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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:Flexible

Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise

Explore Sydney aboard a hop-on hop-off Sydney Harbour cruise that stops at top destinations including Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Watsons Bay, Manly and Luna Park. Get a great vantage point for photo ops of icons such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Simply jump on and off at as many stops as you like; when you're ready to move on to your next destination, just catch the next boat. Upgrade to include an entrance ticket to Taronga Zoo, another fantastic attraction located on the harbor shores.


  • 24-hour hop-on hop-off Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruise
  • Enjoy a flexible schedule with this all-day sightseeing cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Disembark at any of eight stops to explore any destination in depth
  • Get fantastic photo ops of Sydney Harbour icons
  • Departs every 45 minutes for 1.5-hour round-trip cruise
  • Learn about the city from live onboard commentary
  • Upgrade to include entrance ticket to Taronga Zoo (if option selected)

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Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise

Commentary on Sydney Harbour

Create your own sightseeing itinerary with your hop-on hop-off cruise boat pass that is valid for 24 hours. Simply head to Darling Harbour or Circular Quay to board the boat, then sit back and enjoy a scenic, relaxing cruise.

Hop off at any of the eight stops, including Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Manly and Darling Harbour, where Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and the Maritime Museum are located. Enjoy learning about the sights from live informative commentary provided on board the cruise.

Boats departs every 45 minutes from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour, and the entire route takes between 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. Selected cruises also stop at Shark Island (National Park entry fees apply).Fort Denison: A historic island and restaurant in the middle of the harbour (park entry fees apply).

Taronga Zoo:
Discover Australia's amazing wildlife. Choose the optional upgrade to include zoo entrance ticket and the Sky Safari Gondola. The zoo is home to more than 2,900 exotic and native animals, with zoo-keeper talks and animal shows offered daily.

Shark Island: A small island that is perfect for a picnic and swim (park entry fees apply).

Watsons Bay: A short walk to beaches, lookout points and popular waterside restaurants.

Luna Park: Site of an amusement park with roller coasters and other rides, a longtime favorite destination in Sydney. 

Manly: Situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney, and a popular spot for Australian surfers.

Darling Harbour:
Hop-off for some of Sydney's best attractions including Sydney SEA LIFE Aquriaum, Madame Tussauds, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Maritime Museum and more.

Circular Quay:
Home to the iconic Sydney Opera House, the historic Rocks district, Sydney Harbour Bridge and weekend markets.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was great and loved aunty Judy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The people we dealt with on this trip were truly suited to their jobs They truly enjoyed their jobs and interacted with customers extremely well We were all treated as if we were really special Thanks for the experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Perfect way to see the Harbour area, good history and comfy ferry.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Took this trip to show an overseas visitor around Sydney Harbour. Excellent value, enough time between pick ups to thoroughly examine all the stops. LIVE commentator was knowledgeable and interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We loved this tour. When we left in the morning our guide was very informative. When we hopped back on after getting off we had a different guide. He was hilarious. He made it so much fun. It was a comedy act and a tour all at the same time. Loved it. We would highly recommend this tour.



5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

When I first got into Sydney, I went to the visitors office to check out what’s available around the area. The lady told me if you do one thing in Sydney, you should take a cruise on the bay. I totally agree with her that it was the best way to learn about the whole area and take in the big picture of Sydney. The guide did a great job pointing out different building and neighborhoods and the view was incredible. I would highly recommend it. It was just icing on the cake that it had stops on the Taronga Zoo, and Watson’s Bay.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

good value, many options, good narration. Recommend highly to see a lot in a day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

So much fun. We used it to get to a couple of places like the zoo and the aquarium wharf and shark island, but really enjoyed just cruising around the harbor. Great views, excellent weather and such a nice boat to tool around in, fast and smooth. Try to get one of the outside seats when the weather is nice. It's a great ride. The ticket is a true 24 hour ticket so you could get it in the early afternoon and use it all day and again in the morning the next day.

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