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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 Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

5. Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

Make your way to Circular Quay to board your whale-watching vessel. Numbers are restricted on this whale-watching cruise, allowing for ample elbow room in the cabin and on the outside decks of your boat. You have the choice of two options on this cruise which will allow you to enjoy the whales with ultimate comfort and a delicious meal! Every day the cruise with lunch is available and on the weekends whales with brekky is an option! Seeing these giant mammals of the sea has the ability to change your whole view on life. The gracefulness, the peacefulness, the playfulness, the curiosity, the showmanship and the awesome power of a humpback whale is something everyone should witness in their lifetime. Whale watching is an exhilarating adventure - seeing these incredible creatures frolicking and swimming in the ocean is an awe-inspiring treat that you will remember forever! Breaching, tail slaps, spy hopping, fluke dives and peduncle throws are all some of the great moves you may see from the whales on their migrations. The whale population is increasing each year and and this year there are 30,000+ whales expected to migrate past Sydney. Whale watching season runs from May to November. From May to August, the whales are on their Northern migration to Tropical North Queensland and then from mid August to November, they're on their southern migration back to the Antarctic along with their new born calves - the little calves are just gorgeous!

Sydney: VIVID Cruise

6. Sydney: VIVID Cruise

Join the fun at the largest festival of light, music, and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. Vivid attracted over 2.3 million visitors last year, with 2020 set to be bigger and better than ever. Beat the crowds and view the Vivid show from the water of Sydney Harbour. Sit back, relax, and take in the transformed city while enjoying a welcome drink and a buffet dinner. With dining rooms and multiple viewing platforms on the boat, you won’t miss a thing or a great photo opportunity.  Cruise past the spectacular Sydney Opera House Sails, the visual feast of Customs House in The Rocks, and National Maritime Museums' enormous light display on its roof. These are just some of the amazing sights you will experience during Vivid Sydney. Pickup and drop-off will be from King St Wharf in Darling Harbour. Wharf numbers will be advised closer to departure date. Full scheduled wharf departure numbers can also be found on the local partner's website.

Sydney: 1.5 Hour Vivid Harbor Small Group Cruise

7. 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: Harbor Cruise with 2-Course Premium Lunch

8. 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: Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise

9. Sydney: Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise

Step aboard a historic tall ship for a 2-hour twilight sail from Sydney Harbour. You will travel on one of our two tall ships; the Southern Swan, the flagship of the celebrated First Fleet Re-Enactment, or the graceful Søren Larsen, a beautifully maintained Brigantine ship that sailed from Denmark to Greenland, and through the South Pacific to Sydney. You will depart from Campbell’s Cove, and sail past the Opera House, Fort Denison, Garden Island, Luna Park, and the Admiralty House before returning to stunning Sydney Harbour glistening in the twilight. On board, you will enjoy a delicious dinner, splendid views, and an authentic sailing experience. This Tall Ship Cruise gives you the opportunity to get involved. You are welcome to help hoist and set the sails, and even take a turn steering the ship! Or, if you prefer, sit back, relax, let the others do the work and enjoy the scenic views of Australia from the sea. Tall Ship Dinner Cruise Menu Starters • BBQ Chorizo Slices • Spinach and Cheese Triangles Salads • Roast pumpkin, zucchini, mixed bean with sultanas, sunflower seeds & coconut salad • Mixed Leaves Salad • Potato Salad Main Dishes • Mild spiced chicken with mushroom, capsicum, baby spinach & Spanish onion – Gluten Free • Sweet potato, eggplant & tomato with lentils – Vegetarian and Gluten Free Dessert • Chocolate brownies Please note, the menu is subject to change, to ensure fresh produce of premium quality.

Sydney Harbour: Cruise with Lunch and Island Exploration

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Sydney Harbour

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Sensational. Great company to deal with, all staff very helpful and courteous. And what a view, something not to be missed. Can't wait to be back in Sydney to do it again.

Well worth it. An interesting tour with lots of facts about the history of the Opera House. Enjoyable meal afterwards. Real value for money.

Thrill ride for the whole family well worth the trip enjoyed it immensely

The best customer service, great food! We enjoyed everything

Nice boat. Tasty buffet lunch. Made for a relaxing outing.