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Sydney Yacht Hire: Sunday Family Cruise

Summer is well upon us and many families are enjoying the extra time they have together while the kids are on holidays. During the holidays and weekends, we’ve got a chance to spend time together in ways that go beyond watching TV on the couch. Living in Sydney means that good weather is abundant almost year round.  As such, the best family activities can take place outdoors, or even atop the sparkling blue waters of Sydney Harbour. Next time you’ve got a free Sunday morning, consider a Sydney Yacht Hire for a special treat for the family.


Ideas for Family Plans on a Sydney Yacht Hire

Whether it’s just a normal Sunday or a special event, booking a Yacht Hire in Sydney is a great way to bring your friends and family together. A few examples are:

A Family Reunion. Get everyone back together and take group photos out on the water with the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House as your backdrops.

Family Fun. Cruising or sailing on Sydney Harbour – what a great way for families to have fun together and create amazing memories.

Take the kids out. Take an opportunity to teach the kids a bit about Sydney Harbour from atop the water itself. This is a great way to keep them engaged whilst enjoying a morning out on the sea.

You don’t need a reason. Who said you need a reason to have a special day out? Show your family a great day that’s  totally different from the average Sunday breakfast at home. Pack your favourite food or let us cater for you.

East Coast Sailing Family Sunday

What to bring for your Family’s Sydney Yacht Hire: 

Phone or Camera: You’ll definitely be getting some incredible backdrops and photo ops so make sure you’ve got your camera along and your phone charged up so you don’t miss any unique shots.

Sun protection: Bring sunscreen, hats, and clothing to cover up. Depending on the weather, you may need extra sun protection so no one goes home with a sunburn. Make sure you’ve got everything you need to get the most out of a beautiful day out on a yacht in the Sydney Harbour.

Food: You can either pack your own picnic basket, or let us do the catering for you. We’ve got catering options from BBQ, to finger food, to seafood and sushi platters. Check out the catering menu to figure out what suits your family. Make sure to let us know about any dietary requirements you may have! We’ll always try our best to accommodate you.

Change of clothing: Just in case anyone gets wet, or if the weather takes a turn, bring some extra clothing with you. We recommend a pair of pants and sleeves, as well as swimmers or warm weather clothing.

Sunday Family Cruise East Coast Sailing

What are the Sydney Yacht Hire Options?

Eastcoast Sailing has an enormous fleet of skippered yachts that can be hired out on the Sydney Harbour. You can peruse our expansive list of Yacht hire options here, or get in touch with us to help you make a selection. Sydney Yacht Hires typically vary by the number of people who will be on board, how long you will be out on the water, what activities you are planning on doing, and whether you’re having a full catering provided.


If you and your family would like to participate in sailing the yachts, trimming the headsail, hauling the mainsail, and even steering the helm, we have a range of options for you as well. Some families want to jump right in to the sailing experience while others are happy to sit back and enjoy the cruise. You choose what works for you!


Sunset Catamaran Hire in Sydney

If you’re looking for a unique way to appreciate the sunset over the iconic Sydney Harbour, then consider  a sunset catamaran hire with East Coast Sailing.  Our catamarans are ideal for entertaining guests, due to their large space and extra stability. Catamarans are great to hire for formal events, or simply as a special way to enjoy time with friends and the sun goes down. The unique stability features of the catamaran hire allows you to enjoy your event without worrying about drinks rocking around or cutlery sliding across the table. Whether for a private cruise, or corporate event, a catamaran hire means you can enjoy a calm and relaxed sunset with plenty of room for friends, family, loved ones and plus ones.


Options for catamaran hire:

Up to 24 Guests:

Seawind 1000: Catamaran Charter up to 20 guests, shallow draft allows close anchoring to harbour beaches.

Seawind 1000XL: similar to the above, up to 20 guests, but slightly longer with added comforts. Additionally, good weather protection allows for ideal cruising.

Seawind 1250: Catamaran Hire, up to 24 guests, minimum of 3-4 hours charter depending on the season. Furthermore, enjoy a luxury saloon, good weather protection, BBQ facilities, and a good sound system.


Up to 35 Guests:

Seawind 1160: Catamaran Charter, up to 30 guests

Seawind 1050: Resort, up to 30 guests with fully covered cockpit and a large lounge for entertaining.

