Taking off from Australia’s first international airport at Rose Bay, it is hard not to be awed as beautiful Sydney Harbour unveils itself beneath.
The immaculately restored seaplane adds to the nostalgia - such a contrast to the myriad of high-tech cruisers zigzagging the bay. We gently exit the harbour and marvel at the stunning sandstone cliffs rising abruptly from the sea.
Reaching world famous Bondi Beach, the pilot manoeuvres the aircraft so that all on board have a great view of the scores of surfers waiting for the next big wave.
From Bondi we head back into the harbour and climb to 1000 feet, even for a seasoned local the vista is truly stunning. We track to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, and complete a circuit above both famous icons.
On descent back to Rose Bay our pilot points out the beautiful houses of the rich and famous that punctuate the area before gently splashing back down to earth.