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Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch

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Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch

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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Enjoy an exhilarating half-day sailing cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard a luxury yacht with an experienced captain. Take in stunning views of Sydney's waterside landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Mrs. Macquaries Chair, Fort Denison, Watsons Bay, Sydney Heads and more. Anchor in a secluded bay in Sydney Harbour National Park with time for beach walks, swimming, snorkeling and a delicious lunch with Australian wine and beer. This small-group tour is limited to eight people, ensuring a personalized experience with your knowledgeable captain.
  • Sydney Harbour small-group luxury yacht cruise
  • Explore Sydney Harbour and learn about Sydney's history and lifestyle from your informative captain
  • Savor a tasty lunch accompanied by Australian beer and wine
  • Get fantastic photo ops of Sydney Harbour icons
  • Have time to swim, snorkel or relax on the beach and boat
  • Includes use of equipment for snorkeling, including towels
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight ensures customized attention from your captain
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Sailing on Sydney Harbour on board a luxury yacht
Experienced skipper
All safety equipment
Alcoholic Beverages
Hotel pickup and drop-off
49 The Promenade , 49 The Promenade, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Directions: Jetty #8, King Street Wharf Darling Harbour is where you meet the vessel. Located on 'The Promenade' directly in front of 'Cargo Bar' & 'Wild Life World' at Darling Harbour. Your vessel is the 40-foot white sailing yacht, 'Emma Mei'.

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
In the morning, make your own way to Darling Harbour to meet your 40-foot (12-meter) luxury cruising yacht. Your captain welcomes you aboard and provides a safety briefing before you set off under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Keep your camera handy for great photo ops of the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Rocks, where the British colonists first established the colony. Then sail past Farm Cove, Mrs. Macquaries Chair, and Fort Denison, where convict prisoners were kept in rough conditions during colonial times.

Glide through Rushcutters Bay, passing a marina where majestic yachts are moored—many of them compete in the renowned Sydney-to-Hobart sailing race. Turn towards Sydney's exclusive eastern suburbs and view sprawling waterside mansions, then sail into Watsons Bay where your captain points out legendary restaurant Doyle's on the Beach, and the harbor’s official clothing-optional beach at Lady Bay.

Cross the entrance to the harbor to view Sydney Heads and gaze at the Pacific Ocean, then head into a protected bay in Sydney Harbour National Park. Drop anchor at gorgeous Store Beach and enjoy more than an hour there to relax and have lunch. You might take a swim, go snorkeling, or stroll along the beach before lunch is served onboard the boat. Lunch includes dishes with seafood, chicken, salads, fruit, and dessert, accompanied by Australian beer or wine and soft drinks.

Throughout the cruise, your captain provides informative commentary on Sydney's history and sights. Your boat comes fully equipped with a spacious dining and lounge area, comfortable interior cabin and exterior decks, shower and toilet facilities, and safety equipment.

