Sydney

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.

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. Fresh food and gourmet fare abound, with much of it sourced from Sydney’s pristine coastlines, surrounding farmlands and regional vineyards.

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.

Looking for a fun night out with friends? Enjoy a Mojito as you cruise past the amazing city lights, or watch the sailing schools put their skills to the test with Twilight Races.

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.

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.

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.

Brilliant Breaks in Sydney

Dining Cruises

Sydney Harbour offers the perfect backdrop for dinner and lunch cruises - even high tea for a dining event you and your guests won’t forget. Imagine cruising under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and gliding past the Sydney Opera House while enjoying a glass of wine and a gourmet dining experience. Book a table with the best views in Sydney.

Sydney Sightseeing

When in Sydney do what the locals do and travel on the harbour highway. The Hop-On, Hop-Off Harbour Explorer pass is the easy way to explore Sydney. Over 2 days you can visit up to eight famous harbour precincts including Darling Harbour, Barangaroo, Circular Quay (The Rocks & Opera House), Taronga Zoo, Manly, Watsons Bay, Luna Park & Shark Island. Sydney sightseeing tours include commentary for a fun and informative voyage.

Whale Watching

Whale-watching in Sydney is an incredible chance to see these wonderful gentle giants of the sea while still in a major city. Cruise boats are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, expert commenters, indoor and outdoor seating and multiple viewing decks. Our vessels maximise your chance to view the amazing humpback whales in their natural habitat.

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.

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