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Lifestyle : Harbour
38B Martin Place, (Railway Concourse), Sydney, NSW 2000 9232 0522 Great Food with Great Prices Bookings for Xmas Functions Corporate Catering Sydney Morning Herald Friday, November 19, 2010 7 From every angle . . . (clockwise from main) Sydney Harbour from the air; Wylies Baths is a great spot for a cooling dip; whales swim with a ferry; foreshore activities are a feature of the harbour city. Photos: Nic Moir, Reuters, Quentin Jones kids, with the Aquarium, Maritime Museum and IMAX cinema all lining the dock. A big stroll across Pyrmont Bridge, or a short hop on a ferry, will take you to the Sydney Fish Market for one of the city's great treats. After marvelling at the stalls of fresh fish, a bag of prawns or fish and chips by the water is the order of the day -- just watch out for the swooping gulls. Seabirds are not the only ones that get to see Sydney by air. There are scenic helicopter flights from Sydney Airport. One of the best ways to explore the city is by taking a seaplane from Rose Bay, the original city base for Qantas. There are short scenic flights but the dream ticket is to fly up to the Hawkesbury River for lunch at the Cottage Point Inn restaurant in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The other great way to savour an overview of the harbour is from the top of the Harbour Bridge. Once the only celebrity to have climbed the bridge was comedian Paul Hogan, whose day job was painting the Sydney icon. Now it seems virtually every celebrity to visit Sydney, from Matt Damon to Michael Caine, has taken the climb. It offers a unique experience, even for locals who may commute to work over the bridge every day. To enjoy the full Sydney experience, you need to get wet. Surfers already know there are great waves to be had all along the coast. When the swell is big enough, it is even possible to catch waves inside the harbour. Surf schools have sprung up on many of the beaches and have beginner boards designed to get even the most unsteady on their feet and whooping with joy. Sydney's beaches are legendary. From the rock-star glitz of Bondi Beach to the quiet of Whale Beach, there is something for everyone. And each has its own surf club that would love to have new members to introduce to the ways of the water. There are also ocean rock pools, washed by the motion of the sea, where swimmers can do their laps all year round. Wylies Baths, just south of Coogee Beach, is one of the most stunning, with panoramic Pacific Ocean views taking in Wedding Cake Island. Appropriately enough, it is one of the city's many waterfront locations that are hired for weddings. Almost every weekend of the summer offers organised ocean swims, in which hundreds of swimmers thrash the water like schools of jumping fish. The most central event leaves from the steps of the Opera House and sweeps around Farm Cove. With each breath, swimmers get a view of either Fort Denison, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge or the city skyline -- a true view from Sydney's waterways. SPECIAL REPORT