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Cruise boats and ferries cut across each other's path as they go about their business on the harbour.                                                            Picture: ©Jiri Foltyn/123RF.COM

Nothing beats a cruise on Sydney's spectacular harbour


A Sydney Harbour cruise is arguably the highlight of any visit to Australia's most famous city.


The delight of a Sydney Harbour cruise is something that has to be experienced first-hand - no picture or video can do justice to it.


Sydney Harbour is in fact just one of a number of bodies of water that form Port Jackson, but it is the main - and most beautiful - waterway.


The other waterways, which are accessed from Sydney Harbour, are Middle Harbour, North Harbour and Lane Cove, and Parramatta Rivers.


The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House are the best known faces of Sydney Harbour, but they are just two of the many spectacles that make up the harbour.


These are other points of interest you should look out for on your harbour cruise, with the view to seeking them out for a visit:


 Northern side of the harbour

  • Kirribilli House, the Sydney residence of the Prime Minister of Australia, and Admiralty House, the official Sydney residence of the Governor General, the Queen's official representative in Australia. Both residences sit on the point at Kirribilli, immediately to the east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  • Neutral Bay, the first bay east of the harbour bridge, is an affluent harbourside suburb of Sydney. The origins of its name lies in the early colonial times, when different bays were zoned for different vessels entering the harbour. All foreign vessels were permitted to dock in this bay, which gave rise to the name "Neutral Bay". English-born children's author and painter May Gibbs, the author of the Gutnut Babies series of books, lived for a time in a two-storey Federation home in Phillips Street before building Nutcote at Kurraba Point.


  • Mosman Bay, once the location for a whaling station, is now one of the most sought-after places to live in Sydney. It is also a safe haven for hundreds of yachts. There's a walking path from the ferry terminal that takes you along the foreshore to Cremorne Reserve. Once around Cremorne Point you get to see some of the best views of the harbour. Along the way you get a good look at the fine homes that line the point. The path loops back to the ferry terminal.


  • Little Sirius Cove, a gorgeous small cove with a sandy beach next to Taronga Zoo. It was named after the flagship of the First Fleet, HMS Sirius.


  • Taronga Zoo, one of Sydney's major attractions, which boasts the world's most scenic setting for a zoological garden. The giraffes, in particular, enjoy amazing views of the Opera House and harbour.



  • Chowder Bay, once the site of Middle Harbour gun placements guarding Port Jackson. The former Gunners Barracks is now a restaurant.


  • Middle Harbour, the gateway to a whole lot more bays and coves. Much of the shore of the Middle Harbour is covered with bushland and lies under the protection of parks and reserves.


  • North Harbour, the gateway to Manly and Manly Beach, Sydney's second most-famous beach.


  • North Head, heavily forested and larely part of the Sydney Harbour National Park.


 Southern side of the harbour

  • Farm Cove, Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquarie's Chair.


  • Fort Denison, a former penal settlement and naval defence for the harbour.


  • Garden Island, a major Royal Australian Navy base. The RAN Heritage Centre museum, on the northern tip of the island, open to the public.


  • The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcom Turnbull's, private waterfront home at Point Piper. A 1930s Mediterranean-style home looking out onto Lady Martin’s Beach, it is thought to be worth more than $50 million. Point Piper is Sydney (and Australia's) most exclusive suburb with harbourfront homes worth tens of millions of dollars. These properties rarely come onto the market.


  • Rose Bay, famous for its seaplane terminal, which in 1938 became Sydney's first international airport.


  • Shark Island, a former quarantine station and naval depot up until 1975, when it became part of Sydney Harbour National Park. Named because of its shape, which is claimed to resemble a shark. Barely 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres) in area and 250 metres by 100 metres, interestly parts of the island were actually set aside as a recreation reserve as early as 1879.


  • Vaucluse, one of Sydney's most exclusive suburbs.


  • Watsons Bay, popular with tourists who venture to Doyles seafood restaurant on the beach and nearby Camp Cove, featuring a small, picturesque beach.


  • South Head, a great vantage point for viewing the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

A Sydney Harbour cruise is a wonderful experience and something not to be missed.

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Harbour pictures

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The CBD, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge viewed from one of many bays on the northern side of the harbour.

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Fort Denison, once an infamous penal site, then a military fortress, but now
a harbour tourist attraction and setting for a popular restaurant.

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An aerial shot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House taken from over Kirribilli.

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					Taronga Zoo

Sydney Harbour as seen from Taronga Zoo.

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Above and below: Sydney Harbour vistas.

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Admiralty House, which sits on the point at Kirribilli, is the official Sydney residence of the Governor-General of Australia.

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Sydney Harbour at sunset from Mosman Bay.   Picture: ©Gordon Bell/123RF.COM

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One of the many vantage points around the harbour.

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Walking paths on the southern side of Sydney Harbour provide glorious views of the Sydney CBD and Royal Botanic Gardens .

Most popular
harbour cruises

Dinner & sunset cruises

There is a variety of low-cost or top-of-the-range dinner, sunset and twilight cruises on offer aboard large and small cruise boats, as well as tall-mast sailing ships. Some of the larger cruise boats offer degustation dinners.

Sydney Harbour Sky DeckMost popular - Skydeck dinner cruise

Sydney Harbour Sky Deck
MV2000 Dinner cruise

Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise
Sunset druise

Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Twilight Dinner Cruise
Twilight Dinner Cruise

Lunch & day cruises

Apart from the variety of lunch cruises on offer, there are also morning and afternoon tea cruises, coffee cruises and lunch and day cruises aborad sailing boats and tall ships.

Luxury lunch cruise on Sydney HarbourProgressive long lunch cruise

Luxury lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour
Luxury lunch cruise

Top Dech Sydney Harbour lunch cruise
Tall ship lunch cruise

High Tea Cruise

Coffee, afternoon and morning tea cruise on Sydney Harbour
Coffee cruise