Four Sydney Harbour watering holes

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Sydney’s care-free lifestyle is indeed alluring.

Sydneysiders appear to have it all — sublime scenery, sunshine, confidence, casual waterfront dining and romantic ferry rides.

Here are four sun-kissed locations around Sydney Harbour, where you can soak up Sydney’s laid-back vibe, enjoy waterfront watering holes which are casual and relaxed, and where you can catch a ferry to. Sound that ferry horn.

Ferry action on Sydney Harbour. Photo: Hamilton Lund Destination NSW

Ferry action on Sydney Harbour. Photo: Hamilton Lund Destination NSW

Mosman Bay

Tucked away in secluded Mosman Bay is Mosman Rowers, the former boatshed of Mosman Rowing Club. Now a neighbourhood watering hole, modern Australian dining is the flavour here with plenty of seafood including chilli lime prawn skewers, pan seared scallops, Sydney rock oysters and classic fish and chips.

Take a chilled drink onto the deck and embrace that scenery. Finish with a stroll around the bay through bushland parks and gardens.

Mosman Bay is a leisurely 20-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay.

View of Mosman Bay from Mosman Rowers. Photo: Mosman Rowers.

View of Mosman Bay from Mosman Rowers. Photo: Mosman Rowers.

Manly

Perched on the wharf along Manly Cove is Manly Wharf Hotel, offering seafood, steaks and sharing plates. Kick back, ferry spot and people watch from sun-drenched decks.

Strolls with ice-creams are the order here — along harbour esplanades, promenades and Pacific Ocean beaches.

Manly is a rollicking 30 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay.

Ferry arriving at relaxed Manly. Photo: Andrew Gregory Destination NSW

Ferry arriving at relaxed Manly. Photo: Andrew Gregory Destination NSW

Watsons Bay

At Watsons Bay, the namesake Doyle’s restaurant is where Sydney’s famous fishing and restaurateur family have sold daily catches since 1885.

Right next door, the Beach Club serves up a more casual setting along with spectacular harbour views — perfect for long lunches, sunset cocktails and dinners.

Watsons Bay is a 20 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay.

Sunset at Beach Club Watsons Bay. Photo: Beach Club

Sunset at Beach Club Watsons Bay. Photo: Beach Club

Double Bay

As you disembark from the ferry, the sunny harbourside deck of the Australian 18 Footers League sailing club beckons. Feast on sumptuous seafood platters combining fish, calamari, scallops, prawns, Sydney rock oysters and mussels.

Toast the good life. Be sure to save time to meander boutique strips, shop for something special or head to the beach for a swim.

Double Bay is a 12 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay.

Inviting deck at 18 Footers, Double-Bay

Inviting deck at 18 Footers, Double-Bay

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