Hop On Hop Off

Don’t be fooled, Sydney is a big place to explore over just one weekend and while its world class natural harbour is part of the enduring charm, it is also one of the reasons that makes sightseeing in by normal public transport so challenging. But with Captain Cook Cruises you can do what the locals do and travel on the harbour highway with our famous Hop On Hop Off Sydney Harbour Explorer ferry pass conveniently allowing you to explore Sydney’s best bits - Circular Quay (The Rocks & Opera House), Taronga Zoo, Shark Island, Watsons Bay and Manly - all with the convenience of live commentary from a friendly local throughout your journey. 


Sydney Harbour Explorer 2 Day Hop On Hop Off Pass

2-Day Hop On Hop Off Pass

  • 2 consecutive calendar days
  • Prices
    - Retail  $55 | Child $29
    - Special $50 | Child $28
    - With a Discover Voucher pay only $30

Sydney Harbour Explorer 1 Day Hop On Hop Off Pass

1-Day Hop On Hop Off Pass

  • 1 calendar day
  • Prices
    - Retail $42 | Child $25
    - Special $35 | Child $20
    With a Discover Voucher pay only $17

Big Bus Sydney Pass

2- Day Hop On Hop Off + Taronga Zoo

  • Hop On Hop Off 2-Day Pass
  • Entry to Taronga Zoo
  • Sky Safari Cable Car*
  • Prices
    - Retail $89 | Child $55
    - Special $69 | Child $55
    - With a Discover Voucher pay only $65

Sydney Harbour Explorer 2 Day Hop On Hop Off Pass

1-Day Hop On Hop Off Pass + Taronga Zoo

  • Hop On Hop Off 1-Day Pass
  • Entry to Taronga Zoo
  • Sky Safari Cable Car*
  • Price
    - Retail $79 | Child $49
    - Special $65 | Child $49
    - With a Discover Voucher pay only $54

The Hop on Hop Off Sydney Harbour Explorer cruise passes with Captain Cook range from 1 or 2 calendar days, to a single circuit, offering visitors to the city the best sightseeing cruise and value for money option on Sydney Harbour.

This unique ferry pass is a true harbour explorer, criss-crossing the harbour throughout the day and travelling between famous Sydney Harbour precincts including Circular Quay (The Rocks & Opera House), Taronga Zoo, Shark Island, Watsons Bay and Manly. 

You can be sure to cover off multiple Sydney hotspots in a single day and after a huge day of exploring with a Hop On Hop Off cruise, you’ll still be ready for a lively evening at one of the many waterfront bars and restaurants on King Street Wharf, Barangaroo, The Rocks or Darling Harbour. 

The full circuit of the Hop On Hop Off Sydney Harbour Explorer takes approximately 80 minutes and departs regularly throughout the day from Circular Quay. 

If you’re looking for a Sydney ferry pass with flexibility, comfort and live commentary - this is it!

Daily timetables can vary depending on what’s happening on the harbour city. Visit the timetable web page for the lastest information.

Circular Quay

  • Sydney Opera House
  • The Rocks historic precinct & weekend markets
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Harbour Bridge walkway & Bridge Climb
  • Restaurants, bars & hotels
  • Big Bus Sydney & Bondi Explorer
  • Transport hub - cruise & ferry wharves & airport train line

Taronga Zoo

  • Australia's most famous Zoo with amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus, kangaroos and animals of the world - open daily 9am to 5pm
  • Headland natures walks towards Bradleys Head and Chowder Bay 


  • Short walk to famous Manly surf beaches
  • Ocean-front restaurants, bars & cafes
  • Discover the natural beauty of North Head Sanctuary (45min walk from Manly)
  • Fish n chips on The Corso
  • Cabbage Tree Bay Eco-Sculpture Walk on Marine Parade

Watsons Bay

  • Famous Doyle's seafood restaurant & waterfront pub
  • Park and picnic grounds
  • Short stroll to beautiful harbour swimming beaches, the Gap, South Head & HMAS Watson

Shark Island

  • National Park Island
  • Perfect BYO picnic destination
  • Small swimming beach
  • Five picnic shelters
  • 360 degree harbour views from the Opera House to the Heads

Car Parking 

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Children Under 18 Years

  • Please note children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult on all licensed cruises.

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  • Special payment and cancellation conditions apply to all special offers and special events. View our terms and conditions


  • Stunning Sydney Harbour by day
  • The official Sydney Harbour Explorer
  • A quick and easy way to see the harbour and visit famous precincts Stopping at Circular Quay, Manly, Shark Island, Taronga Zoo & Watsons Bay  
  • Commentary
  • Approx 1hr 20min harbour circuit
  • Family Bonus 

Need to know

  • Prices | T&C
    - Retail from $42 | Child 4-15 from $25
    - Special from $35 
    - With a Discover Voucher from $17 
  • Select your Pass Option from the `Book this Cruise' box
    - 1-Day Pass or 2-Day Pass
    - 1-Day or 2-Day Pass + Taronga Zoo Entry
  • *Sky Safari subject to weather & operational conditions 
  • Please note Zoo tickets are not available at Taronga Zoo entry. All tickets must be prepurchased. 
  • Map | Cruise Info | Family Bonus | Gifts | Covid Safe



Departs  Circular Quay Wharf 6
Sat-Sun (Year Round) 06Feb21 - 31Mar22
Thu-Mon Winter School Holidays (26Jun-11Jul21)
Daily  Spring & Summer School Holidays (18Sep-03Oct21 & 18Dec21-21Jan22)
  Check availability for additional departures

Ferry Timetable  View timetables, check your date for special events and changes to the normal cruise program. 

Car Parking Specials   Remember to check your date for NSW road closures 

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