10 Night Queensland Cruise on Serenade of the Seas from Sydney, Australia Brisbane, Australia Aerial View of Sunshine Coast
The 10 Night Queensland Cruise from Sydney, Australia visits Brisbane, Australia; Willis Island (Cruising), Australia; Cairns (Yorkeys Knob), Australia; Airlie Beach, Queensland; Newcastle, Australia; Sydney, Australia. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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10 Night Queensland Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Serenade of the Seas
Day 1 - Sydney, Australia
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Brisbane, Australia
Day 4 - Cruising
Day 5 - Willis Island (Cruising), Australia
Day 6 - Cairns (Yorkeys Knob), Australia
Day 7 - Airlie Beach, Queensland
Day 8 - 9 - Cruising
Day 10 - Newcastle, Australia
Day 11 - Sydney, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia Aerial View of Sunshine Coast
Aerial view of the Sunshine coast in Australia
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10 Night Queensland Cruise

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Leaving from
Sydney, Australia
Onboard
Serenade of the Seas
Day Port
1
Sydney, Australia
Departs at 4:30 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Brisbane, Australia
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
4
Cruising
Day at sea
5
Willis Island (Cruising), Australia
6
Cairns (Yorkeys Knob), Australia
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7
Airlie Beach, Queensland
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8 - 9
Cruising
Day at sea
10
Newcastle, Australia
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11
Sydney, Australia
Arrives at 6:30 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Serenade of the Seas

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Serenade of the Seas
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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Ship, Side View, European and Caribbean Destinations
Side View of Serenade of the Seas Cruise Visiting Bermuda, Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia
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Serenade of the Seas
From poolside movie nights and jaw dropping entertainment, to game changing flavors prepared to please your palate, all paths lead to discovery onboard Serenade of the Seas®.

BANISH BOREDOM FOR GOOD

Panoramic vistas aren't all you'll find on this ship. Get active on the Rock Climbing Wall or with a game of mini golf. Head to Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center to break a sweat or indulge in some "me time." And a giant poolside movie screen means plenty of opportunities to unwind outside.

NEXT LEVEL NOSHING

Craving something delicious? You've come to the right place. Serenade of the Seas® is brimming with far out flavors, like tantalizing Tuscan fare at Giovanni's Table, steaks seared to perfection at Chop's Grille℠ and five-courses of incredible at Chef's Table. For the perfect glass of wine, Vintages has your back.

PEAK PERFORMANCES

As the day winds down, the night heats up with dazzling productions by world-class performers. Whether it's all the hits from Broadway and the Big Screen in Stage to Screen, or remixed classics in Vibeology, you're definitely in for a show.

Day 1: Sydney, Australia

Day 1
Sydney
Australia
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Sydney, Australia, Circular quay and opera house
View of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay with the Skyline in the distance in Australia
Things to do in
Sydney
Departs at 4:30 PM
You won't have any trouble filling up an itinerary in Sydney — there's a wealth of sights, sounds and activities here to delight adventurers of all stripes. Visit one or all of the city's three iconic landmarks: the Sydney Opera House, the massive arched Harbour Bridge and white-sanded, crescent-shaped Bondi Beach. Get your culture on at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with works from ancient tribal Australia to medieval Europe to modern times. Cruise to Sydney and check out the North Head Cliffs at Manly Beach, which offer panoramic views of the bay and the skyline, or go snorkeling along the underwater nature trail at secluded Gordon's Bay to spot starfish and sea urchins.
Sydney, Australia, Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

Go in Circles

Circular Quay is the perfect place to start exploring Sydney. You can find the Opera House here, and Harbour Bridge is within walking distance. Stride into one of the many walking and pub tours that leave from here. Just 20 minutes away, you can stretch your legs on the iconic Harbour Bridge walk, the first of its kind in the world.
Insider tip
Central Sydney is extremely walkable, so take the time to explore the little streets close to Circular Quay.
Sydney, Australia, Manly beach
People enjoying Manly beach in Sydney, Australia

Get Manly

Bondi Beach gets all the attention, but Manly Beach in the Northern Beaches is a bit more local. The Corso is lined with shops and restaurants, including local favorite, Hugo's. If surfing is your thing, this is the place to be. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a fantastic way to soak in the city's coastline.
Insider tip
Taronga Zoo is filled with indigenous animals (and yes, you can pet a koala). This zoo's biggest secret is that it has one of the best views of the city.
Sydney, Australia, The Gap at Watsons Bay
The Gap at Watsons Bay in Sydney, Australia

Walk Watsons

Hop on the ferry or one of the regular buses that go to Watsons Bay to enjoy the scenic hike around South Head. During your journey, you'll enjoy views of Sydney Harbour, North Head, the historic Hornby Lighthouse and, of course, the sapphire-blue Pacific Ocean. The Gap offers breathtaking views of the sea from the rocky cliffside.
Sydney, Australia, Fresh Rock oysters
A plate of fresh Sydney rock oysters

Local Cuisine

With all the water surrounding you, it's no surprise seafood takes center stage on many plates in the city. Head to Sydney Fish Market for giant Sydney Rock oysters or classic fish and ships. Stop into a local pie shop for a traditional Australian meat pie, or explore Sydney's international side with udon or ramen noodles at a Japanese noodle bar, or seek out shrimp dumplings in Chinatown.
Sydney, Australia, Opal ring
An opal ring displayed on a stone

Shopping

There are plenty of shopping malls in the heart of the city, including Westfield Mall, Pitt Street Mall and the wonderful Queen Victoria Building, which is now a shopping mall featuring top designers. Seek out cutting boards made from local camphor laurel — they're not only beautiful but also have natural antimicrobial properties. During your Sydney cruise vacation, look for jewelry made from opal, the national gemstone of Australia.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
Sister Teaching Younger Brother Mini Golf
Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf

Mini Golf

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Kids Climbing up the Rock Wall
Kids Climbing on the Rock Wall Staring at the Ultimate Abyss

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 3: Brisbane, Australia

Day 3
Brisbane
Australia
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Brisbane, Australia  Aerial View
Aerial view of Brisbane, Australia and the Brisbane river
Things to do in
Brisbane
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Discover the capital of Queensland, Australia's Sunshine State. Laid-back Brisbane feels like a big country town, but it's actually Australia's third largest city. Cruise from Brisbane, Australia and experience its charm in any season thanks to year-round warm temperatures. Head to South Bank, where you join the locals cooling down in one of the many museums and galleries, or enjoy the sunshine at the man-made Streets Beach. Two of Australia's beach-going meccas, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, border Brisbane — take a short drive out and hop on a surfboard or relax in the sun-soaked sand.
Brisbane, Australia South Bank Artificial Beach
The South Bank artificial beach in Brisbane, Australia

Head South

You can't miss South Bank when in Brisbane. Take in the view from the Wheel of Brisbane, the city's version of the London Eye. Stroll through the Arbour, a walkway awning with expertly curated plants and flowers. Take a dip at Streets Beach — Australia's only inner-city man-made beach — before heading to one of the neighborhood's upscale eateries.
Insider tip
Take advantage of the free CityCat ferries on the Brisbane River.
Brisbane, Australia Panoramic View From Mount Coot-Tha Lookout
A panoramic view from Mount Coot-Tha lookout in Australia

Get a 360 View

See Brisbane from several different perspectives. Check out the wide-angled view from Mt Coot-tha Lookout, then face your fears and do the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Next, see the sunset from Kangaroo Points Cliff Park, or hop on a free CityCat ferry for skyline views from the Brisbane River.
Insider tip
Don't feel obligated to tip in Brisbane; it's not expected throughout Australia.
Brisbane, Australia Misty Glasshouse Mountains
The Misty Glasshouse Mountains in Australia

Get Wild

Take a drive north to the Sunshine Coast — you will find not only pristine beaches but also the untouched beauty of the region's hinterlands. Get onboard a Brisbane cruise to experience the volcanic peaks of the Glasshouse Mountains, or walk through the rock pools of Gardners Falls.
Brisbane, Australia Japanese Pizza Hiroshima Style
Hiroshima style Japanese pizzas on a flat top

