Sydney

Luxury Sailing Cruise on Sydney Harbour with Lunch

Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch
  • 5 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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

What's Included

  • Sailing on Sydney Harbour on board a luxury yacht
  • Experienced skipper
  • Lunch
  • All safety equipment
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Soda/Pop
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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'.

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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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Kim_H
The cruise was amazing from start to finish. Beautiful boat, wonderful information and conversation, fantastic lunch--can't think of one thing I didn't like about it other than when it ended. We were in Australia for 2 weeks and did lots of things, but this is one of the highlights I tell my friends and family about when they want to know about our trip.

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the view from the water is magical
MariePaule_B, Apr 2024
It was magical to see the city from the water and to sail along the city, beaches and park, we loved every minute. Our captain told a lot of the history of Sydney and the architecture. We loved sailing and had a try our self, it was a beautiful experience had a lovely lunch, a day to remember always, thank you again for this sailing cruise
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hi Marie, and thank you for your lovely review. It's very gratifying when we've been able to add a long lasting memory to someone's travels. So glad to hear you had a great time! Regards, David
You will love this experience!
Kim_H, Mar 2024
The cruise was amazing from start to finish. Beautiful boat, wonderful information and conversation, fantastic lunch--can't think of one thing I didn't like about it other than when it ended. We were in Australia for 2 weeks and did lots of things, but this is one of the highlights I tell my friends and family about when they want to know about our trip.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hi Kim, I appreciate your kind words and am very happy your trip with us was one of the highlights of your trip to Australia. Best regards, David
Great way to experience the Sydney Harbour
Michele_C, Mar 2024
Had a fantastic sail with David who was a tremendous captain, chef and historian. Swimming was a bonus especially with the shark bracelet 🤣
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thanks so much for your nice comments on our day out on the Harbour. We're really glad to have created some exciting memories of Sydney for you! Cheers, David
Sailing tour
Jason_B, Feb 2024
David is a great tour guide. Very friendly and knowledgeable about the harbor. We really enjoyed our day sailing.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hi Jason - I really appreciate your great feedback, and happy to have given you a great day out on the Harbour! Cheers, David
Perfect Day Sailing
Gerald_B, Feb 2024
Capt Dave is an excellent skipper that took good care of us. We made quick friends with the folks on board and enjoyed a delicious lunch and swim. Definitely highly recommend. A 10/10 day
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hi Gerald, Thanks for the great review! It was a fun day and a nice group for sure. I'm glad you all enjoyed it. Best regards, David
Simply an AMAZING day!!
Jane_B, Feb 2024
Fantastic sail with Dave! Happens day was perfect with great winds, but Dave is a great captain and host. Lunch was truly out of this world good!! Wonderful way to see Sydney Harbour and to have a great tour along with that. Perfect Sydney day!!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thankyou Jane for your great review. It was a top day weather-wise wasn't it? Glad you enjoyed the lunch and the rest of the Harbour experience. All the best, David
If you enjoy sailing this is a must-do!
Cynthia_G, Jan 2024
We had a great time sailing with David! He was knowledgeable the Sydney area and his commentary was informative and entertaining. He served an amazing lunch which far exceeded my expectations! I highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi Cynthia. I really appreciate your review and am glad you had a great experience on Sydney Harbour. All the best, Regards, David
Great Boat Experience in Sydney
Joan_M, Jan 2024
David was an excellent and very knowledgeable tour guide. Not only was he able to tell us the historical side of Sydney, but he was able to tell us fun pop culture facts. We were even able to steer the boat for a bit and it was marvelous fun! We stopped at a lovely cove for lunch and a swim and when we returned to the boat David had prepared a wonderful lunch spread consisting of fresh sushi, fish, and avocado. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Sydney!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thanks Joan for reviewing the Harbour sail....and the lunch too. I'm glad to have helped create some lasting memories for you. Regards, David
Well worth your time!
Marlon_B, Jan 2024
David was such a great host in so many ways aboard the Emma Mei. He was very communicative and flexible with possible weather issues. He was an excellent guide sharing historic/real estate/architecture knowledge of the entire Sydney Harbour/area. Opportunity to swim if desired. Nice lunch included that should fill up any adult. Many beverages available on board. Spectacular views. Boat appears to host 4 guests.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thanks Marlon for your review, which I very much appreciate. I'm glad you enjoyed the lunch and the whole tour. All the best,
Beautiful day on the water
Jennifer_A, Dec 2023
David is an incredible host/guide. The sights, the sailing and swimming spot were all a highlight of our trip to Sydney.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hi Jennifer. Thanks you so much for taking the time to add a review of your day on the Harbour. I really appreciate it! Regards,
