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Sydney Harbour Hop-On Hop-Off Cruise & Optional Taronga Zoo

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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise
  • Create your own sightseeing itinerary
  • Seven handy stops around Sydney Harbour
  • Easy access to all Sydney Harbour attractions
  • Fabulous photo opportunities
  • Add Taronga Zoo to your package for a great day out
  • Perfect for families
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    The ticket is valid for 1 day. Round trip takes 1 hour 30 minutes if you stay on the boat

    Start time

    90 minute Cruise: Between 9:45am from Circular Quay (9:30am from Darling Harbour) to 4.30pm; every 45 minutes.
    Taronga Zoo: Open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.

    Meeting Point

    Number 6 Jetty, Circular Quay or Pier 26, Darling Harbour.

    Ending Point

    You can end the hop-on, hop-off cruise at any of the stops.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    With this flexible hop-on hop-off all-day cruise ticket you can easily enjoy the attractions of Sydney’s spectacular harbour.

    Board the vessel at Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. Sit back and be treated to magnificent views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Watch sailing boats, cruise ships and ferries bustle across the sparkling water.

    Hop on and off at seven convenient locations including Fort Denison, Shark Island, Watson’s Bay or Luna Park. Or just stay on board and enjoy the 1.5 hour ride while listening to an informative audio commentary.

    Choose the combo option with Taronga Zoo admission and meet an array of incredible creatures from kangaroos to Komodo dragons. Watch graceful seals show off their skills at the Seal Theatre and enjoy the famous free-flight show featuring birds of prey.

    You can also learn more about the animals from the free zoo-keeper talks. Your Taronga ticket also includes a ride on the Sky Safari Cable Car – a thrilling experience that gives bird’s eye views of the Zoo and its surroundings.


    To board your vessel, make your way to either Number 6 Jetty, Circular Quay or to Pier 26, Darling Harbour.

    Sydney Harbour Hop-On Hop-Off Cruise:
    Your flexible all-day pass lets you hop on and hop off at up to seven famous waterside attractions. Disembark at any one of these, stay as long as you like and board the next boat.

    Or you could simply take the 1.5 hour round-trip cruise and listen to an entertaining commentary while you enjoy all the main harbour sights. Hop-On Hop-Off Cruise Stops
    Fort Denison: A rocky island with a colourful history and the only Martello Tower in Australia. It has a museum and restaurant. (Entry fees apply).
    Taronga Zoo: Australia’s finest zoo, home to more than over 2,900 exotic and native animals. (Entry fees apply unless you have chosen the option with Taronga Zoo).
    Shark Island: This island gets its name from its shape and not its wildlife! It’s a great place for a swim and a picnic. (Entry fees apply)
    Watson's Bay: Australia’s oldest fishing village. Famous for its waterfront restaurants and pubs as well as for fine beaches and sea views.
    Luna Park: A superbly restored fun park. You can also jump off here for North Sydney Olympic Pool, and Sydney Harbour Bridge Walkway.
    Darling Harbour: Good selection of restaurants and cafes. Hop off here for the Australian Maritime Museum, Chinese Garden of Friendship, Harbourside Shopping Centre, Imax Theater, Madame Tussauds, and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.
    Circular Quay: Alight here to explore The Rocks or visit Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and the Harbour Bridge.

    You can leave the cruise at any of the above stops but you will probably want to return to Circular Quay or Darling Harbour.

    Sydney Harbour Hop-On Hop-Off Cruise with Taronga Zoo:
    Choose this option and combine your Harbour Cruise with a visit to award-winning Taronga Zoo. Discover Australia’s unique fauna such as kangaroos, koalas, platypuses, wallabies and wombats. Meet other exotic creatures such as bears, chimps, Asian elephants, giant tortoises, giraffes, gorillas, Komodo dragons, lions, tigers, and rare snow leopards.

    To find out more about the Zoo’s inhabitants drop in on one of the excellent Keeper Talks. Other highlights include popular shows, such as the Free-flight Bird Show and the Seal Show.

    Your ticket includes a ride on the Sky Safari Cable car, which gives spectacular views of the Zoo.

    You can end your tour at any of the stops.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hop-on hop-off sightseeing cruise one-day pass
    • Admission to Garden Island Naval Heritage Museum
    • Admission to Fort Denison
    • Admission to Shark Island
    • Audio commentary on boat
    • Entry to Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari Cable car ride (if option chosen)


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
    • Admission into attractions other than Garden Island, Fort Denison and Shark Island.
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    The local activity operator reserves the right to change the timetable, vessels and increase fares without prior notice.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    A certificate of fitness of travel issued by a doctor is required for passengers over 79 years of age and passengers with limited mobility.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.To get the most of your trip to Taronga Zoo, it’s a good idea to plan what you would most like to see. International visitors should pick up a copy of the Wild Australia Walk Map for a self-guided walk though the Zoo. It is specifically designed for those who want to see animals only found in Australia
  • Reviews
    • very good expiriences...

      MAT RAHMAT, Malaysia, 12/Dec/2016
    • Excellent cruise value for money. Highly recommendable...

      Rajeev mundyath, Indonesia, 01/Nov/2016
    • Easy and Efficient

      This is the best way to make the most of a day visiting various places without purchasing individual tickets....

      Jean Sohn, United States, 27/Feb/2016
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