Local Cuisine

It's always patio season in Brisbane. For the best riverside dining, check out Eagle Street Pier, which is bustling with city workers once the clock strikes 5 p.m. And don't miss Eat Street Northshore, a wharf that becomes a hub for forward-thinking street food on Friday and Saturday nights, where you can get a slice of Japanese pizza or a dessert of decadent churros.
Brisbane, Australia Young Couple At Market
A young couple shopping at a market

Shopping

Queen Street Mall is Brisbane's biggest shopping street. Meanwhile, James Street is lined with boutiques stocking some of Australia's favorite designers. For a unique souvenir, purchase a handmade treasure from Collective Markets in South Bank with Australia cruises. The market is made up of stalls where artisans of everything from jewelry to home decor set up shop.

Day 4: Cruising

Day 4
Cruising
At Sea
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Focaccia della Casa - Giovanni's Table
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.
FOR FOODIES
Chops Grille Dinner Table Dishes
A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Chops Grille℠

For more than a decade, the chefs at Chops Grille have specialized in serving up quality, hand-cut meat. Dinner at this hallmark Royal Caribbean specialty restaurant goes far beyond the typical steakhouse experience, though, with reimagined classics like succulent Maine lobster, gruyere cheese tater tots, white truffle-scented mushroom soup, and of course, expertly prepared prime beef.
Focaccia della Casa - Giovanni's Table
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

Giovanni's Table

Every meal at Giovanni’s Table is a family-style celebration of rustic Italian flavor. You’ll find all your favorite Old-World classics on the menu here, like house focaccia served with marinated artichokes, olives and pesto, fluffy gnocchi tossed in a thyme-scented sauce of lamb and root vegetables, traditional risotto finished with porcini and truffle mushroom tapenade, and veal osso buco paired with creamy cheese polenta, ripe tomatoes and sautéed green beans.

Day 5: Willis Island, Australia

Day 5
Willis Island
Cruising, Australia
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Willis Island (Cruising), Australia White-capped Noddy
White-capped Noddy flying over ocean
Things to do in
Willis Island
Willis Island is the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory. Located beyond the Great Barrier Reef, this island stands 280 miles from Cairns. The only residents on the 7.7-hectare sandy island are a handful of Australian Bureau of Meteorology staff members working at the weather monitoring station.The main attractions are the sights you'll see as you cruise through the Coral Sea. Spot tropical birds like black noodies, sooty terns and wedge-tailed shearwaters. Cruise to Willis Island to see the Great Barrier Reef stretch beneath the turquoise waters and the exotic fish that swim here, including angel fish, clown fish and hammerhead sharks.
Willis Island, Australia Sea Turtle
Sea turtle in the ocean

Turtle Time

Being next door to the Great Barrier Reef means the area surrounding Willis Island is filled with magnificent coral and marine life. Green sea turtles call the reef and the island home. Meteorologists on Willis Island have said that the turtles nest on the island annually.
Insider tip
Like its far-flung neighbor in Cairns, Willis Island has a tropical climate.
Willis Island (Cruising), Australia Nurse sharks
Nurse sharks feeding

Jump for Jaws

Osprey Reef is also a part of the Coral Sea Islands Territory. Located on the outer Great Barrier Reef, Osprey is one of Australia's best dive sites. It's been a reef shark feeding site for 15 years, and divers can sit in a natural amphitheater to watch the daily action.

