Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise

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From USD 30.71

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


The world’s most beautiful harbour deserves the very best cruise to experience it. Choose from two spectacular options, the Harbour Experience aboard our premier sightseeing fleet or, enhance your cruise with the Premium Harbour Experience to enjoy a house beverage of your choice and a Cheese & Charcuterie board to share, as you cruise by the majestic Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison and other top sights on this 1.5 hour cruise. Listen to commentary straight from your smartphone, relax into your seat or choose to venture up to the upper open-air deck as you marvel at the beauty of Sydney Harbour.
  • Enjoy uninterrupted views of top city attractions such as Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Gain insight into the harbor’s history and heritage from the on-board commentary available directly through your smart phone
  • Order a refreshing beverage and light snacks, available for purchase onboard
  • Upgrade to the Premium Harbour Experience to include a house beverage of your choice and an Australian Cheese & Charcuterie board to share

What's Included

  • 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

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 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,

    Start time

    02:00 pm

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    Ticket redemption point

    Circular Quay Wharf 6, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    What To Expect

    With uninterrupted views of famous waterside attractions and a comfortable vessel to carry you around the harbor, this cruise is the perfect way to soak up the sights in style.

    Stand on deck to catch panoramic views over Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and capture the scenery on camera, or relax back into your comfy reserved Ocean Deck Lounge seating and Admire the Garden Island Naval base, Watsons Bay and Government House, then head under the Sydney Harbour Bridge toward Goat Island and the famous Darling Harbour.

    Discover fascinating stories that bring history and culture of the harbour city alive via expert guided commentary available directly through your smartphone.

    Upgrade to the Premium Harbour Experience and enjoy a house beverage of your choice and an Australian Cheese & Charcuterie board to share

    Your boat features a warm and spacious interior cabin with large windows, and a full bar with drinks available for purchase. The outside decks provide unobstructed views of the landmarks, beaches and secluded marinas that you pass.

    After 1.5 hours on your Sydney Harbor cruise, head back to Circular Quay to conclude your sightseeing tour.

    Captain Cook Cruises

    Boarding location for your cruise.

    15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Sydney Opera House (Pass By)

    Pass by the famous Sydney Opera House as you depart Circular Quay.

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Guests under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 years+
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    Traveller Tips

    A little extra assistance for disabled would have been desirable.
    Rained almost the whole time, but it was beautiful and a great way to spend a few hours in Sydney for the 1st time!
    246 reviews
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    Reviews by Viator travellers.
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    Worth a sail.
    Kurt_J, Mar 2023
    We enjoyed our harbor tour. Great comfort and food provided. I wish there had been some narration to learn about the harbor.
    Just okay
    Roberta_W, Mar 2023
    The cruise was just okay. The narration was through an app on your phone. With each table listening to the app at different points of the narration, it became just loud noise. Suggest that the narration be done through the intercom system and do away with the apps.
    Worthwhile Cruise
    Susan_C, Mar 2023
    We thoroughly enjoyed our harbor cruise! Enjoyed our refreshments too. We were able to see so many beautiful views of the sky line from our ship. I recommend this cruise.
    cook boat tour so-so
    Rick_A, Mar 2023
    Ride was supposed to be 2 hours, was only 1. basically went between circular quay and darling harbor. was more of a commuter ferry than sight seeing. i though we would traverse and see along more of the harbor and river. no explanation about what we were seeing. Also took a long time for food and beverages to be served. some positives - the charcuterie was good and the boat was comfortable
    Janet_P, Feb 2023
    Disappointed. Our flight was canceled due to weather. We called them and gave as much notice as was possible, but they wouldn't refund our money.
    What a pleasant way to...
    Cynthia_H, Feb 2023
    What a pleasant way to see Sidney Harbor! The charcuterie board offered many options as we toured in a nice, relaxing atmosphere. Great job to the crew for such a great experience.
    Awful Commentary
    David_W, Feb 2023
    Disappointed about poor commentary by iPhone . We were not given any instructions how to receive commentary by iPhone.
    Absolutely worth the money
    Benjamin_M, Feb 2023
    Worth the extra few bucks for the premium experience. Fantastic boat ride and gorgeous views. The boat is very nice inside with couches and a full bar and food menu.
    Nice and relaxing experience
    Fathima_R, Feb 2023
    Not difficult to find the location. Very relaxing and an overall good experience. You can order food and drinks if you like. Highly recommend
    Wonderful trip w Captain Cooks
    kelly_T, Jan 2023
    We love the premium exp we had a great time on the water seeing opera house closely, luna park and Harbour bridge… cheese board and wine are delicious too. They have dairy free option as well. Amazing
    Wonderful way to see some of the city’s highlights
    Vasan_A, Dec 2022
    Wonderful way to see some of the city’s highlights, amazed with each turn as the cruise revealed more of the Harbor Bridge and Opera House
    Relax & enjoy the view
    Sam_L, Nov 2022
    Great afternoon idea after flying in Good wine & charcuterie board in comfortable lounge setting with live music and great views of the far our make for a nice relaxing cruise
    What a nice way of seeing...
    MARYLOU_A, Nov 2022
    What a nice way of seeing BEAUTIFUL SYDNEY from its harbour !!! We enjoyed it a lot. Highly recommended. Thank you VIATOR.
    Highly recommend...
    Ehsan_T, Nov 2022
    Highly recommend it,,,,such a wonderful experience . Amazing view I have ever seen. Had a great time ...thank you
    Beth_G, Nov 2022
    The boat is clean and nice, the charcuterie tray was tasty and the drinks were yum. Friendly waitstaff, and the music was terrific.
    Waste of money
    David_G, Oct 2022
    The wi-fi not working on boat, narrative about sites. So basically a waste of time , just take a ferry. Cheaper . tour operator should give a full refund.
    Parul_O, Sept 2022
    Great day. Amazing time I had with family. Will call definitely recommend to others to try. Thumbs up
    Awesome Cruise experience
    Nilesh_G, June 2022
    Nice beautiful cruise , Huge roof top, Covers bridge and Oprah very well. Smooth and safe sailing. Ample of space every where and cannot be overcrowded. Recommend it for all.
    Great value
    Nicole_K, Mar 2020
    Great price for a great experience! A lot of fun! Would definitely recommend this if your looking for something different to do!
    coffee cruise Sydney harbour
    Keith_B, Mar 2020
    enjoyed the trip very interesting, greeted with champagne or orange juice which was a nice touch, however coffee and snacks were ok but not impressive, presented in four little boxes wrapped in cellophane, not very appealing, did not come with a napkin or paper plate, had to get your own coffee. Commentary very good enhanced the trip.