Known as the gateway to many Australian and overseas destinations, cruises from Sydney are a fantastic way to enjoy some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. Departing from Circular Quay’s Overseas Passenger Terminal, cruises from Sydney travel to a fantastic range of domestic and international destinations. Boasting an historic Overseas Passenger Terminal, the port is easily accessed by car or taxi, train or ferry. The cruise terminal is also within 10 minutes of Central Station and the CBD and just over half an hour from the Sydney Airport. Short term parking options are available around the terminal and there are a great range of cafes, restaurants and shops as part of the Sydney Harbour/Circular Quay precinct.
Thanks to its sheltered position in the famous harbour, Sydney is an excellent cruising departure point year round. There are also a number of cruises that arrive, or enjoy short stops in, Sydney and as you pass under the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and cruise past the renowned Sydney Opera House, the city lights come into view and create a festive on board atmosphere. Before you set sail, why not enjoy a chance for some sightseeing in your own backyard? Grab a ferry to Luna Park, Darling Harbour or the famous Taronga Zoo.
Not far from the cruise terminal, the historic Rocks area is a cultural hub tied to the foundation of Australia. The Rocks is Sydney’s oldest area and although considered a kind of ‘outdoor museum’, it’s also a trending dining and shopping hotspot that’s managed to retain its old world charm. Grab some shots of the beautiful harbour, kick back at one of the hip cafes or try star spotting at one of the many fine dining restaurants.
Situated on the Cockle Bay Wharf just 10 minutes from the city, Darling Harbour is a waterfront promenade and popular leisure precinct. Known for its wide variety of shopping and dining options, outdoor events and nightlife, the boardwalk also offers the famous Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. One of Australia’s best aquariums, it showcases more than 650 species of marine life and approximately 12,000 animals. A family friendly attraction known for the attention to detail in its exhibits, the aquarium is a chance to get up close and personal with everything from penguins to tropical fish, sharks and sting rays.
Just a short stroll from the city, Chinatown is a sprawling enclave that stretches from Darling Harbour to George St and Hay St. Offering a feast for the senses, the laneways are lined with vibrant lanterns and impressive archways that lead you to stunning oriental architecture, a variety of Asian cuisine and colourful culture.
If you have some extra time to explore further outside the city, no visit to Sydney would be complete without checking out the famous Bondi Beach. A stunning stretch of sand, Bondi offers family fun, a trendy café culture, swanky bars, beach babes and fantastic surfing.
West Circular Quay (off Argyle Street)
Distance from City: 5kms (10mins)
Distance from Airport: 17km (30mins)
Taxi Fare Estimate: $35 - $50 one way, cruise terminal to airport