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Garden Island Tours

Garden Island
When Sydney’s original European settlers arrived in Sydney Harbor, they sustained themselves by planting a garden here at Garden Island. Today, after land was reclaimed and filled in with rocks, Garden Island is now a point that juts out into the harbor, and houses the Royal Australian Navy’s eastern fleet of ships. During World War II, a Japanese mini sub infiltrated the harbor and sank an Australian ship—resulting in the death of 21 sailors from the Australian and British navies. Much more history is outlined in depth at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Center—a fascinating museum here on Pott’s Point that’s a must for history or war buffs. Once finished perusing the Heritage Center, which is fantastically free of charge, take a stroll through the gardens and grounds that are hidden behind the museum, where BBQ grills and views of the harbor make the perfect spot for a picnic. From the elevated viewing platform behind the museum, it’s possible to see the Harbor Bridge as well as the Sydney Opera House, and the view stretches all the way out to the heads and the mouth of Sydney Harbor.

Practical Info

Garden Island is accessible by ferry from multiple points across Sydney. The most popular route is along the line to Watson’s Bay, departing from Circular Quay, where Garden Island is the first stop after leaving the downtown docks. The RAN Heritage Center is open daily from 9:30am-3:30pm, with the exception of various holidays. Since part of the peninsula is closed to the public, access is only by ferry.
Address: Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Hours: The RAN Heritage Center is open from 9:30am-3:30pm, and ferries only dock on the island during the museum’s opening hours.
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Sydney Harbour Coffee CruiseDay Cruises

Sydney Harbour Coffee Cruise

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Take in panoramic views of lovely Sydney on a Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruise that lasts up to two hours. Choose from two options a morning or afternoon tour that takes you close to the majestic Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison and other top sights. Listen to live commentary as you snack on tea, coffee and snacks and light refreshments during the 2-hour tour that includes all of the above plus sparkling wine, cakes and cheeses, with stories focused on Sydney's fascinating heritage.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Sydney Speed Boat AdventuresCity Packages

Sydney Speed Boat Adventures

Instead of watching Sydney’s harbor from the window of a crowded tourist ferry, take your harbor sightseeing into your own hands with this private speedboat adventure. Take control of a zippy red speedboat and race around the harbor, seeing sights like Fort Denison, the Harbor Bridge and the iconic Sydney Opera House. With an experienced speedboat guide by your side, enjoy the freedom of captaining your own boat without the risk getting lost or losing control.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sydney's Iconic Long Lunch Experience with Luxury Private Cruise | Four HoursHalf-day Tours

Sydney's Iconic Long Lunch Experience with Luxury Private Cruise | Four Hours

Join us on this unique gastronomic tour of Sydney Harbour. Meet up with your skipper at the dock and enter our Beautiful timber vessel, setting your sights on discovering iconic Sydney Harbour and some of the best waterfront restaurants in Sydney. Start off with a delicious cheese platter and Australian sparkling wine on board the MV BEL. Our first restaurant of the day is China Doll, an award winning restaurant on the historic finger wharf in Woolloomooloo. After some delicious courses you will hop back on board before we take you to the other side of the Harbour to enter The Deckhouse. The Deckhouse is another award winning restaurant on Sydney Harbour and is home to the world renowned 'Wild Oats', The winner of the notorious Sydney to Hobart Maxi Yacht Race. Enjoy one more course and your dessert.at this beautiful waterfront restaurant with magnificent views of Sydney Harbour before we drive you back through the Harbour.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Sunset Cruise for Families on Sydney HarbourDay Cruises

Private Sunset Cruise for Families on Sydney Harbour

Cruise from Sydney's iconic Darling Harbour into Sydney Harbour, the largest natural harbour in the world. Relax aboard one of the most luxurious timber vessels on Sydney Harbour, indulge in an Australian sourced cheese platter and bottle of sparkling wine as you soak up the sights.  Meet up with your skipper for the day at the dock and enter our Beautiful timber vessel, setting your sights on discovering in the bountiful sunshine. Watch your Captain toss off the mooring lines, settle into a comfy seat for the voyage ahead, and chat with your friendly and experienced Captain about what you might see during your cruise.  Keep your eyes peeled for the iconic sights of Sydney Harbour as you ride toward a Beautiful vantage point to see the colours of sunset wash over the city skyline - where your skipper will happily pour you another glass of sparkling wine.
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Private Icons and Highlights Cruise of Sydney HarbourDay Cruises

Private Icons and Highlights Cruise of Sydney Harbour

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Get out into the Sydney Harbour for a relaxing private cruise on a luxury vessel. Leave the planning to your guide, so you can relax and take in this picturesque city, no matter how limited your time. Learn about the iconic Harbour Bridge and famous Sydney Opera House as you enjoy the breeze and sip sparkling wine.
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  • 2 hours
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Sydney’s Tall Ship Sailing Adventure on James CraigSailing

