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As the sun sets in the city of Sydney, it takes on a whole new personality. Watering holes are aplenty, it’s hard to keep a tab on where to start your drink binge! Whether you’re just a visitor, new to town or a local Sydneysider eager to explore all kinds of drinking spots and are looking for some guidance to the city’s party scene, we’re here to help! Options range from a dinner cruises in Sydney to a laid back pub to the ultimate party destination in the city.

Australia’s favourite city is forever relentless in its pursuit to keep everyone happy and we’ve got a 3-step guide to understanding and experiencing Sydney’s favourite watering holes, be sure to take things one step at a time and get ready to party your buns off towards the end of this list!

Day 1: Start things off with a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise with a drinks package

For your first night out in the city, we would highly recommend a Magistic Sydney Harbour dinner cruise with an unlimited buffet and drinks. The luxury catamaran has large outdoor decks perfect for seeing the illuminated spectacular Sydney Harbour while on the dinner cruise. Also included with this Magistic dinner cruise in Sydney is an unlimited buffet and drinks package.

However, if you’re someone who prefers a seated-and-served menu over a buffet, cruise aggregators like Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruises can help you find one that fits your needs just right. If you’re looking for an option with entertainment, a Sydney Showboat dinner cruise experience with a cabaret show is perfect! There’s also a luxury Clearview glass boat dinner cruise offering 360° Sydney Harbour views and a brilliant 8-course degustation menu and premium beverages.

dinner cruise offering 360° Sydney Harbour views

Make sure to take plenty of pictures, especially when the cruise is closest to the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Luna Park!

Day 2: The beach and Bondi Hardware

Spend the first half of the day in true Aussie style, sunbaking on Bondi! Once you’re done with your day at your beach (are we ever really done?), head on over to Bondi Hardware to commence your drinking for the day. This Bondi favourite spot features an extensive list of wines and beers, creative cocktails, hard spirits and absolutely delicious food selection.  If you’re still hungover from the previous night, they also have an interesting selection of (alcoholic) hangover cures!

Day 3: Sydney’s most iconic nightclub Marquee to end the night (and 3-days worth of lightly overworking your liver)

Coming from the family of Marquee Nightclubs in Las Vegas and New York, Marquee Sydney is a hot choice among music lovers and celebrities alike. The club hosts some of the most popular local and international artists in its uber-chic space.

Drink and dance the night away. Take your celebrations up a notch and opt for the VIP Table and bottle service for the ultimate clubbing experience in Sydney!

Make the most of your time in Sydney and go on three completely different drinking experiences to ring in the happy when in town! 


There’s nothing quite as therapeutic as a long lunch with the ladies. It involves all of the things that come free-flowing: friendships, conversations, laughter, food and alcohol! And more often than not, there’s always a place to match your group’s preferences.

For the ladies who lunch, here’s some of our favourite spots around Sydney, we’ve made sure to include a budget-friendly and a luxury option in each category, so you don’t have to put in the work:

Lunch Cruises In Sydney

Combine great views, delicious food, an opportunity to dress up and free flowing drinks- and then you get a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise!

Budget-friendly option:

Magistic lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour is a great value-for-money option for lunch with the girls. Get dressed in your Sunday best, ditch the heels and don some comfy flats and head on out for an afternoon of endless gab, gossip and great food and drink! 

Luxury option:

Clearview glass boat Sydney Harbour lunch cruise

If the girls are willing to splurge for your weekly girls’ day out, the Clearview glass boat Sydney Harbour lunch cruise is for you! Enjoy spectacular 360° harbour views as the luxurious Clearview vessels sets an all new benchmark with premium cruising. Enjoy a roving canape service and beverages on the SkyDeck in the first hour of this 3-hour glass boat lunch cruise in Sydney. Then, head into the the large glass-walled dining saloon and dig into a delicious 3-course seated-and-served menu with premium beverages! Have a great day out on the harbour with your girls on Sydney’s one and only dining glass boat cruise!

