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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Moored and Waiting
Ocean on one side, Pittwater on the other
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
Views of Sydney Harbour
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.