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Sydney Harbour Cruise

We stood at the top deck as the Sydney Opera House greeted us in all its grandness. We just left Sydney’s port on a cruise ship and somehow, it looked smaller than what I had imagined it to be. Still, that didn’t diminish its beauty at all. It was but a brief encounter with the famed Australian icon, growing smaller and smaller as we moved across the waters of Sydney Harbour.

Sydney Harbour Cruise Skyline
SYDNEY’S SKYLINE FROM THE HARBOUR WATERS

It was already our third day in Sydney and we haven’t explored its nooks and crannies yet. Upon arrival, we visited some of C’s relatives on the suburbs, and our second day we went on a trip to the Blue Mountains and Scenic World Katoomba. Before digging in further to what Sydney is all about, we thought of trying one of the cruises being offered along the Sydney Harbour.

Sydney Harbour Cruise Skyline
ON OUR THIRD DAY AND WE HAVEN’T REALLY EXPLORED SYDNEY THAT MUCH YET

The tours are actually being offered by Captain Cook Cruises, named after the first English officer who had stepped on Australia, then still Lieutenant James Cook. We checked their prices and compared it with our Klook app. The latter was cheaper by a few Australian dollars. We booked our tour with Klook instead.

Sydney Harbour Cruise Circular Quay
OUR CRUISE STARTED AT THE CIRCULAR QUAY

Meeting a friend at Darling Harbour for lunch, we went by foot to the Circular Quay where the cruise would commence. We were led to a waiting platform after we showed our e-voucher from our app and were given physical tickets. Soon, we were boarding a cruise ship, which was larger than I thought we’d be on.

Sydney Harbour Cruise
ABOARD ONE OF CAPTAIN COOK’S CRUISE BOAT

Booked on their Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise, our tour would be sailing across eastern reaches of the harbour, then round back towards Darling Harbour before finally docking at Circular Quay once more. It lasts about ninety minutes and is inclusive of one drink—a choice of soda or coffee—for each guests. They do serve food, but with limited time, the thought of sitting down at the lower level restaurant for food didn’t even cross our minds.

Sydney Harbour Cruise
MOST OF THE GUESTS PREFERRED THE TOPSIDE OF THE BOAT

It was an overcast day when we set sail and I was kinda disappointed since the photos I was taking sucked. But a few minutes after we passed the Sydney Opera House, the clouds parted and shades of blues started to peek across the sky.

Sydney Harbour Cruise Harbour Bridge
SYDNEY’S HARBOUR BRIDGE

A commentary about the sights we were passing was constantly running on the background, which can be heard clearly even on the top deck of the ship. It was quite informative as it rattled off info, which were interspersed with a few comic jabs, as we passed certain spots along the harbour.

Sydney Harbour Cruise Fort Denison
FORT DENISION, IT USED TO BE A PRISON ISLAND

It was also a good introduction on how the British found their way all the way to the Land Down Under starting with Captain Cook’s expedition, and later on, the arrival of the first fleet of eleven British ships that brought more than seven hundred convicts to the continent, and finally, the establishment of a penal colony that paved the way for it to be an independent country.

Sydney Harbour Cruise Harbour Bridge
PASSING BELOW HARBOUR BRIDGE

Sydney Harbour Cruise Luna Park
SYDNEY’S LUNA PARK

Besides the Sydney Opera House, during our Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise, we passed several landmarks like the Royal Botanic Gardens where the British fleets landed, Fort Denison—a small island fortress that sorta reminded me of a similar island in Corregidor, Clark and Shark Islands—a sorta getaway islands just a kilometer away from the city, and turning back at Bradley’s Head—giving us a clear view of the opulent mansions lining Point Piper.

Sydney Harbour Cruise Beach
I WAS SURPRISED TO FIND BEACHES ALONG THE HARBOUR

Sydney Harbour Cruise Point Piper
THE AFFLUENT POINT PIPER AREA

We were told that whales, dolphins, and seals can sometimes be seen along the waters of Sydney Harbour, so we were on the constant lookouts for such.

Sydney Harbour Cruise SkylineSydney Harbour Cruise Skyline
CRUISING THE HARBOUR IS A GOOD WAY TO SEE SYDNEY

Sydney Harbour Cruise
THE WATERS OF SYDNEY HARBOUR

Going back, we went face to face with the Sydney Harbour Bridge, onto Millers Point and Barangaroo Reserve Park and docked on Darling Harbour. We thought that was the end of the tour, so along with a few passengers, we disembarked on the port.

Sydney Harbour Cruise Darling Harbour
TURNING TO DARLING HARBOUR

Sydney Harbour Cruise Maritime Museum
THE MARITIME MUSEUM, IT HAS A LEGIT SUBMARINE DOCKED BESIDE IT

Sydney Harbour Cruise Darling Harbour
ALIGHTING AT DARLING HARBOUR, ONLY TO GO BACK UP THE SHIP AGAIN

Some moment after, our cruise ship started tooting its horn. We saw that not everyone has alighted. Hurriedly, we ran back to the ship, and it started its way back to Circular Quay. The ship almost left without us, we were the last to board!

Sydney Harbour Cruise Harbour Bridge Walkers
TOURS ARE AVAILABLE TO WALK ABOVE THE HARBOUR BRIDGE

We had a good laugh about that as we sipped on our complementary soda. It would’ve been much more fun if we’re chugging beer right there, but like everything else in Australia, they’re quite expensive, lol.

Sydney Harbour Cruise Sydney Opera House
BACK AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE ALONG CIRCULAR QUAY

The Sydney Opera House was glowing when we finally entered the waters of Circular Quay. The sun was on its way down, casting a yellowish tinge to its shell-like fa├žade. We bade our farewell to the crew, finding two of them to be Filipinos! It was a short, but a very sweet introduction to Sydney. Now it’s time to explore the city on foot!

 

SCOOT HAS DAILY PROMO FARES FROM MANILA TO AUSTRALIA

SCOOT, KLOOK, AND ONE VINE MIGRATION MADE OUR TRIP TO AUSTRALIA POSSIBLE. VIEWS AND OPINION ALL MINE.

 

Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise
Address: Wharf 6, Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Contact Number: +61 (2) 9206-1111
Tour Rates: AUD35.00
Tour Duration: 90 mintues
GPS Map Coordinates: -33.860826, 151.209945

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, April 13, 2018

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