A Vegetarian-Friendly Ladies Lunch

With a lot of people making the conscious shift to embracing the vegetarian lifestyle, it’s quite nice to see so many restaurants incorporating vegetarian friendly meals into their menus. With fine dining vegetarian establishments and budget friendly options, #meatlessmondays with the girls has become a whole lot easier.

Budget-friendly option:

Bodhi Restaurant- their caption claims to serve enlightened food that’s good for the body and great for the soul! Vegan friendly and serving pan-Asian cuisine, this is sure to become a favourite with the girls. Healthy lunch and girl time- all of this is great for the soul- so make the most of your day out with the girlies!

Luxury option:

The Bentley Restaurant + Bar vegetarian tasting menu isn’t cheap but is unbelievably delicious. With the stellar wine pairing, the girls are going to be glad you picked this spot. The ambience is perfect for lunch with the ladies- the industrial chic design and the innovative menu will redefine your standards of luxury dining!

Italian Fare By The Beach

Nothing can really take a great meal to the next level quite like a stunning waterfront location. And Sydney does beach-front restaurants in ultimate style!

Budget-friendly option:

Bondi Trattoria otherwise fondly known as the Tratt is a high-end dining experience mixed with the breezy nonchalance of its charming beachfront location. Spend the arvo with the girls taking in the simple bistro setting while enjoying delicious Italian meals and drinks.

Luxury option:

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar offers iconic views of Bondi beach and the most photographed swimming pool in the world. It’s an ideal location to have a gourmet lunch with great views and tremendous service!

             Gather the girls and get planning your next ladies’ lunch! 


Make this Australia Day more than just another day off. Spend this National Day celebrating everything that’s amazing about being Australian, no matter where in the country you are.

Australia Day Celebrations in NSW

Discover the best of Australia Day celebrations along the NSW coast. With the capital of NSW stealing the show with the harbour events, a word to the wise is to book an Australia Day cruise along Sydney Harbour well ahead of time.

Watch all of the harbour events like the ferrython, tall ships race and the annual sailing regatta from the spacious decks of your Australia Day catamaran lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour. Alternatively, if you want to marvel at the spectacular fireworks display, an Australia Day dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour would be more suited for you.

Australia Day Celebrations in ACT

If you’re looking to celebrate Australia Day in the capital, spend the day relaxing at Regatta Point and Patrick White Lawns in Canberra in an ambience of music, food and fireworks.

If you’re feeling particularly patriotic that day, you could also head out to Rond Terrace, Parkes and watch the National Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

Australia Day Celebrations in NT

The most fun event that happens on Australia Day in the Northern Territory is the Australia Day Run in Darwin. Dust off your running shoes and feel the community spirit as you jog alongside the masses.

Australia Day Celebrations in QLD

Brisbane puts up a spectacular Australia Day fireworks display at South Bank. There are also six pyrotechnic jet ski performers and you get a great view of the display from the Cultural Forecourt and Clem Jones Promenade.

All over Queensland, follow your nose and taste buds right to the Great Australian Bites festival- this free event features the best food of the area with local providers and makers putting up their pop-up stalls. It happens all over Queensland in Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Warwick, Airlie Bridge, Hope Vale, Brisbane and Townsville.

Australia Day Celebrations in SA

The Australia Day Adelaide Parade is one of the countries’ largest Australia Day parades where approximately 4000 people take to the streets in celebration and pride alongside vintage cars, floats and costumes!

 Australia Day Celebrations in TAS

Tasmania doesn’t do Australia Day fireworks, but they have a bunch of other fun activities you could choose from to spend National Day. Start off with the Australia Day Breakfast on Bellerive Boardwalk and indulge in a big Aussie Breakfast, watch the Australia Day awards and listen to musical performances by local bands. There’s also the Tasman Regatta and Peninsula Feast where a bunch of activities like kayaking, bay swimming, crab racing and gumboot throwing happen!

Australia Day Celebrations in VIC

Melbourne is one of those other cities that knows how to party and they do Australia Day just right! With a parade soon after the flag raising ceremony, you’re free to unwind and relax with a beer and a barbie with the family by midday.

Australia Day Celebrations in WA

Don your green and gold, drape the Aussie flag around you and see the City of Lights living up to its name with a stunning fireworks display along the Swan River!

