There is no more iconic sight for a superyacht than sailing past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House on New Years’ Eve. Sydney offers luxury, diverse activities and unique experiences that make it a captivating destination for superyachts.
Beyond the inner-city charms and luxury delights, there are stunning secluded beaches and bays which provide the perfect setting to enjoy a superyacht escape.
The central location of Sydney’s iconic harbour allows superyachts the rare opportunity to sit in the heart of one of the world’s most exhilarating cities. Short tender rides can bring you to unmissable landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House where guests can be treated to VIP backstage tours of some of the most thrilling shows. Stepping into the city centre you will be greeted by sprawling shopping streets in an elegant outdoor environment.
World-class boutiques, a fascinating collection of museums and galleries, along with incredible fine-dining restaurants are all waiting to be discovered. Sydney perfectly mirrors the opulence and class associated with a superyacht adventure, and it is certainly not all urban areas that are worth exploring. There is incredible scenery in the surrounding areas of Sydney that provide ample unique experiences to immerse yourself in, giving the impression of a remote paradise while knowing the big city life is never far away.
Anchor at Athol Bay on the Eastern Beaches to take a stroll around Taronga Zoo, with stunning views back across Sydney. There are eye-opening historical sites to visit as you head down to Watsons Bay, where you can learn about the early settlers in Australia or simply switch off on the beautiful South Head coastal track. Heading north of the city, Pittwater is a favourite location for those who want a genuine yachting experience.
This is a fantastic area to take to the air on a seaplane and get a whole new perspective of Sydney, before you enjoy the thrill of landing in Pittwater’s incredible cruising grounds. Explore the gorgeous hidden bays and stop off to sample the sumptuous cuisines available in the area, and enjoy the full experience of your superyacht in cruising grounds perfect for using your arsenal of toys and tenders. Sydney is a complete superyacht destination which offers a perfect balance between the thrills of a major city and the blissful relaxation of secluded bays and beaches. Discovering Sydney by superyacht unlocks new possibilities and adventures.
VIEW 6 Night | 7 Day Superyacht Charter Itinerary
Welcome to Sydney!
There are few harbours in the world which naturally provide a myriad of safe and secluded anchorages. Even less which are on the doorstep of one of the world’s most admired cities – Sydney. Just a gentle cruise from the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, you can find yourself along in a bay in full Australian sunshine and crystal clear waters.
With so many different options for cruising the largest (and most beautiful!) natural harbour in the world, finding a route that encompasses all the delights of Sydney is a blissful mission: exclusive anchorages, protected swimming in beautiful bays and world-renowned restaurants with exquisite views. The term “Harbour” can seem misleading, but Sydney spreads over 240 kilometres of shoreline and 55km2 in total: compare this to the shoreline between St Tropez and Monaco which represents approximately 100 km!
Charter guests are bound to find spectacular city views, see stunning landmarks, clear snorkelling, great fishing, fine anchorages and the unexpected natural scenes around every corner: throughout your week, no two places are quite the same. Sydney offers rewarding, protected cruising with all the iconic features that a modern city has to offer.
Sydney enjoys a temperate, humid climate with an abundance of sunny days. The sunshine is well spread throughout the year. In fact, Sydney basks in incredible blue-sky days in Winter (June > October), whilst Summer (November > March) offers stable beautiful bright sunny days.
As a coastal city, Sydney is blessed by afternoon sea breezes offering a refreshing climate in the Summer evenings.
Although there is no distinct dry or wet season, rainfall peaks in the first half of the year and is at its lowest in the second half.
Day One (Iconic Views of Sydney Harbour)
A 50min drive from Sydney International Airport, settle aboard at the 1919 heritage location of Jones Bay Wharf, and cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Farm Cove. Enjoy your first lunch on board in this scenic bay, surrounded by the Botanical Gardens and overlooking the iconic Sydney Opera House – you are just minutes from the most spectacular views and the city centre on a tender ride!
The hub of Sydney is Circular Quay, the city’s ferry terminal where world-recognised Park Hyatt is also located. Dropped off by tender, from here it is an easy walk to The Rocks historic district, or for a stroll towards the Harbour Bridge followed by an unmissable visit to the Sydney Opera House. Year-round are many incredible shows to choose from, whilst a VIP backstage tour with your own private guide will give you the best insights into the landmark, the controversies of its build and its deep meaning to the city. For those after a good adrenaline rush, the 3-4 hour Harbour Bridge Climb is sure to provide am unforgettable dose!
In the late afternoon, return on board and cruise past some of Sydney’s most exclusive residences. Watch your first sunset show from the best vantage point on the harbour, Athol Bay, where we will spend the night at anchor.
Day Two (Eastern Beaches)
A good option today is a stroll around Taronga Zoo, situated above our anchorage at Athol Bay. The zoo offers unbeatable views of Sydney and is situated over 21-hectares. When lunchtime comes, a short cruise back on the yacht will take you to the famous Doyle’s Restaurant on the beach at Watsons Bay, for a spectacular seafood feast with views over the harbour and city.
