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The Top 4 Ways To Enjoy Sydney Harbour

Apr 10, 2008
Sydney Harbour is one of those tourist icons that embody what Sydney is. So in every trip to Sydney, going out to see and visit Sydney Harbour is one of the first things you would want to do. As such, it is no wonder why Sydney Harbour is one of the most photographed landmarks in Australia, if not in the whole world.

A trip to Sydney is never complete without getting snapshots in front of the Harbour Bridge from the Opera House, or from wherever it might be.

Aside from the thrill of going out to see the Sydney Harbour, from a Sydney local's point of view, there are actually 4 top practical and surefire ways to enjoy Sydney Harbour. The first way to enjoy Sydney Harbour is to just walk around it. To do this, one has to get down to a train session called Circular Quay which is right in the CBD on the edge of the water.

There are buses, trains and taxis, all of which will take visitors there. Otherwise, you can take a walk depending on where your accommodations is. From there you'll pass by some beautiful parkland and some pretty major tourist stops, tourist attractions, tourist icons that are within that walking distance to that area.

If you go around to the east you'll walk towards Sydney Opera House. Towards the west, you will reach an area of Sydney called The Rocks which is old Sydney town. It was the first British settlement area in Sydney. When you had enough of walking around you can then just walk back to Circular Quay.

The second way to enjoy Sydney Harbour is by taking a ferry when taking in the sights and sounds of the city. There are a number of ferry services , most of which are public transportation that operate in and around Circular Quay.

It's amazing that for the price of a simple public transport ticket, one can spend as much time as one likes cruising up and down and going from one place to another. An example of a very pleasurable ferry ride to take is the Manly ferry. Its a 30-40 minutes travel time gives you to spend a lot of time to enjoy the length and breadth of the Sydney Harbour.

The third way to enjoy Sydney Harbour is by taking the good-old-fashioned Harbour Cruise. The best times to do this is during summer months when the weather is usually very good.

There are plenty of private companies that put up Harbour Cruise entertainment in a lot of different forms. But most of them are eat and drink occasions ranging from simple sessions for coffee or morning tea, to more advanced visitors coming in for a lunch cruises, dinner cruises with full buffet, big seafoods cruises, big drink packages and a lot more.

Booking can be done either by booking for an organized package, or by dropping by Circular Quay where there's a number of booths and stalls of companies offering different Harbour cruises and their schedule.

The fourth and final way to enjoy Sydney Harbour is by swimming in it. But while Sydney Harbour is a great place for a swim, it is in fact a port that is not any different from any other shipping port. As such you cannot swim directly in it, or get in the Circular Quay with your swimming gear in tow because it is full of ships, boats and ferries.

But all is not lost because there are some spots in the area that are really great for a swim. If you are out on the suburbs, the Camp Cove is the best destination.

So, when you find yourself in Sydney to, do try any or all of these suggestions on how to enjoy the Sydney Traveler.
About the Author
Garry Searle has lived in Sydney for 15 years. His podcast, The Sydney Visitor is the free authoritative guide to experiencing the sights and sound of Sydney, Australia. To instantly hear more inside information on visiting Sydney, Australia go to the www.sydneyvisitor.com .
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