Review: Sydney High Tea Cruise

Just when you thought high tea couldn’t get any better… Captain Cook Cruises High Tea afternoon cruise comes along with Sydney’s most prestigious vessel, sharing million dollar views of the famous Sydney Harbour all while serving high quality deliciousness.

A menu including a range of sweet and savoury treats from Prawns and caviar to Scone and chocolate dipped strawberries there is something for everything and enough of everything for someone. Not to mention the pink bubbly wine and selection of high quality teas and coffee on arrival.

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How to get there

By Car: Sydney is not the easiest or most reliable city to be driving around in but in saying that, it is possible. Car parking on average will cost you around $5 – $30 depending on where you can find a park. There are plenty of Wilsons Car Parks available throughout the city and around the harbour which can be booked online.

By Bus: There is a 555 free bus that loops from Central Station to Circular Quay, however, stops running from 3:30 pm except for 9 pm on Thursday and 6 pm on weekends.

By Train: This is the quickest and easiest way to get around. There are trains that run regularly from Central Station to Circular Quay (which happens to have one of the best views of the city from the station alone) where you can take a short walk from to get to the correct dock.

By Boat: There are many ferry locations all around the harbour that will take you to Circular Quay.



  • Glass of pink Bubbles on arrival
  • Take in the best views of Sydney from the harbour
  • Tour Guide audio filled with lots of information about the landmarks you pass
  • Sweet and Savoury High Tea treats
  • your choice of tea or coffee
  • Cruise on Sydney’s most prestigious vessel


What you’ll do

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Check in

You would have found the dock and should notice a little office just to the side. There you will check in for your cruise and receive your new ticket.

After check in you can wait on the dock until your boat arrives. If you arrived early enough you can take a quick stroll around circular quay or my favourite, check of the Museum of Contemporary Art. However, make sure you give yourself enough time to make it back for boarding.

All Aboard!

Your crew will collect your ticket and welcome you on board with open arms. From the moment you step foot on the boat, you will be treated like royalty.

Greeted at the door to the high tea room, with a glass of pink bubbles, then escorted to your table by the very friendly staff. Now all you have to do is sit down and relax!

Meet your waiter

Soon after being seated, you personal waiter for the cruise will introduce themselves.
Here you will be offered your choice of coffee or tea. After all, it wouldn’t be a high tea cruise without it.


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By now you will be sailing away on Sydney Harbour with your tea in one hand and glass of wine in the other.

No better place to start the trip than sailing alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get better…

Food is served

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Your waiter will bring over your tower of goodies all for your table and then… they will bring out ANOTHER!

Filled with pure deliciousness:

  • Glass of Brown Brothers sparkling wine
  • Crystal Bay prawns on dill blini crème fraiche
  • Finger sandwich selections including cucumber, dill and four crème dill fingers; smoked salmon, chive cream cheese & caviar; leg ham; and swiss cheese & chutney
  • Porcini mushroom, chilli jam and spec pork sausage rolls
  • Caramelized onion, beetroot, goats cheese baby tartlet, chervil
  • Mini scones with strawberry jam & vanilla cream
  • Glazed mango and coconut custard tartlets
  • Chocolate dipped strawberries
  • Assorted Petite fours and truffles
  • Tea and coffee

You really will never want it to end.

Take in the views

As you devour all of the deliciousness in front you of don’t forget to admire the beauty outside the windows too. Even on a rainy day, there is something pretty magical about Sydney. Many people are surprised to find out that Sydney is actually so much more than the Harbour Bridge and the Opera house.

The added bonus of an audio guide playing throughout the cabin gives you very interesting information about what places you are passing and some fun facts about them. Even as a local there were things I learnt that day that I had never heard before.

Peak food coma

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You have most likely, or at least tried you to best to, polish off all of the food and taken in enough harbour views to last you a lifetime which means you glorious high tea is coming to a close.

You will feel a strange mix better I never want to eat again and when can I book my next high tea.

As you pull back into the dock, take the time to thank the staff that made the afternoon so memorable and also give your loved ones a big hug while you’re at it.

This experience fills you everything from wine to tea to caviar to scone and most importantly love.

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What’s included

  • Glass of pink bubbles on arrival
  • Private table for your party
  • your choice of tea or coffee
  • A selection of sweet and savoury high tea treats
  • Personal waiter
  • Ambient music and addition audio tour guide

What to bring

  • Smart Casual clothing
  • Ticket
  • your appetite
  • Extra money for additional purchases: onboard photos taken by professional photographer
  • Camera, there are plenty of photo ops along the way!

My Recommendations

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The Captain Cook Cruise High Tea is a real hidden gem of Sydney.

Undoubtedly the best way to see Sydney Harbour with the added bonus of being treated like royalty; showered with delicious food and beverages.

Although dress code is preferred smart casual, keep in mind you are likely to end up in a food coma so loose and/or adjustable clothes are highly recommended.

It is perfect to treat yourself but even better to treat someone else. I loved spoiling my Mum with this High Tea and whether you choose to spoilt yours too, or someone else in your life, I assure you, it will exceed your expectations.

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