Wanderlust: Catamaran Charter, up to 35 guests plus crew, with large foredecks and cockpit.

Lagoon 440 :Catamaran Hire, up to 33 guests, with spacious cockpit and saloon.

Fusion 40: Catamaran Hire, up to 30 guests, indoor and outdoor seating, well equipped with fridge, BBQ and cooking facilities.


Up to 47 Guests:

Seawind 1160: Resort Party Boat, up to 43 guests. Enjoy a huge lounge area with BBQ facilities, swim ladder and a great sound system.

Harbourcat: Catamaran hire, up to 44 guests. Additionally, enjoy access to paddleboards, inflatable lounge, snorkeling equipment and a large deck with 360 degree views.

48 Foot Catamaran: Hire caters to up to 44 guests. This is the ideal party boat with plenty of room for lounging, barbecuing and listening to music.

Adelina 50 foot: Catamaran charter, up to 47 guests, options to self-cater or enjoy a wait staff. Sailing capacity, quality sound system, as well as an LCD screen for watching games or presentations.

East Coast Sailing Bridge Sunset

Larger Groups: 

Vessels holding maximum guests of to 80-240:


Sydney Crystal: Function Catamaran, up to 80 guests for cocktails, with a fully licensed bar, sound system and motor cruiser with sails.

MV Morpheus: Catamaran Hire, holds up to 98 guests, 3 dining areas, full galley with chef, dance floor, flat screen TV and sound system.

Jerry Bailey: Function Catamaran Hire, holds 60 -185 guests with two distinct dining areas, wrap around decks, extensive catering options, and all-weather compatible.

MV Coast: Function Catamaran Hire, 60-135 guests, Luxury cocktail bar, 4 distinct dining areas, extensive menu and quality sound system.

MV Eclipse :Catamaran Hire Sydney, up to 240 guests for a cocktail style dining, with a cocktail lounge and a dance floor raised above the water. Due to its versatility, this vessel can adapt to small or large parties.


We have a truly extensive fleet of Catamaran options that can be hired to enjoy the sunset on the iconic Sydney Harbour. Check out our comprehensive list of chartered Catamarans here. Otherwise, get in touch with us and we’ll help you choose the appropriate vessel.


Below are the notable features on our Catamaran hires that will help you choose the right boat for hire for your sunset on the harbour:

  • Large decks and sunny areas for lounging
  • Covered areas for weather protection and comfort of guests
  • Spacious and stable for comfortable cruising
  • Some catamarans have Sailing capacities
  • BBQ facilities
  • Fridge, freezer and cooking facilities
  • Quality sound system
  • Audio / Visual capabilities for corporate presentations
  • Options to BYO or enjoy catering
  • Options for waitstaff

Sunset boat East Coast Sailing

Some of the vessels are equipped for self-catering and BBQ, while others offer the option of food and drink packages, a galley and chef, and even a full waitstaff. We know you’ll be able to find the perfect Catamaran Hire for an epic sunset cruise on the Sydney Harbour.



5 Great Reasons To Charter A Yacht In Sydney For Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day coming up, you might be looking for some inspiration as to how to celebrate the special Day in Sydney. Sure, you could treat your second half to a nice meal out or a trip to the movies. However, if you’re looking for something extra special this year then why not consider chartering a yacht in Sydney Harbour this Valentine’s?

There are so many great reasons to charter a yacht in Sydney for Valentine’s Day. Here at East Coast Sailing, we have a fantastic range of yachts, boats and catamarans for hire in Sydney. So, whether you’re looking for a romantic evening with your partner or if you’re planning on spending the night out with your friends, we’ve come up with our top 5 things you can do on a yacht charter in Sydney this Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy dinner on the water with a Valentine’s day yacht

One of the best reasons to charter a yacht in Sydney for Valentine’s Day is that you can enjoy a candlelight dinner right on the water in Sydney Harbour. With our wide range of yachts, you can purchase one of our food and beverage packages, many of which include wait staff. Alternatively, you could cook your own meal on board and enjoy spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House as you eat. At East Coast Sailing, we offer a range of catering services with our yachts and catamarans, saving you the hassle of booking a spot at a crowded restaurants or cooking a full meal yourself.

One of the best things about a yacht charter is that you get to skip Valentine’s Day crowds because let’s face it, standing in line or struggling to be heard in a busy restaurant doesn’t sound romantic to anyone. You could also get Photographers in Sydney to capture the best moments of your evening. A perfect photo to remember the perfect Valentine’s Day is always nice.

