A unique overnight harbour cruise on a magnificent tall ship in the world’s most beautiful harbour

This fully hosted and engaging experience begins with a relaxed wine and canapés evening cruise with a chance to climb the mast and includes one night’s accommodation in beautiful Sydney Harbour. The next morning, you will enjoy a hot buffet breakfast followed by a guided tour around historic Goat Island on our Convicts tour.

Step aboard one of our beautiful Tall Ships and experience all that Sydney’s wonderful harbour has to offer from the unique perspective of a historic tall ship.

Choose how much or how little you wish to be involved in sailing the ship. Those wishing to get “hands on” will be given one-on-one sailing coaching from our trained crew, who will ensure you get the best tall ship sailing experience possible based on your interests. You will have a unique opportunity to go aloft and take part in sail handling – this is not available on our usual day cruises.

Alternatively, those who prefer to watch from the deck will have the opportunity to hear about Sydney Harbour’s marine life from our knowledgeable host.

Sail the harbour bound for historic Goat Island where you will disembark for an “exclusive access” guided Convict Tour.

See some of Australia’s most important and intact convict-built buildings whilst being entertained with enthralling stories from your guide.


The following schedule is a guide only and timings are subject to change

15 Mins Prior to Sailing: Boarding at Campbell’s Cove, The Rocks
You and your fellow overnighters will be welcomed by your host for the evening. View Map

7:45pm: Wine and Canapés Cruise
Set off for a 2-1/2 hour Wine and Canapés Evening Cruise with live music. Enjoy a delicious meal of canapés with all drinks. During the cruise, you will have the opportunity to climb the mast (before drinks). This cruise is usually held onboard the Soren Larsen but on occasion is held on the Southern Swan or Coral Trekker tall ship. Please note that this Wine & Canapés Cruise is shared with other passengers who won’t be staying overnight. After the cruise, you will relax onboard surrounded by stunning views.

Overnight stay on a Tall Ship
An exclusive group of no more than 14 people will stay overnight onboard in a secret Sydney Harbour location with spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

7:00am: Hot Buffet Breakfast
Full buffet breakfast served from the upper saloon that includes bacon, eggs, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, fresh bread with tea & coffee. Dine in the comfortable saloon or on deck to soak up the panoramic harbour views. Vegetarian and gluten free options available on prior request.

9:00am: Exclusive Guided Convict Tour of Historic Goat Island
Walk in the footsteps of Australia’s early convicts. Enjoy a guided tour of the island that contains some of Australia’s most important and preserved convict-built buildings. Your host will engage you with tales of punishment, death and escape whilst you visit sites such as the amazing early 1800s military gun powder magazine and solders’ barracks complex.

10:30am: Tall Ship Transfer
Depart Goat Island onboard our tall ship.

11:00am: Disembark at Campbell’s Cove, The Rocks
Arrive at Campbell’s Cove and disembark. Your luggage will be waiting for you on the wharf.

Cruise Prices

Quad Share Cabin (per person)$349.00
Twin Share Cabin (per person)$399.00

* A Fee of $50 per person will apply if a customer re-schedules or cancels their cruise 7 days before the date of their Overnight Cruise.

