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Pictures of Sydney Harbour

Updated on August 2, 2014
View of the Sydney Harbour from the Botanical Gardens
View of the Sydney Harbour from the Botanical Gardens | Source

Sydney is situated on the beautiful harbour known as Port Jackson. In 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip arrived with the First Fleet to establish the first European settlement here. He liked what he saw of Port Jackson, it is a magnificent harbour that offered a haven for ships.


Today the Sydney Harbour makes up a large part of the cities atmosphere. It is the heart and soul of modern Sydney. It is the home of row boats to giant ocean liners. it serves as a dual role as a major shipping terminal and a vast pleasure ground. Its deep water provides excellent berthing for the world's largest ocean liners and for cargo and container ships.

Sydney Ferry at Circular Quay
Sydney Ferry at Circular Quay | Source
Captain Cook Cruise
Captain Cook Cruise

Sydney Harbour shoreline stretches for 240 km. There are many great way to see Sydney Harbour, the best way to enjoy this setting is to take a ferry a cruise. Sydney Ferries services and most cruises depart from Circular Quay, with others leaving from Darling Harbour. You can also tour the harbour in style in one of the cruises organized by Captain Cook Cruises and Matilda Cruises, or you may like to join the sailing adventure or a thrilling jet boat tours.

Circular Quay is the epicentre of Sydney's maritime life, it is a bustling pedestrian with ferry, bus and rail teminals. It is a great place to sit and watch the boats and buskers or enjoy a cup of coffee.

You can catch a ferry and visit beautiful destinations around the harbour, like Cremorne Point, Taronga Zoo, Manly and Watson Bay or take a take a stroll in Sydney Harbour National Park. You can take a lunch cruise or take an evening cruise to view the spectacular city lights.

Fort Denison was constructed to defend Sydney against possible Russian invasion during the Crimean War. The historic buildings can be visited on a guided tour.
Fort Denison was constructed to defend Sydney against possible Russian invasion during the Crimean War. The historic buildings can be visited on a guided tour. | Source

There are also a number of small islands inside of the Sydney Harbour including Clarke Island, Goat Island, Fort Denison, Rodd Island, and Shark Island. Being a busy port and lively recreational area, it offer a lot of sailing, walking and picnic areas in its beaches, islands and parks .


The Sydney Harbour offers a great photo opportunities, with views of both the majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House. Weekends are ideal for a family trip as the water is usually alive with small fishing crafts.

Sydney Harbour makes this city so special, the harbour is a wonderful place and on a sunny day this is definitely a place to fall in love with.

Houses overlooking the Sydney Harbour
Houses overlooking the Sydney Harbour | Source

Experience the waterfront view . . .

Harbourside serviced apartments and hotels, stunningly situated along the Sydney harbour will give you an awesome spectacular Sydney Harbour view.

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      Grace 10 years ago

      What a beautiful place to visit, better than Newcastle...

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      Teresa 10 years ago

      those are great pictures... i enjoy visiting your hubs...thanks