Save on hotel costs

Getting a yacht charter in Sydney for Valentine’s Day might sound extravagant, but not to fret. Here at East Coast Sailing, we have plenty of affordable boats, yachts and catamarans for hire. Hiring a yacht for the night means you can enjoy an evening in Sydney without the extortionate hotel prices on Valentine’s Day. What’s more, a private overnight yacht charter means you can get away from it all with a more memorable and unique experience.

EastCoast Sailing Valentine's Day Yacht Charter Sydney

Enjoy the beaches around Sydney Harbour

All of our private hire yachts come with their own professional skipper who will be happy to anchor up at any one of the stunning beaches around Sydney Harbour. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than relaxing at the beach before going back to your own private yacht? We also have a BBQ option available with our packages so you can enjoy the ultimate Valentine’s Day spent in the sun.

Last minute availability

If you’ve left it a little late to book your Valentine’s accommodation or dinner reservations in Sydney, then we’ve got you covered. East Coast Sailing has a huge range of boats, yachts and catamarans that are still available for hire this Valentine’s Day 2019.

EastCoast Sailing Valentine's Day Yacht Charter Sydney

Celebrate with friends on a party boat

Valentine’s Day shouldn’t just be for couples. If you’re single there’s no need to spend the evening in front of the television. Instead, celebrate Valentine’s Day in style and charter a yacht with a group of your friends. Here at East Coast Sailing, our food and beverage packages allow you to customise your own party boat so you can spend the evening enjoying drinks, music and canapés on board your own private boat. It definitely beats having to join loved up couples in a restaurant.

Whatever your needs are for Valentine’s Day in Sydney, we’ve got you covered for 2020 at East Coast Sailing. Our fantastic range of yachts, boats and catamarans offer a truly memorable way to celebrate this special day with the ones that you love. Call us at 1300 883 023 to book your Valentine’s Day boat hire in Sydney now. We’d love to help you create a magical Valentine’s Day this year!

Corporate Entertainment on a Yacht: Wow Your Customers

If you’re planning a corporate event in Sydney and you really want to wow your customers or your staff, consider taking your corporate event to the next level and hire a luxury boat! Every effort made to impress your clients and employees will be enhanced by backdrops of Sydney’s iconic landmarks. All the fine food and drinks will be had while gazing out upon Sydney Harbour’s sparkling blue waters. 


Luxury Cruise or Team Building 

When planning a corporate event on a Boat Hire in Sydney, there are two main ways to go about it. By letting us plan a luxury cruise in the Harbour for you, you’ll be able to impress clients and colleagues alike. If you’re hoping to reward your employees for another year of hard work by hiring a Sydney Boat Charter that allows them to come together outside of work hours.


If you’d like to host a corporate event for your staff or clients that involves team-building, book in for a sailing regatta experience. Our Team Building Sailing packages get your staff working together and learning new skills in boat-sailing. Our friendly skippers will teach your team how to pull lines, trim the sails, as well as learning skills in tracking, gybing, steering, and understanding wind patterns. Team Sailing events are always fun and entertaining! They give your staff a tactile sense of accomplishment and the ability to work together towards an exciting and practical outcome. 

East Coast Sailing Team Building Corporate

Wine and Dine

Food and drinks are a crucial part of any party, whether you’re wowing your best clients or congratulating your staff. One one of our Sydney Cruises, food can be provided in a few different ways:

  • BYO: 

Bring everything yourself if you’ve got a favourite catering company or you’ve got a super keen picnic-making crew on hand. You can bring your own plasticware for a more casual event, or pay a small BYO fee to use our crockery and washing up supplies. This is probably most appropriate for a smaller, casual corporate event that involves staff members. 

  • On-Shore dining: 

If you’d like to let your guests mingle over drinks while enjoying the view for longer, you can host dinner on-shore at the end of the event. We can recommend tasteful harbourside dining with easy yacht access to enjoy an elegant meal looking out on the harbour. 

  • Catering on your Boat Hire:

Let us take care of the food and drinks for your corporate event so you can enjoy your Sydney Harbour cruise hire. We offer both a beverage catering service and a lunch and dinner service. 

