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Cruise ships of all lines dock in Sydney at two locations , each of which can accommodate 1 vessel at a time.

1. Overseas Passenger Terminal - Circular Quay. Mainly for tall ships which cannot fit under the Harbour Bridge. In prime position opposite the Sydney Opera House. This terminal is right in the city.

Public Transport options: Bus number 431 drops you off on George Street outside the OPT precinct Circular Quay train station is located a three minute walk to the OPT building Circular Quay Ferry Station is located a three minute walk to the OPT Building Wynyard Train station is located 783m to the OPT Precinct Taxis available from George Street, in front of the OPT precinct Onsite parking is available via the OPT Wilsons Car Park

From the airport: Purchase a train ticket to Circular Quay at either the Sydney Airport Domestic or International Train Station. Catch the train to Circular Quay. The Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal is a very short walk from the Circular Quay Station, towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge

2. White Bay has been in operation as of 2013, replacing the former Darling harbor location. For guests arriving at the airport, cruise lines offer transfers by coach to the new terminal. P&O charges AU$22 per person each way, as well as post-cruise transfers from the ship to Central Railway Station for AU$15 per person. Public transportation is at the moment an issue here. The terminal is 6km from the city center.

The best options to reach White Bay are taxi, private transfer (eg. limo, shuttle bus) or drive and leave your car at Wilsons long-term car park.

Captain Cook Cruises has installed in 2015 the first Sydney Harbour mobile passenger terminal pontoon, which will allow cruise passengers to take a charter ferry, a 15 minutes ride, from the city to White Bay.

Sydney Airport is 17km (11 miles), around a 30-minute drive from White Bay. Some cruise lines operate their own airport shuttle (contact your travel agent).

In addition to the two berths listed, occasionally cruise ships dock at the naval base at Garden Island, a little to the east of Circular Quay, especially for very large ships.

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Sydney is a definite stop on just about any cruise that travels Down Under and often serves as a starting or ending point for ships that also travel to New Zealand. It is the largest city in Australia, and while many of the nation's cultural and financial institutions are located in Sydney, the city's real draw is its dramatic natural scenery. Although it is a modern city strongly influenced by British roots and current American popular culture, Sydney's real character is derived from its exotic location and brash beauty. Walking through the glass and concrete downtown, known as the Central Business District, you could be in any other Western-culture metropolis -- until a fluorescent red and green lorikeet parrot swoops overhead or an unexpected flash of the brilliant blue harbor appears between the skyscrapers. Any proper visit to Sydney must begin in the harbor, which is both the birthplace of the city and its current iconic centerpiece. The area is called Circular Quay (pronounced "key" by locals). It is hard to imagine a more picturesque setting for a city's heart than this, with the Opera House and harbor Bridge displayed against the inlet's bright water. Sydney spreads across a massive geographic area, but the majority of its most interesting areas can be found near the ocean coast, in the area known as the Eastern suburbs. Oxford Street, the main thoroughfare running east from downtown to the ocean beaches, hosts Sydney's famous gay and lesbian Mardi Gras parade each February and is popular because of its upscale shops and cafes during the rest of the year. Sydney is a well-balanced blend of a big city lifestyle and the laid-back Australian mentality. Although Aussies who hail from other towns often disparage Sydney for its flashiness and hectic pace, urban inconveniences seem minor here compared to places like New York and London. Tourism is a huge industry around Sydney, and locals are accustomed and happy to providing visitors with service, helpful directions and a rousing welcome to the stunning city that they call

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Take a tour of the world-famous Sydney Opera House . There are a handful of varieties (backstage, historic and what is called the "tour de force" for travelers with special interests in architecture, engineering or the arts). Guided tours are conducted between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Of course, schedule permitting, travelers can also take in a show. The best way to see the harbor is to get a bird's eye view from the top of the harbor Bridge on a Sydney harbor Bridge Climb -- not your ordinary stroll across a bridge and not just for the young and crazy. The 3.5-hour trek up and down the famous landmark is safe, slow and suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels; you'll don a bridge suit and wear a bridge harness along the ladder-like stairways and narrow catwalks. The climbs are guided tours and are offered during the day as well as at night. There are lots of rules and regulations, including: no kids under 10 (and children aged 10 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult), no women more than 24 weeks pregnant, climbers must wear rubber soled shoes, and all climbers must pass a breath-test (for a blood alcohol limit of less than .05 percent). From the bridge, visitors can walk around the inlet to tour the always-crowded Opera House. It is easy to continue from there through the Royal Botanical Gardens, a collection of flowers and trees overlooking the water, where it is possible to see some of Australia's unique flora without having to leave the city. Mass transit options abound from Circular Quay. Trains (there's a stop across from the terminal) are easily accessed.

