Sydney is a major city in Australia with an endless amount to do, but the harbour is a special view, sailing in and out. Here is our filmed guide. Sydney is actually quite small and walkable as our film shows, but the iconic Opera House and Bridge make it so much bigger. We have five films on Sydney, so we have it covered.
This film premieres on Saturday 9th March at 12 noon UK time.
The Opera House is best seen from a ship, cameras out, or the bridge Pylon. The Harbour Bridge and Opera House will be shots you will want to share forever, and the two together on a good day are best seen from the tip of the Botanic Gardens. Share the Cruise Doris Visits film. If you have overnight, you can do the two-hour tour of the opera house which starts at 7 am with breakfast in the cast green room. It is a behind-the-scenes look into the exclusive domain of performers. See our tours page. You can climb the harbour bridge and have that memory forever.
The 2000 Olympics gave the city improved facilities, extra dining and entertainment venues all around so it is a tourist heaven, but what will not cease to amaze is the shopping. We think the best in the world!. A tour of the harbour on a smaller tour boat is well worth it, around Sydney Cove past the Circular Quay ferry terminal to that remarkable Opera House and the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. Certainly, don’t miss getting a ferry to Manly.
The Opal card is your transport card for moneyless transport. Get a card and charge it up. Whilst there are silver versions of the cards for seniors, they are only for Australian citizens with a pension number.
If you just want the beach, then here are is a best of selection.
- Bondi Beach is Australia’s most well-known beach, with an entire village of cafés, restaurants, shops and hotels here, ensuring that locals rarely leave.
- Bronte Beach is the start of an easy 40-minute coastal walk from Bondi Beach to arrive at its quieter sister Bronte. The beach is popular among surfers, while swimmers generally head to the famous rock pool at the south side of the beach. There’s a large grassy area with excellent barbecue and picnic facilities.
- Gordons Bay is a little oasis tucked between Clovelly and Coogee beaches and is home to a 500 metre underwater nature trail, guiding divers past reefs, sand flats and kelp forests.
- Manly is a ferry from Circular Quay. You can swim in the ocean or tranquil harbour. Stroll from the Manly surf club along Marine Parade to access tiny Shelly Beach, a common spot for snorkelling.
- Palm Beach is a local bus from Manly. You can also go to the northern beaches of Curl Curl, Dee Why, Narrabeen, Mona Vale, Newport and Avalon – all famous for their laidback lifestyle and surf culture. Eventually, you’ll arrive at Palm Beach, where lunch at the Boathouse is a must.
- Balmoral Beach on Sydney’s scenic north shore, Balmoral boasts gentle currents, enclosed swimming areas and many cafes, making it a popular spot for families.
- Nielsen Park is via the Hermitage Foreshore Walk, a spectacular trail that winds its way along Sydney’s eastern harbour beaches. A bus also runs from Town Hall station directly to Nielsen Park.
- Watsons Bay is Australia’s oldest fishing village where the enclosed waters make it safe to swim. It is at the southern entrance to Sydney Harbour. You can catch the ferry here from Circular Quay. Try a walk up to The Gap and Macquarie Lighthouse. Afterwards, eat fish and chips from Sydney’s famous Doyle’s Restaurant. Then take the five-minute walk to Camp Cove, a small, family-friendly beach known for its calm waters and millionaire views.SHIPS & CHAT – Research other ships – passenger area tours, info & chat sites – Our Ships menu has every ship from every fleet – Find your ship’s chat site + share your pictures + experiences to help others – click
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