Other Important Information

  • A Fee of $50 per person will apply if a customer re-schedules or cancels their cruise 7 days before the date of their Overnight Cruise.
  • All meals and drinks are supplied by Sydney Harbour Tall Ships – strictly no BYO. If you have any special dietary requirements, special needs or requests please advise our office when booking.
  • Wine is included in your Wine and Canapés Cruise which ends when we berth at 2000/8pm. The bar will then reopen as a cash bar until 2200/10pm. After this, hot drinks will be available in the deckhouse. If you would prefer to have a cabin on your own, a single supplement will need to be paid at 50% of the fare paid.
  • When the ship anchors for the night, we offer hot drinks or water. Tea, coffee hot chocolate and biscuits before bed.
  • Gift vouchers are available and can be purchased . For more information please call us on 02 8015 5571 or send us an email from our contact page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How big is the ship?
Soren Larsen is a large wooden square rigger 145 ft. long (44.2m), 25ft 6 ins wide, 98 ft. high masts, 19th century brigantine rig; traditionally and comfortably furnished below decks. Learn more about Soren Larsen.
What do I need to pack?
– Warm clothes – needed all year round as it cools down in the evening
– Shoes suitable for climbing the mast and/or walking on Goat Island
– Hat
– Waterproof jacket
– Camera
– Sunglasses
– Sunscreen
– Toiletries
What are the accommodation arrangements?
A maximum of 14 guests can be accommodated in seven twin berth cabins and two four berth cabins. Some twin cabins have wash basins. Please note, singles booking at the twin/quad share price will share a cabin with another guest/s. If you would like to book a room to yourself please contact us on 02 8015 5571.

Duvets, linen and a bath towel are supplied by the ship.

You are advised to bring warm clothes as there are no heaters in the rooms. As the Soren Larsen remains a sea going vessel, her authentic timber cabins are basic and small. Soren’s cabins are typical of a voyaging tall ship and have been designed for offshore voyage conditions. This is your chance to have a taste of what it was like to travel the world on a tall ship 200 hundred years ago, but of course with many of the benefits of modern conveniences such has lighting, hot showers and electricity.
Do you cater for special dietary requirements?
Our ship’s cook is able to cater for vegetarian and gluten free options. Note that our vegetarian options are not vegan. If you have specific dietary requirements please contact us 7 days before your cruise to allow enough time for preparation. A minimum fee of $10 per person will apply, depending on the dietary requirements. For assistance, please call 02 8015 5571.
What facilities are available?
Shared facilities include short fresh hot water showers, 220 – 230 volt AC & 24 volt DC electricity. Please note that power is only available for charging phones and cameras when the generator is running during the evening cruise.
Is smoking allowed onboard?
Smoking is permitted on deck in one area designated by the captain. Soren Larsen is a timber ship and smoking below decks is strictly forbidden.
What is the minimum age?
All guests must be 15 years or older. Passengers under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Cancellations and Changes to dates
The Tall Ship Cruise and Snooze is an All Weather experience. However, we may cancel dates due to severe, unsafe weather conditions or in other circumstances outside our control. Wherever possible you will be contacted in advance and your stay rescheduled. Cancellation or rescheduling by participants is not allowed. All payments are nonrefundable.
Highly Recommended

I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone who is looking for an enjoyable & relaxing couple of hours on the Harbour. A wonderful experience to be aboard a Tall Ship with such fascinating history. This is a must do cruise!!

Leanne H and Julia S
Best Way to See Sydney Harbour

The best way to see Sydney is from the Harbour. The boat and the sails were extra special; we even had the opportunity to climb up the Mast to get an extra special view of Sydney. The staff were professional, welcoming and encouraging. Spend the afternoon with the fun crew at Tall Ships and have a ball.

Robyn Freedman
Thrilled with Every Moment

We chose the afternoon sailing cruise and were thrilled with every moment. Sydney looks its best from the deck of a real ship, with the breeze on your face and a cool drink in your hand. We had an absolutely splendid, entertaining and interesting sailing adventure, on a great ship with a great crew!

Jan Sharp
Educational Experience on Sydney Harbour

I would just like to thank you for such a wonderful, entertaining and educational Experience. Our family had the most fantastic time. The food was great, the crowd was happy and the guides were so professional and informative! It was really a day to remember!

Jason Blaiklock
Keep Up The Good Work!

We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and have not stopped talking about the whole experience! From the time we boarded and were welcomed, nothing was too much trouble. Congratulations you are doing a great job of showing Sydney and part of our history to tourists and the locals!

Pam & Ralph Brown
Excellent Historical Tour on Sydney Harbour

Thanks for a most enjoyable and informative cruise of our harbour and Goat Island last Saturday. Our guide’s knowledge and presentation of the historical aspects behind our early history was first class. I would recommend it others and especially visitors to our city. WELL DONE Crew!