Darling Harbour is reachable within a 35-minute (2.6 km/1.6 miles) walking distance from the dock at Circular Quay, or 10-20 minutes driving, depending on the traffic. From the White Bay terminal, it takes only a 5-10 minutes drive to get to Darling Harbour. This waterfront destination is home to some of Sydney's major attractions including Wildlife Sydney Zoo , Sea Life Sydney Aquarium , Madame Tussauds wax museum, Australian National Maritime Museum , Pyrmont Bridge, and others.

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Options in Sydney include central areas like Pitt Street Mall, downtown and Castlereagh Street (from Hunter Street to Goulburn Street) for chi-chi designer stores. Also include the aforementioned Rocks and Darling harbor, Oxford Street and Five Ways in Paddington. Sydney also has an excellent collection of weekend outdoor markets. Glebe holds its version every Saturday, while Bondi hosts a market each Sunday.

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Shops and services are generally open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and until lunchtime on Saturday. In cities and larger towns, many shops stay open late on Thursday or Friday evening - usually until 9pm - and all day on Saturday. Shopping malls are often open on Sundays as well.

In remote country areas, roadhouses provide all the essential services for the traveler and, on the major highways, are generally open 24 hours a day. In tourist areas, even ones well off the beaten track, tourist offices are often open every day or at least through the week plus weekend mornings; urban information centers are more likely to conform to normal shopping hours.

Tourist attractions such as museums, galleries and attended historic monuments, are often open daily, though those in rural communities may have erratic opening hours.

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Here is the official Sydney cruise schedule for the upcoming wave season.

White Bay Cruise Terminal (WBCT) and the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT), has officially commenced their summer cruise season set to be Australia’s biggest and busiest since the pandemic.  

The WBCT located in Rozelle is designed for mid-sized cruise ships, ones that could pass under Sydney Harbour Bridge, while the OPT which is located at Circular Quay homeports larger ships. 

Furthermore, this season down under will see more than 300 cruise calls including 12 first-time ships debuting in Sydney’s dedicated cruise ports. 

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Here is the Sydney cruise schedule for both WBCT and OPT for the Australian Summer Season. 

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Catch a wave at Bondi, shop ‘til you drop in the city or sip a long black in the vibrant inner west before a cruise from Sydney. Culturally diverse, Sydney offers plenty to explore, from art galleries and ancient Aboriginal culture, to iconic structures and a heady mix of cuisines. When cruising from Sydney’s deep-water port in the heart of the city, you can explore it all before or after your next Sydney cruise with Princess.

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New Zealand Cruises

Cruise from Sydney and head ‘across the ditch’ to New Zealand, Australia’s closest neighbour. Sample award-winning wines in Picton, discover rich Māori heritage in the Bay of Islands or explore Tolkien’s mythical Middle Earth. With Princess’ Across the Ditch program, sample the best of the region and immerse yourself in local culture on board any of our round-trip cruises from Sydney or one-way trips to Auckland.

Australia Cruises

Cruising from Sydney allows you to explore the very best of Australia – including its rich culture and diverse landscape. Dive the Great Barrier Reef, browse Hobart’s Salamanca Markets or tantalise your tastebuds in the Barossa Valley and Margaret River wine regions. From bustling cities to deserted outback, coastal paradise to craggy peaks to lush rainforest, Australia is a land that has it all.

Australia Seacations

One of the wonderful things about Australia is the fact that you don’t have to go far to see something new. If you’re short on time, short cruises from Sydney allow you to explore some of the country’s highlights. On 2 or 3-day cruises from Sydney, browse Melbourne’s boutique stores and laneways, see a koala at Brisbane’s Australia Zoo or kick back and relax on the Gold Coast.

Papua New Guinea

Located off the north coast of Australia, the rugged paradise of Papua New Guinea is the perfect destination for those who want to head off the beaten track. On a cruise from Sydney, relax on Alotau’s immaculate white-sand beaches, or dive the Conflict Islands’ pristine reef system to uncover the intriguing marine life within. You’ll soon realize that Papua New Guinea is a place that’s not easily forgotten.

