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

Sydney Harbour Cruise and Goat Island Walking Tour

Enjoy exclusive access to Goat Island on 3-hour excursion that includes a leisurely guided walking tour on Goat Island and a 1.5-hour Sydney Harbour cruise aboard the historic Wangi Queen ferry. Goat Island can only be visited with a tour in order to preserve its many historic sites, including some of Australia's oldest convict-built structures. Get great photo ops of Sydney icons during your Goat Island excursion, which includes a 1.5-hour Sydney Harbour lunch cruise with complimentary sparkling wine, beer and soft drinks.

Highlights

  • 3-hour tour with Goat Island walking tour and Sydney Harbour lunch cruise
  • Admire landmark structures, parks and mansions on Sydney Harbour from the historic Wangi Queen Ferry
  • Learn about Goat Island's convict history and recent developments during an easy walking tour with an expert guide
  • See monuments from Australia’s convict history
  • Sail past harborside mansions of Sydney’s elite set
  • Bring your camera for great photo ops of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch served on board the ferry with unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This package is an awesome value: a guided walking tour, a cruise around Sydney Harbour on a historic 1920's ferry, plus lunch and drinks 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

Make your own way to Campbell Cove, located in Sydney’s historic Rocks district, and step on board the historic Wangi Queen ferry for your cruise over to Goat Island, part of Sydney Harbour National Park.

As you cross the harbor, take in clear views of waterside mansions and note Sydney Harbour landmarks like Kirribilli House, Fort Denison and Admiralty House. Enjoy a great vantage point on two of Sydney's most famous attractions: the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Also, your captain shares some fun facts about your vessel, a traditional wood ferry that features fine craftmanship. The ferry was built in 1922 and since then has provided water transport in Brisbane, Lake Macquarie and Sydney.

Upon your arrival at Goat Island, follow your expert guide for a one-mile (1.5-km) walking tour. Learn about Goat Island’s long history as you visit important sites such as the soldiers’ barracks, the Queens Magazine—where gunpowder was stored in the early 1800s, and the oldest water police station in Sydney. Hear about the tough conditions for convicts who were sent to Goat Island to labor in the quarries, and see some of Australia's most intact and important convict-built structures.

Wind down after your guided walking tour with a complimentary drink before returning to your ferry. Back on board, have time to relax and snack on a cold buffet lunch that is served with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks. Continue to soak in stunning views as the ferry cruises around Sydney Harbour before returning to Campbell's Cove at the end of your 3-hour tour.

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Itinerary

Sample Menu:

Appetizers:
  • Grilled Chorizo Slices
  • Spinach and Feta Cheese Puff Pastry Triangles
Main course:
Your choice of cold meats served on a roll:
  • Beef with smokey barbecue sauce
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Choice of white or whole wheat rolls

Salads:

  • Coleslaw
  • Chickpea salad
  • Potato salad
  • Fresh garden salad
Dessert:
  • Chocolate Brownies

Customer Reviews

Rebecca G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Tour guide was very funny and made the tour!

Sandra K

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.

lyndat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

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

n.pilsbury United Kingdom

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.

M M V

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.

Cynthia

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!

Gordon R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

very good trip reccomend

Anoma P

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.

Irene W

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.

Jody C

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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