New South Wales
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Our most recommended New South Wales River & Harbor Cruises

Sydney Harbour: Thunder Thrill Ride

1. Sydney Harbour: Thunder Thrill Ride

Tackle one of the best experiences on Sydney Harbour. Experience an exhilarating jet boat ride, reaching speeds of up to 75 kilometers per hour. Take in the iconic sights of Sydney Harbour during the Thunder Trill Ride. Choose a 30 or a 45-minute ride, then buckle up and get ready to get wet. Your skipper will ease you into this thrilling experience by gradually reaching high speeds and performing gentle maneuvers around the harbor. Watch out for the skipper’s signals as the ride is cranked up a gear with high-speed spins and breaks. Select a bundle to enjoy entrance to some of Sydney's top attractions along with your adrenalin-pumping ride.

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Jervis Bay: 2-Hour Sunset River Cruise

2. Jervis Bay: 2-Hour Sunset River Cruise

Set sail on a late-afternoon voyage to the sheltered waters of Currambene Creek. Enjoy an evening of relaxation on calm river waters on a pontoon boat. Feel free to bring your own food and snacks onboard to enjoy as you cruise along the waters of the Currambene River and discover its beautiful ecosystem. Take in the natural beauty of the area as you meander along the riverside. Listen to onboard commentary to learn more about the plants and animals which can be found along the river. Keep an eye out for some of the native pelicans and look out for the giant stingrays. Finally, enjoy a wonderful sunset onboard for a perfect end to your day.

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Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner

3. Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner

Sydney Harbour is photogenic at any time of day, but as the sun sets and you get that pink glow, it's really spectacular. And once the sun goes down, the city lights shine bright and you can admire the gleaming metropolis reflected in the harbor. Your cruise departs from Darling Harbor just as the sun begins to set, you’ll be treated to some epic views of the skyline and surrounding bays. There’s plenty of room on the expansive top, fore, and aft decks to ensure you get uninterrupted 360-degree views of the iconic attractions as you sail past. As night falls and the city lights begin to sparkle, dinner is served. Enjoy a regionally focused menu, served over three courses. The chefs have created a menu that highlights the multicultural influences that make Sydney cuisine so special, using an array of fresh and flavorful New South Wales ingredients. Dinner is paired with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks, and tea or coffee. The wine has been hand selected from some of the finest wine regions in New South Wales, so wine lovers are in for a real treat. After dinner you’ll sail past Taronga Zoo and Luna Park before arriving back into Darling Harbor.

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Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Afternoon Cruise

4. Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Afternoon Cruise

Hop on a tall ship and discover the sights and sounds of Sydney on a unique historic-meets- modern harbor cruise. Sail past the Opera House and Fort Denison, as well as under Harbour Bridge, as you enjoy a 90-minute sailing experience on board the 1850s style wooden tall ship. Get involved and make the most of this interactive, unique cruise. Try your hand at steering, or help with the sails. If you'd like to heave on a rope, you can. Otherwise, simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the entertainment provided by your friendly crew. You will get to hear some of Sydney’s rich history and tales of Sydney’s only authentic timber tall ships. You will feel like you are being transported back to days gone by, and will be able to say you know what it was like for the sailors of yesteryear. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the best of Sydney Harbour. And expect to be the subject of many a happy snapping tourist, delighted at the sight of your tall ship in Sydney Harbour.

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Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 2-Course Premium Lunch

5. Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 2-Course Premium Lunch

Discover the wonders of Sydney Harbor on a luxury cruise aboard a 78ft vessel. Board the boat in Darling Harbor then marvel at the impressive city skyline as you sail towards one of the most iconic destinations in the world. There’s plenty of room onboard to explore, admire the surroundings, or simply relax, including an expansive top deck boasting 360 degree views. Upon arrival in the harbor, enjoy a lavish lunch with an array of generous a la carte meals inspired by locally sourced, regional delights, paired with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea or coffee. The wine has been hand-selected from some of the finest wine regions in New South Wales, so wine lovers are in for a real treat. After lunch, set sail past the famous Taronga Zoo and the colorful Luna Park, before arriving back to Darling Harbor at around 2:40 PM.

