Here we share some of our personal tips based on our experience organising thousands of harbour cruises in Sydney.
We hope this helps to make your experience as good as it can be. For any other questions or advice please get in touch.
Sydney Harbour offers beautiful landmarks, parks, beaches and islands to see all the way from the city to the Pacific Ocean. But here are some other sights and facts you might find interesting to know along your journey.
Our number one pick is the beautiful Camp Cove Beach near Watsons Bay.
One of Sydney Harbour’s finest sandy beaches it is the closest to the Pacific Ocean, with the exception of Lady Bay Beach sitting next to it which is officially a nudist beach (feel free to be cheeky and venture there too).
You can see our full list of Sydney Harbour beaches here.
The most popular and convenient spot to meet your boat is King Street Wharf at Cockle Bay. Located on the edge of the CBD it’s easy to get to, there are plenty of wharfs along the strip and plenty of bars and restaurants to start or end your day. We suggest Cargo Bar and Bungalow 8 are good spots to meet your group for a pre-drink.
You can see our list of all wharf locations here.
Our website gives you plenty of tools to search for boats based on your specific needs. But we know you’d probably rather we do the work for you. So when you ask us to find you a boat, the first thing we’ll ask you is – what’s the occasion? This will help us determine what boats can cater for you, what the price range will be, and how long your charter will be.
With 21st birthday parties as an example, we know which boats are happy to accommodate young and wild groups, and we know that you probably don’t want to spend a fortune on a Super Yacht either. We also know that you’re probably wanting a 4 hour cruise rather than a 3 hour cruise, and if it’s a daytime cruise you may like to go for a swim too. Catamarans and cruisers are the best option for 21st birthdays, with BYO drinks to keep your cost down if you’re covering the full cost of the cruise (as opposed to having guests chip in for the cost like hens parties do).
For a small group of under 12 people we suggest Iluka, a beautiful classic cruiser from only $450 per hour.
For a larger group of up to 35 people we suggest Touché 5, a spacious catamaran from only $450 per hour.
For a Luxury Yacht experience, we suggest Seaduction that can accommodate up to 22 people from only $625 per hour. However this vessel is BYO drinks only, so a level up is the beautiful Aqua Bay with a licensed bar onboard and a larger capacity of up to 35 people from $1,050 per hour.
For an intimate get together or romantic escape, we suggest Cutting Loose which can fit up to 7 people and is only $700 total for 4 hours.
For a comfortable catamaran that can accommodate any occasion for up to 20 people, check out Perfect Day from only $350 per hour. Or for a slightly larger model we have Kirralee for up to 30 people at only $375 per hour.
For up to 20 people we suggest the Catalyst catamaran from only $355 per hour.
For up to 30 people one of best value boats is the XTsea catamaran from only $400 per hour.
For larger groups of between 30-80 people the most popular boats are Tiger 4 from $550 per hour (up to 43 people), Cruise Cat at $480 per hour (up to 49 people), Harbourcat at $488 per hour (up to 44 people), and Kraken for up to 80 people from $500 per hour.
You can see all our Birthday Party Boats here.
For up to 20 ladies we suggest the Perfect Day catamaran from only $350 per hour.
For up to 30 ladies we suggest the Nevaeh catamaran from only $370 per hour.
For up to 46 ladies we suggest the Fleetwing luxury cruiser from $550 per hour.
You can see all our Hens Party Boats here.
For up to 20 guys we suggest the Seascape catamaran from only $375 per hour.
For up to 30 guys we suggest the Tiger 2 catamaran from only $375 per hour.
For up to 49 guys we suggest the Cruise Cat at only $480 per hour.
You can see all our Bucks Party Boats here.
The following recommendations are based on our general experience with group bookings, knowing that the more expensive your cruise is, the less people will be likely to commit.
The truth is – boats discriminate. They’re selective with their audience just as nightclubs are with their crowds. For example, some boats won’t accommodate bucks parties whilst others are more than happy to. This is because some boats want to maintain a certain reputation, but also because some groups pose a risk of damaging the boat or giving the crew a difficult time.
When we find you a boat, we always consider the personality of the boat owner. We work off our experience with boat owners and the information you give us to deliver you the best experience we can. We may ask you where you’re coming from before the cruise, because we don’t accommodate intoxicated guests who have been drinking excessively for 6 hours at Randwick Races for example.