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Sydney Harbour Cruise Guide

By Viator, June 2017

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Cruising the iconic Sydney Harbour is a must-do for all visitors to the New South Wales capital, and with the activity’s popularity, there’s an option for every type of traveler. To help you choose the right cruise for you, here are our top picks.

Best for First-Timers
Australia’s biggest city can be overwhelming for first-time visitors, so get your bearings with a Sydney Harbour coffee cruise. An onboard guide provides commentary, pointing out all the top attractions, including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and best of all, you can choose between morning and afternoon tours, so it's easy to fit your cruise in around other sightseeing experiences.

Best for Those Short on Time
If you’re trying to see as much as possible in a single day, maximize your time with a short and sweet tour around the harbor. A 90-minute highlights cruise offers plenty of photo opportunities as you cruise glide past the Botanical Gardens, the Opera House, and Sydney's elegant waterfront homes.

Best for Luxury Travelers
For those looking to splash out on an unforgettable experience, the most stylish way to cruise around Sydney’s harbor is by luxury yacht. Hop aboard a luxury cruise and you'll be whisked off to a secret beach location for a traditional Aussie barbecue lunch and the opportunity to swim and kayak before sailing back to shore.

Best for Budget Travelers
If you're on a tight budget, opt for a hop on, hop off cruise and you'll not only save money but gain the freedom to set sail at any time of day (boats depart every 45 minutes). Even better, with stops at Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, and Luna Park, you won't have to shell out on public transport to get to the sights.

Best for Food Lovers
There are few more spectacular choices for a lunch date than a top deck lunch cruise in Sydney—you'll tuck into a gourmet, three-course meal while taking in a dramatic harbor view. If you'd rather finish off a day of sightseeing in style, choose an atmospheric dinner cruise and dine on an equally lavish three-course meal.

Best for Couples
Watch a sunset over Sydney on a romantic dinner cruise that offers a meal prepared by internationally renowned chefs, or surprised your loved one with a twilight dinner cruise, during which you'll share an array of fine wine and canapés aboard an authentic 1922 tall ship.

Best for Kids
Sightseeing with kids in tow can be a challenge, so keep the whole family happy by booking a tour that combines a Sydney Harbour cruise with a Taronga Zoo entry ticket. The round-trip cruise offers plenty of time to admire the waterfront attractions, but as soon as the kids start to tire of snapping photos, whisk them off to the Taronga Zoo, where they can see koalas and take in the free-flight bird show.

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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 $115.12
Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise, Sydney, Night Cruises
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Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

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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 $73.53
Sydney Harbour Cruise with Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket, Sydney, Dinner Cruises
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Sydney Harbour Cruise with Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket

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Enjoy a fun-filled day cruising through beautiful Sydney Harbour and visiting Taronga Zoo. See iconic Sydney landmarks from the water, take a ride on the Sky ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $43.82
Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast, Sydney, Zoo Tickets & Passes
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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast

4.5 star rating: Recommended 87 Reviews

Enjoy Sydney sightseeing, a BBQ lunch and whale watching on the ultimate Sydney Harbour cruise. Relax while you see the sights of Sydney from the water as you ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.81
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Sydney Harbour Coffee Cruise

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Take in panoramic views of top city attractions from the waves on this 2-hour Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruise. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour and ...  Read more

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

From USD $33.42
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Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise

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There's no better way to see the sights of Sydney Harbour than on a hop-on hop-off harbour cruise. You can jump on and off at any number of stops, including ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $36.39
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Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 102 Reviews

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, ...  Read more

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

From USD $25.99
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Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Twilight Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 108 Reviews

Experience the magic of Sydney Harbour at twilight on board an authentic tall ship. As you sail past Sydney's most iconic sights including the Sydney Opera ...  Read more

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

From USD $66.10
Sydney Harbour Top Deck Lunch Cruise, Sydney, Dinner Cruises
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Sydney Harbour Top Deck Lunch Cruise

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Cruise aboard Sydney Harbour on Sydney's flagship MV Sydney 2000. Enjoy stunning views of Sydney Harbour from the upper deck with optional guranteed window ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $56.18
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Sydney Harbour Luxury Cruise Including Lunch

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Get a glimpse of the life of a fabulous Sydneysider as you cruise like a local on this small-group luxury tour of Sydney Harbour. See all the iconic ...  Read more

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

From USD $219.10

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