Drinks: Choose from our list of elegant wines, champagnes and beers, as well as soft drinks and sparkling water for those who don’t consume alcohol. 

Food: We have an extensive food catering menu that can suit a myriad of party styles.

East Coast Sailing Corporate Regatta

View the comprehensive catering menu here or contact us to assist with menu selection.

There is no better way is there to truly show appreciation for your staff, or to wow your clients than a memorable day out on the famous waters of the Sydney Harbour. Get in touch with us today and we’ll help you plan your unique corporate event.

Private Boat Charters in Sydney for Memorable Date Nights

Looking to treat your significant other to a romantic night out? Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or you’re just looking for something new and exciting that you can share with your partner, Eastcoast Sailing has got you covered. While dinner at a fancy restaurant is a classic evening date, try expanding your horizons by hiring out a private boat charter. With the beautiful city view of Sydney as your backdrop, you’re sure to blow your partner away with an unforgettable experience.  

Here at Eastcoast Sailing, we offer a wide array of private boat charters for hire, ranging from motor cruises to luxury yachts. With our options, you will be taken on a skippered twilight cruise around the Sydney harbour, after which the skipper will securely moor the boat to a nice bay on the harbour so that you and your significant other can enjoy the rest of your magical evening in private. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of reasons why you should choose to hire a private boat charter for your next date night. 

Enjoy a Dinner Out at Sea 

date night private boat hire Sydney Eastcoast sailing
Elevate your classic dinner date by having it on one of our luxury private boats. You and your partner can enjoy a delicious, romantic candlelit dinner whilst taking in the amazing view of the Sydney skyline. Our food and beverage packages are as impressive as any meal you can get on land, and many of them include helpful and attentive wait staff, so you get the full luxury experience. At Eastcoast Sailing, we’re all about making your experience with us as special as possible, and value the memories that you make while you’re using our services. We’ll throw in a bottle of champagne for your romantic night at sea, because no date night is complete without a glass of champagne.  

Save Yourself the Hassle

Organizing dates require a lot of planning, which can be stressful, especially if you’ve got a lot on your plate. We understand this. That’s why at Eastcoast Sailing, we strive to make your night as magical as it is stress-free. With our catering services, helpful staff and dedicated team of skippers, you can rest easy knowing that we have everything under control, down to the last details. Let go of your worries and focus on spending time with your partner – after all, that’s what a romantic date night is all about. Impressing your partner with an unforgettable night has never been so easy.

Overnight stay

boat charter date night Eastcoast sailing

Why let the magic end? With our overnight boat charters, you can choose to stay the night and enjoy the breathtaking views of the sunset and sunrise along the Sydney horizon. We match the luxury, ease and comfort of a hotel despite our affordable prices, and offer you a unique, world-class view of the Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House as you enjoy well-earned quality time with your significant other. With our overnight boat charters, you’ll be able to enjoy a hearty breakfast before ending your unforgettable experience on board – it will be a luxury experience from beginning to end!

Book Now

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate with your loved one, or you’re on the hunt for an unforgettable date night idea, look no further. Eastcoast Sailing offers a wide variety of private boat charters, overnight boat charters and additional services for you and your loved one to enjoy a romantic night out. So, what are you waiting for? You can contact us now to book a private boat charter, or come to us with any additional enquiries you may have regarding our services. We look forward to hearing from you!

Have Your 2020 New Year’s Eve Celebration This Year On a Yacht

With the new year just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll spend your New Year’s Eve. While there are many areas to view the fireworks at Sydney Harbour Bridge, why not make your entry into 2020 extra magical and consider a New Year’s Eve Private Boat Charter, where you’ll be treated like royalty? In this post, we’ve listed out a few ways that you can celebrate 2020 New Year’s Eve with your loved ones.

From a close family gathering to a romantic date night to a fun night out with friends, we’ll provide you with the services to make your perfect evening happen. Here at Eastcoast Sailing, we’ll be offering Party Boat Hire Sydney and Yacht Charter Sydney services to ensure that you ring in 2020 in style. 

Sydney New Year's Eve Celebration Eastcoast Sailing

 Date Night

Imagine popping open a glass of champagne, taking in the sights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year’s Eve. If you’re planning on counting down with your significant other, enjoy a romantic evening on one of our wide range of yachts. You can enjoy sunset views in the early evening, and get a spectacular close-up of the fireworks when the clock strikes twelve. Skip the New Year’s Eve crowds with our private yacht charters and spend a romantic night ringing in the New Year’s with just the two of you. Want to make the night extra special? We also offer a private overnight yacht charter so that you can spend the first day of 2020 in a spectacular way. 

