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Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise
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Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise

By Captain Cook Cruises
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Take in Sydney's highlights from the water during a Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruise. Take in landmarks including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, and other major attractions. Upgrade to the Premium Harbour Experience you'll get to enjoy a house beverage and a Cheese and Charcuterie board to share.
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AU$45.00
per adult
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Ages 0-99, max of 100 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
Start time: Check availability
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Audio guide: English
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Highlights
  • Upgrade to the Premium Harbour Experience to include a house beverage of your choice and an Australian Cheese & Charcuterie board to share
  • Gain insight into the harbor’s history and heritage from the on-board commentary available directly through your smart phone
  • Enjoy uninterrupted views of top city attractions such as Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • 1.5 hour cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Guided commentary available directly through your smartphone
  • Spacious outdoor open decks to capture the perfect Instagram moments
  • Light snacks and beverages available for purchase onboard
  • Cheese & Charcuterie Board to share, choice of house drink & reserved seating -select Premium option


Departure details
  • Circular Quay Wharf 6, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Departs Wharf 6 Circular Quay. Please look for the Captain Cook Cruises ticket office on the wharf,
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3378MIDDLE

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Guests under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 years+
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Which attractions will I visit with Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise?
How much is Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise?
Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise price starts from AU$45.81. Discover and book Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise on Tripadvisor
What is the Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise cancellation policy?
Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise?
Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise is hosted by Captain Cook Cruises. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Captain Cook Cruises on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3378MIDDLE

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Circular Quay Wharf 6
    Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
    Departs Wharf 6 Circular Quay. Please look for the Captain Cook Cruises ticket office on the wharf,
    See address & details
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    Captain Cook Cruises
    Stop: 15 minutes
    Boarding location for your cruise.
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    Pass by
    Sydney Opera House
    Sydney Harbour
    Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • You'll return to the starting point
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  • karenkX5575KL
    karenkX5575KL
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    No. 1 Work Christmas party lunch
    We had our first ever Work Christmas Cruise. We all paid for it ourselves, seemed a little expensive at the time, but as soon as we stepped foot on board, we knew it was value for money. We had the drinks package, and it was excellent value. The waiters kept asking us if we needed more drinks, and were bringing them to our table very efficiently. I have done 10 other Harbour Cruises at night, but they were nowhere near this standard. I received quotes from other operators, but felt this was the best, and I was right.
  • CindyC4417
    CindyC4417
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    Nice trip but food was mediocre. Crew and service good
    Trip was nice. Mediocre food which was more or less expected for tours of this type. Crew was nice and service good. The dessert was the best part
  • Dream18136855306
    Dream18136855306
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    Enjoyable evening
    A great night seeing Sidney from a different perspective and getting a view of landmarks not otherwise available. Food was delicious as well.
  • I6291AGvictorian
    I6291AGvictorian
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    Taronga Zoo
    Thank you very much, I enjoyed my day at Taronga Zoo, which has a wide range of animals and is excellently curated enabling visitors to learn a lot. My favourite animal sightings were the tigers, elephants, koalas and kangaroos.
  • philhK2459HG
    philhK2459HG
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    See the big sights.
    Very restful, saw most of the big sights, great service from all staff. Comfortable and staff were very attentive.
  • jameswM4879XN
    jameswM4879XN
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    Taronga Zoo Tour & Sydney Harbour
    The Taronga Zoo is a great place to explore and see all the animals while in the Sydney area. If you go with children, you could easily spend a full day there. They also have a hotel at the zoo, in case you wanted to do night walks to see the nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. That would be very cool to do also! I would definitely recommend this trip, but depending upon your available time, you may want to take a regular taxi ferry, as they run more frequently than the Captain Cook Cruises.
  • charlesbC2418BS
    charlesbC2418BS
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    fantastic
    i can not fault this two hour cruise from being greeted by the crew the service from the staff to the magnificent Boat /Ship and of course the Beautifull Sydney Harbour Views and the Price very reasonable including two beverages each plus cheese platter , i hope fully will be doing another cruise with some of my family Christmas Eve . PS thank you to the crew for going out of their way to make us Enjoy our selves
  • suekU6220FS
    suekU6220FS
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    Easy way to see Australian animals and others right in Sydney
    Taking the ferry to the zoo makes for a fun day. There are also great views of the city from the zoo itself. Taronga is somewhat spread out, but you can see most of it in about 4 hours. At the moment, they seem to have several exhibits undergoing renovations, so they seem to be continually improving the facilities. KIds would really enjoy doing this while in Sydney!
