Cruises on Sydney Harbour

Hop on a cruise to make the most of marvellous Sydney Harbour. Take in the sights, from the iconic Sydney Opera House to its natural beauty which includes rugged sandstone cliffs and wild bushland. Whether you're after a relaxed lunch cruise, a cultural tour or a relaxing ferry, there's something for everyone.

 The Manly ferry service arriving at Manly Wharf in Manly

Manly Ferry, Manly

Things to do

Sydney Harbour is spectacular and a cruise is a wonderful way to experience it, whatever your interests, activity levels and budget. Enjoy a tall ship adventure with Sydney Harbour Tall Ships and Sydney Heritage Fleet Cruises during the day or hop aboard a paddlewheeler for a Sydney Showboat Cruise at night.

History buffs will love the wonderful heritage tours. Tribal Warrior Harbour Cruises will relay the stories of local Aboriginal people and their traditions while sightseeing. You’ll find out about the indigenous names for Sydney’s landmarks and watch a traditional Aboriginal performance on a harbour island.

Those who also want to explore underwater will love the summer snorkelling cruise with Sydney Harbour Discovery. For bigger sea life, join a whale-watching cruise from May to November, which depart from Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and Manly, and cruise through the dramatic harbour entrance at The Heads into the ocean to spot humpbacks.

You can take a ferry from Circular Quay to other harbour islands, such as Garden Island for a naval museum and Cockatoo Island for UNESCO World Heritage convict sites. On Fort Denison, enjoy a striking panorama of the harbour and then explore the former military facility on a guided tour.

Ferries also travel to Parramatta where you can visit World Heritage-listed Old Government House and other convict heritage sites. There's also a convenient hop-on, hop-off ferry service to popular attractions such as Luna Park for carnival rides.

Two humpback whales passing through Sydney during their migration up the NSW coastline.

Whale Watching Sydney, Sydney Harbour

Eat & drink

Lunch and dinner cruises are a delicious way to enjoy the harbour in comfort and style. There are breakfast cruises for early birds, afternoon tea options that make the most of the warm afternoon sunshine and evening cruises when the city lights twinkle as golden sunsets fade behind the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Foodies who are after the ultimate luxury dining cruise can't go past the Platinum Penfolds Grange Dinner option from Captain Cook Cruises. This six-course degustation matched with elegant Penfolds wines includes the exquisite Grange.