Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn – Sydney

Taste Sydney with Hayden Quinn

Cook, author, presenter and MasterChef Australia contestant Hayden Quinn has travelled around New South Wales discovering delicious local produce and meeting passionate producers for season two of Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn. This week he visits some of his favourite spots around Sydney Harbour.


“There’s so much to explore in Sydney Harbour and there’s so many ways you can do it. The best way of course is to get out on the water, and if you’re up for a challenge there are some great places you can hire a stand-up paddleboard or kayak.”

Hire a Kayak from Manly Kayak Centre. Image Credit: Taste of Australia

Hayden is a Manly local, so he knows all about the hidden gems of the Northern Beaches. Store Beach is on North Head in the Sydney Harbour National Park and only accessible by boat or kayak from Manly. Hire one from Manly Kayak Centre and paddle across for a secluded swim.


“If you’re looking for even more adventure, then sailing on the harbour has to be high up on your bucket list. The team at Eastsail are experts in sailing and will sort you out with a yacht – and an experience of a lifetime.”

Eastsail are experts in sailing. Image Credit: Taste of Australia

Eastsail operates a multimillion dollar fleet of 17 state of the art yachts and four luxury cruisers. Charter a boat with a skipper for a leisurely cruise around Sydney Harbour or take the wheel and steer yourself past the city’s most iconic sights. They also offer sailing courses if you want to spend more time on the water.


“When you’re hungry, the Sydney Fish Market is the best place to drop in. Situated on the harbour at Pyrmont, they have a huge selection of fresh seafood to fill you up. Grab a dozen oysters or some prawns and enjoy the sunshine.”

Fishmonger holding a giant King Crab at Sydney Fish Market. Image Credit: Sydney Fish Market

Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and has been serving the city for over 50 years. More than 13,000 tonnes of fish come through here every year. Pick up some fresh seafood, visit cafes and restaurants serving up the day’s catch, or take a class at the Sydney Seafood School.


“A short water taxi or ferry ride on the harbour will take you to nearby Cockatoo Island. This place is amazing and booking a guided tour is the best way to learn about its history.”

Hayden exploring and learning about Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour. Image Credit: Taste of Australia

Set right in the middle of Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island has a long and fascinating history. A meeting place for the Eora People prior to colonisation, it went on to be used as a convict prison, reform school and naval shipyard. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed convict buildings on a guided tour, have a harbourside picnic or camp overnight.