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15 May 2018

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Traveling to Sydney’s Cruise Terminals

Not sure how to get to your next Cruise Holiday from Sydney? White Bay and Circular Quay Terminals are a tricky stint, but we’ve put together some tips on the best ways of getting around both Terminals.


Overseas Passenger Terminal – Circular Quay


One of Sydney’s most unique venues, The Overseas Passenger Terminal is located in the amphitheatre of Circular Quay. Sitting between the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the world-renowned venue has housed some of Australia’s most recognisable businesses and brands in its history. The pristine views of the surrounding land marks make for an unforgettable arrival and departure area for your next cruise.


Parking options are extremely limited around The Overseas Passenger Terminal; there is no onsite parking facilities. There are parking options nearby, but none that are cost effective for long-term parking.

White Bay Cruise Terminal


Located 5 minutes away from the CBD of Sydney, The White Bay Cruise Terminal has beautiful natural light and stunning sights can be seen from all sides of the building. Just like The Overseas Passenger Terminal, there are no long-term parking options at or near White Bay Cruise Terminal. The facility offers short-term pick-up and drop off access only.

White Bay Cruise Terminal is located on Robert Street, Rozelle, on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. On cruise ship days, access is best via James Road and if you have purchased on online Cheap Day Access, travel via Robert Street, Rozelle. Please note there is also no public transport that runs to White Bay Cruise Terminal.


Driving Alternatives


Not interested in the stress to driving to either Terminal? Here are few alternatives to driving:

  • Taxi from Central Station to White Bay – Costs around $45
  • Captain Cook Cruises runs a city ferry, which takes about 6 minutes and $9 per person one way. The difficulty with this is I have had feedback that it is hard to get your rather large heavy suitcases on and off the ferry for the short trip around to Circular Quay to catch public transport.
  • Newcastle Connections runs a shuttle bus from White Bay Cruise Terminal to your door starting from $85 and group discounts are always available.


If you are disembarking from your cruise ship at either terminal, I would strongly suggest booking a taxi in advance. Dis-embarkment from your ship is staggered, though the line to get a taxi can be quite long in the busy period early in the morning.


The following Cruise Lines commonly use white Bay Cruise Terminal:

  • P&O Cruise Lines
  • Holland America – on occasions if Circular Quay is booked
  • Princess Cruise lines on dependent ships

If you are cruising with Royal Caribbean Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, Cunard Cruises or Norwegian Cruise Line, these ships do not fit under the harbour bridge so are unable to use White Bay Cruise Terminal.


Cruise Transfers

Make your next Cruise Holiday carefree, with Newcastle Connections door-to-door Sydney Cruise Terminal Transfers. We specialises in Transfers from anywhere in The Hunter to Circular Quay and White Bay Cruise Terminals. We minimise your travel disturbances and take the guesswork out of cruise schedules for you! The Shuttle Bus travelling to Sydney occurs 5 times daily, and is a shared service, with multiple clients and pick up points along the way.


Our Shuttle Schedule ensures minimal travel disturbances, however as this service is shared and a longer transport option compared to Newcastle Connections Private Transfers. Take advantage of our modern and comfortable Shuttle Bus, operating 7 days a week to all major Holiday Transfer destinations.