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Sydney Harbour is home to one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world, famous for the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and magnificent foreshore homes.

Hire a Boat or board one of our Sightseeing Cruises to enjoy the sparkling blue waters as you cruise past the Sydney Opera House, under the bridge, and even stop at a secluded beach or at one of the islands within the harbour, including Shark Island, Clark Island, Fort Dension, Goat Island, and Rodd Island.

Our private Charter boats include a range of catamarans, motor cruisers, sailing boats, self-drive boats and super yachts with options for both day and overnight charter. Ideal for entertaining clients, international visitors, social occasions and special celebrations such as: Birthdays, Christmas Parties, Corporate Events, Hens & Bucks Parties, School & University Socials and Weddings

Our sightseeing cruises include a variety of lunch and dinner cruise options, where you can enjoy a meal and drinks on-board. Some options also include additional entertainment for your enjoyment, along with panoramic views of Sydney’s magnificent harbour. Plus for the more adventurous you can leave the harbour for a Whale watching cruise

Hiring a boat or joining a cruise is a great way to view many recreational events based on or around the harbour particularly the Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations, Australia Day, Vivid Festival, Harbourlife and the starting point of the Boxing Day Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Sydney Opera House is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. Designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, the building was formally opened on 20th October 1973 and today hosts numerous performing artists, Opera Australia, Sydney Sympthony Orchestra and Sydney Theatre Company. The building is located adjacent to the central business district on Bennelong Point between Sydney Cove the main ferry hub and Farm Cove home to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, the sixth longest spanning arch-bridge in the world, nicknamed “The Coathanger”. It carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the central business district and the North Shore. The view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the water creates the iconic image that is Sydney.

Shark Island named due to its shape resembling a shark was known by local Aborginal people as Boambilly. It measures some 250 metres x 100 metres in size and lies off the affluent Sydney suburbs of Point Piper, Rose Bay and Vaucluse.

Clark island derives its name from Lieutenant Ralph Clark, an officer of the First Fleet. Clark established a vegetable garden on the island, which was unsuccessful as any produce was soon stolen.

Fort Denison is a heritage-listed former penal site and defensive facility occupying a small island located approximately 1 kilometre from the Sydney Opera house.

Goat Island lies off shores of Balmain and Millers Point at the entrance to Darling Harbour. Over the years Goat Island has served as a quarry, convict stockade, explosives store, police station, fire station, boatyard and film set.

Cockatoo Island is the largest of the islands. Between 1839 and 1869, Cockatoo Island operated as a convict penal establishment, primarily as a place of secondary punishment for convicts who had re-offended in the colonies. Today Cockatoo Island retains some remnants of its past. Its prison buildings have been World Heritage listed. Day visitors are welcome, and can picnic, barbecue, visit the cafe, wander at leisure or take an audio or guided tour. Cockatoo Island is open daily and there is no admission charge. Island holiday accommodation consists a camp ground and five renovated houses and apartments with harbour and city views.

Rodd Island lies in the centre of Iron Cove located west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Between 1888 and 1894, the island was used as a laboratory by scientists working for the Pasteur Institute. After 1894, the laboratories were demolished and the research station residence was converted into a dance hall, which still stands there, along with two summer houses and a gazebo constructed in the early 20th century.

Some other former islands, including Bennelong Island (now known as Bennelong Point), Garden Island and Berry Island have subsequently been linked to the shore by land reclamation, though their names often still contain the word “Island”. Exposed at low tide is Sow of Pigs Reef, a well-known navigation obstacle near the main shipping lane

Please contact one of our cruise specialists today for assistance in organising your Sydney Harbour Cruise on: 1300 311 200

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