in a Seaplane over Sydney
35 Things to do in Sydney
How about the
thrill of a flight in a Seaplane, a Quad Bike ride, a dash on a Speed
Boat and even a Sky Walk! Maybe take a nice relaxed 'Manly' stroll besides
the Harbour just to polish off a great day in Sydney.
31 Sydney Harbour Seaplanes
Flying in a small aircraft
like a seaplane is as different as it looks from the jet you may have
arrived in. Be sure it’s for you. It’s a tight fit once you're
in but you'll forget that pretty quickly as you try not to spend the whole
trip taking photographs. It is an amazing thing to do. This is one of
those experiences that tend to leave you with a big fat smile on your
face. The seaplanes depart from Rose Bay on the south side of Sydney Harbour.
Sydney Highlights Scenic
something you are likely to forget...
The seaplane flight below
gives you about half an hour above Sydney. As at the time of posting,
the price tag is for two passengers.
Seaplanes at Rose Bay
Don't be afraid to ask
Lost? Don't know where to
go for a decent lunch? I know, I know, few of us like asking strangers
for help. The fact is however, if you need help there are many that
are prepared to give it. Just ask someone. Most locals are proud of
their city and will be happy to assist. Exploit this weakness and get
their help as often as possible.
32 (30) Quad Bike Adventure
There's max fun to be had on
a four wheel Quad Bike or ATV (all-terrain vehicle), just over an hour
away from the centre of town. This is a great way to experience the countryside.
It might also be a smart move if the idea of actually going on a bush
walk has little appeal.
Riding through bushland and
open paddocks in these powerful little machines will get your pulse
going and an involuntary "Yeehaw!" is almost acceptable as
most people won't be able to hear you anyway.
Quad Bike the Australian
You don't need any experience
as training will be given before you get going. Once you have been trained,
and have had some practice, you will zoom and bump along on a one hour
fully-guided quad bike tour of bushland around the base of an escarpment.
Go as slow or as fast as you like but follow your guide's instructions
as the Quad Bikes are heavy and can hurt you if you mess about too much
Sydney's Fast Boats
Not even the mighty harbour
can contain this craft. Hang on:
have lift off!
This is a serious power boat
ride with an emphasis on power. There are THREE V6 engines at the back
of this thing. This boat is quick. It is very quick. It has the potential
to travel over 100ks an hour though (and above) the water. This is racing
speed. You will still get to see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge
among many others, just a little quicker than most...
Most of the fast boats on
Sydney Harbour are designed for tourists and look the part. This one
doesn't. This craft is usually reserved for the Special Forces.
Assuming your boat is not
commandeered for a commando raid somewhere your pilot will not be able
to contain your vessel within the Harbour. It is just too powerful.
Your boat will just have to be taken out for a run through the Heads.
You will be the fastest thing heading out of the Harbour. Hang on!
Sydney Tower Eye, 4D Cinema and Skywalk
Sydney Tower has grown an eye!
The old tower is no more and now we have a new Sydney Tower complete with
an eye. Well it worked for London. For the record, Sydney Tower Eye was
previously known as Centrepoint, AMP Tower and Westfield Centrepoint.
As well as the view from
the top (which you pay for and shouldn't if it's very cloudy) the Tower
Eye has a 4D movie theatre. This does not mean you will break the laws
of physics and travel back to the future. Instead, you will be subject
to, sorry, entertained by "in-theatre effects including wind, bubbles
Tower Eye Sky Walkers
If this all sounds like 'why
list the Sydney Tower Eye' it's because of the view. It's Sydney and
you can't beat that no matter what you call it.
Get as high in the 'Eye'
as the Eiffel Tower
The Tower Eye Sky Walk provides
an opportunity to walk around the outside of Sydney Tower. You'll be
walking 250m above Australia's largest city - as high up as the Eiffel
Tower. If you dare, step onto the viewing platform. It is just a sheet
of glass between you and the bustling city beneath your feet ...gulp!
You'll be higher up than those doing the Bridge Climb but, as you might
expect, a little further away from the Harbour.
35 Spit Bridge to Manly Walk
Most people seem to start at
the Spit Bridge and walk to Manly. You could be different and walk it
backwards - just mind your step.
Either way it’s one of the longer but more rewarding walks you can
do. If you do finish at the Spit Bridge - there's a place for coffee /
cold drink by the water near the yacht club close to Shores Restaurant.
Alternatively stop and lunch at Clonny's on the Beach at Clontarf Reserve
(Beach). Clonny’s maybe a little pricey but it is in an excellent location.
Spit Bridge to North Bridge?
Give yourselves four hours,
take water with you and wear walking shoes and of course, sunscreen.
It is possible to keep going from the Spit Bridge to Beauty Point and
beyond to Primrose Park, Folly Point, Tunks Park and North Bridge. If
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