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Jonah's Restaurant by Seaplane

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by Carole Liivrand (subscribe)
I love to explore & share my experiences and photographs with others on the off-chance that they too get a buzz out of simple things at their own back door. www.instagram.com/photoopportunity/
Published February 10th 2017
The Journey is as Good as the Destination
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Classic Beaver Seaplane


Romantic, exciting, exhilarating, nerve-wracking, fun or just plain crazy. Depending on your approach to life in general, you may choose one or none of these adjectives. Some people sky-dive whilst others are afraid of flying on the A380. Whatever your fears of flying may be, they will soon be allayed. This is a celebrity experience.

From the moment you check in at Rose Bay and commence boarding, there's an air of casual excitement. After a short briefing, once onboard your seaplane taxiing up the harbour, you're so busy enjoying the takeoff and admiring the view that you've already arrived in Pittwater.

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Shortly after take-off, heading North


Enroute you hug the coast, flying over bridges and beaches, houses and headlands. You get a great view of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Heads, several golf courses and yacht clubs and the plethora of boats moored in bays dotted around the Harbour and Pittwater. If you get a clear day with light breezes, you might see a yacht or two making passage near the coast, and depending on the time of year, you will most likely catch a glimpse of one of the many cruise ships that base themselves in Sydney Harbour during the Season.

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Fantastic Views as we approach Pittwater


Once you touch down on the Pittwater side of Whale Beach, you are met by boat for the short 3 minute ride to the jetty. Here your driver awaits to deliver you to the magnificence of a spectacular view out to the Tasman Sea and down the coast.

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From Seaplane, to Jetty, to our road transfer


Jonah's is a Relais & Chateaux listed boutique hotel with a multi award winning, hatted restaurant. The experience is choreographed as you are guided to your 'table with a view' and order your first drink. The menu, which changes regularly, arrives promptly as you choose from a selection worthy of this elegant restaurant.

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Now, for that special lunch


We were celebrating our 10 year Wedding Anniversary, doing something that we'd heard so many others talk about but just never got around to. This was a wonderful surprise and I felt totally spoilt.

The food was as good as it read on the seasonal menu; beautifully presented, with wonderful flavours. The service was just what one would expect from such an establishment.

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Jonah's menu is seasonal and best seen by visiting their website


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Spectacular ocean & coastal views from the Restaurant


After lunch, we adjourned to the massive outdoor verandah perched high up on the edge of the cliff. I just wished I was checking in for the night so I could hit the beach for a morning swim and then return for what I would expect to be a sumptuous breakfast. Maybe next Anniversary?

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Perched above Whale Beach, looking out to the Tasman Sea


Soon, it was time to retrace our steps, or should I say our path, returning to our plane that was at anchor, ready to fly us back to Sydney.

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Moored and Waiting


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Ocean on one side, Pittwater on the other


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Barrenjoey lighthouse


Prior to landing, we were treated to a sightseeing fly-over of the key points of interest in and around Sydney's main Harbour, taking in the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Admiralty House, Prime Minister's Residence, Circular Quay, and many of the suburbs hugging the Harbour foreshore.

Prior to landing, we were treated to a sightseeing fly-over of the key points of interest in and around Sydney's main Harbour, taking in the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Admiralty House, Prime Minister's Residence, Circular Quay, and many of the suburbs hugging the Harbour foreshore.
Visiting cruise ship


Prior to landing, we were treated to a sightseeing fly-over of the key points of interest in and around Sydney's main Harbour, taking in the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Admiralty House, Prime Minister's Residence, Circular Quay, and many of the suburbs hugging the Harbour foreshore.
Views of Sydney Harbour


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We prepare to land


If you get a day like ours, you'll feel like you've been on a short holiday. Find an excuse, choose a day that has great weather, and just do it!

Sydney Seaplanes have got it all sorted out. All you need to do is visit their website www.seaplanes.com.au and make a phone call.
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Why? Celebration, Birthday, Anniversary or just spoil yourself
When: Year Round, especially Summer, Autumn & Spring
Phone: 1300 732 752
Where: 69 Bynya Road, Whale Beach, NSW 2107
Cost: Depends on package chosen. e.g. Fly & Dine, Fly & Stay
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Nice article Carole :)
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