Discover Sydney harbor & surroundings on MY Aurora
G’Day! Welcome to Sydney!
Exclusive anchorages, protected swimming in beautiful bays and world-renowned restaurants with exquisite views.
With so many different options for cruising the largest (and most beautiful!) natural harbor in the world, finding a route that encompasses all the delights of Sydney is a blissful mission.
Charter guests are bound to find spectacular city views, see stunning landmarks, clear snorkeling, great fishing, fine anchorages and the stunning natural scenes around every corner ensuring that no two places are quite the same. Sydney offers rewarding, protected cruising with all the iconic features that a modern city has to offer.
On a warm sunny day, the harbor is vibrant blue and dotted with hundreds of sailing boats, motor yachts, and ferries. Australians love boating!
Sydney enjoys a temperate, humid climate with an abundance of sunny days. The sunshine is well spread throughout the year. In fact, Sydney backs in more blue-sky days in winter than in summer. Given the bright summer sun, this is considered a blessing by many of Sydney’s citizens. As a coastal city, afternoon sea breezes offer a refreshing climate for 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 1 | Iconic Views of Sydney Harbour
Settle aboard at the 1919 heritage location of Jones Bay Warf, and cruise under Sydney Harbour Bridge to Farm Cove. Enjoy lunch in this scenic bay, surrounded by the Botanical Gardens and overlooking the iconic Sydney Opera House. You are just minutes from the CBD on a tender ride!
The hub of Sydney Harbour is Circular Quay, a ferry terminus situated next to the central business district. From here it is an easy walk to The Rocks, Harbour Bridge, and the Sydney Opera House. A VIP backstage tour of the Opera House with your private guide will give you the best insights into the landmark, the controversies of its build and its deep meaning to the city, while a Harbour Bridge Climb is sure to provide a good adrenaline rush!
In the late afternoon, cruise past some of Sydney’s most exclusive residences and watch the sunset show from the best vantage point on the harbor, Athol Bay, where we will spend the night at anchor.
Day 2 | 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 harbor 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 mob 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. There is also an option here for you to remain in Pittwater and join the crew on board in Palm Beach for further exploration into this lesser-known part of Sydney. Patonga, Ettalong or Refuge Bay offer stunning calm anchorages for the night.
Day 3 | Middle Harbour
We may enjoy some deserved sunbathing and swimming today. After breakfast, depart Vaucluse Bay through the 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 test your patience around some special fishing holes. Sail around to the unspoiled Bantry Bay for the evening.
Day 4 | Manly
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. 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!
Chainman's Beach, Store Beach, and Quarantine Bay offer crystal-clear waters with intermitted 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 Inn, both 2 Hat restaurants in secluded bays. And for those very special occasions, let the Captain organize your experience at Peats Bite – a less known 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.
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 6 | 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 while 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 7 | Hawkesbury River
Venture up the Hawkesbury River, taking in the view 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 swimming, waterskiing, and 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 and guests will disembark at their convenience after a delightful charter full of memories. We only wish we had one more day!
Top off this extraordinary charter experience by combining it the world famous New year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney. Take this opportunity and let us arrange for you an unforgettable experience and a perfect New Year’s Eve in Sydney on Aurora, a 25.75m Moonen yacht, available for eight guests with an experienced and professional crew of five.
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