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Sydney Rocks Extravaganza

Sydney to Hawkesbury River to Sydney
5 Nights Sydney Rocks Cruise
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Cruises from Sydney 2024

Experience Sydney's Coast Like Never Before

The festive buzz felt on cruises from Sydney Harbour during the holiday season is unmatched, and our Sydney Rocks Extravaganza cruise is the ultimate opportunity to experience it all.
Step aboard the TRUE NORTH or TRUE NORTH II in Sydney Harbour, where your festive journey begins with a luxurious Christmas dinner set against the iconic backdrop of one of the world's premier harbours.
From the peaceful anchor at Rose Bay to the historic sites on Shark and Clarke Islands, every moment is an invitation to explore and indulge. Every day on our cruises from Sydney is an opportunity for adventure - are you ready?

night 01
Welcome Aboard

Welcome Aboard

Board the TRUE NORTH or TRUE NORTH II right in the bustling Sydney Harbour. We kick off our trip with a relaxed sunset cruise, complete with tasty canapés and your choice of drinks. As we weave through the harbour, our expert guide will point out the spots not to be missed. We'll drop anchor at Rose Bay, giving you the chance to have a good night's sleep before we dive into 5 days packed with new experiences.

day 01
Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

After a champagne breakfast, it's time to enjoy the harbour. Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House or soar above it all in our helicopter for a scenic flight over the bridge.
If you're in the mood for some history, join our expert guide to explore Shark and Clarke Islands and learn more about Sydney’s indigenous and colonial history. Later in the afternoon, we set off north, ready for tomorrow's adventures on the Hawkesbury River.

day 02
Broken Bay

Broken Bay

Wake up at beautiful Palm Beach, a star of Australian screen and a highlight of the Northern Beaches. Start your day with an easy hike to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, where you'll be treated to stunning views and maybe a dip in the waves. In the afternoon, we'll check out the local pearl and oyster farms for a taste of the local maritime flavours.
Back on the TRUE NORTH, unwind with some live jazz and your favourite cocktail as the sun sets.

day 03


Today's all about the stunning Hawkesbury River - what do you feel like doing? You can hit the trails and get up close with untouched bushland, zip around hidden coves on a scenic tender, fly over Sydney's North Shore for some incredible views, or submerse yourself in Sydney’s culture with an Aboriginal rock art tour along the sandstone cliffs.
As the day winds down, we'll 'raft-up' our tenders on the river for sunset drinks and canapés with a twist. Then, it's time for a chilled-out dinner cruise as we make our way back to Sydney Harbour.

day 04
New Years Eve

New Years Eve

Kick off the morning with our chefs at the seafood market, picking out the catch of the day for your NYE dinner celebration, or just take it easy exploring hidden beaches and harbour-side cafes - with our tenders ready to take you wherever you'd like to go.
In the afternoon, we'll drop anchor in prime position for the evening's fireworks... and that's just the start. Indulge in a sensational degustation seafood dinner and party the night away with live music, all set to the backdrop of the most spectacular fireworks display in the world. There really is nothing quite like it.

day 05
Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

Disembark at 0900 with memories of an experience to last a lifetime.

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Ocean Class $6,995
River Class $8,995
Explorer Class $9,995
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Frequently Asked Questions

