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Sydney Harbour
With the iconic silhouette of Sydney Opera House and the dramatic arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge etched against a backdrop of glittering ocean and soaring skyscrapers, Sydney Harbour is Australia’s quintessential postcard image. The harbor, the natural heart of Sydney, features more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) lined with golden beaches, lush gardens, and vibrant neighborhoods.

The Basics
Sydney Harbour is at the top of the must-see list for first-time visitors to Sydney, and the most popular way to enjoy the views is on a sightseeing cruise. Opt for a scenic lunch cruise, admire the illuminated city skyline on a romantic dinner cruise, take a whale-watching cruise, or book one with a stop at Goat Island or Fort Denison. For the most spectacular views, soar overhead on a helicopter tour, or get back to nature on a walking tour in Sydney Harbour National Park. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sydney Harbour cruises range from a 90-minute excursion to a half-day tour.
  • Sydney Harbour attractions such as the Royal Botanic Garden, Taronga Zoo, and Sydney Opera House are wheelchair accessible.

How to Get to Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour is located in central Sydney, a 30-minute train or taxi ride from Sydney Airport, and is easily accessible from all corners of the city. Boat cruises and ferries set sail across the harbor from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, toward Rose Bay, Bondi Beach, and Watsons Bay, while trains and buses run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge between the Central Business District and the North Shore.

When to Get There
The Sydney skyline is impressive at any time of year, but the most atmospheric times to photograph Sydney Harbour are at sunrise and sunset. For a special experience, time your visit to coincide with one of the city’s world-famous events, such as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, New Year’s Eve fireworks, or the Australia Day parade.

Where to Find the Best Views of Sydney Harbour
Gaze out over the harbor from Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll along the waterfront of The Rocks, or take in the ocean views from Bondi Beach. For a striking landscape view, head to Mrs. Macquarie's Point, McMahons Point, Kirribilli, or Milsons Point, where you can capture a unique shot looking out beneath the Harbour Bridge.


Address: Bradleys Head Rd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Hours: Open daily
Admission: Free
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Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

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Cruise through Sydney Harbour in style on board a spacious flagship vessel that departs from Circular Quay and King Street Wharf. Glide by landmarks, including the floodlit Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, and watch the city change colors with the sunset. Then sit down for a 4-course dinner with an array of international dishes including fresh seafood. Enjoy the views from your table or the viewing deck, and live music on this 2-hour dinner cruise.
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Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy a deluxe sunset cruise on Sydney Harbour accompanied by a delicious three-course dinner. From the water, admire iconic sights such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, Luna Park and more. Snap photos as the sky shimmers at sunset and the city skyline lights up for the night as you cruise through Sydney in the evening.
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  • 2 hours
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Lunch Cruise with Music on Sydney Harbour

Lunch Cruise with Music on Sydney Harbour

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Experience Sydney’s iconic skyline on a leisurely 3-hour cruise, passing famous landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board, including fresh seafood, cooked meats and tempting desserts, accompanied by live music and entertainment.
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  • 3 hours
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Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

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Enjoy sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and beyond during a scenic helicopter flight over Sydney. Take to the skies for a quick flight that provides stunning panoramic views of Sydney’s eastern coastline including Coogee Beach, Bondi Beach, Manly Cove, Sydney’s spectacular Harbor and city skyline, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Sydney Opera House. Learn about the city’s history from your knowledgeable pilot as you fly along the coast of the Pacific Ocean before your pilot whirs over Sydney Head marking the harbor’s entrance.
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  • 2 hours
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Sydney Harbour Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise

Sydney Harbour Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy an evening of fine dining and spectacular views on a dinner cruise that takes place on the waters of Sydney Harbour. Indulge your tastebuds with a meal that includes six superb courses accompanied by Penfolds gold selection of bin and vintage wines and a full open bar. Listen to live music from the lounge singer and pianist while soaking in iconic sights of Sydney such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. It’s a great way to celebrate a special occasion while in Sydney.
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Sydney Harbour High Tea Cruise

Sydney Harbour High Tea Cruise

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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 during your 1.5-hour scenic sightseeing cruise. Upgrade to guarantee a window sea with excellent sightlines on the famously beautiful harbor city.  You’ll want to keep your camera handy for great photo ops in every direction.
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Sydney Harbour Top Deck Lunch Cruise

