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Sydney Harbour is a centre-point where Sydney-siders and visitors spend hours wandering along its rim to breathe in ocean air or take in the harbour’s exquisite historical sites and views. It’s also a favourite spot for many keen travellers to take in a ferry ride from Circular Quay to destinations like Watsons Bay or Manley. For many travellers to Sydney, there is a sense of luxury in the air when they visit Sydney Harbour.
Sydney Harbour is where many of Sydney’s luxury water activities can be sought and it’s also the perfect destination for seeking out a little luxury on the travel trail to this popular city. Here are some ideas for a little luxury, or to make a moment special, while in Sydney. Why not indulge in one of Sydney’s top luxury water activities when you visit Sydney next?
Hire a luxury yacht and set sail in style
Sydney Harbour is a beacon of opportunity for water-loving travellers who love a little luxury. Why not spend the day sailing Sydney Harbour’s sapphire waters? There are many providers throughout Sydney Marinas that can offer a charter on a private luxury yacht. Yachts can be hired for a day, overnight or even a weekend.
Picture yourself outstretched and basking in the sun at deck level as you’re served a refreshing beverage or two. After topping up your suntan, deliver yourself to a table laden with a tempting gourmet lunch or dinner cooked by your private chef as you look out to some of Sydney’s coastal highlights. Some providers can even drop you off at one of Sydney’s many impeccable restaurants for a world-class meal while watching the sun set over the waters. Or, opt for a sailing charter where you can have a front seat in sailing – from trimming the sails to taking the helm to steer the crew past Sydney’s historic landmarks.
Take a scenic helicopter flight
One way to get a glorious glimpse of Sydney, its favourite sights and neighbouring bays is from the sky. Consider a luxury VIP helicopter flight experience to take you and your partner across the sky to witness Sydney’s panoramic views at sunset. Again, many providers are available for bookings and some even offer pre-drinks and canapés as part of the package. Sydney Airport’s heliport is equipped with a VIP lounge for you to enjoy these pre-flight indulgences before you get airborne. Helicopter trips can take you and your travel partner approximately 30 minutes across the sky where you can view the great sights of the harbour such as Sydney Harbour Bridge and iconic Sydney Opera House.
Catch a seaplane to lunch or a spa
Another way to take to Sydney’s breath-taking views is by seaplane. When visiting Sydney, book in a seaplane experience where you and your travelling partner can scoot across the water and head into the atmosphere to gaze over Sydney’s sights before a gourmet, multi-course meal at one of Sydney’s acclaimed restaurants. Some trips even take in a romantic picnic or spa treatment, for ultimate relaxation. If a more touristy experience is required, then a seaplane trip can also facto in a tour of Sydney Opera House and its exclusive backstage areas where many of the world’s top performers have wandered the corridors.
Get up and close with Sydney’s whales on a luxury whale-watching experience
Again, Sydney is brimming with luxury travel possibilities and what better way to experience majestic sea mammals than on a whale-watching charter. Thousands of humpback and Southern right whales migrate along Australia’s east coast each year during their feeding and breeding season, so there is ample opportunity to indulge in a whale watching experience. Between May to mid-August and mid-September to November are the perfect times of the year to book in a personalised whale-watching tour from a Sydney marina. More of Sydney’s beautiful marine wildlife may also be spotted, such as dolphins, seals and seabirds.
Take High Tea under Sydney Opera House’s sails
Imagine being seated under Sydney’s “most famous” sails while dining on a delectable display of tasting platters and gazing out to Sydney’s seascape. Your imagination can become a reality. It’s here where you can also be treated to an intimate recital from one of the Sydney Opera House’s acclaimed opera singers while sipping a dainty glass of sparkling wine. A Sunday afternoon of high tea and opera spans two hours and Sydney Opera House provides a full schedule of dates to choose from. Dress up for the occasion and book in a Sunday afternoon at Sydney Opera House with a good friend or close relative for a truly unique, harbour-side experience. Special dietary requirements can be catered for upon request at the time of booking.