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Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sydney: Morning or Afternoon Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

1. Sydney: Morning or Afternoon Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Discover the sights of Sydney Harbour on this sightseeing cruise. See the Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanical Gardens and learn about the history of the city with informative live commentary. Along the way, help yourself to hot drinks and fresh fruits and cookies. Set sail from Eastern Pontoon in Circular Quay and choose from either a morning or afternoon sightseeing cruise. Pass by Sydney's most iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanical Gardens, and all the sights in between. Refresh with a tea or coffee from the drinks station and help yourself to cookies and fruit. Along the way, enjoy live commentary from a knowledgeable skipper and make sure to bring your camera as there will be countless photo opportunities along the way.

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 Cruise and Taronga Zoo

4. Sydney: Harbour Cruise and Taronga Zoo

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: Taronga Zoo Tickets

5. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

Overlooking magnificent Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and offers amazing wildlife experiences with stunning harbor views. Nestled on the shores of the world's most beautiful harbor, Taronga Zoo is surrounded by lush bushland of Bradley's Head National Park, popular for early morning walks. Ferries depart from Circular Quay every 30 minutes. The Zoo has many popular trails to explore including the Australian Walkabout, Kids' Trail, Reptile World, African Savannah, Rainforest Trail, Seal Walk, Seals for the Wild, and the iconic must-see Free Flight Birds presentations. Zoo entry includes keeper talks and presentations. The many exhibits in Taronga Zoo can be reached by footpaths, ramps, lifts and escalators. 90% of Taronga Zoo is fully accessible. Strollers can be hired from the Visitor Information Desk in the main entrance at a small fee and manual wheelchairs can be rented for free and should be booked in advance.

Sydney: 2-hour Express Whale Watching Cruise

6. Sydney: 2-hour Express Whale Watching Cruise

The 2hr Express Cruise is Sydney’s best value whale watching cruise. Reach the open ocean in only 20min from Circular Quay. Fantasea Crystal features an air-conditioned internal saloon with Lcd television screens, complimented by copious amounts of indoor and outdoor seating. Fantasea Crystal’s viewing areas are composed of a seated sun deck, covered rear deck and large windows along the internal saloon. Reaching top speeds of up to 20 knots, getting you from Circular Quay to the open ocean takes only 20min, leaving almost an hour and a half for whale watching. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase from the onboard bar. If no whales are successfully watched on your cruise, you receive a free return cruise.

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

7. 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: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour by Catamaran

8. Sydney: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour by Catamaran

Reach a top speed of almost 30 knots on a purpose-built whale-watching vessel, Fantasea Avalon. Take only 15 minutes to get from Circular Quay to the open ocean and enjoy more time watching whales. Experience your whale-watching cruise from spacious, wrap-around decks over 2 levels. Whale watch in comfort with air-conditioned cabins with large windows and great indoor and outdoor seating. Listen to informative commentary by a marine biologist or 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 Buffet Lunch

9. 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.

Sydney: West Side Story on Sydney Harbour Ticket

10. Sydney: West Side Story on Sydney Harbour Ticket

Immerse yourself in the colorful world of West Side Story, the fascinating Broadway phenomenon. Watch the show live at Handa Opera in Sydney and admire a sensational storm of exuberant dance and wistful romance. Secure your ticket to the production's limited 4-week run. Arrive early to enjoy the sun setting over Sydney Harbour as you raise a glass and drink in the view at one of the five pop-up bars and restaurants on-site. Then, take your place in the grandstand by the water to enjoy the enthralling show, complete with a live orchestra hidden beneath the dramatic stage and fireworks in the balmy night air. Enjoy this world-famous musical back on Sydney Harbour in an electrifying, larger-than-life staging. Experience Leonard Bernstein’s great score punctuated with hits such as ‘America’, ‘Tonight’, ‘Maria’, ‘I Feel Pretty’, and the enduring ‘Somewhere’. Witness dynamic dance numbers that soar through the open air, and a love story for the ages. Travel to New York’s Upper West Side and experience the story of the Jets and the Sharks, locked in a fierce turf battle. As the two teen gangs hurtle down a dangerous path, watch Tony and Maria cross enemy lines, dreaming of a time and place where they can love freely. Enjoy a production directed by opera and musical theater mastermind Francesca Zambello, with designers Brian Thomson and Jennifer Irwin transforming Sydney into a slice of New York.

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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!

Excellent tour with very knowledgeable guide on the day. Fair price with a good meal and drink afterwards. A must do tour whilst in Sydney.

Excellent from start to finish. Our guide was super and loved her job!

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

Wonderfull! Brilliant performances, particularly from the leads.