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 harbour story coffee cruises depart daily from Circular Quay.

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.

Accessibility for people with a Disability Policy

Special Conditions apply to all Special Offers

Inclusions

  • Sydney's best sightseeing cruise experience aboard premium sightseeing vessels
  • Unlimited self-serve coffee, tea & biscuits
  • Personalised commentary of the stories of Sydney
  • Million dollar views
  • Daily from 10.00am & 2.15pm, up to 2 hours
  • Menu

Need to know

  • Available for purchase onboard
    - Licensed bar
    - Vittoria coffee & fine teas
    - Captains morning or afternoon tea box selection
  • Children (4-15 years) $35
  • To book: Select AM or PM in the 'Book this cruise' box
  • 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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91 % approval from 32 responses

Date
Rating
4 days ago
5/5

Service: This was a wonderful day with great service and a very clear guide.
Product: Enjoyed this very much

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

3 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Commentary was thorough & exceptional.
Tea & coffee appreciated.
Product: Good value for the length of time on the water.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

3 weeks ago
5/5

素晴らしい眺め
説明が面白い
ゆとりある空間
ティーとクッキーがフリー

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

1 month ago
4/5

Service: Great cruise, not very crowded when we went. Knowledgeable guide. Highly recommend for those interested in a thorough ride around the harbours of Sydney (beyond just a ferry ride).
Product: Highly recommend this tour for those interested in a thorough ride around Sydney's harbours (beyond just a ferry ride).

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

1 month ago
4/5

2時間という時間も適切だったし、スタッフの対応も良かったです。

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2 months ago
4/5

Service: Relaxing cruise to see the nice sydney harbour
Product: Relaxing cruise with opportunity to learn more about Sydney

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2 months ago
5/5

Service: Informative and engaging presentation. Gave us an awareness the history and sites of Sydney.
Product: Straight forward online booking

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6 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

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7 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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7 months ago
4/5

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

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7 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

8 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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8 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

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

8 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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8 months ago
5/5

Great

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8 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.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

9 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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9 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

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

9 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

10 months ago
5/5

Great experience

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

10 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.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

10 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

10 months ago
5/5

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

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

10 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.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

10 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

10 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.

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

10 months ago
4/5

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

Review for Harbour Story - Morning

10 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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