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Sydney Harbour Tours

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Sydney Harbour
With the iconic silhouette of Sydney Opera House and the dramatic arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge etched against a backdrop of glittering ocean and soaring skyscrapers, Sydney Harbour is Australia’s quintessential postcard image. The harbor, the natural heart of Sydney, features more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) lined with golden beaches, lush gardens, and vibrant neighborhoods.

The Basics
Sydney Harbour is at the top of the must-see list for first-time visitors to Sydney, and the most popular way to enjoy the views is on a sightseeing cruise. Opt for a scenic lunch cruise, admire the illuminated city skyline on a romantic dinner cruise, take a whale-watching cruise, or book one with a stop at Goat Island or Fort Denison. For the most spectacular views, soar overhead on a helicopter tour, or get back to nature on a walking tour in Sydney Harbour National Park. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sydney Harbour cruises range from a 90-minute excursion to a half-day tour.
  • Sydney Harbour attractions such as the Royal Botanic Garden, Taronga Zoo, and Sydney Opera House are wheelchair accessible.

How to Get to Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour is located in central Sydney, a 30-minute train or taxi ride from Sydney Airport, and is easily accessible from all corners of the city. Boat cruises and ferries set sail across the harbor from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, toward Rose Bay, Bondi Beach, and Watsons Bay, while trains and buses run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge between the Central Business District and the North Shore.

When to Get There
The Sydney skyline is impressive at any time of year, but the most atmospheric times to photograph Sydney Harbour are at sunrise and sunset. For a special experience, time your visit to coincide with one of the city’s world-famous events, such as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, New Year’s Eve fireworks, or the Australia Day parade.

Where to Find the Best Views of Sydney Harbour
Gaze out over the harbor from Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll along the waterfront of The Rocks, or take in the ocean views from Bondi Beach. For a striking landscape view, head to Mrs. Macquarie's Point, McMahons Point, Kirribilli, or Milsons Point, where you can capture a unique shot looking out beneath the Harbour Bridge.


Address: Sydney, Australia
Hours: Open daily
Admission: Free
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127 Tours and Activities to Experience Sydney Harbour

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Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

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Cruise through Sydney Harbour in style on board a spacious flagship vessel that departs from Circular Quay and King Street Wharf. Glide by landmarks, including the floodlit Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, and watch the city change colors with the sunset. Then sit down for a 4-course dinner with an array of international dishes including fresh seafood. Enjoy the views from your table or the viewing deck, and live music on this 2-hour dinner cruise.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.18
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Sydney Harbour Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise

Sydney Harbour Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy an evening of fine dining and spectacular views on a dinner cruise that takes place on the waters of Sydney Harbour. Indulge your tastebuds with a meal that includes six superb courses accompanied by Penfolds gold selection of bin and vintage wines and a full open bar. Listen to live music from the lounge singer and pianist while soaking in iconic sights of Sydney such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. It’s a great way to celebrate a special occasion while in Sydney.
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  • 2 hours
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$185.08
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Blue Mountains Day Trip Including Parramatta River Cruise

Blue Mountains Day Trip Including Parramatta River Cruise

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Enjoy a full-day tour from Sydney to the Blue Mountains to discover the charms of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed region. Enjoy sweeping views of the Blue Mountains from Kings Tableland. Take a walk at Wentworth Falls or Leura Cascades; visit Leura and Katoomba; stop to see the Three Sisters rock formation and explore the rides at Scenic World (own expense). See ancient Aboriginal rock carvings, then take a boat cruise down the Parramatta River to Circular Quay in Sydney Harbour.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.56
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Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney Harbour - Dinner Cruise

Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney Harbour - Dinner Cruise

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Experience one of the world's most iconic destinations in style. Cruise around the beautiful Sydney Harbour and enjoy a premium dining experience. Seating just 90 people, this is the most stylish and unique way to discover the magic of Sydney Harbour. The three-course dinner menu features seasonal and regionally sourced food and wine from New South Wales.
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  • 3 hours
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$130.08
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Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy a deluxe sunset cruise on Sydney Harbour accompanied by a delicious three-course dinner. From the water, admire iconic sights such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, Luna Park and more. Snap photos as the sky shimmers at sunset and the city skyline lights up for the night as you cruise through Sydney in the evening.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.59
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Sydney Harbour Ferry with Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket

Sydney Harbour Ferry with Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket

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Take in panoramic views of top Sydney landmarks as you cruise through Sydney Harbour en route to Taronga Zoo. Your package includes round-trip cruise from Circular Quay to the zoo, and a ride on the Sky Safari Gondola, which whisks you uphill from the boat dock to the main entrance of Taronga Zoo. From the gondola, get an early peek at some of the zoo's inhabitants, such as giraffes, big apes, and native animals like kangaroos and koalas.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$48.31
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Sydney Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Harbor Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

Sydney Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Harbor Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

