The world's most spectacular harbour
Visitors from across Australia and around the world are always struck by Sydney’s beauty. A visit to Sydney isn't complete without a trip around the spectacular harbour with a cruise past the iconic Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge. A photo opportunity is waiting around every corner, making Sydney a photographer's delight.
Sydney - get ready to be captivated
Sydney is an amazingly vibrant, multi-cultural city, with an enviable lifestyle centred around its spectacular harbour. The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, are Australian icons and twin jewels against the backdrop of this bustling metropolis.
Brilliant Breaks in Sydney
Dining and Bar Experiences
Choose between Premium Dining or the new Casual Dining & Bar range, including the Harbour Bar and Harbour Restaurant, or when you need to impress, the Gold Penfolds Dinner. The new dining range adds a totally new dimension and is in tune with our city’s famous rooftop bars, wine bars, and the relaxed waterfront bars and restaurants which are so intertwined in Sydney’s unique DNA.
Only SailGP spectator boats will get you into the heart of the action on Sydney Harbour. Open top boats offer an amazing view of the racing from inside the public exclusion zone, together with live race commentary to give the ultimate experience of the most competitive racing on-water. Family-friendly for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult).
From $120 per person*.
Visit Australia’s most famous zoo, situated right on the water’s edge. The Zoo Express is fantastic value including your return rocket ferry from Circular Quay, entry to Taronga Zoo and the sky safari cable car that will take you from the wharf to the gate entrance at the top of the hill.
$59 per person.
Sydney is a big place to explore over just one weekend. With Captain Cook Cruises you can do what the locals do and travel on the harbour highway with our Hop On Hop Off Sydney Harbour Explorer, allowing you to explore Sydney’s best bits - Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Shark Island, Watsons Bay and Manly - all with the convenience of live commentary from a friendly local throughout your journey.
From $35 per person*.
Special event cruises
We offer the best seat in the house to the best events on Sydney Harbour. Whether it is the dazzling New Year’s Eve fireworks, the amazing Vivid Sydney Lightshow, Christmas Day, Mothers and Fathers Day, or a flutter on the Melbourne Cup, we run a range of special event cruises and charters to make your event…well, extra special.
Best things to see and do on Sydney Harbour
Discover Sydney Harbour’s sites at your own pace by picking up a hop-on hop-off ferry pass. It’s a fun and flexible way to get around the harbour by water and experience popular destinations including Taronga Zoo, Manly, Watsons Bay, and the Sydney Opera House.
Get ready to party like a local at one of the many harbour celebrations. From Australia Day in late January right through to our world-famous New Year’s Eve celebrations, there’s a packed program of events — tall ship races, fireworks, sailing regattas, light festivals, concerts and more for you to enjoy.
Take a Sydney Harbour Sightseeing cruise to the two-kilometre wide entrance where the Pacific Ocean meets the harbour waters. Surrounded by towering cliff faces, national parks and stunning beaches, yet only 20 minutes by water from the city, you’ll discover another perspective to the most beautiful harbour in the world.
Enjoy a tantalising lunch or dinner experience while taking in the spectacular highlights of the harbour from the comfort of a premium harbour vessel with Sydney Harbour dinner cruises.
Sip Mojitos or a Bay Breeze as you sail past the Opera House on a twilight cocktail cruise. This magical experience is a brilliant way to celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy a unique start to an evening of fun.
Witness majestic whales at play on a Sydney Harbour whale-watching cruise. You’ll get up close and personal during whale watching season, and learn more about these gentle sea creatures.
Your trip to Sydney would not be complete without a special dining cruise with the city lights as your table backdrop. Be served up gourmet food paired with amazing Australian wines and decadent desserts from the chef on board, for a night to remember.
All menus feature the freshest Australian produce, sourced locally and prepared simply.
Looking for a fun harbour experience with friends or family? Sydney’s newest waterfront bar experience, the Harbour Bar offers 360-degree waterfront views, live music, all-day dining with pick-ups approximately every 90 minutes.
Enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail as you cruise past the amazing city lights, or watch the sailing schools put their skills to the test with Twilight Races on the harbour.
Sydney Harbour Cruises
With so much to see and do in the harbour precinct, there’s a cruise designed for every style of adventure. Popular attractions for history lovers include the harbour islands that house forts, lighthouses and naval vessels. Onboard tour guides provide a wealth of insight and knowledge to give you a full appreciation of each site you pass.
For family-friendly adventure, a Harbour Story Cruise takes you past iconic landmarks, palatial waterfront homes and local points of interest. Ample viewing space and expert commentary ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The easiest way to explore the harbour is aboard a sightseeing cruise. Dotted along the 240km of shoreline, you’ll discover craggy cliffs, secluded beaches, hidden coves, significant historical sites and an abundance of natural bushland. The harbour and its unique blend of aboriginal, colonial and naval heritage is yours to explore.
Make sure you allow plenty of time to visit the many waterside attractions that wrap around the bustling foreshore. When you’re ready to dine, the harbour city has you covered.