Sydney Harbour Cruises
Enjoy marvellous views on a Sydney Harbour cruise, from the iconic Sydney Opera House to enchanting bushland, rugged sandstone cliffs and pretty gardens. There are all kinds of cruises, including an Aboriginal cultural tour, or hop a ferry for Taronga Zoo, Manly and Watsons Bay.
Lunch and dinner cruises are a delicious way to see one of the world’s great natural harbours. You can sip cocktails on a cruise as a golden sunset fades behind the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are whale-watching cruises, tall ships, breakfast cruises and even high tea on the deep blue waterway.
At night glide slowly across waters shimmering under the stars and city lights. Sydney Showboats offers dinner and cabaret on a paddle-wheeler. For wine lovers, join Captain Cook Cruises for a six-course degustation and elegant Penfolds wines – the platinum option includes exquisite Grange.
There are wonderful heritage tours. With Tribal Warrior Harbour Cruises, learn about 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.
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.
Sydney Harbour Discovery offers summer snorkelling tours. There are tall ship adventures with Sydney Harbour Tall Ships and Sydney Heritage Fleet Cruises. Or take a ferry to Luna Park for carnival rides and to Parramatta for World Heritage-listed Old Government House and other convict heritage.
You can buy tickets for convenient hop-on, hop-off ferry services to popular attractions. Between May and November, whale-watching boats depart from Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and Manly. You’ll cruise through the dramatic harbour entrance at The Heads into the ocean to spot humpbacks.