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Customize your sightseeing in Sydney with a hop-on hop-off coach tour and harbor cruise. The ferry pass is valid for 2 days and the explorer pass is valid for 48 hours, giving you two full days to explore Sydney. The Sydney Harbour ferry cruise stops include Circular Quay, Manly, Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay. The double-decker bus tour travels between iconic sites including The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Bondi Beach. Choose to hop off and visit places of interest, or simply remain on board for a comprehensive overview with recorded commentary.
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  • 7 hours to 2 days
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Blue Mountains Private Day Tour from Sydney with Wildlife Park and Cruise

Blue Mountains Private Day Tour from Sydney with Wildlife Park and Cruise

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Explore the beautiful Blue Mountains on this small-group excursion with a local guide. After a convenient hotel pickup, watch for koalas, wombats, and crocodiles at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Then, take an optional cable car ride with amazing views of Katoomba Falls, visit Australia’s Grand Canyon, and enjoy a relaxing cruise back to Sydney on the Parramatta River.
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  • 10 hours
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$256.44
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Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

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Enjoy sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and beyond during a scenic helicopter flight over Sydney. Take to the skies for a quick flight that provides stunning panoramic views of Sydney’s eastern coastline including Coogee Beach, Bondi Beach, Manly Cove, Sydney’s spectacular Harbor and city skyline, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Sydney Opera House. Learn about the city’s history from your knowledgeable pilot as you fly along the coast of the Pacific Ocean before your pilot whirs over Sydney Head marking the harbor’s entrance.
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  • 2 hours
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$176.79
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Sydney Harbour Top Deck Lunch Cruise

Sydney Harbour Top Deck Lunch Cruise

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Book a table for a 3-hour lunch and sightseeing cruise on Sydney Harbour. Pass top landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as your boat glides along the water. Your sit-down dining experience includes attentive service and the choice of a 2- or 3-course lunch. A variety of fresh seafood, meat, and vegetable dishes are served as you take in the sights. Upgrade when booking to guarantee a window seat.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.59
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Small Group Blue Mountains Day Trip with Wildlife Park ( Koalas) & River Cruise

Small Group Blue Mountains Day Trip with Wildlife Park ( Koalas) & River Cruise

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Escape the city for an action-packed tour of the Blue Mountains, including round-trip coach transport from Sydney. Pay a visit to the Sydney Olympic Park;observe kangaroos and koalas at the Featherdale Wildlife Park; and see landmarks like the Three Sisters, Boars Head Rock and Wentworth Falls. After lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), ride the skyrail at Scenic World (extra cost), then enjoy a scenic cruise down the Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour. This small-group tour is limited to 21 people and includes hotel pick-up.
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  • 10 hours
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$107.78
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 Small-Group Sydney's Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Tour

Small-Group Sydney's Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Tour

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Set out in search of Sydney’s sun, sand and surf on this full-day tour of the city’s famous Northern Beaches. Stroll the golden sands of Narrabeen; see where popular Aussie soap ‘Home & Away’ is filmed in Palm Beach; and look out along the coast from Spit Bridge and Long Reef. That’s not all: uncover Sydney’s fascinating Aboriginal heritage as you explore the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park; admire the lavish villas along Whale Beach and ride the Manly ferry back to Circular Quay.
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  • 7 hours
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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Day Trip from Sydney

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Day Trip from Sydney

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Visit Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park for a day full of fun in the great outdoors just north of Sydney. Learn about indigenous traditions, and see ancient Aboriginal rock carvings and sacred sites. Join a 2.5-hour catamaran cruise through scenic waterways that lead to remote beaches and hidden waterfalls. Then visit West Head lookout and learn about the park's diverse plant and animal life. This small-group tour is limited to 22 people, ensuring an in-depth experience with your guides.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.22
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Sydney Harbour High Tea Cruise

Sydney Harbour High Tea Cruise

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Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise around Sydney Harbour accompanied by high tea goodies and sparkling wine from Brown Brothers, a classic Australian winery. Admire clear views of iconic landmarks such as Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison and the city skyline during your 1.5-hour scenic sightseeing cruise. Upgrade to guarantee a window sea with excellent sightlines on the famously beautiful harbor city.  You’ll want to keep your camera handy for great photo ops in every direction.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Sunrise Sydney Harbour Sea Kayak Tour

Sunrise Sydney Harbour Sea Kayak Tour

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Wake up early for a kayak tour from Rose Bay with sunrise views of Sydney Harbour. Paddle with a friend on a double sit-on-top kayak and get a good look at landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Shark Island. The kayaks are stable and easy to use, and the tour is suitable for all levels of experience. Paddling instruction and use of equipment are provided.
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  • 2 hours
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$55.75
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Sunset and Sparkle Sydney Harbour Cruise