Terry Godworth
Great Day Out on Sydney Harbour

I thought this trip was excellent with all the activities available, when it is over you want more! An awesome day on the harbour.

Kale Felsh
Highly Recommended

I can’t say enough for this activity it was FANTASTIC! As well as laser clay shooting they ran mast climbing where two people could climb the mast of the sip and hang out in the wind. I cannot recommend this enough people, get out there and take a sail with the boys! Also get involved in the activities as well, really makes the trip.

Raiden Jones
Awesome Sydney Harbour Cruise

Fulfilled my ambition of going on a tall sail ship, a great way to do it! This is a must if you like old sail ships and it’s a great way to experience the harbour. The activities on this cruise are awesome!

Michael Roberts
New Year’s Eve Cruise on Coral Trekker

Dear Nice and all at Sydney Harbour Tall Ships, We want to thank you all for the most fantastic evening on board The Coral Trekker. Please pass on our thanks to the Captain ( Andrew ? ) and all his crew who made the evening so special . The food and the odd glass of Champagne were just right for the occasion. The main event and the reason for being on board The Coral Trekker — The Sydney Harbour New Years Eve Fireworks – Were way beyond our expectations and made all the more spectacular by the Captains ability to position his ship into the perfect viewing location. In our view the only way to see and enjoy the Sydney Harbour New Years Eve firework display is on board “ The Coral Trekker”. Well done everybody and wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and a Successful 2023.

Roger and Liz Pickett
Wonderful, Leisurely Sail Around Sydney Harbour

A thoroughly enjoyable jaunt, and so quintessentially ‘Sydney’.Much more relaxed and easy going than expected, with great laughs and plenty of history with host Howard and Captain (?) Andy.A really great way to see all the sights of Sydney Harbour, including some very interesting buildings complete with informative commentary. We loved the friendly, nostalgic atmosphere on the ship.The mast climb was a highlight of our Sydney trip.

Ashlyn T
Awesome Sunset Cruise

What a great afternoon/evening. Keegan (the M.C.) was great as were the rest of the crew. Really friendly & helpful AND the “deck girls” – fearless. (climbing up the rigging & setting the sails) Sydney harbour was as always – magnificent. Food was great as were the people we met on board. The mast climb is an ABSOLUTE MUST and the views of Sydney Harbour from the Crows Nest are out of this world. Hardest part is getting the world to hold still whilst you try to take pictures up the mast. !!! Summary…. MUST DO.

Chris G
Mast Climb Was Amazing!

Coming from Sydney I was not sure I would enjoy. How wrong can you be! It was great, Sydney turned on a gorgeous day and I would highly recommend the mast climb, it was a little hard work for us over 50’s but I got there in the finish.

Barbara McQuilty
A Must-do Experience

I have lived in Sydney all my life, but to see the city skyline at sunset & lit up at night from out in the harbour towards Watsons Bay was a new experience. It was fantastic, must-do experience!

Harold Henderson
Tall Ship Experience, Lunch Cruise

Vintage sailing on Sydney Harbour is quite indescribable. Not to be missed (or forgotten)! A great ship, great crew and great food made for an absolutely splendid sailing adventure.

John & Bev Needham
Great Way to See Sydney Harbour!

I have lived in Sydney for over 36 years have never seen the harbour quite like this before. This is a magical experience whilst taking a step back in time. The crew were so friendly, the food was great and the view spectacular. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon!

Lin Day
Great Day Out

What a fantastic day. Well organised, excellent food. Great helpful staff who really knew their stuff. I would recommend to anyone with a love of boats or anyone wanting a great way to see the Harbour.

Madison Smith
Unique Sydney Harbour Cruise

A spectacular and relaxing way to see Sydney from the harbour. Raise the sails, turn off the engine and float along whilst sipping a flute of bubbly, viewing Sydney in a truly unique way. Top marks to all!

