Sydney Australia Cruise Port
Cruise ships of all lines dock in Sydney at two locations, each of which can accommodate 1 vessel at a time.
1. Overseas Passenger Terminal - Circular Quay. Mainly for tall ships which cannot fit under the Harbour Bridge.
Public Transport options: Bus number 431 drops you off on George Street outside the OPT precinct
From the airport: Purchase a train ticket to Circular Quay at either the Sydney Airport Domestic or International Train Station. Catch the train to Circular Quay. The Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal is a very short walk from the Circular Quay Station, towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge
2. White Bay has been in operation as of 2013, replacing the former Darling harbour location. For guests arriving at the airport, cruise lines offer transfers by coach to the new terminal. P&O charges AU$22 per person each way, as well as post-cruise transfers from the ship to Central Railway Station for AU$12 per person. Public transportation is at the moment an issue here. The terminal is 6km from the CBD, near Rozelle and Balmain, which are residential suburbs outside the city centre.
There is NO train station or convenient bus stop or long-term parking. Parking is only available during the day – not overnight. The best options to reach White Bay are taxi, private transfer (eg. limo, shuttle bus) or drive and leave your car at Wilsons long-term car park.
Sydney Airport is 17km (11 miles), around a 30-minute drive from White Bay. Some cruise lines operate their own airport shuttle (contact your travel agent).
A taxi from the airport will cost around $50-$65, depending on traffic. The train from the airport does NOT go near White Bay. You need to get off at Town Hall. Tickets cost around $16 each, and then your only option is to take a taxi the rest of the way ($17-$20). For two people, it may be cheaper to get a taxi straight to White Bay Cruise Terminal and not fuss around with luggage and hailing a cab on the city streets.
In addition to the two berths listed, occasionally cruise ships dock at the naval base at Garden Island, a little to the east of Circular Quay, especially for very large ships.
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in Cruise Port:
a definite stop on just about any cruise that travels Down Under and
often serves as a starting or ending point for ships that also travel
to New Zealand. It is the largest city in Australia, and while many
of the nation's cultural and financial institutions are located in
Sydney, the city's real draw is its dramatic natural scenery.
Sydney Explorer Hop-on Hop-off harbor Cruise
Take a tour of the world-famous Sydney
Opera House. There are a handful of varieties (backstage, historic
and what is called the "tour de force" for travelers
with special interests in architecture, engineering or the arts).
Guided tours are conducted between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Of course,
schedule permitting, travelers can also take in a show.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
|Shopping and Food:|
Options in Sydney include central areas like Pitt Street Mall, downtown and Castlereagh Street (from Hunter Street to Goulburn Street) for chi-chi designer stores. Also include the aforementioned Rocks and Darling harbor, Oxford Street and Five Ways in Paddington. Sydney also has an excellent collection of weekend outdoor markets. Glebe holds its version every Saturday, while Bondi hosts a market each Sunday.
|Opening Hours and Holidays:|
Shops and services are generally open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and until lunchtime on Saturday. In cities and larger towns, many shops stay open late on Thursday or Friday evening - usually until 9pm - and all day on Saturday. Shopping malls are often open on Sundays as well.
In remote country areas, roadhouses provide all the essential services for the traveller and, on the major highways, are generally open 24 hours a day. In tourist areas, even ones well off the beaten track, tourist offices are often open every day or at least through the week plus weekend mornings; urban information centers are more likely to conform to normal shopping hours.
Tourist attractions such as museums, galleries and attended historic monuments, are often open daily, though those in rural communities may have erratic opening hours.
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