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Overseas Passenger Terminal


Located at Circular Quay in Sydney, the Overseas Passenger Terminal (known as the OPT) has dazzling, uninterrupted views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and city skyline. Importantly, it also has easy access to Circular Quay's transport hub where trains, ferries, buses and taxis are available 24 hours, 7 days a week and is just a short walk to The Rocks, an historic precinct with cobbled laneways, cosy cafés and oldest pubs in the country.


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Overseas Passenger Terminal

Entry to the OPT by car or taxi is from George Street to Argyle Street, Circular Quay. While a cruise vessel is in port, passenger set down and pick up is available in the terminal precinct but parking is NOT allowed on-site. Circular Quay train (City Rail) and ferry platforms (Harbour City Ferries) are an easy two-minute walk to the OPT.

Customs and immigration

International cruise voyage: all passengers departing on an international cruise voyage must complete an outbound passenger card as well as a health card questionnaire. Both documents are available inside the terminal.

Domestic cruise voyage: all passengers departing on a domestic cruise voyage must complete a health questionnaire card which will be made available to you once inside the terminal. There is no requirement to complete an outbound passenger card.

Wheelchair access

The Overseas Passenger Terminal has wheelchair accessibility both to the terminal and the ship.

What to bring

  • International cruise - individual passport with a validity of at least six months
  • Domestic cruise - government agency-issued photo ID
  • Your booking itinerary is required for all cruises
  • If you take regular medication ensure that you have sufficient supplies to last the length of your holiday. It's also wise to consider taking a couple of days extra supply in case of unforeseen changes in your plans.

What NOT to bring

You are NOT permitted to bring any alcohol onboard for personal consumption. Duty-free, tax-free and personal alcohol purchased onshore must be surrendered by passengers at embarkation or prior to boarding at any port.

Arriving Passengers
Arriving Passengers

Arriving passengers will need to reclaim their luggage and then clear customs and immigration before exiting the terminal. It is a short walk to public transport or you can catch a taxi at the on-site taxi rank. There is also a designated pick up bay for private vehicles which will assist you in exiting the precinct.

Departing Passengers
Departing Passengers

Departing passengers should refer to their itinerary regarding what time they need to be present at the terminal for check-in as times do vary. Bag drop facilities are available on the forecourt for the majority of ships from 9.30am. Check with your booking agent if you need to utilise this facility. Only travelling passengers with valid tickets will be allowed to enter the terminal.

Tourist Refund Scheme
Tourist Refund Scheme

A TRS desk is available in both terminals on international cruises. TRS enables you to claim a refund for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) that you paid on goods you have purchased in Australia. You can claim the TRS from Customs at embarkation after you have checked in.