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Sydney Cruise Port

The largest city in Australia, Sydney is often considered one of the best cruise ports in the world, making it a must-see for anyone heading Down Under. Founded in the late 18th century as a British penal colony, it is also one of the oldest European settlements in Australia.  Modern and cosmopolitan, Sydney is also laid-back and welcoming, with a variety of culture, history, art and nature to enjoy.

How to Get to Sydney

Depending on the size of your cruise ship, you will either dock at Barangaroo Wharf at Darling Harbour or at Circular Quay. If you disembark at Circular Quay, you are already in the heart of Sydney, just steps from the Rocks, its old city. On the other hand, those arriving at Barangaroo will need to take a shuttle bus (if provided by your ship), a taxi or make the twenty-minute walk to the center.

One Day in Sydney

Regardless of where you dock, you won't need to go far to start your day -- the areas around both Darling Harbour and Circular Quay offer plenty to keep you busy. Start from the famous Sydney Opera House, where you can take a guided tour and then enjoy a nice view of the harbor and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. From there, walk along the promenade of Circular Quay, possibly stopping at the Museum of Contemporary Art before continuing inland to the historic district known as The Rocks. If you visit on a weekend, allow some time to explore the lively Rocks Market.

From the Rocks, head south toward central Sydney, where you'll find great shopping, restaurants and people watching in and around the General Post Office, Pitt Street Mall and the Strand Arcade. Stop for lunch and then make your way to the Queen Victoria Building before crossing the pedestrian bridge over Cockle Bay to Darling Harbour.

Around Darling Harbour, you'll find the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World, the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Chinese Garden of Friendship.  Spend a few hours visiting the attractions that appeal the most, then take a break to grab a bite to eat at the Harbourside shopping and dining complex before returning to your ship.

If you're feeling very adventurous and can spare the time, you may want to brave the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, a three and a half hour slow trek up and down one of Sydney's most iconic sites.

Port Information

The local currency is the Australian dollar and the official language is English. ATMs are widely available and you can find a currency exchange booth at Circular Quay. Money can also be changed at banks or currency exchange offices throughout the city.

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Sydney Shore Excursion: Private Blue Mountains Day Trip

Discover the Blue Mountains with a private tour that includes Wentworth Falls, Echo Point, Three Sisters, Grose River Valley and Jamison Valley, accompanied by ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $323.89

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney and Bondi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

See the sights of Sydney and Bondi while you’re in port in Sydney with a hop-on hop-off tour. Travel in an open-top double-decker bus, and see the best of ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 24 hour pass

From USD $38.30

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney BridgeClimb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge on a shore excursion that’s not to be missed – the BridgeClimb is the ultimate Sydney experience that’s got everyone talking! While ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $237.45

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Take a guided walking tour of Sydney Opera House while your cruise ship is in port to experience one of the world’s most famous performing arts centers. Plus, ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.43

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Tower Restaurant Buffet

For a complete overview of Sydney when your cruise ship docks in port, enjoy lunch at the panoramic Sydney Tower Restaurant. Be wowed by the sight of Sydney at ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.05

Sydney Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line WILD LIFE Sydney Entrance Ticket

See Australia’s iconic animals at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo on a shore excursion with skip-the-line entry. When your cruise ship docks in Sydney Port, see the ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $24.89

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Thrill Ride: 30 Minutes

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Feel the need for speed on this full-throttle jet boat shore excursion from Circular Quay! Blast off on Australia's most popular jet boating adventure. See ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 30 minutes

From USD $71.81

Sydney Shore Excursion: Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip

Explore the Blue Mountains National Park–including Wentworth Falls, Jamison Valley, Echo Point, the Grose River Valley, and the Three Sisters–with an ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $189.58

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Attractions and Sightseeing Pass

A Sydney shore excursion has never been easier with the Sydney Attractions and Sightseeing Pass. With separate passes for Circular Quay and Darling Harbour ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $85.21

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Walking Tour

Spend your time in port falling in love with Sydney on this two-hour guided walking tour. See Sydney’s main sights on your shore excursion, including the ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.30

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