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Darling Harbour: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sydney: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Tour

1. Sydney: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Benefit from access to the 2 different routes of the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and see all the sights of Sydney and Bondi Beach at your own pace. Your ticket permits unlimited rides throughout its validity and provides premium views of iconic sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. There are over 30 stops in the two tours to hop off and experience the diversity of Sydney’s lifestyle. Both tours feature an entertaining and informative audio commentary available in 8 languages. Savor the culinary delights of cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants, explore the city's maritime history at the Maritime Museum, take a stroll in the Chinese Gardens or shop for unique gifts in some of Sydney's finest shopping districts. Create your own itinerary around the city. The Classic Ticket allows you to experience Sydney aboard the double-decker buses for 1 day. Or you can choose the Premium Ticket which will extend your experience to 2 days. Buses run approximately every 45 minutes on the Sydney route and approximately every 2 hours on the Bondi route, subject to local traffic conditions. Stop at locations like Circular Quay, Hyde Park, and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium on the Red Route. To complement the Sydney tour, the Bondi Beach tour is a great introduction to Australia’s beach culture. On the way to this famous beach, the tour passes by cosmopolitan shopping and dining precincts plus Centennial Parklands, one of Australia’s most picturesque parks. You can explore stops like Central Station, Sydney Tower Eye, and Bondi Beach.

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: Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner

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

Explore Sydney Harbour on a sunset cruise while enjoying a 3-course dinner served with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks, and tea or coffee. Set sail from Darling Harbor and once the sun goes down, watch the city lights shine bright as you admire the gleaming metropolis reflected in the harbor. Depart 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 3 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 wineries in New South Wales. After dinner, sail past Taronga Zoo and Luna Park before arriving back in Darling Harbor.

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: Sydney Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

5. Sydney: Sydney Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

See Sydney Harbour’s iconic destinations and discover its hidden gems as well on this relaxing sightseeing cruise. Pass by the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbor, and Circular Quay on your route. Discover the sparkling blue waters of Sidney Harbour, along with hidden beaches, pristine bushlands, and pretty botanic gardens brimming with native flora and charming islands. Choose between a 60-minute or 90-minute outing on Sydney Harbour with commentary developed in partnership with Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation and the Australian Maritime Museum. Sightseeing Cruises depart from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay and operate between Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, and Watsons Bay.

Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 2-Course Premium Lunch

6. 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.

Sydney: Ocean Whale Watching Experience

7. Sydney: Ocean Whale Watching Experience

Daily whale watching trips offering personal and up close experiences with migrating humpback whales in the open ocean. Our whale watching trips depart from Darling Harbour and have you back again in under 3 hours. You will get to view the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and world famous Opera House before heading out of the harbour to get up close and personal with the migrating humpback whales. Our custom built Whale Watching boat is designed to get you as close as possible to the amazing whales, we also only take small groups in order to make the experience as close to nature as possible. We provide a commentary throughout the trip including the history of Sydney Harbour's whaling days and facts about the majestic humpback whale and their annual migration journey to warmers waters to calve. Our trips are family friendly and we welcome all ages. Our friendly crew will help with all aspects of the trip. We offer a 'Whale Sighting Guarantee' if you don't see whales you can come again free of charge!

Sydney: Madame Tussauds Sydney General Admission

8. Sydney: Madame Tussauds Sydney General Admission

Experience the glittering world of fame on a day out at Madame Tussauds. Interact with the world’s most famous figures – strike a pose for the paparazzi on the red carpet, challenge your favorite sports heroes, and sing along with your favorite music stars. Madame Tussauds opened in Sydney in 2012, giving Australian and international visitors the opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous celebrities. A unique collection of amazingly lifelike wax figures allows you to get up close and personal to your favorite celebrity heroes. Madame Tussauds Sydney combines glitz and glamour with incredible history. With a whole host of constantly changing stars and legends as well as interactive experiences, Madame Tussauds is a place the whole family can enjoy. Interactive Experiences: • Raised catwalk: step onto the catwalk and trigger sensors which light up the runway as you walk down. Megan Gale’s figure is waiting at the end of the runway and Magic Memories can take a snap of you posing alongside her

Sydney: Sydney Harbour Cruise with Dining & Champagne

9. 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: Half-Day City Tour

10. Sydney: Half-Day City Tour

Explore the highlights of Sydney on a 4-hour tour that can be the perfect kick-start to your time in the city. See the hot spots and tourist icons with an expert guide who will provide you with all the information you need as a first time visitor. Learn where the best beaches are located and how to discover the nicest walks in the city and surrounding area. Hear about some of Sydney’s finest restaurants and atmospheric pubs, and get updates on cultural happenings at venues such as The Basement and Sydney Opera House. Discover where to shop for authentic and/or cheap souvenirs. Get so many ideas that you'll want to extend your stay in the world's most beautiful city! Choose from a morning (08:00) or afternoon (13:00) departure and get ready to see the following attractions: • The Rocks (the oldest part of Sydney where the First Fleet landed) • Millers Point (the oldest pubs and hotels in the city) • Mrs Macquarie’s Chair (best look-out onto Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge) • Woolloomooloo (site of the iconic pie cart of Harry's Cafe de Wheels and the longest timber-piled wharf in the world at Finger Wharf) • Potts Point (eclectic architecture galore) • Kings Cross (the infamous Red Light District) • Rushcutters Bay (start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race) • Darling Point (first of a series of posh harborside suburbs) • Double Bay (site of an exclusive shopping center) • Point Piper (home to the most expensive real estate in the world) • Rose Bay (site of Australia’s first international airport for ‘flying ships”) • Vaucluse (early 19th-century mansions) • Shark Beach (a hotspot for local swimmers and bull sharks) • Watson’s Bay (heritage trails and nudie beaches) • Camp Cove (the location of Captain Philip’s first footprint) • The Gap (where the harbor spills out into the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean) • Dover Heights (for spectacular views of the city and ocean) • North Bondi (golf, whales and sea-eagles) • Bondi Beach (birthplace of free-style swimming and professional lifesaving) • Tamarama Beach (also known as "Glamarama") • Bronte Beach (home of the Bronte Gully and popular for barbecues and dog walking) • Centennial Park (Sydney's largest city park) • Woollahra (home to consulates, mansions and art traders) • Paddington (full of Victorian terraces, boutiques and fashion stores) • Darlinghurst (popular as the gay and lesbian entertainment district) • Surry Hills (trendy and multicultural) • China Town (home to the large and popular Paddy’s Markets) • Darling Harbour (a modern, purpose-built entertainment center)

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What people are saying about Darling Harbour

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,133 reviews

This cruise was very nice. The food was excellent and the wine was also. We really did cruise for the allotted time - unlike the sunset cruise from Captain Cook that just took us to different wharfs to pick up additional people. The service was excellent, the staff was very pleasant, the seating was great, the bathrooms were exceptionally clean - I give this 5 stars - would do this one again - I would not do the Captain Cook one again

This event was top notch from start to finish! A beautiful sparkling clean boat, lovely waitstaff and crew, tables beautifully set with white tablecloths and glassware. And the food was amazing, plated individually with care by truly great kitchen staff. Along with nice quality wines and beers and of course magnificent views of the harbor it made our introduction to Sydney magical! We would highly recommend this harbor cruise

This was a wonderful cruise, great value for money, superb food and drink, great views of the city and the staff couldn’t have been better. Highly recommend this.

Amazing views , delicious food , great service , incredible boat, worth every cent.

Wonderful cruise, top class food & drinks, great commentary. Highly recommend.