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  • Address: Sydney, Australia
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

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Sydney Harbour Tours

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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2-Day Combo: Sydney City Tour, Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise and Blue Mountains Day Trip, Sydney, null
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2-Day Combo: Sydney City Tour, Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise and Blue Mountains Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 444 Reviews

Spend one day sightseeing in Sydney and another day exploring the Blue Mountains with this combination of best-selling tours. Start in Sydney with a city and ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $199.94
Small-Group Luxury Sydney Whale Watching Cruise, Sydney, Lunch Cruises
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Small-Group Luxury Sydney Whale Watching Cruise

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Enjoy a luxury whale watching cruise with no more the 10 passengers on board. Cruise through Sydney Heads and into the Pacific Ocean in search of humpback and ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $237.15
Sydney Harbour Afternoon Tall Ship Discovery Cruise, Sydney, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Sydney Harbour Afternoon Tall Ship Discovery Cruise

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Come aboard a grand old lady of the sea and set sail upon an authentic 1920s century Tall Ship for a 1 hour and 30 minute afternoon cruise on Sydney Harbour. ...  Read more

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

From USD $39.40
Sydney Harbour Cruise and Goat Island Walking Tour, Sydney, Day Cruises
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Sydney Harbour Cruise and Goat Island Walking Tour

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Discover Sydney’s colorful convict history and take in the sites of Sydney Harbour aboard a traditional vessel. Travel to Goat Island, where you'll learn about ...  Read more

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

From USD $72.24
Manly Guided Hike to Help Kids, Sydney, Day Cruises
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Manly Guided Hike to Help Kids

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Be more than just a traveller. This 10 kilometre hike through Sydney Harbour National Park to Manly is a tour with a difference. Hike one of Sydney's most ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 to 6 hrs

From USD $35.76
Private Group Sydney Tour in One Day Including Luxury Super Yacht Cruise on Sydney Harbour, Sydney, ... 
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Private Group Sydney Tour in One Day Including Luxury Super Yacht Cruise on Sydney Harbour

Time poor can still be experience rich, this tour has been designed to show you and up to five friends the very best of Sydney in one fabulous day. Spend the ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $5,428.99
Private Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tour, Sydney, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tour

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See Sydney from a local’s perspective on a private guided walking tour of its harbor-side beaches and eastern suburbs. Breathe in the ocean air as you take a ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $259.86
Sydney Harbour Progressive Long Lunch Cruise, Sydney, Walking Tours
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Sydney Harbour Progressive Long Lunch Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

The most delicious way to experience Sydney Harbour. Come aboard your luxury cruiser where you will be taken to two of Sydney's reknown harbourside restaurants ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $434.17
Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise, Sydney, Lunch Cruises
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Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

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Book a table for a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise aboard the our flagship vessel MV Sydney 2000. The choice is yours whether you embark at Circular Quay or King ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.10
Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise, Sydney, Night Cruises
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Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 367 Reviews

Cruise Sydney Harbour and watch Sydney light up on an early-dinner sunset cruise aboard the luxurious MV Sydney 2000, the most prestigious cruising restaurant ...  Read more

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

From USD $72.24

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