Sydney Harbour Cruises

Highlights

Cruise on Sydney Harbour for spectacular views of iconic Sydney attractions such as the Sydney Opera House. Explore the rich heritage of Sydney Harbour including the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, Fort Denison and the World-Heritage listed Cockatoo Island. Embark on a twilight cruise and watch a beautiful sunset behind the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  • Fantasea cruise, Circular Quay
  • Sailing, Sydney Harbour

Cruise beautiful Sydney Harbour

Depart from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour or Manly to explore one of the world's most beautiful natural harbours and enjoy uninterrupted views of iconic attractions such as the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House. Ferries and cruises pick up at other locations, though less frequently, including Double Bay and Watsons Bay.

The harbour is edged by pockets of enchanting bushland, sandstone cliffs, parks and gardens including the Royal Botanic Garden. Some of the islands east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge include Fort Denison, Clark Island and Shark Island, and west are World Heritage-listed Cockatoo Island and Goat Island.

Shark Island, near Rose Bay where seaplanes land and take off, is a delightful spot for a picnic and spectacular views. You can get to the island with Captain Cook Cruises and Matilda Cruises or a Sydney Harbour Discovery tour, which offers the opportunity to go snorkelling. 

Clark Island, Sydney Harbour

On Cockatoo Island you can hire a tent and stay overnight. The best way to get to the award-winning Taronga Zoo is by ferry from Circular Quay. Another popular ferry ride is from Circular Quay to Manly, passing by the harbour's awesome entrance called The Heads.

Ferries will also take you to Luna Park, an amusement park. A Rivercat from Circular Quay travels to Parramatta, home to the World Heritage-listed Old Government House and Domain.

Another great way to experience Sydney Harbour is on a leisurely cruise. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner cruises as well as cocktail cruises at sunset.

Whale-watching cruises depart during migration season, between May and November. You'll cruise beyond the Heads to where thousands of majestic whales swim along the coastline for southern feeding grounds and northern breeding grounds.

  • Whale watching

    Whale Watching

    Book a whale-watching cruise during migration season to see the majestic mammals in the ocean outside the Sydney Harbour Heads. Choose a vessel with a whale-watching deck or an adventure cruise for a thrilling ride. You'll have the chance to see humpbacks launch out of the water.

  • Cruiseship Celebrity Solstice, Sydney

    Day Trips

    Discover Sydney and its coastline and estuaries on a cruise tour, stopping at iconic sites. Explore Sydney’s beautiful harbour, with stops to Manly, Balmoral, Rose Bay, among many others. Enjoy lunch and dinner on or off the vessel, choosing from a range of delicious options.

  • Harbour bridge, Sydney

    Food and Wine

    Dine aboard a cruise and enjoy a delicious meal and marvellous views of Sydney Harbour. Choose a breakfast or lunch cruise, or a dinner service to watch a beautiful sunset and the city's lights. Alternatively, enjoy a ferry ride to one of Sydney's food and wine hot spots.

  1. Captain Cook Cruises

    Captain Cook Cruises began in Sydney in 1970 and for over four decades has proven to be a market leader and premier Sydney Harbour cruise line. Their fleet of restaurant, sightseeing, ferry and sailing vessels offer...

  2. Explore Sailing Sydney

    Explore Sailing offers the ultimate in sailing and racing experiences on the stunning Sydney Harbour. See famous icons and landmarks, in a most unique and exciting way onboard traditional America's Cup yachts, AUS21 ...

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