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.
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.
One of the most popular ways to experience the annual Vivid Sydney festival is on the water. Cruises often come packaged with drinks and dinner, from three-course fine-dining affairs to more casual canapes and cocktails.
Jump on a ferry
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.
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.
Sydney Harbour Top Deck Long Lunch Cruise - Credit: James Horan, Captain Cook Cruises
Foodies who are after the ultimate luxury dining cruise can't go past the Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise option from Captain Cook Cruises. This six-course degustation matched with elegant Penfolds wines includes the exquisite St Henri Shiraz.
Sydney Harbour is known for being home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but there's so much more to discover. Spend some time here and you'll be awed by its natural beauty, from hidden beaches to pristine bushland and charming islands that are made for exploring.
Destination NSW acknowledges and respects Aboriginal people as the state’s first people and nations and recognises Aboriginal people as the Traditional Owners and occupants of New South Wales land and water.