Sydney to Hobart Sky Deck Lunch

Experience the excitement of one of the world's great ocean races. See the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race departing Sydney as the yachts set sail for Hobart, enjoying a 4 course premium lunch with drinks on the Sky Deck of flagship MV Sydney 2000.

Sample itinerary

  • Race start time 1.00pm
  • Cruise departs 10.30am Darling Harbour, King St Wharf No.1
  • Cruise to the eastern suburbs, anchoring approx. 11.00am
  • Vessel will be anchored at Parsley Bay between Watsons Bay and Nielson Park to see the vessels race to the Heads between approx. 11.00am and 2.00pm
  • Cruise back to the city
  • Disembark approx. 2.15pm

Children Under 18 Years
Please note children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult on all dining cruises.


Responsible Service of Alcohol Policy

Accessibility for people with a Disability Policy


  • Cruise aboard flagship MV Sydney 2000
  • First-class Sky Deck individual table seating
  • 4-course premium menu
  • House spirits, superior wines, beers & soft drinks
  • Commentary provided plus TV's on each deck

Need to know

  • Boxing Day - Thursday 26 December 2019
  • Adult $229, Child (4-15 years) $169
  • Race start time 1.00pm
  • The vessel will be anchored approx 11.00am - 2.00pm
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Departs Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf No.1
Thursday 26 December 2019 Departs 10.30am. Disembark approx. 2.15pm

Car Parking  Please check your date for road closures 

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YOUR SAY VIVID LIGHTS - Myself and 3 others joined the 6.45pm Vivid Lights cruise and had a wonderful time. We had plenty of room and photo opportunities. Will definitely go again. Merryl

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93 % approval from 14 responses

8 months ago

Service: They were great. The occasion was ideal, with seats and tables comfortable. Staff on Deck 4 had a large number of people to serve.
Product: All very good for both of us.

11 months ago

Service: Excellent Service every step of the way, and very well organised. We did the top deck set menu - food was fabulous and of excellent quality. Would highly recommend this as the best way to see the yachts depart Sydney for Hobart on Boxing Day.
Product: Fabulous Food, Wine and Service!

11 months ago

the boarding process was somewhat disorganised - various long ques and not enough staff on hand to assist, also if facilities could be improved RE overhead cover - the day we boarded was very hot, equally it could be raining.
Apart from that, everything else was good, staff were friendly, food and beverages excellent, length of cruise, commentary etc all good

11 months ago

We were in first class , waiters were not very attentive

11 months ago

Service: The view from the Sky Deck and outside area was excellent and the position at the start of the Sydney to Hobart was perfect! The meal with accompanying drinks was first class as was the service. We will do it again!!
Product: Excellent and good value!

11 months ago

When boarding the boat,should have two lanes priority boarding for customers paying for the Sky Deck.

Closing the bar when we out near the Opera house and had another 20-30 mins before returning to darling harbour. You need to set expectations on the booking you intend to do this.

Your staff and food quality is excellent.

11 months ago

Service: we had booked on the Captain Cook Cruises for both Christmas Day Lunch and the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race before we were advised my husband had been diagnosed with cancer for the 2nd time in 2018 and the third time in 4 years. These cruises were 'just what the doctored order' if you pardon the pun and we were absolutely thrilled with the service and the food. We are hoping to be able to do so again this year, God willing.
Product: It has always been on the 'wish list' to be at the start of a Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race start. We used to yacht race so this was very special to both of us. We plan to book this cruise again, hopefully, at the end of this year

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