Many travellers dream of a voyage down under but little know that you can cruise from this beautiful city and see more of Australia via a cruise ship visiting the port of Sydney. There is a great choice of cruises that leave from Sydney and of course there are worldwide cruises that sail via Australia’s ‘Emerald City’. Other stops on Australasian cruises can include Newcastle, Brisbane, Burnie, Hobart, Melbourne, Arlie Beach and Adelaide. There are also opportunities to take cruises which feature places such as New Caledonia, Champagne Bay, Mystery Island, Fiji and many more. So what is so special about Sydney itself? As a newer city of the world you would imagine that the city wouldn’t have as rich as history that is possesses. Of course there is The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House that we all know and love but there are also the following interesting places to visit and experiences to encounter when visiting this great city. Here are a few of our chosen spots to take a break from the norm of cruise ship excursions when you visit Sydney port.A ‘hipster’ neighbourhood with a Greenwich Village feel, it can be great to pop to spend some time in Newtown to get away from the bustling tourist crowd. There are lots of funky independent coffee shops, cafes and shops to enjoy and perhaps to pick some mementos from.The city zoo of Sydney, Taronga Zoo is home to over 2,600 animals of over 340 species. It was officially opened in 1916 and visitors can experience some of Australia’s distinct species of wildlife and learn about them. It is a fun place to visit, particularly if you have your children with you.Luna Park is a harbour side amusement park and offers many traditional rides and games for the whole family to enjoy. Entrance to the park is free but you will need ride tickets if you wish to ride any. For those looking for a fun day out and a sense of traditional entertainment, Luna Park is perfect.Australia’s most famous beach, Bondi has glorious golden sands, a great seaside village and stunning surf. Why not take a lesson with one of the experienced surf schools, Or take a wander around the cafes, galleries and nearby shops.ffering spectacular views, Observatory Hill is a gem of a quiet spot for a moment of peace. Tucked away in the Rocks area, visitors can view Sydney Harbour from the western side (as well as Darling Harbour) surrounded by huge, beautiful Moreton Bay Fig trees.Locally known as the ‘best pub in Sydney’, pop along to The Lord Nelson Pub. It offers homemade craft beer in a stylish setting, excellent, friendly staff and good food to line one’s stomach. The Lord Nelson is the oldest hotel in Sydney and is a must visit for any beer fans.If you are lucky enough to get hold of a ticket to the Tank Stream Tour, consider yourselves a very lucky person. This tour is run by the Historic Houses Trust and gives a tour of the Tank Stream which was the original water supply for Sydney and is now below the city, encased in tunnels.Uncover the culture of one of the world’s oldest, living societies in Sydney. There are tours and exhibitions where you can gain insights into the history and culture of the Aboriginal people. Why not pay a visit to the Australian Museum where you can see rare cultural artefacts, or learn about and see art from the best Aboriginal artists at YIribana at the Art Gallery of NSW. Do you have any suggestions of quirky places to visit when on an Australasian cruise? Perhaps there is a restaurant, bar or shop that you visited and want to spread the word. About the author: Alex is passionate about travel and loves nothing better than a cruise holiday or trip abroad. He writes on behalf of Bolsover Cruise Club who offer great cruise deals to a great number of destinations, including Australia and Sydney.