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Harbour Cruise

Getting out on the water is the best way to see Sydney in all its glory.

TravelCurious Tip

With the harbour wind blowing over you, it is easy to forget the blazing Australian sun overhead, and countless visitors do. Bring sun cream!

Sydney’s harbour is one of the most famous and scenic in the world. While some of the views of it from the land are certainly impressive, there really is nothing to match a cruise if you want to experience the best that the harbour has to offer. You will of course see the opera house and the harbour bridge, but there are plenty of other, lesser-known sights to be admired. The great advantage of a cruise is that, although it would be possible to see these places if you were on foot, you might well pass them by or see them without appreciating their function or history. From the boats, you can sit back and relax and let the experienced guides explain all.

Something for every Budget

Harbour cruising is a popular activity, and as such there are a range of options. If you’re on a budget, Sydney Ferries is the public harbour transport service. You still get the views, but without any explanations or history, so it’s best to bring a guide book with you. Towards the more expensive end of the spectrum, but still good value, is Captain Cook Cruises, which has been in continuous operation since 1970. They operate both ordinary guided cruise boats and restaurant vessels – few things can match the romance of a meal on the water in the early evening. If you are visiting between May and December, Whale Watching Sydney operate tours out to the ocean to look for whales. Boasting a 99% sighting success rate, they will also point out sights of interest on your way out to sea.


Nearby Attractions

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Sydney Opera House
One of the most iconic buildings of the modern era, designed by Jorn Utzon and opened in 1973.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
A stunning arch over the harbour, the bridge is over 1km long and was built in 1932.
Port Jackson
This natural inlet was the first site of European colonisation in Australia.
The Rocks
Established shortly after Sydney's formation and now in the shadow of the harbour bridge, this neighbourhood has character in spades - and the city's oldest pubs.
The Rocks Discovery Museum
A museum charting the history of The Rocks from pre-European times to the modern day.
Cadmans Cottage
Sydney's oldest surviving residential building, one of the last remaining of the original colony.

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