Sydney harbor yacht sailing and lunch
kim_K, Nov 2023
Capt Dave is a wonderful host. Lunch was amazing with fresh avocado, shrimp salad and fresh fru6. Our host was very knowledgeable and also let us sail the boat.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thanks for your nice words! I'm so glad you enjoyed the day on the Harbour. It was a nice group too. Best regards, David
Highlight of Our Trip
William_U, Oct 2023
We had a great time in Sydney with everything but this Harbor Sailing Trip was the highlight of our stay. Great, highly knowledgeable captain. Very comfortable boat even in choppy conditions. It truly was a luxury trip - just 6 people and an excellent lunch. It was well worth the price and the only real way to see and experience the harbor.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thanks for your lovely review William! It really is a great way to experience Sydney and I never get tired of sharing it with visitors like yourselves. It was a really fun group. Glad you enjoyed it and made some great memories. Regards, David
Nice, clean and fast...
Edward_D, Oct 2023
Nice, clean and fast sailboat; very sociable and hospitable captain willing to share the tiller; excellent sightseeing tour and lunch in a sheltered bay; and, of course, Sydney harbor.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thanks Edward, it was a pleasure to show you the Harbour and I'm happy you enjoyed the sailing and lunch too! All the best, David
Wonderful
Denise_D, Sep 2023
It was beautiful and we had a wonderful time! The Opera House was amazing. Thank you, Denise & Martin
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for your review and nice comments. I'm glad you had such a nice day on the Harbour! Regards, David
Book this tour! David is the Best!
Michelle_F, Jun 2023
If I could give David 100 stars I would. From the time we got on his beautiful sailboat till we sadly had to exit it he took great care of us. He is so knowledgeable about Sydney history and told great stories. The food was not only excellent but presented well and my wine glass was always full. Thank you David for our best day in Sydney. Book this tour for the best sea views of Sydney! If you only do one tour make it this one. You get you moneys worth with him. Thanks again David if I’m ever back I’m coming on your beautiful boat again
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Wow! What can I say Michelle? Such kind words. It was my pleasure to show you the Harbour and I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. I look forward to seeing you and Jeff next time you're down in Sydney. Cheers, David
Fabulous views! Awesome trip! A must do while you’re in Sydney
Ann_M, May 2023
Had a fabulous time with David. He was so nice and knowledgeable. What a wonderful way to spend the day in Sydney. Highly recommend this trip!
Response from Host, May 2023
Hi Ann. So glad you guys enjoyed the day on the Harbour - and a big thankyou for your recommendation too! Regards, David
Glorious day sailing Sydney Harbour.
Ingrid_F, May 2023
David was a wonderful host and guide of Sydney Harbour. We managed to get the sails up and enjoy a good time at the helm. We had the opportunity to have a swim in a quiet bay and walk on the small beach. When we got back on board, a delicious lunch was ready for us with beverages. We enjoyed lunch with views across the harbour from the small bay and then raised anchor and launched the sails once again. Just spectacular. The pick up location is ideal. We celebrated with family from overseas but even as locals to Sydney, we saw some areas new to us of Sydney Harbour and we could get in close. A score of five is not enough. Thoroughly enjoyed the five hours.
Response from Host, May 2023
Ingrid, thanks so much for taking the time to add such a lovely review! I really appreciate it and I'm very happy to have been able to give you all such a nice day on the Harbour. Cheers, David
Great day!
Roy_K, May 2023
This was an incredible experience. You get to see so much of the harbor and learn a lot about the history. The lunch was great and our tour guide was incredibly nice and made the day so much fun. We all got to sail the boat and everyone walked away with great memories of a truly unique experience
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you Roy for your review - I'm glad you enjoyed the day out on the Harbour. it was a really nice group, and the weather was perfect too! Best regards, David
Sydney Harbor Sailing Tour with David
Martha_S, Apr 2023
What a great way to spend the day. We opted to do this rather than the bridge climb - so happy we made that decision. David was a great captain and host. He had considerable knowledge of the harbor and its history. We were able to stop in a cove to have lunch and jump into the clear water. Lunch was more than delightful - food was fresh and delicious. Would highly recommend this experience.l
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thanks Martha. I'm very glad you enjoyed the day on the Harbour & the lunch and also got to have a swim. I really appreciate your review and the great comments! Best regards, David
Once-in-a-lifetime family memories created!
norrischris, Apr 2023
AMAZING experience with David. My family from all over the world thoroughly enjoyed it, and it created such a fantastic memory for my niece and nephew. As well as seeing all the harbour sights, we had the opportunity to sail and 'skipper' the boat. We spent about an hour anchored in a small bay for us to swim and snorkel while David prepared a wondered lunch with fresh fruit, veggies, seafood and meats. David kept us well lubricated with drinks! It truly was a bucket list experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thanks so much for your great review of our day on the Harbour. I really enjoyed it too! You have a lovely family and I'd love to see you all again some day. Best regards, David
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