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Blue Mountains: Small Group, All-Inclusive Tour

6. Blue Mountains: Small Group, All-Inclusive Tour

Head west from Sydney to the Blue Mountains on this small group full-day tour away from the large tour groups. Walk to a cliff lookout for panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, with its rust and pink sandstone cliffs and subtropical rainforest. Arrive to the Blue Mountains and escape the crowds. Visit Scenic World, and ride the Scenic Railway, Skyway and Cableway. Your tickets are already bought for you so there is no waiting in line and you can head straight to the rides! Your guide even comes on the rides with you. Enjoy a guided rainforest board walk and hear all the commentary about this natural ecosystem. Following this, take time to walk down the road to Echo Point and admire beautiful views of the Three Sister's lookout. Spend 20 minutes to wander around, take photos and take in the stunning scenery. Enjoy a chef prepared lunch at the a historic hotel - a wonderful and warm bistro style pub in the heart of the Blue Mountains.  Spend some time up close to some of Australia’s natives at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Here you enjoy a hands on experience with so many Australian native animals, including hand-feeding a kangaroo! Take a ferry back to Sydney along the Parramatta River. Glide past landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, ending the trip at Circular Quay.  Please note that in peak season, January 4-26, the tour will operate in large groups to meet high demands. Please select the relevant option.

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Byron Bay: Scenic Sunset River Cruise

7. Byron Bay: Scenic Sunset River Cruise

Take a sunset cruise on the Richmond River to discover the tranquil waters around Ballina Island. Get picked up in Byron Bay, then explore the mangrove forests and creeks that branch off the river. Relax on the water as you look out for the rich flora and fauna, including rare birds and dolphins. Bask in the glorious evening sun as you enjoy a cold drink, tasty refreshments, and learn some local history from your marine biologist guide. Sit back as the boat winds its way down the beautiful river to where it meets the sea. Head to Mobb's Bay and cruise around Pimlico Island before heading back to shore.

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Sydney Harbour Relaxing High Tea Cruise

8. Sydney Harbour Relaxing High Tea Cruise

Hen parties, baby showers, birthdays, charity events and more are all hosted on this cruise, which is a revival of a great British tradition with a uniquely Australian flavor. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise around Sydney Harbour accompanied by high tea goodies and sparkling wine from Brown Brothers, a classic Australian winery. Admire clear views of iconic landmarks such as Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison and the city skyline. Sample Menu • Crystal Bay prawns on dill blini crème fraiche • Finger sandwich selections including: cucumber dill and four crème dill fingers, smoked salmon, chive cream cheese & caviar, leg ham and Swiss cheese and chutney • Porcini mushroom, chilli jam and spec pork sausage rolls • Caramelized onion, beetroot and goat cheese baby tartlet • Mini scones with strawberry jam and vanilla cream • Glazed mango and coconut custard tartlets • Chocolate dipped strawberries • Assorted petite fours  Drinks • Sparkling wine • Tea • Coffee

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Sydney Harbour: 3-Hour Lunch Cruise with Live Music

9. Sydney Harbour: 3-Hour Lunch Cruise with Live Music

Spend the afternoon at leisure on a 3-hour lunch cruise of Sydney Harbour. Climb aboard the pleasure boat at King Street Wharf and make use of all the on board facilities, including a licensed bar selling a range of refreshing drinks. Live musicians will perform ultimate relaxing tunes to unwind you, while the aroma of a delicious and fresh seafood and carvery buffet will whet your appetite for the hours ahead. Dig into tasty chicken and roast beef, succulent seafood, and fresh pastas and salads. Follow it off with a choice of teas and coffee, along with sumptuous desserts. Wash it down with a glass of bubbly from the bar, and enjoy the brilliant sights of Sydney Harbour, such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from various spacious indoor and outdoor decks.

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Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

10. Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

Start the tour by boarding the cruise ship at the wharf at the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour. Then, set off on your river cruise which travels upstream for about 8 km. During the cruise, view beautiful rainforest scenery, amazing birds, wildlife, and marine life. Be entertained by the commentary of local knowledgeable guides as you learn about the fascinating history and environment of this tranquil, pristine area in Byron shire. Enjoy a delicious morning tea including local plunger coffee, selection of teas, hot chocolate, juice, delicious gourmet cakes and biscuits. Finally, return to the harbor feeling relaxed and with a wealth of local and environmental knowledge.

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What people are saying about New South Wales

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,272 reviews

The best experience I have had in a long time. I am a 55 year old woman who loves to have fun (when I was younger I scuba dived, white water rafted on the Tully and went sky diving) I can honestly say this experience was right up there with them. All credit goes to the staff for not only the fun they provide but also the safety measures put in place. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone without the slightest hesitation. If you are undecided then the only thing I can say is "Go for it!" I promise you you will not regret it!

The food and staff were great. I was a bit thrown as the ship in the advertisement was nothing like the one that we went on. We came back to the wharf and there was another the same as we were on, it’s more like an old ferry

Would recommend this cruise highly. Simon made the trip very interesting and he was very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna. Will definitely do this cruise again. Very enjoyable.

It was very entertaining. The right amount of adrenaline. Great music!

Friendly staff, a beautiful, relaxing cruise on our lovely harbour.