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Charter Cruises Sydney


Smaller Parties (5-30 guests)


If you’re looking for a boat hire in Sydney Harbour for a small event, Catamarans are your ideal partners. These small boats such as Top Cat or Barefoot come at very budget friendly rates, with menu options ideal for the likes of a small birthday party. You also have the option to bring your own beverages on board, so that you can have a nice, relaxed day with your close ones, to sip your favourite drinks while you let yourself bask in the sun and forget your worries.


Large parties (30+ guests)


If you’re planning to gather your friends and family and their friends and families too, you will probably need to hire a party boat for your Sydney Harbour cruise. Vessels such as Fleetwing II can accommodate up to 46 guests, while larger boats such as Aussie Magic can hold 150 guests, and Magistic can have up to 375 guests on board! If you’re planning on a community event and is expecting even more guests, glass boats such as Bella Vista and Starship Sydney are here to your rescue, and can accommodate up to a whopping 950 guests on board without breaking a sweat. There’s no party that Sydney Harbour can’t handle!


Luxury Yachts (Up to 110 guests)

If you’re more of a quality-over-quantity person, a wide range of luxury yachts available for hire on Sydney Harbour are available for you. While Galaxy I can get you a premium experience without breaking your bank too much, Infinity Pacific can get you the ultimate luxury cruise that you can buy on Sydney harbour. With premium catering from the likes of Chef Matt Bates and premium beverages for your indulgence, these boats will ensure that your experience is truly unparallelled, and luxurious with no compromises.


Glass Boats


Glass Boats are the latest attractions available for private hire on Sydney Harbour and are one-of-a-kind vessels that offer 360° views of the harbour at all times. A growing popular destination for large parties, vessels such as Blueroom and Starship Sydneyare the ideal venues for Wedding receptions and business functions, and are becoming popular event venues for the likes of New Year’s Eve fireworks cruises as well, owing to the uninterrupted views that they offer.


Unique Boats


If you are not really moved by the options that have been listed thus far and are really looking for that one boat which you’re sure will set your imagination on fire, well, there are such boats available too! For your consideration, the legendary Tall Ship Soren Larsen that’s from way back in 1949 has circumnavigated the globe twice! And the iconic Sydney Showboat has been running their unique show-themed cruise aboard a paddlewheeler for over 30 years, and has been listed multiple times across publications as one of the must-do things in Sydney! Unique Boats available for private hire on Sydney Harbour are definitely good options if you wish your cruise to be truly extraordinary.




Add-ons for your cruise


To be frank, your cruise with the catering and beverages are only going to get you so far. It’s all fun and great, yes, but if you really wish to make your party a memorable one, get some add-ons going! Talk to your charter consultant and get some inflatables, water toys, lily-pads, or even a tender boat added on to make your cruise even more fun! You could also get on board a DJ, magician, comedian, or even a band to lighten up the mood of your cruise. The list goes on for a while, with decorations, cakes, photo booths, karaoke machines and so on and so forth that you could have on board your cruise depending on availability, and your requirements of course, so the only limit here is your imagination.


So there you have it, a cruise for literally everyone. So get your party planned and arrive at your own wedding in a classic Italian speedboat, arrange the best bucks party for your mate who’s about to be hitched, or arrange the best corporate dinner party for your office’s Christmas celebrations! All that’s required is for you to simply contact your charter consultant to get the ball rolling.


Happy cruising to you!

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Party Boat Hire Sydney


Imagine the privacy and intimacy of sharing a private charter with your own group of friends and family. There are numerous charter consultants and boat hire agencies in Sydney handling hundreds of charters and are eager to find the right ship that suits the style and requirements of your event. Contact pioneer charter consults that have more than a decade of charter service to plan your event on Sydney's scenic harbour.


Why Boat Hire In Sydney is the right choice!


