Cruises from Sydney - The ultimate holiday experience from CruiseAway
Some of CruiseAway’s best cruises depart from Sydney. You can step onboard a cruise of a life time at the iconic Sydney Harbour and enter the exciting world of cruising. Are you looking for a Sydney round trip or are you using the city as an exit point from Australia? CruiseAway is the right place to find all of the above and more. Cruise from sunny Sydney to spectacular Singapore or embark on an expedition to the glorious Hawaiian Islands. Staying closer to home is more appealing? There are plenty of quick three to four-day getaways on our website. With its brand-new overseas cruise terminal, Sydney is the biggest and best place to start your cruise. You will have a grand variety of itineraries to choose from as Sydney is home to some of the largest cruise companies. With cruise lines like P&O Australia, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean Line and Holland America Line your options are pretty much endless.
Some of the most popular international destinations for cruises from Sydney are the South Pacific islands and New Zealand. Cruise to places like Vanuatu – an archipelago of 80+ beautiful islands – to enjoy the deserted beaches and the ancient culture. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site that is the lagoon surrounding New Caledonia and experience the warmest welcome from the locals. Hike your way around the ‘Garden Island’ of Taveuni in Fiji or dance the night away in Suva. Sail across the Tasman Sea and New Zealand will fascinate you with grand national parks, ancient rock formations, unique Maori culture and inventive cuisine.
If you are staying in Sydney as part of a longer trip, here are some quick tips on things to do that are close to the cruise terminal.
The one that needs no introduction and springs to mind as soon as someone says Sydney, is the beautiful Sydney Opera House. It is on everybody’s bucket list and rightly so! Climb the stairs of the Opera House and you’ll be met with a beautiful view and spot more of the city’s iconic sights. Look to your left for the grand engineering structure that is the Harbour Bridge locally known as the ‘Coathanger’. In fact, you can catch sight of this world-renowned symbol of Australia from almost anywhere in the city. Climbing right to the top of the bridge is the best way to experience it: take the popular BridgeClimb or climb the steps through 3 exhibits to reach the top of the Pylon Lookout.
The whole city is surrounded by the luscious green of its national parks, the harbour is no exception. The Royal Botanic Garden is to the right of the Sydney Opera House staircase. It is the oldest botanic garden in the country and has something for everyone – you can explore the plants and the history of the place on a free tour, enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many cafes, see an exhibition at the Calyx or just relax and admire the view.
If you have a little more time, take a ferry, of which there are plenty around the harbour, to one of Sydney’s most popular northern beaches – Manly. This quiet and laid-back beachside town feels like miles away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, yet it’s only a 30-minute ride from the Harbour. Catch a 12-minute ferry to the Taronga Zoo from the main harbour and you’ll find yourself in a place full of hirsute Australians and numerous imported guests. You can really enjoy animal encounters here knowing that their welfare is taken very seriously.
Shopping is more your thing? Sydney has a grand variety of shops catering to all styles and desires. Wander along Pitt Street to visit some of the biggest department stores like Myer and David Jones. Or if you’re looking for that something special, wander down The Rocks narrow lanes and discover local boutiques. The Rocks also hosts a number of markets where you can find some handcrafted artisan gems.
Check out our guide on things to do in Sydney for much more detailed information.
Sydney is serviced by cruise ships all year round. If you want guaranteed good weather, choose one of the summer months for your cruise holiday. However, the mild New South Wales climate provides for sunshine and an average of 16 degrees even in winter, so don’t be afraid to book your cruise for the period from June to August. Need help with choosing your perfect cruise holiday from Sydney? CruiseAway has a fantastic selection of the best deals and cruise experts on hand to find the perfect fit for you.
Other great departure ports in Australia include Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Darwin. Check out our destinations page for the best offers!