There are many opportunities to see the best of Australasia and beyond with cruises from Sydney taking in amazing destinations, including not only Australia and New Zealand, but also Bali, Indonesia and the South Pacific Islands or even further afield to Hawaii. Many cruise and stay options are also available to enhance your experience down under, such as a hotel stay to explore the city or a rail and sail adventure from Perth to Sydney with the Indian Pacific Rail.
As young and vibrant as the laid-back individuals who populate her pristine beaches, Sydney welcomes the world to her sparkling harbour with open arms. Prepare to be amazed. As you sail into the gorgeous harbour to the soaring sight of the Opera House, you’ll soon realise that this is one of the world’s most beautiful ports of call.
There are no long transfers to explore the sights from here. Dropping you right in the harbour, you’re in the perfect spot to begin your visit. Admire the architecture of the Harbour Bridge with a stroll across or take a tour of the Opera House to find out more about the iconic construction.
Whether you’re grabbing a coffee at a bustling café in the harbour, taking a picnic in the park or basking in the vibrant energy of the fabulous beaches, you can do it in sun-kissed style during the summer. However, even in winter, temperatures rarely fall below 7°C, so you can still enjoy the great outdoors.
The Royal Botanical Gardens are well worth a visit for a taste of the native flowers and wildlife. Wander the Rose Garden, the South Pacific plant collection and visit the tropical centre to feel like you’ve been transported straight into the rainforest.
When the sun is really beating down there’s only one thing to do- head to the beach! The obvious choice is Bondi, as the best known and closest to the city centre, although there are the hidden treasures of Manly and Coogee if you’re feeling more adventurous and have time to explore. There are miles of golden coastline where you can paddle in the shallows and watch the surfers ride the waves.As the sun goes down the transition is spectacular. The Opera House glitters at night and the city is alive with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. This is the perfect time to sample the exquisite dining, drink in the quirky bars, catch a show or visit a casino.