Summer, winter, spring or fall – Sydney Harbour is one of the planets’ sexiest, most awe inspiring stretches of water and a heck of a boatload of fun!
An average ticket on a Sydney Ferry will cost around A$5 which just makes it incredible value.
The cruise boats and luxury yachts will add plush seats, white tablecloths, waitpersons and a cliche ridden commentary, sure.
But the unsexy, green and cream, workmanlike, very lovable Sydney ferries will put a big, bright smile on your face. They dart in and out of the harbour, past the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Heck! That’s FREE with every ferry ride out of Circular Quay (main terminal) or back to it from anywhere. Two of the main attractions every visitor wants to see – from unusual angles – cruising past the Opera House on the water and under the Harbour Bridge. C’mon. That’s worth the price of admission alone.
If you really want to go nuts, buy a Daily Explorer at $16 and ride every ferry all day to anywhere and back. Plus that same ticket will allow you to go to dinner or the pub or back to your hotel or home – upto 4am on any city bus or train. [The exceptions are the monorail and the light rail (tram service) which are run by a private company].
Seriously fun trips are:
– a half-hour trip through the Sydney Heads to Manly beach,
– a trip to Watson’s Bay for a fish n’ chips lunch at the classic Doyles and possibly exploring the lighthouses,
– Balmain in the inner city, Luna Park or Mosman and Neutral Bay on the north shore,
– a 60-minute trip up the Parramatta river via catamaran to Parramatta
– Cockatoo Island – a 18 hectare island at the junction of the Lane Cove & Parramatta rivers