Boat Description

A truly timeless yacht, the MV Bennelong has the palpable elegance and charm that only an all-timber ship can offer. The over 80-foot vessel was recently restored as a VIP charter vessel specifically for Sydney Harbour cruising. Large viewing decks were added and restored for the best 360-degree views of Sydney.

In addition to its impeccable craftsmanship and classic design, the ship now boasts advanced AV facilities, including a large TV and surround sound system with iPod connectivity.

When you cruise aboard MV Bennelong, you can expect a warm family-owned experience that comes from dedicated owners Steve and Lana Morton. They are two of the most experienced cruise operators on Sydney Harbour, being involved with family-owned charter businesses for over 20 years. They’ve lasted so long because they take the time to understand and listen to their customers’ requests, taking immense pride in delivering a first-class service aboard a beautifully presented vessel.

The spacious open plan interior ensures easy mingling, beautifully accented with Burmese Teak panelling and leather lounges.

The upper deck provides an open-air ambiance with protected cover.

Throughout its history, the MV Bennelong has played host to some of Australia’s leading businessmen and women, foreign dignitaries, local politicians and even celebrities such as Sir Elton John.

Features:

  • 90 person capacity for sit-down or formal dining
  • 130 guest capacity in a cocktail setting with a generous open layout spread across three different spaces
  • A large undercover lounge area fitted with luxurious leather seating and elegant teak panelling, for comfortable socialising shielded from the elements
  • Traditional styling and beautiful all-timber construction
  • TV with a modern sound system and iPod connectivity – simply add your own playlist, or allow us to provide a high-quality DJ for you

Notes:

  • No stilletto heals
  • No chewing gum
  • If you supply a DJ they must provide speakers (no stands please as they fall)
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Boat Hire Fees

January-October:

Catered Charters: $3,500 (4 Hours) - boat to supply food menu and pay-as-you-go bar

BYO Food & Beverage Charters*: $4,400 up to 40 guests, $5,500 up to 50 guests, $6,600 up to 60 guests, $7,500 up to 75 guests max

November-December:

Friday-Saturday: $4,500 (4 Hours) - boat to supply food menu and pay-as-you-go bar

Sunday-Thursday: $3,500 (4 Hours) - boat to supply food menu and pay-as-you-go bar

BYO Food & Beverage Charters*: $4,400 up to 40 guests, $5,500 up to 50 guests, $6,600 up to 60 guests, $7,500 up to 75 guests max

No BYO Food & Beverage Charters for 18th Birthdays

Any Other Fees

Wharf Fees: $180 total (for return wharf bookings)

Pay As You Go Bar: $285 for Wait Staff (1 wait staff per 30 guests)

BBQ Hire: $250

No charge for BYO Catering but if use of Galley is required there is a Galley Hire Fee of $500

Security fee for 18th Birthdays of $350

*BYO Food & Beverage Charters: Guests will need to bring food, drinks, ice, linen, plates, napkins, cutlery, utensils, platters, cling wrap/foil, garbage bags, cups, straws and eskies/tubs.

 

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Food

CANAPÉ MENU 1:

$55 per person

  • Sushi Selection accompanied by Wasabi, Pickled Ginger, Soy Sauce
  • Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Vietnamese dipping sauce
  • Spinach and Feta Triangle Pasties
  • Spicy Vegetable Samosas with a Yoghurt Dip
  • Baby Beef Burgers with bbq Caramelised Onion, Tomato, Baby Spinach and Aioli
  • Petit Gourmet Beef Pies with Tomato Sauce
  • Honey and Soy glazed Chicken skewers
  • Spinach and Herb Petit Quiches
  • Seasonal Fresh Fruit
  • Assortment of Chocolate Sweets

 

CANPE MENU 2 (WITH SEAFOOD):

$65 per person

  • Sushi Selection accompanied by Wasabi, Pickled Ginger, Soy Sauce
  • Fresh Sweet Yamba Prawns with a Tangy Seafood Sauce
  • Chilled Sydney Rock Oysters Natural with Fresh Lemon, Lime
  • Tasmanian Smoked Salmon on a Mini Toastie with Cream Cheese, Fresh Dill and Caper
  • Petit Gourmet Beef Pies with Tomato Sauce
  • Spicy Vegetarian Samosas with a Yoghurt dip
  • Bucket of Calamari and Hot Chips seasoned with Pink Sea Salt
  • Honey soy and sesame Chicken Skewers
  • Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce
  • Spinach and Feta Triangle Pasties
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit
  • Assortment of Chocolate Sweets

