And what better to do on a day such as this, but to take a spin on the CityHopper, a quaint little ferry that chugs up and down the river between the main inner city ports.
I guess the “Hopper” part of the name comes from the fact that passengers can simply hop on and hop off as it’s a free service – and a very pleasant trip to boot.
Stops en route are at South Bank, the Maritime Museum, Kangaroo Point, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street almost under Story Bridge, and Dockside, but of course you can hop on and off anywhere you please.
CityHopper services started on July 1, 2012, and run every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight seven days a week, giving great views of the city from the river both day and night.
Although an absolute bonus for visitors to the city, it’s also a commuter service for residents and, for people like me, a pleasant way to catch a cool river breeze in summer or to just enjoy the ride and the view.
If you want to pay for a river trip, there is still the fast CityCat service that goes much further up and down the river, cross-river ferries and the Kookaburra Queen paddle steamer that is slower while you party on board.
But the little red and white CityHopper is the way to go to enjoy a leisurely ride while seeing the city from new angles – the South Bank parklands, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Botanic Gardens, Eagle Street precinct, Story Bridge, some spectacular houses and the city view itself.