Itinerary: Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and Manly

Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

Sightseeing in Sydney? With three different ferry services to must-see Sydney Harbour locations, unlimited travel on Manly Fast Ferry, highest service frequency and longest operating hours, the My Fast Ferry 24-hour Hop On / Hop Off pass offers excellent value, all in one ticket.

9.30 – Take in the surrounds and visit the attractions at Darling Harbour

Incredible wildlife, diverse entertainment, delicious waterside dining and trendy bars, right in the heart of Sydney, whatever you're in the mood for, Darling Harbour has it all.

Begin your aquatic adventure at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, where a glass walk-through tunnel and multiple exhibits, such as The Penguin Expedition, will allow you to get up close to an abundance of unique marine animals, including sharks, stingrays and dugongs.

Or witness a huge variety of Aussie animal favourites at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, where you can have your photo taken next to a koala, discover Red Kangaroos in the Red Centre habitat and Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies, as well as Hairy-Nosed Wombats in the Rocky Cliffs habitat. You'll even see crocodiles, Tasmanian devils and snakes, as well as explore the Rainforest, replicating Far North Queensland's Daintree Rainforest, home to the world's most dangerous bird; the Cassowary.

Don’t forget, NRMA Members receive up to 15% off over 3,000 experiences across Australia, including Sydney’s own SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds and much more.

11: 35 or 12.15 – Board the Hop On / Hop Off service from Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour to Circular Quay

Operating a 24hr Hop On / Hop Off fast ferry service, the My Fast Ferry Hop On / Hop Off offers great value with three different ferry services included in one pass, stopping at must-see Sydney locations, including Manly, Darling Harbour, Watsons Bay, Taronga Zoo, Quarantine Station, Circular Quay, Pyrmont Bay and Milsons Point.

00:00 – Disembark at Circular Quay

The gateway to numerous iconic Sydney attractions, including Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay is the city’s main ferry terminus. Stroll along the eastern side and visit Sydney Opera House before continuing along the foreshore towards the Royal Botanic Gardens. Or grab a bite to eat at one of the vibrant cafes, restaurants or weekend market stalls in The Rocks.

14:25 – Board the Hop On / Hop Off at Circular Quay Wharf 2 to Manly Wharf 2

00:00 – Disembark at Manly Wharf 2

With its famous surf breaks, golden stretch of 2km sand line with Norfolk Pines, and relaxed beachside vibe, it’s hard to believe Manly is only a 18-minute ferry ride from the bustle of Sydney CBD. Explore the esplanade and walking trails by foot or rent a bike, snorkel the azure waters around Shelley Beach and Cabbage Tree Bay, or rent a kayak and paddle to Store Beach before working up an appetite and grabbing a bite to eat. Use the mynrma app to search for food and drink options nearby.

20:30 – 21:30 – Board the Fast Ferry back to Circular Quay

From out of town? Plan your trip to Sydney

Accommodation: We recommend you’re centrally located during your trip to make the most of your visit, as several of Sydney’s highlights can be taken in for free or cheaply, simply by walking around. Don't forget, NRMA Members save on stays at Travelodge and NRMA holiday parks and resorts.

Car rental: Planning to zip around the city between or discover the many beaches? Members receive 15 percent on the daily rental rate with Thrifty car hire.

my nrma app: Find and save on your nearest fuel and parking, and discover nearby NRMA Blue Member benefits on the my nrma app. 

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