Family Gathering New Year's Eve Eastcoast Sailing

Family Gathering

For those who prefer a close family gathering, continue the holiday spirit with a private boat charter! From food and beverage packages to our helpful staff, you can be assured that your New Year’s Eve experience will be completely stress and worry free. Treat your family to a magical night out with our private yachts for hire. If you fancy a nice family dinner, we’ve got you covered! We have a range of luxury options that offer kitchens, refrigeration and dining areas for those who prefer something more home-cooked. Otherwise, we also offer a wide selection of food and beverages on our catering menu that is sure to please the whole family.

New Year's Eve Yacht Party Eastcoast Sailing

New Year’s Eve Party with Friends

The start of the New Year calls for an all-out celebration! If you’re looking to spend the evening with your friends, prepare for a spectacular night out by dancing the night away with the gorgeous night views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background. When you choose a private yacht hire at Eastcoast Sailing, you can enjoy a selection of wine, beer and champagne, and canapes for a fun evening out. If you’re looking for something all-inclusive, you can choose from our New Year’s Eve Harbour Cruise ticket offerings. With free flow drinks, live music, DJs, and plenty of space for dancing, you can be sure that this will be a night you and your friends will be talking about for years to come.

Book Now

At Eastcoast Sailing, we offer a wide range of yachts, party boats, and New Year’s Eve boat hires so that you can have a special start to the year, no matter who you’re spending it with. Spoilt for choice? Contact us now to find out which options suit your plans, and to book your Sydney yacht hire, hassle free. Still not convinced? Visit this page for more reasons on why you should be spending the New Year’s with our luxury boat hire services. 


Boat Hire Experience in Sydney

What an amazing day on the harbour!  From start to finish the process was seamless.  The staff at Eastcoast Sailing were efficient and so easy to deal with.  Receiving a quote for the boat hire experience in Sydney and finalising the booking was all done via email.  Even picking up from our preferred destination, made it even more convenient.Our group got picked from King Street Wharf, and then we had a lovely cruise past Barangaroo, under the harbour bridge (just awesome), then past the Sydney Opera House, around the lovely Farm Cove bay and Botanical Gardens, and then past Fort Denison.  Off to Rose Bay we went past beautiful islands that we have never seen up-close before, and the water front mansions.  Our skipper dropped anchor at Rose Bay where we had lunch.I don’t know much about charter boats, but our boat was a beautiful new Seawind 1160 Resort catamaran hire, which had a large space to move around and socialise with our friends.  The upfront trampolines was popular to site and to laze in the sun.  The other feature has the large covered area with plenty of shade when you wanted, and large outdoor space for sunshine when you needed it.Planning a day out with 30 friends could not have been easier. BYO food and drinks meant we could keep our costs down.  The catamaran is a great size and very comfortable inside and out. The Captain and deck hand were very accommodating and ensured we had everything we needed. Even though it was a beautiful Spring day, it wasn’t warm enough to swim. On previous occasions we have used the floating mats which were so much fun. This time we took advantage of the nets and lazed in the sun.  Everyone raved about the day and how wonderful the Boat Hire Experience was. Our only complaint – it went too quick!  Definitely booking again!

Boat Hire Experience with friends

Boat Hire Experience with best friend

Boat Hire Experience with friends

Boat Hire Experience with friends

Explore The Best Natural Harbour On A Sydney Boat Cruise

Sydney Harbour is known worldwide for its sparkling blue waters, dramatic shoreline and its famous landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour bridge. It is perhaps less well known for its standing as one of the largest, or often claimed the largest, natural harbour in the world. Whether or not it ranks number one in size, it is certainly up there when it comes to beauty, fame, and function. This incredible natural monument deserves a moment in the spotlight, with a little explanation on why it’s the best natural harbour out there. At East Coast Sailing our Sydney boat cruise and hire services will give you the amazing experience of viewing this natural harbour in the flesh.

Sydney boat cruises


What is a natural harbour anyway? 

