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A dawn tour enjoying the view with Sydney by Kayak
Photograph: Supplied/Sydney by Kayak

Enjoy a coffee aboard a kayak at sunrise

Greet the day the right way with this dawn harbour tour with added caffeine

By Time Out in association with Sydney by Kayak

It’s a familiar morning ritual. The alarm clock blares, you crack an eyelid, and your thoughts quickly turn to one vital activity: your first coffee of the day. But what if you could elevate that daily routine from common-or-garden caffeine fix to awe-inspiring experience? Sydney by Kayak is pairing your morning cup of joe with the majesty of the Sydney Harbour sunrise to achieve just that.

This one-and-a-half-hour dawn tour lets you paddle onto the flat calm of the harbour, where you’ll be able to watch the first rays of the day peak above the Pacific horizon while the rest of Sydney slumbers. Departing approximately 30 minutes before sunrise (usually 5am during the summer months) from Lavender Bay boat ramp, you’ll be led by a team of two tour guides to the best position on the water, with the most iconic landmarks in the city – the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park – framing the dawn sky.

Once there, you’ll be able to enjoy the tea or barista-quality coffee of your choice, with everything from frothy cappuccinos to piping hot long blacks, classic flat whites and rich, creamy hot chocolates available. Dietary requirements that require milk substitutions are also fully catered for. 

The tour will also be expertly photographed by your tour guides, so you can share those breathtaking morning views with your friends, family and, of course, your social media followers. All photographs are included in the ticket price, so you don’t need to worry about being stung by hidden costs once you're back on terra firma. Safety instructions, hand sanitiser, sunscreen and towels are also provided.

This is the flagship tour of Sydney by Kayak, one of the city’s most highly regarded harbour tour operators. Weekday tickets for the Sunrise Kayak and Coffee tour cost $155 per person for a one-and-a-half-hour dawn excursion and $175 on weekends.

If you’re looking for a way to glow-up your daily java, or you want to greet the day with a view you'll never forget, Sydney by Kayak's sunrise tour should be your next ticket purchase.

To book or find details of other harbour tours, visit the Sydney by Kayak website.

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