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Sydney Harbour Bridge

The largest steel arch bridge in the world offers amazing views of Sydney’s glittering natural harbour.

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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.

Sydney: Whale Watching Cruise by Catamaran

2. Sydney: Whale Watching Cruise by Catamaran

Reach a top speed of almost 30 knots on Sydney’s largest purpose-built whale watching vessel, Fantasea Catalina, and take only 15 minutes to get from Circular Quay to the open ocean. Spend less time in the harbor and more time watching whales. Enjoy unobstructed views from spacious, wrap-around decks over 3 levels. Check out the open top sun deck, providing 360 degrees of viewing. Whale watch in comfort with air-conditioned cabins with large windows and great indoor and outdoor seating. Listen to informative commentary by an experienced crew. Know exactly what to look out for with onboard multimedia presentations. Don't worry if you don’t capture the perfect whale photos, as an onboard professional photographer has that covered with photos available for purchase onboard. Tea, coffee, and bottled water are included in this cruise. Additional drinks are available for purchase from the onboard licensed bar.

Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 2-Course Premium Lunch

3. 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.

Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Afternoon Cruise

4. Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Afternoon Cruise

Hop on a tall ship and discover the sights and sounds of Sydney on a unique historic-meets- modern harbor cruise. Sail past the Opera House and Fort Denison, as well as under Harbour Bridge, as you enjoy a 90-minute sailing experience on board the 1850s style wooden tall ship. Get involved and make the most of this interactive, unique cruise. Try your hand at steering, or help with the sails. If you'd like to heave on a rope, you can. Otherwise, simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the entertainment provided by your friendly crew. You will get to hear some of Sydney’s rich history and tales of Sydney’s only authentic timber tall ships. You will feel like you are being transported back to days gone by, and will be able to say you know what it was like for the sailors of yesteryear. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the best of Sydney Harbour. And expect to be the subject of many a happy snapping tourist, delighted at the sight of your tall ship in Sydney Harbour.

Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner

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

Explore Sydney Harbour on a sunset cruise while enjoying a 3-course dinner served with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks, and tea or coffee. Set sail from Darling Harbor and once the sun goes down, watch the city lights shine bright as you admire the gleaming metropolis reflected in the harbor. Depart 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 3 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 wineries in New South Wales. After dinner, sail past Taronga Zoo and Luna Park before arriving back in Darling Harbor.

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

6. 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. 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. Stop at locations like Circular Quay, Hyde Park, and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium on the Red Route. 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. You can explore stops like Central Station, Sydney Tower Eye, and Bondi Beach.

Sydney Harbour: 3-Hour Lunch Cruise with Live Music

7. Sydney Harbour: 3-Hour Lunch Cruise with Live Music

Spend the afternoon at leisure on a 3-hour lunch cruise of Sydney Harbour. Climb aboard the pleasure boat at King Street Wharf and make use of all the on board facilities, including a licensed bar selling a range of refreshing drinks. Live musicians will perform ultimate relaxing tunes to unwind you, while the aroma of a delicious and fresh seafood and carvery buffet will whet your appetite for the hours ahead. Dig into tasty chicken and roast beef, succulent seafood, and fresh pastas and salads. Follow it off with a choice of teas and coffee, along with sumptuous desserts. Wash it down with a glass of bubbly from the bar, and enjoy the brilliant sights of Sydney Harbour, such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from various spacious indoor and outdoor decks.

Sydney: Guided Harbour E-Bike Tour

8. Sydney: Guided Harbour E-Bike Tour

Your ride commences at Darlinghurst and will begin by first taking you to Woolloomooloo, where you will see the largest finger wharf in the world. You will then progress on to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, riding through the Domain. From there you will discover the Opera House and Walsh Bay, before riding over the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a visit to the historic village of Pyrmont and a short stop for coffee! Your tour guide will point out areas of interest, local flora and fauna, and historic sites throughout your ride. You will returning through the city using bike lanes, progressing onward to Surry Hills  and back to Darlinghurst in a 24-kilometer loop that provides travelers with a unique and complete view of Sydney.

Sydney: Sydney Harbour Cruise with Dining & Champagne

9. Sydney: Sydney Harbour Cruise with Dining & Champagne

Cruise around Sydney Harbour and choose from 3 different dining options as you relax in style. Take in picturesque views of the city and the sea with a glass of champagne, wine, or beer in your hand. Make your way down to Circular Quay to board your cruise ship and meet your helpful crew. Take your time to explore and enjoy access to reserved lounge seating on the ocean deck. Admire unforgettable, waterfront views of the Sydney Opera House as you set sail around the harbor, listening to live evening acoustic music on Saturdays, Sundays, and special events. Then settle down at your table to indulge in the meal you've chosen for the cruise. At any time you can add to your dining experience by ordering tapas plates and cocktails from the onboard menu and comprehensive drinks list. See the three dining options below: Beer, wine, and tasting plate:One house beverage of your choice upon arrivalOne tasting plate1.5-hour cruise Cocktail and cheese platter:One cocktail upon arrivalOne house beverage of your choice upon arrival Australian cheese tasting plate for 22-hour cruise Champagne and seafood:One bottle of GH Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne for 2One seafood platter of Australian prawns, oysters, smoked salmon blinis, and calamari to share2-hour cruise

Sydney: Harbor Cruise with Gourmet Lunch and Beverages

10. Sydney: Harbor Cruise with Gourmet Lunch and Beverages

Sail through Sydney's Harbor in style aboard a 48-foot classic gentleman's cruiser. Sail under the Sydney Harbor Bridge and admire unobstructed views of the city skyline while enjoying a chef-prepared, gourmet lunch paired with wines and beer. Hop aboard a spacious ship and depart from the marina. Sip on a glass of wine, sparkling wine, or beer as you take in sights like the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the Opera House, and the skyscrapers in the Barangaroo district. Savor Sydney rock oysters, prawns, Moreton Bay bugs (like lobster), local Barramundi fish, lamb, chicken, various salads, sushi and deserts. Compliment your meal with fine Australian wines from Tulloch Vineyard. Listen to commentary from your Cruise Director who is eager to share all that they know about Sydney. Learn about the city's maritime and colonial history. Hear about waterfront sights as you pass by bays and beaches. Return to your starting point at the end of your cruise.

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What people are saying about Sydney Harbour Bridge

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,015 reviews

Booked this cruise for myself and my parents not knowing what to expect, having not done a cruise before, and it’s fair to say I would absolutely do it again. It was an incredible experience. The service and host were so lovely and welcoming. The food was delicious and the scenery was outstanding. It was a great trip out. We had plenty of time to explore the boat and take pictures and comfortably eat when the food was served. If you are looking for a cruise of Sydney Harbour to do while you are here, I 100% recommend! It was worth every penny!

3 hour cruise around Sydney Harbour is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon. Food was very good and the drinks package at $30pp for house beer and wine (including bubbles) was excellent value. We had a duo providing the live music and they were very good. All in all, a great trip and well worth the money.

Amazing experience and the girl that was the guide was lovely! I just didn't imagine I would feel seasick as many others did.

Despite the rain showers, we made a wonderful trip in a small group and 2 super enthusiastic guides.

Very good day out and great value for money. Take your own food and drinks