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Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Vivid Dinner Cruise

1. Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Vivid Dinner Cruise

Every year, Sydney is transformed into a spectacular canvas of lights when the Vivid Sydney festival takes over the city after dark. Vivid Sydney is the biggest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. It was even named Best Tourism Event at the Australian Event Awards in 2014. Last year’s Vivid Sydney featured a wild mix of projection mapping and interactive displays wherein the vessels on Sydney Harbour were also decorated with special colored LED lights for the first time. This year, audiences can expect much of the same and more. Join for a sensational cruise and enjoy outstanding views of the Sydney Opera House as the world famous sails are transformed by majestic 3D mapped projections by award-winning international artists. Watch in awe as you are taken on a dramatic journey through time – from the birth of architecture and civilization through to the pinnacle of human and technological achievement. During the cruise, you will be served a delicious and substantial dinner and enjoy live music, creating a delightful atmosphere for you and your guests to savor. Depending on the starting time, you will be on either the Soren larsen Tallshop or the Southern Swan, you can see the schedule below: This 1.5 hour Vivid Sydney cruise is a great way to see the lights in comfort and style.

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: 20-Minute Coast & Skyline Helicopter flight

3. Sydney Harbour: 20-Minute Coast & Skyline Helicopter flight

Climb aboard for a 20-minute helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour for an experience you'll remember for a lifetime. Get a safety briefing and pre-flight photos at the heliport before boarding. Enjoy time to relax, use the bathroom, grab some water and chill out in the beautiful lounge room area. Then it's liftoff time. Fly over sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Taronga Zoo in the company of a licensed pilot. Listen to a running commentary through the provided voice-activated headsets as you continue over Watson's Bay, Rose Bay, and Manly Cove. Upon take-off, enjoy full panoramic views of the Sydney skyline, Pacific Ocean and the historic port of Botany Bay. Within minutes of your departure, your experienced and skilled pilot will have you above the glistening waters of Maroubra Beach and heading north along the coast at 500 feet. You will fly along the picturesque coastline of the eastern suburbs beaches and see Coogee, Clovelly and also the world-famous Bondi Beach with it's the aquamarine waters sparkling against the Sydney sun. Admire the spectacular houses of Dover Heights and Vaucluse perched on the chiseled sandstone cliffs as you continue northbound to Sydney Harbour, the world’s largest and most beautiful natural harbor.

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: 4-Hour Clear-View Kayak Hire

5. 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: Tall Ship Lunch Cruise

6. Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Lunch Cruise

Experience the unforgettable thrill of cruising on Sydney Harbour in comfort and style while enjoying a delicious lunch. Set sail and cruise past all of Sydney’s biggest attractions including Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Fort Denison, Garden Island, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, and Admiralty House. You will discover Sydney’s rich history and some of the tales behind its iconic landmarks. Listen to stories of Sydney's only authentic timber tall ships from your host. A short while into the cruise, you will even have the opportunity to get involved and help hoist and set the sails! Watch the wind furl the sails and feel its strength carry the ship across the harbour. Whether you choose to relax and take in your surroundings, or go for a hands-on approach to sailing, this is the cruise for everyone! Relax and enjoy the entertainment provided by the crew, captain, chef, and the barman, all of whom are at your service.

Sydney: Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine Small Group Tour

7. Sydney: Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine Small Group Tour

Be part of a small group of no more than 11 travelers and journey by comfortable minibus, south along the beaches of Botany Bay and into the Royal National Park. Wind through the forest and stop at Bald Hill Lookout, which affords sweeping views of the Illawarra coastline and the famous Sea Cliff Bridge. Next, it's on to the family-run Symbio Wildlife Park, active in koala conservation. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about these fascinating marsupials during a private koala presentation with a keeper. Snap the ultimate selfie - just you and a koala. You’ll also be able to feed kangaroos and wallabies and get up close with native Australian wildlife. Continue to follow the scenic coastline of the Grand Pacific Drive across the Sea Cliff Bridge as it sweeps out over the ocean and on to Bulli Beach where you’ll enjoy lunch in a café popular with locals that overlooks the beach and an ocean pool. Bring your swimmers for a pre-lunch dip if the sun is out. In the afternoon head up through temperate rainforest into the Southern Highlands. An easy hike leads to viewpoints that take in the spectacular sandstone gorges and towering waterfalls of the Morton National Park. Finally, you’ll drive along country roads to a boutique winery near Berrima, one of Australia’s oldest towns, to taste locally-produced, cool climate wine before returning to Sydney. Arrival back at Circular Quay is around 6:30 PM.

Bondi Beach: 2-Hour Surf Lesson Experience for Any Level

8. Bondi Beach: 2-Hour Surf Lesson Experience for Any Level

If you've always wanted to try surfing but never have, there is perhaps no better setting than the famous Bondi Beach. This popular 2-hour beginners surf lesson will give you an authentic taste of the world of surfing, important safety information about waves and the beach, and bragging rights about having conquered this cool and amazing sport! You will be taught how to safely go out and catch your first wave in a small group setting of 5 students or less. This personalized attention is the best way to build your surf knowledge and confidence while cultivating your surf technique. You will really be amazed at how easy, safe, and enjoyable it is to learn to surf. This 2-hour lesson is great for first-time surfers and also those who wish to refresh or refine their basic surf technique. Your instructors are fully-qualified and very friendly. Photo packages are available after your lesson!

Sydney: Whale Watching by Speedboat

9. Sydney: Whale Watching by Speedboat

Reach speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour on this thrilling whale watching day trip from Sydney. Discover the wonder of watching whales like humpbacks in their natural environment. Seeing whales is guaranteed on this trip, or you will receive a free return cruise. Select an afternoon or morning tour and have the option to choose a tour that departs from Darling Harbor or Circular Quay. Feel the wind in your hair as your captain navigates to where the whales are most active at speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour.  Arrive at where the whales like to frolic sooner on a high-speed craft, so you can spend more time with these stunning creatures. Get up close to the whales with an open walk around deck. Sit on high back seats that are safe and comfortable. Return to your meeting point at the end of your trip. 

Half-Day Bondi Surf Experience with Beachside Lunch

10. Half-Day Bondi Surf Experience with Beachside Lunch

Join your friendly local Bondi surf instructor and experience Australia’s most beautiful beach... the way the locals do. Enjoy a half-day Bondi Beach group tour that includes hotel transfers, surf lifesaving club tour, a surf or bodyboard lesson and a casual beachside lunch with 5 star views across Bondi. There are awesome sight-seeing and photo opportunities and all the equipment is included. These tours depart daily and will pick you up from your city accommodation at 10:00 am and drop you home around 2:00 pm. You’re never a tourist when you’re cruising Bondi with us.

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What people are saying about Sydney

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 161 reviews

It was a perfect day with beautiful views of the ocean, an exquisite drive through the Highlands and the national forest and best of all the koala sanctuary. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and genuine.

It was amazing would recommend to anyone the views where amazing and staff were friendly

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

Lovely crew. We had a fantastic time aboard this ship! Would do it again.

Lots of fun! Great family activity and good way to see the harbour.