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Port Review: Sydney

Sydney, often referred to as ‘The Harbour City’ is the perfect place to stay before or after a cruise.  More than a third of Australia’s population lives in New South Wales, and Sydney is the nation’s largest but not its capital - Canberra holds that crown.

One of the CruiseKings team recently visited Sydney, and this is their review of the city, their trip, and some of the best bits to see;

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“Whether it is shopping in the city centre, relaxing on the sandy beaches or walking around iconic Sydney Harbour, there is plenty to keep you busy. A highlight of my stay was the Sydney Opera, this is a must!

The best areas of the city to stay are near the  Opera House or alternatively at Darling Harbour where you will find a choice of casual and sophisticated eating places using quality local produce.

What a setting for an after dinner drink in one of the trendy wine bars.  The Rocks area was a real favourite of mine where you are sure to find street performers and music playing creating a relaxed and fun ambiance.

May and June are perfect times to visit during the festivals and then when the city lights up!  On the water, above the water or below it, there’s a million ways to enjoy Sydney Harbour.

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An added bonus is the Port is set in the heart of the city so transferring to your hotel or the airport is so simple.  Public transport is readily available.

Here are a list of MUST do’s


  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb (handy hint go at twilight to take in the sunset)

  • Sydney Harbour Ferry Tour (24 hour pass A $40 taking you around Circular Quay taking in Taronga Zoo)

  • Aboriginal Heritage Walking Tour.  Discover the concept of Dreamtime

  • Marrickville Markets – a hub of activity every Sunday selling organic produce and offering a buzz of fun.


Australia is quite well known for its delicious wine, so why not add on a couple more days to your trip and head out of the city to Hunters Valley? It is only a two hour drive away and is Australia’s oldest wine region.


Karen Stewart, Cruise Product Manager


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