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Our most recommended New South Wales Cruises & Boat Tours

  • Byron Bay: Kayak with Dolphins Tour

    1. Byron Bay: Kayak with Dolphins Tour

    Take in some of the best sights the East Coast has to offer. Learn about local history and indigenous history, the lighthouse, dolphins, whales, and turtles. See the most Easterly Point of the Australian mainland on a guided tour in a two-person, sit-on-top-style sea kayak. Enjoy paddling your sea kayak through the surf and later ride some of Australia’s most famous waves in Byron Bay. Get up close and personal with friendly bottlenose dolphins and discover how inquisitive they can be.

    Spot sea turtles and marvel at the size of the majestic humpback whales as they migrate through beautiful Byron Bay. There is a 90% chance of seeing dolphins on this tour and if you don’t see them you can come again another time for free.

    Didn't see any dolphins. But saw a whale breach out of water a few times! SO COOL It was super cool to be out so far in the ocean. Very exhilarating. I honestly couldn't stop smiling and laughing the whole time. The lads that took us out were funny, nice and very helpful in any situation. Look after us very well. Definitely be back for our free trip.. WOOOOOO

  • Blue Mountains: Small Group, All-Inclusive Tour

    2. Blue Mountains: Small Group, All-Inclusive Tour

    Head west from Sydney to the Blue Mountains on this small group full-day tour away from the large tour groups. Walk to a cliff lookout for panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, with its rust and pink sandstone cliffs and subtropical rainforest. Arrive to the Blue Mountains and escape the crowds. Visit Scenic World, and ride the Scenic Railway, Skyway and Cableway. Your tickets are already bought for you so there is no waiting in line and you can head straight to the rides! Your guide even comes on the rides with you. Enjoy a guided rainforest board walk and hear all the commentary about this natural ecosystem. Following this, take time to walk down the road to Echo Point and admire beautiful views of the Three Sister's lookout. Spend 20 minutes to wander around, take photos and take in the stunning scenery. Enjoy a chef prepared lunch at the a historic hotel - a wonderful and warm b...

    It was great but our email gave us incorrect pick up details! When we found our pick up point things looked up

  • Byron Bay: Premier Whale Watch Cruise with Marine Biologist

    3. Byron Bay: Premier Whale Watch Cruise with Marine Biologist

    Depart from Ballina’s Richmond River and enter the pristine waters of Cape Byron Marine Park. Encounter astonishing humpback whales in their natural habitat as they migrate past the breathtaking coastline between Ballina and Byron Bay. A friendly marine biologist will share in-depth knowledge of the area and humpback whale encounters that you'll get to experience within Byron’s Marine Park. You can also listen to live humpback whale song using a specialized underwater hydrophone. The purpose-built eco-vessel seats 20 guests and has a 360-degree views for unparalleled whale watching and sightseeing experiences. It has a unique hull design, which ensures a smooth, comfortable ride in all cruising conditions. The friendly, professional team guarantees a first-class, unmatched, eco tour to remember.

    An absolutely breathtaking experience. Got to see lots of whales and dolphins. Whales in full breach near our boat - unforgettable.

  • Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

    4. Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

    Make your way to Circular Quay to board your whale-watching vessel. Numbers are restricted on this whale-watching cruise, allowing for ample elbow room in the cabin and on the outside decks of your boat. You have the choice of two options on this cruise which will allow you to enjoy the whales with ultimate comfort and a delicious meal! Every day the cruise with lunch is available and on the weekends whales with brekky is an option! Seeing these giant mammals of the sea has the ability to change your whole view on life. The gracefulness, the peacefulness, the playfulness, the curiosity, the showmanship and the awesome power of a humpback whale is something everyone should witness in their lifetime. Whale watching is an exhilarating adventure - seeing these incredible creatures frolicking and swimming in the ocean is an awe-inspiring treat that you will remember forever! Breaching, tail...

    I went with my wife and 4 kids (ages 3-12) and we had a great day. The food was great but you had to get in early before they shut service. The whale spotter/guide and captain were clearly experienced, giving lots of detail and finding us some humpbacks during the afternoon. There was lots of info about Sydney and its surrounds during the trips through the harbour too.

  • Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

    5. Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

    Start the tour by boarding the cruise ship at the wharf at the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour. Then, set off on your river cruise which travels upstream for about 8 km. During the cruise, view beautiful rainforest scenery, amazing birds, wildlife, and marine life. Be entertained by the commentary of local knowledgeable guides as you learn about the fascinating history and environment of this tranquil, pristine area in Byron shire. Enjoy a delicious morning tea including local plunger coffee, selection of teas, hot chocolate, juice, delicious gourmet cakes and biscuits. Finally, return to the harbor feeling relaxed and with a wealth of local and environmental knowledge.

    Brunswick is renowned for 'Simple Pleasures" and nothing beats the beauty and tranquillity of a cruise from The Brunswick upstream taking in all it has to offer culminating in an uninterrupted view of Mt Chincogan the crowning glory of the Brunswick valley. Wildlife abounds from the tiny sacred Kingfisher to the White - breasted sea eagle . The coffee and cake was delightfully served to us from our congenial hosts.

  • Ultimate Pearl Farm Experience

    6. Ultimate Pearl Farm Experience

    Enjoy a private Ultimate Pearl Farm experience with all the extras to make for a unique and memorable day out. Cruise the Hawkesbury River with the pearling team who reveal the intricacies of pearl farming. Explore the incredible local marine wilderness where iconic pelicans and abundant fish are a living display of the thriving marine ecosystem and world-class pearls. Once back on land you’re invited to join the pearling team in a hands-on pearl grading session with the harvest. Learn how pearls are graded by the seven virtues that underpin the value of these farm-direct Pearls of Australia. Wander through the Shellar door which showcases beautiful pearl jewelry and indigenous artwork for sale. Select your own pearl to keep as a priceless souvenir of your day and enjoy a bespoke grazing platter featuring locally grown oysters.

  • Sydney: 90-Minute Harbor Cruise with Live Music & Tapas Menu

    7. Sydney: 90-Minute Harbor Cruise with Live Music & Tapas Menu

    Embark on a 90-minute cruise and experience a relaxed way to see the iconic Sydney Harbor. Get stunning views of the city skyline, taste tasty tapas and cocktails from the bar lounge, and enjoy the festive ambiance of live music on board.  Depart from the King Street Wharf and benefit from the offering flexibility to disembark at either Circular Quay or back at King Street Wharf. Take in the 360-degree waterfront bar views from the various observation decks as you cruise past iconic Sydney sites, including Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Listen to live music and visit the bar lounge to try the unique cocktails and tapas available to purchase from a Sydney-inspired menu that was designed especially for the 90-minute cruise duration.

  • Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 2-Course Premium Lunch

    8. Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 2-Course Premium Lunch

    Discover the wonders of Sydney Harbor on a luxury cruise aboard a 78ft vessel. Board the boat in Darling Harbor then marvel at the impressive city skyline as you sail towards one of the most iconic destinations in the world. There’s plenty of room onboard to explore, admire the surroundings, or simply relax, including an expansive top deck boasting 360 degree views. Upon arrival in the harbor, enjoy a lavish lunch with an array of generous a la carte meals inspired by locally sourced, regional delights, paired with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea or coffee. The wine has been hand-selected from some of the finest wine regions in New South Wales, so wine lovers are in for a real treat. After lunch, set sail past the famous Taronga Zoo and the colorful Luna Park, before arriving back to Darling Harbor at around 2:40 PM.

    Small and intimate fine dining with fabulous views. Great service, thank you Xanthe, you were amazing...highly recommend...

  • Sydney Harbour: 3-Hour Lunch Cruise with Live Music

    9. Sydney Harbour: 3-Hour Lunch Cruise with Live Music

    Spend the afternoon at leisure on a 3-hour lunch cruise of Sydney Harbour. Climb aboard the pleasure boat at King Street Wharf and make use of all the on board facilities, including a licensed bar selling a range of refreshing drinks. Live musicians will perform ultimate relaxing tunes to unwind you, while the aroma of a delicious and fresh seafood and carvery buffet will whet your appetite for the hours ahead. Dig into tasty chicken and roast beef, succulent seafood, and fresh pastas and salads. Follow it off with a choice of teas and coffee, along with sumptuous desserts. Wash it down with a glass of bubbly from the bar, and enjoy the brilliant sights of Sydney Harbour, such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from various spacious indoor and outdoor decks.

    Celebrated my 60th and my grandsons 13th, it was a lovely day, crew on board amasing, had a fabulous day, food was lovely

  • Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner

    10. Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner

    Sydney Harbour is photogenic at any time of day, but as the sun sets and you get that pink glow, it's really spectacular. And once the sun goes down, the city lights shine bright and you can admire the gleaming metropolis reflected in the harbor. Your cruise departs from Darling Harbor just as the sun begins to set, you’ll be treated to some epic views of the skyline and surrounding bays. There’s plenty of room on the expansive top, fore, and aft decks to ensure you get uninterrupted 360-degree views of the iconic attractions as you sail past. As night falls and the city lights begin to sparkle, dinner is served. Enjoy a regionally focused menu, served over three courses. The chefs have created a menu that highlights the multicultural influences that make Sydney cuisine so special, using an array of fresh and flavorful New South Wales ingredients. Dinner is paired with a selection of be...

    The whole night was awesome from the champagne upon boarding, the food throughout the night and the service and friendly professional staff. I would highly recommend this dinner cruise. Plus the amazing views and we were also treated to harbour fireworks. If we went back to Sydney we would definitely book this experience again.

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Overall rating

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based on 1,011 reviews

I went with my wife and 4 kids (ages 3-12) and we had a great day. The food was great but you had to get in early before they shut service. The whale spotter/guide and captain were clearly experienced, giving lots of detail and finding us some humpbacks during the afternoon. There was lots of info about Sydney and its surrounds during the trips through the harbour too.

Didn't see any dolphins. But saw a whale breach out of water a few times! SO COOL It was super cool to be out so far in the ocean. Very exhilarating. I honestly couldn't stop smiling and laughing the whole time. The lads that took us out were funny, nice and very helpful in any situation. Look after us very well. Definitely be back for our free trip.. WOOOOOO

The whole experience was such a thrill - we loved the welcome aboard and humour of Jim-boy - he’s a natural to put people at ease ! We had a lovely day for it and saw the best of Sydney from the water ! Me & my grand daughter enjoyed it sooooo much !

An absolutely breathtaking experience. Got to see lots of whales and dolphins. Whales in full breach near our boat - unforgettable.

Amazing experience. We saw so many whales and the marine biologist was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic