JUMP (OR PADDLE) ON BOARD!

It’s the latest craze to hit the beaches, it’s cool and core-friendly – so we’ve decided it’s definitely time to jump (or paddle) on board!

Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) boarding is an excellent way to bond with friends and family, while keeping active, fit and building core strength. Suitable for all fitness levels, it’s a fun water activity that is making waves – literally!

Sea Sydney Harbour has added two of the latest Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Boards to its portfolio and we’re so excited for the Summer season and fun activities to begin! These can be added to any daytime private charter booking* for some additional fun. (*Additional fees and terms and conditions apply.)

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One of the new Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Boards. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Jump in the water for a swim, and enjoy the use of paddle boards, pool noodles and the fun of beach balls bouncing around! We couldn’t think of a better way to spend your Summer days!

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1, 2, 3… Jump!! The boys made the most of the cool Harbour water, while the girls got a little tired of paddling, and opted to rest and take advantage of a perfect photo opportunity. Images – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/private-charters.html for further information or contact us directly to make an enquiry or book your private charter!

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A RE-ENERGISED LOVE

by melissa balzan

I arrived after a long separation – 9 months since we last met, and before that, we had parted for 12 months. My relationship with Sydney seems to be one of love and aversion: when I am here for too long, I wish to leave; and when I am away, I can only dream of my return. Though this time, there seems to be a new energy in the city of Sydney – within which I wish to indulge.

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One of Sydney’s many landmarks – the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park – captured against the beautiful blue skies. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Sydney is known around the world for its beauty: its landmark Harbour Bridge and Opera House, its warm golden beaches, and its friendly and down-to-earth Aussies. But after I return from living and working overseas for a while, I appreciate so much more: the skies here are so blue, the air is so clean, and the city re-development works underway are set to rival some of the best in the world.

What has struck me particularly this time, is the public space that has been claimed back by the people and is free for Sydney siders and visitors to enjoy. Barangaroo Reserve is a shining example of this – set by the beautiful harbour with spectacular urban skyline views, and with native gardens, cycle tracks and walk (or stroll) ways – this place is perfect for an afternoon picnic; and on my visit I was also lucky enough to experience some excellent open-air sculptural installations. Other new sites in the heart of the city offer similar public experiences: Central Park Precinct at Ultimo and the Goods Line that connects Ultimo and Darling Harbour, for example.

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The open-air sculptural installations at Barangaroo Reserve. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Amongst these new iconic points, I also wonder among contemporary architectural gems by world-renowned superstars: One Central Park at Ultimo designed by Jean Nouvel with PTW Architects; and the Dr Chau Chak Wing building at University of Technology by Frank Gehry. And set to come is the reimagined International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour by joint venture Hassell + Populous, and also DUO at Central Park by Foster and Partners.

For the outdoor enthusiast, the design talent, the big city buzzer – Sydney truly offers it all.

In my time overseas, I have been asked of my home city hundreds of times. When I proudly respond with the name Sydney, the reaction is often, “Ahh .. a dream city.” And indeed, Sydney is a dream city, my dream city. I encourage everyone to just lose themselves in its beauty at least once in their life.

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A mix of Sydney-siders and visitors enjoying Sydney’s beauty. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

When I return next, as I fly in over the stunning Sydney Harbour, I will be looking forward to my further re-discovery of the city – perhaps this time on the water.

A cruise with Sea Sydney Harbour, definitely opens up the scope for photo opportunities and provides uninterrupted views of the beautiful harbour and cityscape. Whether it be for a celebration or simply just to take in the city’s beauty, contact the team directly to make an enquiry. I certainly will be upon my next visit.

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THE ULTIMATE HEN’S PARTY EXPERIENCE

Bridesmaids, stop the searching, because we have the perfect answer for your ultimate Hen’s party experience… Imagine you and the girls hosting your get together in the very heart of Sydney Harbour, drinking, laughing and creating memories #onaboat.

Whether you are after a day or night event, you and your guests can exclusively hire a beautiful spacious catamaran to host your very own private party and let the fun begin!! Enjoy quality time with the besties and experience uninterrupted views of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours.

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Quality time with the girls on Sydney Harbour. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Where the Fun Unravels 

The vessel is a beautiful catamaran that is available for hire in Sydney Harbour. The 10.5 metre Seawind Resort 1050 is an Australian designed and built sailing catamaran. Perfect for private hen’s parties, the vessel can accommodate for up to 30 people. Make use of the large internal cabin for formalities and party games and enjoy the easy access to the front bow area that will keep your party flowing.

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The bow area aboard the vessel provides plenty of space for your party guests to mingle. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Sea Sydney Harbour’s Hen’s Party package is sure to be an experience that will create memories for a lifetime!

What’s included?

  • 3 hours exclusive vessel hire
  • An experienced skipper and deck hand/host
  • Fuel costs
  • Wharf and travel fees for one pick-up and drop-off point
  • iPod dock with internal and external speakers (choice of your own tunes)
  • Catering services
  • A bottle of champagne
  • Two large eskys with ice
  • Onboard toilet
  • Swim ladder
  • Onboard safety equipment

 

Catering

There is an array of catering options to select from when hiring the boat, or you can opt to self cater. Our ‘Waves of Platters’ menu is our recommended option for Hen’s parties and this includes cheese, antipasto, wrap and fruit platters to graze on throughout the party. All drinks remain BYO, however included in our Hen’s package is a bottle of champagne to toast the bride to be – or perhaps better utilised to reward the bridesmaids for all their hard work!?!

