Sydney Harbour Tours

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With the iconic silhouette of Sydney Opera House and the dramatic arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge etched against a backdrop of glittering ocean and soaring skyscrapers, Sydney Harbour is Australia’s quintessential postcard image. The harbor, the natural heart of Sydney, features more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) lined with golden beaches, lush gardens, and vibrant neighborhoods.

The Basics
Sydney Harbour is at the top of the must-see list for first-time visitors to Sydney, and the most popular way to enjoy the views is on a sightseeing cruise. Opt for a scenic lunch cruise, admire the illuminated city skyline on a romantic dinner cruise, take a whale-watching cruise, or book one with a stop at Goat Island or Fort Denison. For the most spectacular views, soar overhead on a helicopter tour, or get back to nature on a walking tour in Sydney Harbour National Park. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sydney Harbour cruises range from a 90-minute excursion to a half-day tour.
  • Sydney Harbour attractions such as the Royal Botanic Garden, Taronga Zoo, and Sydney Opera House are wheelchair accessible.

How to Get to Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour is located in central Sydney, a 30-minute train or taxi ride from Sydney Airport, and is easily accessible from all corners of the city. Boat cruises and ferries set sail across the harbor from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, toward Rose Bay, Bondi Beach, and Watsons Bay, while trains and buses run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge between the Central Business District and the North Shore.

When to Get There
The Sydney skyline is impressive at any time of year, but the most atmospheric times to photograph Sydney Harbour are at sunrise and sunset. For a special experience, time your visit to coincide with one of the city’s world-famous events, such as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, New Year’s Eve fireworks, or the Australia Day parade.

Where to Find the Best Views of Sydney Harbour
Gaze out over the harbor from Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll along the waterfront of The Rocks, or take in the ocean views from Bondi Beach. For a striking landscape view, head to Mrs. Macquarie's Point, McMahons Point, Kirribilli, or Milsons Point, where you can capture a unique shot looking out beneath the Harbour Bridge.


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Address: Sydney, Australia
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Hours: Open daily
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Admission: Free
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Private Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tour

Discover the hidden gems of Sydney Harbour National Park on a leisurely private walking tour with an expert local guide. Take a private boat from Circular Quay across Rose Bay then stroll along the Hermitage Foreshore track to Watsons Bay. When exploring this lesser-known side of Sydney, enjoy fabulous photo ops of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and gorgeous coastal scenery, including Strickland House, Parsley Bay, Nielsen Park and Shark Beach. Refuel with morning tea, lunch and other refreshments on this personalized 6-hour tour.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$261.02 USD
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Sydney Harbour Afternoon Tall Ship Discovery Cruise

Enjoy an afternoon sail on Sydney Harbour aboard a historic tall ship from the 1920s. Learn about Sydney’s maritime roots and your ship’s sailing history during a 90-minute cruise that provides close views of iconic sights including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Fort Denison. Get great photo ops and soak up the spectacular scenery. You can even lend the crew a hand by steering the ship and hoisting the sails.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$35.92 USD
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Sydney's Hidden Gems Photography Walking Tour

Capture the sights of Sydney with this 3-hour photography walking tour. Learn the history of the city as you walk the streets and laneways, exploring the Sydney CBD, Sydney Harbour, and the Rocks. Photograph the Opera House, Circular Quay, dramatic views of Sydney Harbour, and more. Your local guide, a professional photographer, will give you insider tips and point out lots of hidden gems as you discover the city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$128.27 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Sydney Harbour Sunset Hike to Manly

Get out of the city for a 4-6 hour hike though Sydney Harbour National Park. Swim at secret beaches, learn about Australia’s flora and fauna, and feel good doing it with all of the proceeds going to Indigenous Literacy Foundation who’s mission is to improve literacy among Indigenous children in Australia. After the hike, explore Manly’s cafes, restaurants, and surf shops, and opt to take a scenic ferry ride back to circular quay.
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
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$43.24 USD
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  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
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Manly Self-Guided Bike Tour

Escape the city for a full-day cycling adventure and pedal your way along the soaring sea cliffs, golden beaches and tree-lined promenades of Manly. Hop on your rental bike and set out on a self-guided route, passing landmarks like Manly Corso, Manly Lagoon and Cabbage Tree Bay. Stop along the way to take a dip at Shelly Beach, see the Collins waterfall or admire the scenery of Sydney Harbour National Park.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$32.25 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Best of Manly Beach Electric Bike Tour

Check out gorgeous Manly Beach and the other most scenic spots along Sydney's coast on an e-bike tour. Cruise across Sydney Harbour on the ferry, and see where locals go to catch some sun as you pedal past the popular Manly and Shelley beaches and soak in fantastic views of North Head. Give your legs a break when needed with a battery-powered boost, and learn the fascinating history of landmarks like Circular Quay and Quarantine Station from a guide along the way.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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$72.56 USD
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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