Heritage Harbour Cruises

Climb aboard the heritage motor launch Harman (c.1943) for a unique 1 hour cruise on Sydney Harbour.

Passengers can enjoy one of two specially designed cruises – the Mystery Bays Highlights Tour (morning) and the Westside Stories Highlights Tour (afternoon). 

Mystery Bays Highlights Tour (10.30am and 11.45pm) 

The Mystery Bays Highlights Tour focuses on the area between Fort Denison and Balls Head – typically inaccessible by ferries and larger commercial vessels. 

You’ll see the northern harbour’s once extensive shipbuilding and engineering enterprises; former sites of heavy industry that are now public parks and reserves; Aboriginal settlements; colonial defence installations; places of recreation and leisure, and places that have seen major Australian artistic achievement.


Westside Stories Highlights Tour (1.45pm)  

The Westside Stories Highlights Tour shows the transformation of Sydney Harbour from a major working port into one of leisure. 

See the remaining vestiges of the working waterfront as you’re taken deep into the bays and coves, west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Highlights include Rozelle Bay where many of the city’s historic vessels are being restored; see where Palmolive and Protex soap was made; be visually transported to ‘Scandinavia’ by multi-coloured harbour front workshops, and unlock what the name Ultimo means? 

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Please note:

Mystery Bays and Westside Stories Highlights Tours are shortened versions of the Sydney Heritage Fleet’s 2-hour cruises. 

Harman is undergoing maintenance work in April and, during this time, will be replaced by the vessel Berrima.



Tickets can be purchased online in advance or on the day (pending availability) from the main museum foyer or Action Stations ticket desk. 


Conditions of boarding

  • Due to safety requirements children must be at least 90 cm tall to board the vessel.
  • Please arrive at the main museum wharf (in front of Ripples cafe) at least 10 minutes before departure. 
  • Please wear sensible footwear and dress appropriately for the weather on the day - a windproof jacket may be useful.
  • The vessel is licensed to carry a maximum of 24 passengers.
  • If, in the opinion of the vessel Master on the day, and it is in the interests of passenger comfort and safety to do so, the tour route may be varied without notice.
  • If, in the opinion of the vessel Master on the day in the event the wind or sea state is deemed unsuitable for the comfort of passengers, the cruise will be cancelled and passengers refunded.