  • 513LouiseC
    513LouiseC
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    Sydney Harbour sunset cruise
    The dinner was excellent catered very well for the vegan in our party. All the food was great. Called a sunset cruise but actually we boarded at 5pm so arrived back before sunset having said that the views of the city, Sydney Harbour bridge and the Opera House were spectacular. Well worth doing.
  • Allison F
    Allison F
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    Nice way to see Sydney
    Lovely tour! Short ferry ride to each stop, where you could wander as you wished. Zoo was very nice and we also stopped at Watson’s Bay which was a cute small town.
  • R8327OQginag
    R8327OQginag
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    A Must See for Animal Lovers
    Fantastic way to spend an afternoon after taking the ferry over from Circular Quay. The zoo had a wonderful variety of animals from different continents. The zoo was very clean and had adequate bathroom stations and water bottle filling stations as well. We were able to take in the Free Flight bird show. It was fantastic. The show with the seals was also enjoyable. Unbelievable views back toward Sydney Harbour from vistas within the zoo. Nice photo shots. Would suggest some better signage from the lower part of the zoo where are you depart from the ferry to get up to the area of the zoo by the upper main entrance. Existing Signage was a little confusing.
  • TravellerLoggy
    TravellerLoggy
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    Disappointed this time
    I went whale watching with Captain Cook back in 2016 and had a great time. We rebooked for today which left us very disappointed as we are at the end of our Australia trip and really wanted to see whales close up before we go home. Firstly, the cruise was booked for 1:15, we did not leave the port until after 1:30. Whereas other companies nearby which were also booked for 1:15 left boarded prior to this time and left the port at 1:15. Following a fellow passenger suffering with sea sickness just as we got out to sea, we returned to Watson's Quay to allow them off the boat with several other passengers. I could not hear what was being said over the speaker at any point outside as it was not loud enough, so had to ask staff when we stopped at Watsons Quay what on earth was going on. We were first told that we would be returning to Circular Quay and could enquire with the booking office to explore our options. However I was then advised that we were going back out whale watching following the drop off at Watsons Quay. They did not mention at this point that this would be for about 15 minutes (having lost about an hour of the trip returning the unwell customer back to the quay and then getting back out to sea) and we would still be returning to Circular Quay at the same time as previously planned, I wrongly assumed that we would be allowed a little more time. We did thankfully see a couple of whales, but just their fins surfacing from the water, however we did not have time to hang around in the area and wait for any more to resurface due to the rush to get back to Circular Quay. I would recommend that others book with other companies who offer 3 hour trips as it gives you a bit more time to see the whales, and should anything go wrong, it will hopefully mean you're not rushing back. These companies also seemed to set off from Circular Quay before us, despite having the same booking time. The problems above were clearly not the staff on boards fault, but I just feel as though the situation could have been handled better and communicated better with the remaining customers on board.
  • johnrU1679CX
    johnrU1679CX
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    Absolutely amazing!
    Really good crew, great commentary with plenty of whale facts, crew was happy to chat with passengers too. Would highly recommend
  • Tourist54202781413
    Tourist54202781413
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    Expensive and disappointing
    Overpriced venue with some really rude staff especially the filipino bar manager who walks around like a storm trooper. Meals were little more than snacks , I asked for a med well steak which was a piece of meat about the size of a 50 cent coin and no joke it was charcoaled and bar prices were high as well and for the $140 price per person without any drinks im sure you could find better value for money! Only redeeming factor was the first officer upstairs who was friendly and great to talk to which made the outing a little better
  • danielmZ7863KC
    danielmZ7863KC
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    Lovely celebration
    Had a love time with my partner. At the time of booking I was a little hesitant, but my expectations were met and we celebrated our special occasion very well. I loved the food selection and selection of wines. Views were amazing too
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Vernman
Joplin, MO186 contributions
Somewhat of a disappointment. The boat itself wasn’t bad. A little worn but nothing too bad. The main problem I had was the filthy windows. We paid a premium price for an inside space to view the sites of the harbor, but literally could not talk a photo through the streaked and dirty windows. Also, there was not commentary unless you download an app and listen through you phone. If you didn’t bring ear buds this was sort of useless. The food offerings were okay and reasonably priced. All in all not a terrible disappointment but certainly not what we had expected ether.
