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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!

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  • Reviews
    38 Reviews
    4.7 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

    The tall ship sailing was an awesome way to get to know Sydney from the water. You can also climb up the ropes to a higher look out on the ship, just like a pirate. Really like the ricotta spinach snack! I really enjoyed the cruise, it's unlike any other mundane cruises. Friendly and experienced sailors on board, highly recommend it.

    Sabrina W   5 out of 5

    I stepped into the Sydney Harbor and did a quick google search for things to do on my phone. Within seconds I found the site, found the listing for the Tall Ships in Sydney and looked up the address. There was a departure in 30 minutes from the pier farther up. I started making my way there and as I did so I went through the mobile site to make my booking and I received my confirmation just as we arrived at the dock, ready to board. Couldn't be easier, and the fact that I could do this almost improvisationally and without any prior planning really amazed me. --- I expected the tall ship to be a luxury experience outside of my price range but its a $35 experience that gives you amazing views of the harbor. The onboard crew is friendly and informative, and looking up at the Sydney Harbor Bridge from the base of the ship's masts was an experience I'll not soon forget. Grilled sausages and finger food were provided for free on board, and they offered bottled Beck's for $6 and sodas for $3. I'm not sure if they had wine - I wasn't really paying attention to that. Its a very casual cruise that lets you get as involved as you want to. Bring your camera and a wide-angle lens for some amazing shots of the harbor's two icons with the ship in the foreground.

    Bezner L   5 out of 5

    The history information was very good!

    Karen L   4 out of 5

    Fantastic guide on the tall ship, definitely made it a better experience to previous tours!

    Katie A   5 out of 5

    Loved every second on the Tall ship cruise

    Lyn N   5 out of 5

    Really good little trip with nice folks around.

    Lucie   4 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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