Explore the best of Sydney in style by cruising on one of Sydney Harbour’s ferries.
Forget the trains, buses, and cars. What better way to adventure right along Australia’s iconic coast than to be in the water?
Come celebrate Australia’s diverse array of wildlife at Taronga Zoo, just a step away from the Taronga Zoo Wharf and a lovely ferry ride over. For flora to match with the fauna, walk along the Bradley Head’s Walking Track, one of Sydney’s best seaside walks. You’ll also get fantastic views of the city and Sydney Harbour Bridge to complement the natural landscape.
For a soothing, serene journey, ride the ferry to peaceful Watson’s Bay to relax and rejuvenate a tired mind. Munch on some delicious fish and chips while you’re here, and be sure to take the excellent coastal walk up to the charming Hornby Lighthouse. Heal and rest as you take in the views of the stunning ocean blue. Wait until sunset for a truly dazzling time.
Touted as one of the best ferry experiences by locals, the Mosman ferry ride to Cremorne Point and subsequent walk to Mosman Bay is a must-do. The ferry passes close to the Sydney Opera House, so take out your camera for some great snaps. Once ashore, stroll along the harbour path for glimpses of idyllic beaches and unique architecture. This is a hidden gem you don’t want to miss.
All the way on the Greater West side of Sydney, Parramatta is a fast-growing hub of art, entertainment, and delicious eats. Instead of taking the train or bus, travel in style by cruising on the RiverCat through the smooth waters of the Parramatta River for a truly unique ferry experience. Once you’ve touched down, enjoy your time around town or visit the nearby Sydney Olympic Park.
Hop onto the adorable ferry from Cronulla Wharf to Bundeena for the best way to access Sydney’s spectacular Royal National Park. In Bundeena, get your adventure shoes on for an array of fun outdoor activities— hiking, swimming, kayaking, and more. We recommend the easygoing bush walk along the Jibbon Track for wonderful coastal views, aboriginal rock engravings, and a unique view of the Sydney skyline.
For a truly special Sydney ferry experience, book a ferry to Shark Island nestled by Rose Bay. This tiny island has beautiful views, and despite the name, is not very popular with sharks. The best way to enjoy a trip to Shark Island is to bring the picnic basket for a sweet picnic by the shore with family and friends.
How could we not mention this Sydney classic? The Manly ferry has been entertaining locals and tourists alike for over 150 years since 1855. Hop aboard this iconic yellow-and-green vessel from Circular Quay and enjoy the dazzling blue waters of the bay as well as views of Sydney’s most famous landmarks. Once you’ve touched down at Manly Wharf, take an easy stroll along Manly Beach. If you’re looking for even more views, hop on a bus or trek out to the enchantingly beautiful North Head and Sydney Harbour National Park.
Head over to the lovely Sydney suburb of Balmain by crossing underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge by ferry. This vibrant place holds a rich history as an industrial centre. In Balmain, you can check out Ballast Point for the views or explore further within town. If you’re here on a Saturday, visit the Balmain Markets! Support a local vendor and peruse through handmade art and crafts, antiques, trendy fashion, and more.
Want to catch a ferry now? Check out the Sydney ferries timetable. For more on Sydney, take a look at the best bookstores and art galleries to visit.