In the early afternoon head back to Darling Harbour, soaking up the sun and fresh air before returning to your starting point to end your sailing cruise.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 8 people
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Harbour Days Sailing Experience
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Dave was the ultimate...
, Jun 2022
Dave was the ultimate host and provided such a memorable day for us. His knowledge of the bay was wonderful.
Just what I wanted!!
, Sep 2018
Colin made me feel right at home on his beautiful boat. He communicated well, was a great captain, and has more information about the area than any one person should be able to keep in his head!! It was a great day and I recommend it highly. Thanks for the memories Colin!!
I was the only booking on this tour...
, Mar 2018
I was the only booking on this tour so I felt fortunate that it wasnt cancelled as it was my last day in Sydney. I was disappointed with the amount of sailing, most of it was under power pottering up the coast and being told about properties and owners. Im not particularly interested in celebrities so most of this was lost on me. The historic sites were of more interest and the owner/skipper was knowledgeable. Lunch was pleasant, not spectacular. Ideally more sailing for me but super to be in a boat in Sydney harbour.
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The first day of poor weather in...
Roger L
, Feb 2018
The first day of poor weather in Sydney this month but a very enjoyable cruise, nevertheless. Colin has a wealth of knowledge about the history of the area, both ancient and modern. He delivers this with great humour. An excellent lunch, too, with copious amounts of wine left us feeling both stimulated and relaxed. Highly recommended!
excellent afternoon on the harbor...
James D
, Oct 2017
excellent afternoon on the harbor. Leisurely and pleasant. There were only 3 of us and the captain so it was like a private charter. Captain was very knowledgeable about all the sights and told some interesting stories about the area my only thought was maybe a bit too much on the real estate prices
We really enjoyed sailing along...
, Apr 2017
We really enjoyed sailing along Sydney Harbor. Weather was very pleasant, Captain Colin was very informative and continually narrated the trip, identifying historical people and places. Lunch was very good, wine was descent. Ice cold beer would have been nice. We would have preferred to do more sailing, and less motoring, really the purpose of why we chose this tour. All in all, a relaxing, informative, and enjoyable tour.
Amazing sail with Amazing captain...
Mary C
, Jan 2017
Amazing sail with Amazing captain who was so knowledgeable about the history and homes and buildings along the coast line. Sailed into many coves and out to the heads. Enjoyed gourmet lunch with wine and a dip at Hermit's Beach!. This trip is a must for anyone wanting to get on the harbor and see the area by sailboat. Gorgeous coastal views and exhilarating ride! Would do it again in a heartbeat!!
Colin was lovely and so hospitable...
Josh H
, Dec 2016
Colin was lovely and so hospitable, very knowledgable too about the harbour and the sights.Lovely light lunch,perfect for a boat ride. Only suggestion is that if you would like a champagne, then byo as only red, white and beers on board. Highly recommended Thx again Colin Regards Josh Sly Eddie and Amie
A fantastic day on the harbour and...
Antony A
, Nov 2015
A fantastic day on the harbour and the skipper was friendly and knowledgeable. Not great value for money though.
This tour was amazing! Good...
Taryn W
, Apr 2015
This tour was amazing! Good friendly tour great way to see Sydney via the water. Food was amazing well put together package.
Very good! Got great views and the...
jason h
, Jan 2014
Very good! Got great views and the captain was very knowledgable! Food was a bit of a let down but I'd do it again...
Great trip, made to feel very...
Anthony H
, Feb 2013
Great trip, made to feel very welcome, collected at hotel. Very informative cruise, lovely food and wine. The weather was a bit windy and at times quite hairy.
An enjoyable day out despite the...
, Feb 2013
An enjoyable day out despite the horrible weather. Colin has a charming and engaging personality. We loved his unique gossipy stories of Sydney. Though disappointingly several promises made on the website were not fulfilled. Hotel pick up, fishing etc. For a luxury trip I expect cold beer and wine.
Great way to see the harbour and...
Gary M
, Feb 2012
Great way to see the harbour and enjoy your day. Great lunch and good wine. Really enjoyed the sail.
Fantastic day, beautiful yacht, great...
Bonnie P
, Feb 2011
Fantastic day, beautiful yacht, great food and knowledgeable skipper!
Outstanding trip. Our skipper Colin...
Karin G
, Jan 2011
Outstanding trip. Our skipper Colin was fantastic - very knowledgeable. A great way to see the harbour and enjoy an excellent lunch on board.
This was a mixed bag! We set off on a...
Maggie R
, Apr 2010
This was a mixed bag! We set off on a very windy Sydney day and it soon started to pour with rain so we all huddled under umbrellas and saw nothing. I did not expect a 2 hour commentary on who lives where and how much the house was worth. The lunch was not gourmet sushi, it was cold smoked chicken and half an avocado with 2 prawns. Average wine.
The day peaceful and the host informed...
Terry H
, Jan 2010
The day peaceful and the host informed us on the historical sites and the meal was beautiful. He even catered for me not liking seafood.
Very enjoyable. Tour took us throughout...
Steve T
, Jan 2010
Very enjoyable. Tour took us throughout the harbor from Darling Harbour to the Heads, including most of the bays in between. Captain was very knowledgeable of the area with many interesting facts. Lunch was excellent. Sailboat was in excellent conditions with modern conveniences. Highly recommend.

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