 

BUFFET MENU 1:

$55 per person

Starter:

  • Sushi Selection accompanied by Wasabi, Pickled Ginger, Soy Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Vietnamese dipping sauce

Buffet:

  • Carved Honey and Orange Marmalade Glazed Leg Ham with Chutney, Relish, Mustards and Pickled Onions
  • Roasted Chicken Pieces with Seasoned Spices
  • Oven baked Vegetable Frittata
  • Honey and Thyme Glazed Roast Vegetables
  • Vine Ripened Truss Tomato Salad, Fresh Basil & Contadino Olive Oil
  • Fragrant chopped Green Leaf Salad with dressing on the side
  • Shredded Classic Coleslaw
  • Basket of Breads and Baguettes fresh from the Bakery served with individual Butter squares

Sweet Finishes:

  • Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter
  • Rich Chocolate Mud Cake
  • Freshly Brewed Vittoria Coffee and a Selection of Teas

 

BUFFET MENU 2:

$65 per person

Starter:

  • Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Vietnamese dipping sauce
  • Petit Gourmet Beef Pies with Tomato Sauce

Buffet:

  • Seafood platter – featuring the freshest seasonal Sweet Yamba Prawns and Sydney Rock Oysters with lemon and lime wedges
  • Wild Mushroom and Garlic Sausages with relish and sauces
  • Chargrilled Seasoned Chicken Skewers with Citrus Salt
  • Oven baked Vegetable Frittata
  • Crispy Roasted Potatoes
  • Vine Ripened Truss Tomato Salad, Fresh Basil & Contadino Olive Oil Dressing
  • Shredded Classic Coleslaw
  • Tossed Summer Garden Salad with a side of Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Basket of Breads and Baguettes, fresh from the Bakery served with individual Butter squares

Sweet Finishes:

  • Mixed Salad of Seasonal Fresh Fruit
  • Rich Chocolate Brownie
  • Freshly Brewed Vittoria Coffee and a Selection of Teas

 

BUFFET MENU 3 (WITH SEAFOOD):

$75 per person

Starter:

  • Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Vietnamese dipping sauce Sushi Selection accompanied by Wasabi, Pickled Ginger, Soy

Buffet:

  • Seafood platter – comprising of the freshest seasonal seafood With Yamba Prawns , Sydney Rock Oysters, Tasmanian smoked Salmon , Calamari and lemon and lime wedges
  • Carved Honey & Orange Marmalade Glazed Whole Leg Ham w/Chutney, Relish, Mustards, pickled Onions
  • Roasted Chicken oven baked with Seasoned Spices
  • Honey and Thyme Glazed Roast Vegetables
  • Oven Baked Vegetable Frittata
  • Shredded Classic Coleslaw
  • Vine Ripened Truss Tomato Salad, Basil, Contadino Olive Oil Dressing
  • Tossed Summer Garden Salad with a side of Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Basket of Breads and Baguettes, fresh from the Bakery served with individual butter squares

Sweet Finishes:

  • Australian Cheese and Fruit platter-comprising of Fresh seasonal fruit, blue cheese, tasty and brie with water crackers
  • Rich Red Velvet Chocolate Cake
  • Freshly Brewed Vittoria Coffee and a Selection of Teas

 

All menu items may be subject to change according to seasonality and availability.

All menus are served by the staff onboard.

Beverages

PAY AS YOU GO BEVERAGES (OR BAR TAB):

Soft Drinks & Juice: $5 per glass

Beer & Cider (Great Northern, Crown, Pure Blonde, Boags Light, Strongbow Cider): $8 per 375ml bottle

White Wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris): From $8 per glass / From $45 per bottle

Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir): From $8 per glass / From $45 per bottle

Sparkling Wine (Champagne available on request): From $8 per glass / From $45 per bottle

House Spirits: $10 per 30ml shot

Top Shelf Spirits: From $14

 

Alternatively you can BYO Beverages (for max 75 guests)

For BYO Beverage Charters a Wait Staff Fee applies of $285 per 30 guests

BYO Ice, Cups & Eskies is also required