Sydney Harbour really is something else.
If you’ve ever seen an advertisement for Australian tourism, it will most likely feature the grand, always sunny, perfectly blue waters of Sydney Harbour.
When I take the time to stop and admire this place, I can understand why 3 million international visitors come here each year to take way too many iPad photos of Australia’s most famous landmarks, situated in what is known to be the most beautiful harbour in the world.
Who can blame them. The city is spectacular.
When Lindsay of Frugal Frolicker visited Sydney over the new year, we decided to get together and seek out some of Sydney’s best coastal walks. And boy, did we find some killer views.
As the ferry departed from Circular Quay, we were treated to a spectacular vantage point of the Sydney Opera House. We disembarked at Taronga Zoo and then hiked (rather slowly, as the day was stinking hot) along the foreshore, cooling off with a swim at Chowder Bay Beach along the way.
We stopped at Georges Head and stood beside the ruins of an old fort, overlooking calm blue waters and the city sitting in a light mist in the background.
After admiring the stunning view alongside a Kookaburra perched in the tree beside us, we continued to Balmoral Beach where we jumped in a (thankfully) air-conditioned bus to take us back to the city.
Here are some fun facts about Sydney Harbour (source):
- There are more than 20 beaches in the harbour that you can safely swim in
- Ferries carry people across the harbour over 15 million times each year
- There are 4 bridges and 1 tunnel connecting the north and south shores
- The volume of water in Sydney Harbour is an official unit of measurement in Australia. It is called a Sydharb, and is equivalent to about 500 gigalitres (who thinks of these things? Seriously?)