Nicknamed the Harbour City – and with a skyline well known for the iconic, sailboat-like Sydney Opera House – Sydney is a natural choice as a port of call for any ship that ventures Down Under. Thoroughly modern and sparkling clean, Sydney is one of the friendliest cities you’ll ever be lucky enough to visit. Sydney is not only the capital of Australia, but it’s also its oldest settlement. It’s safe to say, though, that Sydney has come a very long way since its humble beginnings as a British penal colony back in the late 18th century. From the Harbour Bridge to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, there’s plenty to see and do in this delightful city.

Sightseeing & Things To Do

For many people, a visit to Sydney is a truly once in a lifetime experience. Don’t miss out on this phenomenal and friendly city by staying on board your ship. Get out there and explore a little bit! Whether you scale the lovely Harbour Bridge, take a tour of the Sydney Opera House or simply roam around Harbourside, you’re in for a real treat when your ship stops in Sydney, Australia.

In Sydney thrill seekers, outdoor enthusiasts and amateur historians alike can all find something that will fascinate them. When you get off your ship, think about doing one of the following while in Sydney:

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

As the Harbour City, Sydney is a truly picturesque place. Get a better feel for its unique beauty by visiting Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, a scenic viewpoint that can’t be beat. Its name comes from a chair that was chiseled into a rock for a former mayor’s wife.

Harbour Bridge

The Harbour Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in Sydney, and you can enjoy it in a couple of different ways. Walking across it is one very popular activity – especially on a pleasant day. You can also be a bit more adventurous and try traveling to the top of it. Trips to the top leave regularly nearly every day of the year, and the view from the top is phenomenal.

The Sydney Opera House

Although you can certainly enjoy the Sydney Opera House from afar, if you’ve come this far you might as well see it up close. This building is one of the most recognized and well known examples of modern architecture in the world, and you can take a tour of the interior as well.

Hit The Local Beaches

There are plenty of excellent beaches within a short distance of Sydney, so if hitting the surf sounds appealing you have lots of options. Try Wattamolla, Coogee, Bondi or Manly beaches for a bit of fun in the Sydney sun. If possible, arrive early in the day because many of these popular beaches fill up quickly.


Darling Harbour is definitely the place to go if you want to experience the quintessential Sydney shopping experience. Harbourside – a waterfront shopping complex – is located here, and you’re bound to find practically anything that you’re looking for there. All of the shops are centrally located and there are plenty of dining options, too, making it easy to spend an afternoon there.

Best Souvenir To Bring Back To the Cruise Ship

Aboriginal - or indigenous - artwork is a popular choice of souvenir. Although they can be a bit pricey, consider picking up an authentic didgeridoo while in Sydney. A genuine didgeridoo carved out of wood is a great way to remember your visit to Sydney.

Eating – Sample the Local Cuisine

Dining in Sydney is a real treat. The city is chock full of “eat streets,” which is what the locals call districts that are crammed full of restaurants. Modern Australian cuisine is exceptional because it is a fusion of tastes from many different cultures. The fresh seafood in Sydney is absolutely divine, regardless of where you enjoy it; however, Sydney is also renowned for its first class Angus beef. Steakhouses abound in the city, so think about trying one out. You can enjoy a fresh, juicy, mouthwatering Angus steak while taking a break during your Sydney tour. The melting pot sensibilities of this Australian capital also means that there is a plethora of excellent international restaurants to enjoy.

When, Where, and How

When To Go

Sydney’s springtime falls during September, October and November and is generally considered the most pleasant time of year to visit the Harbour City. The weather is mild, and rainfall is minimal. Spending time outdoors in Sydney is a real joy, so coming here when it’s dry is highly recommended. Keep in mind, though, that any time really is a good time to visit Sydney while on a cruise.

Where You’re Docked

Cruise ships dock at Circular Quay in Sydney, which is a fabulously convenient spot. From Circular Quay, you can enjoy many different transportation options including water taxis, buses, ferries, trains and taxis. Best of all? There is a stunning view to be had from this state of the art cruise ship terminal.

Which Cruise Ships Go Here?

Many of the major cruise lines have itineraries that feature stops at Sydney. A few of the biggest cruise lines that stop in Sydney are Cunard, Princess Cruises, Holland America and Seabourn. However, there are many other options available in terms of dates, ships, days at sea and in port when it comes to Sydney.