Having gone to Sydney to watch the cricket, I was left with 2 unexpected free days due to another inept performance from England, and whilst wondering what to do, I saw a seaplane fly over the harbour. Having never been in a seaplane, I wondered what it would be like, so I got my hostel to ring up and try to book me a flight. Jenny in the office was friendly and helpful, and was able to book me in for a flight that afternoon. She immediately emailed me my confirmation and directions of where to go in Rose Bay. A little boat then takes you from the jetty to the plane, where you meet Steve the pilot, who gives you a lifejacket and helps you climb aboard. After that it is simply awesome, the take off, the flight out from Rose Bay to the harbour entrance and then up the coastline to the Hawkesbury River, where we had to land to pick up another couple, then another take off, followed by a flight back over the Northern Beaches from Palm Beach back down to Sydney Harbour where we headed for the Harbour Bridge and Opera House and did a figure of 8 over them so that everyone could get a good view of them and get lots of photos, before heading back down the harbour and landing back in Rose Bay. You just keep finding yourself going 'wow' at the stunning views that unfold just below you. Steve was a friendly laid back chap who kept us well informed with his commentary as we flew and was happy to answer our questions too. We probably got lucky that due to having to pick up the other couple, our 30 min flight was actually over an hour and had 2 take offs and landings, but even so this was an amazing experience that I'll never forget, and would recommend to anyone.
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