Day 6: Cairns, Australia

Day 6
Cairns
Yorkeys Knob, Australia
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Cairns, Australia, Palm Cove
View of the beach at Palm Cove in Cairns, Australia
Things to do in
Cairns
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Situated in tropical north Queensland, Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. These two UNESCO World Heritage Sites are why Cairns is the fourth most popular destination for international tourists in Australia. Enjoy the city's year-round tropical summer weather as you relax beside the man-made lagoon on the Esplanade. Then, experience one of Cairns' two main drawcards: Head into the rainforest in nearby Kuranda, which you can reach by taking the Skyrail Cableway or the Scenic Railway. Cruise to Cairns and take the half-day trip to Green Island — you'll be snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef within an hour of leaving the city.
Cairns, Australia, Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
Two people snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia

Dive the Reef

Experience the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's seven natural wonders. Take a half-day snorkeling tours to the outer reef via jet boat. There are also brief daily snorkeling trips to picturesque Green Island available.
Insider tip
As Cairns is geared toward tourists, hiring a vehicle isn't necessary thanks to organized tours and public transport.
Cairns, Australia, Esplanade Lagoon
The Esplanade Lagoon man-made pool in Cairns, Australia

Laze by the Lagoon

The Esplanade Lagoon is a man-made pool on the foreshore. With its sandy edges and saltwater from the Trinity Inlet in Cairns, it's the city's most visited attraction. While you're here, stroll on the boardwalk, where you'll find fitness equipment, playgrounds and volleyball courts.
Insider tip
Cairns experiences a tropical climate, so sundresses and shorts are worn year-round.
Cairns, Australia, Palm Cove Beach
Palm trees lining Palm Cove beach in Australia

Beachy Keen

If you want to swim in the sea, hop on a public bus and head to the region's northern beaches. Palm Cove is the most popular outer Cairns suburb, with luxurious resorts, beautiful beaches and boutiques. Trinity Beach is a more local alternative.
Cairns, Australia, Kangaroo steak dish
A grilled Kangaroo steak on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Cairns offers an array of upscale and casual eateries specializing in everything from international fare to Australian classics. Fill up on local prawns and oysters at a harborside seafood spot. During your Cairns cruise, you can find top-tier Thai food and Korean food. Get adventurous with updated takes on Australian indigenous flavors, like char-grilled kangaroo sirloin with chili glaze.
Cairns, Australia, Koala bear stuffed animal
An assortment of Koala bear stuffed animals for sale

Shopping

The Pier offers the best waterfront shopping experience in Cairns. Specialty shops at The Pier include Wild Sugar, a bright and bold women's clothing range by Cairns designer Sajeela Jamie. Along Abbott Street, you'll find several stores that stock Cairns-specific souvenirs, including kangaroo leather products and items inspired by the local rainforest.

Day 7: Airlie Beach, Queensland

Day 7
Airlie Beach
Queensland
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Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Sandy beach with palm trees
A sandy beach with palm trees in Airlie Beach, Australia
Things to do in
Airlie Beach
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Airlie Beach is the Queensland coast's go-to spot for maritime adventure. It's the mainland town that allows the easiest access to the 74 incredible Whitsunday Islands — take the ferry out and spend your day relaxing by clear aqua waters at Whitehaven Beach or snorkeling among the heart-shaped portion of the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or stick to the mainland: Walk the Bicentennial Walkway along the Airlie Beach waterfront, popping into a cafe for a late-morning flat white (the Australian signature latte). Take a dip in Airlie Beach Lagoon, or head to Conway National Park, where you can hike your way through rain forest to panoramic views of the city and the harbor.
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Whitehaven beach coast
Whitehaven beach during a sunny, clear day in Australia

Islands Among the Reef

Doing a half or full-day trip to the Whitsunday Islands is the thing to do in Airlie Beach. For best Great Barrier Reef experience, do a tour to Hardy Reef's pontoon. There are also half-day trips available to both South Molle Island and award-winning Whitehaven Beach.
Insider tip
Airlie Beach's Main Street is very walkable from end to end, so there's no need for public transport.
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, View from rainforest
View of Shute Harbour from a rainforest in Australia

Wander the Rain Forest

Airlie Beach is not only an ocean gateway. Conway National Park — and its regional parks — are located minutes from Airlie Beach. The area is known for its lush rain forest, seasonal waterfalls, scenic lookouts and walking and biking trails. Locals recommend the easy Coastal Fringe Circuit, a 1.2-kilometer (0.7-mile) track.
Insider tip
Shop around to find the best day trip option available, as there's lots of competition.
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Downtown Lagoon
View of the Airlie Beach Lagoon in downtown Airlie Beach, Australia

