Hump­back whales, spec­tac­u­lar fire­works, an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned yacht race and a world fa­mous opera house.

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Dis­cover our iconic wa­ter­ways

SYD­NEY’S ICONIC HAR­BOUR HAS pretty much seen it all since then Lieu­tenant James Cook ar­rived aboard the En­deav­our in 1770 and named it Port Jack­son. It was here that the first set­tlers set up camp in 1788 and the har­bour has been an im­por­tant part of city life ever since, used for trans­porta­tion and re­cre­ation.

Lit­tle won­der it is widely re­garded as the great­est leisure har­bour in the world. On any given day, the har­bour is alive with boats of all shapes and sizes, be it pas­sen­ger fer­ries, state-of-the-art yachts or kayak­ers. This is par­tic­u­larly true dur­ing the tra­di­tional Box­ing Day launch of the Rolex Syd­ney to Ho­bart yacht race, when hun­dreds of craft fol­low the racers out of the har­bour. And on New Year’s Eve, there’s no bet­ter spot to be than on a boat be­neath the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge as the breath­tak­ing fire­works dis­play takes place in the skies above.

While the Har­bour Bridge and Syd­ney Opera House are its two most fa­mous land­marks, the har­bour has plenty more sights up its sleeve. Cir­cu­lar Quay, Luna Park and An­zac Bridge are all ac­ces­si­ble and vis­i­ble from the wa­ter along with hun­dreds of bays, coves, beaches and wa­ter­ways. Sev­eral is­lands can also be found in the har­bour, the most no­table be­ing Fort Deni­son, Shark Is­land and Cock­a­too Is­land.

With so much to see and do, it pays to plan ahead and the good news is that there are plenty of ways to get out on the wa­ter, de­signed to suit all bud­gets, time frames and in­ter­ests.

Multi-award win­ning Cap­tain Cook Cruises of­fers pre­mium din­ing, sight­see­ing, ferry and whale watch­ing cruises. The Har­bour Story cruise com­bines pre­mium sight­see­ing with the sto­ries of Syd­ney’s most fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ters ev­ery day at 10am and 2.15pm from Cir­cu­lar Quay. Up­grade to the pre­mium pack­age in­clud­ing a glass of sparkling wine, morn­ing af­ter­noon tea se­lec­tion and cof­fee to or­der.

Syd­ney’s of­fi­cial Hop On Hop Off Har­bour Ex­plorer pass now in­cludes up to 12 stops and up to two days to visit them. Th­ese red rocket fer­ries zoom be­tween Cir­cu­lar Quay, Taronga Zoo, Wat­son’s Bay, Fort Deni­son, Fish Mar­kets, Shark Is­land, Gar­den Is­land, Luna Park, Manly, Barangaroo, ICC Syd­ney and Dar­ling Har­bour with com­men­tary. Start your jour­ney from Cir­cu­lar Quay, Dar­ling Har­bour or Manly and save up to 75% on at­trac­tion en­try with a Cap­tain Cook cruise and at­trac­tion combo ticket in­clud­ing en­try to Syd­ney’s most pop­u­lar wa­ter­front at­trac­tions. The com­pany’s flag­ships Syd­ney 2000 and John Cad­man 2 take Syd­ney Har­bour din­ing to an im­pres­sive level. A com­pre­hen­sive range of break­fast, lunch, high tea and din­ner op­tions op­er­ate daily with a choice of con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian buf­fet, à la carte, and six-course de­gus­ta­tion menus.

Vivid Syd­ney is turn­ing 10 with the show of the decade on the har­bour from 25 May to 16 June. Cruise through a kalei­do­scope of light and laser dis­plays aboard Cap­tain Cook Cruises of­fi­cial Har­bour Light par­tic­i­pat­ing ves­sels. Up to six cruises depart nightly be­tween 5pm and 9.15pm from $25 per per­son or dine aboard Vivid Syd­ney 2000 from $75 to $239.

