Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Afternoon Discovery Cruise

The Rocks, Australia
Sydney Harbour Afternoon Tall Ship Discovery Cruise
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From USD 44.74

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy an afternoon sail on Sydney Harbour aboard a historic tall ship. Learn about Sydney’s maritime roots and your ship’s sailing history during a cruise that provides close views of iconic sights including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Fort Denison. Get great photo ops and soak up the spectacular scenery. You can even lend the crew a hand by steering the ship and hoisting the sails.
  • Discover Sydney Harbour on an authentic Tall Ship
  • Sail past iconic landmarks
  • Become part of the crew for a truly unique experience
  • Commentary about Sydney Harbour highlights and history of the ships
  • Snacks and light refreshments included

What's Included

  • 1.5 hour cruise around beautiful Sydney Harbour.
  • Snacks
  • Great photo opportunity.
  • Sail past the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and more from one of our historic timber ships.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Mast climb (available for purchase)
  • Drinks package (available for purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Campbells Cove Floating Pontoon
    The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

    The meeting point is located between Park Hyatt Hotel and the Overseas Passenger Terminal. One of the crew will be there at least 30 minutes before the cruise departure time to welcome you.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Make your own way to Campbells Cove jetty, located in the Rocks, the historic neighborhood where Sydney began. After boarding your 1850s-style ship, admire the exquisite restoration work that has rejuvenated this old wooden ship, one of only two tall ships that still sail the waters of Sydney Harbour.

Enjoy the sea breeze and waterfront views as your ship sets sail, passing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and gliding by Sydney Opera House. Hear the history of Sydney’s transformation from a sleepy colony town to a modern world-class city, and how the tall ships that once filled the harbor facilitated trade across the oceans.

If you like, tap into your inner sailor and help to raise the sails or take the wheel of the ship. Or simply relax on deck and admire Sydney from the water, snapping photos of Shark Island, Fort Denison and Sydney Harbour National Park. Snack on light refreshments served during your cruise.

Your ship returns you to Campbells Cove at the end of your cruise.

Sydney Harbour Tall Ships (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Sydney Harbour Tall Ships reserves the right to add, withdraw, substitute and/or vary advertised routes, prices, departure times and locations without notice if considered necessary for the safety and welfare of the tall ship, its passengers and crew. However, reasonable effort will be made to maintain arrangements as advertised.
  • Sydney Harbour Tall Ships will not be liable for any loss or expense incurred by a passenger as a result.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Fantastic trip! Awesome, friendly crew and a great trip out into the harbour. I would recommend giving the mast climb a go!


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Fantastic voyage!
Luisa_R, Sept 2023
Crew on board extremely knowledgeable, capable and great actors. Loved the hands on participation of tourists, young and old. Views of Sydney Harbour were spectacular. Well worth time spent on ship.
Fabulous day
Cate_G, Sept 2023
Absolutely fantastic! The crew and Captain were very keen to ensure everyone enjoyed themselves! We certainly did. We left wanting so much more, the only thing we could ask for was a longer time out on our beautiful harbour! Captain was such a great communicator as well ! We learned a lot from him. Thank you
Angela_B, Sept 2023
Absolutely love it, was so relaxing and enjoyable the crew were amazing and looked after kids amazingly! They even helped them steer. The knowledge known of the area was well given. Will DEFFINATLY be going back.
Sailing into another era
Christopher_B, July 2023
A very relaxing trip into another era. I loved taking the wheel and steering the ship. Great informative crew.
Harbour by Classic Ship
Damien_V, July 2023
Ruth's commentary and knowledge of Sydney made it more memorable. The cruise itself was scenic and spectacular
Don't Miss!
Dianne_S, July 2023
A lovely way to start our trip and to get a good sense of Sydney. Truly a fun experience. Short but definitely worthwhile.
Mast climb was worth the...
Leonie_J, July 2023
Mast climb was worth the few extra $’s. Friendly crew onboard. I actually read the terms & conditions, so disappointment from me at all.
Pirate ship vibes all the way!
Farah_A, July 2023
Amazing way to experience the ocean and the views of Sydney from the water! Felt like I was on a pirate ship and could easily imagine myself in a Pirates of Caribbean movie. The crew were really nice, food was great and the views spectacular. Would highly recommend!
Worth the time
AnnaMaria_N, May 2023
Due to the low number of people who booked this trip, it was changed to a smaller tall ship. It was still fun and the guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The entire crew was great
Our experience
Wendy_G, Apr 2023
Lovely boat. Friendly crew. Only complaint is for those not climbing mast, just floating along for so long was boring.
Pam_L, Apr 2023
The ship was in beautiful condition and crewed by happy, interesting, friendly people. It was a lovely experience being on the ship under the masts and sails, and seeing the harbour from the deck. Lovely snacks, and drinks available, good chats with the other guests. Fantastic!
Peaceful harbour tour around an iconic area
Carl_W, Apr 2023
Very peaceful trip up and around the harbour with plenty of local information along the way plus a couple of food nibbles A bit late setting out but all good in the end
Ahoy Mate! Great time on the Tall Ship!
Sharon_G, Apr 2023
We loved the tall ship! They provided drinks (some for a charge) and throughout our voyage provided great hot and cold snacks. You gave the opportunity to help set the sails (which we did) to steer the ship (which I did) and to climb the masts (which a 53 year old man our ship did, and did remarkably well). All in all, it was a great adventure and we were glad we had the opportunity.
Sydney Harbor
William_F, Apr 2023
Dock could have been better marked otherwise a fabulous excursion Crew was terrific and provided welcoming experience
Travelling back in time !
Debra_C, Apr 2023
Sailing on the harbour, in a beautiful old Tall boat. A wonderful way to see the harbour and sites. Optional extra you can climb the tall mast ( in a harness) or steer the boat.
Awesome crew, great views
Lewis_P, Apr 2023
Fantastic trip! Awesome, friendly crew and a great trip out into the harbour. I would recommend giving the mast climb a go!
Just do it! Great for family with small school age kids and doable for those with knee issues.
Dhonna_A, Apr 2023
From start to finish the trip was excellent! We were a family of 6 which included two kids 8 and 6 years old and grandparents. Location was easy to follow and we learned so much! My boys enjoyed “being on a pirate ship!”. I am recovering from knee surgery and it was doable! The 2 appetizers (spinach and cheese pastry puffs and sausages) were a hit with my kids. We helped with the sails, they allowed people to tour the downstairs of the boat, allowed guest to “captain” the boat, and watched people climb the mast. We went under the bridge and past the opera house. It was cool seeing Sydney by boat. If you wanted alcoholic beverages they were available for purchase. Our tour guide was a fountain of history which was wonderful for those non Aussies!! We came on a day that was overcast and misty and I would still recommend.
Fantastic family experience
Tiernan_d, Apr 2023
Family were visiting the city, was a wonderful way to show the habour and all it has to see. Crew were excellent and knowledgeable
A can’t- miss Sydney experience!
Catherine_F, Mar 2023
This was a unique and amazing experience! The crew were incredible! We were able to unfurl the sails, steer the ship, and two of us climbed the masts! There was great commentary on the harbor, as well as snacks and drinks. A can’t miss Sydney experience!
Lovely day, bad organisation and communication
Sandi_W, Mar 2023
Was a great day. The only negative was one the day they changed the ship to a much smaller one. We were offered a date change which was impossible as we're flying out the next day. Asked for discount on ticket price and was offered a free mast climb which we were not particularly interested in as we are more mature women. Asked if we could have drinks included instead and told no that was all they would offer. P. S. Mast climb was nit mentioned to us on the actual trip although someone who had paid for it did it.

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