Laze by the Lagoon

Located in the town center, the Airlie Beach Lagoon is a free, self-chlorinated swimming pool. The Lagoon is surrounded by grassed areas, barbecue facilities and swaying palm trees for sunbathing or reading in the shade. There's also a children's pool and sandy beach area attached to the Lagoon.
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Grilled Barramundi
A filet of grilled barramundi on a white plate

Local Cuisine

The Esplanade is Airlie Beach's go-to spot for dining. Head here for traditional fish and chips as well as higher-end seafood-focused fare — try tempura-battered local tiger prawns or wild-caught Barramundi with new potatoes. You can also find internationally inspired takes on the ocean's bounty, like Malaysian-style laksa, a noodle soup with curry broth, piled high with prawns, squid and scallops.
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Handcrafted artisan necklaces
An assortment of handcrafted artisan necklaces

Shopping

The Airlie Beach Saturday Markets happens on the foreshore every Saturday. Drop by and browse the local art, craft and clothing stalls for a unique souvenir. PAYA Boutique also stocks a wide range of hand-selected fashion and lifestyle products, including women's fashion, accessories, jewelry, home wares and gifts.

Day 8 - 9: Cruising

Day 8 - 9
Cruising
At Sea
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Couple with their Kids in the Pool
Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
SUN DRENCHED DAYS
Family Enjoying the Pool
Family Enjoying the Pool and Tanning

Pools

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.
Solarium Whirlpool Guests
Guests Enjoying the Solarium

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

Day 10: Newcastle, Australia

Day 10
Newcastle
Australia
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Newcastle, Australia Drone Shot Beach
A drone shot of Redhead Beach at sunrise, over the shark tower
Things to do in
Newcastle
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Newcastle, Australia, offers all the seaside charm of the New South Wales coast with a pleasantly traffic-free and uncrowded vibe. Check out Fort Scratchery, where you'll find the best views of the shoreline as well as a museum and memorial to this spot's importance as a defense outpost in World Wars I and II. Cruise to Newcastle and get ready to hit the waves: Head down to Nobbys Beach to take a dip, go surfing or see the picturesque lighthouse. Or drive less than an hour out to Hunter Valley, home to more than 150 vineyards producing award-winning Shiraz and Chardonnay.
Newcastle, Australia Rocks Lighthouse Beach
The Nobbys Head Lighthouse in Newcastle, Australia

Find Your Best Beach

Nobbys Beach is a popular option for families and surfers. Meanwhile, Mereweather Beach is home to the Southern Hemisphere's largest ocean baths complex, which is essentially an open saltwater swimming pool. Newcastle Beach also has ocean baths and is one of Australia's best surf locations. Which beach will you choose?
Insider tip
It's very easy to walk between Newcastle's best beaches and the main thoroughfare, Hunter Street.
Newcastle, Australia ANZAC Memorial Walk
ANZAC Memorial Walk and Bar Beach in Newcastle, Australia

Walk the Bathers Way

The Bathers Way is a scenic five-kilometer walk. It takes you from Nobbys Headland's lighthouse to Glenrock Reserve and Burwood Beach. Along the way, you can stop for a swim at Newcastle Beach and visit Fort Scratchley, which is Australia's only fort to engage an enemy in a maritime attack.
Insider tip
Remember to always safely swim between the red and yellow lifeguard flags at all Australian beaches.
Newcastle, Australia Ancient Painting
An ancient aboriginal Australian painting in the Newcastle Museum

Cool Off With Culture

If you're ready to head indoors, visit the Newcastle Museum or Newcastle Art Gallery. The art gallery has a large Australian art collection, spanning from settlement to today. It includes Aboriginal bark paintings and Australian ceramics. Newcastle Museum's collection features 11,000 objects of local significance, such as the historic Fishing Tree and iconic trains.
Newcastle, Australia Dining Cuisine
Duck confit with braised cabbage, baked apple and cranberry sauce served on snow white plate with cutlery on black table background

