Sydney Rocks – Blue Water Classic (4 Nights) Sydney to the Hawkesbury River and Return
Sydney Rocks Extravaganza (5 Nights) Sydney to Hawkesbury River to Sydney
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Duration 5 Nights

Sydney Rocks Extravaganza

Sydney to Hawkesbury River to Sydney
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Cruises from Sydney 2023

The ultimate opportunity to experience all!

Sydney Harbour is an epicentre of excitement during the festive season and being outrageously spoilt onboard the TRUE NORTH is ultimate opportunity to experience all! This departure has been especially designed for groups however individual enquiries are also welcome.

This is a sample itinerary only. Prevailing conditions, local arrangements and indeed, what we discover on the day, may cause variation. Helicopter flights can be purchased additional to the indicated tariff as a package or individually. Please refer to the sailing schedule to determine if this itinerary is available on the TRUE NORTH or TRUE NORTH II.

night 01
Welcome Aboard

Welcome Aboard

Welcomed aboard in the magnificent Sydney Harbour. We’ll experience the harbour at its best, as the sun slowly sets, enjoying canapes and drinks while our expert guide points out the local areas of interest. Anchoring at Rose Bay, we’ll settle in for a peaceful night's rest before an action packed week. 

day 01
Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

After a champagne breakfast, the harbour is our oyster! Visit Sydney’s famed Taronga Zoo and the iconic Opera House, or take-off in the helicopter for a scenic flight over the bridge. Alternatively, visit Shark and Clarke island and discover the fascinating indigenous and colonial history of Sydney from our expert local guide. Departing later that afternoon, we will steam northwards to experience the Hawkesbury River the following day. 

day 02
Broken Bay

Broken Bay

We awaken at Palm Beach, the jewel of the Northern Beaches made famous throughout classic Australian film and TV productions. A leisurely walk to historic Barrenjoey lighthouse provides an opportunity to enjoy spectacular views, and a refreshing swim in the surf. In the afternoon, we will visit the local Pearl and Oyster farms for a unique culinary and cultural experience, hopping back on board for live Jazz and cocktails as the sun sets.

day 03


Today we will enjoy the dramatic landscapes of the Hawkesbury river, with activities to suit any taste. Choose from hiking the magnificent and unspoilt bushland, exploring hidden coves on a scenic tender ride, beautiful scenic flights over Sydney’s north shore region, or the unique experience of an Aboriginal art tour amongst the sandstone cliffs. In the afternoon we will ‘raft-up’ our tenders on the river for sunset drinks and canapes with a twist! To close out the day, we’ll get back on board for a relaxing dinner cruise as we head down to Sydney Harbour again. 

day 04
New Years Eve

New Years Eve

As the anticipation builds, we will set out to make the most of our harbour playground. Experience an early morning seafood market tour with our Chefs, and help select the freshest produce for the evening’s feast. Otherwise, simply enjoy the amazing hidden beaches, fantastic cafes, and other harbour front activities - our tenders are there to transport you to wherever the mood takes you. 

In the afternoon we will anchor down, finding our front row seats for the world’s most famous fireworks display. Then, the fun really begins! Indulge in a sensational degustation seafood dinner and party the night away with live music and the greatest show on earth! 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. 

True North II

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

Are heli flights available on this itinerary?
Yes, there are a couple of optional heli-flights available. Why not fly to the Hunter Valley for some wine tasting. If enjoying nature is your preference, then join us on a breathtaking flight over the northern beaches and waterways of Sydney, the harbour, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the Hawkesbury River.
Is a special meal organized for Christmas or New Year's Eve dinner?
Yes, our chefs always prepare signature meals to celebrate both occasions.
Are transfers to & from the vessel included in the cruise cost?
No. Guests make their way to the wharf where the vessel is docked. Directions will be included with your adventure documents. Upon disembarkation we are happy to organise a taxi transfer if needed.
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