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Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

1. Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

Make your way to Circular Quay to board your whale-watching vessel. Numbers are restricted on this whale-watching cruise, allowing for ample elbow room in the cabin and on the outside decks of your boat. You have the choice of two options on this cruise which will allow you to enjoy the whales with ultimate comfort and a delicious meal! Every day the cruise with lunch is available and on the weekends whales with brekky is an option! Seeing these giant mammals of the sea has the ability to change your whole view on life. The gracefulness, the peacefulness, the playfulness, the curiosity, the showmanship and the awesome power of a humpback whale is something everyone should witness in their lifetime. Whale watching is an exhilarating adventure - seeing these incredible creatures frolicking and swimming in the ocean is an awe-inspiring treat that you will remember forever! Breaching, tail slaps, spy hopping, fluke dives and peduncle throws are all some of the great moves you may see from the whales on their migrations. The whale population is increasing each year and and this year there are 30,000+ whales expected to migrate past Sydney. Whale watching season runs from May to November. From May to August, the whales are on their Northern migration to Tropical North Queensland and then from mid August to November, they're on their southern migration back to the Antarctic along with their new born calves - the little calves are just gorgeous!

Sydney: Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise

2. Sydney: Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise

Step aboard a historic tall ship for a 2-hour twilight sail from Sydney Harbour. You will travel on one of our two tall ships; the Southern Swan, the flagship of the celebrated First Fleet Re-Enactment, or the graceful Søren Larsen, a beautifully maintained Brigantine ship that sailed from Denmark to Greenland, and through the South Pacific to Sydney. You will depart from Campbell’s Cove, and sail past the Opera House, Fort Denison, Garden Island, Luna Park, and the Admiralty House before returning to stunning Sydney Harbour glistening in the twilight. On board, you will enjoy a delicious dinner, splendid views, and an authentic sailing experience. This Tall Ship Cruise gives you the opportunity to get involved. You are welcome to help hoist and set the sails, and even take a turn steering the ship! Or, if you prefer, sit back, relax, let the others do the work and enjoy the scenic views of Australia from the sea. Tall Ship Dinner Cruise Menu Starters • BBQ Chorizo Slices • Spinach and Cheese Triangles Salads • Roast pumpkin, zucchini, mixed bean with sultanas, sunflower seeds & coconut salad • Mixed Leaves Salad • Potato Salad Main Dishes • Mild spiced chicken with mushroom, capsicum, baby spinach & Spanish onion – Gluten Free • Sweet potato, eggplant & tomato with lentils – Vegetarian and Gluten Free Dessert • Chocolate brownies Please note, the menu is subject to change, to ensure fresh produce of premium quality.

Sydney Harbour: Cruise with Lunch and Island Exploration

3. Sydney Harbour: Cruise with Lunch and Island Exploration

Settle in for a complete Sydney Harbour cruising experience, together with live commentary and lunch served onboard. Discover the secrets of one of the world's most famous and spectacular natural harbors. Look out for iconic structures such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Sydney Botanical Gardens, and more. In addition to this, enjoy access to one of Sydney’s most historic National Park Islands. Midway through the ride, you can hop off the boat to explore the area and/or swim and opt to rent snorkel gear (or bring your own). This three-hour cruise is a perfect way to see Sydney from a unique vantage point with plenty of amazing photo opportunities.

Sydney Harbour: Thunder Thrill Ride

4. Sydney Harbour: Thunder Thrill Ride

Tackle one of the best experiences on Sydney Harbour. Experience an exhilarating jet boat ride, reaching speeds of up to 75 kilometers per hour. Take in the iconic sights of Sydney Harbour during the Thunder Trill Ride. Choose a 30 or a 45-minute ride, then buckle up and get ready to get wet. Your skipper will ease you into this thrilling experience by gradually reaching high speeds and performing gentle maneuvers around the harbor. Watch out for the skipper’s signals as the ride is cranked up a gear with high-speed spins and breaks. Select a bundle to enjoy entrance to some of Sydney's top attractions along with your adrenalin-pumping ride.

Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

5. Sydney: Blue Mountain Sunset, Bushwalk & Wilderness Tour

Leave Sydney and begin your day of exploration by journeying to the Blue Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area, on a comfortable bus. Explore the park on a guided bushwalk, visit local towns, and marvel at your stunning surroundings, as your guide gives you informative commentary. Known for its stunning display of natural beauty and vast rainforests clad in eucalyptus trees, the Blue Mountains are over 100 million years old and span over thousands of hectares. The combination of the scorching Australian sun and fine oil mist from the eucalyptus leaves gives off a distinctive blue haze, earning The Blue Mountains their name. Your first stop is in the quaint town of Glenbrook, where you can enjoy a coffee or a quick snack before making your way to Euroka. Truly an authentic Australian experience, Euroka is campground near Glenbrook that is ideal for spotting native wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch here before beginning your guided walk to Wentworth Falls. Appreciate the stunning surroundings on this hour walk through the bush. Marvel at the spectacular views from Wentworth falls and make your way along the stunning forests of Jamison Valley. Make your way to the locality’s iconic landmark, the Three Sisters rock formation. This is the ideal spot to capture photos of the Sisters whilst avoiding the morning crowds. Keep a close eye out for some of Australia's most iconic and unique wildlife here. As you come to the end of your tour, head to a secret sunset location for spectacular and undisturbed panoramic views. Witness the dazzling range of colors on display and experience the magic and charm of the mountains in the golden hour before sunset, before returning to your starting point.

Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Afternoon Cruise

6. 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: 4-Hour Clear-View Kayak Hire

7. Sydney: 4-Hour Clear-View Kayak Hire

Venture out into the deep blue horizon and be mesmerized by the beauty of Manly Cove by kayak. Following a briefing, some instructions, and gearing up, you will take to the water on board a see-through kayak for up to 4 hours. With guidance from a convenient map, you'll explore the most scenic routes and secluded beaches of the area. As you soak up some vitamin D and the serene sounds of the water, ogle at the marvelous underwater world through your clear-view kayak. Visit up to four beaches during the day to relax and laze in the sun, take a refreshing ocean dip, or go for a snorkel. You're bound to feel completely immersed in the natural treasures of Sydney's backyard, as you gaze beneath the surface its water.

Sydney Harbour: 45-Minute Extreme Adrenaline Rush Ride

8. Sydney Harbour: 45-Minute Extreme Adrenaline Rush Ride

Book one of the best and most extreme experiences on Sydney Harbour. Buckle up and get ready for the jet boat ride of your life and take in views of some of the city’s most iconic sights from the water. On this 45-minute activity, your skipper will ease you into this thrilling experience by increasing to high speeds and performing gentle maneuvers around the harbor. Then get ready and watch for the signs that things are about to get cranked up a bit. Thrill at the incredible high-speed spins and breaks. This adrenalin-pumping jet boat ride isn't for the faint-hearted. Be sure you’re prepared to get wet!

Sydney Harbour: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

9. Sydney Harbour: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Experience Sydney Harbour in the best way from the water. Board from the Man O'War Steps and enjoy an intimate and relaxed 1-hour cruise that showcases the best of Sydney by dusk.  With a maximum number of 30 passengers, you will enjoy 360° uninterrupted views of one of the most beautiful harbors and cityscapes in the world. With indoor and outdoor areas for viewing the harbor’s beauty, watch as the sun sets and the city reveals its lights.  Enjoy a grazing platter and a non-alcoholic beverage, with the option to bring your own alcoholic beverages onboard. Unwind and relax as you cruise around Sydney Harbour. Bring along the whole family or your friends. Enjoy the company of a friendly and knowledgeable crew.

Sydney: Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves, and Kanangra Lookout

10. Sydney: Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves, and Kanangra Lookout

Take a full-day tour to discover the stunning landscape of the Blue Mountains and visit some of the region’s natural highlights. Your day begins with pickup at your hotel in Sydney in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. Head towards the UNESCO-listed Blue Mountains, and relax during the drive there. Visit the incredible Jenolan Caves, the oldest discovered open caves in the world. Learn about and explore this outstanding limestone cave system, dating back 360 million years. Discover what the caves might have been used for throughout the ages. Next, enjoy a walking tour of the Blue Mountains to see the most scenic spots, including the Grand Arch. Admire stunning waterfalls and glistening blue pools as you learn about native flora and fauna from your knowledgeable guide. Stop at the breathtaking Kanangra Lookout where you can appreciate the unforgettable views. As you walk through this unique landscape, your certified outdoor guide will teach you the basics of essential outdoor survival skills. At the end of an incredible day out, you’ll be dropped off back in Sydney.

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What people are saying about Sydney

My guide Antoine is a fantastic guy and the trip was way beyond expectations. First he did not cancel my booking despite I was the only guest today (the other 2 backed off as it might rain). Secondly, he brought me to spots that are not commonly visited by tourists to Blue Mountain. When I sent my photos to friends, they do not believe that those were in Blue Mountain and I just received replies like Wow, Wow, Wow! Third, Antoine is such a good photographer and I learnt so much photography from him today. Lastly, he would go all the way out for me to ensure I spent enough time at each spot and as a result of that, he had to work overtime. I would definitely recommend Antoine from Wildscape Adventure.

Fantastic, we booked on a whim but it was much better than we could have expected. Great views of the city and harbor.

Thrill ride for the whole family well worth the trip enjoyed it immensely

Best experience! Such friendly people and awesome atmosphere! Loved it!

Nice boat. Tasty buffet lunch. Made for a relaxing outing.