harbour team. An impressive vessel that will make a lasting impression; once on board you will be in absolute Heaven!

Heaven is available for private charters and transfers all year round and is accepting bookings from 1st December 2022, in time for the Summer season. Accommodating for small to medium sized groups of up to 46 guests, the vessel is perfect for entertaining friends and family and is ideal for corporate events or transfers on the harbour. 

To find out more information click here or contact the Sea Sydney Harbour team – email info@seasydneyharbour.com.au or phone +61 452 188 739.

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THE CAPTAIN’S CHRISTMAS TREATS

Christmas is the time for celebrations, fun, good food and drinks, and great company – whether it be on the water or on land. Bonding with your family and friends over Christmas treats and activities is a loved pass-time and one of Captain Frank’s favourite things about Christmas. For those that love food and fun activities, there is no better time of the year!

Want to enjoy some special treats and foodie fun this holiday season? Here are some ideas to explore for making and baking and some of the Captain’s favourites…

CHRISTMAS TREATS & FUN

Shortbread – Everyone loves a good homemade shortbread cookie, and these can be baked in all shapes and sizes, including Christmas trees, stars, Santa, reindeers, etc. This is a fun activity for all involved so gather your friends and family together and cook away. Don’t forget to decorate the cookies, using Christmas coloured icing (or nautical coloured). A true Christmas classic!


Fruit Mince Pies – For a long-lasting Christmas treat, a fruit mince pie will do the trick. This tasty treat is a classic and homemade pies are a favourite. With a mix of fruit, nuts and spices the fruit mince pie is mixed together and left to rest until the pastry cups are cooked and ready to go.


Rum Balls – One for the adults, a classic rum ball puts a twist on all Christmas party occasions. The secret of a rum ball is that they don’t actually contain too much rum, however, this is your personal preference, and you can add more or less according to your liking. Decorate as you please and enjoy them for yourself or give them as a gift. You can never go wrong with an indulgent rum ball, and rum is the liquor of choice for many sailors and sea captains!


Gingerbread Houses – Get the family together and entertain the kids with some gingerbread house creations. Having a gingerbread house bake-off is a great Christmas Day pass-time to keep everyone busy. With house kits available in a number of stores and supermarkets, it’s a fun activity for all ages to do. Add on some extras to the decorations (perhaps some nautical fun) and work to create the best house of all!



The Trifle – One of the longest-running classic desserts around, dating all the way back to the 1500’s; the trifle is the most classic and timeless dessert. Families for generations have passed down their trifle recipes so this dessert often contains family secrets, making each version unique and different. This dish is layered with everyone’s favourites including jelly, custard, cream, jam sponge scrolls and fresh fruit, and the layers piled up look amazing in those beautiful glass dishes.



Pick just one or two treat options, or if you and the kids are on holidays, why not try all these fun treat ideas!?! Share them in person with your family and friends and share your creations with Captain Frank and the team on Instagram.

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WHY CHOOSE A CATAMARAN ?

Celebrating on Sydney Harbour is the ultimate party venue for locals and visitors to Sydney, but with an array of boats floating around the harbour, how do you know which boat you should hire? 

The team at Sea Sydney Harbour (SSH) are experts in the industry and we specialise in catamaran hire because we believe this type of vessel is the ideal way to explore and celebrate on the harbour.

Here are our top reasons, why your boat of choice should be a catamaran when hiring a vessel for your next harbour cruise.

WHY A CATAMARAN ?

1. Great layouts and a large amount of space – Catamarans are wider than monohulls, and ultimately this allows them to offer much more deck space for you and your guests to enjoy. While catamarans are often associated with cruising in the warmer months, they have a great mix of indoor and outdoor areas and can be enjoyed in all weather conditions. The layout onboard is functional and allows guests to mingle easily and enjoy the water comfortably.

2. Safe and stable – As catamarans have two hulls, the stability of the vessel is great. The vessel will cut through the water smoothly and there is no severe rocking from side to side. It’s like having two feet on the ground instead of one – you have much more balance! If you’re someone that fears swell or is prone to motion sickness, a catamaran will allow you the best opportunity to enjoy your cruise.

