Going for a cruise on the spectacular Sydney Harbour has to be one of the best experiences in Australia, if not the world.
The good news is that there are dozens of cruise operators who offer fabulous choices for Sydney Harbour cruises in all price brackets.
Options for Sydney Harbour Cruises
Just about every imaginable option is available. Sightseeing cruises, lunchtime sailing adventures, cocktails at sunset, dinner and dancing cruises, dinner-show cruises on vintage paddle-wheelers, night-time cruises, wine-tasting cruises, and more.
For just a few dollars, you can hop on the historic Manly Ferry. From here you’ll see the same amazing scenery and iconic sights as billionaires aboard a luxury chartered yacht.
Boats for Sydney Harbour Cruises
There’s a huge range of vessels for Sydney Harbour cruises – sailing ships, party ferries, jet boats, sleek catamarans, retro cruisers, floating palaces, you name it.
Some boats are so futuristically flash, so downright decadent that they have to be seen to be believed. There’s at least one with a glass ballroom offering 360° harbor views.
Many Sydney Harbour cruise boats are available for private charters. A charter gives you even more scope for fun and adventure, especially if you’re after something special in the way of cuisine, entertainment, destinations and stopovers.
Highlights of Sydney Harbour Cruises
A large percentage of Sydney’s must-see sights are best viewed and photographed from the water – including, of course, the harbour itself.
Renowned as the world’s most beautiful port, Sydney Harbour has 240 kilometres of shoreline and many picturesque islands. It’s edged by bush-topped cliffs, parks, waterfront mansions, coves, secluded beaches, and an astonishing line-up of famous sights and sites.
Sydney Harbour cruises can take you in for close-ups of Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, and Kirribilli House. Keep an eye out for historic Luna Park – it’s next to Sydney Harbour Bridge on the Northern side.
You may see dolphins, or even a humpback whale. If you want to spot whales during their migration, there are several Sydney Harbour cruises that will take you out to sea on whale watching tours.