Sydney Harbour

Bay or cove

The largest arm of Port Jackson, which extends west from the Heads past Balmain and meets the estuaries of the Lane Cove and Parramatta rivers.

Sydney Harbour to Botany Bay 2004
Port Jackson

Sydney Harbour: A Cultural Landscape

by Ian Hoskins, 2013
supported by City of Sydney - Cultural Ribbon Foreshore Histories Project Creative Commons License

Known worldwide for its beauty, Sydney Harbour has been a source of inspiration for thousands of years. First Aboriginal, then European peoples settled the shores, naming and renaming the coves, headlands and points. Artists and writers have explored the harbour's people, landscape, animals and plants. As Sydney has grown and changed, the harbour surrounding the city has evolved from a working waterway into a one of leisure and entertainment. Parts of the old working waterfront, once dismissed as redundant, have become case studies of adaptive reuse with vibrant cultural precincts emerging along the harbour foreshore.
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View of the heads at the entrance to Port Jackson 1824
Sydney Harbour from Milson's Point 1897
Sydney from the North Shore c1817
US Battleship Connecticut entering Sydney Harbour, August 1908
South Head 2004
Manly ferry 2008
Shark Island, Sydney harbour 2008
Cockatoo Island 2009
The Spit to Sydney Airport 2007
Kirribilli Point 2007
Cargo ship 2007
Garden Island Naval Base 2008
Bird's-eye view of Sydney Harbour c1895
Sydney Harbour from Penshurst (Cremorne) 1907
Views from Kirribilli (Pilot Boat), 2008
The entrance of Port Jackson, and part of the town of Sydney, New South Wales c1821
Proposed Sydney Harbour Bridge c1903
Kirribilli 2009
18 footers, Sydney Harbour February 2010
Sketch and description of the settlement at Sydney Cove Port Jackson in the County of Cumberland...16th of April, 1788
Sydney Cove, Port Jackson 1788
Eleventh panel of Panorama of Sydney Harbour from the north shore 1875
18 footers racing Sydney Harbour 1921
Young Australians, Sydney Harbour, 1919
18 footers racing Sydney Harbour 1921
Sailing on Sydney Harbour 1970
Start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race 26 December 2004
The Yacht 'Era' 1890
The Cornstalk Polka c1863
Charles Parbury's yacht Xarifa c1863
HMAS Sydney I mast and crow's nest, Bradleys Head 2010
Aerial view of the start of the 1959 Sydney to Hobart, Sydney Harbour 26 December 1959
The Parade of Sail on Sydney Harbour on Australia Day, 26 January 1988
Gretel sailing in America's Cup trials in Sydney Harbour 1961
The tug Hero towing Pamir to Sydney Heads 1947
Richard Jones' whaling ship, probably the barque Nelson, lying at anchor in Sydney Harbour c1840s
Sydney from the western side of the Cove c1803
Fort Macquarie from Pinchgut c1850
Opening of yacht season 1886
Boat race, Sydney Harbour 1886
Sailing 1886
Sydney Harbour and Woolloomoolloo Bay c1958
Fort Denison c1900
Defences of Port Jackson : supplement to the Sydney Mail, July 1877
The steamer Burra-Bra, carrying the Host, on Sydney Harbour, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament procession 9 September 1928
The late heavy rains in Sydney and suburbs, June 1889
Rough weather in the harbour - the Manly steamer Brighton during the storm June 1889
The Harbours and Rivers Branch of the NSW Public Works Department March 1898
City of Sydney 1888 (a birdseye view)
Bennelong Point from Dawes Point c1804
A view of Sydney N.S.Wales on entering the Heads the distance of Seven Miles 1809
Port Jackson NSW distant view from above Rose Bay - on the South Head Road 1847
Untitled XIX, from the series 'Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge' c1930
Untitled II, from the series 'Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge' c1930
View in Port Jackson 1789
Apparatus used on board HMS Challenger in exploring the ocean 1874
Survey of Port Jackson New South Wales 1822
Sydney c1802
Plan du Port Jackson: leve a bord de la fregate la Thetis commandee par de M. le Baron de Bougainville Capitaine de vaisseau, Chef de l'Expedition 1825, published 1837
Australia, Port Jackson 1857
Australia-East coast. Port Jackson 1890
Birds eye view of the Port of Sydney 1913
Clark's Island 1829
The Channel to Rose Hill from the beginning of the flats at the head of Port Jackson from the wharf where Stores are landed for Rose Hill: Survey'd 1 Jany 1790
Seaplane on the water at Rose Bay c1930
R Rogers and LA Yancey land Consolidated Model 28 Guba NC777after Port Moresby-Sydney flight, 1750 miles in 11.5 hrs with 3 crew and 4 passengers, 4.45 PM, 23 November 1938
Sydney harbour and Museum of Contemporary Art 14 August 2009
View in Port Jackson from the South Head leading up to Sydney; Supply sailing in 1788
Entrance of Port Jackson 27 Janury 1788
HMAS Sydney IV on Sydney Harbour during the firework display celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy 5 October 2013
North View of Sydney New South Wales, taken from the North Shore 1822
Pinchgut Island 1803
Garden Island 1803
Garden Island c1905
Garden Island 1898-1905
The Pilot boat, Sydney 1842
Garden Island and Clark Island, Port Jackson 1877
Aerial photograph of the Botanical Gardens looking east across Garden Island 7 January 1984
Fishing off Garden Island, December 1876
A Railway along Pitt Street - diagram of city railway and connections 1926