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

Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise

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, plus you’ll enjoy being out on the water instead of inside a tour bus. Cruise by the Sydney Opera House, under the Harbour Bridge and past pretty suburbs like Point Piper and Balmain. With a central departure point at Circular Quay, it is easy to fit into your schedule.


  • 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise of Sydney Harbour
  • Admire stunning views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from the water
  • Cruise by opulent waterfront homes in suburbs like Point Piper
  • See Darling Harbour, Bradleys Head and Balmain
  • Enjoy unobstructed photo ops from the boat’s exterior decks
  • Listen to live commentary on board
  • Departs from Circular Quay in downtown Sydney — easy location for first-timers or visitors short on time

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This quick but attraction-filled cruise of Sydney Harbour is a great way to get a feel for the city, and it's easy to fit into your Sydney itinerary. It departs from Circular Quay, so you can easily explore the neighboring Rocks district before or after your cruise.

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What You Can Expect

Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise

Listen to live commentary during a sightseeing cruise on Sydney Harbour.

Your cruise departs from Circular Quay, Sydney’s downtown harbor centrally located near the historic Rocks neighborhood. Hop aboard the sightseeing boat and take off on your 90-minute cruise.

From the boat’s interior cabin or one of the exterior decks, admire gorgeous views of the picturesque harbor for which Sydney is so famous. Make a loop around the harbor that takes you past all its major attractions. Enjoy a spectacular vantage point of the Sydney Opera House on your way to Double Bay, Point Piper and Bradleys Head. Then cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge as you make your way to Balmain and Darling Harbour.

Along the way, listen to detailed commentary about the harbor and its landmarks from an onboard guide. Your tour ends when you return to Circular Quay.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Pleasant and enjoyable tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Very good overview of central harbour area

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great experience, wonderful sights!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

i really enjoy it..the guided tour is a must..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This cruise is a must for anyone visiting Sydney. It is a great opportunity to get pictures of the opera house and the bridge and it is a very enjoyable hour tour of the harbor. We took the harbor cruise the day after we used the hop on hop off bus through Sydney and out to Bondi Beach. This is the correct order. The bus tour gives you the feel of the city and then the cruise helps you to see the same thing from a different perspective. The result was feeling like I knew Sydney better than I did on past trips.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Great tour covering all the highlights of the harbour! Amazing photo opportunities and good information from the recorded tour guides.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

very satisfied

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

Large boat, friendly staff and informative information about the sights we passed!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

We were upgraded to the Hop On Hop Off cruise, perhaps due to the 1200hrs (?) Harbour Cruise not happening. This turned out to be ideal, it allowed us to hop off at Watson Bay which we had planned to do on a separate day. The Cruise guide was just excellent, his commentary brought the cruise to life

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

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