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Coastal views to die for in Sydney Harbour National Park

Coastal views to die for in Sydney Harbour National Park

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.

Coastal Walk Map

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.


Sydney Harbour Ferry

Sydney Harbour Coastal Walk

Sydney Harbour Coastal Walk

Sydney Harbour Coastal Walk

Sydney Harbour Coastal Walk

Sydney Harbour Coastal Walk

Australian Beach

Sydney Harbour Coastal Walk

Sydney Harbour Coastal Walk

Sydney Harbour Coastal Walk

Sydney Harbour Coastal Walk

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?)

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13 Responses to “Coastal views to die for in Sydney Harbour National Park”

  1. Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

    It’s so lovely to see such gorgeous photos of Australia on your blog, as I often don’t appreciate just how beautiful our country really is. It looks like you had wonderful day checking out the best views.

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      You know I actually had someone else say almost the same thing the other day. Sometimes we forget that our home countries are equally as beautiful as others, and just because we live there doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be appreciated! I did have a wonderful day, thanks Tessa 🙂

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thanks Mary! I’d definitely recommend it, Sydney Harbour is an unbelievably beautiful part of an already stunning city.

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  2. Marissa

    I follow you on instagram, so I saw already some of those pictures. But I love it so much! I’ve been to Sydney last summer and I miss it so much! I really love that city! It has everything you want in a city! <3

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      I wasn’t even going to post the photos on the blog after posting them on Instagram, but it was too tempting! The views were just too damn pretty. I’m glad you enjoyed Sydney Marissa, were you just visiting last summer?

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  3. Katie @ Second-Hand Hedgehog

    Gorgeous! I didn’t get a chance to explore this part of Sydney while I was there a few years ago – I was too busy doing all the inner city stuff and exploring Manly. Maybe this area is somewhere I should put on my list for when I go back…? (It’s such an awesome city; I’ll definitely go back!)

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      You’ll definitely have to come back Katie! The national park is really something for a second trip to Sydney I think, you’re absolutely right about there being way too many other things to see on your first visit!

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    • Ashlea Wheeler

      I’m glad you enjoyed the photos Jessica! Sydney really is one of those cities that exceeds expectations. Before you visit, you’ll know that it’s famous for being really pretty and having some cool landmarks, but when you arrive it will actually blow your mind and you’ll realise what all the fuss was about. I’ve lived here for over 2 years now and I’m still in awe at the stunning harbour!

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