Once you’ve finished watching these state-of-the-art winged catamarans fly across the glittering harbour in a thrilling close-to-shore race, step on board your own private yacht and sail Sydney’s magical Pittwater with an experienced skipper from Taylor Made Escapes, complete with a bottle of champagne and picnic lunch. Experience Sydney’s legendary beaches and head to Bondi for a surf or a swim, have lunch overlooking the iconic Bondi Icebergs Ocean Pool and take on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk for picture-perfect clifftop views. Away from the water, hike through the many magnificent national parks that sit right on Sydney’s doorstep. And if you prefer to see the city from up high, book a BridgeClimb or take to the skies on a Sydney Seaplane ride.
After a day out by the water, you’ll want a comfortable room to rest up for your next adventure. Sydney has plenty of high-end hotels that will cater for all tastes. For waterfront stays next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, check in at Crown Plaza in Barangaroo, Park Hyatt Sydney or Pier One Sydney Harbour. Get a little closer to the sailing action at the Intercontinental Double Bay, or stay on the other side of the harbour, and spend the night with the animals at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo.
Combine your seaside adventures with some of the freshest seafood in Australia. In Rose Bay, Catalina serves up fresh Sydney rock oysters, seared scallops, grilled prawns and more, all with stellar views of the sail boats cruising past on the harbour. For dinner and drinks, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel has a celebratory beachside vibe, while Bennelong allows you to dine underneath the sails of the Opera House on Circular Quay. Grab pastries for breakfast at Flour and Stone in Woolloomooloo and have a classic brunch at Bills in Double Bay.