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Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Lunch Cruise

1. Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Lunch Cruise

Experience the unforgettable thrill of cruising on Sydney Harbour in comfort and style while enjoying a delicious lunch. Set sail and cruise past all of Sydney’s biggest attractions including Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Fort Denison, Garden Island, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, and Admiralty House. You will discover Sydney’s rich history and some of the tales behind its iconic landmarks. Listen to stories of Sydney's only authentic timber tall ships from your host. A short while into the cruise, you will even have the opportunity to get involved and help hoist and set the sails! Watch the wind furl the sails and feel its strength carry the ship across the harbour. Whether you choose to relax and take in your surroundings, or go for a hands-on approach to sailing, this is the cruise for everyone! Relax and enjoy the entertainment provided by the crew, captain, chef, and the barman, all of whom are at your service.

Sydney Harbour: Luxury Multi-Stop Progressive Lunch Cruise

2. Sydney Harbour: Luxury Multi-Stop Progressive Lunch Cruise

Your cruise will begin with a welcome from your crew as you board your luxury cruiser and depart for the harbor. Soft drinks, sparkling wine, beer, still wine, tea, and coffee will be available from the time you step on board. Whilst cruising past the world famous landmarks of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, your crew will be on hand to tell you about the past and modern day history of the harbor. You will see Woolloomoolloo Bay — home to the Australian Navy’s Sydney Base Garden Island — then venture further down the harbor cruising past Double Bay and Point Piper where some of the most expensive homes in Sydney are to be found.   You’ll then head past Clarke and Shark Islands — two national parks in the middle of the harbor — with Rose Bay on your right. Shortly after you will arrive at Watsons Bay, the destination for your starter course at the renowned Doyles on the Beach where you will have a choice of starters and a selection of beverages. Back on board, you will cruise past the opening of Sydney Heads with Manly off to your right and around Middle Head into Middle Harbour. Your cruise will stop at the Balmoral Jetty where you will disembark for your main course at the Balmoral Public Dining Room. You will choose your main course and have a selection of beverages to choose from.   After you have finished your sumptuous lunch it will be time to return to the boat where you will head to Spit Bridge to see some amazing landscapes while enjoying your dessert and cheese platter. Your return will be back through Middle Harbour and then re-enter the main harbor where you will see the northern shores of Sydney Harbour, cruise past Taronga Zoo, and the prime minister’s house. There is even an opportunity to stop for a swim if there is time before retuning back to shore.

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What people are saying about Garden Island, Sydney

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 36 reviews

A lovely adventure on a beautiful ship.

What an experience, much more hands on, which was an unexpected bonus. My wife had the opportunity to climb the mast and have a spectacular view of the harbour. Not bad for a 60 year old retired teacher!!! Having worked up an appetite, the lunch was delicious, with a variety of salads, chicken curry or vegetable curry and the most delicious home baked chocolate brownies warm from the oven. What more could a person ask? Thank you Andrew , Andy and crew.

A perfect experience. Such a great way to see the harbor. The 100-year-old ship is a thing of beauty and Peter, the guide, made the whole journey even more fascinating with his deep knowledge of Sydney. The captain, Andy, is a hearty and likable sailor with a great attitude and the rest of the crew was fun and personable.

A great activity for the whole family

My husband and I love pirates and all things nautical, this was a great boat with a great lunch, the crew were all lovely too! Even though our initial day was canceled due to not enough people booking, they upgraded us to the drinks package for our trouble which was nice :)

From the checking in, covid precautions, to the detailed information surrounding Sydney cove, this activity is a must for not only overseas visit, but locals (like myself) alike.

This was a beautiful way to experience the Sydney Harbour sites. With a lovely friendly crew.