Tried and tested: Seaplane flight over Sydney Harbour and Palm Beach

by Brittany Wheeler

One of the perks of my job is being sent off to test out our incredible range of experiences, and a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to tick off an experience that had been on my bucket list for some time; a seaplane flight over Sydney.

Seaplane flight over Sydney

I arrived at Sydney Seaplane’s Rose Bay Terminal and was warmly greeted with a boarding pass. As I eagerly awaited my flight in the comfort of Empire Lounge, I read about the fascinating history of the aircraft on the back of my boarding pass which was a brilliant way to build the excitement.

Seaplane flight over Sydney

After snapping a quick photograph in front of the almighty DHC-2 Beaver, I climbed up the small ladder and hopped into my seat. To much of my delight I was lucky enough to sit in the front next to the pilot – the best seat in the house! However, all seats in the aircraft have window views and our friendly pilot, DJ, made sure all passengers had prime viewing of the Sydney icons.

Seaplane flight over Sydney

Before we knew it, we were gliding across the water at speed and taking off into the skies, where we were spoilt with incredible views immediately. Live commentary from DJ added to the experience as we learnt about the history of Sydney and the sights below.

Seaplane flight over Sydney

With the sun shining and water sparkling, I admired the uninterrupted views of Nielsen Park and Watson’s Bay as we began cruising north over Narrabeen.

Seaplane flight over Sydney

Upon reaching Pittwater, I marvelled at the sea of sail boats lining the shores and water. Discovering the beauty of Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River in the near distance, I could quickly see why the area was such a popular cruising ground.

Seaplane flight over Sydney

Whether or not you’re a Home and Away fan, the spectacular vistas of Palm Beach are a highlight of flight. We traced around the bay, the northernmost point of Sydney, savouring the golden coastline, clear waters and iconic lighthouse. Note: If you happen take the flight during whale watching season, you might be lucky enough to spot humpback whales here on their migratory journey

Seaplane flight over Sydney

The aircraft continued tracing around the other side of the Northern Beaches, past Whale Beach and Avalon, all the way up to Freshwater and Manly. Cruising at a blissful pace, it was felt like time was almost standing still and we had plenty of time to take photographs and soak in each location.

Seaplane flight over Sydney harbour

The main event is of course Sydney Harbour. DJ performed two slow orbits of the harbour so passengers on both sides of the aircraft could get the best view and snap an Insta-worthy shot. Far away from the busy crowds, it’s the perfect way to view the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and city skyline.

Seaplane flight over Sydney

The flight finished with an exciting water landing before cruising along the water back to the terminal.

Empire Lounge Rose Bay

For those looking to celebrate their adventure with a glass of bubbles afterwards, I suggest booking the three course lunch package at Empire Lounge which instead takes you over Sydney Harbour and Bondi Beach.

Seaplane flight over Sydney

I can honestly say that this won’t be my last seaplane flight. I look forward to spoiling a loved one on a special occasion so we can experience the magic together.