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Father's Day, Sunday 1 September 2013

One of the best walks in the world and a fantastic day out for families to rediscover Sydney Harbour


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FANTASEA HARBOUR HIKERS!  Don't forget online fundraising will continue until the end of September

For more images from Fantasea Harbour Hike 2013 visit the Harbour Hike Facebook page www.facebook.com/simsharbourhike


This Father's Day people including dads from all walks of life and ages will take to the spectacular Harbour foreshore paths around the lower north shore to help discover the secrets of Sydney Harbour and raise much needed funds for marine research.

Now in its third year, Fantasea Harbour Hike is regarded as one of the best walks in the world. This year, the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) is proud to announce their partnership with Fantasea Cruising Sydney Harbour and welcome them as the naming rights partner.

Fantasea Cruising operates up to ten charter boats on Sydney Harbour and will provide each Fantasea Harbour Hike participant with a free ferry ticket, transporting walkers from the finish line at Chowder Bay, Mosman, back to the starting line at Kirribilli.  If you decide to fundraise for Fantasea Harbour Hike (it's just like a walk-a-thon) you could win great prizes including a Fantasea Cruising Sydney New Year's Eve cruise for four valued at $2,000.

The Course
Fantasea Harbour Hike is an easy to moderate, 12km walk and a fantastic opportunity for families, friends, colleagues, and individuals to come together and participate in a healthy and fun community event this Father's Day while taking in the best vistas that Sydney Harbour has to offer. The course starts under the famed Sydney Harbour Bridge and culminates with the SIMS Marine Festival finish line located at the home of SIMS at Clifton Gardens Reserve, Chowder Bay, Mosman.

Funds raised during Fantasea Harbour Hike will directly benefit SIMS' flagship Sydney Harbour Research Program which aims to "future proof" Australia's most iconic waterway.

Read the official media announcement. (Note: if you are using Google Chrome, right click and select 'save link as'). 


The Fantasea Harbour Hike is an easy to moderate, 12km walk from under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, along the Harbour foreshore paths on the lower north shore to Clifton Gardens Reserve, Chowder Bay: the home of SIMS.  Notice from NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service re: Course Changes - CLICK HERE

Take dad, your family and friends on one of the best walks in the world past majestic federation homes, beautiful bays, classic boats, bountiful bushland and spectacular views of the city all the while having fun understanding more about Sydney Harbour's unique marine environment and history and entering to win great prizes.

Event Timing
Teams cross the start line under the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Bradfield Park, Kirribilli every ten seconds starting from 8am.

When registering for Fantasea Harbour Hike, you will need to indicate which hour you would like to start the walk:

  • 8am - 9am
  • 9am - 10am
  • 10am - 11am
  • 11am - 12pm

It takes the average walker between 2.5-3 hours to complete the 12km walk.

The Fantasea Harbour Hike is a walking event and is not timed. If you would like to power walk please select the earliest time bracket to start (8am - 9am) to help ensure that everyone participates safely.

Please ensure you arrive at the event start line 30 minutes before your allocated start hour. This ensures a sufficient amount of time to complete registration, and to collect your event bib and kit.

Fantasea Harbour Hike gives you an opportunity to learn more about Sydney Harbour have fun and compete for some great prizes along the way.

At ten checkpoints along the course Fantasea Harbour Hike teams will answer questions about Sydney's harbour and history. With your registration you will receive a Fantasea
 Harbour Hike event "passport" to record your answers at each checkpoint.

Information and hints about the checkpoint questions are found in the Sydney Morning Herald leading up to the event. SIMS scientists will also be on hand at the checkpoints to provide you with clues.

The SIMS Marine Festival, Clifton Gardens Reserve
The SIMS Marine Festival at the finish line at Clifton Gardens Reserve will await hikers completing the walk. The Festival is free and open to all members of the public from 10am-4pm.


  • Enjoy a range of delicious food and beverage stalls on offer
  • Live entertainment and free activities
  • Meet SIMS' scientists and local sea creatures; listen to fun talks about our local marine environment.
  • Learn about Sydney Harbour National Park's indigenous history and wildlife from the National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers
  • Purchase SIMS merchandise or make a donation to SIMS

A free ferry service will be available to transport Fantasea Harbour Hike participants back to Jeffrey Street Wharf, Kirribilli from the finish line at Clifton Gardens Reserve, Chowder Bay. Boats will depart Chowder Bay every half hour from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Free parking for the Fantasea Harbour Hike/SIMS Marine Festival is provided by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust at Georges Heights Oval off Middle Head Road. See map here. The parking area will be signposted from the intersection of Military and Bradleys Head Roads in Mosman.



Fantasea Harbour Hike is a carbon neutral event offset by Climate Friendly. Fantasea Harbour Hike is a sustainable and waste-wise event. While there are recycling and waste bins along the course, event organisers endorse a "pack it in, pack it out" policy.

Disclaimer: SIMS and the SIMS Foundation and the event organisers reserve the right to change the details of the event, including the event course, without prior notice. The content of the pages of this website are for your general information and use only and are subject to change without notice.


Feedback from 2011 & 2012 Harbour Hike participants
Feedback from 2011 SIMS Harbour Hike participants:

"What a fabulous event yesterday! Beautiful day, beautifully organised and such a lot of good karma along the way! Many thanks for a really wonderful experience.”     - Jenny, Leichhardt


“We had a fabulous day.  I realised that I have spent more time on the water getting to know our beloved harbour than discovering from the shore.  The experience exceeded any expectation!  This walk is accessible, beautiful and delivers many opportunities to stop, detour or just take in the day. We also loved the discovery stations that provoked communal cheating and a good laugh! And we will do it again and through this experience encourage more friends to follow and learn more about SIMS. Congratulations on a great idea, brilliantly conceived."      - Michelle, Vaucluse


“A joyous day participating in the inaugural SIM harbour walk. Excited vibe, informative and endless breathtaking vistas of the most beautiful harbour.“    - Jan McKenzie, Sydney


"What a fabulous event on Sunday…the pandas loved it. So well organised and perfect weather to match!"     - Marni Ryan, WWF

"Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful walks in the world and most informative too. Made me realise how lucky Sydney is to have such a magnificent jewel in the form of Sydney Harbour. Thanks SIMS for organising."     - Marguerite, Sydney


Click here for the Fantasea Harbour Hike 2013 Terms & Conditions of entry. (Note: if you are using Google Chrome, right click and select 'save link as'). 








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