Sydney Harbour Explorer Hop-on/Hop-Off Cruise

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A great way to explore the sights of Sydney Harbour

When in Sydney do what the locals do and travel on the harbour highway! Your hop-on/hop-off pass offers unlimited use of the Captain Cook Rocket Ferries over the course of a day. Stops include Circular Quay, Manly, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Shark Island and Darling Harbour.

Our guide to Sydney Harbour Explorer Hop-on/Hop-Off Cruise

Cruise Sydney Harbour at your own pace with a Captain Cook Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Cruise Ticket.

Experience Sydney like a local by navigating the iconic Harbour highway. Discover top Harbour destinations effortlessly with the consolidated ferry timetable. Choose from a 1 or 2-day pass, offering the freedom to hop on and hop off at your leisure, accompanied by the knowledgeable guidance of the onboard crew.

Capture stunning photos of iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge from fantastic vantage points. Stay on board the vessel for an enjoyable 90-minute round-trip sightseeing journey or enjoy the flexibility to hop on and off at various stops at your own pace. When you're ready to proceed to your next destination, simply catch the next available boat.

At every stop, you will discover more of Sydney's top attractions and experiences. 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 is home to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds as well as many fabulous eateries and shops.

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.

Taronga Zoo is also one not to be missed with its amazing wildlife and incredible harbour outlook it makes for a wonderful day out for the entire family.

Why not upgrade your ticket to include a visit to Taronga Zoo?

The Sydney Harbour Explorer Cruise with Taronga Zoo ticket includes a Sightseeing Cruise ticket as well as admission to Taronga Zoo. Set against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, the award-winning Taronga Zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals. 


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 Hop-on/Hop-Off Cruise

  • Your first departure must be from Circular Quay Wharf No.6, where you will collect your tickets. 
  • 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 before departure to collect tickets from the ticket box (located at No.6 Jetty Road Circular Quay).
  • *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.