Sunset and Sparkle Sydney Harbour Cruise

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Get the best possible views of stunning Sydney landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge onboard a 35-foot (10.5 meter) catamaran. Relax and soak up the colorful sky as you cruise through the water at sunset while nibbling on an appetizer platter and sip on a cold beverage, or bring your own alcoholic beverages onboard with no corkage fee. Watch as the sun sets and the twinkling city lights come to life.
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  • 1 hour
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Story of Sydney Tour

Story of Sydney Tour

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This comprehensive tour of Sydney is perfect for first-time visitors or those short on time. Spend a half-day immersed in the history and culture of Sydney, learning through stops at landmarks such as Chinatown, Darling Harbour, and Australia’s largest urban development, Barangaroo. Your guide will follow a curated itinerary centered on the history of Sydney from 1788 to modern day, adding commentary to illuminate the details.
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  • 4 hours
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$111.49
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Cruise PLUS Attractions

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Cruise PLUS Attractions

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Best value ticket with 7 activities to do when visiting Sydney. Don’t miss a thing with this ticket to Sydney's top sights from both Bus and Boat Hop-on, Hop-off service, a guided walking tour of the historic “ The Rocks” area, plus entry into the following attractions: Sydney Tower Eye, Sea Life Aquarium, Wildlife Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds. Discover Sydney with a 48 hour valid ticket on Sydney’s only open-top, double-decker hop on and hop off service with 34 stops around the city and Bondi beach and Harbour bays. Explore Sydney’s Harbour with a 1-day Hop-on, Hop-on ticket onboard a Captain Cook cruise including 8 stops such as Taronga Zoo, Manly, Luna Park or Watsons Bay.
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  • 10 hours to 1 day
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$101.57
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Private Tour: Sydney City Highlights

Private Tour: Sydney City Highlights

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Get around Sydney in a day aboard a modern and spacious 8-seater Volkswagen minibus. With this private city sightseeing tour, you’ll cover plenty of ground, from Bondi to Manly Beach and Watson’s Bay. Hop off to linger at sights like the Sydney Opera House, and walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge from The Rocks to Milsons Point. This comprehensive itinerary offers one of Sydney’s best sightseeing values.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$261.17
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Sydney 6 Hour Private Tour

Sydney 6 Hour Private Tour

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Take in the sights on a tailor-made 6-hour tour of Sydney and choose from four equally exciting itineraries. First, check off Sydney’s most memorable landmarks including Sydney Opera House, Mrs. Macquarie's Chair and Sydney Harbour Bridge; stroll around King’s Cross and The Rocks; and watch the surfers at Bondi Beach and Watson’s Bay. Then, opt to explore the Ku-Ring-Gai National Park, tour Sydney’s art galleries, get off-the-beaten-track in Sydney’s bohemian neighborhoods or immerse yourself in Sydney’s foodie scene.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$799.55
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Sydney Harbour Hop On Hop Off Cruise with Taronga Zoo entry

Sydney Harbour Hop On Hop Off Cruise with Taronga Zoo entry

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Enjoy the freedom of a 2-Day Hop On Hop Off cruise pass allowing you to visit up to 5 famous harbourside precincts, along with entry to Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari Gondola. Cruise pass valid for two consecutive days, and Zoo entry valid on one day.
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  • 4 to 16 hours
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$51.29
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Sydney Harbour Progressive Long Lunch Cruise

Sydney Harbour Progressive Long Lunch Cruise

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Treat your loved ones to a progressive lunch that travels by yacht to the most scenic parts of Sydney Harbour. Get great views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge as you cruise to Watsons Bay for your appetizer course at a classic waterside eatery. Continue past Middle Head to Balmoral where you stop at your second waterfront restaurant for your main course. Return to your boat for the dessert and cheese course, then have time to swim, kayak or standup paddle board. Sparkling wine and other drinks are included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$442.26
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New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour with Fireworks and DJ

New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour with Fireworks and DJ

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Sydney in style on an evening Sydney Harbour dinner cruise. As one of the illuminated vessels participating in the Harbour of Light boat parade, you'll enjoy unobstructed views of the midnight fireworks show. The 5-hour cruise includes a 3-course buffet dinner with seafood; an open bar with beer, Australian wine, and soft drinks; and an onboard DJ. 
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  • 6 hours
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$677.26
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Sydney Speed Boat Adventures

Sydney Speed Boat Adventures

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Instead of watching Sydney’s harbor from the window of a crowded tourist ferry, take your harbor sightseeing into your own hands with this private speedboat adventure. Take control of a zippy red speedboat and race around the harbor, seeing sights like Fort Denison, the Harbor Bridge and the iconic Sydney Opera House. With an experienced speedboat guide by your side, enjoy the freedom of captaining your own boat without the risk getting lost or losing control.
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  • 2 hours
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$75.48
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Sydney Harbour hours of operation?
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Sydney Harbour hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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What's the best way to experience Sydney Harbour?