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Guide To Sydney Cruise Port

Updated on July 22, 2011
Downtown Sydney
Downtown Sydney

Let's Go Sydney

Sydney, which has a population of nearly four million people, is the biggest city in the country of Australia. The city is sited on the east coastline of Australia. The Blue Mountains are located to the west, and the Pacific Ocean to the east. The town was founded in 1788 when ships of convicts from England arrived in Australia. The transportation of convicts to Australia was the brainwave of the British Secretary of State, Lord Sydney. Consequently the new settlement’s name. The initial inhabitants had a mean existence, living in wood shacks, eating meager rations, and undergoing ruthless punishment from the wardens. The natives, however, were to suffer even more baldy, as the infectious diseases brought struck many Aborigines. The mild climate, and the multitude of opportunities was a big attraction, and the first free colonists arrived in 1793.

Uninhibited by bureaucracy, the town developed quickly through the nineteenth century, as the inhabitants established lots of farms, mines, businesses, shops and factories. Through the 20th century, fast growth carried on as migrants came from both Asia and Europe.

Nowadays Sydney is a multicultural, modern and large city, with citizens hailing from all over the globe. The city is a popular tourist destination. Famous attractions include the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, The Rocks and Sydney Harbor Bridge. Sydney’s coastal location and tourist attractions have helped make it a top cruise ship port. More than 150 cruiseliners utilize Sydney port every year.

Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach

Sightseeing in Sydney

If you have a day to spare at either end of your cruise, Sydney makes a wonderful tourist destination.

The Rocks
The Rocks is the oldest area in Sydney, and several of the structures here are nearly as was, like Cadman’s Cottage, the Merchants House, Susannah Place and Campbells Storehouse.  Integrated into this historical district, the visitor will find shops, galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants. The Rocks area is very near to Circular Quay.

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House, sited on Bennelong Point on Syney Cove, is thought by many to be one of the archictectural wonders of the modern world. Designed by Jørn Utzon and constructed with much controversy, it was inaugurated in October 1973.  If your itinerary allows, watch an opera, a concert or a ballet.. The Opera house is a quick walk along the coast from the OPT.

Royal Botanic Gardens
The beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens is an oasis of greenery placed between the waterfront and the urban city center. A walkway follows the water’s edge, offering fine views over Sydney Harbour and Farm Cove.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
A pedestrianised pavement runs the whole length of the Sydney Harbour Bridge adjacent to the roadway.  Call at the Pylon Lookout on the south side of the bridge to see an absorbing  display on how the bridge was built.  If heights don’t frighten you sign up for the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, a 3 ½ hour expedition to the top of the bridge.  The outing takes you up ladders, girders and catwalks at day or night.  

Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is renowned the world over as as Sydney’s favorite beach. During the summer months Bondi is a centre for fun, sun and surf. The sandy beach has a spectacular outlook over a large moon shaped bay of deep blue ocean. Bus number 380 from Circular Quay gets you there in about forty minutes.

New Caledonia Beach
New Caledonia Beach

Cruise Routes From Sydney

Sydney is the departure port for a great range of cruise holidays. First time cruisers may appreciate the limited cruises to nowhere, which give a great feel for cruise vacations. Cruises to mysterious Tasmania or sunkissed Queensland are favorite weekly vacations. Slightly longer 9 or 10 night cruises call at the magnificent beaches of the Pacific islands Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Fourteen day cruise vacations are a voyage around New Zealand, or a journey to the lovely Pacific atolls of Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji. Longer cruises include sailings to the awesome sights of China and Japan, or the fabled trip around the Australian continent. For a complete listing of cruises from Sydney, see cruises from Sydney.

The Overseas Passenger Terminal
The Overseas Passenger Terminal

Sydney Cruise Terminals

The city’s cruise ship facilities are divided between 2 sites, Wharf 5 and the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Overseas Passenger Terminal
The Overseas Passenger Terminal has access to a 800ft mooring, able to berth just one full-sized cruise ship. The terminal is modern with the usual variety of functions for passengers. It offers outside eateries, restaurants and an hotel. The terminal is situated at Circular Quay, opposite the Opera House a short walk from Sydney’s main sights.

Darling Harbour Wharf 5
While new facilites are under construction at White Bay, Wharf 5 at Darling Harbour in Bangaroo is being employed as a temporary terminal. The terminal features a departure area, an immigration area, customs control and an arrivals area. The terminal is within easy walking distance of Circular Quay.

Because the new cruise terminal at White Bay is the 'wrong' side of Harbor bridge, and will only allow access to smaller cruise vessels, a further development at Garden Island is under consideration.

For the ports website see Sydney Ports.

Sydney Central Train Station
Sydney Central Train Station

Directions To The Cruise Port

From Sydney Airport
Overseas Passenger Terminal - Pick up the train from either the International Train Station or the Sydney Airport Domestic station to Circular Quay (green line).  The Overseas Passenger Terminal is a short walk from Circular Quay Station.
Wharf 5 - Catch a train from either the Sydney Airport Domestic station or International Train Station to Wynyard station (Airport and East Hills line).  It is a half-mile walk from Wynyard station to Wharf 5.  An alternative option is a taxi-cab.

From Central Train Station
Central Railway Station is the main junction for interstate and intrastate rail services. The violet and light blue train lines connect Central station to the downtown. Alight the train at Circular Quay or Wynyard. An alternative option is a taxi.

By Car
Neither the OPT or Wharf 5 terminals have attached parking lots, however parking is possible in the area.

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