Sydney Harbour Week

March 1, 2009 by

Australia & the Pacific, Family & Kids, Travel News & Alerts

If you find yourself in Sydney next week (March 7 – 15), you’re very lucky indeed. The city is celebrating its annual Harbour Week Festival, with more than 350 events in, on, around, over and even under Sydney’s iconic harbour. Best of all it’s summertime in Sydney, the sun is out and the weather could not be better for a week of harbourside activities.

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

The big events are the Sydney Harbour Regatta (March 7 – 9), when more than 350 yachts compete and thousands of spectators gather on the harbour to watch (the event is free to watch). There’s also the 8th annual Sydney Harbour Swim Classic (March 1), this year with more than 800 swimmers racing across the harbour. And of course there’s the Bridge to Beach swim and paddle race (March 15) from Sydney Harbour Bridge and finishing at the beach in Manly.

A tall ship on Sydney's Darling harbour

A tall ship on Sydney's Darling harbour

There’s actually way more happening than any single person can take in – events for kids, events for families, events for hardcore swimmers, sailors, snorkelers, divers, lovers of “Tall Ships”, you name it.

You can sign up for many of the events free of charge. And you can even camp on Cockatoo Island (smack in the middle of Sydney Harbour) for non-stop views of the harbour races and events. Very cool.

Or simply bring an umbrella, beach towel and a picnice and plonk down somewhere along the harbour and take in the sites. It really is one of the finest weeks to be in Sydney. And don’t worry if you’ve already booked a Sydney Harbour criuse, the schedules aren’t affected during the week’s festivities.

-Michelle B

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2 Responses to “Sydney Harbour Week”

  1. Scott Mc Says:

    Oh, and don’t forget it’s Mardi Gras week in Sydney. Crazy crowds, lots of drinking and partying. Seems a funny week to have a harbor festival (booze + water don’t generally mix well). But there it is, Sydney Harbour week.

  2. Murray Says:

    Nice post!! The Sydney Festival is currently underway. Well worth the visit