Renowned as one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, Sydney boasts a wealth of attractions for the day tripper and seasoned local alike.
It’s a vibrant destination where cultural, historical and natural attractions line the waterfront, serving up an experience to suit all ages and activity options.
At George’s we’re lucky enough to feature a picture-perfect vantage point of the harbour and its endless allure from our Darling Harbour restaurant, so these are our top tips for spending a day on picturesque Sydney Harbour.
On the water
There are few better ways to take in the beauty and sheer scale of Sydney Harbour than from the prime position of its waters, and one of the most accessible ways to explore the region in its entirety is via the iconic Sydney Ferries.
Traversing the harbour from Manly to Circular Quay, and Rose Bay to Darling Harbour, Sydney ferries offer an affordable and relaxing way to see the harbour city sights.
Get up close and personal to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, glide by the stately Opera House and take in the opulent waterfront homes that line the harbourside.
Whether Milsons Point, Darling Harbour, Neutral Bay or Taronga Zoo is your favoured destination, the ferries provide a unique insight into the history, natural beauty and unique waterways of Sydney Harbour.
Meanwhile, if a more tailored or tourist-focused water activity is the order of the day, there are a host of activities to suit, including kayak tours, underwater scooter rides, jet boat rides, sailing tours and more.
The harbour is a focal point of the city’s vibrant culture, with some of the Sydney’s most picturesque and renowned attractions lining the waterfront.
From a concert at the Opera House to an animal adventure at Taronga Zoo and a day at the aquarium in Darling Harbour, cultural experiences abound.
One of the major attributes of Sydney Harbour is the natural precincts that have been maintained. The waterfront features wide open spaces and scenic spots that range from the newly established Barangaroo to the heritage renowned Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.
Then there’s the walking trails, beaches, and spectacular vistas afforded by parks and precincts like North, South and Middle Head, Double Bay, and Watson’s Bay.
A touch of history
As Australia’s oldest town, Sydney features a wealth of history, much of which adorns the harbour.
Take a stroll through the city’s genesis at The Rocks near Circular Quay, explore the former shipping and industry precinct that was Darling Harbour while venturing into some maritime history at the museum, or explore the convict past at the isolated and small island Fort Denison that sits in the middle of the harbour.
Wining and dining
Amidst the bright lights, sparkling views and the intrinsic beauty of the harbour, premium wining and dining experiences await.
At George’s we’re proud to be among the fine culinary harbourside offerings available that cater to waterfront eating day and night.
Whether it’s a sunset cocktail, a long waterside lunch or an intimate evening dinner taking in the twinkling harbor lights, there’s few venues as appealing as the harbor for a meal on the water.
Located on the King Street Wharf amidst the beauty and excitement of Darling Harbour, George’s Mediterranean Bar and Grill is renowned as one of Sydney’s premier eateries. Come share the hospitality for which we are renowned as we serve up harbourside dining in simply stunning surrounds.