Harbour Story PM


  • Quality sightseeing cruise experience aboard premium sightseeing vessels
  • Personalised commentary of the stories of Sydney
  • Unlimited self-serve coffee, tea & biscuit selection
  • Duration approx 2 hours
  • Menu
  • Morning Cruise also available

Need to know

  • Daily departures
  • Available for purchase onboard
    - Licensed bar
    - Vittoria coffee & fine teas
    - Sweet & savoury afternoon tea selection
  • Children (4-15 years) $29
  • Family Bonus - How to Book
  • Cruise Info
  • Map


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

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

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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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YOUR SAY NEW YEARS EVE - I was on John Cadman II on NYE and I couldn’t have had a better time. Everything about the cruise was perfect, the staff were polite and all retained their sense of fun and humour. Thanks to the crew for a great way to see in the New Year. Sallie-Ann, VIC

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94 % approval from 16 responses

2 weeks ago

Service: Good commentary, good food service, good organization, clean vessel. Air conditioning was too cold on the high front deck. Would have been nice to be able to go outside into the fresh air occasionally.

Product: Cost was okay as the trip included commentary. Other competitors' cruises (without commentary) offer full meal specials for less than the cost of this afternoon tea cruise. We chose this one because it included commentary, but think $30 per head with tea and biscuits would be a more reasonable price. We paid $45 a head.

3 weeks ago

Service: This was a fantastic cruise. We received a great description of the harbour and the history of the harbour. The cruise went right around the harbour and gave us plenty of views of Sydney, the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and various bays and harbours. We would definitely do another cruise with them and would definitely recommend Captain Cook Cruises to others.

Product: This was a great cruise. The Harbour Story cruise went for two hours and we received a wonderful description of the history of the harbour, various aspects of it and also stories about different people who had something to do with the harbour and its history. Well done!!

1 month ago

Service: The cruise narrator seemed much more interested in the **** beach than the partrons, the portion of the cruise at the halfway point in Neutral Bay was not particularly interesting, more information relating to the colonial history of Sydney would have been better, the narrator took an extended break after Neutral Bayand only resumed after we have passed a sailors ship mast monument missing an opportunity for a more complete explanation of what it was, and the cruise terminated without passing under the harbor bridge for other points of interest, e.g. the site of the year 2000 Olympic swimming events. My point of reference is a similar harbor cruise taken in 2015.

Product: Advance ticket purchase via the internet was very convenient.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for taking the time to write about your Harbour Story Afternoon Cruise with us on Sydney Harbour. We are disappointed to read that we did not reach your expectations as we usually receive good feedback on that cruise. Our live commentary on this cruise is tailored for each audience by our experienced commentators. We apologize if you felt that it was not to your standards and we value your feedback, that is why a copy of your comment has been forwarded onto their relevant manager. We encourage guests to speak and ask questions directly to the Cruise Director and Commentator on-board as they can always provide further information. As advertised on our website and brochures the route of the cruise does vary depending on traffic, weather and conditions on the day.  

Once again thank you for your feedback.
Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

1 month ago

Ver friendly and helpful steaa

1 month ago

Its nice crew.. All the staff friendly and helpfull.. Since my mother use a wheelchair the cruise was very handy and easy acsess for disable person..

1 month ago

Did the sightseeing afternoon cruise with some visitors to Sydney. It was very enjoyable and informative, even for us locals we always hear something new.

2 months ago

Service: Staff were pleasant and the cruze delivered what had been promised

Product: Narrator was informative without being boring

2 months ago

The cruise was great. Very friendly helpful staff. Commetary was very informative and easy to listen to.

2 months ago

Very polite and knowledgeable crew

Good variety of drinks and great commentary

3 months ago

Service: The crew are great, very friendly and professional.the information talk was enjoyable and informative.

Product: Relaxing, comfortable, time flew with so much to see and learn

3 months ago

The boat was immaculate and comfortable, despite it being quite a windy day.

The commentary was informative and the views of Sydney Harbour interesting.

4 months ago

Service: We arrived on the wrong date......our mistake and the staff were very helpful and got us on the cruise that day. The cruise was awesome.......commentary great and cruise comfy. We will certainly try another one next time we are in Sydney.

Product: Great commentary, great cruise. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

5 months ago

Service: Great commentery of Sydney/Oz history of the harbour and early arrivals.

Enthusiastic commentator, also friendly quick service by the crew members.

Enjoyed overall story about Captian Cook and other interesting facts.

Thank you for this fabulous free bday cruise experience!

Highly recommendable to others.

Product: Good free offer for bday outing given enough time to book and experienced the cruise service in order to suggest to family/friends.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear costumer,

Thank you for the review of your Harbour Story afternoon cruise with us on Sydney Harbour. We are delighted to read that our staff was attentive and friendly, and that you enjoyed the live commentary on board. We agree that it is a wonderful way to spend your birthday on our beautiful harbour.

Thank you for your recommendation, it is appreciated.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

5 months ago

Very informative, polite and well worth the money spent!

5 months ago

Service: As a mum with 4 kids aged 11-14, this was just one of many many things we did during our week long Sydney holiday. This was a standout (and that's coming from the kids too). Informative. Entertaining commentary. And just the right amount of time.

Product: Very good value for money, the boat was clean and well maintained, the staff accommodating and friendly.

6 months ago

Service: Another lovely day on the harbour with Captain Cook Cruises. We are locals and have tried many cruises on the harbour but would recommend Captain Cook as the best. Lots of choices for different occasions from High Tea to dinner to just a little jaunt around the harbour. We make sure it is on the list for any visitors we have.

Product: Easy on line booking and especially great as I had a discount through my energy provider

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