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Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

1. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

Overlooking magnificent Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and offers amazing wildlife experiences with stunning harbor views. Nestled on the shores of the world's most beautiful harbor, Taronga Zoo is surrounded by lush bushland of Bradley's Head National Park, popular for early morning walks. Ferries depart from Circular Quay every 30 minutes. The Zoo has many popular trails to explore including the Australian Walkabout, Kids' Trail, Reptile World, African Safari, Big Cats' Trail, Rainforest Trail, Seal Walk, Seals for the Wild, and the iconic must-see Free Flight Birds presentations. Zoo entry includes limited keeper talks, presentations, and access to the Sky Safari cable car. The many exhibits in Taronga Zoo can be reached by footpaths, ramps, lifts and escalators. 90% of Taronga Zoo is fully accessible. Strollers can be hired from the Visitor Information Desk in the main entrance at a small fee and manual wheelchairs can be rented for free and should be booked in advance.

Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3, 4 or 6-Course Menu

2. Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3, 4 or 6-Course Menu

Experience a first-class dining experience aboard one of Sydney's premier vessels, the MV Sydney 2000 or John Cadman II, as you sail around a dazzling night sky or a mesmerizing Sydney Harbour during sunset (summer). Enjoy the enchanting backdrop of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and savor the scrumptious choices of an a la carte meal of a Contemporary Australian menu and 5-star service. Once you have indulged in the fantastic cuisine on offer, enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday nights. See stunning Sydney Harbour by night aboard your premium dining experience.

Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Vivid Dinner Cruise

3. Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Vivid Dinner Cruise

Every year, Sydney is transformed into a spectacular canvas of lights when the Vivid Sydney festival takes over the city after dark. Vivid Sydney is the biggest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. It was even named Best Tourism Event at the Australian Event Awards in 2014. Last year’s Vivid Sydney featured a wild mix of projection mapping and interactive displays wherein the vessels on Sydney Harbour were also decorated with special colored LED lights for the first time. This year, audiences can expect much of the same and more. Join for a sensational cruise and enjoy outstanding views of the Sydney Opera House as the world famous sails are transformed by majestic 3D mapped projections by award-winning international artists. Watch in awe as you are taken on a dramatic journey through time – from the birth of architecture and civilization through to the pinnacle of human and technological achievement. During the cruise, you will be served a delicious and substantial dinner and enjoy live music, creating a delightful atmosphere for you and your guests to savor. Depending on the starting time, you will be on either the Soren larsen Tallshop or the Southern Swan, you can see the schedule below: This 1.5 hour Vivid Sydney cruise is a great way to see the lights in comfort and style.

Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

4. Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

Sydney: 20-Minute Helicopter Ride over Sydney Harbour

5. Sydney: 20-Minute Helicopter Ride over Sydney Harbour

Following a courtesy transfer from Sydney CBD hotels, listen to a safety briefing and snap some preflight photos at the heliport. Next, climb aboard and begin your 20-minute helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour and its glorious beaches. Fly over sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Taronga Zoo in the company of a licensed pilot. Listen to a running commentary through the provided voice-activated headsets as you continue over Watson's Bay, Rose Bay, and Manly Cove. Enjoy free refreshments back at the heliport on landing.

Sydney: 1.5 Hour Vivid Harbor Small Group Cruise

6. Sydney: 1.5 Hour Vivid Harbor Small Group Cruise

Avoid the crowds and admire Sydney’s Vivid Festival from the comfort of a catamaran. Arrive at the wharf departure point and be met by a friendly crew member who’ll welcome you aboard and tell you everything you need to know about your cruise. Depart the wharf and begin your cruise around Sydney's world-famous harbor. The catamaran offers indoor and outdoor viewing spots, allowing you to take in the beauty of Sydney from all angles. To enhance the experience, enjoy a complimentary beverage and a delicious antipasto spread complete with bread rolls. From the water, soak up uninterrupted 360 degree views of the stunning cityscape that surrounds you and admire the mystical lights that dance across the buildings. The cruise also passes by some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, so you can snap incredible photos for your vacation album.

