Sydney Travel Blog: Part 7 – Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise
2-Day Combo: Sydney City Tour + Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise and Blue Mountains Day Trip
We lost 2 tour mates on our way to Sydney Harbour Cruise; the couple failed to show up to catch the bus at the designated time. The tour operator called them and looked for them for a couple of minutes and then started the bus, leaving them behind.
Our next stop and last tour for day 1 is the Sydney Harbour Cruise. The cruise will be two hours with lunch provided.
The Cruise boat left from the marina in downtown Sydney. I found the boat in very good condition and it had 3 levels. The middle level was where all the tables were arranged for the lunch and that’s where I settled in. I got acquainted with some other travelers, so we all sat together.
The specious catamaran had lots of sitting space on the deck, but due to sun and humidity I stayed inside. I went up on deck a few times to get pictures and videos.
The boat passed some of Sydney Harbour’s top landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, Shark Island, and Sydney Harbour’s coastal residential areas.
About 15-20 minutes after leaving the downtown harbour area, I noticed lots of nice and upscale condos and houses nested along the coastline of Sydney. These homeowners have access to the ocean within a few steps from their home and a nice ocean view. There are a lot of foreign buyers, especially Chinese investors, snapping up real estate in Sydney, driving up the prices. I remembered not seeing residential housing in Auckland Harbour area.
Lunch was buffet style. There were plenty of items to choose from, including seafood. I chose rice, beef, mashed potatoes, broccoli, green beans, and salad. I ended my lunch with fruit salad and tiramisu.