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best way to capture Sydney by cruise?

Hi,

I appreciate this may get asked many times but still a little confusing given past messages.

We would like to do harbour cruise and take in the wonderful sights of Sydney. Can anyone recommend which type of cruise to take? I’ve read mixed views of Captain Cook but not sure whether this is specific to the quality of the food rather than the cruise experience? Do not know much about Magistic Cruises either?

We’re not specifically looking to dine on any cruise but rather take in the views. Can anyone provide a quick summary of our options?

Thanks,

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1. Re: best way to capture Sydney by cruise?

the best option is to use the public ferry system.

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2. Re: best way to capture Sydney by cruise?

The best way by ferry IMHO is by public ferry, Manly & Watsons Bay are 2 popular routes, but there are others. A night ride on a ferry is beautiful as well.

…timeout.com/sydney/aroundtown/features/3884…

131500.com.au/upload/docs/sydney-ferry/Netwo…

131500.com.au/tickets/fares/sydney-ferries

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3. Re: best way to capture Sydney by cruise?

If you want really nice food, then it may be best to find a restaurant with a harbour view.. and then the ferry ride.

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4. Re: best way to capture Sydney by cruise?

Unless you're looking for a running commentary about the history of some of the islands, landmarks & celebrity owners of some of the Harbour properties, just take a few commuter ferries.

Cheaper, not touristy and you can run to your own timetable. Get off, wander around, have a coffee, meal, explore, and take another ferry back. All ferries run frequently and you can buy a multi trip ticket quite cheaply.

A few suggestions from Circular Quay:

Manly. 30 minutes each way, walk through The Corso to the beach. If you like walking, the Manly to Spit walk ( about 3 hours) or shorter walks are a great way to explore and see some spectacular scenery.

Watsons Bay. Smaller ferry, runs along the southern side of the Harbour past eastern suburbs to what was a fishing village and still has a number of the original (albeit renovated/ restored) cottages.

Nice extension, or do in reverse, is to take a bus from Watsons Bay to Bondi Beach and do the Bondi to Bronte cliff walk. Sculpture by the Sea is on 18/10 to 4/11 and is well worth a look.

Inner Harbour - Mosman, Cremorne, Neutral Bay ... Taronga Zoo. If you're going to the Zoo this + the cable car is the way to do it. Kirribilli - wander through the little streets, lovely terraces, to Kirribilli House (the PM's Sydney residence).

All of the above offer spectacular views of the city icons & skyline, especially late in the afternoon, if you are lucky enough to have a

Balmain. Lovely inner western village like suburb - walk up Darling Street or take a bus to the centre. Take a bus back to the city - or return via ferry. You can alight at Darling Harbour if you wish.

Cockatoo Island. A little gem, wonderful history as former ship building and penal site. Take the " dog leg" walk through the tunnel cut through the sandstone.

Parramatta Rivercat. Quite an interesting trip to geographical and historical centre of Sydney.

I can't give links ( posting on my iPhone) but you can google "Sydney Ferries" for all the above and timetables.

Hope that helps.

Edited: 11 October 2012, 22:09
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5. Re: best way to capture Sydney by cruise?

Links given already in post #2 Bokhara ;-)

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6. Re: best way to capture Sydney by cruise?

Thank you Bokhara and everyone else for such a comprehensive list of options.

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