The gateway to Australia, Sydney is one of the world’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities, blessed with a mild, Mediterranean climate, glamorous beaches and deep, blue waterways.
The regions close to Sydney offer a variety of astonishing natural attractions - spectacular coastal scenery, golden beaches and beautiful bays. Popular short day trips from Sydney include the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area offering bushwalking and delightful gardens and the Hunter Valley where a wine-tasting tour is a must.
New South Wales (NSW), particularly Sydney, continues to grow as a major international cruise destination. In 2015-16 cruise expenditure in NSW was around $1.05+ billion^ with Sydney’s economic benefit estimated at over a $1.0 billion. There was a significant increase in cruise ship visits and passenger days in port in the same year. Sydney received 325 cruise ship visits, 334 cruise days in port and just under 1.3 million total passenger days in 2015-16*.
Regarded as a “marquee” port, Sydney is an essential stop for cruises to Australia. Around $49 million has been spent upgrading the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT), to improve the overall passenger experience and increase efficiency and capacity. A 60 metre extension to the wharf now ensures a permanent solution to berthing larger ships.
Sydney is also the gateway to cruising NSW and feeds sister ports, Newcastle and Eden, receiving $4.6 million and just under $1.0 million in economic benefit respectively. Most recently, NSW has added its fourth cruise port with the inaugural cruise season in Wollongong (Port Kembla). All four ports have different features and attractions which complement each other and appeal to differing segments of the cruise market*.
^ A reduction in direct expenditure from 2014-15 is directly due to a significant decrease in bunker (fuel) prices, offsetting growth in crew and passenger expenditure
*Source: Australian Cruise Association, Economic Impact Assessment of the Cruise Shipping Industry in Australia 2015-16