Harbour Story

Discover Sydney’s best sightseeing cruise. The Harbour Story cruise includes refreshments and an entertaining, personalised commentary of the people, places and events that have made Sydney Harbour the most beautiful and exciting harbour in the world. Two-hour morning and afternoon cruises depart daily from Circular Quay. More Info ...

The Harbour Story Cruise is Sydney’s best sightseeing cruise. It combines the old and the new, the fun and the amazing, the sights and the characters, all told through a series of stories and insightful commentary. 

The cruise route can vary. We like to mix it up depending on what's happening on the harbour. We guarantee every cruise includes Sydney's iconic landmarks such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Garden Island Naval base, Taronga Zoo, Government House, palatial waterfront homes, Fort Denison and much more. The pace is relaxed and gentle, giving you plenty of time to capture the perfect selfie. The Harbour Story operates on a premium sightseeing vessels which means spacious outdoor decks and expansive viewing windows from our all-weather indoor lounges.  

Unlimited self-service tea, filtered coffee and biscuits are included. The licensed bar also offers a choice of premium wines, beers and coffee to order at additional price.

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Inclusions

  • Sydney's best sightseeing cruise experience aboard premium sightseeing vessels
  • Unlimited self-serve coffee, tea & biscuit selection
  • Personalised commentary of the stories of Sydney
  • 2 hour cruise departing 10.00am or 2.15pm
  • Menu

Need to know

  • Daily departures
  • Available for purchase onboard
    - Licensed bar
    - Vittoria coffee & fine teas
    - Sweet & savoury afternoon tea selection
  • Children (4-15 years) $35
  • To book: Select AM or PM cruise on the right
  • Family Bonus - How to Book
  • Cruise Info
  • Map

Timetable

Below are the normal departure details. Special timetables operate on selected dates.

Departs Circular Quay Wharf No.6
Daily 10.00am & 2.15pm. Duration approx 2 hours

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YOUR SAY VIVID DINNER & DRINKS - Captain Cook staff just keep getting better the more we sail with them. The meal was very good and the lights were magnificent. This company and this tour are highly recommended. Thank you Captain Cook Cruises for a great night. Anonymous, NSW

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92 % approval from 38 responses

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2 months ago
5/5

Service: Informative and a great way to spend a morning in Sydney, learned so much and staff was very friendly.
Product: Easy and fair for the experience, same day

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

2 months ago
5/5

The cruise is fanatics, it tour around the Sydney harbour and manage to see the harbour bridge and opera house very clearly. Biscuits and drink are provided through the whole cruise. We enjoy it very much.

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3 months ago
4/5

Service: good commentary
Product: it worked as expected and emailed the ticket

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3 months ago
2/5

Service: Sound quality of the commentary was very poor. Also the actual commentary was very poor, sounded like the guy was either a little tipsy or in fact suffering with a hangover. Whilst I did enjoy the actual cruise around the harbour, I was left disappointed with the commentary.
Product: Purchase was easily done online with no problems whatsoever.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer, Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. Our cruise offers live, personalised commentary providing insights from our highly experienced commentator. As you’re aware, finding the right balance between providing information, humour, volume and interactions can be difficult as each customer has tastes and preferences. However, please be assured your thoughts will be forwarded to our hospitality manager for review. Thank you once again for your feedback. Kind Regards, Head of Customer Service Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

3 months ago
4/5

Service: All smooth and good and courteous service. Easy to book. Good vessel. Comfortable journey.
Only disappointment was the commentary which was pitched to the American tour group, and not to the domestic audience. It was entertainment with a light scattering of information compared with your tours of previous years which were encyclopaedic by comparison. We found the jokes a bit tedious cf the wealth of good stories and history left untold.
Product: All good service but the commentary was disappointing.

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4 months ago
5/5

Service: I absolutely loved it! it was my birthday and staff was really lovely especially the gentleman who did the commentary was fantastic! really enjoyed it
Product: it was free as it was my birthday! wonderful concept

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4 months ago
4/5

This ia a wonderful way to spend a couple of relaxing hours on Sydney Harbour, relaxing and seeing a lot of Sydney you wouldn't normally see.

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4 months ago
5/5

Great

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4 months ago
4/5

Tour was excellent. But when I purchased tickets on line, I did not see that you could get a different ticket that provided champagne and a cake. Maybe that could be made clearer.

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4 months ago
4/5

Comprehensive scan of the various Sydney waterfronts. Informative narrative throughout the cruise.

Had to move to a location that had better acoustics - in part because of noisy neighbours and in part because of the PA system.

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5 months ago
4/5

Service: Lovely day out on beautiful boat. Can
Buy drinks and snacks on the boat if you haven’t bought a cruise with lunch included. Would definitely recommend
Product: Fab couple of hours out really enjoyed it

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5 months ago
2/5

Service: It was ok..It was my birthday & I had a free voucher..but i was given the wrong ticket so I didn't get the up grade & I also bought a ticket for my friend & I paid $45 for it which I assume is the higher ticket....he wasn't given the upgrade either.But no one on board seemed to know the procedure for birthday cruises so I found it extremely embarrassing not just for me but for my friend.It soured the day for us.
Product: Disappointed in the lack of knowledge of birthday voucher recipients

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer,

Thank you for the review of your experience of your Cruise. Our Birthday cruise offers a free Harbour Story Cruise. Customers have the option to upgrade this to our Harbour Story Premium option for $10. We also offer both our Harbour Story, and Harbour Story Premium cruises to purchase. We always encourage customers to pay attention to the cruise that they are booking to ensure their expected inclusions are met.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

5 months ago
5/5

Great experience

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6 months ago
5/5

Service: A fabulous cruise of Sydney Harbour with great commentary and fabulous ammenities onboard. A value packed 2 hour tour.
Product: Great value packed 2 hour harbour cruise.

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6 months ago
5/5

Service: The cruise was an amazing experience, overall the staff were really friendly and informative. I was able to learn a lot about Sydney's harbor and history while also enjoying a warm cup of tea/coffee and biscuits with my family. The two hour sightseeing tour cruise was filled with interesting stories from our tour guide and whether it was looking out at the attractions or just simply gazing into the view, there was never a dull moment.
Product: The cruise was an amazing experience, overall the staff were really friendly and informative. I was able to learn a lot about Sydney's harbor and history while also enjoying a warm cup of tea/coffee and biscuits with my family. The two hour sightseeing tour cruise was filled with interesting stories from our tour guide and whether it was looking out at the attractions or just simply gazing into the view, there was never a dull moment.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

6 months ago
5/5

An informative and excellent tour. I would recommend to others.

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6 months ago
4/5

Great way to see and learn about Sydney. The audio was hard to hear/sound not great above noise of boat unless you were inside.
Website could’ve been a bit easier to navigate too.

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6 months ago
2/5

The audio was not very clear when out on deck so could not hear all the commentary. I asked several times if they could turn it up however nothing improved.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer,

Thank you for the review of your experience of your Cruise. As you’re aware, finding the right balance can be difficult as each customer has tastes and preferences. However, please be assured your thoughts will be forwarded to our entertainment manager for review.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

6 months ago
5/5

Commentary was excellent. Lots of interesting stories about the area. Easy to listen to and did not sound like a history lesson.

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6 months ago
4/5

The trip was great; only improvement might be to add some seats on the upper deck.

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6 months ago
4/5

Ja, intressant att höra om områdena kring Sydney.Båten modern och ren.wc mycket snygg o ren.för lite sittplatser på däck är orsaken till att inte ger 5stjärnor.

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8 months ago
5/5

My guests from overseas love the cruise

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9 months ago
5/5

Entertaining and informative commentary. Refreshments weresatisfactory considering the numbers on board. Loved the diversion into Middle Harbour.

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9 months ago
5/5

Service: Very friendly and helpful and they take care of everyone. Wonderful information on the Harbour Story am
Product: Crew are very helpful and alot of information for the sights

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9 months ago
4/5

Service: The cruise was informative. The narrator was engaging and funny I really enjoyed my time on the cruise
Product: Easy to navigate through the website. Instructions clear on what was included in the cruise and how to get there as well as where to get the tickets

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

10 months ago
4/5

Brendan(?) was excellent. Very clear spoken and the right amount of information.
The only minor issues were that as a non-coffee/tea drinker I was only offered water as soft drinks were chargeable and the only biscuits on offer were coconut flavour, which neither of us like. A choice would have been nice.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

10 months ago
4/5

Service: Overall good service with a very good guide/commentator. I thought the price was high for a two hour trip, especially when there is a large family involved.
Product: On-line purchase went smoothly.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

11 months ago
5/5

Great relaxing cruise around the harbour with interesting facts about history of the harbour and its surrounds.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

12 months ago
5/5

Great and informative two hour tour of the harbour. The vessel was very clean and modern.

Would recommend this tour and Captain Cook Cruises to others.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

12 months ago
4/5

Informed commentary to compliment a leisurely cruise with plenty of room om board.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

12 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent service and knowledge people excellent guided tours
Product: Good discount for family and groups

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

12 months ago
5/5

Service: excellent service, perfect way to get the best view of the opera house and harbour bridge
Product: worth to try, i got the free cruise on my birthday

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