Five of the best Sydney Harbour boat experiences

24 September 2015

A cruise passes under the Sydney harbour bridge.

Cruise, Sydney harbour

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in Sydney’s most spectacular sights than a cruise around its famed harbour. With a multitude of harbour cruise options on offer, the only problem is picking which to join. Here are five of the best Sydney Harbour cruises and boat experiences on offer.

Best for a sunset dinner – Captain Cook Cruises dinner cruise

Captain Cook Cruises. Copyright Captain Cook Cruises and SeaLink Travel Group

Captain Cook Cruises. Copyright Captain Cook Cruises and SeaLink Travel Group

 

 

Experience sunset on Sydney Harbour with a dinner cruise. There are options for 2 or 3-course meals available, with children’s meals and complimentary wine or soft drink. Cruises depart at 5 pm and take approximately 90 minutes. During this time you will see all the iconic and beautiful sites the harbour has to offer – while it changes colour from the golden hour through to the last gorgeous rays of the day.

Best for a comprehensive tour of Sydney Harbour – the Matilda Cruises hop-on hop-off explorer

Matilda Cruise boat sailing under the Harbour Bridge

Matilda Cruise, Sydney Harbour

Grab a 24-hour pass and check out seven different stops around Sydney Harbour. Hop on and hop off whenever it takes your fancy. Cruises depart every 45 minutes, stopping at Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Manly, Fort Denison, Shark Island, and Garden Island. You can also get a discount of up to 45% on selected Sydney attractions.

Best for express sightseeing – a Magistic Sightseeing Cruise

Magistic Cruises

Magistic Cruises

This is a great way to see the city in style. Departing from Circular Quay, cruise Sydney Harbour on a five million dollar catamaran. Enjoy a complimentary drink on board as you see all the major Sydney Harbour sites in just one hour, complete with informative commentary.

Best for a luxurious lunch on a yacht – Sea Sydney Cruises ‘cruise like a local’ tour

Sea Sydney Cruises

Sea Sydney Cruises

Take a relaxed four hour cruise of the harbour, with a stop for freshly-grilled lunch cooked by the ship’s crew. Small groups of up to 12 passengers are welcome on the ‘Calypso’ motor yacht, with private charters also available, and learn about Sydney Harbour’s history from friendly and informative guides.

Best for an espresso boost – The Sydney Harbour Kayaks Coffee Tour

Sydney Harbour Kayaks, Mosman

Sydney Harbour Kayaks, Mosman

The Sydney Harbour Kayaks Coffee Tour departs from Spit Bridge to Middle head, stopping for freshly-brewed coffee or tea for the short paddle back. Enjoy Pacific Ocean views as your guides introduce you to the fascinating natural history of the Sydney Harbour area. This tour takes around 2 hours.

Find out more about boating and sailing in Sydney Harbour!