Sydney cruises provide a vital transportation link and unparalleled sightseeing opportunities as they do in many cities situated along beautiful natural harbors and with major rivers that have outlets to the sea. Additionally, ocean-going cruises to Sydney Australia can even take the place of flights. Additionally, they provide opportunities to stop at various ports while traveling in the comfort of your own stateroom. Many of these cruises begin in far-flung places, including the West Coast of the United States, Indonesia and other ports in Asia, and may even be on around-the-world journeys. Often, ports of call in neighboring New Zealand are part of the itinerary. Ports of call on the vast island nation of Australia also can include Adelaide, Hobart (gateway to Tasmania), and of course Cairns and Port Douglas (gateways to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef).
If you are just concentrating on the most populous city in the country, you will find that Sydney cruises take advantage of one of the largest and most extensive natural harbors in the world. In addition to the Paramatta River, a major navigable river that cuts the city in half, and the Hawkesbury River that provides excellent freshwater fishing and white water rafting.
Sydney Harbour cruises are among the most popular with visitors, as these pass by (or under) some of the most iconic landmarks in the world—the graceful arch of the Harbour Bridge and the soaring white sails of the Sydney Opera House. Among the most popular of these are the Sydney dinner cruises that often set out before sunset so that passengers can enjoy cocktails as they admire the skyline that begins to illuminate itself as the sun goes down. After this, dinner is enjoyed onboard. Sometimes these Sydney dinner cruises have the added bonus of entertainment. It might be simply a dance band or more elaborate cultural entertainment.
It is possible to charter the entire boat for both Sydney Harbour cruises and Sydney dinner cruises for special events like weddings and other unique occasions. On the other end of the scale, there are numerous ferries providing both vital transportation links for local commuters as well as cheap sightseeing tours for a Sydney day trip or for a couple hours. The major transportation hub of Circular Quay has the largest number of ferries, in addition to the marinas where fishing boats and other yachts are berthed.
The kind of boats used for Sydney cruises vary greatly. There are catamarans and opulent sailing yachts, high-speed ferries, and solid working fishing boats. They can be chartered for an hour or the full day. You can set out on a breakfast or lunch cruise, or a full dinner cruise. You can head to the coast north of the city for excellent scuba diving or out to sea for some of the best deep sea fishing in the world. From April through December, your cruise might involve some of the best whale watching available in the southern hemisphere. Sydney Harbour cruises can allow you to participate in fishing tournaments, watch sailing regattas, or marvel at one of the world's best New Year's Eve firework displays.