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Sightseeing Cruise on Sydney Harbour with Buffet Lunch

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AU$75
Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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2 hr. 15 min.
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  • Set sail on a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise that's as chill as a koala napping in a gum tree! Soak up the stellar views and refuel with a delicious spread.
  • The guide won't just point out landmarks – they'll bring the story of Sydney to life. Learn fascinating tidbits about the harbour, Opera House, and more!
  • No adventure is complete without some grub, as a fab lunch buffet awaits you. Dive into chicken dishes, casseroles, and other veggie and gluten-free options.
  • This cruise is perfect for all: families will be glued to the sights, couples can indulge in a romantic afternoon, and solo explorers can make new mates!
  • Get stellar views of the Harbour Bridge. Capture Instagram-worthy selfies with the Opera House, minus the struggle for the perfect angle amidst tourist chaos.

Inclusions

  • 2-hour sightseeing cruise
  • Buffet lunch
  • Guided tour

Exclusions

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tip: Spot Luna Park, one of the oldest amusement parks adds a touch of fun and color to the harbor skyline.
  • You can see the lunch menu here
  • Strict dress code: Wear smart casual outfits.
  • The lunch menu is tailored to suit vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free guests.
  • The experience is not accessible for people with back and neck problems, serious medical conditions, injuries, and pregnant women.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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2 or 3-Course Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour

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AU$99
Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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1 hr. 30 min.
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  • Sun-drenched views, sparkling harbor, and a plate decadent with deliciousness? Ditch the boring lunch break and set sail on a 2.5 or 4-hour Sydney Harbour cruise.
  • Cruise past the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, all while savoring a 2 or 3-course lunch spread. Fresh seafood, juicy steaks, or vibrant salads - the choice is yours!
  • Unwind and relax on an AC super-cruiser, the Sydney 2000. Sip on refreshing cocktails or clink glasses of bubbly with stunning views as your companion.
  • Upgrade for the window seat and get front-row access to Sydney's dazzling harbor. Perfect for a romantic lunch date, a celebratory gathering, or a family outing.
  • Capture postcard-perfect moments as you cruise by golden beaches and national parks, all while soaking up the sunshine on the expansive open decks.

Inclusions

  • 2.5-hr lunch cruise
  • AC super-cruiser Sydney 2000
  • 2-course meal
  • 4-hr lunch cruise (optional)
  • 3-course meal (optional)
  • 2-course meal with guaranteed window seat (optional)
  • 3-course meal with guaranteed window seat (optional)
  • Live music on sat-sun
  • Tip: Don't miss the smaller sights like glowing lighthouses, illuminated forts, or the twinkling boats bobbing on the water.
  • You can check the 2-course lunch menu here.
  • You can check the 3-course lunch menu here.
  • The meal includes vegetarian and gluten-free options.
  • Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Strict dress code: Wear smart casuals.
  • This experience is wheelchair accessible.
  • Assistance dogs and pets are allowed, provided they are restrained in a suitable box, basket, or other container at all times whilst onboard
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Tall Ship Cruise on Sydney Harbour with Lunch/Brunch/Dinner

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AU$89
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  • Feeling fancy? Set sail for a dinner or lunch cruise aboard a real 1850s tall ship! Devour a delicious feast fit for royalty as you cruise on the Sydney Harbour.
  • While you take in views of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, indulge in luxury dining with options like chorizo slices, butter chicken, and more!
  • Lend a hand hoisting the sails (at least pretend to), enjoy the unlimited champagne, and savor fancy finger food with a ticket upgrade for a brunch cruise.
  • Imagine you: sipping wines, taking a bite of fresh canapés, and soaking up the vibes with a live jam in the background. Basically, living your Instagram moment with this upgrade!
  • Hear the history of Sydney’s transformation from a sleepy colony town to a world-class city, and how the tall ships facilitated trade across the oceans.

Inclusions

  • 2-hour tall ship dinner cruise
  • 2-hour tall ship lunch cruise
  • 2-hour tall ship champagne brunch cruise (optional)
  • 2.5-hour tall ship wine and canapés cruise (optional)
  • Tip: Bandana? Check. Eye patch? Optional (but way more fun!). Grab a striped shirt, some rolled-up pants, and anything else that screams "pirate."
  • This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Smoking is prohibited on the ship.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Sail, savor and explore with lunch cruises at Sydney Harbour!

Swap Sydney's hustle and bustle for the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour! Indulge in a lunch cruise at the harbor, savoring fresh, local flavors as you glide past the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Luna Park. This cruise lets you choose between seafood platters to succulent steaks or a casual BBQ feast, and capture unparalleled views from the water!

Navigate your Sydney Harbour lunch cruise guide

  1. Why go on a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise?
  2. Things to know before you book your Sydney Harbour lunch cruise
  3. Find the perfect Sydney Harbour lunch cruise for you!
  4. Your Sydney Harbour lunch cruise experience
  5. Know before you go on a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise
  6. Frequently asked questions about going on a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise

Things to know before you book your Sydney Harbour lunch cruise

  • Before you book a lunch cruise, it's helpful to understand the main types of experiences: the Buffet lunch cruise, where you can indulge in a variety of dishes served buffet-style; the Course meals cruise, providing a fine dining experience with multi-course à la carte menus; the Whale-watching cruise – letting you spot Humpback whales during their migration, and a Tall Ship cruise, offering the experience of being a pirate in the harbor’s waters.

  • There’s a cruise for every budget. Choose the Buffet lunch priced at AU$75, perfect if you’re traveling with family and want a peaceful experience! If the vibes are romantic and you’re looking to make an impression, we’d recommend the 2 or 3 course menu with window seats. The special seating will make it a little expensive, but you’ll be in an intimate setting with your beloved enjoying cheese boards, charcuterie, and cocktails all at the price of AU$117!

  • When it comes to food options, each cruise type offers a distinct dining experience. The Buffet Lunch cruise provides a quintessential Australian style BBQ lunch, while the Course Meals cruise features carefully curated cheese and charcuterie boards, including options like Australian Premium Wagyu Beef. 

  • Seating options are available exclusively on the Course Meals cruises, where you can opt for a window seat to enjoy front-seat views of Sydney Harbour while dining in comfort and style.

  • The Buffet lunch and whale-watching options come with complimentary beverages, such as tea, coffee, and water, alongside the lunch offered on board. 

Find the perfect Sydney Harbour lunch cruise for you!

Cruise name
Ideal for
Duration
Inclusions
Window seat
Booking link
Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruise with buffet lunch
Couples, families, groups
2 hour
Buffet lunch + Live commentary + Refreshments + Activities for everyone
Not included
Premium Multi-course Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour - 2 course
Couples
1.5 - 2.5 hours
2 course à la carte menu + Air-conditioned super-cruiser Sydney 2000 + One or two circuits of Sydney
Optional
Premium Multi-course Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour - 3 course
Couples
1.5 - 4 hours
3 course à la carte menu + Air-conditioned super-cruiser Sydney 2000 + One or two circuits of Sydney
Optional
Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Buffet Lunch
Couples, families, groups
4 hours
Crew commentary in English + Whale watching + Buffet breakfast or lunch + Refreshments
Not included

Know before you go on a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise

Timings
Getting there
Safety guidelines
What to carry
Timings - Sydney Harbour lunch cruises
  • Lunch timings: Most cruises begin around 11am or 12pm, so make sure to get to your boarding point at least 30 minutes in advance. 
  • Best weather: If you want to enjoy warm weather and sunshine, aim for a lunch cruise between late spring (October/November) and early autumn (March/April). These months offer pleasant temperatures and mostly sunny skies.
  • Weekend vs weekday: We’d recommend opting for the 3 course lunch cruise for a luxurious weekend lunch lasting a whopping 4 hours. For a nice weekday experience, we’d recommend the 2 course cruise as it lasts a maximum of 2.5 hours.
Getting there - Sydney Harbour lunch cruises

Circular Quay

  • Train: Arrive at Circular Quay Station, directly connected to the wharf area.
  • Ferry: Multiple ferries service Circular Quay. Wharves 2, 3, 4, or 6 are most common for whale watching cruises.
  • Light Rail: Circular Quay is a stop on the light rail network.
  • Walking: Easily accessible on foot from the city center (15-30 minutes).

Darling Harbour: 

  • Train: Town Hall Station is a short walk (10 minutes) from Darling Harbour. Wynyard Station is also an option with a slightly longer walk (15 minutes).
  • Ferry: Wharves 4 or 5 at Darling Harbour service ferries.
  • Walking: Not as central as Circular Quay, but accessible on foot from the city center (20-30 minutes).
Safety guidelines - Sydney Harbour lunch cruises
  • Listen to the crew: The captain and crew are there for your safety. Pay close attention to their instructions regarding movement on the boat, especially when seas are rough.
  • Life jackets: Life jackets will be provided, and you may be required to wear them at all times. Know where yours is located and how to put it on properly.
  • Stay seated: Avoid standing on railings or leaning over the edge of the boat. Find your designated seats and hold on when instructed by the crew.
  • Sun and sea: Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. The sun reflects strongly off the water, and dehydration can occur quickly.
What to carry - Sydney Harbour lunch cruises
  • Dress in layers (windproof jacket, comfortable shoes)
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Seasickness medication
  • Binoculars
  • Credit card - To verify your identity

Frequently asked questions about going on a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise

What are the different types of Sydney Harbour lunch cruise available?

You can choose between a buffet option, a 2 course meal, or a 3 course meal. All cruises go on at least 2 circuits of the harbor, so choose your meal options according to your preferences! 

What is included in the price of a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise?

You’ll get a guaranteed meal based on your preferences, a full circuit of the harbor, air conditioning, open air viewing decks, and the option to choose a window seat!

What if I don’t see any whales during my cruise?

If you’re unable to spot any whales during your whale-watching cruise, don’t worry! You’ll get a free return ticket to go cruising for whales again, valid for a full year.

How far in advance should I book the cruise?

As these cruises are quite famous and could get filled up quickly, we’d recommend booking them about 2-3 weeks in advance, just to be safe.

What is the dress code for the cruise?

We’d recommend dressing in smart casuals, just note that you might not be allowed on the cruise in swimwear, flip-flops, or beachwear. Jeans, shirts and shorts are completely fine to wear!

Are there meal options for vegans?

Absolutely! All lunch cruises offer vegan and gluten free options in their menu, so feel free to let your servers know your preferences.

What happens if I get sick during the cruise?

While it’s extremely rare for someone to get seasick on a cruise due to the ship’s stability and the calm waters, cruise staff are completely equipped to deal with any form of seasickness on board.

Is the vessel accessible for guests with disabilities?

The buffet lunch cruise is not accessible for people with back and neck problems, serious medical conditions, injuries, and pregnant women. The 2 or 3 course lunch cruises are accessible to wheelchair users, and also allow service dogs and pets, as long as they’re restrained on board.