Sydney Harbour is one of the world’s most iconic waterways. It has stunning natural features, internationally recognisable architecture and is the backdrop to Australia’s largest city. The Harbour and its tributaries have significant cultural and heritage values, and offer opportunities for a variety of recreational activities. It also holds working value for transport, maritime, defence and the tourism industries.
Sydney Harbour extends 19 kilometres from the entrance, between North and South Heads, to the most westerly point where the Lane Cove and Parramatta rivers enter.
Estuary health and features
Local government management
Local councils manage estuaries within their area, unless the estuary is attached to a marine park. The Sydney Harbour catchment spans multiple local government areas. The Sydney Coastal Councils Group promotes collaboration between relevant local councils on environmental management of the Harbour.
The Parramatta River Catchment Group are working with community, industry and government agencies to transform the Parramatta River into living waterways, with the mission of improving the quality of the river to make it a safe and enjoyable place to swim at a number of spots.