Many harbours in the world are actually natural harbours! A natural harbour is an organically occurring landform in which a body of water is both protected by land, and deep enough to provide safe anchorage for boats or ships. Many large cities are developed near natural harbours as they create opportunity for transfer of passengers and goods, as well as providing a place for boats to anchor away from inclement weather. In order to be considered a natural harbour, a harbour has an existing landform, free a man-made changes, which provided appropriate shelter for ships. Many natural harbours are later developed to enhance the protection from wind, they are expanded to encompass more vessels, or they are dredged to allow for deeper anchorage. 

How was Sydney Harbour originally formed?

220 million years ago, during the Triassic period, what we know as Sydney harbour today was a sandstone and shale estuary formation. Hard Hawkesbury Sandstone (such as on the Eastern edge of the harbour), breaks away in large chunks which leaves the harsh vertical cliffs that are classic of Sydney’s coastline. The Ashfield Shale that makes up the western part of the harbour tends to create flatter shorelines when it erodes, as it is much softer and weathers more easily. 

Sand spits tend to build up over time between large areas of sandstone, and this can eventually connect existing islands to the mainland of the harbour. Examples of this are North and South Head which were joined by sand spits like what is now Manly. What originally started out as a valley river system was flooded as the oceans rose 10,000, which, along with the cliffy shoreline, gives it the depth it has today.

Sydney boat cruise


What species live in Sydney Harbour?

The harbour is extremely biodiverse, with over 3,000 species documented, and five major marine life groups including: Crustaceans (like the blue swimmer and mud crab, Eastern Rock Lobster, school prawn), Polychaetes (marine worms), Molluscs (slugs, snails, clams, and muscles), Echinoderms (sea urchins, stars, and cucumbers) and…588 fish species (sea dragon, blue groper for example). There are also birds (penguins included), whales, dolphins, seals, turtles, corals, and sponges that either live permanently, or regularly visit the Sydney harbour waters. Next time you’re riding on a Sydney boat cruise across the harbour, you can imagine the world below you, teeming with colourful life.

Sydney boat cruise


Why is Sydney Harbour so special?

Apart from its incredible, naturally occurring characteristics, Sydney Harbour is one of the largest transport corridors for the whole state of New South Wales. Every single day there are roughly 40,000 trips made daily by ferries across the bright blue waters.

There are eight islands within Sydney harbour that were never joined by sand spits. These include: Rodd, Snapper, Cockatoo, Goat, Spectacle, Clark, Shark Island, and Fort Denison.

Sydney boat cruise


There are also several man-made attractions that now line Sydney Harbour, many of which are famous throughout the world and attract visitors from hundreds of countries. Some of the most popular landmarks include: The Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, Sydney entertainment centre, Sydney fish markets, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour, and the customs house.

Sydney boat cruise


Sydney Harbour is roughly 19 km long, with 240 Kilometres of shoreline, and approximately 54 square kilometres of water, with a volume of 1 SydHarb (an official unit of measure). The harbour shoreline houses the myriad man-made attractions, residential areas, as well as parklands, forests, reserves, Sydney Harbour National park, botanical gardens, walking tracks, beaches, picnic areas, and so much more. It’s easy to see why Sydney Harbour is not only the World’s largest natural harbour, but one of the most iconic. If you’d like to experience the best natural harbour for yourself, visit our website to view our options for a Sydney boat cruise and rental.

Sydney Harbour facts to know before your boat hire

Some little known facts to know about Sydney Harbour before your next Sydney Harbour boat hire.

Visitors and residents of Sydney delight in the natural and man made wonders of Sydney Harbour every single day, be it riding a ferry, attending a show at the Opera House, crossing the Sydney Harbour bridge, taking a scenic walk, or dining at one of the harbour-side restaurants. Perhaps it seems that everything the harbour has to offer is on display, but did you ever wonder if there is more than what meets the eye, or what is (literally) beneath the surface? Have a read through some of our favourite interesting facts about Sydney Harbour and you’ll have even more appreciation for this famous landmark next time you’re riding atop its waters. At East Coast Sailing we offer services including Sydney yacht hire or a boat hire on Sydney Harbour to experience this interesting city up close.

One of the most interesting, but least known facts about Sydney Harbour is that it has its very own official unit of measure to approximate its volume in water. The unit is aptly called a ‘SydHarb’ and is equivalent to roughly 560 gigalitres, which is over 500,000,000 cubic metres. If you can’t quite get your head around a SydHarb, it can be compared to the following: The amount of water that passes over Niagara Falls in two full days, 238,000 Olympic swimming pools, or 357 Melbourne Cricket grounds. For scale, a Melbourne Cricket ground is the largest stadium size in the country and seats 95,000 people, so imagine that multiplied by 357… that’s one SydHarb.

