The Cruiser’s Guide to Sydney’s Best Sights

With the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Sydney Harbour is the ultimate cruise destination. Hundreds of cruises depart from the Harbour each year and set sail.

The Russell Hotel is conveniently located right on the doorstep of the Circular Quay port. The historical hotel is only a short walk from many of Sydney’s greatest tourist destinations. It is also situated in the heart of The Rocks, a popular dining and shopping precinct.

If you are planning on taking a cruise that departs or arrives in Sydney, or even if you’re just stopping by for the day, here is our guide to the top activities to do during your stay!

The Rocks1 minute walk from The Russell Hotel

With cobbled laneways, cosy cafes and a great range of restaurants and bars, The Rocks is a must-do whilst in Sydney. The Rocks is essentially the birthplace of modern Sydney. It was the strip of land where European settlers first chose to step ashore in 1788.

On Fridays you will find The Rocks Foodies Market, and on the weekends The RocksWeekend Markets. Nestled in between the harbour and Harbour Bridge, the markets is located in a great spot to browse some stalls. Immerse yourself in stalls featuring clothing, accessories, homewares, hand-crafted jewellery, photography, art and souvenir gifts.

The Friday Foodie Market offers breakkie, lunch and everything in between. The aroma of freshly baked bread or mouth-watering burgers surrounds the open-air fresh food market.

The Rocks


Sydney Opera House5 minutes walk from The Russell Hotel

Visiting the world famous Sydney Opera House is definitely an activity to tick off the list. With a number of events being held at the venue, you can be entertained by a great range of showcases.

Alternatively, you can simply opt for a tour and discover the stories, history and magic of the Sydney Opera House. This building is a masterpiece of late modern architecture and has earned itself a reputation as a world-class performing arts centre. In its short lifetime it has become a symbol for Sydney and the Australian Nation.

It’s definitely worth a visit while in the Sydney Harbour.

Sydney Opera House


Sydney Harbour Bridge5 minutes walk from The Russell Hotel

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is another iconic Australian landmark. With construction completed in 1932, it took eight years to build and is now renowned worldwide. Take a stroll across the bridge while sightseeing, or experience the Harbour from up above by doing the bridge climb.

The bridgeclimb spans the Sydney Harbour with a maximum height of 134 metres. Enjoy panoramic and breathtaking views of Sydney. Learn about the fascinating history of the bridge on the exhilarating climb up. It’s one way to make a memorable trip last a lifetime!

Sydney Harbour Bridge


Museum of Contemporary Art1 Minute walk from The Russell Hotel

With a diverse program of exhibitions and special events onsite and offsite, the Museum of Contemporary Art is a must-do for any art lover.

From major thematic exhibitions of established artists, to new work by emerging artists, the Museum represents the range and diversity of contemporary art. Located in Sydney’s beautiful Circular Quay it’s one that can be easily accessed during your stay.

The museum contains over 4000 works by Australian artists, which have been acquired since 1989. Spanning all art forms from paintings and photography to sculptures and moving image.

Museum of Contemporary Art


Royal Botanic Garden5 minutes walk from The Russell Hotel

The Royal Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden and scientific institution in Australia. It is home to an outstanding collection of plants from around the world. With around 30 hectares there is plenty to see and do.

The Garden contains 8900 species of plants and 36 garden artworks throughout the site. With over 3.5 million visitors annually it is one of Sydney’s most popular spots to relax, unwind and take in the surroundings. You can take a free guided walk to explore the garden with a knowledgeable guide to ensure you don’t miss out on anything the gardens have to offer.

Royal Botanic Garden

Ferry, Bus and train – 2 minutes walk from The Russell Hotel

Public transport is all in close proximity to the hotel meaning that sightseeing attractions, restaurants and bars are all easily accessible. Anywhere you wish to go is within walking distance, with the ease of public transport at your doorstep.