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Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

1. Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

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Sydney Attraction Pass: Sydney Tower Eye, Aquarium & More

2. Sydney Attraction Pass: Sydney Tower Eye, Aquarium & More

Choose from a combination of Sydney's best attractions and see only what you want to see! Pick between the Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney, the Sydney Tower Eye, and Madame Tussauds. 2, 3, and 4-combination tickets are available depending on your wants and wishes. There's no waiting in line for tickets, and you'll save up to 45% compared to purchasing tickets individually.  Start at the Sydney Aquarium and take in the world’s largest collection of all-Australian aquatic life featuring a number of habitats, set in the heart of Sydney on Darling Harbor. Head to Wild Life Sydney and get up close to Aussie animals in the heart of the city. Koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and one of the world's largest crocs, are all present for your enjoyment! Climb the Sydney Tower Eye and take in the breathtaking views for an unforgettable experience! Included in the admission is a new 4D-Experience featuring a groundbreaking 3D-film with spectacular in-theater effects and an incredible fourth dimension that offers an amazing view of the city. Lastly, stop by Madame Tussauds and experience the glittering world of fame for a day at Madame Tussauds. Start your journey on the red carpet and strike a pose for the paparazzi. Move on to challenge your favorite sports heroes and sing along with your favorite music stars.

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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

3. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Enjoy a visit to the Sydney Aquarium to see huge sharks, stingrays, turtles, jellyfish, platypuses, penguins, sea dragons, and much, much more! Marvel at the sawfish swimming amongst tropical fish and sleek sharks in the enormous Great Barrier Reef display. Be delighted by little penguins in the Southern Oceans, or look out for the secretive platypus in the Southern Rivers. See the enormous Japanese Spider Crabs in the CLAWS creature feature, watch as the dugongs feed, then find Nemo in his coral home!

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Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner

4. Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner

Sydney Harbour is photogenic at any time of day, but as the sun sets and you get that pink glow, it's really spectacular. And once the sun goes down, the city lights shine bright and you can admire the gleaming metropolis reflected in the harbor. Your cruise departs from Darling Harbor just as the sun begins to set, you’ll be treated to some epic views of the skyline and surrounding bays. There’s plenty of room on the expansive top, fore, and aft decks to ensure you get uninterrupted 360-degree views of the iconic attractions as you sail past. As night falls and the city lights begin to sparkle, dinner is served. Enjoy a regionally focused menu, served over three courses. The chefs have created a menu that highlights the multicultural influences that make Sydney cuisine so special, using an array of fresh and flavorful New South Wales ingredients. Dinner is paired with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks, and tea or coffee. The wine has been hand selected from some of the finest wine regions in New South Wales, so wine lovers are in for a real treat. After dinner you’ll sail past Taronga Zoo and Luna Park before arriving back into Darling Harbor.

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Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 2-Course Premium Lunch

5. Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 2-Course Premium Lunch

Discover the wonders of Sydney Harbor on a luxury cruise aboard a 78ft vessel. Board the boat in Darling Harbor then marvel at the impressive city skyline as you sail towards one of the most iconic destinations in the world. There’s plenty of room onboard to explore, admire the surroundings, or simply relax, including an expansive top deck boasting 360 degree views. Upon arrival in the harbor, enjoy a lavish lunch with an array of generous a la carte meals inspired by locally sourced, regional delights, paired with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea or coffee. The wine has been hand-selected from some of the finest wine regions in New South Wales, so wine lovers are in for a real treat. After lunch, set sail past the famous Taronga Zoo and the colorful Luna Park, before arriving back to Darling Harbor at around 2:40 PM.

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Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu

6. Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu

Experience a first-class dining experience aboard one of Sydney's premier vessels, the MV Sydney 2000 or John Cadman II, as you sail around a dazzling night sky or a mesmerizing Sydney Harbour during sunset (summer). Enjoy the enchanting backdrop of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and savor the scrumptious choices of the 3-course a la carte meal Contemporary Australian menu and 5-star service. Once you have indulged in the fantasic cuisine on offer, enjoy the wonderful tunes provided by the live band and singer onboard from your seat or out on the dance floor! The Captains Dinner is truly the perfect choice for celebrating a special occasion or a night out for dinner in the city.

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Sydney: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Tour

7. Sydney: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Benefit from access to the 2 different routes of the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and see all the sights of Sydney and Bondi Beach at your own pace. Your ticket permits unlimited rides throughout its validity, and provides premium views of iconic sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. There are over 30 stops in the two tours to hop off and experience the diversity of Sydney’s lifestyle. Both tours feature an entertaining and informative audio commentary available in 8 languages: English Spanish, German, French, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese and Italian. Savor the culinary delights of cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants, explore the city's maritime history at the Maritime Museum, take a stroll in the Chinese Gardens or shop for unique gifts in some of Sydney's finest shopping districts. Create your own itinerary around the city. The Classic Ticket allows you to experience Sydney aboard the double-decker buses for 1 day. Or you can choose the Premium Ticket which will extend your experience to 2 days. Buses run approximately every 45 minutes on the Sydney route and approx. every 2hrs on the Bondi route, subject to local traffic conditions. Catch a bus anytime from 10 AM to 2 PM. Sydney Tour Bus Stops: • Circular Quay • Elizabeth Street  • Cook & Phillip Park  • William St  • Kings Cross • El Alamein Fountain  • Woolloomooloo Bay  • Sydney Opera House  • Botanical Garden • State Library  • Hyde Park  • Central Station  • Power House Museum • Sydney Fish Market • The Star • Maritime Museum • Convention Centre  • Chinese Gardens/Chinatown • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium • King St Wharf  • Barangaroo  • Dawes Point  • The Rocks  To complement the Sydney tour, the Bondi Beach tour is a great introduction to Australia’s beach culture. On the way to this famous beach the tour passes by cosmopolitan shopping and dining precincts plus Centennial Parklands, one of Australia’s most picturesque parks. Bondi & Bays Tour Bus Stops: • Central Station  • Sydney Tower Eye • Cook & Phillip Park • William Street • Paddington Town Hall  • Centennial Parklands • Bondi Beach • North Bondi • Rose Bay  • Double Bay

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Sydney: Madame Tussauds Sydney General Admission

8. Sydney: Madame Tussauds Sydney General Admission

Experience the glittering world of fame on a day out at Madame Tussauds. Interact with the world’s most famous figures – strike a pose for the paparazzi on the red carpet, challenge your favorite sports heroes, and sing along with your favorite music stars. Madame Tussauds opened in Sydney in 2012, giving Australian and international visitors the opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous celebrities. A unique collection of amazingly lifelike wax figures allows you to get up close and personal to your favorite celebrity heroes. Madame Tussauds Sydney combines glitz and glamour with incredible history. With a whole host of constantly changing stars and legends as well as interactive experiences, Madame Tussauds is a place the whole family can enjoy. Interactive Experiences: • Raised catwalk: step onto the catwalk and trigger sensors which light up the runway as you walk down. Megan Gale’s figure is waiting at the end of the runway and Magic Memories can take a snap of you posing alongside her • Napoleon Perdis digital makeover: take a seat at a make-up station and choose from a variety of lipstick and eyeshadow shades. The make-up is digitally enhanced onto your face and you can send an image of your make- over to your email address • Myer Backstage dressing room: browse the rails for the latest trends and try on a select few garments for yourself • Cosmopolitan Cover shoot: step into the life-sized magazine cover and strike a pose. Select your Cosmopolitan cover and scan your barcode to see your name appear on the front cover. You can then send an image of your cover to your email address

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WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

9. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Go on an animal adventure in the heart of Sydney and walk through diverse terrains to meet unique Australian wildlife. Journey around the vast nation without leaving the city at WILD LIFE Sydney. Enjoy interactive displays, inspiring and entertaining keeper talks, and enhanced walk-through habitats with kangaroos. Located in the heart of Sydney at Aquarium Wharf in Darling Harbour, it is a fantastic world inside. A world where beautiful butterflies and snakes lurk in the foliage, and turtles and crocodiles glide through the water. You will see the jagged rocks of Wallaby Cliffs to spot yellow-footed rock-wallaby, the toughest and most adapted animal in Australia, and seek out hairy-nosed wombats that munch the grass and shelter down deep burrows. Travel through a recreation of the Daintree Rainforest and Kakadu Gorge. Marvel at the endless variety of the Northern Territory’s Top End landscape. And look down deep gorges, see grassland, experience floodplains, and visit the estuary flats.

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Sydney: Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Cruise Ferry Ticket

10. Sydney: Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Cruise Ferry Ticket

Get your keys to the city of Sydney with a 1 or 2-day pass for the Sydney Harbour hop-on-hop-off fleet. Cruises depart from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour and allow you the flexibility of visiting up to 8 famous harbor precincts or simply stay on board for a round trip.  • Darling Harbour: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds, National Maritime Museum, Explorer Bus, China Town, shopping, restaurants, bars, ICC Sydney, Barangaroo and more • Watsons Bay: Home of Doyles famous seafood restaurant and one of Sydney’s best waterfront pubs. Take a short stroll to Camp Cove, the Gap and historic South Head • Circular Quay: Sydney Opera House, the historic Rocks precinct, weekend markets, Royal Botanic Gardens, Harbor Bridge pylon, restaurants, bars and the Explorer Bus • Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos plus animals of the world. Park entry fees apply • Manly - A short walk to famous Manly surf beaches, ocean-front restaurants, bars and cafés

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What people are saying about Darling Harbour

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,119 reviews

The whole night was awesome from the champagne upon boarding, the food throughout the night and the service and friendly professional staff. I would highly recommend this dinner cruise. Plus the amazing views and we were also treated to harbour fireworks. If we went back to Sydney we would definitely book this experience again.

Really recommend this tour, animal was great, transportation from city to Taronga zoo with ferry was excellent. Sadly it’s raining during morning, just a little bit sun come out.. overall is really good experience

Thank you soo much we really enjoy and my partner get surprised on his belated birthday song thank you soo much.And I love to go back again we enjoy it staff very helpful food and drinks really great...

Small and intimate fine dining with fabulous views. Great service, thank you Xanthe, you were amazing...highly recommend...

The best lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour food is excellent and staff are amazing