Within the one SydHarb of water in the Sydney Harbour, there are nearly 600 species of fish alone! Some of the common species include: Bream, kingfish, fan bellied leather jackets, blue swimmer crabs, moon jellies, and flat head. There is also a tube worm that lives on the sea bed. Beyond fish, there are over 3,000 species of sea life present around the Sydney Harbour waters, many of which, land-dwellers like us will never see. With Sydney Yacht hire, you can experience this amazing marine life up close and personal.

Sydney Harbour Boat Hire


The Sydney Harbour was originally a valley river estuary system carved into sandstone millions of years ago. It became the natural harbour it is now when the oceans rose 10,000 years ago and flooded the river. Read more about what it means to be a natural harbour here.

While the volume of Sydney Harbour is inexplicably vast, the depth is another story. While some deep holes have been discovered which go at least 45 metres deep, the seabed morphology is not at all uniform. For instance, some areas of the harbour are only 3 metres deep, but still contain shoals of fish. To get some perspective, if you’re looking at the Harbour Bridge, the distance from the water’s surface to the highpoint of the bridge is 134 metres, much higher than the deep areas beneath.

One of the main uses of the Sydney Harbour is for transportation to and from the city. Every single day, roughly 40,000 trips are made across the harbour, just on ferries. There are also four different bridges that allow travel over the Harbour by car or bus including: the Silverwater Bridge, the Gladesville bridge, the Ryde bridge, and of course the Sydney Harbour bridge.

Sydney Harbour Boat Hire


While modern day ferries are safe and reliable, there were many ships that didn’t make it across the Sydney Harbour once upon a time. There are now at least 30 shipwrecks beneath the surface of the harbour’s waters.  Many of them are intact, and you can even get a permit to dive down to them if you’re really curious. Often, after some time, marine life will inhabit a shipwreck and make it home.

Before European settlers arrived, the area where Sydney harbour is, was home to the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Eora, and the Wanegal tribes. In 1770, Lt. James Cook sailed past the harbour on his way up the East Coast. He later named it after Sir George Jackson, which is why it is also known as ‘Port Jackson’ today. Sydney Harbour has a unique role in Australian history as the first place on the mainland for European settlement and colonisation.

If you’re visiting Sydney Harbour, boat hire will allow you to take in the shoreline of the Harbour which spans 322 km, and almost 80 kms of which has been reclaimed for various uses. Because of this reclamation, much of the shoreline has been altered from its original shape.

If you plan to visit Sydney in 2032 you can partake in the centenary celebration of the Sydney Harbour Bridge construction, which may include allowing the public to walk across the harbour! This would be the third time in history that a public walk is permitted. The first two times were at the grand opening, and at the 50 year anniversary. The bridge took 8 years to build with almost 1500 men, 16 of which died in the process, while 800 families were displaced to make way for its construction. Now, more than 150,000 vehicles cross this monument, and the Sydney Harbour beneath it, each day. 

Sydney Harbour Boat Hire


Feeling inspired by the history of the incredible Sydney Harbour? We offer Sydney Harbour boat hire to experience this historically rich city up close. If you’d like to get out and enjoy these famous waters, get in touch today and we’ll get you out there. 

Marine life: What can you see on a Sydney cruise?

Explore the marine life of Sydney Harbour with East Coast Sailing’s Sydney boat rental

We all know how stunning the blue waters of Sydney Harbour are, reflecting back the sunshine that Sydney-siders can count on most days. With all the bustling traffic of boats, ferries, and cruise ships across the surface, it’s easy to forget about the vast and myriad marine species living at the depths of the sea. This is true for any part of the ocean of course, but Sydney Harbour has a distinctive ecosystem that has allowed for a uniquely large amount of sea life to thrive. If use East Coast Sailing for your Sydney boat rental, you may just be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some of the creatures that brave the border of sea and sky. Read on to learn about some of the most common, and some of the rarest species that live in the sparkling Sydney waters.

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What marine life can I see from a boat hire in Sydney?

