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Sydney Harbour Cruises

By Viator, November 2014

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Sydney Harbour is one of the world’s most famous natural harbours, due, in large part, to its great beauty and excellent proximity to the excitement of big city living. 240 kilometers of shoreline encompass approximately 54 square kilometers of water, making for expansive coastlines, stunning cityscapes, and ripe beach exploration for the visitor. Cruising the harbor and ferry-hopping are popular activities as many are themed, all are exciting, and all allow their guests the chance to view the many attractions encircling the waterway.

What to know

The hub of Sydney Harbour is Circular Quay, the main ferry terminus situated at the bottom of the Central Business District. This was the original founding site of both Sydney and Australia, and from here, most tours begin.

Short on Time

On a tight schedule? Want a taste, but not spend the day cruising the harbour? Perhaps the Harbour Highlights would suit you. This 1.5 hour cruise departs at 5 different times during the day, and hits major points of interest such as Sydney Opera House, Point Piper, and Darling Harbour, while hearing exclusive commentary along the way.

Romantic Cruises

Sydney Harbour is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. A sunset cruise over the pellucid blue waters is guaranteed to impress. Approximately an hour and a half, expect the beauty of an Australian sunset, champagne, and a fine meal while getting a view of the excitement held in Australia’s most famous waterway. For an additional thrill, a twilight dinner cruise aboard a historic tall ship is a unique opportunity. Be sharp, however, and book in advance; this cruise sets sail only once a month.

Dinner Cruises

There’s no doubt, the Sydney Opera House is the most iconic symbol of Sydney. The architecture is masterful, the façade stunning, the inside stage home to some of the most culturally significant acts currently touring the globe. If you want all things Sydney Opera House, consider the Opera House, Dinner Cruise, and Ballet package. On this all day event, you’ll see the most of the harbour, get an insider’s tour of the Sydney Opera House, dine on a two-course meal back on the water, and see the Australian Ballet perform at the venue you just learned so much about.

See It All Cruises
Say you just have a day, you want to see the finest points of the city, yet the harbour is still on the mind. Why not do both? Ultimate Sydney guides you through some of the most poignant districts of Sydney on foot, then by vehicle, then by 38ft. sailing yacht. The Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip is another intimate option, where a small group embarks on a 5 hour cruise under bridges and through quays, allowing you to snap photographs of Sydney’s most iconic trademarks.

Tours & Tickets

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Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 338 Reviews

Book a table for a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise aboard the MV Sydney 2000, the most prestigious dinner cruise in Sydney. The choice is yours whether you embark ...  Read more

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

From USD $121.13

Sydney Showboats Cabaret Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 129 Reviews

Experience a magical night on a Sydney Harbour showboat dinner cruise with live performances by a talented cast of dancers, singers and magicians, all dressed ...  Read more

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

From USD $108.93

Sydney Harbour Luxury Cruise including Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Get a glimpse of the life of a fabulous Sydneysider as you cruise like a local on this small-group luxury tour of Sydney Harbour. See all the iconic ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $248.36

Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 199 Reviews

Cruise Sydney Harbour and watch Sydney light up on an early-dinner sunset cruise aboard the luxurious MV Sydney 2000, the most prestigious cruising restaurant ...  Read more

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

From USD $67.10

Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Lunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

Set sail on Sydney Harbour aboard an authentic tall ship. During your two-hour cruise you will enjoy a buffet lunch as you take in Sydney's iconic sites ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $86.27

Sydney Harbour Coffee Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

Take in panoramic views of top city attractions from the waves on this 2-hour Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruise. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour and ...  Read more

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

From USD $33.99

Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 Reviews

There's no better way to see the sights of Sydney Harbour than on a hop-on hop-off harbour cruise. You can jump on and off at any number of stops, including ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $34.86

Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 82 Reviews

See Sydney's famous waterfront sights on a 1.5-hour cruise through Sydney Harbour. It’s the perfect sightseeing tour for first-timers and those short on time, ...  Read more

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

From USD $26.14

Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Take in the stunning views of Sydney on a Sydney Harbour on luxury sailing trip. On board your 40-foot luxury sailing yacht, with your experienced skipper ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $249.23

Sydney Harbour Catamaran Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

See the best of Sydney from the water on a one-hour cruise by catamaran. You'll see all the harbor's attractions in a comprehensive, informative tour aboard a ...  Read more

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

From USD $24.40

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