Sydney Harbour Sightseeing and Buffet Lunch Cruise

Join Captain Cook Cruises for a relaxing meander on Sydney’s world famous waterway and a delicious buffet lunch of fresh seafood and international dishes. Complement your meal with million dollar harbour views and engaging commentary from the crew. This is the perfect lunch time experience for every visitor to the Harbour City!

5 stars

ElizabethL94 (via TripAdvisor)

‘The food was really good on this cruise, especially the prawns and the desserts. The staff were friendly and helpful and the boat was clean and comfortable. The views were wonderful. What more can be said? Only that we would recommend it.’

  • Duration:

    1 hour 45 minutes (approx.)

  • Runs:

    Daily

  • Departs at:

    12.00pm/12.30pm

  • Departs from:

    Darling Harbour & Circular Quay

Featured guest review

'The food was really good on this cruise, especially the prawns and the desserts. The staff were friendly and helpful and the boat was clean and comfortable. The views were wonderful. What more can be said? Only that we would recommend it.' - ElizabethL94 (via TripAdvisor)

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  • See several Sydney icons from the water, including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Kirribilli House and more
  • Enjoy the crew’s commentary on the history of Sydney and its many harbour-side landmarks
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of succulent seafood, hot dishes, fresh salads, and cheese and sweet delights for dessert.
  • Sightseeing cruise around beautiful Sydney Harbour with Captain Cook Cruises
  • Live commentary
  • Buffet featuring Sydney rock oysters or mussels, chilled prawns, fish, a range of non-seafood and vegetarian dishes, dessert and cheeses.

Full bar facilities are available (additional cost applies).

  • MargieAR – Via TripAdvisor

    My husband and young son went on the lunch cruise last week, I am quite familiar with Sydney but my family are not and we thought this would be a nice way to see the Harbour. The booming staff at Darling Harbour were very helpful in obtaining us a good deal which was great. We boarded at Circular Quay, and were greeted by big smiles and shown to our table. A supervisor was doing the rounds greeting passengers and ensuring they knew where the meals and bar was located and information regarding service, as well as exits for the viewing decks, and this was a excellent to see. The lunch and dessert buffets were really good, and plentiful with food being bought out regularly to meet demand. The staff were all smiling and friendly. It was difficult to hear the commentary at times but this was more due to the constant chatter of guests and not a massive issue (and of no fault of the cruise operators). We will definitely look at a longer dinner cruise on our next visit as it was a lovely way to pass the time.

  • ElizabethL94 – Via TripAdvisor

    The food was really good on this cruise, especially the prawns and the desserts. The staff were friendly and helpful and the boat was clean and comfortable. The views were wonderful. What more can be said? Only that we would recommend it.

  • Gregb302 – Via TripAdvisor

    We went on the 2 hour lunch cruise, ok the buffet lunch was nice. Dessert was so basic, I have more for my smoko at work. The wait staff come up and ask if they can take your napkins while your still eating, wanted know if we were finished with our glasses, but we were still drinking. As for the 2 hours? At least 25 minutes of that time is being docked at Darling Harbor for passenger exchange, actually boring. The return trip to Circular Quay was pretty much not quick enough, we just wanted to get off, waste of money.

  • Mary K – Via TripAdvisor

    It was a lunchtime cruise with a group of friends. We were very well catered for as we slowly cruised around the harbour, looking at all the attractions.

  • MariaA3861 – Via TripAdvisor

    My son bought me this experience for Christmas. It was a stunning day on the harbour. The food was very good but the wine was rather expensive. In all a decent couple of hours.

  • David C – Via TripAdvisor

    Great lunch today. If taking this cruise I urge you to get a window table and to dock at King St Wharf at 12 noon rather than embarking from Circular Quay at 12:30pm. Buffet was basic but tasty & seafood was fresh. There was smoked salmon, prawns and oysters. Overall a lovely treat for our Sydney holiday!

  • Tour Highlights
    • See several Sydney icons from the water, including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Kirribilli House and more
    • Enjoy the crew’s commentary on the history of Sydney and its many harbour-side landmarks
    • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of succulent seafood, hot dishes, fresh salads, and cheese and sweet delights for dessert.
  • What's Included
    • Sightseeing cruise around beautiful Sydney Harbour with Captain Cook Cruises
    • Live commentary
    • Buffet featuring Sydney rock oysters or mussels, chilled prawns, fish, a range of non-seafood and vegetarian dishes, dessert and cheeses.

    Full bar facilities are available (additional cost applies).

  • Guest Reviews

    • MargieAR – Via TripAdvisor

      My husband and young son went on the lunch cruise last week, I am quite familiar with Sydney but my family are not and we thought this would be a nice way to see the Harbour. The booming staff at Darling Harbour were very helpful in obtaining us a good deal which was great. We boarded at Circular Quay, and were greeted by big smiles and shown to our table. A supervisor was doing the rounds greeting passengers and ensuring they knew where the meals and bar was located and information regarding service, as well as exits for the viewing decks, and this was a excellent to see. The lunch and dessert buffets were really good, and plentiful with food being bought out regularly to meet demand. The staff were all smiling and friendly. It was difficult to hear the commentary at times but this was more due to the constant chatter of guests and not a massive issue (and of no fault of the cruise operators). We will definitely look at a longer dinner cruise on our next visit as it was a lovely way to pass the time.