Sydney: Bring Your Own Drinks 1.5 Hour Vivid Harbor Cruise

7. Sydney: Bring Your Own Drinks 1.5 Hour Vivid Harbor Cruise

Avoid the crowds and admire Sydney’s Vivid Festival from the comfort of a catamaran with the freedom to bring your own alcoholic drinks to enjoy as you sail. Arrive at the wharf departure point and be met by a friendly crew member who’ll welcome you aboard and tell you everything you need to know about your cruise. Depart the wharf and begin your cruise around Sydney's world-famous harbor. The catamaran offers indoor and outdoor viewing spots, allowing you to take in the beauty of Sydney from all angles. To enhance the experience, enjoy a complimentary soft drink and a delicious antipasto spread complete with bread rolls. From the water, soak up uninterrupted 360 degree views of the stunning cityscape that surrounds you and admire the mystical lights that dance across the buildings. The cruise also passes by some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, so you can snap incredible photos for your vacation album.

Sydney: Sydney Harbour Cruise with Dining & Champagne

8. Sydney: Sydney Harbour Cruise with Dining & Champagne

Cruise around Sydney Harbour and choose from 3 different dining options as you relax in style. Take in picturesque views of the city and the sea with a glass of champagne, wine, or beer in your hand. Make your way down to Circular Quay to board your cruise ship and meet your helpful crew. Take your time to explore and enjoy access to reserved lounge seating on the ocean deck. Admire unforgettable, waterfront views of the Sydney Opera House as you set sail around the harbor, listening to live evening acoustic music on Saturdays, Sundays, and special events. Then settle down at your table to indulge in the meal you've chosen for the cruise. At any time you can add to your dining experience by ordering tapas plates and cocktails from the onboard menu and comprehensive drinks list. See the three dining options below: Beer, wine, and tasting plate:One house beverage of your choice upon arrivalOne tasting plate1.5-hour cruise Cocktail and cheese platter:One cocktail upon arrivalOne house beverage of your choice upon arrival Australian cheese tasting plate for 22-hour cruise Champagne and seafood:One bottle of GH Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne for 2One seafood platter of Australian prawns, oysters, smoked salmon blinis, and calamari to share2-hour cruise

Sydney Harbour: Cruise with Lunch and Island Exploration

9. Sydney Harbour: Cruise with Lunch and Island Exploration

Settle in for a complete Sydney Harbour cruising experience, together with live commentary and lunch served onboard. Discover the secrets of one of the world's most famous and spectacular natural harbors. Look out for iconic structures such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Sydney Botanical Gardens, and more. In addition to this, enjoy access to one of Sydney’s most historic National Park Islands. Midway through the ride, you can hop off the boat to explore the area and/or swim and opt to rent snorkel gear (or bring your own). This three-hour cruise is a perfect way to see Sydney from a unique vantage point with plenty of amazing photo opportunities.

Sydney: Whale Watching by Speedboat

10. Sydney: Whale Watching by Speedboat

Reach speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour on this thrilling whale watching day trip from Sydney. Discover the wonder of watching whales like humpbacks in their natural environment. Seeing whales is guaranteed on this trip, or you will receive a free return cruise. Select an afternoon or morning tour and have the option to choose a tour that departs from Darling Harbor or Circular Quay. Feel the wind in your hair as your captain navigates to where the whales are most active at speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour.  Arrive at where the whales like to frolic sooner on a high-speed craft, so you can spend more time with these stunning creatures. Get up close to the whales with an open walk around deck. Sit on high back seats that are safe and comfortable. Return to your meeting point at the end of your trip. 

Other Sightseeing Options in Sydney Harbour

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What people are saying about Sydney Harbour

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,222 reviews

I gave this as a Christmas gift for my daughter, partner and 2 children. They had a wonderful day and thanked me many times for it. Due to the rains they changed their booking a number of times without any problems.

My family and thoroughly enjoyed our cruise around Sydney Harbour. The services was great and the musicians were very talented.

Friendly crew, good variety of foods for the buffet even for vegetarians.

Overall wonderful had a wonderful time,highly recommend

Amazing insight into opera house and how it was built!