Why Sydney Ferries is the Best Way to Make the Most of the Harbour City

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Ryde the Sydney ferries for a very pleasant and extremely affordable way to see the best tourist attractions in Australia. You will enjoy a harbour cruise without the price tag.

Whether you live in the Harbour City or just visit it, make sure to hop on a ferry.

It is public transport at its best and...there's a twist: ride the waves, feel the breeze and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

You will have two experiences in one: enjoy a cruise in the harbour as well as get to your destination quickly, sometimes quicker than by car.

No red lights and heavy traffic there.

And if your destination is the Cockatoo Island, this is the only public transport available.

If your starting point is Circular Quay, you are right in front of the two most famous tourist attractions in Sydney: Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

opera house sydney and seagull

Circular Quay and the Rocks are a magnet for tourists.

circular quay and the Rocks with cruise shipCircular Quay and The Rocks

And on your ferry ride you could pass by a majestic cruise ship anchored at the overseas terminal in Circular Quay.

cruise ship in circular quay sydneyA bit of jam traffic here?

Where Do Sydney Ferries Take You?

  • To the beach. It takes 30 minutes to get to Manly beach and enjoy some of the best beaches in Sydney, some on the harbour side others on the ocean side.
  • To the zoo. For a day out with your children, Taronga Zoo is the perfect place to see and get close to animals. The zoo location is an excellent spot to capture the best views of the city.
  • To do your shopping. For discount designer brands you can't go past Birkenhead and its shopping centre.
  • To relax on the largest island in the harbour. Head to Cockatoo Island, learn about the convicts in Australia's history and enjoy the magnificent skyline of the city.
  • To play a bit. Go to Luna Park and have some fun with the games and rides.
luna park
  • To see the affluent suburbs of Mosman, Neutral Bay or walk around Watson's Bay.
  • To visit the Olympic Park and see a show or a sports event.
  • To get to Parramatta, for more shopping experience. This city in Western Sydney is becoming a major business district and a strong retail centre.
sydney ferries rivercatThe RiverCat takes you to Sydney Olympic Park and Parramatta

How to Make the Most of Your Sydney Ferries Tickets

Tickets are relatively cheap. And you can save with the Opal card if you are a frequent user.

You can use the MyFerry1 tickets to go to most nearby attractions such as Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Milsons Point, Balmain.

To go further away to Manly or Parramatta you will need a MyFerry2.

If all you have available for your harbour visit is just one day and want to also use the bus or the rail, then buy a MyMultiDay pass. Though, if you have to go to Sydney airport by train at the end of the day, you will have to pay an additional station fee when you get there.

If that one day is Sunday and you have your kids with you, then Family Funday ticket is the way to go. For a very cheap fare per person you can use ferry, rail or any bus.

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