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Harbour Cruises

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Cruise boats and ferries cut across each other's path as they go about their business on the harbour.                                                            Picture: ©Jiri Foltyn/123RF.COM

Nothing beats a cruise on Sydney's spectacular harbour


Sydney Harbour is commonly referred to as the most beautiful natural harbour in the world. Those who come to see it will understand why. The 240 kilometres of shoreline encompass approximately 54 square kilometres of water, which translates to an enormous area for exploration and discovery.


Although there are exclusive homes dotted around the water's edge, there are large tracts of parklands, reserves and gardens that balance the harbour environmentally. It is possible to walk around much of the harbour edge and picnic in many spots.


On a warm sunny day, the harbour is a vibrant blue and dotted with hundreds of sailing boats, cruise boats and ferries.


The best way of seeing the harbour is to take a ride on a cruise boat, and there are any number of different types of cruises. You have the choice of a simple daytime cruise, a coffee or lunch cruise, or a twilight or dinner cruise. You can go a a luxury cruise designed for a small group of people, a cruise under sail on a tall ship, or a degustation dinner cruise.


Cruises can range from a leisurely voyage around the harbour to an evening cabaret/dinner cruise with a four-piece band and dance floor.


Although govenment-run ferries cross the harbour frequently, they are not geared for The only drawback is that they follow specific routes and they quickly steam from point to point, which doesn't allo you much time to take in the sights. Also, they tend to move down the middle of the harbour, not necessarily close to some of the harbour's natural and man-made attractions, and you don't get a close viewing like you do on the cruise boats.


The whole idea of the cruise boats is to give visitors the best possible experience in seeing the harbour and its attractions. Unlike government-run ferries, which steam quickly along the shortest possible route between destinations, cruise boats operate at a leisurely paceand move in close to the shore and islands They frequently slow down, and even stop, to allow passengers to fully admire the beauty and splendour of the harbour.


The cruise boats also access many parts of the inner, outer and Middle harbours that ferries do not venture into and give guests close-up views of small coves and sandy beaches. They slowly drfit past the many multi-million dollar homes that line the shores of Sydney's harbourside suburbs.


Another way of seeing the harbour, and gaining some perspective on its size and beauty, is to walk across the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. From here, you will get an inspiring view of the harbour, the city skyline, the Opera House, The Rocks, Darling Harbour and North Sydney. The traffic passing underneath is also quite spectacular.

Vagabond Cruises
has something for everyone!

Vagabond Cruises
From delicious lunch & dinner cruises to explosive live entertainment shows, we provide first class catering & the longest cruising route on Sydney Harbour at the most competitive prices! A wide range of private packages are also available! Call now on
+61 2 9660 0388.

Harbour pictures

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The CBD, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge viewed from one of many bays on the northern side of the harbour.

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Fort Denison, once an infamous penal site, then a military fortress, but now
a harbour tourist attraction and setting for a popular restaurant.

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An aerial shot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House taken from over Kirrabilli.

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					Taronga Zoo

Sydney Harbour as seen from Taronga Zoo.

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Above and below: Sydney Harbour vistas.

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Admiralty House, which sits on the point at Kirribilli, is the official Sydney residence of the Governor-General of Australia.

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Sydney Harbour at sunset from Mosman Bay.   Picture: ©Gordon Bell/123RF.COM

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One of the many vantage points around the harbour.

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Walking parths on the southern side of Sydney Harbour provide glorious views of the Sydney CBD and Royal Botanic Gardens .