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Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip

1. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip

Enjoy an excursion from Sydney into the Blue Mountains. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and experience the amazing variety of Australian wildlife. Hand-feed kangaroos, see Koalas, and wombats, as well as many more native Australian birds and wildlife. Enjoy a visit to Leura Village, where you can buy your own lunch at a cafe or bakery. Your tour includes the 3 rides at Scenic World, Cableway, Skyway, and Railway. Stop at Echo Point to enjoy splendid views of the Jamison Valley and the 3 Sisters, a towering rock formation from the Dreamtime.  Bypass Sydney’s peak traffic on a Ferry cruise along Parramatta River into Circular Quay. From there you will make your own way back to your accommodation.

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

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

Explore Sydney and Bondi Beach at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by open-top, double decker bus. With two routes and 34 stops, discover iconic landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Bondi Beach. Learn about the city's history through onboard commentary available in eight languages. Delve into Sydney's diverse culture and hop-off to explore the city’s fascinating sights and attractions such as the Maritime Museum, the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and the Sydney Tower Eye. Upgrade your ticket to include a Fantasea 24hr hop-on, hop-off cruise along Sydney Harbour to admire breathtaking views of the city skyline, hidden beaches, and lush parklands. Discover the Bondi Beach tour as a perfect introduction to Australia’s beach culture. Let Big Bus take you to the best shopping and dining precincts, plus Centennial Parklands, one of Australia’s most picturesque parks. Explore stops including Central Station, Australian Museum, Bondi Beach and Rose Bay.

Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry

3. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry

Pre-book your entrance ticket to Taronga Zoo and meet hundreds of remarkable species of animals from around the world. Enjoy the benefit of a ferry return ticket from Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. Nestled on the shores of one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and is home to over 5,000 animals. Explore the Australian native wildlife as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. See tigers, elephants, exotic birds, and many other species of animals. Spend a fun-filled day out with your family in one of the most famous attractions of Sydney. 

Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3, 4 or 6-Course Menu

4. Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3, 4 or 6-Course Menu

Enjoy a unique dining experience aboard one of Sydney's premier vessels, the MV Sydney 2000 ship, as you sail around Sydney Harbour during an evening sightseeing cruise. Depending on the season and chosen departure, see the changing colours of a Sydney Harbour sunset, twilight, or night time city lights. Soak in the enchanting backdrop of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge and savour the delicious choices of a premium dinner selection and 5-star service. Choose from: The Sunset Dinner Cruise 3-courses chosen for you by our onboard chefs, the entrée, main and dessert are served alternatively. Entrée • Smoked salmon with herb salad of dill, capers, and cornichons (GF) • Crispy pear and garden leaf salad with toasted walnuts and Grana Padano (V, GF) (VG Available) Main • Gremolata rubbed barramundi with salsa verde, roast vegetable medley, and fried caper berries • Twice-cooked crispy skin chicken with creamy potato cake, roast pumpkin, baby spinach and honied carrots *Vegan available on request* Middle Eastern eggplant with zucchini, roasted capsicum, polenta and marinated semi-dried tomatoes (VG, GF) Dessert • Lemon and lime tart with a dollop of double cream (V, GF) • Chocolate raspberry coconut pebble with raspberry sauce (VG) The Starlight Dinner Cruise 4-course à la carte dining, course one being a chefs selection of canapes. A platter of chef's selection canapés to share Entrée - Smoked salmon with herb salad of dill, capers and cornichons (GF) - Crispy pear and garden leaf salad with toasted walnuts and Grana Padano (V, GF) (VG Available) - Pumpkin, ricotta and goats cheese ravioli with Napolitana sauce and topped with Italian aged Grana Padano Main - Black angus Riverina beef sirloin with creamy potato pave, baby beets, carrot batons and a shiraz jus (GF) - Gremolata rubbed barramundi with salsa verde, roast vegetable medley, and fried caper berries - Twice-cooked crispy skin chicken with creamy potato cake, roast pumpkin, baby spinach and honeyed carrots - Middle Eastern eggplant with zucchini, roasted capsicum, polenta and marinated semi-dried tomatoes (VG, GF) Dessert - Lemon and lime tart with a dollop of double cream (V, GF) - Malibu and coconut slice with mango coulis - Chocolate raspberry coconut pebble with raspberry sauce (VG) The Gold Penfold's Dinner Cruise 6-course degustation dinner with the option to add paired Penfold's wines. Course 1 Chef's selection of canapés served on arrival Course 2 Seared scallops w/ lime foam Course 3 Herb salad Course 4 Casarecce pasta with rocket pesto and aged Italian parmesan Course 5 Angus centre cut eye fillet with sautéed mushrooms and a rich jus Course 6 Black violet cheesecake Once you have indulged in the fantastic cuisine on offer, enjoy the fabulous live music on Saturday and Sunday nights. See the stunning Sydney Harbour by night aboard your premium dining cruise.

Sydney: Harbor Cruise with Buffet Lunch

5. Sydney: Harbor Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Brighten up your day with a complete Sydney Harbour cruising experience departing from the iconic Circular Quay. Enjoy a buffet lunch and live commentary while passing by famous landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and more. Once onboard you will savor a delicious buffet lunch with 13 different food options. Hear live commentary whilst soaking in the beautiful panoramic views of the coastline. You will see the Sydney Botanical Gardens, Darling Harbour, and other highlights of the city. Discover the secrets of one of the world's most famous and spectacular natural harbors. Spend some relaxing time in a perfect way to see Sydney from a unique vantage point with plenty of amazing photo opportunities.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

6. 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!

Combo Attraction Pass: Sydney Tower Eye, Sea Life & More

7. Combo Attraction Pass: Sydney Tower Eye, Sea Life & 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 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! 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.

Sydney: Sydney Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

8. Sydney: Sydney Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

Join a relaxing sightseeing cruise around Sydney Harbour with commentary created by the Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation and the Australian Maritime Museum. Discover the sparkling blue waters of Sidney Harbour, along with hidden beaches, pristine bushlands, and pretty botanic gardens brimming with native flora and charming islands. Choose between a Inner Loop Sightseeing Cruise between Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and Taronga Zoo and the Outer Loop Sightseeing Cruise between Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay and Manly Sightseeing Cruises depart from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay.

Sydney: Hop-on Hop-off Harbour Cruise with Commentary

9. Sydney: Hop-on Hop-off Harbour Cruise with Commentary

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 harbour 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, Harbour 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

Sydney: 3-Course Dinner Harbor Cruise

10. Sydney: 3-Course Dinner Harbor Cruise

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.

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Experience coming back on the ferry was absolutely terrible with people pushing in line and pushing through to pile onto the ferry. Really disappointed in people’s behaviour especially when there were babies in strollers trying to patiently walk onto ramp. Reminded me of a zombie mob if that’s any resemblance to what we witnessed. Otherwise trip to and zoo great! Oh watch out for the grumpy depressed old chimps…

We loved this bike tour! We were able to pay extra for an ebike. We were able to see so much of the beautiful city of Sydney on this tour. For us it was much better than just going on the on off city bus. Jay waa a super bike guide and we really enjoyed this tour!

It was a good experience. Food is quite impressive for a buffet on a boat. Since you probably would end up spending money for lunch anyways, it is great to be able to see the harbor too from a different angle. Good value!

Great way to get an overview of the city. We did it on the first day and got off to visit the Australia museum. The weather was great and the lines weren’t long even though it was a holiday weekend.

Very complete visit with the 2 circuits. You really have to do both.