Sydney Harbour Explorer Cruise with Taronga Zoo

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Visit Australia’s most famous zoo!

Enjoy cruising through beautiful Sydney Harbour with stops at Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay and Circular Quay. Your ticket also includes admission to Taronga Zoo, home to more than 4,000 amazing animals.

Our guide to Sydney Harbour Explorer Cruise with Taronga Zoo

A great way to explore the sights of Sydney Harbour at your own pace. Your Cruise ticket is valid for one or two days and during this time you can hop on and hop off at any of the 6 stops around Sydney Harbour. Alternatively, stay on board the vessel for an enjoyable 90-minute round-trip sightseeing journey.

At every stop, you will find more of Sydney's top attractions and experiences to discover. At Circular Quay, you can explore the famous Sydney Opera House, wander through the historic Rocks precinct and on weekends enjoy the fabulous weekend markets.

  • Darling Harbour: Hop off for some of Sydney's best attractions including Aquriaum, Madame Tausauds, Wild Life, Maritime Museum and more.
  • Circular Quay: Home to the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Rocks - historical area, Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon and weekend markets.
  • Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia's amazing wildlife. Over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife. Free daily seal and bird shows, there is something for everyone.
  • Shark Island: It would be hard to find a more spectacular picnic spot. Stunning, 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour and a delightfully deserted national park for your own private getaway (Park entry fees apply at own expense). 
  • Watsons Bay: Local must-do `Watto’ is famous for its seafood, waterfront pubs, picnic spots, swimming beaches and spectacular headlands walks overlooking the Harbour and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Manly: Hop-off here for Manly Beach. You don’t have to swim at this iconic beach to soak up the atmosphere. Shop at the Corso, dine at waterfront cafés, find your favourite gelato flavour or take a nature walk.

Your ticket also includes entrance into Taronga Zoo. Set against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, the award-winning Taronga Zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals. Learn about the different animals through one of the many free zoo-keeper talks; be entertained by the playful seals at the Seal Theatre; and watch the famous free-flight bird show, where birds of prey show off their hunting skills.

When you’re done at the zoo, reboard at Circular Quay (The Rocks and Opera House). 


Choose a departure from Circular Quay Wharf 6 (Daily) or Darling Harbour King Street Wharf 1 (Sat-Sun). Does not operate 25th December (Christmas Day), 26th December (Boxing Day),  or 26th January (Australia Day).

Departure Times (subject to change, please check locally): Circular Quay Wharf 6, Monday to Friday: - 9:15am, 11:00am, 12:20pm 2:15pm and Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9:15am, 10:32am, 11:55am, 2:25pm, 3:50pm, 5:05pm. From Darling Harbour King St Wharf 1, this tour operates on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays at 9:00am, 2:10pm (both pick up only)

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Sydney Harbour Explorer Cruise with Taronga Zoo

  • Your first departure must be from Circular Quay Wharf No.6, where you will collect your tickets. 
  • Your Taronga Zoo entry ticket is valid for one single day (within 7 days of your first cruise date).
  • To ensure you have enough time to visit the many exhibits in Taronga Zoo, it is recommended that you board the first departing ferry of the day.
  • The passenger warrants that they are physically fit and capable of undertaking the cruise.
  • All ferry services are cashless.
  • A certificate of fitness of travel issued by a doctor is required for passengers over 79 years of age and/or passengers with limited mobility.
  • Captain Cook Cruises reserves the right to change the timetable, vessels and increase fares without prior notice. Special timetables may operate on selected dates, please check locally. 
  • Passengers must arrive at least 15-30 minutes prior to departure to collect tickets from the ticket box (located at No.6 Jetty Road Circular Quay).
  • Taronga Zoo is generally open 365 days of the year, between 9:30am and 4:30pm (subject to change, please check locally). From time to time, some animal exhibits may close for maintenance works.
  • Taronga Zoo: Note Taronga Zoo has announced it has ceased operation of the Sky Safari, with planning underway for a revitalised and fully accessible experience in the future. Guests arriving by Captain Cook Cruise's ferry can enter through the Lower Zoo Entrance just a short 3-minute walk from the ferry wharf. Alternatively, a public bus (at own expense) is available from the ferry wharf to the Main Entrance at the top of the zoo.
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled prior to your holiday departure date. No refund for bookings cancelled 24 hours or less prior to travel or in the event of a no-show.