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Sydney Harbour Tours

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Sydney Harbour
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.


Address: Sydney, Australia
Hours: Open daily
Admission: Free
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Half day in Sydney with a local: private & personalizedHalf-day Tours

Half day in Sydney with a local: private & personalized

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Ditch the guidebook and explore Australia’s most populous city with a local host. Craft an itinerary that suits your interests and hit the streets with a local, visiting landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, as well as amazing hidden spots and vibrant neighborhoods. Enjoy an insider’s view on this beautiful, diverse metropolis.
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Sydney Harbour, Northern beaches and National ParkDay Trips

Sydney Harbour, Northern beaches and National Park

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Take a day away from Sydney and head north: filled with beaches, historical sites, and Australian bushland. This private tour includes time to linger at Manly Beach and a stop at West Head Lookout in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park to view aboriginal rock art. At Palm Beach we visit Barrenjoey Lighthouse and have a nutritious lunch. We then have a brief stop at Avalon and Bilgola Beaches, and catch a return ferry on Sydney Harbour from Manly. The day covers a lot of ground, with exceptional scenery.
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Sydney Harbour Hike to ManlyHiking & Camping

Sydney Harbour Hike to Manly

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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.
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Private Sydney Harbour National Park Walking TourHiking & Camping

Private Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tour

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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.
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Beautiful Middle Harbour Sunriser / Guided Kayaking TourNature & Wildlife

Beautiful Middle Harbour Sunriser / Guided Kayaking Tour

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Our main paddling area is within Middle Harbour (a beautiful off-shoot of Sydney Harbour) and depending on the conditions of the day, we can explore many amazing places. We start at 6am to paddle out to see the sunrise over Sydney's Heads. During our two hours, we could explore out to Grotto Point Light-house, or over to Cobbler's Beach and even into Balmoral. If the day is just right, then we can take a hike up to Middle Head and watch the manly ferries cruise past. We will stop somewhere lovely for a hot coffee and some fresh fruit.
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Sydney Private Day Tours | See Sydney in Style | 8 Hour Luxury Private TourDay Trips

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Sydney Private Day Tours | See Sydney in Style | 8 Hour Luxury Private Tour

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Gain a comprehensive introduction to Sydney on a private sightseeing tour, a personalized experience ideal for first-time visitors. Navigate the city alongside a private guide and tick off Sydney highlights such as Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and The Rocks. Plus, stop for morning tea and relish the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Sydney Private Day Tours | Main Attractions and Highlights | 6 Hour Private TourDay Trips

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Sydney Private Day Tours | Main Attractions and Highlights | 6 Hour Private Tour

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Sit back and relax on a full-day comprehensive tour of Sydney. With a private guide and vehicle, you have the luxury of exploring at your own pace and tailoring the tour to match your tastes. Hit all the big sights like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Get out and experience Bondi Beach, and visit exclusive villages and colorful neighborhoods to get a feel for the local scene. This tour is ideal for visitors with limited time, who want to a good overview of Sydney.
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Sydney's Northern Beaches with a River Cruise to Secluded Beaches Private TourDay Trips

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Sydney's Northern Beaches with a River Cruise to Secluded Beaches Private Tour

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Go beyond the normal tourist sights on this 8-hour tour of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. See the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House as you travel north and relax over a beach picnic morning tea. Stop at Manly Beach, Palm Bach, and view the scenic peninsula on a ferry ride, spend time walking the beaches and break for a browse at local boutiques before stopping at your choice of lunch spots (own expense). The day takes visitors to a variety of famous and little known beaches without the hassles of organizing rental cars, public transportation or navigation, with added local insights.
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Sydney Luxury Private Shore Excursion | 6 Hr Tour | Departs from Cruise TerminalDay Trips

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Sydney Luxury Private Shore Excursion | 6 Hr Tour | Departs from Cruise Terminal

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See more of Sydney with the ease of a private full-day shore excursion that explores both the city center and suburbs. Take in city landmarks such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, and Mrs Macquaries Chair, then head out to Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, Watsons Bay, The Gap, and more. Your tour includes private vehicle and guide, morning tea, and port pickup and drop-off.
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Discover YachtingSailing Trips

Discover Yachting

Learn to sail in a day in Sydney. Experiece the magic of sailing on Sydney Harbour in comfort and style on board one of our race tuned yachts. Learn to helm, trim the sails, and grind the winches. Or just relax as hard as you like enjoy the beauty of sailing on Sydney harbour. Meet new friends and have fun on the water.
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Best of Manly Beach Electric Bike TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

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.
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Exclusive Family 3 hour Cruise - In Style

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The Vessel and I! I pride myself on the experience you have, and haven't had a bad review yet, and that's after 500+ charters under my belt! But simply put, I'll look after you, not just treat you as a number. I own and skipper the boat, always. So you know who's going to take you out. The vessel has just undergone a very expensive refit and is an incredibly comfortable catamaran in all conditions, thanks to the handy, fully sealed and openable saloon cockpit doors that enable it to be fully shut off or fully open up, depending on the conditions of the day.
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See Sydney with a local: private & personalizedDay Trips

See Sydney with a local: private & personalized

You’ll join one of our local Sydney hosts for an exhilarating experience of their city. Whether you have 3, 4, 6 or 8 hours to spare, it does not matter- your host will create an itinerary around your schedule and interests. Depending on how you envisioned your Australian adventure, you could explore Darling Harbor the famous Bondi Beach, or the Sydney Harbor National Park. Whether it’s a low-key day of discovering a few hip neighborhoods, or an action-packed day of sightseeing - your host can’t wait to share a slice of this Aussie gem with you! Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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Manly Self-Guided Bike TourDay Trips

Manly Self-Guided Bike Tour

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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.
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What are Sydney Harbour hours of operation?
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Sydney Harbour hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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