Circular Quay Tours

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Sydney’s transport and scenic heart, Circular Quay is also the city’s birthplace, flanking the waters of Sydney Cove where the First Fleet settlers landed on Australian soil in 1788. The rectangular stretch of water is lined with attractive pedestrian walkways running from the Sydney Opera House, past the Circular Quay ferry terminals, around to the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The historic laneways, interesting shops, old pubs and stylish restaurants of The Rocks precinct, one of Sydney’s most popular tourist areas, run behind the Museum of Contemporary Art. Circular Quay is one of the major vantage points for Sydney’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks.

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Circular Quay is one of Sydney’s major transport hubs. Sydney’s iconic green and yellow ferries run from Circular Quay to Manly, Balmain, Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay. A train station overlooks the harbor and ferry terminals, and most of Sydney’s buses terminate outside the station.

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Address: Sydney 2000, Australia
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Hours: Open daily
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Admission: Free
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Private Sydney Half-Day Sightseeing Tour Including Sydney Opera House Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach

See Sydney’s top sights on a half-day private city tour that still leaves you with time to enjoy the rest of the day on your own. You’ll check off Sydney’s must-see attractions, including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and Circular Quay. Hear about the city’s history and modern-day culture from a private guide-driver, and take in daily life around neighborhoods like Paddington and Darlinghurst. If you wish, you can end your tour with a lunch cruise (own expense) or with a visit to the Fish Markets.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Sydney Harbour High Tea Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise around Sydney Harbour accompanied by high tea goodies and sparkling wine from Brown Brothers, a classic Australian winery. Admire clear views of iconic landmarks such as Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison and the city skyline during your 1.5-hour scenic sightseeing cruise. Upgrade to guarantee a window sea with excellent sightlines on the famously beautiful harbor city.  You’ll want to keep your camera handy for great photo ops in every direction.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise

Hop on board a 1.5-hour Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruise for a comprehensive yet speedy introduction to all of Sydney's waterfront landmarks. Keep your camera handy for great photo ops of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire pretty harborside suburbs such as Point Piper and Balmain. It’s the perfect sightseeing tour for first-timers and those short on time, plus you’ll enjoy being out on the water instead of inside a tour bus. With a central departure point at Circular Quay, you are perfectly positioned for sightseeing nearby.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Sydney Harbour Unique Cruise Including Lunch

Explore Sydney from the water during a four-hour luxury lunch cruise. Hop on board your yacht at Circular Quay then set out on Sydney Harbour. Snap photos of landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as you glide past the glittering city skyline. Visit pristine spots around the harbor where you can swim, kayak or hit the beach. Top off your Sydney cruise with a three-course barbecue lunch served with beer and wine. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Sydney: Bondi Beach and Kings Cross Tour plus Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

Enjoy a comprehensive introduction to Sydney with a 5.5-hour tour that begins with a lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour, followed by a bus tour that hits the highlights from central Sydney to the eastern suburbs. Admire iconic sights such as Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, drive through diverse districts including The Rocks, Royal Botanic Gardens and Kings Cross, and head to the coast to see The Gap, Bondi Beach, Rushcutters Bay and more. You’ll discover the best of Sydney and get insider tips from your local guide.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private Sydney Harbour Cruise by Vintage Water Taxi

Treat your friends, family or colleagues to an exclusive 1-hour Sydney Harbour cruise by vintage water taxi. Your expert captain welcomes your group of up to 15 people aboard your boat for a customized tour of the harbor. You can start from either Darling Harbour or Circular Quay then glide out on the water, taking in iconic sights including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison, Shark Island, Clark Island and hidden beaches, accompanied by live commentary from your captain.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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2-Day Combo: Sydney City Tour, Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise and Blue Mountains Day Trip

See the best of Sydney when you book this combination of best-selling tours at a great savings. that includes a full day of sightseeing in Sydney followed by a day trip to the Blue Mountains. In Sydney, get to know the city and Bondi Beach on a coach tour, then take a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise to get out on the water. Visit the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, including Scenic World, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Echo Point, Three Sisters, Katoomba and Leura, then return via a Parramatta River cruise.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$200,86
US$279,30  US$78,44 savings
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with River Cruise

Enjoy a visit to the Blue Mountains while in Sydney. Your full-day tour of the World Heritage-listed park visits highlights including the Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls and Jamison Valley. En route, stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can let the kangaroos eat from your hands and have your photo taken with cuddly koalas. Cruise back to Sydney on the Parramatta River and see the Sydney Olympic Park, before gliding through Sydney Harbour to wrap up your Blue Mountains tour. You’ll travel with a small group, providing a more intimate experience.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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US$98,97
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Join a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by double-decker bus to discover the highlights of Sydney and Bondi Beach. Enjoy unobstructed views and recorded onboard commentary as you travel between 34 stops, including top destinations like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and Bondi Beach. Go in-depth at any given place by simply hopping off the bus to explore. You can experience Sydney and Bondi's most noteworthy attractions at your own pace with your choice of ticket, valid for either 24 or 48 hours.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$36,29
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Sydney Tower Restaurant Buffet

Soak in 360-degree views as you dine on a delicious buffet lunch or dinner at Sydney Tower Restaurant's revolving restaurant. From your vantage point high above the streets of Sydney, the views change as the restaurant slowly revolves during your meal. Large picture windows frame iconic sights like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and, in the distance, the Blue Mountains. The buffet lunch or dinner includes a range of tasty dishes that is sure to please everyone in your party.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Blue Mountains Day Tour Including Three Sisters, Scenic World and Wildlife Park

