Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tour

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6 hours
Departs from
Wharf 4, Circular Quay
Returns to
Returns to original departure point at approximately 3pm
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See Sydney from a local’s perspective on a guided walking tour of its harbor-side beaches and eastern suburbs. Breathe in the ocean air as you ferry across the water to Rose Bay, where you’ll set out to see a seldom-explored side of the city. Discover Parsley Bay, Nielsen Park and the Hermitage Foreshore track, which grants stunning views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge across the water. End the walk with a much-deserved lunch of fish and chips at the popular Doyle’s at Watsons Bay.

Begin discovering a less-explored side of Sydney from Circular Quay, where you meet your guide and board a ferry to cross to Rose Bay. As you’re carried over the water, catch a glimpse of Shark Island—named for its fin-shaped outline—and Sydney landmarks. Arrive at Rose Bay where you begin your guided tour of the harbor foreshore and surrounding areas that make up Sydney Harbour National Park.

Leading your small group is a local guide who is well-versed in the area. On your easy walk, meander down the Hermitage Track to Watsons Bay as your guide shares insider tips about the area. The path affords views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House across the harbor. Snap gorgeous photos and experience these iconic sights from an entirely new perspective.

The Hermitage Track also holds its own appeal. Admire the grounds of Strickland House, climb ancient toppled tree trunks, and wind past native flora. Along the way, stop at Parsley Bay, a favorite of local families, where you can walk a brief bushland circuit that showcases a waterfall spilling from the head of a gully. Continue on to Nielsen Park, and admire the turquoise waters of Shark Beach.

Before heading back across the water on the ferry, experience another local favorite—fish and chips at Doyle’s at Watsons Bay. This Sydney institution, family owned for five generations, dishes out fresh Australian seafood against the backdrop of the stunning blue waters of the bay. Once you’ve had your fill, return by ferry from Watsons Bay to the heart of Sydney, with a new appreciation for the skyline you admired from across the harbor.

What's included

  • Local guide
  • Round-trip ferry
  • Snacks
  • Lunch

What isn't included

  • Drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off