Sydney enjoys a temperate, humid climate with an abundance of sunny days. The sunshine is well spread throughout the year. In fact, Sydney basks in incredible blue-sky days in Winter (June > September), whilst Summer (November > March) offers stable beautiful bright sunny days.
As a coastal city, Sydney is blessed by afternoon sea breezes offering a refreshing climate in 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.
Iconic Views of Sydney Harbour
A 50min drive from Sydney International Airport, settle aboard at the 1919 heritage location of Jones Bay Wharf, and cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Farm Cove. Enjoy your first lunch on board in this scenic bay, surrounded by the Botanical Gardens and overlooking the iconic Sydney Opera House - you are just minutes from the most spectacular views and the city centre on a tender ride!
The hub of Sydney is Circular Quay, the city's ferry terminal where world-recognised Park Hyatt is also located. Dropped off by tender, from here it is an easy walk to The Rocks historic district, or for a stroll towards the Harbour Bridge followed by an unmissable visit to the Sydney Opera House. Year-round are many incredible shows to choose from, whilst a VIP backstage tour with your own private guide will give you the best insights into the landmark, the controversies of its build and its deep meaning to the city. For those after a good adrenaline rush, the 3-4 hour Harbour Bridge Climb is sure to provide an unforgettable dose!
In the late afternoon, return on board and cruise past some of Sydney’s most exclusive residences. Watch your first sunset show from the best vantage point on the harbour, Athol Bay, where we will spend the night at anchor.
The 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 spreads over 21-hectares. Iconic animals include Wallabies, Kangaroos, Koalas, but also Giraffes! When lunch time comes, a short cruise will take you to the famous Doyle’s Restaurant on the beach at Watsons Bay, for a spectacular seafood feast with views over the harbour 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 Aboriginal Birrabirragal people met the First Fleet. Bondi Beach being a short drive towards the North, why not go for a private 1h or 2h surfing lesson with one of its 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.
After a second day full of active pursuits and discovery, you deserve some sunbathing and relaxed swimming today. After breakfast, depart Vaucluse Bay towards the Spit Bridge and on to "Middle Harbour", to find some of Sydney's most secluded beaches. Anchor at Sugarloaf Bay, known for its beautiful anchorages.
Relax surrounded by nature, protected from the wind – paddleboard, kayak, take the seabobs around or test your patience around some special fishing holes. Sail around the corner to the unspoilt Bantry Bay for the evening, with a marvellous seafood dinner prepared by your Chef.
This morning cruise 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.
Chinaman's Beach, Store Beach and Quarantine Bay offer crystal-clear waters with uninterrupted 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.
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, both 2 hat restaurants in secluded bays. And for those very special occasions, let the Captain organize your experience at Peats Bite – a lesser know 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.
If you ever return... 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! History fans will visit Bungan Castle, a medieval-style stone castle on Bungan Head built in 1919 by Adolph Albers, a German art dealer.
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 whilst 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 and engravings: 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!
Did you know: Ku-ring-gai was an Aboriginal word describing the home or hunting ground of the local people...
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.
Venture up the Hawkesbury River, taking in the views, and find a great little anchorage for lunch behind the forested surroundings of Dangar Island. Discovered by Governor Arthur Phillip in March 1788, he originally named it Mullet Island for the abundance of fish in the local Hawkesbury River.
There are some excellent bays for fishing, but also swimming, waterskiing or any other personal watercraft adventures, as well as paddleboarding. Let the Chef prepare a stunning fresh lunch with the catch of the day!
We will make our way back to Sydney Harbour in the afternoon, a 2-hour cruise via the magic of the wide open Pacific Ocean. Alternatively, guests may wish to fly via seaplane and meet the yacht in Rose Bay later in the afternoon.
Overnight at anchor.