3. Views all round – Catamarans give you the best 360-degree views you can ask for! With Sydney Harbour being one of the best in the world, whether you are a local or visitor to the city, you don’t want to be on a boat and not enjoy the views of the famous Sydney landmarks and cityscape. With spacious saloon areas, and large clear windows these vessels are ideal for general sightseeing, but even better for special events such as viewing the Sydney NYE fireworks or Vivid Sydney from the water.

4. Cruising in shallow water is easy – Hiring a vessel in Summer and hoping to go for a swim? Catamarans have a very shallow draft, which means your skipper can manoeuvre the vessel through shallow waters, where other vessels may not be able to go. The vessel can anchor in quiet coves and get close to beaches, so if you are planning to take a dip in the harbour, this can be done in shallow bays and waters.

5. Those holiday feels – Ever find yourself daydreaming of Summer in Europe, cruising the Greek Islands, Croatia, or any other beautiful island? We know we do! The catamaran – with those front nets to feel the splash of the fresh water on your legs – is the iconic symbol of a holiday experience on the water, and cruising on a catamaran in Sydney Harbour, is the closest experience to those holiday feels that you can get, without leaving your local city.


Are you convinced yet?!? These are just a few reasons why your boat of choice should be a catamaran when you want to get out on Sydney Harbour next. If you have questions or want further information on catamaran options, the Sea Sydney Harbour team is always happy to help.

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PERFECT PICNIC SPOTS

Picnics are certainly making a comeback in the post-COVID era, and with the outdoor setting preferred and picnics being the current trend, parks and beaches across Sydney have been filling to the brim on weekends.

We like the idea of “floating picnics” or picnics on a boat, but if you want to stay on dry land and are looking to explore a different park or beach to the usual, here’s a summary of the Sea Sydney Harbour team’s favourite picnic spots in Sydney.

BALMORAL BEACH, BALMORAL

Located in Mosman on the North Shore, there are two sides to this beach, each separated by a rock island. Balmoral Beach has a grass area which is a perfect picnic spot. You can enjoy some takeaway fish and chips or some wine and cheese and if you want to bring your four-legged friend along, the grass area is also pet friendly.

Balmoral Beach is fun for the whole family! Enjoy the soft sand between your toes and have your picnic directly on the beach, get your tan on, and jump in the water for an end of day swim. If you’re not a huge fan of the open water, there is a shark netted area nearby and there is even a diving board – a great area for the kids to enjoy. If you don’t want to go swimming, Balmoral still has lots to offer, with a playground along the pathway to keep the kids entertained, while you take some time to relax.



BRADLEYS HEAD AMPHITHEATRE, MOSMAN

This picnic spot with a view is located on the North Shore, overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. The amphitheatre is part of Sydney Harbour National Park, and is surrounded by bushland, making it feel like you have left the city for the day.

Bradleys Head has a pier that you may like to take a leisurely fish from and watch the sunset as you enjoy a glass of wine. Alternatively, have your morning coffee from the local coffee shop and watch the sunrise before heading for a morning walk.

If you are picnicing on the weekend, you might even get a glimpse of a beautiful wedding and watch the bride walk down the aisle – it’s a picture-perfect location for wedding ceremonies.



ROBERTSON PARK, WATSONS BAY

Robertson Park is a great picnic area with lots of grass area to set up a picnic in the park. It is located next to the beach and there are lots of trees for shade and half a dozen picnic tables. Just a short stroll away, you will find Camp Cove Beach, South Head and even the famous Gap lookout. Located in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Robertson Park overlooks Sydney Harbour, so your day will be filled with stunning views.

If picnicing isn’t something you love, but you would still like to enjoy the Sydney Harbour views, Watsons Bay Hotel is next door – have a drink in the beer garden and enjoy the water views (outside of lockdown times), as you watch the ferries come and go.

With fantastic harbour views, a small harbour beach, picnic tables, a playground and a netted swimming area, why not plan your next picnic at Watson’s Bay? It is the perfect spot for families, groups of friends and couples.



MACCARRS CREEK RESERVE, CHURCH POINT

Just down the road from Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, MacCarrs Creek Reserve is a great place for BBQs and picnic lunches. Perfect for swimming, fishing and playing on the grass, you can go exploring alongside the water’s edge down to the end of the river, or even take your kayak, paddleboard or a small dingy down the stream.