Written 5 March 2023
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Dear Vernman We are very disappointed to hear that you were dissatisfied with your experience onboard with us and we did not meet the high standards you have come to expect of Captain Cook Cruises. We always aim for the highest standards and take seriously the feedback of our valued customers - your feedback has been passed onto the relevant departments. We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss further, may we ask that you email us at feedback@captaincook.com.au. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Regards, The Captain Cook Team Sydney
Written 6 March 2023
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Dale G
Milford, IA16 contributions
Dec. 2019
This 2 hour Sydney Harbour Cruise is very informative and enjoyable. The tour guide narrated everything we were seeing giving history of the area along with current events. She was very personable and would walk around the deck and answer questions. The boat was very comfortable and the ride very smooth. The scenery was beautiful and many wonderful opportunities for pictures of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Snacks, coffee, and tea were provided. It was a very pleasant experience.
Written 8 January 2020
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Dear 870daleg, Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. Our cruise offers live, personalised commentary providing insights from our highly experienced commentator. As you’re aware, finding the right balance between providing information, humour and interactions can be difficult as each customer has tastes and preferences, so we’re glad that you enjoyed this aspect of your cruise. Thank you once again for your feedback. Kind Regards, Head of Customer Service Captain Cook Cruises
Written 17 February 2020
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LC808
4 contributions
Mar. 2023
Our cruise was cancelled twice. Such a waste of half a day. Our guided tour cruise with charcuterrie and champagne was scheduled for 2pm. We got our tickets early at 12:30 pm. We were told to board at the dock at 1:50pm. We waited at the dock at 1:50pm until a few minutes after 2pm to find out that it was cancelled because of engine problems. The office rescheduled our cruise to 3:30pm. We walked around until then. We watched the boat arrive and unload passengers. As we were about to board, the staff told us that our 3:30pm cruise was cancelled because they ran out of food. They offered us a full refund and a free rocket express cruise at 3:50pm. The rocket express cruise was not a guided tour. It was literally a ferry service to Manly Beach, Watson Bay, and Shark Island. We couldn't get off the boat until we returned to Circular Quay at 5:30pm. I would recommend booking a tour with another company rather than dealing with the cancellations. The only positive was that they didn't fight us on getting a full refund. However, we wasted 5 hours when we were in Sydney for only 2 days. Definitely could've spent our time elsewhere.
Written 21 March 2023
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We are sorry to hear you have had this experience with Captain Cook Cruises, unfortunately we had a mechanical issue on this day and understand this caused delays to our schedule. On behalf of the Sydney team, please accept our sincere apologies for your experience. We ask the you please reach out to us via email, feedback@captaincook.com.au to discuss next steps. Regards, The Captain Cook Sydney Team
Written 26 March 2023
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Dinah M
Houston, TX9 contributions
Feb. 2020
We specifically wanted a cruise during the daytime that did NOT involve a meal, and this tour fit the bill. It was a beautiful day to sit on the upper deck and see the entire Sydney Harbor, with excellent commentary by the Captain Cook guide, Elizabeth. She not only pointed out landmarks, but included very interesting historical facts and stories that made the cruise very enjoyable. So enjoyable that we never went down to the dining room to partake of the coffee and sweets that were included in our tour! I would highly recommend this tour, no matter how much time you have to spend in Sydney.
Written 22 February 2020
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Dear Dinah M, Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. Our Harbour Story Cruise offers live, personalised commentary providing insights from our highly experienced commentator. As you’re aware, finding the right balance between providing information, humour and interactions can be difficult as each customer has tastes and preferences, so we’re glad you enjoyed this aspect of your cruise. Thank you once again for your feedback. Kind Regards, Head of Customer Service Captain Cook Cruises
Written 3 March 2020
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Mini23
Newcastle69 contributions
Jul. 2022
Lovely 90 minute cruise onboard the Captain Cook. The cheese platter was fabulous and the glass of wine included was average but appreciated. For $55 it was good value but we were very disappointed there was no commentary. We tried to listen with the app but it was slightly difficult to follow and not loud enough for us all to listen. It would of been anti social if we all used air buds. Overall staff, vessel, value & experience was great.
Written 28 July 2022
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Dear Frances O, Thank you for your review of the Captain Cook cruise. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the lovely 90-minute cruise and found the cheese platter to be fabulous. We apologize for the disappointment regarding the lack of commentary, but we found more passengers were happier conversing without it playing out loud. We appreciate your feedback regarding the app and will take it into consideration for future improvements. We're pleased that you found the staff, vessel, value, and overall experience to be great. Thank you for choosing to cruise with us, and we hope to welcome you on board again in the future. Regards, Captain Cook Sydney Team
Written 22 June 2023
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Jim V
Chippewa Falls, WI23 contributions
This is a 2 hour tour of the Sydney Harbour. The tour guide provided a lot of interesting information about the Harbour and all of the surrounding area. It gives a visitor an idea of how big the Harbour is. It also give good views of the buildings built on the Harbour. A good tour for any visitor to Sydney.
Written 25 February 2020
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Dear Jim V, Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. Our cruise offers live, personalised commentary providing insights from our highly experienced commentator. As you’re aware, finding the right balance between providing information, humour and interactions can be difficult as each customer has tastes and preferences, so we’re glad that you enjoyed this aspect of your cruise. Thank you once again for your feedback. Kind Regards, Head of Customer Service Captain Cook Cruises
Written 3 March 2020
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Matt H
15 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Family
The cruise is a relaxing tour around the harbour of Sydney which took us about 2 hours. A tour guide explained history and scenic places as we drove along. At the start of the tour we were handed a glass of sparkling wine each and coffee was free throughout the tour. A great and relaxing start into the day or the Sydney holiday.
Written 14 January 2020
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Dear B2025EYmatth, Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. It is so great to read that you enjoyed and relaxed with our cruise. We agree that it is a great way to spend time in Sydney. Thank you once again for your feedback. Kind Regards, Head of Customer Service Captain Cook Cruises
Written 17 February 2020
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Terry C
Lanner, UK56 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Friends
Did the morning Harbour Story cruise with free tea, coffee and biscuits. Had a very enjoyable 2 hours. The lady (don’t know her name) told us all about the history and local stories etc. Just the right length (2 hours). Gorgeous views of the harbour, Opera House, bridge etc. Well worth fitting this in if you can
Written 1 February 2020
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Dear 901terryc, Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your Premium Harbour Story Cruise. We agree that experiencing beautiful the Sydney Harbour is a fantastic experience. Thank you once again for your feedback. Kind Regards, Head of Customer Service Captain Cook Cruises
Written 3 March 2020
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aucklanderatlarge
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
Loved the harbour cruise. It was just the right amount of time. It could be said that the interior of the ferry was a bit outdated, but that was not the primary reason. Staff were very helpful and obliging at each stage. Great views of Sydney.
Written 5 October 2023
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Hi aucklanderatlarge Thank you for your 5-star review! We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your harbour cruise with us! It's fantastic that you found the duration to be just right. Thank you for choosing us, and we hope to welcome you onboard again soon. Best Regards, Captain Cook Sydney Team
Written 9 October 2023
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PeterR1006
16 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Solo
Nice ride to see the main Harbour with the bridge and Opera House. The tour takes you a bit behind the Opera then comes back and passes down the bridge and goes to Darling Harbour where it stays for 10 mins there. Then back again to the main Harbour with the bridge and Opera house. Fast and nice to take some photos and videos or to enjoy for 1h and 20 mins.
Written 26 September 2022
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Dear PeterR1006, Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the ride and had the opportunity to see the main highlights of Sydney Harbour, including the bridge and Opera House. We understand that the duration of the tour, provided a fast and enjoyable experience for you. We strive to offer a balance between sightseeing and allowing guests to take in the scenic views and capture memories. Thank you for choosing our tour, and we hope to welcome you back in the future for another enjoyable ride on Sydney Harbour. Best regards, Captain Cook Sydney Team
Written 21 June 2023
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