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Hop On Hop Off - Harbour Explorer

Spend as little as one hour or the whole day enjoying the sights of spectacular Sydney Harbour. Sit back and experience live commentary on the history and sights that make Sydney Harbour so famous.

Cruise under the Harbour Bridge
Sightseeing Sydney

When in Sydney do what the locals do and travel on the harbour highway. A Sydney Harbour Hop On Hop Off ferry pass makes it easy for visitors to navigate the maze of commuter timetables. Hop On Hop Off rocket ferries depart the main tourist precincts of Circular Quay and Darling Harbour every 45 minutes and Manly every hour, for a 60 to 90 minute cruise around the harbour with a choice of up to nine stopovers along the way.

•Save up to 45% on Hop On Hop Off attraction combo packages
•Cruise & 1 attraction from $49, Cruise & 3 attractions from $99, Cruise & 5 attractions from $149
•Attraction entry tickets are valid for a minimum of 7 days from your cruise!

Cruise Only
All Season
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Child ( 4-15yrs )

Cruise + Attraction:
For and enjoyable full day out, combine your Hop On Hop Off Explorer cruise ticket with entry into your choice of Sydney attractions and save up to 30% on individual ticket costs.


Departs Daily
Pier 26, Darling Harbour
every 45 minutes from 9.30am
No.6 Jetty, Circular Quay
every 45 minutes from 9.45am
Additional departures operate during peak periods.

Getting to your cruise

Visit these great Sydney Harbour locations with your Rocket Explorer Combo tickets:

Sydney Aquarium & Cockle Bay
The Sydney Aquarium provides a fish eye view of the underwater world, with crocodiles, a miniature coral reef and even a walk-through underwater tunnel where sharks glide overhead. Cockle Bay boasts some of the most fashionable restaurants in the city. Book a lunch or cocktail cruise at the Matilda/Captain Cook office. For more family entertainment, alight here for Imax Theatre and the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Fisherman’s Wharf, Watson’s Bay
Situated over the water is Doyles Fisherman's Wharf restaurant Enjoy fabulous views of the bay and the city skyline while feasting on lobsters and mud crabs from the menu. Rated Sydney’s most popular beer garden, Watson’s Bay Hotel has the only waterfront beer garden on Sydney Harbour. Its serves fantastic fresh seafood and BBQ steaks.

Circular Quay & The Rocks
Circular Quay was the site of the first European settlement. The Rocks, originally the home of convicts, now boasts many beautifully restored shops, restaurants and interesting pubs. The spirit and charm of Sydney’s early days remain throughout this area and provide an insight into Australia’s unique past. Buy your tickets from the Captain Cook/Matilda ticket office at Jetty No.6.
Opera House & Botanic Gardens
Walk from Circular Quay to Sydney’s cultural heart and most famous landmark, the Opera House. The Opera House was opened by the Queen in 1973 and showcases sweeping sails, which are the main feature of the architecture. Palm forests, gardens, sculpture, ponds and exotic plants are enjoyed by both visitors and wildlife in the Royal Botanic Gardens. There is also a restaurant, cafe and book/gift shop.

Taronga Zoo
See an array of Australian and exotic animals as you stroll through settings evoking their natural habitats. Informative keeper talks, shows and feedings take place throughout the day. With perhaps the most spectacular setting of any zoo in the world, you’re sure to enjoy the fabulous harbour views as much as the animals.
Shark Island
With great views and a spectacular setting in the Sydney Harbour National Park, Shark Island is the perfect destination for a weekend picnic large grassy areas, shady trees or a Gazebo available. Enjoy a relaxing ferry trip each way and spend a few hours or the whole day on Shark Island.
*Only passengers who have purchased the Shark Island ticket are permitted to disembark at Shark Island

Fort Denison
The Martello tower, on the rock, in the middle of Sydney Harbour. A great photo stop. Fort Denison was built to defend Sydney against a possible attack by Russian warships. The island was also used to imprison criminals who arrived on the First Fleet. While on the island you can join a guided tour* or stay for lunch at the island cafe. *Guided tours additional cost.
Sydney Wildlife World
Experience a real Australian adventure. See over 6,000 animals living in their 9 natural habitats and ecosystems, where you can take a walk on the wild side with the yellow-footed rock wallabies, or meet one of Australia's cutest national icons, the koala.


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Alternatively visit our Ticket offices and buy your ticket on the day.
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Zoo Express
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Christmas Party Cruises
Party in Sydney's Biggest Pool
Have something to celebrate?
Why not charter your own vessel and party in Sydney's Biggest Pool
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