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Our most recommended New South Wales Sightseeing cruises

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip

1. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Full-Day Trip

Enjoy an excursion from Sydney into the Blue Mountains. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park and experience the amazing variety of Australian wildlife. Hand-feed kangaroos, see Koalas, and wombats, as well as many more native Australian birds and wildlife. Enjoy a visit to Leura Village, where you can buy your own lunch at a cafe or bakery. Your tour includes the 3 rides at Scenic World, Cableway, Skyway, and Railway. Stop at Echo Point to enjoy splendid views of the Jamison Valley and the 3 Sisters, a towering rock formation from the Dreamtime.  Bypass Sydney’s peak traffic on a Ferry cruise along Parramatta River into Circular Quay. From there you will make your own way back to your accommodation.

Tweed Heads: Tweed River and Rainforest Cruise with Lunch

2. Tweed Heads: Tweed River and Rainforest Cruise with Lunch

The River & Rainforest Cruise visits the Riparian Rainforest, mangrove forests and biodiverse Stotts Island on this 3.5 hour experience. You will be served a morning tea on board as you cruise leisurely from the marina, being entertained and educated with the Captain's commentary on local wildlife and history. As we reach Stotts Island you can spot the Brahminy Kite and other birds of prey that call the region home. It is, after all, the third most biodiverse region in Australia and home to over 400 species of trees, birds and plant life! As the vessel departs for home you will be served your grazing board lunch platter with locally smoked and cured meats, cheeses, quiches, salad, prawns, fruits and bread. The onboard licensed bar is open for purchases too, so why not try one of our locally brewed and distilled beers or spirits. We support local as much as possible, and so serve produce from within an 80km radius as much as possible! The picturesque views of the Border Ranges and Wollumbin (Mt Warning) set a truly special backdrop for this delightful day out on the Tweed River. The fresh air, blue waters and panoramic views will have you relaxing into nature on this not-to-be-missed day out.

Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry

3. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry

Pre-book your entrance ticket to Taronga Zoo and meet hundreds of remarkable species of animals from around the world. Enjoy the benefit of a ferry return ticket from Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. Nestled on the shores of one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and is home to over 5,000 animals. Explore the Australian native wildlife as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. See tigers, elephants, exotic birds, and many other species of animals. Spend a fun-filled day out with your family in one of the most famous attractions of Sydney. 

From Port Douglas: Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Tour

4. From Port Douglas: Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Tour

Climb aboard Quicksilver’s luxury 30-meter (99-foot) Wavedancer sailing catamaran and sail to the idyllic Great Barrier Reef island of Low Isles. Enjoy a relaxing day out for families and couples in a tropical island paradise ambiance. Set like a jewel in the Great Barrier Reef, Low Isles is an unspoiled coral cay island. Moor in the calm waters of a picturesque lagoon, and enjoy a host of reef activities that await. Before your arrival at Low Isles, a marine biologist will conduct an informative talk to provide passengers with an appreciation of the reef, enabling you to view the corals with informed eyes.  Once at Low Isles, take a snorkel tour to see the colorful creatures of the reef. Alternatively, see turtles and many brightly colored tropical fish from a glass bottomed boat. Back on the beach, join a marine biologist guided beach walk to discover the unique marine life living at the water’s edge. Then relax and tuck in to a delicious tropical buffet lunch.

Sydney: Harbour Cruise and Taronga Zoo

5. Sydney: Harbour Cruise and Taronga Zoo

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 Harbour: Tall Ship Afternoon Cruise

6. 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.

Sydney: Harbor Cruise with Buffet Lunch

7. Sydney: Harbor Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Brighten up your day with a complete Sydney Harbour cruising experience departing from the iconic Circular Quay. Enjoy a buffet lunch and live commentary while passing by famous landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and more. Once onboard you will savor a delicious buffet lunch with 13 different food options. Hear live commentary whilst soaking in the beautiful panoramic views of the coastline. You will see the Sydney Botanical Gardens, Darling Harbour, and other highlights of the city. Discover the secrets of one of the world's most famous and spectacular natural harbors. Spend some relaxing time in a perfect way to see Sydney from a unique vantage point with plenty of amazing photo opportunities.

Sydney: Morning or Afternoon Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

8. Sydney: Morning or Afternoon Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Discover the sights of Sydney Harbour on this sightseeing cruise. See the Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanical Gardens and learn about the history of the city with informative live commentary. Along the way, help yourself to hot drinks and fresh fruits and cookies. Set sail from Eastern Pontoon in Circular Quay and choose from either a morning or afternoon sightseeing cruise. Pass by Sydney's most iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanical Gardens, and all the sights in between. Refresh with a tea or coffee from the drinks station and help yourself to cookies and fruit. Along the way, enjoy live commentary from a knowledgeable skipper and make sure to bring your camera as there will be countless photo opportunities along the way.

Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Lunch Cruise

9. Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Lunch Cruise

Experience the unforgettable thrill of cruising on Sydney Harbour in comfort and style while enjoying a delicious lunch. Set sail and cruise past all of Sydney’s biggest attractions including Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Fort Denison, Garden Island, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, and Admiralty House. You will discover Sydney’s rich history and some of the tales behind its iconic landmarks. Listen to stories of Sydney's only authentic timber tall ships from your host. A short while into the cruise, you will even have the opportunity to get involved and help hoist and set the sails! Watch the wind furl the sails and feel its strength carry the ship across the harbour. Whether you choose to relax and take in your surroundings, or go for a hands-on approach to sailing, this is the cruise for everyone! Relax and enjoy the entertainment provided by the crew, captain, chef, and the barman, all of whom are at your service.

Jervis Bay: 2-Hour Sunset River Cruise

10. 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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What people are saying about New South Wales

We had a great time, we recommend it. We had to rent a wheelchair for my Mum as she can't walk for too long. The zoo has wheel chair access however is a bit hard to get around when you go up hill, other than that the whole experience was good. Really nice views of the city.

The ferry ride from Circular Quay was great and then there was a bit of a wait for the cable car but not too long and the cable car ride up was great you could see so much of the zoo. So glad we did the visit that way.

We had a very good time, the whole trip was very well organised and fun. Noor was very entertaining, professional and funny. Thank you.

Fantastic trip on a beautiful tall ship with helpful and informative staff. A lovely way to enjoy the beauty of Sydney Harbour.

Great day out, easy pickup and dropoff by Captain Cook Cruises