This afternoon, walk the stunning South Head coastal track. Rich in early settler and forgotten military history, Watsons Bay walk is home to one of Australia’s first lighthouses and it is there the Birrabirragal people met the First Fleet. With Bondi Beach being a short drive towards the North, why not go for a private surfing lesson with one of Bondi’s famous lifeguards?
Get ready for dinner and spread your wings to experience Sydney from the air. Sydney Seaplanes offer the best scenic flights from their newly refurbished terminal in Rose Bay. Land in the Pittwater waterways, and get set to take in the stunning view at Jonah’s: here, the terrace balcony is perched on the cliffs of Whale Beach overlooking the Tasman Sea. Fly back to Rose Bay, and we will spend the night anchored in Vaucluse Bay surrounded by the historic resplendent homes.
Step onland to enjoy fine dining in a relaxed environment against bewitching Aegean sunsets. The rugged terrain on which the towns rest is perfect for adventurous hikes where each view back across the Aegean Sea is as sensational as the last. In keeping with the Cycladic aesthetic, the whitewashed houses and blue doors in the towns radiate a peaceful atmosphere in which you can fully detach yourself from the stresses of the world.
Day Three (Middle Harbour)
After a second day full of active pursuits and discovery, you deserve some sunbathing and relaxed swimming today. After breakfast, depart Vaucluse Bay towards the Spit Bridge and on to “Middle Harbour”, to find some of Sydney’s most secluded beaches. Anchor at Sugarloaf Bay, known for its beautiful anchorages. Relax surrounded by nature, protected from the wind – paddleboard, kayak, take the seabobs around or test your patience around some special fishing holes. Sail around the corner to the unspoilt Bantry Bay for the evening, with a marvellous seafood dinner prepared by your Chef.
Day Four (Manly)
This morning cruise back through the Spit Bridge and anchor at Little Manly Cove. Enjoy a coffee in the laid-back beach town of Manly, then hike or mountain bike around the pristine bushland at North Head Nature Reserve. The crew may have prepared a special treasure hunt for the children…!.
Manly is also a great place to try surfing, with good conditions year-round – an Australian experience not to be missed.
Chinaman’s Beach, Store Beach and Quarantine Bay offer crystal-clear waters with uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour’s heads opening up onto the wide ocean. In whale watching season (July – September), these are also fantastic spots to open the dialogue with the ocean’s gentle giants!
For our more down-to-earth guests, golfers can enjoy a game at the Royal Sydney Golf Course – famous for hosting the Australian Open
Day 5 (Whale Beach & Palm Beach)
In the morning, head out to the Great Pacific Ocean through the Sydney Heads and cruise north to Pittwater. If this was not possible earlier on, here is another chance to see Sydney from the air. A 20min seaplane ride will whet your appetite for exquisite modern Australian cuisine: choose between Cottage Point Inn or Berowra Waters, both 2 hat restaurants in secluded bays. And for those very special occasions, let the Captain organize your experience at Peats Bite – a lesser know restaurant only accessible via tender, hidden in a gorgeous bay, offering the most refined Australian cuisine in an environment where every day is a Sunday.
If you ever return… spend the evening at the Royal Motor Yacht Club in Newport. The recently renovated Newport Arms Hotel is another tick in your Australian lifestyle experiences, or history fans will visit Bungan Castle, a medieval-style stone castle on Bungan Head built in 1919 by Adolph Albers, a German art dealer.
Day Six (Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park)
In the morning explore the many secluded bays and anchorages in Sydney’s Cowan Creek, located in the stunning nature of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. There are plenty of great swimming spots, fishing holes whilst the active minds will want to hike to the spectacular waterfall in America Bay. Ku-ring-gai is also one of the world’s most concentrated areas of significant Aboriginal Heritage Sites: step into the shoes of the traditional owners of the land following to your aboriginal descendant guide… and a special lunch with a taste of emu and kangaroo meat!
For dinner, the crew is setting up a traditional Australian barbecue on a secluded beach in Cowan Creek. Spend the night at the scenic Jerusalem Bay.
Day Seven (Hawkesbury River)
Venture up the Hawkesbury River, taking in the views, and find a great little anchorage for lunch behind the forested surroundings of Dangar Island. Discovered by Governor Arthur Phillip in March 1788, he named it Mullet Island for the abundance of fish in the local Hawkesbury River.
There are some excellent bays for fishing, but also swimming, waterskiing or any other PWC as well as paddleboarding. Let the Chef prepare a stunning fresh lunch with the catch of the day!
We will make our way back to Sydney Harbour after lunch, a 2-hour cruise, for our guests to disembark at their convenience after a delightful charter full of memories. We only wish we had one more day!.