Barangaroo Fast Ferry is the new di­rect ser­vice be­tween Manly and Syd­ney’s new­est and most ex­cit­ing city precinct—barangaroo. From the calm head­land re­serve to the ur­ban en­ergy of the re­tail cen­tre, Barangaroo is a place to meet, work, dine or re­lax. Ferry trans­port spe­cial­ists, Sealink, op­er­ate two fast ves­sels daily, seat­ing up to 400 pas­sen­gers.

Ex­pe­ri­ence the best of Syd­ney Har­bour with My Fast Ferry. Book on­line at my­fast­ferry.com.au or pur­chase tick­ets di­rectly via the My­fast­ferry app. It’s free to down­load and has an ex­ten­sive range of ferry op­tions. You can even use your Opal Card to travel with Opal­pay on se­lected My Fast Ferry routes from Wharf 2.

It’s that time of year again! Whale watch­ing sea­son is here. The three-hour Dis­cov­ery Cruise on Ocean Dream­ing II will take you on Syd­ney’s largest and best pur­pose-built whale watch­ing boat, en­sur­ing a smooth and com­fort­able ride over three lev­els with 360-de­gree wrap around spa­cious decks. The two-hour Ad­ven­ture Cruise on To­tally Wild takes you on a pur­pose-built, 27-seat high speed craft, per­fect for thrill seek­ers want­ing an adrenalin rush. Both cruises reach the whales in light­ning speed, and with a 99% suc­cess rate or your next cruise free.

Travel with the best for less with the Whale Watch­ing Syd­ney Dis­cov­ery Cruise Combo. In­clud­ing the three-hour Dis­cov­ery Whale Watch­ing Syd­ney Cruise, a 24-hour Eco Hopper Hop On Hop Off pass, plus pro­fes­sional pho­tos taken on­board, there’s no bet­ter deal for the full har­bour and ocean ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Eco Hopper 24-hour Hop On Hop Off sight­see­ing pass vis­its pop­u­lar har­bour lo­ca­tions; Manly, Dar­ling Har­bour, Wat­sons Bay, Taronga Zoo, Fort Deni­son, Quar­an­tine Sta­tion, Cir­cu­lar Quay, Rose Bay, Pyr­mont Bay and Mil­son’s Point. Of­fer­ing great value, the pass pro­vides travel on five dif­fer­ent ferry ser­vices, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar Eco Hopper City Loop. This ver­sa­tile ticket has the most in­clu­sions, high­est ser­vice fre­quency and long­est op­er­at­ing hours and is the only ticket which in­cludes un­lim­ited travel on Manly Fast Ferry, so there’s no need to rush back from Manly in the evening.

If you don’t have time to do it all, but still want to ex­pe­ri­ence Syd­ney from the wa­ter, one-hour and two-hour cruise op­tions are also avail­able with reg­u­lar de­par­tures from Wharf 6 Cir­cu­lar Quay and Dar­ling Har­bour each day.

If you are just after a fast ferry ride than a trip to Manly is a must do, it only takes 18 min­utes and ser­vices depart ev­ery 20 min­utes from Wharf 2. Use your Opal Card to travel on Manly Fast Ferry Opal­pay sys­tem.

My Fast Ferry ticket of­fices are lo­cated on wharves 2 and 6 Cir­cu­lar Quay as well as Manly Wharf and Dar­ling Har­bour—pier 26 shop 2B. Speak with the friendly and knowl­edge­able staff and they will ad­vise you on the best ways to get the most out of your time on Syd­ney Har­bour.


 MY FAST FERRY. Har­bour Sight­see­ing cruise de­parts Wharf 6, Cir­cu­lar Quay and to Manly de­parts Wharf 2, Cir­cu­lar Quay. The My Fast Ferry App is a free down­load for IOS and An­droid from my­fast­ferry.com.au/app Tel: 9583 1199. my­fast­ferry.com.au


ECO HOPPER. Tel: 9583 1199. eco­hop­per.com.au


COOK CRUISES. De­parts Wharf 6, Cir­cu­lar Quay and Pier 26, Dar­ling Har­bour. Tel: 9206 1111. cap­tain­cook.com.au baranga­roofast­ferry.com.au

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