See the New South Wales capital's most iconic sights from the best seat in the house as you cruise magnificent Sydney Harbour. This relaxing afternoon cruise with commentary takes you past the Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and of course, the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge!

AUD $35pp

Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise
Runs: Daily
Departs at: 2.30pm
Departs from: Circular Quay Wharf 6, Sydney CBD
Duration: 1.15 hours (approx.)

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5 stars

Featured guest review:

‘The boat I sailed on was fairly large with three decks. My wife and I sat on the top deck. We cruised all around Sydney Harbour, and I believe we saw most of what there was to see. As we travelled along, a female guide spoke over the intercom system and identified all of the sights and landmarks along the way.’ OcalaTraveler2011

Tour highlights

  • Get a concise introduction to beautiful Sydney Harbour
  • Enjoy incredible photo opportunities of the premier harbour sights
  • Cruise up close to the Sydney Opera House
  • Travel right underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Listen to engaging commentary about points of interest throughout the cruise
  • Have the rest fo your day free for more sightseeing around the city.

What's included

  • Sightseeing cruise around Sydney Harbour with Captain Cook Cruises
  • Engaging commentary
  • Choice of indoor or outdoor seating.

Pricing

Adults: AUD $35pp
Children (4 to 15 years): AUD $19pp

There is no charge for children under the age of four.

What you can expect

Are you limited for time in the New South Wales capital and looking for a concise introduction to fabulous Sydney Harbour? This 1.15-hour afternoon Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise is it! It will give you the opportunity to take in many of the iconic harbourside sights in a reasonably short space of time and enjoy engaging commentary along the way. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy!

You’ll board your Captain Cook Cruises vessel at bustling Circular Quay and choose an indoor or outdoor vantage point from which to enjoy the cruise. The sleek, modern boat has comfortable seating inside and out on deck. There’s no reserved seating, so you are free to sit where you like. [More]

For the next 75 minutes, you’ll be treated to extraordinary views of one of the most famous waterways in the world. You’ll travel past the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, and the mansions of affluent Rose Bay and Point Piper. One of the biggest highlights of this Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise has to be the chance to sail right under the majestic ‘Coat Hanger’. Gaze in wonder at the National Heritage-listed bridge that will soon reach its 90th birthday!

This Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise is an ideal activity for families. Keep the kids endlessly entertained with views of lighthouses, forts, ferries and tug boats. You may even get to see some of the local marine life in and around the harbour, including dolphins, little penguins and seals.

At the end of the cruise you’ll return to Circular Quay and continue your afternoon of sightseeing on dry land. This Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise wraps the best of the harbour up in a neat bundle and hands it to you. Enjoy!

Guest reviews

  • Matthew G (20/2/2019) – Via TripAdvisor

    The simple tour through the Sydney Harbour would have been much better if you could have heard the descriptions of where we were going and what we were seeing. We boarded the boat in Circular Quay, very easy, and went up to the top deck to enjoy the best views of the harbour. After we were about half way through the cruise I walked passed one of the outdoor speaker and could barely tell there was something coming out of it. I went down inside and heard things completely clearly. I personally wouldn't want to sit inside on our first day in Sydney on the cruise when the best, unobstructed by glass views, were outside on the top deck. The tour lacked what we booked it for, a quick over view of the area for the many passengers taking in the views outdoors. This tour could have been so much better.

  • OcalaTraveler2011 (30/12/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    The boat I sailed on was fairly large with three decks. My wife and I sat on the top deck. We cruised all around Sydney Harbour, and I believe we saw most of what there was to see. As we travelled along, a female guide spoke over the intercom system and identified all of the sights and landmarks along the way.

  • Cjalexander (19/6/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    Was impressed by our guide on the tour (Elizabeth) who was very knowledgeable and gave us a very nice and clear commentary on what we were seeing in addition to a good deal of history.

Best price guarantee: If you find this cruise elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this cruise with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

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This cruise operates in most weather conditions, but in the case of seriously inclement weather, the cruise may be delayed or rescheduled.