Native bushland, Ancient trees, Majestic gardens.
The harbour area was filled by the sea 6000 years ago to create this wonderful ecosystem of vegetation and wildlife buoyed by the sea. The harbour protects an abundance of domestic and wild flora including 400 native species (Benson 2000) alongside a plethora of specimens brought by early settlers and established in the Sydney Botanic gardens and beyond. It also hosts the Sydney Harbour National Park that has helped conserve some of these treasures including abundant wildflowers.
Much of this wonder is available to explore from the comfort and beauty of the water – we will pass a host of Magnolias, Jacarandas, Carobs, Wollemi Pines and enormous Morten Bay Figs planted in the gardens – both public and private – that front the harbour.
Botany on the water will offer a perspective like no other into both European and Native influences on The Harbour’s abundant flora. From the water, we are able to explore some of the great gardens which host some of the oldest trees in Sydney and learn about local tree lore including illegal residential tree poisonings (designed to regain valuable harbour views), community protests and even hedges grown out of spite.
This tour is partnered with one of our fabulous classic vessels and delicious locally sourced produce and wine for a great afternoon on the water.