Sydney Bay - The World's Largest Natural Harbour


The best way to take in the “world’s largest natural harbour”, Sydney Bay, is to go by boat. From a bird’s eye view, Sydney Bay looks like a large silver pool with many small white dots scattered on its surface. These are the boats of Sydney Bay.


You can charter a boat from several companies that offer a whole range of boats made of different materials such as wood and aluminum. The types of boats normally found circulating Sydney Bay are:

  • Kayaks

  • Bass Boats – low and sleek, used normally for fishing

  • Dinghies – good for two riders and usually used for learning how to sail

  • Air Boats – normally used in marshes and shallow water areas

  • Sailboats – used as second homes and for vacations

  • Fishing Boats – the “SUVs” of the sea

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  • Tinnies – boats made of aluminum
  • Houseboats
  • Closed Bow Runabouts – the “sports car” of the sea
  • Bowriders – family boats

  • Cabin Boats – used by small families for skiing and wakeboarding

  • Cruisers – used as a vacation home on water

  • Motor Yachts – used for cruising and exploring large bodies of water

  • Jet Boats – for speed and excitement

  • Walkaround – great for fishing with the family

  • Ferries – several companies offer different travel by water services

Whatever kind of boat you have, the view on Sydney Bay is awesome.

The best part about it is it is absolutely free! Here are some of the magnificent sites on Sydney Bay:

  • Sydney Harbour

  • City Skyline – best viewed at night

  • The Sydney Opera House – the most recognizable structure in Sydney

  • The Rocks – oldest part of Sydney and significant historically

  • Darling Harbour – main attractions of which are:

  • Chinese Garden of Friendship – gift of Guangdong, Sydney’s Chinese sister.

  • IMAX Theater – very large screen theater

  • Sydney Aquarium – home to 5000 different species of Australian fish

  • Australian National Maritime Museum – displays Australian seafaring history

  • Sydney Convention And Exhibition Center – most common venue for exhibitions and conventions

  • Harbourside Shopping Center – 150 shops and a selection of bayside restaurants

  • North Sydney

The main traffic on Sydney Bay is at Circular Quay.

Located in Sydney’s central business district, it is the terminal of all ferries and is run by the government.


Another great way to enjoy the view is to take the Sydney Showboat Cabaret Dinner Cruise.

This dinner and show cruise takes only two and a half hours and promises a modern and spectacular entertainment in the midst of historic Sydney Bay.