5 New Ways to See Sydney Harbour

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Oct 31, 2015

by TRAVEL INSIDER WRITERS

Five under-the-radar Sydney Harbour experiences.

Hermitage Foreshore track and a picnic at Milk Beach

Enjoy views of Shark Island, Strickland House and Sydney’s Harbour Bridge on the gentle Hermitage Foreshore track from Bayview Hill Road, Rose Bay to Nielsen Park. Along the way, stop off at Milk Beach for a leisurely picnic with a view. Tucked away in leafy Vaucluse, you’ll feel like you’re the first person to discover this tranquil and secluded spot.

Pier One bathtub overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge

Want the ultimate room with a view? This is it. You won’t believe your eyes when you step into the Harbour View Suite at Walsh Bay's Pier One hotel. This luxury accommodation offers views of Luna Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, which you can enjoy from a day bed or while dining on your balcony. But the best observation spot is the opulent bathroom, in a freestanding bath. 

Make a booking at Walsh Bay's Pier One Hotel

Ballast Point Park

Originally home to the Gadigal people, then a merchant’s villa and an oil-storage facility, Ballast Point Park is a 2.6-hectare urban oasis set on Birchgrove’s picturesque peninsula. Bring a picnic, go for a cycle or wander around the park’s numerous installations, which hint at the area’s industrial past.

Brunch at Axil Coffee Co.

Axil Coffee Co. on Kirribilli Wharf is a pit stop for commuters grabbing their morning hit but those with more time should sit by its windows for a spectacular view and tasty fare. Brunch options include “Arabian-style” poached eggs and Bircher muesli. Wash it down with a rhubarb-and-vanilla milkshake.

Dinghy from Cockatoo Island to Greenwich Baths

In the western waters of the harbour lies Cockatoo Island, an old naval site that’s now a platform for cultural events. Watch the sun go down with a cocktail at The Island Bar before a night at the waterfront camp site. When you wake, hire a dinghy to get to Greenwich Baths, a beautiful harbour enclave catering to lap swimmers and casual bathers alike.

By Genevieve Rosen & Ellie Schneider