Sydney Sightseeing Cruises & Outdoor Activities

Sydney is a fantastic waterfront destination. With much of the city’s excitement and many top attractions clustered around a few waterfront neighborhoods, it’s no surprise that you’ll spend a lot of your vacation enjoying views of the beautiful green-blue waters.

Of course, you’ll want to do more than just look at the water! Get out and enjoy the waves on a cruise or boat ride. There are several premier options to choose from, from thrill rides to tours and more.

If you’re looking for cruises and other outdoor activities to enjoy in Sydney, check out our favorites:

  • Sydney Jet – Thrill Ride
  • Magistic Cruisemart Harbour Sightseeing Cruise
  • Eco Hopper 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Pass
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Sydney and Bondi: 1-Day Classic Tour

Save on Sydney Cruises

Regular admission to a number of these cruises and other outdoor activities are available on The Sydney Pass.

Choose as you go from popular attractions and save up to 45% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

Check out all Sydney attractions and passes here.

Sydney Jet – Thrill Ride

Sydney Jet thrill ride in Sydney Harbour

The most exhilarating ride around Sydney Harbour is the Sydney Jet. This speedy vessel can go up to 45 knots (or about 50 mph) and performs exciting tricks like fishtails, spins, sudden controlled stops, and more.

Your half-hour ride also provides sightseeing info alongside the adrenaline rush. You’ll learn about the major sites of Sydney’s waterfront, including all the big landmarks, neighborhoods, and hotspots.

This one-of-a-kind sightseeing tour is perfect for the adventurous traveler!

Getting In: Sydney Jet tickets are available with The Sydney Pass.

Magistic Cruisemart Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Magistic Sydney Harbour Cruise complimentary beverage

If you’re looking for something a little bit more sedate, you’ll find this Harbour Sightseeing Cruise to be a nice alternative. Enjoy a leisurely two-hour cruise around the Sydney waterfront neighborhoods aboard a luxury catamaran vessel, Magistic Two.

You’ll be treated to expert, GPS-based narration of the major sites and landmarks, a free drink (with options to purchase more if you’d like), and stunning photo opportunities. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery on this popular cruise.

Getting In: Magistic Cruisemart Harbour Sightseeing Cruise tickets are available with The Sydney Pass.

Eco Hopper 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Pass

The Eco Hopper Boat in Sydney Harbor

A great way to see the Sydney by water with more flexibility is to hop aboard the Eco Hopper. Something like a water taxi, this vessel will escort you around ten different stops across the waterfront, from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo and Manly.

You could opt to stay on for the entire loop and enjoy the informative narration or hop off at any of the designated stops to explore a little more. Then, hop back on when you’re ready for more adventures!

Getting In: Eco Hopper tickets are available with The Sydney Pass.

Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Sydney and Bondi: 1-Day Classic Tour

Big Bus Sydney in Sydney Harbour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

This bus won’t go on the water, but it will provide a handy way to get all across the city while enjoying the great outdoors. Use this bus as an indispensable introduction to the city, with enlightening and entertaining narration accompanying every new stop. It will also take you to major waterfront neighborhoods and beaches like Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, and Bondi.

Again, you have the option to stay on the bus (having chosen one of two loops), or disembark when something interests you. Buses run approximately every 15 minutes, so you can easily hop back on when you’ve enjoyed your new favorite neighborhood to the fullest.

Getting In: Big Bus Sydney tickets are available with The Sydney Pass.

Harbour Bridge Electric Bike Tour by BlueBananas

Bike the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a Guided Tour

A guided bike tour is one of the best ways (if not the best way) to experience the iconic Harbour Bridge in Sydney.

This 1.5-hour, professionally narrated tour cycles through some of Sydney’s most important historical events and takes you past lots of Sydney landmarks along the way.

Your guide will direct your attention to all the top sites you pass, making sure you don’t miss a thing.

Getting in: Harbour Bridge Electic Bike Tour tickets are available with The Sydney Pass.

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off)

Tour the Blue Mountains on the Hop Off Hop On Bus

The Blue Mountains World Heritage area is the perfect destination for outdoorsy types to explore.

This hop-on hop-off bus tour includes 30 stops around the Blue Mountains, including Katoomba Falls, Scenic World, Echo Point – Three Sisters, Leura Cascades, and Leura Village/Wentworth Falls shuttle, just to name a few.

Or, stay on for the full 60 minutes to get a quick overview of all the major sites.

Getting in: Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Tour tickets are available with The Sydney Pass. Your ticket is valid for seven days, so if you’re planning an extended stay, you’ll be able to use it for a whole week!

Sydney with Conviction Walking Tour

Sydney with Conviction Walking Tour guide points out historic sites

This tour takes visitors through some of Sydney’s lesser-known history– the good, the bad, and the slightly sinister.

On this 2-hour walking tour, your guide will teach you all about iconic sights,  like The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and more while lending a particular emphasis on the city’s tumultuous history and arguably contrarian observations of its modern day culture.

Getting in: Sydney with Conviction Walking Tour tickets are available with The Sydney Pass.

Discover Bondi Coastal Walking Tour

Icebergs Pool at Bondi Beach

Walking tours are the best way to get outside, work some activity into your itinerary, and learn about Sydney from city experts.

You’ll learn all about the Bondi lifestyle and culture straight from the source – all Discover Bondi Walking Tour guides are certified surf instructors who know the ins and outs of Bondi Beach and surf culture.

This tour is about 1 hour of moderate walking.

Getting in: Discover Bondi Coastal Walking Tour tickets are available with The Sydney Pass.

Bondi Surf: 2-Hour Surfboard and Wetsuit Rental

Surfer at Bondi Beach renting a surf board

No trip to Sydney is complete without partaking in the sport that’s practically a national requirement: surfing.

Rent a surfboard and wetsuit for a couple hours and try paddling out, hoisting yourself up, and riding the waves at one of the most popular spots for Australian surf – Bondi Beach.

Getting in: Bondi Surf: 2-Hour Surfboard and Wetsuit Rentals are available with The Sydney Pass.

Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

Take your outdoor activities to the rainforest treetops at the Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures.

Walk among the treetops on the elevated steel walkway ranging from 20 to 30-meters above ground and enjoy the birds-eye-view of the surrounding landscape from several lookout points along the way, including the iconic Knights Tower.

Getting in: Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures tickets are available with The Sydney Pass.

Don’t Forget to Save

This is just a small selection of the many cruises and outdoor sightseeing activities available in Sydney.

Magistic Cruisemart offers a number of other options, for example, or you could try your hand at a few Australian watersports. Take a walking tour of Bondi Beach, or another Sydney neighborhood. You could even just stroll Darling Harbour or Circular Quay.

Whatever you decide to do to enjoy the great outdoors in Sydney, be sure to save on admission to your favorite attractions. The Sydney Pass can save you up to 45% on combined admission prices, so pick one up today!

The information contained in this post, to the best of the author's knowledge, was accurate at time of publishing. We do our best to ensure and maintain the accuracy of this information.