Dis­cover our iconic wa­ter­ways

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

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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 11 stops and up to two days to visit them. These red rocket fer­ries zoom be­tween Cir­cu­lar Quay, Taronga Zoo, Wat­son’s Bay, Fort Deni­son, Syd­ney Fish Mar­ket, Shark 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.

Don’t miss the big events on Syd­ney Har­bour this month in­clud­ing Christ­mas Day Lunch (25 Dec), Syd­ney to Ho­bart Yacht Race (26 Dec) and Syd­ney’s world-fa­mous New Year’s Eve (31 Dec) aboard Cap­tain Cook Cruises.

Baranga­roo Fast Ferry is the new di­rect ser­vices 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. Cap­tain Cook Cruises op­er­ate two fast ves­sels daily, seat­ing up to 400 pas­sen­gers.

When it comes to Syd­ney Har­bour sight­see­ing the My Fast Ferry 48hr Hop On Hop Off Pass of­fers great value with five dif­fer­ent ferry ser­vices in­cluded in one pass so you can visit all the pop­u­lar har­bour lo­ca­tions: Manly, Dar­ling Har­bour, Cir­cu­lar Quay, Taronga Zoo, Wat­sons Bay, Rose Bay, Fort Deni­son, Quar­an­tine Sta­tion, Pyr­mont Bay and North Syd­ney.

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 cruises are also avail­able daily with reg­u­lar de­par­tures from Wharf 6 Cir­cu­lar Quay and Dar­ling Har­bour.

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 Cir­cu­lar Quay, Wharf 2.

My Fast Ferry ticket of­fices are lo­cated on wharves 2 and 6 at Cir­cu­lar Quay, 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.

Opal Cards are ac­cepted on most My Fast Ferry ser­vices. Book on­line at my­fast­ferry.com.au

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