A selection of food from our ‘Waves of Platters’ menu. Images – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Entertainment for the Ladies

If you’re looking to add some cheeky entertainment to the celebrations, Sea Sydney Harbour can organise waiters to serve and entertain you on the day. All our waiters are friendly, dare we say sexy, come with a smile, and the bridal party won’t have to lift a finger.

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One of our cheeky waiters having a laugh with party guests. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

Alternatively why not set sail to the beautiful cityscape with one of the most sought after Sydney Drag Queens hosting your party – the one and only Prada Clutch! A multi-talented singer, performer, hostess, drag queen, showgirl & all-round entertainer she will have you in stitches from the minute you board the vessel and will be sure to make your Hen’s party unforgettable!

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The fabulous Prada Clutch entertaining party guests and embracing the nautical theme. Image – Sydney Drag Queen

 

Let the Fun Begin!

Let Sea Sydney Harbour host the ultimate Hen’s party for your bestie!! We could not think of anything better than enjoying time with the girls, drinking, laughing and creating memories in the heart of one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.

Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au/hens-parties.html for further information or contact us directly to make an enquiry or book your private charter!

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TRENDY NAUTICAL VENUES IN SYDNEY

The Summer season is upon us Sydney siders, so there is no better time to be out and about exploring the beautiful city that we live in. The city is full of amazing key landmarks that are bustling with tourists who are visiting Australia and soaking up some Australian sun, but we’ve discovered some trendy nautical places that are a little lower key and that will allow you to spend your day or night having fun in a relaxed environment. This said, if you do want the full nautical experience you could always hire a catamaran and host an exclusive party with Sea Sydney Harbour.

Here are the team’s top picks of trendy nautical themed places in Sydney (not necessarily in order):

Nautica – Talk about making us feel like we are relaxing on a Greek Island! The styling of this café/bar is absolutely amazing! Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this place is ideal for a relaxed beverage or morning coffee, and they do also serve food for all meals of the day. Located in Watson’s Bay just behind Robertson Park, Watsons Bay Beach promenade is just a short stroll away if you do fancy a swim or wish to jump on a ferry to move to your next location for the day.

Perfect location for a morning coffee. Image - http://www.nauticacafebarresto.com.au/
The perfect location to start the day with a morning coffee. Image – http://www.nauticacafebarresto.com.au

 

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel – While at Watson’s Bay, a perfectly relaxed atmosphere can be found at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, where there is an amazing beer garden with spectacular views. Whether you are looking for a place to have a meal, a drink or even a coffee or freshly squeezed juice, if you are in Watsons Bay you simply cannot go past this trendy venue. Looking for a place to stay overnight too? I’ve heard the rooms are fabulous, so why not spoil yourself, your friend or partner and book a room for the night. One of my favourite things about this place – the anchor signage on the bathroom doors that spell out MR and MRS!! Truly nautical and on trend… Love it!!

Recently refurbished, the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is stunning. Image - http://watsonsbayhotel.com.au/
Recently refurbished, the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is stunning. Image – http://watsonsbayhotel.com.au

 

The Ivanhoe Hotel – The other side of town is home to a much-loved local pub set in the heart of Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The magnificent façade has a Hamptons-inspired coastal beach vibe, while cleverly maintaining the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere of Manly and a local pub. With the beach within walking distance, it is the perfect location to relax on a hot Summer’s day. Multi-level, with indoor and outdoor spaces, you are guaranteed to find a spot to relax and have a refreshing drink, and you won’t even feel like you left the beach. Both the food and drinks are amazing and the pub is open long hours so you can pop in at any time of the day.

Life rings hanging along the wall of the Ivanhoe Hotel. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour
Life rings hanging along the wall of the Ivanhoe Hotel. Image – Sea Sydney Harbour

 

The Island Bar – Located on Cockatoo Island and open only in the Summer months, the blue, yellow and white décor of this bar definitely fits in with the nautical theme. The bar is constructed from recycled shipping containers, giving it a funky industrial look and keeping with the history of Cockatoo Island as a shipbuilding yard and Commonwealth naval base. With deck chairs available for relaxing in the sun, this is a perfect choice for some daytime drinks and a bite to eat. While on the island why not take a brief tour and uncover some of the history of Sydney Harbour, or if you are up for the experience you can even camp overnight on the island. Alternatively if you hire #thekirralee for an exclusive charter, you can request the skipper stop over at the island while you and your guests can head to the bar.

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The bright yellow deck chairs set out in the sunshine. Image – http://www.theislandbar.com.au

 

Hello Sailor – After a trip from the East, to the North and to the middle of Sydney Harbour, we come back to a central location in the CBD – Darlinghurst. Hello Sailor is a great themed bar for the night time drinking session as it is open from 6pm-3am. It is a small bar that attracts a young crowd and trying the cocktails at this bar is a must! The atmosphere is fun and trendy and the nautical theme is far from subtle, with life rings, boat wheels, rope and oars spread across the venue – exactly what one would expect from a place called ‘Hello Sailor’ I guess. If you did wish to host a function at this venue, it would be best to call and make a booking as the bar does get very busy on some nights.

The busy atmosphere at Hello Sailor. Image – http://concreteplayground.com
The busy atmosphere at Hello Sailor. Image – http://concreteplayground.com

 

Have you discovered any trendy nautical venues in Sydney? We would love to hear about them and share your experience with you!! Share your pictures capturing your nautical fun in Sydney on Instagram – #seasydneyharbour #onaboat #nauticalfun #nauticalplaces

Visit http://www.seasydneyharbour.com.au for further information on Sea Sydney Harbour and exclusively hiring a catamaran for your next function or email info@seasydneyharbour.com.au to make your booking now!