5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:15 minutes

Sydney Scenic Flight by Seaplane

Enjoy a scenic flight over Sydney in an immaculately restored historic seaplane that evokes the golden age of Australian seaplanes in the 1930s and ‘40s. Your 15-minute air tour starts from Rose Bay and flies over Sydney’s top landmarks, including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. Upgrade to include a delicious 3-course a la carte lunch at Catalinas, an elegant waterside restaurant with views that overlook Sydney Harbour.


  • Scenic flight by seaplane over Sydney Harbour to Bondi Beach
  • Aerial photo opportunities of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House
  • Spectacular views of Bondi Beach
  • Option to combine the scenic flight by seaplane with lunch at Catalina Restaurant at Rose Bay
  • Informative commentary from your expert pilot-guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Not only are seaplanes a novel way to take an air tour, they also have a long history in Australia. Lift off from the water and take in breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach on this short narrated flight.

What You Can Expect

Sydney Scenic Flight by Seaplane

Sydney Seaplane

After boarding your seaplane, your pilot takes off and soars over sandstone cliffs that jut up from the ocean. You then turn south toward Bondi Beach and fly low enough to make out surfers bobbing on the ocean, waiting for the right wave. Get great photo ops of the golden expanse of beach, then up into Sydney Harbour where you climb to 1,000 feet (305 meters) for an overview of the harbor city. Make a circuit over iconic spots including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison and the Royal Botanic Gardens and keep your camera handy to capture stunning photos from this aerial perspective.

As you head back to Rose Bay, your pilot points out exclusive waterfront mansions that line the bay. After a gentle landing on the water, return to land to end your memorable seaplane flight.

Upgrade your tour by choosing to include an a la carte 3-course lunch at Catalina Restaurant in Rose Bay. Enjoy unobstructed views of Sydney Harbour from the open-air patio or dining room. The menu features fresh seafood and Australian wine among other delectable items. It’s a great way to celebrate after your scenic flight over Sydney.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Stunning! Your air and ground crew contributed hugely to making this a bucket list memorable day. Very professional but letting us have a fun time as well. Thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Brilliant, but need to put directions ref getting to rose bay as there are only limited ferries there

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Pilot super nice, view great, a must do in Sydney.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

A fabulous experience - taking off from Rose Bay where the old empire flying boats used to be based back in the 30s. The flight took in the harbour, Bondi Beach and of course the bridge and opera house. Very enjoyable just wish the flight had been even longer!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Amazing, highly recommend. I am scared of flying but pilot took me totally at ease. Best way to see Sydney especially if you only have a short time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

It has for years been my ambition to have a flight in a seaplane, and you couldn't pick a better venue than Sydney Harbour. The weather was brilliant and the whole experience lived up to my expectations.

Carolyn K
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2011

Absolutely brilliant Very friendly staff altogether a wonderful experience. A must do if you visit Sydney

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

Super trip with a very good inflight commentary by our pilot Adam. The whole family thoroughly enjoyed it. The age of the plane adds to the feeling of adventure as does the way you watch the pilot adjust the controls as you fly. One of the fastest 15 minutes of my life!

Robert E
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

A 100% must. It's a great way to see the beaches and the harbor and all the pilots were very friendly.

John R
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2009

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