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Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

1. Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

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The Sydney Opera House Tour

2. The Sydney Opera House Tour

More than 60 years ago, a young Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, designed what is now considered one of the greatest buildings of all time. It is a work of art that came in existence against impossible odds and went on to become one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world, putting Sydney on the map forever. On the Sydney Opera House tour, you will discover the stories, history, and magic of Sydney Opera House as you follow your friendly guide underneath the sails and into the UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece. The opera house is home to 1,000 rooms, 300 corridors, and hundreds of tales and secrets. Step inside the inspired theatres where more than 1800 performances come to life each year, and learn how Danish architect Jorn Utzon’s groundbreaking design and vision for a world-class performing arts came into existence. You might catch a rehearsal in action, or the crew working on a set.

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Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner

3. 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 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 dinner you’ll sail past Taronga Zoo and Luna Park before arriving back into Darling Harbor.

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Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 2-Course Premium Lunch

4. 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.

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Sydney: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Tour

5. Sydney: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Benefit from access to the 2 different routes of the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and see all the sights of Sydney and Bondi Beach at your own pace. Your ticket permits unlimited rides throughout its validity, and provides premium views of iconic sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. There are over 30 stops in the two tours to hop off and experience the diversity of Sydney’s lifestyle. Both tours feature an entertaining and informative audio commentary available in 8 languages: English Spanish, German, French, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese and Italian. Savor the culinary delights of cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants, explore the city's maritime history at the Maritime Museum, take a stroll in the Chinese Gardens or shop for unique gifts in some of Sydney's finest shopping districts. Create your own itinerary around the city. The Classic Ticket allows you to experience Sydney aboard the double-decker buses for 1 day. Or you can choose the Premium Ticket which will extend your experience to 2 days. Buses run approximately every 45 minutes on the Sydney route and approx. every 2hrs on the Bondi route, subject to local traffic conditions. Catch a bus anytime from 10 AM to 2 PM. Sydney Tour Bus Stops: • Circular Quay • Elizabeth Street  • Cook & Phillip Park  • William St  • Kings Cross • El Alamein Fountain  • Woolloomooloo Bay  • Sydney Opera House  • Botanical Garden • State Library  • Hyde Park  • Central Station  • Power House Museum • Sydney Fish Market • The Star • Maritime Museum • Convention Centre  • Chinese Gardens/Chinatown • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium • King St Wharf  • Barangaroo  • Dawes Point  • The Rocks  To complement the Sydney tour, the Bondi Beach tour is a great introduction to Australia’s beach culture. On the way to this famous beach the tour passes by cosmopolitan shopping and dining precincts plus Centennial Parklands, one of Australia’s most picturesque parks. Bondi & Bays Tour Bus Stops: • Central Station  • Sydney Tower Eye • Cook & Phillip Park • William Street • Paddington Town Hall  • Centennial Parklands • Bondi Beach • North Bondi • Rose Bay  • Double Bay

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

6. 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.

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Opera Performance Tickets at the Sydney Opera House

7. Opera Performance Tickets at the Sydney Opera House

No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to the Sydney Opera House, the city’s most famous building. And what better to do when visiting the Sydney Opera House than to spend a pleasant evening inside enjoying an opera performance. The season features some of the world’s favorite operas from composers such as Puccini, Verdi and Halévy. No matter what sort of entertainment you're in the mood for, there's always an opera to fit the bill. Typically, performances start at 07:30 PM and run for 2-3 hours, with an interval or 2. All performances have full English subtitles projected on a screen above the stage. Attila - October 29. November 1, 3, and 5.Il Trovatore - July 15, 19, 23, 25, 28, and 30.La Bohème - January 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 20, 25, 29, and 31. February 4.La Juive - March 9, 12, 15, 18, 22, 24, and 26.La Traviata - July 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 27, and 29. October 22, 26, 28, and 31. November 2 and 4.Madama Butterfly - June 29. July 1, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 20, 22, 26, and 30.Otello - February 19 and 25. March 2, 5, 8, 12, 16, and 19.The Marriage of Figaro - January 27 and 29. February 1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18.Turandot - January 12, 15, 19, 22, 24, and 28. February 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 17, and 26. March 5, 10, and 14. The Sydney Opera House has a range of eateries for all price types, including Bennelong and the Opera Kitchen.