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Located just off Australia’s mainland, Tasmania offers plenty to explore on your next cruise from Sydney. Stroll through bustling Hobart and sample some of the local produce, then uncover the state’s history as a penal colony at Port Arthur. Trek Tassie’s wilderness on a hike of Cradle Mountain, or marvel at the beauty of Freycinet Peninsula. Whether on a short cruise getaway or a longer trip, Tasmania is simply a must-see.

South America Cruises

From the balmy jungles of South America to the icy terrains of Antarctica, revel in the best of both worlds on a cruise from Sydney. In Puntarenas, learn how Starbucks coffee beans are harvested at the company’s only farm. Walk past pyramids in Huatulco, and uncover treasures of Mesoamerica. Or ascend to Corcovado Mountain and visit one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Christ the Redeemer statue.

Tahiti & South Pacific Cruises

On cruises from Sydney, step into paradise as you uncover the mesmerising beauty of Tahiti and the islands of the South Pacific. Explore these dream destinations and bask in the crystal waters of Lemon Bay Beach in New Caledonia’s Noumea. Kayak within a secret oasis at Vanuatu’s Mystery Island, wander colourful markets in Fiji’s Lautoka or discover rich French Polynesian culture in Tahiti.

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Home to ancient civilizations and long-standing traditions, Asia welcomes you to explore age-old cultures. Learn the art of Thai dancing in Bangkok, navigate the Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City or discover 8,000-year-old history at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Between the landmarks and local connections, experience a sensory experience unlike any other on a cruise from Sydney to Asia.

What You Need to Know About Cruises from Sydney

Vibrant, bustling and culturally diverse, Sydney is full of treasures well worth exploring. Here’s everything you need to know about the city, so you can really make the most of your cruise from Sydney.

Sydney at a glance

  • Language : English
  • Currency : Australian Dollar (AUD)
  • Time Zone : Australian Eastern Time (AET)
  • Docking : Your cruise from Sydney docks at White Bay Cruise Terminal or the Overseas Passenger Terminal (Circular Quay West).
  • Attire : Opt for shorts and t-shirts during the hot and humid summer months (December to February) and long pants and sweaters in the cooler months of winter (June to August).
  • Transportation : Public transport makes Sydney easy to get around, thanks to its ferries, buses, trains and light rail. Driving in the city is not recommended, especially during peak hour, due to high density traffic.

Things to do in Sydney

Whether taking a short cruise from Sydney or a world tour, there’s plenty to explore in the city before or after your cruise. Foodies can indulge in diverse cuisines, while history and nature lovers can find hidden gems at every turn. Climb the Harbour Bridge, tour the Opera House or wander the Royal Botanic Gardens. Outside the city, cool off at Manly Beach, hike the Blue Mountains or catch a game at Sydney Cricket Ground.

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A cruise ship with more than 100 Covid-19 positive people onboard has docked in Sydney .

After departing Eden on the New South Wales south coast with more than 2,300 people onboard, the Coral Princess berthed at Circular Quay just before dawn on Wednesday, where it will remain for a day before returning to its home port of Brisbane.

Passengers will have to record a negative result on a rapid antigen test before disembarking but the crew will have to remain.

The outbreak mostly involves infected crew members, with 114 in isolation on Tuesday.

Four passengers were also isolating after positive results, and 24 earlier disembarked in Brisbane , according to Queensland’s chief health officer, John Gerrard.

NSW Health said passengers who tested positive had probably taken the virus onboard with them rather than becoming infected at sea.

The ship docked in Eden on Tuesday, where about 800 passengers disembarked after returning negative tests.

The Eden-Monaro MP and NSW regional development minister, Kristy McBain, said locals had been happy to see the ship dock after bushfires and the pandemic impacted the region.

“When you’ve got towns that rely on tourism it’s been an incredibly difficult couple of years,” McBain told Sydney radio 2GB on Tuesday. “Hopefully this will be the first of many cruise ships to dock this season ... There’s been significant investment into the Port of Eden so that cruise ships could dock in town.”

A Princess Cruises spokesperson said the crew who had tested positive were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms.

At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, another Princess cruise liner – the Ruby Princess – was briefly linked to one in eight NSW coronavirus cases.

The latest cruise ship outbreak comes as concern grows about the growing spread of the B.4 and B.5 Omicron subvariants that could reinfect people who have already had the virus.

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has criticised the end of free rapid antigen tests for concession card holders and called for the government to extend it beyond July.

