Sydney Cruises

Sydney, New South Wales

Built on the hills surrounding the iconic Sydney Harbour, Australia’s largest and oldest city is a popular cruise destination for local and international travellers alike.

The capital of the state of New South Wales, Sydney holds an enviable position as one of the most striking, vibrant and recognisable cities in the world. Not short on attractions, Sydney is brimming with natural wonders, sparkling beaches, cultural institutions, multicultural cuisines, world-class shopping, trendy suburbs, and more.

Framed by the iconic Opera House and the breathtaking Harbour Bridge, it’s little wonder so many cruise lines choose Sydney as a port of call. This world-famous harbour is the maritime gateway to the lively metropolis.

Sydney is Australia’s only city to have two dedicated cruise terminals, with around 260 ships docking at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay and the nearby White Bay Cruise Terminal every year.

Cruise Deals

Moreton Island

4 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Pacific Jewel.
Departs 03 Apr 2017
from
$ 700*
per person twin share

Moreton Island

4 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Pacific Jewel.
Departs 22 May 2017
from
$ 700*
per person twin share

Classic

3 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Pacific Jewel.
Departs 02 Jun 2017
from
$ 700*
per person twin share

South Pacific Cruise

8 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Explorer of the Seas.
Departs 14 Feb 2017
from
$ 722*
per person twin share

Tasmania

7 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Explorer of the Seas.
Departs 12 Mar 2018
from
$ 738*
per person twin share

South Pacific

7 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Explorer of the Seas.
Departs 05 Mar 2018
from
$ 738*
per person twin share

South Pacific

7 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Explorer of the Seas.
Departs 19 Nov 2017
from
$ 740*
per person twin share

Tasmania from Sydney

5 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Carnival Legend.
Departs 27 Mar 2017
from
$ 748*
per person twin share

Port Location

Overseas Passenger Terminal

Located in the heart of Sydney Harbour, the Overseas Passenger Terminal is approximately 2 kilometres from Sydney CBD and 13 kilometres from Sydney Airport.

White Bay Cruise Terminal

Located in Rozelle, the White Bay Cruise Terminal is approximately 6 kilometres from Sydney CBD and 17 kilometres from Sydney Airport.

Port Facilities

Overseas Passenger Terminal

Facilities include:

  • Minibus stop and taxi rank.
  • Casual and fine dining options.
  • Souvenir shopping.
  • Tourist information and ATM.
  • Toilets, lifts and escalators. 
The terminal lies within easy reach of bus, train, ferry and taxi services. Accommodation is available nearby at hotels in The Rocks, Circular Quay and Sydney CBD. 

White Bay Cruise Terminal

Facilities include:

  • Food and beverage kiosk.
  • On-site short-term parking.
  • Payphones, toilets and ATM.
  • Minibus stop and taxi rank.
The terminal lies within easy reach of taxi, private vehicle and cruise line transfer options. Accommodation is available at hotels in the suburb of Rozelle, as well Sydney’s nearby CBD.

How to Get Around

Travel Times from Overseas Passenger Terminal

Located in the heart of Sydney Harbour, the Overseas Passenger Terminal is within walking distance to a range of transport services, tourist destinations and the city centre. Several cruise lines organise coach transfers.

On foot;
  • 500 metres to Circular Quay Station
  • 500 metres to The Rocks historic district
By train;
  • 9 minutes to Central Station
  • 25 minutes to Sydney Airport
By taxi;
  • 1.5 kilometres to Sydney Town Hall, CBD (AUD$10-$20)
  • 12 kilometres to Sydney Airport ($40-$60)

Travel Times from White Bay Cruise Terminal

The White Bay Cruise Terminal is located in Rozelle, just 4 kilometres from Sydney CBD. The easiest ways to and from the terminal are by taxi, private vehicle or cruise line transfer.

By taxi;
  • 4 kilometres to Sydney Town Hall, CBD ($10-$20)
  • 15 kilometres to Sydney Airport ($40-$60)

General Information

  • Currency - the local currency in Sydney is the Australian Dollar. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50-cent denominations, as well as 1 and 2 dollar coins. Notes come in 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100-dollar denominations.
  • Time Zone - Sydney uses Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). It is 10 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+10).  
  • Weather
 - Sydney enjoys a comfortable, temperate climate with warm summers, mild winters and sunshine spread throughout the year. Average temperatures range from 26 degrees Celsius in summer (December to February) and 16 degrees Celsius in winter (June to August).

Highlights

  • The Rocks - just moments from the Overseas Passenger Terminal, the historic Rocks district reflects Sydney’s early convict days with its cobbled streets, sandstone terraces and early pubs. This picturesque precinct is a popular attraction for visitors and locals alike with its museums, galleries, markets and harbour views. 
  • Museum of Contemporary Art - located just a stone’s throw from Circular Quay and the Overseas Passenger Terminal, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is Australia’s premier museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting local and international contemporary art. From travelling exhibits to progressive new media, the MCA is renowned for its engaging diversity. 
  • Rozelle Market  - located just moments from the White Bay Cruise Terminal, over the past two decades Rozelle Market has become Sydney’s best second-hand marketplace. Held in the historic grounds of Rozelle Public School, more than 100 stalls are set up every weekend to sell a variety of antiques, collectors items, bric-a-brac and clothing. 
  • Bondi Beach - with its golden sands and world-famous waves, Bondi Beach is an iconic Sydney attraction. Beyond the surf Bondi is home to fine dining, shopping, entertainment and coastal walks to enjoy. Easy to reach from both cruise terminals, Bondi Beach is a must-do for all visitors to Sydney.
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