    • ElizabethL94 – Via TripAdvisor

      The food was really good on this cruise, especially the prawns and the desserts. The staff were friendly and helpful and the boat was clean and comfortable. The views were wonderful. What more can be said? Only that we would recommend it.

    • Gregb302 – Via TripAdvisor

      We went on the 2 hour lunch cruise, ok the buffet lunch was nice. Dessert was so basic, I have more for my smoko at work. The wait staff come up and ask if they can take your napkins while your still eating, wanted know if we were finished with our glasses, but we were still drinking. As for the 2 hours? At least 25 minutes of that time is being docked at Darling Harbor for passenger exchange, actually boring. The return trip to Circular Quay was pretty much not quick enough, we just wanted to get off, waste of money.

    • Mary K – Via TripAdvisor

      It was a lunchtime cruise with a group of friends. We were very well catered for as we slowly cruised around the harbour, looking at all the attractions.

    • MariaA3861 – Via TripAdvisor

      My son bought me this experience for Christmas. It was a stunning day on the harbour. The food was very good but the wine was rather expensive. In all a decent couple of hours.

    • David C – Via TripAdvisor

      Great lunch today. If taking this cruise I urge you to get a window table and to dock at King St Wharf at 12 noon rather than embarking from Circular Quay at 12:30pm. Buffet was basic but tasty & seafood was fresh. There was smoked salmon, prawns and oysters. Overall a lovely treat for our Sydney holiday!

What You Can Expect

This Sydney Harbour Sightseeing and Buffet Lunch Cruise is the quintessential Harbour City experience. Relax on board your spacious cruise vessel and admire the famous landmarks and opulent homes along the glittering harbour foreshore. You’ll also enjoy a fabulous buffet lunch that showcases the wonderful seafood that Sydneysiders are so fortunate to have access to.

Your Sydney Harbour Sightseeing and Buffet Lunch Cruise departs the King Street Wharf on Darling Harbour (city side) and Circular Quay. You’ll enjoy magnificent views of the city from the moment you step on board. After passing right under the soaring Sydney Harbour Bridge, you’ll cruise past many famous buildings and locations — including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Woolloomooloo’s Finger Wharf and Elizabeth Bay.

After all that sightseeing, you’ll have worked up an appetite and it’s soon time to tuck into the onboard buffet lunch. Feast on chilled oysters, mussels, ocean prawns and succulent fish. Meat lovers and vegetarians are also well catered for with an abundance of hot international dishes and fresh salads. Drinks are available for purchase from the licensed bar.

End your meal with a selection of desserts and cheeses. And of course, it’s all accompanied by sensational views of the harbour and fascinating commentary from your crew about Sydney’s history and plans for the future.

 

Sample buffet menu*

Seafood selection

  • Chilled Sydney rock oysters
  • Ocean prawns
  • Smoked salmon

Fresh salads

Your cruise will feature a selection of four salads from the following list:

  • Mediterranean salad of mixed leafy greens, olives, feta cheese, cucumber and onion
  • Traditional Caesar salad of croutons, shaved parmesan, bacon lardons and dressing
  • Coleslaw of cabbage, carrots, capsicum and celery
  • Beetroot salad
  • Bean salad of mixed beans, onion and vinaigrette
  • Honey mustard baby potato salad with almonds

International selection

  • Roast of the day (beef, lamb or ham)
  • Chicken drumettes
  • Vegetarian curry
  • Steamed rice
  • Crusty bread rolls

Dessert

  • Cheese board (cheddar cheese, blue cheese, fig jam and crackers)
  • Seasonal fresh fruit
  • Selection of cakes.

* This is a sample menu only and some dishes may not be available on the day of your cruise. Replacements will be provided.

All too soon it’s time to return to your point of departure. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend exploring Sydney at your leisure.

Enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year, this Sydney Harbour Sightseeing and Buffet Lunch Cruise combines a wonderful sightseeing experience with a sensational lunch. Simply sit back, relax and enjoy!

 

About your vessel

Captain Cook Cruises’ Sydney fleet includes the spectacular Sydney 2000 and the John Cadman 2. Vessels feature air-conditioned restaurant decks, private dining rooms and expansive outside deck space. Enjoy fantastic views from every seat. Sydney 2000 operates on most lunch cruises, but your vessel many change due to operational requirements.

 

Cruise departure details

This Sydney Harbour Sightseeing and Buffet Lunch Cruise has two departure points. You can nominate your preferred option. Please check your confirmation document for the most up-to-date departure information.

Darling Harbour King St Wharf No.1
Departs at: 12.00pm
Disembarks at: 1.45pm

Circular Quay Wharf No.6
Departs at: 12.30pm
Disembarks at: 2.15pm

 

Important notes

  • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with meeting point details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • There is no charge for children under the age of four.
  • If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of booking.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your cruise departure time. Boarding may commence early.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • To purchase a gift certificate, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
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