Sydney Harbour Cruises

See Sydney in all its glory from the water aboard a scenic cruise.

The waters surrounding Sydney are just as popular as the footpaths in the CBD, with both private and public boats cruising under the Harbour Bridge and around the wide waters of the Harbour. There are many cruising options available for visitors to the region to take advantage of. With both scenic and meal orientated meals on both new and historic vessels, your experience on the water in this famous region won’t be disappointing.

There are morning, afternoon and evening cruises available with a number of different operators and companies. If you are chasing a new perspective of some of the country’s biggest and most recognisable icons such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge then a cruise is your best option.

See below for the full list of available boat tours in and around Sydney.

24hr Hop On Hop Off Ferry

Spend the day being ferried around to some of Sydney’s most popular attractions including Taronga Zoo, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Watsons Bay. With a flowing timetable you can spend as long or as little as you want in one place and be picked up by one of Captain Cook Cruises’ ferries. This is a great option for guests who want to see a bit of everything and still want to cruise along the famous Sydney Harbour.

Prices from $25

Harbour Highlights Cruise

Captain Cook Cruises’ Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise will take you around the famous region for a 75 minute cruise. The cruise is accompanied by on board commentary telling you all you need to know about the region and the city’s famous landmarks. Departing Circular Quay at 2:30pm daily, this cruise will give you a peek into the beautiful region making it easier for you to decide what sights you want to go back and explore.

Prices from $17

Cocktail Cruise

End the day (or begin your evening) with a relaxing and enjoyable cruise along the Sydney Harbour. providing those on board with spectacular views of Sydney and its iconic landmarks you can enjoy a cocktail (or two) and canapés as the sun sets on yet another day in beautiful Sydney. There is al licensed bar on board for guests to purchase other drinks during the 90 minute cruise.

Prices from $25

Morning Story Cruise

Learn about Sydney Harbour’s rich history while aboard a scenic and informative morning cruise. The cruise will take you past all of the important and famous sights such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge while telling you about the stories behind these incredible landmarks. The cruise departs at 10am and returns at 12:15pm and is the perfect way to spend the first half of your day.

Prices from $22

Afternoon Story Cruise

End the day with an enjoyable and informative cruise around Sydney Harbour. Aboard this cruise you will learn about the Harbour and its rich history over the period of one and a half hours. You will travel past all of the important and famous sites in the region including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The cruise departs at 2:30pm and returns at 4pm and is the perfect way to end the day.

Prices from $22

Small Group Lunch Cruise

Grab a few friends and head out onto the water on a private boat as you enjoy a delicious lunch, drinks and of course, the beautiful sites of Sydney. Live like the other half do aboard a luxurious 52 foot Motor Yacht with what is one the must-do Aussie experiences. The cruise goes for a duration of 4 hours and in that time you’ll be able to enjoy a three course Australian BBQ lunch on board accompanied with local beer and regional wine.

Prices from $185

Seven Wonders Cruise

Embark on this extensive cruise covering all of the highlights in and around Sydney. You will cruise past Darling Harbour, the Royal National Park and of course, Sydney Cove (Circular Quay). The cruise goes for a duration of six hours and includes docking at various isolated beaches where you can disembark and explore the islands for yourself. The itinerary for the day also includes a sit down lunch on the boat with spectacular views over the water.

Prices from $100

Sailing Cruise

Hop aboard a luxury sailing yacht and join the crew as you sail up and down the lovely Sydney Harbour. Under the guidance of the skipper you’ll feel like a pro sailor in no time! However, it’s not all work the cruise also includes a lot of play with the beautiful sites of the coastline making the perfect sailing backdrop. You’ll also pass some of Sydney’s historic attractions, luxury homes, gorgeous bays and beaches. This three hour sailing cruise gives you the chance to participate in the sailing or to simply just relax and enjoy the ride - the choice is yours.

Prices from $165

Pirate Cruise

The perfect adventure for the young ones and the young at heart, you can jump aboard an authentic tall ship and be a pirate of the sea for the day. The 1800’s timber tall ship sets the mood perfectly for an action packed sword fight as you bellow “Ahoy!” to passing boats and passengers. The ship is filled with other pirates, music, firing cannons and awesome stunts making this an entertaining and enjoyable hour and 15 minutes on the water.

Prices from $49

Authentic Tall Ship Sailing Cruise

Jump aboard and set sail along Sydney Harbour with Sydney Tall Ships and their authentic timber tall ships. A brief yet inclusive tour you will be able to see all of the highlights from the water while experiencing a ride in an authentic ship. With the option to help out the experienced crew, you can choose to learn the ropes of being a sailor or you can simply find a great vantage point, sit back and enjoy the ride. The ship leaves the dock at 4pm with boarding beginning 15 minutes prior.

Prices from $25

Tall Ship Lunch Cruise

Experience sailing along Sydney’s coastline aboard an authentic timber tall ship. Passing by all of the important sites in Sydney you can also enjoy a freshly prepared meal with the ticket option to also include an open bar. This is a great way to explore the beautiful Sydney region and experience the joy of riding along in an authentic tall ship, a chance that not many people get.

Prices from $45

Jazz Music Buffet Lunch Cruise

Enjoy smooth jazz music as you cruise around the iconic Sydney Harbour region taking in the beautiful sites and soaking in the atmosphere. In addition to the live entertainment and beautiful views, you will receive a full buffet for lunch. Serving up a delicious selection of seafood, salads, coffee, tea and dessert this all inclusive package provides a fabulous environment with which to spend your afternoon.

Prices from $55

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