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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).

Sydney Harbour National Park 2-Hour Walking Tour

2. 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. Learn about the area of Chowder Bay as an integral part of Sydney’s whaling industry and the military fortifications of Bradleys Head.

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

3. 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!

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

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

Sydney: Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting

6. Sydney: Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting

Start your local beer discovery with a stop at 4 Pines Keller Door in Manly. Here you'll get to learn about and taste their award-winning beers and see where beer on the beaches all started. The tours change depending on the day, but some of the Northern Beaches breweries usually visited are Nomad Brewing Co, 7th Day or the 4 Pines Truck Bar in Brookvale; and Modus Operandi Brewing Company in Mona Vale, where the team will take you through their brewery and the brewing process. Filled with knowledge, you can relax over some tasters and a delicious lunch at the brewery. The tour can drop you in Manly or Surry Hills, just let the guide know.

Sydney: 4-Hour Cruise with Lunch at a Fishing Village

7. Sydney: 4-Hour Cruise with Lunch at a Fishing Village

Discover the largest harbor in the world on this half-day sightseeing cruise. With a small group, enjoy a personalized harbor boat cruise on a small, sleek boat that ensures the best views of Sydney. After cruising up close to iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, see historic sites and naval dockyards as well as extravagant waterfront mansions belonging to Australia's rich and famous. Keep an eye out for resident penguins, seals, and dolphins. Break for lunch at a waterfront beach club and enjoy a delicious meal with wine, beer or a soft drink. Afterward, take a short stroll up to The Gap to admire magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and all the way back to Sydney. Your next stop is one of Sydney's lesser-known and most idyllic beaches, accessible only by boat, and described by locals as a hidden paradise. Take a stroll or swim in the beach's crystal-clear waters before hopping back on the boat. Finish your Aussie experience with a visit to the historic Quarantine Station and Museum and immerse yourself in Sydney's history. Here, enjoy afternoon tea including coffee and Aussie cakes.

Sydney: North Head Private Hiking Tour with Transfer

8. Sydney: North Head Private Hiking Tour with Transfer

Breathe in the fresh ocean air as you hike along one of Sydney's easiest, but most rewarding walking tracks. Enjoy an immersive journey of discovery in North Head Manly on a private tour. Learn about the local ecosystem and heritage, and admire privileged views of the coast. Get picked up from your chosen location in the city and head over to Manly's Shelly Beach to begin your trek. Stop for an Acknowledgement of Country, paying your respects to the Traditional Custodians of the area, the Gayemagal people. Proceed north to North Head Reserve. Along the walk, pass many beautiful sights of the ocean across the trees, see ancient rock formations, and observe unique flora and fauna. Listen to insightful commentary and occasionally take a minute or two to walk in silence and take in all of the sights and sounds. Continue to Fairfax Lookout for a spectacular view of Sydney Harbour and the city. Hear about the history of the area and Aboriginal culture. Pass through The Barracks at the former School of Artillery and North Fort, exploring the reason for the construction and its use during WWII. Start the descent back along the coastal track towards Shelly Beach. Taste a delicious picnic lunch overlooking Shelly Beach or at a unique spot with the Sydney CBD in the distance. Get dropped off back at your chosen location or at Manly Wharf to catch the ferry for a scenic ride to the city.

Sydney: See Sydney in Style Guided Private Day Tour

9. Sydney: See Sydney in Style Guided Private Day Tour

Enjoy the freedom and luxury of a fully escorted private tour taking in all the Famous Sydney landmarks - the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Historic Rocks District plus much more! Starting at The Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, you'll find amazing views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge along the Harbour foreshore. Get to know some of the older, unique Sydney inner city localities and visit Woolloomooloo to stop at the iconic Sydney Food Truck, Harry’s Café De Wheels for a snack. No tour of Sydney is complete without visiting the Historic Rocks, Walsh Bay and Dawes Point areas where the settlement of Sydney started in 1788. Your knowledgeable local guide will tell you about Sydney’s fascinating Colonial, Convict History as you explore this unique area. During the tour, you will learn about the Aboriginal, First Nations People and the oldest living culture on the planet and visit sites that are of significance to the local Indigenous People. You will visit beautiful beached including Bondi in the East and Manly in the North. At Manly beach on the northside you will enjoy stops at stunning headlands, lookouts, hidden bays plus many more ‘secret spots’ off the main tourist track. At Bondi Beach in the East you will get an feel for laid-back Aussie Beach Culture and will have plenty of time to wander along the golden sand and even dip your feet in the pristine water if you choose to.

Sydney: Private Sydney City and Australian Wildlife Tour

10. Sydney: Private Sydney City and Australian Wildlife Tour

Enjoy a full day in Sydney discovering the city's iconic landmarks and scenic locations as well as a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park. As a general itinerary, the tour begins with hotel/port pick-up before we make our way to Featherdale Wildlife Park. Australia is famous for its unique animals, marsupials and reptiles. Award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park shelters a wide variety of indigenous fauna. On this guided tour through the park, you will have up-close interactions with a range of wallabies and kangaroos, marvel at the ultra-relaxed life of a koala and view the world's most poisonous snake. There are wombats, echidnas, penguins, dingos, cassowaries, emus, crocodiles, Tassie Devils and a huge kaleidoscope of bird species. From the wildlife park, we head either back to the eastern or north sides of the city. The eastern area includes Bondi, Tamarama & Bronte beaches as well as Watson's Bay, South Head and travelling through Vaucluse, Paddington and Hyde Park. Those who have visited the east will have an opportunity to discover the northern region of Sydney which includes Manly, North Head, Mosman and Balmoral Beach. We return to the city with visits to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Darling Harbour and photo opportunities of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Your local owner/operator guide will provide informative narration throughout the day offering a deeper understanding of Australia's Aboriginal heritage, colonial history & modern culture. Travel in comfort in a 15-seat Mercedes Benz vehicle.

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What people are saying about Sydney Harbour National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 61 reviews

Great tour, Mike was an outstanding guide, knowledgeable in plants and nature, as well as aboriginal history and art. It was just two of us, but he did not spare any effort to show us everything, from nature and art to beaches and neighbourhoods. Well worth our time.

Our whale watching tour was excellent! Friendly and knowledgeable guide (Paul) made the tour easy and fun. We saw several pods of humpback whales and got close enough for some great videos!

Amazing! Staff on board the cruise were really great and gave amazing commentary. Saw a group of 3 humpbacks right up close including a mother / calf. Would highly recommend

We had great weather and exciting winds. The instructor did his best to show us sailing and the port. In the end we were able to gybe and tack. It was really great!!

Such a fun experience. Beautiful way to see Sydney.