Australian National Maritime Museum Tours

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Australian National Maritime Museum
Be it surfers on the beaches, the discovery of Australia via the sea route from Europe or the subsequent commerce and immigration—Australia is closely tied to water. The Australian National Maritime Museum acts accordingly in featuring rich exhibitions ranging from the time of the Eora First People to the First Fleet all the way to the present. Visitors learn how convicts traveled in dark and damp accommodations and how passengers sailing to a new life survived long ocean journeys through reconstructed stories made up of artifacts and mementos left behind.

Those interested in military history can make their way to the Navy exhibit, which explores naval traditions during war and peace times. Here, visitors get the chance to test a submarine’s periscope and try out a soldier’s cramped bunk bed. The museum even has its own fleet, with many of the vessels accessible via guided tour. Anchored in the harbor are a warship, the destroyer HMAS Vampire, a submarine and an exact replica of the HMB Endeavour, the ship with which James Cook reached Australia in 1770, among others. The submarine was decommissioned only in 1999 and is still in close to operational condition. Its diving alarm often gives visitors quite a fright. 

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The Australian National Maritime Museum is located in the center of Sydney on Darling Harbour and can be reached easily by bus number 443 from Circular Quay. From there ferries depart to Pyrmont Bay Wharf every half an hour as well. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. but is closed on Christmas Day. 
Address: 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW, Australia
Hours: Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day.
Admission: General Admission: Adults (16+) $7 AUD, Children (4-15) $3.50 AUD
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Australian National Maritime Museum General Entry Ticket

While in Sydney, delve into maritime history at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Considered one of the top maritime museums in the world and conveniently located on the shores of Darling Harbour, the Australian National Maritime Museum features exhibits on Aboriginal and European explorers, the navy, surfing, sailing and Australia’s beach culture. Choose between two ticket options: the special exhibitions only or the Big Ticket with access to the docks where historic ships are berthed, including several that you can tour and interactive displays to please the kids, making this a great activity for the entire family.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Australian National Maritime Museum Exhibit: James Cameron: Challenging the Deep Big Admission Ticket

Learn about James Cameron’s lifelong passion for uncovering more about the world underneath the ocean by visiting this special exhibition at Australian National Maritime Museum. You’ll save time waiting in long ticket lines by having entrance fees included. See a fleet of ships, special exhibitions, a 3D cinema, and immersive action stations. It’s a great choice for anyone interested in learning more about the mysteries of our oceans, as well as shipwrecks such as RMS Titanic.
  • Duration: 1 to 4 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 4 hours
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The Sydney Pass

Visit Sydney's top attractions and enjoy savings of up to 45% with the Sydney Explorer Pass. Have your choice of three, four, five, or seven popular attractions, and tours to take in anytime within a 30-day period. Options include a tour of the Sydney Opera House, a hop-on hop-off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus tour, and admission to the Australian National Maritime Museum  Simply save your pass on your mobile device after purchase and enjoy direct entry to the attraction — no voucher redemption required.
  • Duration: 30 days
  • Duration: 30 days
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Sydney Shore Excursion: Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

When your cruise ship docks in Sydney, enjoy a family-friendly hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour that covers Sydney and Bondi Beach. Travel by double-decker bus with an open-top that allows for unobstructed views of all the sights, including Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Have the freedom to create your own itinerary, choosing from 34 stops where you can hop off and explore in depth. Ejnoy the informative pre-recorded onboard commentary in your choice of eight languages along the route, which includes Circular Quay, Kings Cross, the Rocks, Double Bay and Bondi Beach.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Sydney Harbour Whale Watching Sightseeing Tour via Helicopter and Sailing Yacht

Catch a glimpse of the wonders of the deep by boat and helicopter on this unforgettable full-day combo tour. First, soar over Botany Bay, Cape Banks and Palm Beach on a thrilling 45-minute helicopter flight and marvel over the ocean views as you spot Australian Southern Right and Humpback whales darting in and out of the water. After a delicious seafood lunch (own expense) in Darling Harbour, hop aboard a luxury yacht and get even closer to Sydney’s marine life on a private 4-hour cruise from Sydney Harbour.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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