A tour of this spectacular city must begin in the harbour, which serves as the city’s official birthplace, having been the location of the first European settlement of Australia. This picturesque haven is the centrepiece of Sydney, giving the city its dynamic heartbeat. Also known by locals as Port Jackson, Sydney Harbour has seen booming demand from cruise companies in recent years for its superb port location, having increased three fold over the past five years. In fact, the stunning harbour’s peak season can see over 114 scheduled port visits between the summer months of January and March.
Sydney Harbour serves as the only port in Australia with two distinctive cruise terminals positioned for passengers, with the Overseas Passenger Terminal of Circular Quay and the west-side Balmain Harbour Bridge’s White Bay Cruise Terminal. For this reason, Sydney Harbour is often less congested than most other populated coastal cities, providing ease of access for cruise shore excursions.
Sydney is largest and most populated city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales.