A Local Guide to Sydney Cruise Ship Tours & Shore Excursions

A Guide To Sydney Cruise Ship Tours & Shore Excursions.

Visiting Sydney by cruise ship? Looking for local Sydney cruise ship tours and shore excursion ideas while in port? This post will give you some essential information to help you get the most out of your Sydney visit. Here at Your Sydney Guide we work with many cruise ship guests and fully understand the nature of shore excursions. We will meet you at your port or drop off location, handle your luggage, ensure that the tour length and return time are exactly as required and drop you anywhere that suits, such as airport of local hotel. Email us or book now to start planning your perfect Sydney visit.

Most cruise ships stop in Sydney for only 1 – 2 nights so do some research make the most of your Sydney visit. There are 2 main port locations in Sydney for cruise ships and these are at the Overseas Passenger Terminal which is right next to Circular Quay in the heart of the Sydney Harbour, and the newer addition of White Bay Passenger Terminal which is on the north side of Sydney Harbour and requires a short taxi ride of around 10 – 15 minutes across the Anzac Bridge in to the city. As with some recent Sydney tour guests your ships docking location may be changed and you may end up being docked at the Athol Bouy in the middle of the harbour and then get tendered to Dawes Point which is just under the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. This will be the same regardless of your cruise company so whether you travel with Royal Carribean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Oceania or P&O cruises, you may still be bumped at the last minute so be ready to let your local Sydney tour company know of your changes as soon as possible. This 2017/2018 cruise season will see record numbers or ships dock in our beautiful port so it’s going to be a lot of fun. You can find out which terminal in Sydney your cruise ship will be docking at by clicking Sydney Cruise Ship Schedule.
 

Sydney cruise ship tour and shore excursion ideas:

Sydney City Tours – There are many tour options for seeing Sydney in a half day, 6 hour or full day tour, from the hop on, hop off style open top bus right through to full private Sydney tours. The classic sights of Sydney such as Sydney Harbour, The Rocks, Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Paddington etc can all easily be seen on a half day tour, but if you want to dig a little deeper and see more then a customised itinerary is the way to go. A tailor made experience will find out what sort of traveller you are and how active you want to be and then tailor a private Sydney city tour to suit. On a recent tour I created an itinerary that included the Chinese Gardens, The Rocks and early Sydney history, shopping at Queen Victoria Building and then on to see some beautiful Sydney suburbs and out to lunch overlooking the water with the afternoon spent through the city, King’s Cross and out to Bondi Beach, Watson’s Bay and a ferry ride back to Circular Quay. Contact me to arrange your perfect Sydney Private Tour.

Blue Mountains Tour – If you want to escape the city for some clean mountain air then the Blue Mountains is only a short 1.5 hour drive from the city and as a Unesco Heritage Listed national park it is a beautiful place to visit. There are many tour operators running daily tours from Sydney that will give you the chance to see the famous spots like Katoomba, the Three Sisters, Scenic World, as well as enjoying some amazing views and potentially dropping in to a local wildlife park to meet some Koala’s and Kangaroo’s. This must be done as a full day tour and to get the most out of it it is best to hire a local Sydney Tour Guide like myself who can take you on a Blue Mountains private tour so that you can see this stunning region at its best.

Royal National Park Tour– Chances are you have never heard of this place and that is just part of its appeal and beauty. ‘The Royal’ as it’s affectionately know by Sydney locals, is only 40 minutes south of Sydney and is one of our best kept secrets with very few international tourists knowing about it at all. Why visit? As I mentioned it is close to Sydney which cuts down on travel time but it is the beautiful secluded beaches, dramatic sea cliffs, tumbling waterfalls and diverse Australian bushland that are really what makes it so special. On a full day tour you get as far south as beautiful Kiama where you can see the famous blow hole and then enjoy the tranquil Minnamurra Rain forrest. If you are the kind of traveller that prefers to take the road less travelled then this should definitely be on your short list. Read more about Royal National Park Tours.

Winery tours – The famous Hunter Valley wine region is over 2 hours drive north from Sydney which can make it a difficult choice for guests with limited time, although the choice of over 150 wineries is hard to beat for serious wine drinkers. Another option for winery visits is the stunning Southern Highlands region which is much closer to Sydney and far more scenic. It is also less crowded and offers an excellent choice for discerning travellers wanting a ‘road less travelled’ experience. Enjoy a stunning coastal drive out of Sydney through our oldest national park, drive through charming seaside towns, climb the escarpment to the towering Fitzroy Falls, visit historic Georgian era towns, enjoy boutique cool climate wineries and stop for some mouth watering local cuisine. Our Blue Mountains tour can also have a winery visit included if you wanted to combine 2 tours together into 1. Click through for some further reading about wine regions near Sydney

If you are planning your trip at the moment then you might like to read the latest blog post which suggests the best time to visit Sydney and the weather you might expect.

Scott Ricketts
Scott Ricketts
Scott is a seasoned Sydney tour guide and is the owner and founder of Your Sydney Guide.