Take Your Sydney Holiday to New Heights
July 9, 2013
Sydney is a magnificent city, harbouring some of the world’s most sought after sights. If you’ve seen the Harbour Bridge from Blues Point, the Opera House from The Rocks, the CBD from Sydney Tower and the beaches from the headlands, you’ll have an idea of the visual feast that Sydney has to offer. But even once you’ve seen these sights, you’ll still be missing out on the best views of Sydney. These can only be organised by one company: Sydney Seaplanes.
Sydney Seaplanes is based on a pontoon on the shores of alluring Rose Bay, in Sydney Harbour. As your pilot will tell you when you hop into your seat, this bay has been a legendary aviation landmark ever since it became Sydney’s first international airport in 1938. Now, exclusive aviation base to the Sydney Seaplane fleet, the airport continues to offer passengers the flight of their dreams.
The service caters for a variety of needs, offering scenic flights, fly & dine, fly & stay, fly & tour and chartering options. A 15-minute flight over Sydney Harbour may be enough to take your breath away, but if you’re after a richer seaplane experience you may want to take a flight to Jonah’s restaurant in Palm Beach, for lunch, the Hunter Valley, for a game of golf, Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, for an indulgent weekend, or a chartered flight to the Snowy Mountains, to ski in the Australian alps.
I recently flew to Bells at Killcare for a romantic weekend, which is a package I would highly recommend. The flight commences with a loop around Sydney Harbour, proceeds over the Northern Beaches and touches down past Palm Beach in tranquil Hardys Bay. The trip is informative, the views are spectacular and the landings—a standout feature of seaplane flights—are exhilarating yet surprisingly gentle.
If you haven’t had the joy of flying in a seaplane before, you’re missing out on one of life’s blissful experiences. And if you have flown off the foam countless times, there’s still nothing quite like a view of Sydney from a seaplane.