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

Sydney Harbour Cruise and Goat Island Walking Tour

Discover Sydney’s colorful convict history and take in the sites of Sydney Harbour aboard the historic Wangi Queen Ferry. Travel to Goat Island, where you'll learn about Australia's convict history on a guided walking tour before returning to the ferry for lunch and a 1.5 hour cruise on Sydney Harbour.


  • Sydney Harbour Cruise on board the historic Wangi Queen Ferry
  • Guided Goat Island walking tour
  • Learn about Australia’s convict history
  • See the harbor-side mansions of Sydney’s rich and famous
  • Unique photo opportunities of the Harbour Bridge and famed Sydney Opera House
  • Buffet lunch served on board the ferry whilst setting sail on the harbour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This package is an awesome value -- a guided tour, cruise around Sydney Harbour on a historic 1920's Wangi Queen Ferry, lunch and drinks are all included. On Goat Island, you learn about a fascinating part of Sydney's history, and the views of Sydney Harbour Bridge are superb.

What You Can Expect

Sydney Harbour Cruise and Goat Island Walking Tour

Wangi Queen Ferry

Board the historic Wangi Queen Ferry, in Sydney’s historical Rocks district. While cruising to Goat Island, see Sydney's palatial harbor-side homes and learn about the history of some of Sydney Harbour’s landmarks like Kirribilli House, Fort Denison and Admiralty House. You’ll also enjoy the views of two world-famous attractions, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Goat Island, which has restricted, limited access, is the largest of the islands in Sydney Harbour. Over the years, Goat Island has served as a quarry, convict stockade, explosives store, police station and fire station. Today the island forms part of the Sydney Harbour National Park.

On a 1-mile (1.5-km) guided walking tour, learn about Goat Island’s colorful past and visit some of Australia's most important and intact convict-built structures. Take in the historic surroundings, and visit the early-1800s military gun-powder magazine, the soldiers’ barracks complex and Sydney’s oldest water police station. You’ll learn what convict life was like on Goat Island, from their punishments to their cramped sleeping quarters and food.

After your guided walking tour receive a complimentary drink before re-boarding the ferry. Then it’s time to relax and enjoy a cold buffet feast with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine! As you eat, enjoy the surrounding views of Sydney Harbour before returning back to Campbell's Cove.

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Sample Menu:


  • Grilled Chorizo Slices (GF)
  • Spinach and Feta Cheese Puff Pastry Triangles (V)

Main Buffet:

Your choice of cold meats served on a roll
  • Beef with smokey BBQ sauce (GF)
  • Pork (GF)
  • Chicken (GF)
  • Coleslaw (V, GF)
  • Chickpea salad (V, GF)
  • Potato salad (V, GF)
  • Fresh garden salad (V, GF)
  • Choice of white or wholemeal rolls
  • Chocolate Brownies

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Tour guide was very funny and made the tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Brilliant trip. Our driver and guide was excellent, keeping us well informed and happy the whole trip. The penguins were wonderful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

I really loved goat island and the ship to and back was fantastic ......5 stars plus

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent all round experience. We had a fab day, weather was perfect, guides excellent. Food was good and a free bar, what more could you want . There was 4 adults and two teenagers in our party.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Even though there was a mix up with the Tall Ship (which was handled extremely well by Viator) we had an excellent day . The tour was very informative and our guide Craig was friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This was an eye-opening experience into the lives of the convicts sent here, forced to build walls, bridges, etc. in the heat, and caged in a small portable wagon with up to 20 other convicts at night, with a central open pit for a toilet. Considering most convicts had committed petty crimes, which today would qualify as a misdemeanor, it does not speak well of the British prison system. The guides were very informed, the ship was a 1920's ferry, and champagne was served. What was not to like!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

very good trip reccomend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

What a wonderful trip. From the beginning to the end! Brendan was amazing with his explanations. Good food and wine! Worth for money. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Beautiful day on the harbor. Our guide was very informative. Crew was excellent, lots of liquid refreshments and we were kept fed the whole time. Would definitely recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The tour was amazing, however there needs to be better communication with passengers. Our departure point was changed but there was no signage at the old spot.

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