Sydney is the oldest and largest city of Australia, located on the east coastline of New South Wales. It’s an exciting and vibrant city, situated in New South Wales, world famous for its shimmering skyline and the iconic Opera House, the symbol of both Sydney and Australia.
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Cruise ships sailing into Sydney harbour, dock in the heart of the city close to major sights and tourist attractions. Depending on size, ocean liners tie up at two different spots.
Larger vessels anchor at Overseas Passenger Cruise Terminal (OPT) at Circular Quay, the cruise berth located adjacent to The Rocks. Smaller cruise ships that can sail underneath Sydney Harbour Bridge dock at the White Bay Cruise Terminal, located near the iconic Anzac Bridge.
It’s recommened to stay in CBD (downtown), from where both cruise passenger terminals can easily be reached by taxi or train (only Circular Quay). Popular areas are The Rocks, Darling Harbour and the City Centre. Most properties are only a short taxi ride away from the port.
Cheaper accommodation with views of Darling Harbour, located in Sydney’s CBD district, within easy reach of the port.
Sydney Cruise Port in Australia
Sydney in Australia is a premier cruising destination, offering first class facilities for cruise passengers and great value hotels.
Main gateway to this New South Wales capital is Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport, the primary hub for Qantas and located next to Botany Bay, approximately 6 km or 4 miles from the city centre. Both terminals are within 30 minutes of the international airport.
Overseas Passenger Pier and White Bay Cruise Terminal (Wharf)
Overseas Passenger Cruise Terminal OPT (Circular Quay) — across from the Opera House. Larger Ships dock here.
Mainly all ships from Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line dock here.
Entry to the modern facility is off George Street onto Argyle Street, Circular Quay. The train station and ferry port is a short walk away (2 minutes) where trains, ferries, buses and taxis are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. The historic “The Rocks” is ony a short walk away.
Facilities include an ATM, toilets, wheelchair access and on-site restaurant. It’s not possible to park at the facility on ship days.
Nearest area from Circular Quay, Overseas Passenger Terminal is historic Rocks district.
Hotel Properties here are only a few minutes away from the terminal. Some offer splendid views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Within walking distance are the Museum of Contemporary Art, Royal Botanical Gardens, harbourfront and several dining and nightlife options. Many properties feature a swimming pool.
From a cheap hotel near the airport, to a affordable or 5 star accommodation in the heart of the city near the Opera House, we can offer the best rates for accommodations in Sydney Australia.
Pier Address — Overseas Passenger Terminal, West Circular Quay, The Rocks, Sydney Australia
White Bay Cruise Terminal – Wharf 5 at Darling Harbour in Bangaroo — Smaller and mid-size vessels will tie up at this facility.
The terminal is 6km or 4mi from downtown CBD area (Circular Quay) and 17km or 10mi from Sydney International Airport, located in the residential suburbs outside the city. There is no train station, a direct bus stop or nearby hotels.
You can get to the terminal by taxi from downtown or shuttle (often offered by the cruise line) from the Central station. Nearest bus stop with access to White Bay cruise terminal is on Robert street near Victoria Rd. It is then about a 2 kilometer walk to the terminal (not recommended).
Facilities include an ATM, toilets, wheelchair access and a food and beverage kiosk. There is no foreign exchange or post office on-site. Short term parking is available at the terminal building, but long-term parking is not permitted.
Pier Address — White Bay Cruise Terminal, access via James Craig Road, Rozelle
Kingsford Smith International Airport — the main international airport is located approximately 8 miles or 13 km from both terminals. Kingsford Smith is the primary gateway and busiest airport of Australia.
You can get to the city centre and piers by taxi, which takes around 25 to 30 minutes.
Airport Link to Overseas Passenger Terminal – From the airport you can also take the Airport Link train to Circular railway station (nearby OPT). Travel time is 20 minutes. The Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal is a very short walk from the Circular Quay Station, towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Another option is to pre book a limo company or shuttle service. There are many transport operators that stop at several hotels along the way.
Exciting and Vibrant City in New South Wales – Photogenic Beaches
Sydney is the oldest and largest city of Australia, located on the east coastline of New South Wales.
It’s an exciting and vibrant city, situated in New South Wales, world famous for its shimmering skyline and the iconic Opera House, the symbol of both Sydney and Australia. Stay in downtown Sydney pre or post cruise hotels or self contained apartments and you are close to all fascinating sights this city has to offer.
Sydney Australia — the majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s tallest steel arch bridge. Nicknamed “The Coathanger”, it connects the north and south shore. From Pylon Lookout you have a magnificent view of the harbor. Don’t miss a world class performance at the famous Sydney Opera House, an architectural masterpiece with sail-like curves located in Circular Quay.
Ascent Australia’s highest building, The Sydney Tower, and savour the fantastic views from the observation level. Sydney’s tallest structure soars 1,000 feet (305 m). Take a ride in one of the cross harbour ferries or enjoy a scenic boat cruise around the harbour for the best views of the city.
Look for bargains at one of the gift shops in The Rocks district, rich in history and unique colonial buildings. Located at Sydney Cove, this area is well known for its pubs, restaurants, 5 star hotels, galleries and museums. The Rocks is also the site of Australia’s first permanent European settlement.
Learn about Aboriginal maritime cultures and European Sea travel to Australia, at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Don’t forget to explore the fleet of historic vessels moored at the wharves.
Sydney is blessed with some of the world’s most photogenic beaches. There are well over 100 beaches in the city. Famous golden sandy beaches such as Bondi Beach, Bilgola and Coogee, are only a short distance away from your hotel or self catering apartment.
Looking for a Cheap Hotel – Where to Stay ?
Most cruise passengers choose to stay in Sydney’s CBD city centre area.
A more reasonably priced area is North Sydney, located just over the north side of the Harbour Bridge. You can easy access the city centre by train, or also you can walk over the bridge to get into the city.
Beach enthusiasts can consider a stay near Bondi Beach. Staying near the airport can be very convenient if you have an early or late flight.
Australia’s currency is the Australian dollar (AUD).
Cruise Lines — currently sailing from Sydney harbour are ships from among P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International (RCL), Celebrity, Holland America Line (HAL), Crystal, Costa, Cunard Line, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, and Silversea. Sydney is Australia’s main cruise port.