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Sydney Harbour: 3-Hour Lunch Cruise with Live Music

8. 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.

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Sydney: Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Cruise Ferry Ticket

9. Sydney: Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Cruise Ferry Ticket

Get your keys to the city of Sydney with a 1 or 2-day pass for the Sydney Harbour hop-on-hop-off fleet. Cruises depart from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour and allow you the flexibility of visiting up to 8 famous harbor precincts or simply stay on board for a round trip.  • Darling Harbour: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds, National Maritime Museum, Explorer Bus, China Town, shopping, restaurants, bars, ICC Sydney, Barangaroo and more • Watsons Bay: Home of Doyles famous seafood restaurant and one of Sydney’s best waterfront pubs. Take a short stroll to Camp Cove, the Gap and historic South Head • Circular Quay: Sydney Opera House, the historic Rocks precinct, weekend markets, Royal Botanic Gardens, Harbor Bridge pylon, restaurants, bars and the Explorer Bus • Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos plus animals of the world. Park entry fees apply • Manly - A short walk to famous Manly surf beaches, ocean-front restaurants, bars and cafés

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Sydney: Go City Explorer Pass 3, 4, 5, or 7 Attractions

10. Sydney: Go City Explorer Pass 3, 4, 5, or 7 Attractions

Maximize your time and save some coin whilst you visit Sydney, one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Valid for 60 days, you can ensure you save up to 45% off retail prices and enjoy discounts and benefits at over 20 of the city's most popular and famous attractions with the Go City Sydney Explorer Pass.  During your time in Sydney, you can use your pass to visit such places like Taronga Zoo, The Sydney Opera House Tour, the Australian National Maritime Museum (Big Ticket), The Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience, take a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour of Sydney and Bondi, go on a Sightseeing Cruise, and much more. You can also choose from a vast array of different experiences to take part in whilst in Sydney: • The Sydney Opera House Tour• Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-On Hop-Off: 1-Day Classic Tour• Australian National Maritime Museum – Big Ticket • Taronga Zoo• Sydney Jet Thrill Ride• The Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience• Magistic Cruisemart Harbour Sightseeing Cruise• Big Bus Sydney: City Highlights Tour• Urban Winery Sydney Wine Tasting and Cheese• Entermission - Virtual Reality Escape Rooms• Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour• The Rocks Walking Tours• 4-hour Bike Rental by Bonza Bike Tours• Discover Bondi Coastal Walking Tour• Magistic Cruising Cafe Mezze and Champagne• Bondi Surf 2-Hour Board and Wetsuit Rental• Escape Hunt Sydney• Morning Yoga by the ocean• Adventure Clues - Bloomin’ Botanic Gardens Sydney• Adventure Clues - Unlock the Rocks• Adventure Clues - Secret Sydney• Adventure Clues - The Mad Botanist for Kids• Dark Stories - Sydney True Crime Tour• My Fast Ferry 48-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Pass

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What people are saying about Sydney Opera House

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,785 reviews

The food and staff were great. I was a bit thrown as the ship in the advertisement was nothing like the one that we went on. We came back to the wharf and there was another the same as we were on, it’s more like an old ferry

Really recommend this tour, animal was great, transportation from city to Taronga zoo with ferry was excellent. Sadly it’s raining during morning, just a little bit sun come out.. overall is really good experience

We had a great time at Vagabond cruise. Staff are very friendly & amazing to deal with 10/10 & highly recommended ❤️ We will cruise again

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

quick walk through .. little tough on the oldies with a few stairs.