“Case numbers and hospitalisations are still rising every single day,” said the society’s president, Fei Sim. “Governments should be encouraging more testing, not less.”

Australia recorded 41,336 new coronavirus cases and 58 related deaths on Tuesday.

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Cruising to Sydney – everything you need to know

Sydney is one of the world’s great harbour cities and an essential stop for any cruise to Australia. Whether arriving or departing, you’ll cruise past the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and through the dramatic sandstone cliffs of The Heads at the entrance to the Pacific Ocean. 

A key cruise destination

Sydney offers a spectacular blend of art, culture, dining, events, outdoor activities and grand colonial architecture. It’s the ideal destination to start or finish your cruise, and it’s compact enough to explore on a day in port. It’s also the only Australian city to have two dedicated cruise terminals – the Overseas Passenger Terminal and White Bay Cruise Terminal. View the  cruise schedule  for more information on domestic and international cruises to and from Sydney. 

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Overseas Passenger Terminal

Located at Circular Quay in the heart of Sydney, the Overseas Passenger Terminal has uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour and the city. It’s beside the historic Rocks neighbourhood , with its cobbled laneways, artisan markets and some of the oldest pubs in Australia. Just outside your cabin door, find attractions like zoos, aquariums, restaurants, bars, theatres and world-class shopping. 

The terminal can accommodate some of the largest cruise ships in the world. It’s just a few minutes’ walk to Circular Quay station for trains, buses and ferries. Taxis and cars can also drop off or pick up passengers right in front of the terminal. Parking is not permitted in the terminal precinct, however passengers may be set down or picked up. 

To get from Sydney Airport to the Overseas Passenger Terminal you can take the train to Circular Quay (17 minutes) or catch a taxi, which takes about 30 minutes depending on traffic. 

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White Bay Cruise Terminal

White Bay Cruise Terminal sits further into the harbour in the suburb of Rozelle, so passengers will have the thrill of sailing right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge . It’s close to the Balmain area, a trendy neighbourhood with relaxed pubs, top restaurants and boutique stores. The  Sydney Lyric Theatre  and  The Star Sydney  are also nearby. 

White Bay is mostly used by smaller ships and many of Sydney’s home-ported ships are based here. The terminal is only five minutes by car or taxi to the city and there are large car parks for passengers embarking. Most cruise lines offer the option to book transfers from Sydney Airport to White Bay Cruise Terminal or to and from Central Station. 

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Customs and immigration 

If you’re departing on a domestic cruise you’ll need to complete a health questionnaire, while international cruise passengers must complete a health questionnaire as well as an outbound passenger card. Both documents are available inside the terminal upon arrival. 

Bring a passport with at least six months’ validity for international voyages and a government-issued photo ID for domestic trips. Your booking itinerary is required for all cruises. Most cruise ships will not allow you to board with alcohol. You can surrender the alcohol and collect it at the trip’s end. 

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A  Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)  desk is available at both cruise ship terminals for international cruises. TRS enables you to claim a refund for the Good and Services Tax (GST) and the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) that you paid on goods purchased in Australia, after you’ve checked in. 

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Sydney, Australia cruise ship calendar 2024 provides a list of cruise ships scheduled to arrive in port with detailed information, including dates and estimated time of arrival and departure. To view how busy is the port we have included the maximum passenger capacity for each vessel. This timetable displays dates and times cruise liners are scheduled to sail into the port with the name of the ship, cruise operator, and the number of passages based on double occupancy. Please note, that the following cruise ship schedule is created on updated itineraries from the major cruise lines. The cruise ship schedule I subject to change and might be affected by various reasons including weather conditions, or itinerary changes by the cruise lines. Cruise ships dock at Sydney Harbour at White Bay Cruise Terminal and Overseas Passenger Terminal situated at the Circular Quay. 

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Sydney Harbour has some of the best views seen from the water. A visit isn’t complete without seeing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the stunning Sydney Opera House, its city skyline and the surrounding areas from a different angle, that you just can’t get from land.

As one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, it buzzes with boats, cruise ships, kayaks and yachts of all sizes, all day, every day. As the sun shines on the sparkling blue waters during the day, the lights both on and off the water continue to shine throughout the night.

With so many cruises, tours and activities available from Circular Quay, it will be hard to find an excuse not to go! Most cruises have licensed bars available, open and top decks to take in the sensational views and different options to enjoy the best cruise that suits you.

Looking to hire your own boat? Find the best cheap boat hire in Sydney or head north to the panoramic, calm waters for the boat hire in Pittwater .

Here are the best ways to enjoy Sydney Harbour, from a relaxing cruise to a thrill-seeker experience, and everything in between:

Sydney Harbour Cruises

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Captain Cook Cruises are one of the biggest operators in Sydney Harbour. They offer some of the best ways to see Sydney from a range of cruises including:

  • Dining Cruises – including a range of breakfast, high tea, lunch, dinner and luxury dinner cruises
  • Sightseeing Cruises – including Harbour Story, Harbour Story Premium, Cocktail Cruise and Harbour Highlights
  • Whale Watching Cruises – from May to October, go exploring with morning and afternoon cruises and see Humpback whales and occasionally Southern Right whales
  • Ferries – a number of private ferries across the ‘harbour highway’ for public use
  • Private Charters – with 12 charter cruise vessels in their fleet, you’ll be spoilt for choice where to hold your next big occasion

Captain Cook Cruises also offer a wide range of celebrating cruises including Vivid, Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year, Mothers and Fathers Days, Melbourne Cup, Australian Day and many more.

Check availability, wharf departure locations, including Circular Quay and Darling Harbour and more information on their website .

2. Sea Sydney Harbour

Sea Sydney Harbour offers memorable experiences onboard their catamarans. Their harbour boat tours, showing off the highlights of the iconic Sydney Harbour, include:

  • Harbour Beaches
  • Sunset & Sparkle
  • Historical Gems

They also offer private charters , as well as Vivid packages and New Year’s Eve events .

Check out their website for availability and more information.

3. Sensational Sydney Cruises

Sensational Sydney Cruises offer scheduled departures from Circular Quay, offering smaller, personalised services. The following tours are available:

  • Tea at Sea Morning Cruise
  • Cruise Like A Local Lunch Cruise
  • Sensational Sydney City, Sea & Land Cruise

Vivid cruises are also available during the festival and private cruises can easily be booked for the above tours.

Find their website here for more information and availability.

4. Fantasea Cruising

Fantasea Cruising is a well-loved brand within the Harbour and offers several experiences onboard their modern, stylish vessels, including:

  • Harbour Night Lights Cruise
  • Sydney Harbour Snapshot Cruises
  • Whale Watching Cruises plus a Cruise and Dine option (May – Oct)
  • Personalised Picnic on the Harbour Cruise

Fantasea Cruising is also a part of Yellow Water Taxis that offers Sunset Cruises, Shopper Hopper, Taronga Zoo Packages and Water Limousines for the ultimate VIP experience.

5. Sydney Harbour Ferries

Sydney’s public transport ferries are the perfect way to get some picture-perfect moments on Sydney Harbour. Whether you jump on a round trip or use the service to get to where you are going, it’s a perfect way to travel for a day out.

Some of the most scenic routes are Manly, Watson’s Bay, and Darling Harbour to take you under the Harbour Bridge then along the Parramatta River. Read this great review on Awesome Day Trips on Sydney Harbour Ferries .

If you can travel around on a Sunday, make the most of super cheap capped prices which will leave money to spend on other cruises!

Find the latest information, timetables and fare at Transport for NSW website.

Water Taxis

Water Taxis are a great way to get to your next destination quickly and in style! Both comfortable and private, they are a unique way to enjoy the views in all weather conditions. With over 100 wharves in Sydney, you’ll be sure to get close to wherever you are going!

6. Yellow Water Taxis

A popular option in Sydney Harbour, with its iconic brand. Operating day and night, as well as for different events during the year.

7. Water Taxis Combined

This is a great way to tailor the experience to your needs. Get a quick quote online for you taxi, and include any additional minutes you want to cruise around the Harbour

This map of Sydney Harbour and surrounding areas is a great guide to the taxis locations available – courtesy of Water Taxis Combined :

Hop On Hop Off Services

Hopper services offer a great value for money way of experiencing more of Sydney. They are also a great way of taking in some stunning Harbour views at the same time!

8. Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper

With vessels darting around all over Sydney Harbour, Eco Hopper will be sure to be going where you are. With destinations including Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Manly, Quarantine Station, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Taronga Zoo and Fort Denison, a 24 hour Hop On Hop Off Ticket is great for exploring.

9. Captain Cook Cruise Hop On Hop Off

Make it easier to see Sydney Harbour with the Captain Cook fleet of ferries that are cruising the waters all day. 2-day passes are available to make the most of your visit, and these passes can be combined with many Sydney attractions to save even more money.

10. Sydney Tall Ships

Experience how it used to be done and feel an appreciation for how much work Tall Ships can be!

With such character and charm, this is one of the best ways to explore Sydney Harbour, be a part of the crew, and most importantly, look out for pirates!

Sydney Tall Ships haven’t just stuck with the traditional sails, instead they offer a wide range of cruises and activities including:

Adventure Cruises –

  • Laser Clay Shooting with Mast Climb
  • Pirate Cruise Experience
  • Convicts, Castles and Champagne Tour

Harbour Cruises –

  • Champagne Brunch Cruise
  • Lunch Cruise
  • Afternoon Discovery Cruise
  • Twilight Dinner Cruise
  • Starlight Sail

Charters and group bookings are also available for an even more memorable experience to share with friends and families.

Event cruises are also held throughout the year.

For more information or to check availability, see their website for details.

These jet boats love whizzing in and out of other boats as it takes you on a massive lap of Sydney Harbour. As stunt machines, they spin, slide, fish-tail and speed for a unique thrilling ride you’ll be sure to remember.

  • 11. Thunder Jet  
  • 12. Sydney Jet
  • 13. Down Under Jet

Be prepared to get wet and hold on!! (Jackets are provided!)

14. Ocean Extreme

Take a ride on Sydney Harbour’s fastest commercially operated vessel. This is a 21 seater Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) that offers a great offshore adventure.

From May to October, enjoy 360-degree views during their 90-minute Whale Watching Tour. With a high-speed blast towards the Harbour Heads, you’ll be out in the open ocean spotting Humpback whales in no time. In a smaller vessel, this really is the ultimate, unique experience.

Private bookings for each tour are available all year.

Check out their website for more information and availability.

Fishing Charters

Fishing Charters are plentiful around Sydney, but only a couple leave from Circular Quay. For all the fisher people out there, you’ll be glad to know that both local and offshore charters are available. Both charters offer fishing licences, quality fishing gear, bait for the trip duration, fishing instruction, professional crew, keep your own catch (subject to bag limits and size) and a great day out!

The crew will even gut and scale your fish in preparation for your dinner!

  • 15. Deep Sea Charters

Morning and afternoon charters and offshore reef and bottom fishing (morning and twilight charters).

  • 16. Sydney Sea Charters

***No longer in operation***

A range of different charters on offer with half and full days, including Sports Fishing, Reef Fishing, Combine Game, Sports & Reef Fishing as well as Night Estuary Fishing.

Both charters are able to pick up from Circular Quay or Star Casino Wharf, just round the corner. These pickup points will need to be organised with the charters.

Check when booking your cruise where your departure wharf is.

With a few different locations of wharves at Circular Quay, see the map below for a better understanding of which side of the Quay you may need to head towards:

Whichever cruise you decide to go exploring, we bet you’ll have an amazing time with great memories to cherish forever.

Let us know what your favourite cruise is and share it with others!

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Celebrity Solstice docked here. Train station and ferries here - super easy to get anywhere. Steps away from Opera House and Bridge. Really, an awesome, beautiful, convenient central location.

We took a New Zealand cruise and this was our boarding-disembarkment point. Convenient with many taxis & reasonably close to town. There is a museum and food stands nearby.

It is a busy place. Lots of movement i.e. people walking around, tourists taking pictures, restaurants & etc. You will have to alight here for the Opera House, the Rocks & Harbour Bridge. Take the ferry from here to visit other parts of Sydney.

Easy to get to just walk towards the Opera House and you'll pretty much walk right past it. Gateway to Sydney Harbour. Jump on a ferry and explore west to Parramatta or North to Toronga Zoo or Manly Beach. Circular Quay Railway station is directly above the Ferry wharf so its easy to catch trains if you need to go further afar. For those looking to get an insight into early life in Sydney a 300 meter walk to the north west will put you into the historic Rocks area. Plenty of restaurants and cafe's. A pick would be Customs House on Alfred St. If you get the chance, make a reservation and have dinner at Quay restaurant. I say if you get a chance because it can be a 3 month wait to get in. Circular Quay is a hive of activity all the time. It is very very safe and free from crime. It is good all year round. It is also one of the best vantage points for NYE celebrations.

Loved the liveliness and vibrant atmosphere. The buskers simply made this place fun and great to enjoy, relax and watch the world goes by

We went here a lot during our stay in Sydney. lots of good places to eat, can catch a ferry to other places, and great to hang out.

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History to be Made as Two Cruise Ships Dock at Circular Quay

  • February 8, 2016

For the first time in history, two modern cruise ships will share the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) at the Quay for the day in Sydney, an event made possible by the size of the vessels, Ponant’s 200-guest Le Soleal and the 686-guest Azamara Quest.

Cruise Lines International Association Commercial Director Brett Jardine said the visit by four luxury ships on the one day was a first for Sydney and reflected Australia’s growing popularity as a cruise destination.

“Between them these four beautiful ships will bring thousands of high-end visitors to our city – visitors who will be busy exploring Sydney and enjoying plenty of shopping and touring as they take in the sights, which is great news for the local economy,” Jardine said.

The visits come during Sydney’s busiest ever cruise month, with 27 different ships making an extraordinary 45 calls to Sydney during February. The wave of activity will continue into March, when 17 ships will make 33 calls to the harbour city in just 30 days.

Sydney-siders will be able to watch Le Soleal slip in beside Azamara Quest on Saturday morning (Feb 13), with the ship scheduled to arrive into the Harbour about 9.30am, docking at the OPT by 10am.

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Where are the cruise ship terminals in Sydney, Australia?

Overseas Passenger Terminal West Circular Quay The Rocks, Sydney The distance from Sydney Airport is approximately 16 kms. Travel time approximately 35 minutes. Parking is not available.

White Bay Cruise Terminal - James Craig Rd, Rozelle NSW

Distance from Sydney Airport is approximately 19 kms (approx. 25 min travel time)

There is no long-term parking and only limited short term parking.

For details on the cruise ship schedule for Sydney refer to the NSW Port Authority website.

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Out-of-control 700ft cruise ship crunches into dock at Turkish port

This is the moment a 700ft cruise ship crunched into a dock at a Turkish port after desperately trying to slow down. 

The Celestyal Journey cruise ship was making a routine arrival into the port in Kusadasi, Turkey last week when it hit the concrete pier with its bow bulb.

The crew miscalculated the speed and approached the pier too quickly, resulting in the collision, Cruise Hive reported.

Members of the vessel's 597-person crew reportedly lowered the anchor in a bid to slow the approach, but despite their efforts the ship still crashed into the pier.

The collision caused only minimal damage to the ship and pier. No injuries were reported onboard or on the shore.

The Celestyal Journey struck a pier at Kusadasi Cruise Port on Monday last week at 12pm local time while crew were trying to dock.

Passengers were still able to enjoy their day in Kusadasi, one of the most well-preserved Greco-Roman cities in the world, as planned, according to Cruise Hive. 

The port, which has eight berths for large ships, is the most popular cruise port in Turkey. Officials say the incident has not negatively impacted operations. 

Celestyal Cruises, which operates the vessel and two other ships, did not have to alter any routes following the incident.

The Celestyal Journey entered service in 1994 and initially sailed for Holland America Line as Ryndam. Celestyal Cruises acquired the cruise ship last year.

The cruise liner has 630 cabins, including 149 that feature balconies, and offers guests access to seven exclusive restaurants, and eight bars and lounges, Haber7.com reported. 

Celestyal Journey is currently sailing seven-night cruises in the Aegean Sea region until late October 2024. 

However, unlike a typical closed-loop route, the Celestyal Journey's round-trip sailings overlap, allowing guests to embark and debark in Kusadasi, as well as various cities in Greece.

Travellers can start their voyage in Heraklion, Crete Greece; Piraeus-Athens, Greece; or Thessaloniki, Greece. 

The ship's final journey in the Aegean Sea will embark on October 19 this year. It will be followed by a 14-day repositioning cruise from Athens to Doha, Qatar. 

Once it arrives in its new homeport in Doha, the Celestyal Journey will offer seven-night roundtrip sailings to the United Arab Emirates. 

MailOnline has approached Celestyal Cruises for comment. 

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  1. Sydney (NSW Australia) cruise port schedule

    The second Sydney Cruise port terminal is situated at the Circular Quay. It is very close to main sights in Sydney, just across the Opera House. The building is a modern one with a lot of facilities. The Overseas Passenger Terminal offers also a breathtaking Sydney Harbour view. The terminal serves larger cruise ships.

