When you think of a trip to Sydney Harbour you think of walking around the edges of it, walking over it on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or spending the day pottering along on a ferry… but there’s a way to see Sydney Harbour which you may not have considered before – kayak!

The idea of paddling on one of the world’s busiest harbours can be a bit daunting – just imagine that water craft of every conceivable description sharing the bays, points and bits in between with you and your kayak.  But believe me it would almost be worth fitting a rear view mirror to your sea kayak for a day trip around Sydney Harbour. This should be on bucket lists right around the world!

Kayak sydney

On a picture perfect Spring Sunday morning we set off on our kayaks from Rose Bay for a leisurely paddle around Sydney Harbour. We dodged the ferries and jetcats as we crossed to Bradley’s Head and then, hugging the northern shore, we headed towards the Harbour Bridge.I was treated to being able to stop and watch the sun rise over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. It never ceases to amaze me just how beautiful both of these structures are, especially when being able to see them from a different point of view.

 The clear blue sky, and calm conditions made for some wonderful photo opportunities with Sydney’s famous landmarks.

The scale of bridge was awe inspiring from a paddler’s view, and after passing under it we paddled around the docks to Darling Harbour. On the return paddle to Rose Bay we took a close look at Fort Denison, Clark Island, and Shark Island, not to mention a few of the rich and famous people’s backyards.

Take a moment to soak it all in, because this paddle is glittering and hectic, everything Sydney should be.

Depending on how many corners you decide to cut, the journey will be between 15 and 35 km.


  1. Comment by Alice Genoh

    Alice Genoh Reply 28/10/2015 at 6:33 AM

    Doing something unusual is the best thing to follow while traveling. We all want to climb at the top of the Sydney Harbor, but few can even think of Kayaking beneath it. Kudos to you. I wish to do it myself the next time I drive my family to Sydney in a CamperVan.

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