MacCarrs Creek has many shaded trees to set your picnic rug under, with lots of parking spots right next to where you can put the rug down – a very convenient picnic spot.

A great reserve for groups of all ages with views of the water, the option to enjoy lunch or a meal at sunset, and areas for kids activities, such as bike riding.



SYDNEY PARK, ALEXANDRIA

Sydney Park is one of the Inner West’s most popular parks. You will find amazing rolling hills, a playground, a skate park, gardens, and hidden wetlands you can walk through.

The park has public BBQs to cook your lunch, with lots of grass areas to kick the ball around with the kids and find a shady spot for your picnic blanket. There is a track that curves through the park for cycling, walking, and running, and there is a skate park for the kids to ride in and learn to do some tricks. The park is pet friendly also, so no member of the family has to miss out on the fun.



BERRY ISLAND RESERVE, WOLLSTONECRAFT

Hidden on the western side of Sydney Harbour close to the Harbour Bridge, this is a great park for a romantic picnic and harbourfront walk for two. It’s also a perfect location for a family picnic or gathering with friends, with lots of grass areas for some active playtime or relaxation time. The reserve is dog friendly, so you can bring along your four-legged family member for the day also.

While the name is Berry Island, the reserve is not an actual island, and road access is via Shirley Rd, Wollstonecraft, which provides easy access for wheelchairs and prams. There is a 20-minute bush walk called the Gadyan track that takes you around the perimeter of the reserve.

The large, flat, grassy area at Berry Island Reserve is perfect for picnic blankets, and there are also public BBQs available and a children’s playground insight.




Do you have the picnic fever??? With the weather warming up, it’s time to get out and explore these perfect picnic spots! Pack your picnic rug, picnic basket and some activities to enjoy at the park, and have fun with your family and friends.

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WATERFRONT WALKS

SPECIAL EDITION 6 - NAUTICAL FUN FOR ISOLATION

With Sydney still in lockdown, it is important to keep active and healthy, and as the sun is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, it’s that time of year when we start to enjoy the outdoors a little more. Why not take a walk around your local area, or try a new walk that you haven’t tried before?

The Sea Sydney Harbour team have put together a list of the best waterfront walks in Sydney. Choose the one that fits you and get out into the sunshine on the weekends or your days off (of course, keeping within your 5km radius).

BARANGAROO FORESHORE & RESERVE

This walk is an inner-city track that is approximately 2km one way and takes up to 1-2hrs to complete. It is an easy, mostly flat walk, and is suitable for all fitness levels.

The walk contains the sights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo Reserve, Stargazer’s Lawn, and the Cutaway. Viewing all that Sydney has to offer including the ocean, landmarks, parklands, and amazing picnic spots, this walk will see you scouting and planning, ready for when lockdown lifts and we can enjoy experiences with family and friends.

The walk starts at the Hickson Road entrance and encircles Barangaroo Reserve before finishing at Towns Place roundabout on the other side, but there are several paths branching through the reserve, so take the time to stop and look around.


This walk is dog-friendly so you can take your whole family with you, including your four-legged friends. Kids can ride their bikes or scooters on the track, or simply just walk alongside you and your dog.

For those solo morning runners and walkers, this is a great walk to get the morning started and watch the sun come up around Sydney Harbour.

MANLY TO SPIT BRIDGE

This walk is located on the south side of the Northern Beaches. It is one of the longest Northern Beaches walks stretching out to 10km one way and taking up to 4 hours one way. This walk is suitable for medium-pro fitness levels that are setting out for a long day’s adventure.

The journey will cover all of the Northern beaches’ best stops including Grotto Point Lighthouse, Sydney Harbour National Park, Fairlight Pool, Clontarf Beach, Reef Beach, and Crater Cove.

Starting near Manly Wharf and working its way up to the stunning Spit Bridge this walk covers the Sydney Harbour National Park and a mix of subtropical bushland. It includes several short tracks crossing between the stunning beaches, bays, and rock sides of North Sydney – this walk has it all!


When selecting this journey for your daily dose of exercise, keep in mind that it covers lots of different ground types, including some very uneven steps along the way and even walking on a rock cliff.

This walk covers some of the Northern Beaches’ best-kept secret beaches to stop and have some lunch or simply rest up before heading onto the rest of the track.

