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Water Taxis in Sydney

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by Alia Tarsoo (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in Mauritius, I love writing about exciting places to visit and taking photos of scenic views.
Published April 17th 2011
Water taxis are very popular among Sydneysiders and visitors who want to explore and discover the numerous attractions and fabulous views along the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. Rating among the best and safest water taxis, they have on board the most professional skippers at their service and with affordable rates, they enable you to enjoy the arrays of spectacular views.

Among the leading water taxis in Sydney, figure,
H2O Water Taxi
Yellow Water Taxi
Water Taxis Combined

Whether it is for a private harbour tour, or to drop you at one of the attractions or beaches, the water taxis are always available to and from any beach, wharf or jetty, on Sydney's famous Harbour. For the transfer of large groups of people, Water Maxi Taxis are provided to ensure the safety of their clients. Most of these water taxis are also equipped with disabled access.

However, if you are looking for a more luxurious and private journey, for example, the transfers of the bride's guests for a wedding function, Water Limousines are also available for hire at a higher rate. This service is mostly used by local celebrities, international VIPs, politicians and CEOs.

Most of the skippers are professional and friendly and they can always suggest you a perfect picnic site or a good restaurant for your lunch.

The abundant attractions that are available, include, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Harbour Islands, Manly Beach and many more.


Taronga Zoo is the leading zoological garden, in which feature, Australia's finest collection of native species of animals. With its own jetty, it is easily accessible by water taxi and is a must for every visitor.


Synonymous with fun, Luna Park is a unique and historic park situated on the very edge of Sydney's CBD. Being an important feature of Sydney's Harbour foreshore, it is hard to miss it out with its huge smiling face and towers. With fun-packed activities for everyone, this will help refresh old memories for grownups and discover new activities for the young ones.


Since its construction was finished in 1932, the world famous majestic arches of Sydney Bridge has attracted and is still attracting thousands of climbers who wish to have a different angle of the stunning views.


Darling Harbour is perfectly situated for commuters who wish to enjoy a shopping spree. Among the popular entertainment and shopping centres that can entice them, are Star City Casino, IMAX Theatre, many renowned restaurants and a large shopping complex.


Situated in Darling Harbour, Sydney Aquarium houses over 11,000
animals from over 630 species of Australian fish, reptiles and mammals that have an affinity with water.


Whether you want to surf at the beach or explore the magical life of the underwater world at Oceanworld, whether you want to discover the cafes and pubs or live it up at the food and wine festival, you will surely find something that will suit your taste of fun at Manly Beach.


Considered as one of the wonders of modern world, Sydney Opera House is the cultural heart of Sydney and is an international symbol of Australia. Situated right on Sydney Harbour, it provides the best view point and the tours that take place cover its history and architecture.


The park is just a short walk round the water's edge from Sydney's Opera House and is a wonderful picnic spot with breathtaking harbour views.


Described as 'Sydney's outdoor museum', The Rocks is home to Sydney's oldest preserved colonial district. Explore the maze of narrow lanes that wind between sandstone terrace buildings and historical monuments. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of its renowned restaurants or get a cultural glimpse at the multiple art galleries without leaving the old world charm.


The Harbour is home to many islands which are easily accessible by water taxis and include

Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island is the largest among the islands on the Harbour. Guided tours are regularly scheduled to allow visitors explore the many remnants of its historical past.

Fort Denison Island
Discover the island, guided by a National Parks and Wildlife ranger.

Goat island
Visit the Queen's Gunpowder Magazine that was built by convicts and see the quarry and 'Bony' Anderson's couch.

Clark Island
This island is dotted with natural pathways through natural bush and beautiful quiet spots, ideal for picnics and relaxation.

Rodd Island
The island is famous for its summer houses which were built in the 1920's and its colonial style hall.

Shark Island
The island is dotted with picnic shelters, a gazebo, large grassed areas and a wading beach.

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