A full-vessel charter has many advantages over a ticketed cruise. Private party boat hire on Sydney offers exclusivity & flexibility for your family , friends, colleagues or small groups and also helps you to host a very luxurious and unique event. Although charter rates vary by destination, availability and season, private boat hire in Sydney can help you save 10 to 30% off compared to the regular per-person rate on booking ticketed cruises.  Off-season charters provide ample savings while high season dates have to be secured a year or more in advance in order to benefit from it. It is always advisable to charter a vessel after a research and make sure that you come to a conclusion well ahead of your cruising date in order to plan about enhancing the event, other small inclusions, vessel inspection and more, but in case you want to host an event on short notice, as long as its not peak seasons, a small vessel can still be chartered.


On-board programs, cruise itineraries, decorations and dining service can be customized to the interests, budget and requirements of your group. Looking for a corporate event venue, have to throw an eventful party? have a keen interest in fishing? there is an ideal vessel for anything and everything. A good boat charters & cruises agency can find you the right cruise for your group.


Most of the boat hire on Sydney Harbour are fully crewed, outfitted with a trained and experienced skipper and crew. The skipper, chef and crew are an integral part of cruising and their experience and expertise are vital for a safe and successful voyage.


Small yacht charters offer an intimate cruise experience offering BBQ's, swimming platforms and more. The small vessel charters vary considerably in price and amenities, from catamarans to sophisticated cruisers with hot tubs and elegant furnishing, there is a boat for every occasion.


Larger charter vessels are a perfect venue to host corporate events, weddings & receptions, events and gala dinners. With all the amenities, service and luxury the large charter vessels are better than a water-front venue. spacious cabins, restrooms, dining saloon, lounge and outer deck space are the main highlights of a luxury charter. With spacious suites in addition to standard cabins, luxury yachts are also a wonderful overnight charter option. Most of the large charter vessels provide multiple dining options and exceptional service. The spacious interiors and entertainment system add on to its luxury features.


Whatever the occasion is, It’s always best to host it on-board a cruising venue on Sydney Harbour.

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Boat Hire Sydney


Boat hire on Sydney Harbour is the best & most unique way to host a party or an event. With multiple dining options, beverage packages, entertainment facilities and luxury boat features, the Sydney Harbour is home to numerous vessels of distinct features, capacity, style and type suitable for hosting all types of events from small group functions to gala dinners.

Consult boat hire & private charter agency on Sydney Harbour for the ideal vessel, boat hire packages and more.

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christmas party cruises


Finding it hard to select an amusing venue for your Christmas party? Well, stress no more, here is a list of things you should look for when selecting a spectacular Christmas party venue which is sure to overwhelm the crowd and leave a memorable impression! Christmas party boat hire in Sydney is one among them. Even though Sydney doesn’t have a white Christmas like most of the cities in the Northern Hemisphere, all the traditional noel customs of Christmas are followed, from decorating the streets with Christmas lights, adorning the Christmas trees and singing Christmas carol and also few unique Australian Chrissy customs too.  


It is always a burden to search the internet for hours to find your perfect corporate Christmas party venue. Let us make it a little easier for you, here are a few selected things to look for when searching for an office Christmas party venue in Sydney that are unique & entertaining. One of the many specialties of this harbour city is that we can host a summer party and Christmas party all at once – now that’s pretty cool right? Seize the opportunity and hire a stunning Christmas party venue where there’s something for everyone. A Christmas party boat hire in Sydney offering an all-inclusive package is one of them. The usual yet evergreen, the 5-star rooftop bars boasting spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour, the sizzling beach party spots, premium dining venues offering a special food menu, all-inclusive Christmas party harbour cruise on Sydney Harbour and more. No matter what type of Christmas bash you’re keen on, these venues are sure to fit in.


The Christmas party cruise on Sydney Harbour is one of the fail-safe ideas to organise a memorable office party. With a fleet of purpose-built vessels and luxury yachts to choose from, the Christmas party charter is considered one of the apt party ideas on Sydney Harbour and why not? From choice of catered menus & premium beverages to BYO package options, these cruising venues are by far the most selected Christmas party venue in Sydney.


