Sydney Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended Sydney Sightseeing cruises

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

1. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip with Cruise

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: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

2. 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 Harbour: Tall Ship Afternoon Cruise

3. 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: Sydney Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

4. Sydney: Sydney Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

See Sydney Harbour’s iconic destinations and discover its hidden gems as well on this relaxing sightseeing cruise. Pass by the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbor, and Circular Quay on your route. 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 60-minute or 90-minute outing on Sydney Harbour with commentary developed in partnership with Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation and the Australian Maritime Museum. Sightseeing Cruises depart from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay and operate between Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, and Watsons Bay.

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.

Sydney Harbour Relaxing High Tea Cruise

6. Sydney Harbour Relaxing High Tea Cruise

Hen parties, baby showers, birthdays, charity events and more are all hosted on this cruise, which is a revival of a great British tradition with a uniquely Australian flavor. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise around Sydney Harbour accompanied by high tea goodies and sparkling wine from Brown Brothers, a classic Australian winery. Admire clear views of iconic landmarks such as Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison and the city skyline. Sample Menu • Crystal Bay prawns on dill blini crème fraiche • Finger sandwich selections including: cucumber dill and four crème dill fingers, smoked salmon, chive cream cheese & caviar, leg ham and Swiss cheese and chutney • Porcini mushroom, chilli jam and spec pork sausage rolls • Caramelized onion, beetroot and goat cheese baby tartlet • Mini scones with strawberry jam and vanilla cream • Glazed mango and coconut custard tartlets • Chocolate dipped strawberries • Assorted petite fours  Drinks • Sparkling wine • Tea • Coffee

Sydney: Taronga Zoo & 1 or 2-Day Sydney Harbour Hopper Pass

7. Sydney: Taronga Zoo & 1 or 2-Day Sydney Harbour Hopper Pass

Enjoy a trip to the Taronga Zoo and a pass to explore Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Hopper Pass with Fantasea Cruising and choose from either a one or two-day option. See the various wildlife at the zoo and enjoy the beautiful sights from Sydney Harbour. Visit one of Sydney’s most famous attractions, the award-winning Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife, as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. Explore the zoo overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour, the zoo is just 12 minutes from the city by ferry. Listen to daily keeper talks and see zoo shows, and access the Sky Safari, Sydney’s only cable car. See one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours by boat and take in the sparkling blue waters, iconic tourist attractions, hidden beaches, pristine bushlands, and pretty botanic gardens brimming with native flora and charming islands that are made for exploring. Take advantage of perks included with your Sydney Harbour Hopper Pass: My Fast Ferry's direct fast ferry service between Manly and Circular Quay and direct ferry service between Manly and Watsons Bay (operates on weekends only).

Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Lunch Cruise

8. 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: Bring Your Own Drinks 1.5 Hour Vivid Harbor Cruise

9. Sydney: Bring Your Own Drinks 1.5 Hour Vivid Harbor Cruise

Avoid the crowds and admire Sydney’s Vivid Festival from the comfort of a catamaran with the freedom to bring your own alcoholic drinks to enjoy as you sail. Arrive at the wharf departure point and be met by a friendly crew member who’ll welcome you aboard and tell you everything you need to know about your cruise. Depart the wharf and begin your cruise around Sydney's world-famous harbor. The catamaran offers indoor and outdoor viewing spots, allowing you to take in the beauty of Sydney from all angles. To enhance the experience, enjoy a complimentary soft drink and a delicious antipasto spread complete with bread rolls. From the water, soak up uninterrupted 360 degree views of the stunning cityscape that surrounds you and admire the mystical lights that dance across the buildings. The cruise also passes by some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, so you can snap incredible photos for your vacation album.

Hawkesbury River: Broken Bay Pearl Farm Discovery Experience

10. Hawkesbury River: Broken Bay Pearl Farm Discovery Experience

Discover the story of the Australian pearl at the newly opened Broken Bay Shellar Door. Meet the people behind the pearls as they share their expertise with passion as you dive into this unique Australian industry.  Start with an introduction to the Australian pearling industry before learning about the pearls are cultured.  Go on a boat tour out to the farm on the scenic lower Hawkesbury River.  Back on land at the Shellar Door, you will be guided through the seven virtues that make up the value of a pearl. A team will guide you through the entire 2-hour experience. Join a tour, cruise to the farm, browse the collection of locally grown pearl jewelry, and immerse yourself in this fascinating Australian story.

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What people are saying about Sydney

Even though there was lots of fog and rain, the day was interesting and fun! And our guide (Jed, I think, was his name?) used his own card at the end when a few of us were caught at the ferry with cash, but no credit or bank card to access and pay for the ferry ride home.

Best experience the whole family enjoyed it from the moment we got on the ferry until we got off. Zoo was fantastic with spectacular views and loved the sky safari, then harbour cruise was wonderful seeing all the sites

My family and friends from Victoria had a lovely time on the Tall ship. The crew were friendly, accommodating and informative about the ship, the harbour and Sydney’s history. Thank you for a great afternoon.

Fabulous, the tour guide and driver were both very friendly and helpful. The scenery and the sky rides were amazing, highly recommend for a taste of what the Blue Mountains area has to offer.

Guide was good.. overall experience was good and sufficient time given to explore..