See the dramatic landscapes of the Blue Mountains from different perspectives on this action-packed full-day tour. Ride the world’s steepest railway at Scenic World; observe kangaroos and koalas at the Featherdale Wildlife Park; and snap photos of the Three Sisters from the Echo Point lookout. The fun doesn’t stop there! Discover the region’s rich indigenous heritage at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre; stock up on sugary treats at Leura’s famous candy store and finish your day with a scenic cruise along the Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Sydney Harbour Cruise with Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket

Take in panoramic views of top Sydney landmarks as you cruise through Sydney Harbour en route to Taronga Zoo. Your package includes round-trip cruise from Darling Harbour or Circular Quay to the zoo, and a ride on the Sky Safari Gondola, which whisks you uphill from the boat dock to the main entrance of Taronga Zoo. From the gondola, get an early peek at some of the zoo's inhabitants, such as giraffes, big apes, and native animals like kangaroos and koalas.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Sydney Harbour Coffee Cruise

Take in panoramic views of lovely Sydney on a Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruise that lasts up to two hours. Choose from two options a morning or afternoon tour that takes you close to the majestic Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison and other top sights. Listen to live commentary as you snack on tea, coffee and snacks and light refreshments during the 2-hour tour that includes all of the above plus sparkling wine, cakes and cheeses, with stories focused on Sydney's fascinating heritage.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$32,99
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Blue Mountains Day Trip Including Parramatta River Cruise

Enjoy a full-day tour from Sydney to the Blue Mountains to discover the charms of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed region. Stop at the Nepean River, then get sweeping views of the Blue Mountains from Kings Tableland or Evans Lookout. Take a walk at Wentworth Falls; visit Leura and Katoomba; stop to see the Three Sisters rock formations and explore the rides at Scenic World (own expense). See ancient Aboriginal rock carvings, then take a boat cruise down the Parramatta River to Circular Quay in Sydney Harbour.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Sydney, Bondi Beach, and Kings Cross Tour

See the highlights of Sydney in an afternoon on a coach sightseeing tour that takes in iconic sights, including Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll also drive through the historic Rocks district, discover why suburbs such as Bondi Beach and Paddington are so popular, and visit Mrs Macquarie's Chair to admire the view of the shimmering waters of Sydney Harbour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$40,32
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Blue Mountains Day Tour Including River Cruise and Wildlife Park

Discover the natural beauty of Australia’s Blue Mountains on this full-day coach tour from Sydney. Marvel over the landmark Three Sisters and soak up incredible views over the Jamison Valley as you ride the railway and skyway at Scenic World. That’s not all: visit the lively mountain village of Leura and observe kangaroos and koalas at the Featherdale Wildlife Park.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise

Explore Sydney aboard a hop-on hop-off Sydney Harbour cruise that stops at top destinations including Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Watsons Bay, Manly and Luna Park. Get a great vantage point for photo ops of icons such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Simply jump on and off at as many stops as you like; when you're ready to move on to your next destination, just catch the next boat. Upgrade to include an entrance ticket to Taronga Zoo, another fantastic attraction located on the harbor shores.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Sydney Guided Walking Tour

See Sydney’s most iconic sights on a 2-hour walking tour from Circular Quay. Take in the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Rocks and Hyde Park as you trace a route along the Tank Stream, the source of fresh water for aboriginal peoples and Australia’s first British settlement. Your informative guide shares fascinating details about the city’s past and present during your 2-hour tour, which is limited to a small group of up to 12 people — the perfect introduction to Sydney.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$43,25  US$8,65 savings
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Blue Mountains Tour Including An Aboriginal Experience from Sydney

Dive deep into the cultural roots of Australia during this Blue Mountains tour from Sydney including round-trip transport, morning tea and scones, and a 2-course lunch. Watch a traditional aboriginal smoking ceremony at Katoomba Waterfall, and then head to the Waradah Aboriginal Centre and Featherdale Wildlife Park. End your day with a ferry ride up the Parramatta River into Sydney Harbour.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Sydney City Highlights Small-Group Electric Bike Guided Tour

Get orientated in Sydney while exploring the city's most famous landmarks on this guided electric bike tour. In a small group of no more than eight people, see such sites as the Opera House while riding across another landmark, Sydney Harbour Bridge. Don't worry about the city's hills: E-bikes make pedaling uphill a breeze.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Rocks History and Pub Walking Tour

Join a knowledgeable local guide for a walking tour in the Rocks, one of Sydney's most popular and atmospheric neighborhoods. The Rocks district boasts a colorful history that dates to the early days of the British colony, in evidence when strolling through alleys lined with heritage buildings and convict-era artifacts. Learn about the district's seedy past and experience its stylish present day incarnation when you sip craft beers at historic pubs with a small-group limited to 12 participants.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$69,79
US$87,24  US$17,45 savings
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Sydney City Walking Tour

Dig deeper into Sydney’s dark history and multi-cultural heritage on this 3-hour walking tour of the city’s best bits. Learn about Sydney’s Aboriginal roots, convict past and colonial history as you follow your guide around Circular Quay, The Rocks and Sydney Harbour. Stop along the way to admire landmark buildings like the Customs House, Parliament House and St Mary's Cathedral; stroll around Hyde Park; and snap photos of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Tower.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$87,97
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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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
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  • Duration: 1 day
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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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US$128,29
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