From premium glass boat cruises to entertaining cabaret cruise, the options are plenty.  Choose a well-crafted Christmas party charter package that ensures to please all tastes and age groups. Select your favourite dining menu, from buffet, 3-course seated & served & substantial canapes, tailor the seating arrangement according to your requirements and choose from a list of our entertainment themes to organise an awe-inspiring Christmas party on Sydney Harbour.


The stunning city skyline of Sydney Harbour will add to the great atmosphere and make your Christmas party feel extra special. Add some excitement to this year’s Christmas party by booking an entertaining harbour cruise other than a usual venue hall!

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Take in the magnificence of Sydney Harbour by hiring a party boat that suits all your requirements and preferences. Select from numerous charter packages that suit your occasion.


There are thousands of scenic harbours all around the world but nothing can match the iconic cityscapes of Sydney Harbour. The all-time favourite Sydney Opera House, the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge, spectacular harbour precincts and harbour itself come together to present a stunning picturesque experience. The best way to experience the opulence and beauty of Sydney is aboard a private boat hire. Take in the surrounding sights, enjoy walking on the squashy gold-tinted beaches and feel the engaging ambience of Sydney from its depth. Choose from a fleet of hundreds of vessels, ranging from small boats and catamarans to luxury yachts and glass boats.

This Sydney Harbour Boat Hire is perfect for all kinds of functions and events, whether it be a corporate function, large group events catering hundreds of guests, small private parties or a romantic overnight getaway. Hiring a boat on Sydney Harbour always guarantees an unforgettable experience irrespective of events or types of boat.


Cruise past the Opera House and see the enchanting Harbour Bridge up-close. Most of the boats have a cruise route which sails by Fort Denison, Rose Bay and Shark Island letting you take in the bygone days of Sydney. Get off at some of Sydney’s pristine beaches, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim before a picnic-style lunch complemented by a glass of wine.


No matter what the occasion is, no matter what you are celebrating,  tailor your charter to your exact needs. There are numerous charter agents offering all-inclusive boat hire packages for special events such as Australia Day, the Vivid light festival, Sydney’s famous New Year’s Eve and more.


Here are a few occasions where people mostly charter the cruise:


Birthday Functions – From as few as 20 guests to as huge as 950 guests, boats for hire in Sydney have packages for all. From intimate gatherings to the biggest birthday bashes, Sydney Harbour charter packages are sure to make your special day even better. Whether you want to charter a daytime cruise or an evening one, our event director will make sure that the event is personalised to your exact needs.


Hens Parties & Bucks Parties – Chartering a cruise on Sydney Harbour guarantees an unforgettable outing before you prepare for your big day. Whether you are the bride or groom to be, the charter cruise makes sure that you have a whale of a time. Forget about the food, drinks and music arrangements, the event director and crew will have it all set so that you can have a wonderful time with your friends.


Boat Hire Overnight Stays – Go out with your loved ones on a one-day vacation by hiring a boat on Sydney Harbour. An overnight boat hire would be perfect for romantic getaways or gatherings with family or friends. Luxury yachts and modern catamarans are the preferred vessels for an overnight stay.


Private Boat Tour – If you are a tourist or from interstate, boat hire in Sydney is a must. Choose from spectacular catamarans and yachts for a 3-hour tour of Sydney Harbour that sails past all the essential sights.

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christmas party cruises sydney

The month of joy with its recurring festivity ambience is the perfect time to host a party. Here in Australia, Christmas is not a single-day celebration, the parties are set rolling from as early as the third week of November and conclude one day after Christmas.


If you’re planning to throw a Christmas party that leaves a wonderful lasting impression, then search no more, hiring a Christmas Party charter cruise on Sydney Harbour is undoubtedly the best way to do it. Surprise your family and friends or bring your staff and associates together for some bonding time. Sydney Harbour Christmas party charter cruise host the kind of party that people talk about for years afterward. 


The harbour is studded with not one but countless spectacular charter cruises waiting to be explored. Choose your vessel of harmony depending on the features you require and the crowd you love to party with.


The relaxed and pristine atmosphere of Sydney Harbour with the opulence and luxury of Christmas charter cruises go hand in hand resulting in a belter of an event.


