Cruising in Sydney and NSW

With nine ports spread along more than 2,000km of pristine coastline, NSW is the ideal cruise destination. Big family fun ships, sleek luxury yachts and hardy expedition vessels sail along the coast on the Blue Highway year round, bringing passengers to bustling cities, charming coastal communities and untouched bays.

Sydney is Australia's cruise gateway and the only city to have two dedicated cruise terminals. Around the State, you’ll find other beautiful ports dotted all the way along the coast, offering incredible experiences for passengers. Dine on fresh seafood, uncover Aboriginal history, learn to surf, take a wine tasting tour or swim with manta rays.

Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal - Circular Quay

Sydney Cruise Terminals 

Sydney has two cruise terminals - the Overseas Passenger Terminal and White Bay Cruise Terminal. Both located in Sydney harbour, you will sail past the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as you depart and arrive into Sydney. A great starting point for cruises around Australia, both terminals are easily accessible from Sydney Airport, as well as excellent transport connections for exploring the city.

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NSW Cruise Ports

There are eight other cruise ports along the NSW coastline — Eden, Batemans Bay, Kiama, Wollongong, Newcastle, Trial Bay, Coffs Harbour and Yamba — providing stunning coastal city and regional areas to explore. From here you can continue you cruise around Australia, or further afield to destinations including New Zealand, the South Pacific and the USA.

Discover more about NSW Cruise Ports below.

Jetty Beach sunrise - Coffs Harbour - NSW North Coast

Tourist Refund Scheme

Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) desk is available at both Sydney cruise ship terminals for international cruises. TRS enables you to claim a refund for the Good and Services Tax (GST) and the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) that you paid on goods purchased in Australia, after you’ve checked in.