Local Cuisine

Newcastle is home to a wealth of excellent eateries serving up creative takes on the local bounty for you to enjoy during your cruise. Try Spanner Crab from nearby Fraser Island, spiced duck confit served charred celeriac or garlic prawns caught straight from the ocean. For breakfast, grab a bacon and egg roll from local favorite The Edwards.
Newcastle, Australia Kangaroos Souvenirs
Stuffed toy Kangaroo souvenirs for sale at the markets in Australia

Shopping

For a Newcastle souvenir, such as local postcards and shirts, visit the aptly named Newcastle Shop at Newcastle Museum. Alternatively, Blackbird Corner is a locally owned store stocked with clothing and gifts from various independent Australian designers. Darby Street is the city's go-to spot for boutique shopping: Head here for unique fashions and handmade jewelry.

Day 11: Sydney, Australia

Day 11
Sydney
Australia
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Sydney, Australia, Aerial View
Aerial view of Double Bay in Sydney, Australia
Things to do in
Sydney
Arrives at 6:30 AM
You won't have any trouble filling up an itinerary in Sydney — there's a wealth of sights, sounds and activities here to delight adventurers of all stripes. Visit one or all of the city's three iconic landmarks: the Sydney Opera House, the massive arched Harbour Bridge and white-sanded, crescent-shaped Bondi Beach. Get your culture on at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with works from ancient tribal Australia to medieval Europe to modern times. Cruise to Sydney and check out the North Head Cliffs at Manly Beach, which offer panoramic views of the bay and the skyline, or go snorkeling along the underwater nature trail at secluded Gordon's Bay to spot starfish and sea urchins.
Sydney, Australia, Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

Go in Circles

Circular Quay is the perfect place to start exploring Sydney. You can find the Opera House here, and Harbour Bridge is within walking distance. Stride into one of the many walking and pub tours that leave from here. Just 20 minutes away, you can stretch your legs on the iconic Harbour Bridge walk, the first of its kind in the world.
Insider tip
There are a surprising number of interesting museums in Sydney, including the Maritime Museum, which explores the seafaring history of the city.
Sydney, Australia, Manly beach
People enjoying Manly beach in Sydney, Australia

Get Manly

Bondi Beach gets all the attention, but Manly Beach in the Northern Beaches is a bit more local. The Corso is lined with shops and restaurants, including local favorite, Hugo's. If surfing is your thing, this is the place to be. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a fantastic way to soak in the city's coastline.
Sydney, Australia, The Gap at Watsons Bay
The Gap at Watsons Bay in Sydney, Australia

Walk Watsons

Hop on the ferry or one of the regular buses that go to Watsons Bay to enjoy the scenic hike around South Head. During your journey, you'll enjoy views of Sydney Harbour, North Head, the historic Hornby Lighthouse and, of course, the sapphire-blue Pacific Ocean. The Gap offers breathtaking views of the sea from the rocky cliffside.
Sydney, Australia, Fresh Rock oysters
A plate of fresh Sydney rock oysters

Local Cuisine

With all the water surrounding you, it's no surprise seafood takes center stage on many plates in the city. Head to Sydney Fish Market for giant Sydney Rock oysters or classic fish and ships. Stop into a local pie shop for a traditional Australian meat pie, or explore Sydney's international side with udon or ramen noodles at a Japanese noodle bar, or seek out shrimp dumplings in Chinatown.
Sydney, Australia, Opal ring
An opal ring displayed on a stone

Shopping

There are plenty of shopping malls in the heart of the city, including Westfield Mall, Pitt Street Mall and the wonderful Queen Victoria Building, which is now a shopping mall featuring top designers. Seek out cutting boards made from local camphor laurel — they're not only beautiful but also have natural antimicrobial properties. During your Sydney cruise vacation, look for jewelry made from opal, the national gemstone of Australia.

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