Sydney, Harbour
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Sydney, Harbour

New South Wales, Australia
LAST UPDATED 11/07/2008
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Rob Chandler: Sydney. Fireworks Newyear 2006. Opera House and Harbour, 2 January 2007

Port Jackson, containing Sydney Harbour, is the natural harbour of Sydney, Australia.

The Sydney Harbour is known for it's beauty and used during special events, such as New Years Eve Fireworks, Australia day and the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

The location of the first European settlement in Australia, the Harbour has continued to play a key role in the history and development of Sydney.


Merbabu: Sydney Harbour; 2008

When the swell gets over 5 metres, head for the sheltered bays and extreme corners of the Sydney region. Sydney Harbour also known as Port Jackson was the first site of European settlement in Australia in 1788 and is also home to several of the best novelty waves in the country. Sydney Harbour stands with Pearl Harbour Hawaii as the only two natural deep water harbours in the Pacific.

You are looking for a very solid NE to ESE swell (5M +) to force it's way through the heads and into the bay. When it happens, stand in awe as points and reefs you never knew existed spring to life, it rarely gets above 4 feet in the Inner Harbour but bear in mind that to get 4 feet in the Harbour, Sydneys beaches will be sheer hell in the Pacific at a totally out of control 15 feet plus. The Harbour makes a sound option in these conditions, unless you feel like checking into the human washing machine cycle at the nearest beachbreak.

where to stay

Derek M. Strout: Darling Harbour at night, 7 January 2006

There are many many hotels around the City CBD area, most of which are 4-5 star hotels. Below are some options, otherwise, if you are planning on staying for a little longer, apartments are always a good way to go.

  • Carlton Crest Hotel, which is located close to the southern end of the Darling Harbour precinct. Carlton Crest has over 251 rooms, with guests having access to a rooftop bar, heated pool and acclaimed restaurant. 
  • Four Points by Sheraton, Australia's largest hotel, with 630 rooms at a location on the CBD side of Darling Harbour.
  • Hotel Ibis Darling Harbour, a cheaper option right on the western edge of Darling Harbour, near Harbourside.
  • Novotel Sydney Hotel on Darling Harbour, a very convenient location as public transport is right at the doorstep. Great views and in mid-range costs.
  • Star City Hotel, a hotel located right in the Star City complex, great for gamblers.

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