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    Where do cruise ships dock in Sydney (or tender) ... Cruise ships in Sydney today N/A Cruise ships in Sydney tomorrow N/A Current Marine Traffic @ marinetraffic.com Overseas Passenger Terminal White Bay Cruise Terminal. Sydney Cruise Ship Schedule. 2024 Schedule April 2024 25 28 29 30

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  4. Sydney Australia Cruise Port

    Location: Cruise ships of all lines dock in Sydney at two locations, each of which can accommodate 1 vessel at a time. 1. Overseas Passenger Terminal - Circular Quay. Mainly for tall ships which cannot fit under the Harbour Bridge. In prime position opposite the Sydney Opera House. This terminal is right in the city.

  5. The ultimate guide to Sydney cruise schedule

    The WBCT located in Rozelle is designed for mid-sized cruise ships, ones that could pass under Sydney Harbour Bridge, while the OPT which is located at Circular Quay homeports larger ships. Furthermore, this season down under will see more than 300 cruise calls including 12 first-time ships debuting in Sydney's dedicated cruise ports.

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    Docking: Your cruise from Sydney docks at White Bay Cruise Terminal or the Overseas Passenger Terminal (Circular Quay West). Attire: Opt for shorts and t-shirts during the hot and humid summer months (December to February) and long pants and sweaters in the cooler months of winter (June to August).

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  9. Overseas Passenger Terminal

    The Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT), known officially as the Sydney Cove Passenger Terminal, is a public passenger terminal servicing cruise ships and ocean liners located in Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia.Whilst commercial shipping operations on and around the site date from 1792, the current primary structure and waterfront promenade date from 1958, with subsequent on-going alterations ...

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  14. Overseas Passenger Terminal

    Take a ferry to Circular Quay, 450 meters from the OPT. Light rail The L2 Randwick and L3 Kingsford light rail services run between Circular Quay and Randwick and Circular Quay and Kingsford. Both lines travel via George Street, Central Station and along Devonshire Street in Surry Hills up to Moore Park. Drop off. Passenger drop off area is ...

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    Located in the world-renowned amphitheatre of Circular Quay, the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) is one of Sydney's most unique venue shells. The available spaces provides hirers an opportunity to constantly re-invent and re-imagine with prime views of the Opera House and the Harbour. ... Royal rendezvous: cruise ship royalty sails into ...

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    The terminal can accommodate some of the largest cruise ships in the world. It's just a few minutes' walk to Circular Quay station for trains, buses and ferries. Taxis and cars can also drop off or pick up passengers right in front of the terminal. Parking is not permitted in the terminal precinct, however passengers may be set down or ...

  17. Sydney, Australia Cruise Ship Schedule

    The cruise ship schedule I subject to change and might be affected by various reasons including weather conditions, or itinerary changes by the cruise lines. Cruise ships dock at Sydney Harbour at White Bay Cruise Terminal and Overseas Passenger Terminal situated at the Circular Quay.

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    1. Captain Cook Cruises. Captain Cook Cruises are one of the biggest operators in Sydney Harbour. They offer some of the best ways to see Sydney from a range of cruises including: Dining Cruises - including a range of breakfast, high tea, lunch, dinner and luxury dinner cruises. Sightseeing Cruises - including Harbour Story, Harbour Story ...

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  20. History to be Made as Two Cruise Ships Dock at Circular Quay

    For the first time in history, two modern cruise ships will share the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) at the Quay for the day in Sydney, an event made possible by the size of the vessels, Ponant's 200-guest Le Soleal and the 686-guest Azamara Quest. Cruise Lines International Association Commercial Director…

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    Check out Sydney's art scene with a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art, near where cruise ships dock (Circular Quay West, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily). The Art Gallery of New South Wales (Art ...

  22. Where are the cruise ship terminals in Sydney, Australia?

    A. Overseas Passenger Terminal West Circular Quay The Rocks, Sydney. The distance from Sydney Airport is approximately 16 kms. Travel time approximately 35 minutes. Parking is not available. White Bay Cruise Terminal - James Craig Rd, Rozelle NSW. Distance from Sydney Airport is approximately 19 kms (approx. 25 min travel time)

  23. Out-of-control 700ft cruise ship crunches into dock at Turkish port

    Celestyal Cruises acquired the cruise ship last year. The cruise liner has 630 cabins, including 149 that feature balconies, and offers guests access to seven exclusive restaurants, and eight bars ...