Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT)
If you’re on a large cruise ship stopping in Sydney, you might pass through the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Situated in the heart of Australia’s biggest city, the port aims to make it as convenient as possible to get off (and back on) the ship, and also connects travelers to a plethora of sightseeing options.
Modern and cosmopolitan, as well as laid-back and welcoming in equal measure, Sydney is a popular cruise line destination. Make the most of your time in the city on a guided tour which typically stop at top attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Rocks District, and a beach or two.
Alternatively, opt for a private tour to customize your itinerary and see everything of interest to you. Or, head out on a day trip to the Blue Mountains, the Hunter Valley wine region, or Port Stephens right from the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OTP).
Things to Know Before You Go
If you need local information, look for a Sydney destination ambassador in the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
Sydney has several different cruise ports; check which one your ship arrives at and departs from.
Most shore excursions include port pickup and drop-off.
Many activities include time outdoors and require some walking, so wear comfortable shoes and take a hat and sunscreen.
Luggage storage is available in Circular Quay.
How to Get to Sydney From the Overseas Passenger Terminal
The terminal is located in Circular Quay, within walking distance of many attractions in central Sydney. It’s also easy to get around the city via taxi, bus, rail, or ferry. Shore excursions also typically offer round-trip transportation from the port.
English is the official language in Sydney, although you may also hear Mandarin and Arabic. The local currency is the Australian dollar, and ATMs are widely available. You can also exchange money at banks or currency exchange offices around the city.
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