Sailing on Sydney Harbour has something for everyone. The local yacht club, Manly Yacht Club, runs races on Sunday afternoon and Friday night twilights. Cruising yachts can sail under the Harbour Bridge to city, or under the Spit Bridge to Sugarloaf and Bantry Bay, or take a short trip offshore to see the local wildlife. The choices are endless.
Things to do
Boating for many people means a day out fishing. There are many local fishing spots in the Harbour, including Cannae Point, North Head and Dobroyd. Being close to the Heads, it is not far from the marina to Blue Fish or even Long Reef. The locals say the fishing is great.
Summer or winter, there is always a sandy beach on Sydney Harbour perfect for a long lazy lunch. Sitting aboard with a cold drink, watching the world go by, listening to the Kookaburras and Whipbirds, before diving in for a swim and walk along the beach before lunch sounds like a great way to spend a day off.
Boxing Day on Sydney Harbour is a buz. The start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is the focus of everyone on the water and on the headlands around the Harbour. When the starting gun is fired at 13:00 hours, the yachts race down the Harbour to the Heads, followed in hot pursuit by the spectator fleet. Once out the Heads, the spectator fleet head to nice anchorage for lunch while the yachts settle in and prepare to cross Bass Straight to Hobart.
Photo by Bilby
Australia Day turns Sydney Harbour into a floating festival. Events such as the ferrython, the tall ships race and the RAAF Hawks flyover add to the spectacle of the Australia Day Regatta,which has been held each year since 1837, making it the oldest continuously-conducted annual sailing regatta in the world. Australia Day has something for everyone, whether it is racing or enjoying the numerous events over a nice lunch in a tucked away spot on the Harbour.
Humpback whales and Southern Right Whales are seen off the Sydney coast from late Autumn to December. On the way north Humpbacks stay close to the shore, so there is no need to go out very far to see them breaching, tail slapping and generally playing around. On their way back to their feeding grounds, mother and calf can often been seen.
The fireworks on Sydney Harbour are icon, but there is nothing like being there, soaking up the atmosphere on your boat. Many families take the kids to see the 9 pm fireworks, while the older kids stay for midnight. There are places to anchor away from the crowds, still with a good view of the bridge. Davis Marina runs the tender service on New Year's Eve until about 2am to make it easy to get to and from your boat.