BONDI TO COOGEE

Located in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, this walk is around 6km and will take around 2-3 hours, including frequent stopping and checking out all the coast has to offer.

The walk is a classic tourist adventure, starting at the famous Bondi Beach and going all the way to the stunning Coogee Beach. The route takes walkers past the famous and stunning Bondi Icebergs swimming club and there are lots of opportunities to take that classic Instagram picture before moving along.


This walk can be a morning starter, a sunset watcher, or even a full-day adventure stopping at the beaches and pools along the way. The pathway passes through Bondi Beach, Bondi Icebergs Pool, Coogee Beach, Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach, Clovelly Beach, and Gordon’s Bay.

Everyone can enjoy this walk; it’s ideal for families, friends, getting the kids out and about, and even the older generations, as this walk is mostly flat with lots of stopping and resting areas. There are also some great takeaway coffee stops for that morning caffeine hit or an energy boost later in the day.

ABORIGINAL HERITAGE WALK, KU-RING-GAI CHASE NATIONAL PARK

This walk is located on the Northern Beaches/North Shore. It is a circular walk that is approximately 4.5km and will take roughly 2-3 hours to complete.

The walk goes through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and is a gorgeous walk for the whole family, including the kids, to explore the bushland and learn about the stories and heritage of the local Aboriginal people and the animals that live in the bush.


Starting from the Resolute picnic area at the end of West Head Road, follow the path to the sacred Red Hands Cave towards the West Head Lookout looking over all the bushland around and across to Palm Beach. Don’t forget to stop and look at all the Aboriginal engravings and artworks, as these are special gems!

On this walk be sure to bring some food and plenty of water, as being in the bush there are no shops along the way. You can also bring your swimmers for a quick dip in one of the secret hidden beaches before heading back onto the track.

BRADLEY’S HEAD TO CHOWDER BAY

Located on the North Shore, this walk is approximately 4km one way and the journey will take around 1-2 hours.

Being a pleasant coastal walk, it is one of the North Shores’ hidden gems, with picture-perfect views of Sydney’s landmarks along the way, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.


The walk starts at Taronga Zoo and ends at Chowder Bay, going around the beautiful beaches and harbour headlands looking directly at the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a perfect postcard view. Following the track from Taronga Zoo will take you around to Bradley’s head, sighting views across the water of Shark Island, Bradley’s Head, and Rose Bay. The track also goes past the 19th century convict-built military relics that still lie there today, giving both adults and kids a history lesson along the way.

On arrival to Chowder Bay, there are some great places to get some lunch or a snack before heading back onto the track to Taronga Zoo. You can even stop for a quick dip or play in the fenced playground if you have the kids with you. This walk is a great outing for all the family, couples, friends, and solo walkers to start the day off with some fresh air.


Sydney is full of amazing walks to explore in your downtime, whether this is waterfront, in bushland, suburbia, or in parklands. Try one of these suggested waterfront walks or discover an alternative option that is local to your home.

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COCKTAILS ALL YEAR ROUND

SPECIAL EDITION 5 - NAUTICAL FUN FOR ISOLATION

With bars currently closed in Sydney, it’s time to try all the favourite classics and some new cocktails in the comfort of your own home.

The Sea Sydney Harbour team have put together a list of their favourite do-at-home cocktails, suitable for a range of evenings, from Summer heatwaves through to cold Winter nights. All you need to make these amazing cocktails is a blender or shaker and you definitely need to be 18+.*

MARGARITA

Keep it classy with a Margy! The Margarita is known for its tarty sweet flavour – it’s a simple classic cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 100ml tequila
  • 50ml triple sec liqueur
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • Ice

Garnish:

  • Lime juice around the edge
  • Salt around the edges

Method:

  1. Place tequila, triple sec liqueur, lime juice into a shaker and add ice.
  2. Shake well (until the shaker is cold). Place the lime juice around the glass edges add salt on top of the limes and pour into a glass, place a lime on the side.


PIMM’S COCKTAIL

A favourite summer drink! It’s the best cool off drink you could think of, keeping everyone refreshed in the summertime.