What does this cruise from Sydney itinerary include?
The Sydney cruise includes sunset cruises with canapés and drinks, guided tours pointing out areas of interest, visits to Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Opera House, scenic helicopter flights, explorations of Palm Beach, local pearl and oyster farms, and a front-row seat to Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks.
What activities are available on the Hawkesbury River?
Activities include bushland hiking, tender rides to explore hidden coves, scenic flights over the North Shore, Aboriginal rock art tours, and 'raft-up' sunset gatherings.
Are meals included in the cruise package?
Yes, gourmet meals including champagne breakfasts, seafood dinners, and canapés with drinks are included in the cruise package.
What kind of entertainment is offered on board?
Entertainment includes live jazz music, cocktail sessions, and a New Year's Eve party with live music and a fireworks display.
Is there a guide available for historical and cultural tours?
Yes, expert guides are available for historical and cultural excursions on Shark and Clarke Islands, as well as the Aboriginal rock art tour.
What types of accommodations can I expect on board?
On board the TRUE NORTH, you can expect accommodations similar to those found in the world's most exclusive hotels. The ship features a variety of lavish vantage points, including a sundeck, observation lounge, general lounge, and an alfresco bar.
Accommodations include stylishly decorated cabins with en-suite facilities, in-house entertainment, WiFi, and satellite telephones. The Explorer and River Class staterooms offer king-size beds that can be converted to singles, while the Ocean Class provides spacious single beds. Large panoramic windows in the dining room offer breathtaking views to accompany fine dining.
Additionally, the ship is equipped to allow guests to step directly into wilderness from their cabins and offers adventure boats and an onboard helicopter for further exploration.
How long is this cruise from Sydney?
The cruise spans over five days and six nights, packed with various activities and experiences.
How do I book a cruise from Sydney?
Explore our departure dates and make a booking enquiry with our friendly team
What should I pack for the cruise?
It's recommended to pack comfortable clothing for various activities, formal wear for evening dinners, swimwear, sun protection, and any personal essentials.
What is the cancellation policy?
Please see our booking terms and conditions for information on our cancellation policy.
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True North Tales

Returning to International

True North’s founding director Craig Howson and managing director Chad Avenell, recently met with local representatives ahead of recommencing Indonesian itineraries in 2023. Watch the video above to discover how True North ensures smooth operation well in advance of departure.

Time to Book Ahead

Hear from someone who truly knows about the value of booking ahead. “Cheggers” has travelled on the TRUE NORTH more than anyone else!

True North Sails into 30 Years

True North Adventure Cruises - has sailed into 30 years of continuous operations. The now revered adventure-cruise operator first cruised Western Australia’s remote Kimberley coast during 1987 when founding director Craig Howson commenced fishing type charters along a coastline that was and still is largely inaccessible from land.

The Helicopter

Adding another dimension to the adventure, most cruise options on the TRUE NORTH feature an on-board helicopter! Carrying guests in air conditioned comfort, the ship’s helicopter provides unique opportunity to witness grandeur; unique opportunity to fish billabongs that have never been fished; unique opportunity to discover your very own wilderness!

Myles Pollard's Fishing Adventure

There is nothing better than a day out on the water, especially when the fish are biting! Fishing on-board the TRUE NORTH is a much-favoured activity both with guests who have never picked up a rod before and, with those who have "caught them all!” Our guides encourage everybody on-board to “give it a go” and the TRUE NORTH’s multiple adventure boats never fail to bring back a swag of ‘fishing tales’! Stories about the ladies who out-fish the boys are pretty common, humorous equipment failures also come to note on a regular basis, then there are the ‘birthday fish’, the ‘monster fish’ and of course, the ones that got away! Our guides have seen and heard it all! Watch the video to find out more about actor Myles Pollard's fishing adventure!

TRUE NORTH Impresses Again

The TRUE NORTH has once again impressed on the world stage coming second in the 2020 Traveller Made Brand Storytelling competition. Traveller Made is Europe’s largest travel consortium and its members represent the very best in luxury travel providers and suppliers. The group’s inaugural Brand Storytelling competition was an opportunity for leading travel brand’s to showcase “the story behind their brand” and, the competition attracted entries from some of the world’s most respected travel brands. In such esteemed company, True North’s marketing team was especially pleased to receive this additional acknowledgement.

Adventure En Plein Air

West Australian artist Jacob 'Shakey' Butler joined the TRUE NORTH earlier this season and discovered the Kimberley's raw beauty. As the artist in residence, Jacob set up his canvas on remote beaches, beside freshwater billabongs and on-deck surrounded by pindan-coloured gorges. Watch the video above to hear Jacob describing how the Kimberley inspires the art of adventure.

Catriona Rowntree Talks With Craig Howson

A commonly asked question is “When is the best time to see the Kimberley?” And the answer is “The Kimberley is always at its best!” However certain times of the year can make it easier to satisfy particular interest. For example, if you would like to see plenty of whale action then departures in August and September are definitely for you! From late July humpback and southern right whales reach the Kimberley after swimming-up the west coast to reach breeding grounds in the north and it’s very common for guests to get great views of whales breaching and basking on the surface.

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