Sydney’s Tall Ship Sailing Adventure on James Craig

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Sail around Sydney on the impeccably restored ‘James Craig’ — an authentic square-rigged ship that offers sailing adventures only twice per month. Morning tea, picnic lunch and afternoon tea are all included during your 6-hour cruise (afternoon tea and coffee included for the 5-hour adventure), which details fascinating stories from your ship's history and Sydney's maritime past. Embark on a lovely route around Sydney Harbour that goes past Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House before venturing into the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. Choose to sail for five or six hours on this must-do Sydney experience.
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  • 6 hours
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Exclusive Family 3 hour Cruise - In StyleCity Packages

Exclusive Family 3 hour Cruise - In Style

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The Vessel and I! I pride myself on the experience you have, and haven't had a bad review yet, and that's after 500+ charters under my belt! But simply put, I'll look after you, not just treat you as a number. I own and skipper the boat, always. So you know who's going to take you out. The vessel has just undergone a very expensive refit and is an incredibly comfortable catamaran in all conditions, thanks to the handy, fully sealed and openable saloon cockpit doors that enable it to be fully shut off or fully open up, depending on the conditions of the day.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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  • 1 to 2 hours

3-Hour ABBA Tribute and 80s DJ Harbour Cruise Inc. BuffetDay Cruises

3-Hour ABBA Tribute and 80s DJ Harbour Cruise Inc. Buffet

Everyone loves Abba and you can love them all over again with our Professional Abba Tribute Show presented by the Fabba Girls, one of the leading Abba tribute shows groups. Jump on board, grab a drink and enjoy a freshly cooked and delicious buffet lunch or dinner then hit the dance floor and enjoy the show, the music and the glory days of Abba relived. And if your legs get tired from all the dancing you can rest and recover with uninterrupted 360 degree views of our amazing Sydney Harbour and surrounds. Combined Gourmet Buffet Menu Tender Beef & Vegetable Casserole with Vegetable Rice Medley Penne Boscaiola with Cream and Mushrooms Tuscan Portuguese Chicken Baby Greens and Julienne Vegetables German Style Potato Salad Garden Salad with Italian Balsamic Dressing Bean Salad with Olive Oil & Drizzled Balsamic Greek Salad with Fetta, Oil & Vinegar Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad Crusty Bread Rolls Chocolate Cake Tea and Coffee *items subject to slight seasonal change
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Sydney Speed Boat Adventure Harbour TourCity Packages

Sydney Speed Boat Adventure Harbour Tour

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IF BOOKING MORE THAN ONE BOAT MAKE SEPARATE RESERVATIONS FOR EACH BOAT. Experience the adventure of a lifetime on our Speed Boat Adventure Tour®. Navigate and captain your own red speedboat for the entirety of the tour while following our trained and knowledgeable guides to experience the best of both worlds - the THRILL of driving your own speedboat, and the safety of having a skilled guide leading you around Sydney Harbour. See The Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, Taronga Zoo, and more. See them from a whole new perspective that simply cannot be matched by big sight-seeing vessels.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Secret Sydney Lunch Cruise with 3 Beach StopsDay Cruises

Secret Sydney Lunch Cruise with 3 Beach Stops

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See more of Sydney Harbour with the benefit of a small-group cruise that includes lunch and three beach stops. Taste typical Aussie fare during your lunch at the popular Beach Club in Watsons Bay, and have afternoon tea at the historical Quarantine Station. Access beaches and other locales that other tours miss, and hear live commentary about landmarks such as Fort Denison, Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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'Sydney's Best Day Ever' Full Day Land & Sea TourDay Cruises

'Sydney's Best Day Ever' Full Day Land & Sea Tour

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Discover Sydney with a local, discover our colonial past, visit world famous beaches, quirky suburbs and enjoy a typical Aussie lunch at the famous Beach Club in Watsons Bay, plus afternoon tea at Quarantine Station & museum. You’ll see all the iconic harbour sights, learn first-hand about our colourful history and culture, see waterfront mansions of the ‘rich and famous’, visit a secluded national park beach for a stroll or swim and get a guided walk to The Gap to see the Pacific Ocean cliffs and entrance to the harbour.   The tour includes a local guide/host, bottled water, lunch and a delicious afternoon tea. Tours depart daily at 8.30am and returns at 4.30pm. 
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Sydney Harbour Boat Tour with Unique Beach Landings and Local GuideDay Cruises

Sydney Harbour Boat Tour with Unique Beach Landings and Local Guide

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See Sydney highlights from the water on this scenic harbor tour. Over the course of the morning, cruise from Darling Harbour past landmarks like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See Watsons Bay, penguins, North Head Quarantine Station, and lovely waterside homes. Stop at local beaches to swim and explore before your return to Darling Harbour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Garden Island hours of operation?
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Garden Island hours of operation: The RAN Heritage Center is open from 9:30am-3:30pm, and ferries only dock on the island during the museum’s opening hours.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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