Waiting to Board Your Cruise Has Never Been So Much Fun
Waiting to Get on Your Cruise Ship - Photo by Phoebe Hackett
Immerse yourself in Sydney while keeping an eye on the time and on your ship. All activities listed are within walking distance from the Cruise Terminal.
Depending on your cabin, you could be waiting until 4pm to board your ship. If you aren't from Sydney and have arrived from another city or country, this could be a daunting prospect, especially if you got an early morning flight. First, check your luggage in at the Overseas Passenger Terminal baggage drop. If you arrive before the bag drop has opened the nearest storage facilities are:
1. Sydney Opera House. In June 2007, it was included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Interactive audio-visual tours run daily between 9am-5pm, 1 hour, $37 per person. www.sydneyoperahouse.com
Opera House in Sydney Harbour - Photo by Phoebe Hackett
2. Tall Ship Champagne Brunch Cruise. Relax with refreshments and champagne taking in the best of the Harbour, including Taronga Zoo and Fort Denison. Help hoist sails, or do a Mast climb. Departs daily 10:45am, 2 hours, 6 days a week, selected Sundays, $119 per person. www.sydneytallships.com.au/champagne-cruises.html
3. Best of Sydney Pass. Includes 4 of Sydney's top attractions, a bus tour through the city and a Captain Cook cruise around the Harbour. $140 adults. $90 children. Valid 30 days, use it again when you return from your cruise. www.sydneyaquarium.com.au/tickets/attractions-passes
Sightseeing in the Harbour - Photo by Phoebe Hackett
4. Rocks Walking Tour. Walk through living history, exploring Sydney's intriguing past, winding past courtyards and cobbled lanes. Daily tours 10:30am & 1:30pm, 90 minutes, $28 adults, children under 5 free.www.rockswalkingtours.com.au
5. Private Vintage Water Taxi Cruise with Fantasea Cruising. Spend a leisurely hour in Sydney Harbour and listen to the captain's live commentary about iconic Sydney landmarks. Access places larger vessels cannot and customise your itinerary. Seats 15 passengers, departs every hour on the hour, 7 days, $330.www.fantasea.com.au
Harbour Bridge - Photo by Phoebe Hackett
6. Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. See your ship from above. The Sampler, 1 ˝ hours, ascend to inner arch of the bridge. $158-178. Full climb to the top for a 360-degree view of Harbour, 3 ˝ hours, $293-318 adults, $193-218 children. Ticket price includes a group photo, Bridge Climb cap, Certificate of Achievement and a pass to Pylon Lookout. www.bridgeclimb.com
I'd love to see a list of 10 FREE things to do, while I'm waiting to board my cruise ship! For 1, how about a visit to the lovely MCA, & NSW Seniors can take any ferry trip around the harbour, just by using their Opal card! There's just 2 things to get you started!