Ingredients:

  • 200ml Pimm’s pre-mix
  • 150ml ginger ale
  • 600ml lemonade
  • Ice

Garnish:

  • Mint leaves
  • Orange slices
  • Strawberry slices
  • Cucumber slices

Method:

  1. Fill glass with ice. Add the Pimm’s mix, ginger ale and lemonade mix together.
  2. Add all garnishes into the glass and mix them together.


MANGO DAIQUIRI

Get this fruit-filled cocktail – fruity fresh and delightful on a hot Summer’s day!

Ingredients:

  • 200ml white rum
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mango pieces
  • Ice

Garnish:

  • Mint leaves

Method:

  1. Pour the rum into the blender. Add in a handful of mangoes.
  2. Add half a handful of ice and blend all together. Garnish with mint.


BLUE LAGOON

Want a drink to match the ocean and keep your Summer by the beach alive?

Ingredients:

  • 100ml blue liquor
  • 100ml of white rum or vodka
  • Lemonade
  • Ice

Garnish:

  • 1 slice of orange
  • 2 maraschino cherries

Method:

  1. Pour the liquor into a glass. Add in the rum or vodka and stir.
  2. Add ice until the glass is half full. Pour lemonade on the top of the glass.
  3. Add sliced orange on the side and add maraschino cherries (inside glass or on the side of the glass with orange).


FROSÉ

Put your favourite Winter wine rosé in the blender with some ice and make yourself the best mix of Summer and Winter a person could ask for.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of bottle rosé
  • Chopped or frozen strawberries
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Ice

Garnish:

  • Strawberry slices

Method:

  1. Pour the bottled rosé into a blender. Add a handful of strawberries and add in the fresh lemon juice and honey.
  2. Add a cup of ice into the blender and blend.
  3. Once blended pour into glasses and add a slice of strawberry for decoration.


MOJITO

The mojito has long been associated with postcard-perfect beaches, making it the ultimate travel cocktail. It’s easy to change the base flavour of this cocktail, by adding some additional fruit flavours, liquors or even a flavoured soda that will do the trick. You can even trade out the spirits – it’s still a classic Mojito no matter what.

Ingredients:

  • 100ml-150ml rum
  • 20ml of sugar syrup
  • 2 limes
  • Mint leaves
  • Soda water
  • Ice

Garnish:

  • Mint leaves (extra)
  • 1 slice of lime

Method:

  1. Place mint leaves at the bottom of the glass. Squeeze half a lime into the glass.
  2. Add the rum and mix together at the bottom of the glass. Once stirred, add in a cup of ice.
  3. Top it off with soda water to fill the glass.
  4. Add more mint leaves and a slice of lime to the top.


SALTED CARAMEL ESPRESSO MARTINI

Cold Winter nights in calls for a classic cocktail dessert with a twist! Take the classic Espresso Martini and add some salted caramel flavour to make it that extra special.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs caramel
  • 50ml espresso
  • Pinch of salt flakes
  • 50ml coffee liqueur
  • 100ml vodka
  • Ice

Garnish:

  • Finely grated chocolate

Method:

  1. Place caramel, espresso and a pinch of salt flakes in a cocktail shaker and stir until caramel has dissolved.
  2. Add coffee liqueur and vodka. Top with ice and shake until combined and frothy.
  3. Strain mixture and divide between two chilled martini glasses.
  4. Top with finely grated chocolate.


STICKY DATE MARTINI

Take everyone’s favourite Winter dessert – sticky date pudding – and turn it into a cocktail for after dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 dates, finely chopped
  • 40ml vodka
  • 20ml butterscotch schnapps
  • Ice

Garnish:

  • Brown sugar (extra)
  • Caramel sauce
  • Whipped cream

Method:

  1. Place brown sugar, dates and 1 cup (250ml) water in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring over medium heat for 1 minute or until the sugar dissolves. Simmer for 10 minutes or until mixture is thick and syrupy. Set aside to cool completely. Strain through a fine sieve. Discard dates.
  2. Place the vodka, schnapps, ice and 100ml date syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake well to combine.
  3. Drizzle caramel over the rims of two martini glasses. Fill with the martini mixture. Top with cream and sprinkle with extra brown sugar.



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*Sea Sydney Harbour supports all RSA guidelines and encourages all readers to obey alcohol consumption guidelines in all environments, including at home.