While there are twice as many types of fish in Sydney Harbour than the whole of the United Kingdom coastline, many of them aren’t seen from above the surface. If you’re riding on a hire boat in the Sydney Harbour, you’re more likely to spot on of the whale or dolphin species. 

More than fifteen thousand whales migrate from their feeding ground in the Antarctic, to their breeding ground in the Coral Sea. This route runs right past Sydney, near the Sydney Harbour, so whale sightings are quite common from hire boats in Sydney. While boat hires definitely give you the best view and highest chances of spotting a whale, during peak season you might even see them from the shore! The most commonly sighted whales near Sydney Harbour are the humpbacks and the southern right whales. The best time for whale sighting is between May and September, as well as in December. It’s less likely to see any whales during the colder months of the year. From September to December, the humpbacks migrate back to the Antarctic, so you may see them heading south. This also may be a time to spot females with newborn calves in tow.

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Aside from whales, dolphins are definitely the next most commonly sighted marine creature in the area. Pacific and bottlenose dolphins are the ones you’re likely to spot, especially if you’re out on a boat. Boats can generally get within thirty to ninety metres of dolphins and whales.

Aside from the whales and dolphins just mentioned, you may also come across the common dolphin, pilot whales, albatross and other seabirds, as well as the adorable Australian fur seals. Get more details on sightings here.

Learn more with Sydney boat rental: what’s beneath the surface?

It’s incredible to see sea aquatic animals while cruising along the Sydney Harbour, but some passengers will definitely be itching to know what creatures are lurking below that are harder to spot.

Sydney Harbour is often cited as having more species of fish than in all of the Mediterranean Sea. While still being counted and evaluated, so far there are more than 550 species identified, and that’s just the fish. The harbour is known for its unique estuarine ecosystem formed by sea levels rising and filling the existing river valley system.  The resulting complex inlet network has allowed for many species to coexist that would otherwise live in different areas of the ocean.


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While there are far too many species to name all of them, there are some existing in greater numbers than others. We’ve created a list of a few notable creatures in each sea life category for those who are extra keen. Here are our favourites:

Fish: Eastern blue groper, crimson banded wrasse, giant cuttle, moon wrasse, moorish idols, butterfly fish, splendid nudibranch, unicornfish, black reef and fan bellied leather jackets, hulafish, threebar porcupine fish and the yellowtail barracuda! Read more about the Harbour fish here. We also love the Giant, Gloomy, Mourning and Reaper cuttlefish even if they sound like a dismal bunch!

Sharks: Angel, Bull, Dusky Whaler, Great White, Grey Nurse, Port Jackson, and the Wobbegong Shark.

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Rays: Common stingaree, Fiddler, Numb and Southern Eagle Ray. 

Horses and dragons and more: Potbellied, Pygmy and White’s seahorse, Ornate Ghost, Tiger and Robust Ghost pipefish, Pygmy pipehorse, and the Weedy Seadragon.

Crabs, critters, and various creatures: The various nudibranchs including the Hypseldoris, Pancake aphelodoris, sweet ceratosoma and black-margined glossodoris nudibranch. We love the Blue swimmer, brittlestar, becorator, and hermit crabs as well as the feather duster worm, the featherstar, hinge-beak and hump-backed shrimp, peron’s sea slug, and the purple tube worm. 

Miscellaneous: Some of the most fascinating creatures include the biscuit star, eleven armed sea star, as well as the football, jewel, tube, white-striped and monster anemones. We can’t forget the Sea Hare, Sea Urchin, soft coral sponge, Sydney scorpionfish, and the Yellow Zoanthids.

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Non-natives: A lot of the current sea creatures were not originally from the Sydney Harbour area. These guys have either migrated here on cruise ships, or found their way from more tropical waters as the sea temperature has heated up further south. Bristle worms and sea squirts are considered invasive species, and the false clownfish and moorish idols are considered more tropical. We also get visitors such as the blue bottle, by-the-wind sailors, comb jellyfish and the Glaucos Atlantis.

Are you super keen and eager to learn about ALL the species of marine life in the Sydney Harbour? Visit the Underwater Sydney webpage and soak up as much as a soft coral sponge!

If you’re looking forward to viewing some of the spectacular marine life yourself, use our Sydney boat rental and hire it out for a day or weekend on the water, and don’t forget to bring your camera. Visit our website here, for more details about a boat hire Sydney Harbour!