Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise

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From $27.43

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 7 hours
  • Offered in: English


Explore Sydney aboard a hop-on hop-off Sydney Harbour cruise that stops at top destinations including Circular Quay, Watsons Bay, Manly . Get a great vantage point for photo ops of icons such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Simply jump on and off at as many stops as you like; when you're ready to move on to your next destination, just catch the next boat. Upgrade to include an entrance ticket to Taronga Zoo, another fantastic attraction located on the harbor shores.
  • Enjoy a flexible schedule with this sightseeing cruise on Sydney Harbour with the choice of one or two days
  • Departs frequently throughout the day
  • Learn about the city from live onboard commentary

What's Included

  • Choice of 1-Day or 2-Day Hop-on hop-off sightseeing cruise pass, select at time of booking
  • Guided Commentary available for download to your smartphone
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Attraction Entries

Meeting and Pickup

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Opening hours

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Ticket Redemption Point

Circular Quay Wharf 6, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

What To Expect

Create your own sightseeing itinerary with your hop-on hop-off cruise boat pass that is valid for 2 calendar days. Simply head to Circular Quay to board the boat, then sit back and enjoy a scenic, relaxing cruise.

Hop off at any of the five stops, including Taronga Zoo, Shark Island, Watsons Bay and Manly. Enjoy learning about the sights from live informative commentary provided on board the cruise.

Boats departs frequently from Circular Quay, and the entire route takes up to 1.5 hours to complete.

Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia's amazing wildlife. Choose the optional upgrade to include zoo entrance ticket and the Sky Safari Gondola. The zoo is home to more than 2,900 exotic and native animals, with zoo-keeper talks and animal shows offered daily.

Shark Island: An island situation in the middle of the harbour. Ideal for a picnic and a swim as you take in the breathtaking vistas of Sydney Harbour

Watsons Bay: A short walk to beaches, lookout points and popular waterside restaurants.

Manly: Situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney, and a popular spot for Australian surfers.

Circular Quay: Home to the iconic Sydney Opera House, the historic Rocks district, Sydney Harbour Bridge and weekend markets.
Hop on Hop off

5 Stops

6 Points of Interest

Duration: 7 hours

Operating Schedule: Take in all the famous sights of Sydney Harbour with boats departing through the day - first departure approximately 9:00am. Circular Quay: Home to the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Rocks - historical area, Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon and weekend markets. Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia's amazing wildlife. Choose the zoo option for a return ferry and entry ticket to the zoo. With over 2,900 exotic and native animals, free zoo-keeper talks and animal shows, there is something for everyone. Watsons Bay: A short walk to beaches, lookout points and waterside restaurants. Manly: Manly Beach is a beach situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia in Manly. Shark Island: An island situation in the middle of the harbour. Ideal for a picnic and a swim as you take in the breathtaking vistas of Sydney Harbour.

Circular Quay Wharf 6

Taronga Zoo Wharf, Athol Wharf Rd

Watsons Bay

Manly Wharf

Shark Island

Points of interest passed by on this route

Taronga Zoo

Manly Beach

Captain Cook Cruises

Watsons Bay

Circular Quay

Shark Island

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Hop-On Hop Off 1-Day Explorer is valid for same day travel.
  • Hop-On Hop Off 2-Day Explorer is valid for 2 consecutive calendar days.

