Sydney, Australia

Welcome aboard the Dave Koz and Friends at Sea Cruise!

If you want a snapshot of Australia’s appeal, look no further than Sydney: The idyllic lifestyle, friendly locals and drop-dead natural beauty of this approachable metropolis and its attractions explain why the country tops so many travelers’ wish lists. But Sydney is more than just the embodiment of classic antipodean cool—the city is in a constant state of evolution. A list of what to do in Sydney might start with the white-hot nightlife, with its new cocktail bars and idiosyncratic mixology dens. Inventive restaurants helmed by high-caliber chefs are dishing up everything from posh pan-Asian to Argentine street food, while the famous dining temples that put Sydney on the gastronomic map are still going strong too.

The famed harbor is among the top sights—home to twin icons the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is the stepping-off point for some of the city’s best cultural attractions and sightseeing. In one day you can sail around the harbor, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera house and climb the bridge, with time to spare for people-watching over a flat white at a waterfront café.

Speaking of water, when you plan what to do in Sydney, you will want to include the iconic beaches, where surfers, office workers and tourists alike converge on some of the most gorgeous shoreline scenery anywhere. Bondi, Bronte and Clovelly are all within easy reach of the Central Business District, as is Manly, a charming seaside town located a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. Beyond the city you’ll discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the chance to encounter Australia’s cuddliest wildlife—a perfect way to round out your envy-inducing Sydney photo collection.


The Rocks

For a glimpse into the 1800’s, take a short stroll from your ship to an area known as “The Rocks”. It’s a vibrant village within a bustling city. Its maze-like streets and lanes radiate from beneath the southern approaches to the Harbour Bridge. It is an area filled with galleries, historic pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Enjoy A Bush Walk

There are some wonderful bush walks just minutes from Circular Quay, along the northern harbour foreshore. Ferries and water taxis can take you to starting points of several of these walks. Or for a real taste of wilderness, head out to the stunning Blue Mountains.

Ride A Ferry Or Take A Harbour Cruise

A ferry trip on the harbour really is an essential Sydney experience. Why not make a trip over to beautiful Manly?

Spend The Day At The Beach

Famous Bondi Beach is just one of the magnificent beaches along Sydney’s coast. Watsons Bay and Nielsen Park are other spectacular sheltered harbour beaches, easy to get to from downtown Sydney.


Getting Around

Taxis are widely available throughout the city. Water taxis are also available from various harbour-side jetties. The city’s ferries, trains and buses provide an excellent public transport system.


Sydney offers cuisine from every corner of the planet. Around the harbour and through the inner city are some of the best upmarket restaurants you’ll ever experience. There are also hundreds of less expensive alternatives.

Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.


Start your shopping experience in Sydney’s downtown area. The gracious Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade were both constructed in the late 19th century and are full of stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Connected to these are other arcades and major department stores. Every tourist precinct (such as Darling Harbour and The Rocks) features shops and galleries, as well as stores selling aboriginal arts and crafts. In Sydney’s inner suburbs such as Newtown and Surry Hills you’ll find fascinating, one-of-a-kind shops and galleries.


Sydney enjoys a temperate climate that sometimes verges on sub-tropical. In summer it can get quite hot and humid, particularly from January to March. Winters are cool, while autumn and spring are just delightful.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.


Public telephones and internet access are widely available. Mobile coverage is generally available.

What To Wear Ashore

To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, layered clothing (to allow for changes in temperature) and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water, an umbrella on overcast days and a warm jacket in winter.

Shore Tours

There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Sydney. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.



Sydney International Airport Mascot NSW Australia will be your starting point.

When you Disembark from the ship, don’t plan an early airline departure.
This is especially important if you’re a passenger from Australia, because you may not get your passport back from the immigration authorities before 9 a.m. or even later.

The departures lobby at dney International Airport is often crowded, and check-in can be a time-consuming process. We recommend arriving at the airport no later than 2½ to 3 hours before your flight’s departure.

Allow at least five hours from the ship’s arrival time to get off the ship, use ground transportation to reach the airport, check in, wait in the security line, and reach your flight’s departure gate. (If your cruise line is handling transfer and flight arrangements, you can defer to the cruise line’s schedule).

Cruise Ship Terminal

The Dave Koz and Friends Cruise on the HAL ms Noordam is departing from the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Overseas Passenger Terminal is located at 130 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

Go here for more information about the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Directions from the Airport to the Dave Koz Cruise Port: