By Deb Carr
One of the reasons I created Sydney Chic is because I love this city so much, especially Sydney Harbour. I’ve spent many hours on the Sydney Harbour sailing and boating with my friends, and it is something I have missed these last couple of years due moving and other commitments. When an opportunity came up to take a four-hour cruise with Sea Sydney Cruises I jumped at it. I love that name by the way, as a marketer I think it’s very clever. I was soon to discover that taking a Sea Sydney Cruise was one of the things to do in Sydney that everyone should experience.
Lucky for me today’s Spring weather was great. Yay, blue skies and warm air. As instructed, I arrived at the Commissioner Stairs at Circular Quay by 12.15 for boarding at 12.30. We boarded however waited 15 minutes for two guests who unfortunately never showed up. With cruises like this you really have to be on time because the boat can’t wait more than 15 minutes and also Circular Quay have strict rules on how long vessels can stay at the wharfs.
We were soon on our way straight past the Opera House for a tour of the Harbour. As we departed we were offered wine, beer, water or soft drink. Yours Truly accepted a lovely glass of Semillon Blanc of course! Ah this is the life, sipping wine and sailing on Sydney Harbour it just doesn’t get much better than this.
Our crew were great! Very friendly and they seem to know all the celebrity gossip in town! OK I’m stretching that a bit but we did find out where famous people live in the mansions along the Harbour or who used to!
We visited Woolloomooloo then Rushcutters Bay where we got a close up of the bigger yachts, including some that race the Sydney to Hobart on Boxing Day. Then we cruised along the harbour to Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watson’s Bay and eventually turning towards the Mosman side of the Harbour. Here we anchored at a beautiful bay with clear water with a green hue. I was delighted to hear a Channel-billed Cuckoo and showed my excitement to my foreign friends who must have thought I was a “cuckoo” myself! My love of this sound comes from living years in the Blue Mountains NSW and hearing the first song of the Channel-billed Cuckoo knowing that it was now Spring and winter was finally over!
I was the only “Aussie” on the cruise and met some new friends, a delightful couple from New York and a family from Finland. I loved how being a ‘Sydneysider’ and the owner of ‘Sydney Chic’ enabled me to give advice on things to do in Sydney. My new friends appreciated that. I was equally intrigued with their culture and lifestyle.
After lunch, I went to the Fly Bridge and had great chat with the Skipper! Don’t worry he was 100% alert and I noticed how he vigilantly kept looking at what was around him. The Skipper gave me a lot of information and knew everything about Sydney’s new Barangaroo project. Actually, I’m now really, really excited about Barangaroo I think it will bring Sydney to a new level.
I thoroughly enjoyed spending time on the Harbour this afternoon and especially mixing with visitors from overseas.
This is a must-do cruise for tourists to Sydney. For Sydney residents who have not experienced the Sydney Harbour on a motor yacht then this is your opportunity to do so. The vessel is also available for private functions.
More Information on the lunch cruise
4 hour guided harbour cruise with commentary, Sydney sight-seeing opportunities
3 course Australian bbq lunch accompanied by regional wines and local beers
Onboard activities including swimming, fishing or taking the tender for a row
Skipper and Host onboard
Departs Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 12.30pm returning 4.30pm – guests must be at the wharf 15 minutes prior to departure at the Commissioners Steps, Circular Quay. Located across from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Sydney Chic was invited as a guest of Sea Sydney Cruises and we report on our honest experiences