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Sailing, Tall Ship Discovery Cruise - Sydney

Sailing, Tall Ship Discovery Cruise - Sydney

Step back in time for an afternoon cruise on a magnificent square rigger tall ship! See the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. There is no better way to cruise this awesome harbour.

The Rocks (Sydney)
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  • Description
    • 1 hour 30 min harbour cruise on a large and stable 1850s-style tall ship
    • Departs Campbell's Cove, The Rocks (adjacent to Circular Quay)
    • Great photo opportunities
    • Complimentary appetisers

    Do you have a couple of hours to spare in the afternoon and wish to see Sydney Harbour and its iconic landmarks aboard a 1850's style timber tall ship.

    Take a trip back in time and sail past some of Sydney harbour's finest attractions. From the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Fort Dennison, Kirribilli House, Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, Admirality House and the many million dollar waterfront properties that hug the shoreline of this picturesque harbour.

    The tall ship is a magnificent square rigger that has three masts reaching over 24m high. This experience can be as interactive as you wish. If you'd like to heave on a rope and help set the sails, you can. Otherwise you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the entertainment provided by the crew, all of whom are at your service.

    The vessel served as flagship of the Bicentennial First Fleet reenactment voyage from Plymouth, England in 1988 and is now the last of these heroic ships to remain on Sydney Harbour. 200 years ago, a timber sailing ship was the only way to discover Sydney Harbour. And it still is!

    Intensity: 2.0 Intensity
    Intensity: 2.0 Intensity
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  • Reviews
    44 Reviews
    4.7 out of 5

    We were absolutely pleased with the service from beginning to end. We had a NZ girl meet us, she was very welcoming & helped us with any questions. We met Tom he was great! He held our interest as we were very impressed with his knowledge of the area. I was disappointed i didn't have enough battery left on my phone, to record it all. Loved it we had a great time!??

    Ann J   5 out of 5

    We loved our tall ship adventure, we have done it before and this time we took our German relatives with us, a great afternoon. If I have one criticism it's that Andrew the host does spend too much time talking about the opera house and bridge, don't get me wrong they are iconic features but after awhile it was a bit blah, blah blah. Also perhaps look at having translator headsets as our German visitors don't understand English as I'm guessing the majority or Asians on board didn't either Still an outstanding experience, but just providing some feedback

    Garry F   5 out of 5

    We had a wonderful experience

    John O   4 out of 5

    Thank you for fantastic afternoon

    Karen   5 out of 5

    Wonderful experience on the tall ships

    Chris   5 out of 5

    A very pleasent afternoon

    Robynb Y   5 out of 5


    JOHN N   5 out of 5

    We had a fabulous afternoon cruise. The guide was very knowledgeable and staff were very helpful. I have already recommended a Tall ship cruise to friends with overseas visitors.

    Diana W   5 out of 5

    Loved the Tall Ships cruise and would highly recommend it.

    Jo D   5 out of 5

    Staff were excellent, knew their stuff and let us climb the mast as others weren't using their paid tickets. Great experience, would recommend.

    Andrew M   5 out of 5
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  • Experience Details

    Fitness and Experience

    • No experience required, you can join in on the activities or just sit back, relax and enjoy the cruise
    • Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access 

    What to Bring/Wear

    • Dress for the weather on the day (a jacket is a good idea if the weather turns cold on the afternoon)
    • Bring sunscreen, hat and long sleeves
    • Wear comfortable flat-soled, non marking shoes (runners / joggers are ideal) no sharp heels allowed
    • Your camera to capture all the sights

    What is Supplied

    • 1hr 30 min harbour cruise on a large and stable 1850s style tall ship
    • Appetisers
    • Join in and help hoist the sails or sit just back and relax
    • Experienced host provides information about the harbour and ship
    • Watch the crew climb the rigging and masts to set the sails
    • International crew ensuring a personal, interactive and fun experience
    • Opportunity to help the captain steer the ship (great photos!)

    More Information

    Duration: Approx 1 hour and 30 min
    Boarding Time: 3:30 PM

    About the boat:
    'Southern Swan' is a three masted barquentine built in Denmark in 1922 from Danish oak frames.

    Southern Swan regularly crossed the North Sea as a grain carrier between Denmark and Greenland for the Tuborg Beer Company until 1969. With ice being a constant hazard in these far northern waters, the ship's bow was strengthened during the initial construction to cope with any light ice work. She was purchased in 1969 as a private vessel and extensively refitted to make extensive ocean voyages, including service as a sail training vessel with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets.

    She participated in the 1982 Tall Ships Race from Philadelphia to Portugal. In 1986 after appearing at the World Expo in Vancouver, Southern Swan sailed to England to join the Australian Bicentennial First Fleet Re-Enactment for the historic voyage to Sydney. “Southern Swan’s original name was ‘Mathilde’, then ‘Pacific’ [1926], then ‘H C Andersen’ [1930], then 'Svanen’ [1938], and finally ‘Southern Swan’ [2008].

    Capacity for 80 passengers plus crew

    Length: 40 metres
    LWL: 27.2 metres
    Beam: 8.2 metres
    Draught: 3.3 metres
    Mast Height: 24 metres
    Weight: 220 tonne

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