Sydney Harbour Top Deck Lunch Cruise

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Book a table for a 3-hour lunch and sightseeing cruise on Sydney Harbour. Pass top landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as your boat glides along the water. Your sit-down dining experience includes attentive service a 3-course lunch. A variety of fresh seafood, meat, and vegetable dishes are served as you take in the sights. Upgrade when booking to guarantee a window seat.
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  • 3 hours
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Sunset and Sparkle Sydney Harbour Cruise

Sunset and Sparkle Sydney Harbour Cruise

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Get the best possible views of stunning Sydney landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge onboard a 35-foot (10.5 meter) catamaran. Relax and soak up the colorful sky as you cruise through the water at sunset while nibbling on an appetizer platter and sip on a cold beverage, or bring your own alcoholic beverages onboard with no corkage fee. Watch as the sun sets and the twinkling city lights come to life.
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Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney Harbour - All inclusive Lunch Cruise

Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney Harbour - All inclusive Lunch Cruise

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Step on board and begin your Sydney Harbour adventure. Our modern 78ft vessel is designed to feel luxurious and super comfortable, so you’ll feel right at home. Enjoy 360-degree views of the iconic attractions as we sail past. We think lunch should be a long, lavish affair, so we serve generous al la carte meals inspired by locally sourced, regionally inspired delights. Think local seafood from the Hawkesbury, lamb from lush pastures in the Riverina and beef sourced from the upper Hunter Valley. We pair these with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea or coffee. Our wines have been hand selected by our sommelier from some of the finest wine regions in New South Wales – so wine lovers are in for a real treat! After lunch we head back past Taronga Zoo and Luna Park before arriving back into Darling Harbour at 2.40pm.
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Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch

Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch

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Enjoy an exhilarating half-day sailing cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard a luxury yacht with an experienced captain. Take in stunning views of Sydney's waterside landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Mrs. Macquaries Chair, Fort Denison, Watsons Bay, Sydney Heads and more. Anchor in a secluded bay in Sydney Harbour National Park with time for beach walks, swimming, snorkeling and a delicious lunch with Australian wine and beer. This small-group tour is limited to eight people, ensuring a personalized experience with your knowledgeable captain.
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  • 5 hours
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Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Thrill Ride: 30 Minutes

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Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Thrill Ride: 30 Minutes

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Blast off from Circular Quay on a jet boat ride that provides a super-fun 30-minute adrenaline-fueled ride along with a new perspective on Sydney's most iconic waterside sights. Your expert captain slows down to give you a close up look at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and other landmarks, then before zooming off again. Hang on as your jet boat executes 270-degree spins, power slides and other breathtaking maneuvers at high speed. Tours depart throughout the day, every hour.
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Sydney Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Harbor Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

Sydney Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Harbor Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

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Customize your sightseeing in Sydney with a hop-on hop-off coach tour and harbor cruise. The ferry pass is valid for 2 days and the explorer pass is valid for 48 hours, giving you two full days to explore Sydney. The Sydney Harbour ferry cruise stops include Circular Quay, Manly, Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay. The double-decker bus tour travels between iconic sites including The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Bondi Beach. Choose to hop off and visit places of interest, or simply remain on board for a comprehensive overview with recorded commentary.
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  • 7 hours to 2 days
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Sydney Harbour Progressive Long Lunch Cruise

Sydney Harbour Progressive Long Lunch Cruise

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Treat your loved ones to a progressive lunch that travels by yacht to the most scenic parts of Sydney Harbour. Get great views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge as you cruise to Watsons Bay for your appetizer course at a classic waterside eatery. Continue past Middle Head to Balmoral where you stop at your second waterfront restaurant for your main course. Return to your boat for the dessert and cheese course, then have time to swim, kayak or standup paddle board. Sparkling wine and other drinks are included.
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Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney Harbour - All inclusive Dinner Cruise

Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney Harbour - All inclusive Dinner Cruise

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Experience one of the world's most iconic destinations in style. Cruise around the beautiful Sydney Harbour and enjoy a premium dining experience. Seating just 90 people, this is the most stylish and unique way to discover the magic of Sydney Harbour. The three-course dinner menu features seasonal and regionally sourced food and wine from New South Wales.
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  • 3 hours
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Sydney Harbour, Northern beaches and National Park

