Australia’s first purpose-built Seaplane Terminal has landed in Rose Bay and is set to become a ‘must do’ experience for Sydneysiders and visitors alike. The harbour-side destination and lounge features a waterside oyster and cocktail bar, VIP space and a flying boat museum paying homage to a historical site in Australian aviation.
Twenty-five thousand people fly with Sydney Seaplanes a year making it the largest seaplane operator in Australia, with 75% of those being local residents discovering their home from a new height. The exclusive experience takes in some of Australia’s famous views from the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the city’s beaches including Bondi and Manly. The terminal also acts as a gateway to some of Sydney’s premium dining experiences including Jonah’s at Whale Beach and bespoke picnic options at some of Sydney most secluded beaches.
“We have been flying from Rose Bay for years, and it has been a dream of mine to build a luxury terminal for guests to lounge in pre- and post-flight,” enthused Aaron Shaw, Managing Director, Sydney Seaplanes.
The site was originally home to Australia’s first international airport for flying boats in 1939. The project was planned to be used as way to move mail within the British Empire, but quickly evolved into a luxurious way to travel. The original journey from Sydney to London took 10 days and required 30 refuelling stops along what became famous as the ‘Kangaroo Route’. A return fare exceeded the average annual wage, therefore no expense was spared. Passengers could enjoy a smoke while playing a game of mini-golf, dine in the silver service restaurant or rest in the Orient Express-style sleeping cabin.
Visitors can find out more about the Golden Age of flight through the terminal’s purpose-built museum.