Harbour Highlights


  • Minimum 1 hour 15 minute cruise
  • Main Harbour sights
  • GPS commentary
  • Million dollar views

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Departs Circular Quay Wharf No.6
Daily 2.30pm. Disembark 3.45pm. Additional departures available for groups on request

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Sydney's best value for money sightseeing cruise. See all the famous Sydney Harbour landmarks with GPS commentary. Seventy-five-minute afternoon cruise departs daily from Circular Quay.

The name says it all - the highlights of Sydney Harbour in one and a quarter hours. Capture the moment with your camera as you cruise up close to the Sydney Opera House and past palatial waterfront mansions along the exclusive eastern suburbs. Cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge where you may spot climbers waving to you from the top of the bridge. There is plenty for the children too with ferry and tug boats criss-crossing the harbour, islands and forts, lighthouses, naval vessels and submarines and even the occasional whale, dolphin, seal or fairy penguin.

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YOUR SAY TOPDECK LUNCH - We had a wonderful time on the top deck a la carte cruise. Beautiful day. Great service, lovely waitress and beautiful food. Amanda

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75 % approval from 8 responses

4 weeks ago

Good to see the harbour but no help with our seriously disabled passenger. The audio hard to catch. When we stopped at darling harbour we were encouraged to disembark, only to find ourselves stranded with a passenger unable to walk more than a few metres. Fortunately we were able to get a taxi back to central quay, costing over $12.

Not too tourist or disabled friendly.


Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Hi,

Thank you very much for taking the time to express your concerns over your experience with Captain Cook Cruises. Whilst we are never pleased to hear of problems like those youhighlighted we are certainly grateful that you have passed them to us. 

Your comments are of the highest concern to us. We do take our responsibilities to our customers very seriously particularly in relation to customers with disabilities. We have developed with a great deal of care and consideration, an ‘Accessibility for people with a Disability Policy’, which all our crew are very familiar with. 

Our crew on the highlights cruise are all very senior members of our hospitality staff and we are sorry if you felt you were encouraged to disembark as this cruise returns to Circular Quay.  This was certainly not the intention at all and we apologise for this misunderstanding.

We have also noted your comments regarding the audio and we will get our team to check the quality as we do each day.

Captain Cook Team

2 months ago

Service: There was a lot of confusion when I was buying my tickets. I was trying to get a combination tickets including entry fees for several attractions. The people in the office didn't seem to understand how to do it.

Product: I was somewhat disappointed in this cruise. I was very interested in hearing the commentary. But, found that the volume just was too quiet to understand what they were saying. To be fair, there was a large group of children that were making a lot of noise and making it especially difficult. But, I tried to move around the ship to get to somewhere where I could hear the commentary and I had a lot of trouble.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Linda Sutton,

Thank you for the review of your Harbour Highlights Cruise with us on the Sydney Harbour. We regret to read that we did not meet your expectations. On this particular cruise there are no bundles with attractions, that would be the Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer. We offer both inside and outside boat areas on this cruise as it can get loud outside and we strongly encourage guests to talk to the Cruise Director during the cruise as they would be able to assist you immediately.

Once again thank you for your review and we are sorry that we did not meet your expectations.  

Kind regards, 
Head of Customer Service  
Captain Cook Cruises

2 months ago

Service: I booked the cruise online and did not have any problem whatsoever when we checked in at the counter. The cruise ship was fantastic.

Product: My family and I enjoyed the cruise. The Highlights Cruise was sufficient to showcase the best and the tidbits of Sydney that we did not know before

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Rozan Yunos,

Thank you for the review of your Highlights Cruise with us on Sydney Harbour. As you know we strive to provide the best customer service from booking all the way to the end product. Your comments are appreciated by all our staff.

Once again thank you for your review and recommendation.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

3 months ago

Service: magnifique bateau et joli circuit à travers la baie de Sydney. Pour avoir une note parfaite, il nous aurait fallu un petit guide-papier ou des explications en français pour mieux apprécier les lieux auprès desquels nous naviguions...

Product: Très beau moment sur l'eau dans la Baie de Sydney...

4 months ago

Service: I had a nice trip with Captain Cook Cruises, I will use your service next time

Product: It is so great. I will introduce it to my friend

4 months ago

Excellent commentary. Liked that food and drinks were served and that small tables were provided.

5 months ago

We came to the restaurant and thought to stay or leave but a waiter asked us and other group to go out rather rough... It is not obvious that the area for dinner only but even if you this you still can stay a bit before take a seat. Isn't it?

6 months ago

Service: Great cruise with very good commentary. The price with the family discount was also a very good value.

Product: Great cruise with very good commentary. The price with the family discount was also a very good value.

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