Sydney Harbour, Northern beaches and National Park

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Take a day away from Sydney and head north: filled with beaches, historical sites, and Australian bushland. This private tour includes time to linger at Manly Beach and a stop at West Head Lookout in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park to view aboriginal rock art. At Palm Beach we visit Barrenjoey Lighthouse and have a nutritious lunch. We then have a brief stop at Avalon and Bilgola Beaches, and catch a return ferry on Sydney Harbour from Manly. The day covers a lot of ground, with exceptional scenery.
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  • 9 hours
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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast

Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast

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Enjoy a whale-watching cruise that begins with a breakfast or barbecue lunch onboard the boat while in the calm waters of Sydney Harbour.  After breakfast or lunch, your boat glides past Sydney Head into the Pacific Ocean in search of the humpback and southern right whales that migrate along this coast from May to November. Keep an eye out for whales and dolphins as you learn about them from your naturalist guide, who provides fascinating commentary about Australian marine life during your tour.
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Blue Mountains Private Day Tour from Sydney with Wildlife Park and Cruise

Blue Mountains Private Day Tour from Sydney with Wildlife Park and Cruise

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Explore the beautiful Blue Mountains on this small-group excursion with a local guide. After a convenient hotel pickup, watch for koalas, wombats, and crocodiles at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Then, take an optional cable car ride with amazing views of Katoomba Falls, visit Australia’s Grand Canyon, and enjoy a relaxing cruise back to Sydney on the Parramatta River.
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  • 10 hours
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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise

Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise

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Cruise the ocean waters off of Sydney to look for humpback and southern right whales as they migrate between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef from May to November. Your whale-watching experience starts out of Sydney Harbour and heads to the open ocean on a custom-built catamaran with large viewing windows and spacious decks that provide excellent sightlines. Often, dolphins, sea birds and other marine animals make an appearance during the nearly 2.5-hour whale-watching tour.
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  • 3 hours
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30-Minute Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Ride: Thunder Twist

30-Minute Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Ride: Thunder Twist

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Experience Sydney Harbour in a unique way: during a 30-minute wild ride on 'Thunder', a jet boat capable of slides, twists, wave riding, and fishtails. Enjoy some sightseeing between tricks with views of Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House, Rose Bay and other famous Harbour landmarks.
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  • 30 minutes
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Sydney Harbour Discovery Cruise Including Lunch

Sydney Harbour Discovery Cruise Including Lunch

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See Sydney Harbour the way it's meant to be seen: From the water. This lunch cruise passes by such world-famous sites as the Sydney Opera House as well as such hidden gems as secluded beaches and sandstone cliffs. You'll also visit one of Sydney Harbour National Park’s protected islands and get the chance to swim at a hidden beach. On board, enjoy a delicious barbecue buffet lunch.
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Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat

Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat

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Experience a close encounter with humpback whales without having to leave the city on this thrilling 2-hour speedboat tour from Sydney. Hop on-board the city’s fastest commercial ship and blast off across Sydney Harbour, past iconic landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Leave the city behind and speed out into the Pacific Ocean, where you’ll have chance to spot majestic whales swimming and playing in their natural environment.
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Half Day In Sydney With A Local: Private & Personalized

Half Day In Sydney With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Ditch the guidebook and explore Australia’s most populous city with a local host. Craft an itinerary that suits your interests and hit the streets with a local, visiting landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, as well as amazing hidden spots and vibrant neighborhoods. Enjoy an insider’s view on this beautiful, diverse metropolis.
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Jazz Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour

Jazz Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour

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Soak up views of Sydney’s iconic skyline set to a soundtrack of live Jazz on this 3-hour lunch cruise of Sydney Harbour. Set sail on a scenic cruise, passing landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Luna Park. Then, tuck into a delicious buffet lunch, including dessert, while enjoying the onboard entertainment, performed by jazz and blues musicians, and making the most of the licensed bar (own expense).
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Retro Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour

Retro Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour

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Get nostalgic as you dance to classic hits and relive the ‘good old days’ on-board a Retro Cruise. Admire glittering views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House on an evening cruise around Sydney Harbour, while DJs spin tunes from the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Along the way, tuck into a delicious buffet dinner, sip cocktails from the bar (own expense) and enjoy on-board entertainment, including great prizes and giveaways.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Sydney Harbour hours of operation?
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Sydney Harbour hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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