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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207 reviews
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perfect way to get around
Jackie_L, Apr 2024
We booked the hop on hop off boat whilst in Sydney, perfect way to visit different destinations, clear instructions regarding times for getting back on the boat, departures were on time.
Sydney Harbour Cruise
Annette_G, Apr 2024
Cruise started on time and all stops were on time as well. We enjoyed the views of Sydney from the harbour and especially enjoyed Manly Beach. We had several days in Sydney a few years ago and didn't make it to Manly Beach. This was the perfect way to go there and see the other sights as well. Recommend this excursion highly. It fit our timetable for our cruise ship stop.
Good trip
Frostyrunner, Apr 2024
Very easy way to enjoy a couple of stops in the harbour. Loved Watson Bay. Manly very busy but weekend visit was great to visit the market.
Wish it were better
jeni7russo, Mar 2024
Too long to wait between pick ups at the different locations. Decided to pay for a ticket on a commercial ferry to get from Watson's Bay to Manly so we didn't have to wait so long.
Hop on and off boat experience
Joyce, Feb 2024
The 3 of us were from US. We very much enjoyed the views from the boat, and it was easy to go in and out the boat even though we were senior citizens with knees problems 😊
Good trip
Allen_T, Feb 2024
Going through the harbor and stopping at the stops. Particularly liked Manley Beach. Need to plan an entire day.
Cheap and easy
Cindy_C, Feb 2024
Easy, inexpensive way to spend the day. Fun to be on the water on a hot day. Only went to Circular Quay, Watson’s Bay and Manly.
Not a narrated tour
Sandra_H, Feb 2024
This isn't a tradtl hop on/hop off with narrative on the sights; it's an economical ferry shuttle to the primary stops which is fine. There's supposedly a self-directed phone app audio offered but no one could get it operational with limited service out on the water...
Hoho boat tour
Marcia_F, Jan 2024
Enjoyed the cruise around the harbor. On time and staff explained the hoho procedure. Recommend it as a great way to see the area by boat.
Nice to see Sydney harbour and to arrive easy to some hotspots
Andi_S, Jan 2024
Easy to see and arrive to some hotspots, like Tongoronga Zoo, Mainly area, Shark island and Watson bay from which U can see easy the Tasmanian sea
Wouldn’t do it again
Melissa_M, Jan 2024
It was fun to see the harbor but it took forever to get places. The staff wasn’t friendly on the ferry.
Captain Cook hop on hop off cruises
Christina_H, Jan 2024
Great staff. Boats not too big with plenty of seating inside and out. Easy to book and collect tickets.
The boat and crew were...
Mark_H, Dec 2023
The boat and crew were really good, I was disappointed as we booked a 2 day pass and on the second morning they cancelled half of the services. So we really didn't get what we were sold. I think if I went back I would use the fantasea boat as it is similar price but has a shaded section on the upper deck.
Wish I would have selected another cruise
Derrick_V, Dec 2023
Was not able to connect to the boats Wi-Fi to listen to the narrative through the app. Turned out to be an extended taxi ride.
Disgusting Service - No People Skills
Julie_D, Nov 2023
On the return trip from Manly, we were no more than 10 metres from the Captain Cook Ferry and they could see us running to get on board and still they departed without us. Disgusting that they would not wait an extra 20 seconds for us to board. As there was not another ferry for another 90 minutes, we had to take an Uber back to the CBD. The weather was also cold and rainy. I will NEVER book another hop on/hop off with Captain Cook. Shame on them - we are 60 year old ladies. An Expensive mistake at $40.00 per person.
Good but could be much better
Jean_B, Oct 2023
Captain Cook Cruise is definitely not the best way to get around to islands & locations (beaches) outside of Sydney Circular Quay or Darling Harbor. First, meeting points are NOT correct at Circular Quay and unless you research & verify when you are there, don't just think you've been given the correct info. Secondly, NOT enough times for travel between. I suggest the green/yellow city ferries that you can purchase daily passes and use all day where-ever you want to go!
Sydney; Seeing the sights
David_W, Sep 2023
Nice day out seeing the sights. Hop off and on where you fancy. lots of room and a comfortable boat.
Great trip
Carolyn_C, Sep 2023
Friendly drivers very helpful in getting around city- enjoyed trip very much would do it again thanks for alerting me to this trip
Infrequent Service
Danielle_T, Jul 2023
Staff at the ticket office where rude. One man wanted us to ‘come back in 15 minutes’ because they where busy and checking in whale watching. He served the people in front of us who where getting the same ticket and there was literally no one behind us in the queue. We got to the ticket office at 11.30. The next boat was at 2.35. So just over 2 hours. The timetable is not displayed on the boat information at all. The last boat is at 5.30. They don’t stop at every stop on every journey. So this was a complete bust as we could only get off at 1 stop and stay for just over an hour. Waste of money for 1 stop. The timetable should be on the info section when making a booking. Staff on the boat where nice and there was plenty of seating onboard. But wouldn’t recommend if you want to make a day of it and get off at multiple stops.
A day is not emough
ELVIRA_P, Jun 2023
Good harbor view of Sydney and the nearby bay ports. However, I find the turnaround time to catch up for the return to Circular Quay if we decide to hop on and off is not enough. The roundabout tour without disembarking is just about it. If we need to go on a visit to Taronga Zoo and Manly beach, we need to book separately than use this Hop on off cruise.

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