We booked a family trip to celebrate a son's 21st birthday, and as an excuse for the family and partners to get together doing something fun, in the fresh air. The adult tickets cost $150 each, and the students (even though adult-age students) were $135 - seemed a little steep but they were well worth it. Even though we live in Sydney and frequently use ferries it was an absolute pleasure to sail the length of the harbour (and seem to just 'scrape' under the harbour bridge) on this beautiful ship, before getting under sail and going out into the ocean through Sydney Heads. The volunteer crew on board were very knowledgable and entertaining, including the banjo player/singer who kept us entertained with sea shanties and little singalongs through the day. All the passengers took part in various activities including heaving on ropes to get sails up and down, pounding ships biscuit to make a variation of biscuit, ringing the ships bell to mark the changing hours etc. It was possible to climb up the rigging to a crows nest for a birds eye view, for a fee of $75. All very safe as you are attached to a 2-point harness and a crewmember climbs alongside you. The birthday boy did the climb and stayed up there for quite a while enjoying the view. We were looking for whales out in the ocean but didn't see any. See the ship under sail is magnificent and our voyage was not too rough. We had taken Kwells beforehand and no-one was sick in our group. We were on board from 9.15am until we berthed at 4pm and disembarked and it was really a fun day. Very relaxing and enjoyable. Of course there was also the excitement of sailing through lots of smaller yachts taking part in races near Sydney Heads, and some near misses. I had a gluten free meal, and everyone in our group thought the snacks and lunch was fine. Plenty of tea and coffee included, plus you could buy soft drinks and alcohol if you wished. It is interesting below decks seeing the little cabins and captain's area. Thanks again to the crew who did the bulk of the hard work in getting sails up and down. We would highly recommend this day trip. I think its often booked out weeks in advance so try and get in as far ahead as you can. A memorable day trip on a bit of history. I probably would not recommend children younger than 10 or so go on this day trip. The ship rolls around a bit and they might get bored, plus you do need to take care amongst all the activity going on that you aren't in the way or in danger. Take a hat (which will stay on), wind/rainjacket, and sensible shoes. They provide sunscreen.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.