Multiple-dining options from buffet-style dining to canapés are on offer. There are numerous vessels to choose from, small boats offering a seating capacity of as low as 20 to vessels that accompany 950 guests. If you are looking to host a Christmas party for a large group make sure that the vessel has multiple entertaining areas, main deck saloon and al fresco dining options so that all your guests can take in the best views of Sydney Harbour and have the privilege to move around with comfort and ease.


During Christmas season most of the cruises decorate their interiors with Christmas decors including the dining saloon bringing a bright and elegant festive feel to the vessel. With the help of the cruise director, you will be able to add your own additional decorations to give the party a signature touch.  


Thank your clients or colleagues with something special this year aboard a Sydney Harbour Christmas charter cruise.


Your guests can kick back and relax while cruising the pristine Sydney Harbour, taking in the views, and indulging in sumptuous dishes freshly prepared on board. The opulence of Sydney Harbour cruise is sure to impress all kinds of guests, whether it be your family or clients. You will have numerous photo opportunities as the cruise sails past the Opera House, Fort Denison, Luna Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge and many other eminent edifices. Add to that a delicious Christmas menu, premium drinks and first-class customer service and your guests will be boasting about the party for a year long.


If you are a tourist, a better option would be to opt for a ticketed Christmas party cruise where you get to enjoy the bustling ambience of Sydney Harbour along with delicious food and entertainment. 


Whether you host a party or not, make sure that you don't miss out on exploring the scenic Sydney Harbour during the Christmas season. 

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The Harbour City of Sydney!


The Sydney Harbour with its azure waters, scenic precincts and historical importance has earned itself the topmost position in the list of world's most visited 

harbour. If you plan to explore Australia, the apt place to start your expedition would be Sydney. With its never-ending tourist spots, serene beaches, bustling harbour and intriguing city life you will never be short of options in Sydney. Whether you are a tourist or a Sydneysider, if you haven't explored the scenic harbour on board a cruise or a boat you are doing yourself an injustice. The availability of numerous vessels in Sydney allows you to hire your choice of boat for sightseeing, partying or hosting an event.


Why hiring a boat is the best way to explore Sydney


Sailing over the tranquil waters of Sydney Harbour is by far the best way to catch the wonderful sights that Sydney has to offer. The world-famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge is something everyone will definitely ogle at. The architecture of these World Heritage listed edifices and the placid ambience of the harbour is popular amongst tourists and residents alike.


To enjoy these spectacular Sydney sights hire a boat according to your guest count and preferences. 


Sydney Harbour with its expansive waterways surrounded by million-dollar homes and tourist destinations is also known as the ‘Big blue playground’. As you sail out, you’ll witness an array of ferries, jet boats, yachts and kayaks.


Sydney Harbour is studded with numerous islands that have a significant cultural and historical heritage of its own. Fort Denison, Goat,  Shark, Clark, Rodd, and Cockatoo Islands are some of them. Home to Aboriginal and European history the Cockatoo Island has found itself a place in the UNESCO World Heritage list.


Once you’ve explored the harbour precincts, find yourself a spot for fishing or cook a bit of food and chill out with a nice cold drink with your family, friends or colleagues. The Sydney Harbour is home to hundreds of boats, from small budget boats to large function boats, the options are endless. Whether it’s an event, a corporate team-building exercise, celebration or just a chilled out afternoon, a Sydney Harbour charter is the best way to go.


There are certain things that you have to keep in mind while chartering a boat:


One of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences of Sydney and its harbour is guaranteed when you charter a boat. Enjoy cruising atop sparkling blue waters and feel the warmth of the caressing Sydney sun upon your face all the while enjoying panoramic scenery. In order to assure a quality cruising experience, it’s important to make sure that the boat you charter is safe and properly equipped for a trip, be it for a few hours or a long weekend.


Mainly, there are three areas to concentrate on:  the boat, its facilities and the information needed for a successful charter.  Go through all the boat details available with the cruise agent and to be double sure, implement a quick internet search. Once you have gone through the boat details and its facilities, make sure you create a proper itinerary in order to experience Sydney and its harbour to the fullest.