Sydney Harbour, 9 day itinerary
27 May 2015 – By Laurie Foulon
There are plenty of different sights and activities offered during a superyacht charter with Ocean Alliance. We collaborated with industry-renowned media Boat International Magazine to produce a fantastic sample itinerary, both suited to the active and relaxed minds.
Day 1 | Indulge in your new surroundings
Settle aboard at Jones Bay Wharf and motor under the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Farm Cove, a small bay opposite the Opera House, surrounded by Sydney’s Botanical Garden; lunch while taking in the spectacular view. In late afternoon take a cruise and watch the sunset from the best vantage point on the harbour, Athol Bay, where it’s possible to spend the night.
Day 2 | Take it to the skies
Guests alight in Sydney Harbour for Taronga Zoo, by Athol Bay, to see Australia’s diverse animal life. Cruise to Doyles Restaurant on the beach at Watsons Bay for a spectacular seafood lunch with views over the harbour and city. Continue to Sydney Seaplanes in Rose Bay and experience Sydney from the air. Spend the night anchored in Vaucluse Bay.
Day 3 | Sugary
After breakfast, depart Sydney Harbour through Spit Bridge to Middle Harbour and anchor at Sugarloaf Bay, known for its beautiful secluded anchorages. Relax surrounded by nature, protected from the wind – paddleboard, kayak or enjoy good fishing holes. Sail around to the unspoilt Bantry Bay for the evening.
Day 4 | Laid back
Pass 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. Manly is also a great place to try surfing, with good conditions year-round.
Day 5 | Cliff views
In the morning, head out to sea through the Sydney Heads and motor north to Pittwater. Guests can enjoy a late lunch at Jonah’s, a restaurant set above the sweeps of golden sand at Whale Beach and Palm Beach; the latter is Sydney’s northern-most and finest beach. Spend the evening at the Royal Motor Yacht Club, Newport.
Day 6 | Jump in
In the morning explore the many secluded bays and anchorages in Sydney’s Cowan Creek. There are plenty of great swimming spots, fishing holes and for the active a hike to the spectacular waterfall in America Bay. The crew can on a traditional Aussie barbecue on a secluded beach in Cowan Creek. Spend the night at scenic Jerusalem Bay.
Day 7 | Up the River
Venture up the Hawkesbury River, taking in the view and find a great little anchorage for lunch behind Dangar Island. In the afternoon, there are some excellent bays for swimming, waterskiing and paddleboarding. Surrounded by nature, it’s a great place to spend the evening.
Day 8 | Down the hole
After breakfast, guests enjoy a swim before the two-hour run south back to Sydney Harbour. If the weather is good, cruise a little further south and visit Bondi Beach before heading back in through the Heads and anchoring in Rose Bay. Golfers can enjoy a game at the Royal Sydney Golf Course, which hosts the Australian Open.
Day 9 | The last swim
Take one final cruise in Sydney Harbour past the Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge on the way to Jones Bay Wharf, where guests depart at their convenience.