Lisa Marigold
Spectacular Sydney Harbour Cruise

What a wonderful combination of hospitality, food, bubbly, and a great experience on board! You can get involved in sailing the ship, or, like me, one can just kick back, be a champagne member of the crew and love spectacular Sydney Harbour from the deck of a beautiful Tall Ship.

Gael Keels
Incredible Sydney Harbour Views

A step back in time on the most spectacular harbour. Incredible Sydney Harbour views with a very friendly crew. What a great experience on a well-cared for and much loved tall ship. Watching the sails rise was a highlight and it was lovely to be able to simply explore the ship at leisure.

David Campbell
Traditional Sydney Harbour Cruising

I admire these people for wanting to keep the tradition of these majestic sailing ships alive. The boat is beautiful, the food and wine superb and Sydney at sunset is striking.

Angel Harper
Canapés Delicious

The great thing about this cruise is the charming crew, full of life and love for their job. The cruise is a step back in time, the wine and canapés delicious, the entertainment lovely. I could have gazed at the waves, the wind and the sails forever. If you love sailing, or being on the water this is an incredible way to experience Sydney Harbour.

Emma Hunter
Romantic All-Inclusive Night Out

Drinks and canapés were served in abundance as we motored out to Sydney Heads and the beautiful scenery passed us by. I would definitely do this again; it was a relaxing, romantic all-inclusive night out.

Joanne & Bill Tipple
Great Experience – Highly Recommended

Great host in Andrew and Captain Andy and friendly crew. Great experience, much more interesting than your normal pre-recorded tour boats with no character. Book early as may be full and therefore unavailable on your stay in Sydney! Highly recommended. Kids 7 (boy)and 9 (girl) and both loved it.

Ione B
The Ship is a Beauty

Sydney Tall Ships provided a great harbour experience for the Google crew… Our expectations were exceeded for sure. The mast climb was thrilling… And the ship is a beauty!

Google Australia
Real Professionalism

I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with Tall Ships Cruises. Nothing was too small or too big for your staff and they managed all our tedious requests with a smile and real professionalism. I am glad to have come across your organization. Microsoft is grateful to have chosen Tall Ships in catering for our event. Thank you.

Loved the Southern Swan

We absolutely loved our time aboard the Southern Swan. Not only did it perfectly fit our theme (pirates, of course), but the crew went out of their way to really make sure we had a great time. Having done a few harbour cruises as part of team building and corporate exercises, this is definitely one that sticks out the most in my mind. The Mast Climb was exhilarating and we’ll definitely keep it in mind for future events. Thanks again to everyone at Sydney Tall Ships and until we sail arrrrrrrgain me mateys!

A Big Hit with our CEO

From the moment we contacted the team at Tall Ships we found the service to be professional, courteous and nothing was ever a problem. All our needs were accommodated for and the afternoon was a big hit with our CEO, MD and members of our Senior management team. I would highly recommend Tall Ships to anyone thinking of this type of event.

Fuji Film
Enjoyable Time on the Water

Our staff had a lovely time out on the ship and quite a number of them climbed the mast as well. Despite slightly cold weather, it was really enjoyable time on the water. Many thanks to you and your team for making the last part of our conference so special.

Perfect way to enjoy Sydney Harbour

We took a 2.5h sunset cruise on the Soren Larsen for a large group from work.Sydney harbour is a real natural wonder and seeing it from a beautiful period boat was spectacular.The ship itself was wonderful (solid oak, real sails and rigging etc.) and had actually made the voyage from Denmark to Sydney. Plus, you could climb up it :-)The staff were knowledgable, entertaining and couldn’t have done more to look after us. Personally I really enjoyed learning about the history of the boat and it’s voyage around the world to reach Sydney.We also enjoyed food and drinks on board which were pretty varied and very good.Highlights of the trip were mast climbing, cruising back from shark island using wind power only and watching the sun go down to be replaced by the Vivid lights.Overall this was a great team event for us and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.