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60' Sailing Ketch Luxury Private Charter

Built to the highest international standards of luxury yachting, Australia's most awarded charter boat, Sydney Sundancer is perfect for a day of private sailing. The huge deck area is made for entertaining and for maximum views of majestic Sydney Harbour. The full canopy and enclosable aft deck ensures that the party will keep going in any weather, in comfort and in style.

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Skippered Charter

From $550 Per Hour

50 Max Passengers

50 Cocktail Style

50 Casual Buffet

12 Table Dining

This boat does allow
'Bring Your Own Food and Beverages'



Total cost =    Vessel Hire  
  Food   +  Beverages  
+   Staff Fees 
+    Optional Extras  
  Wharf Fees  

Vessel Hire Prices

Includes Captain

January - October
$550 per hour
Minimum 4 hour charter $2200

November – December
$605 per hour
Minimum 4 hour charter $2420

BYO Charters
$200 surcharge applies for rubbish removal and disposal
Please Note - All crockery, cutlery, glassware, and ice will need to be provided by the client

Public holiday surcharges apply

Sydney Sundancer is away from late May - October and unavailable in Sydney Harbour for charter during this time




  Food & Beverage

  Sydney Sundancer Cocktail Menus 

Sydney Sundancer Cocktail Menus

Cocktail Menu 1
$80 per person

Seafood Pate
Sydney Rock Oysters
Brioche with Wind dried Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon and Salmon Caviar
Medallions of Lobster in a warm Honey, Macadamia and Basil Sauce
Roasted Capsicum, Basil and Sun Dried Tomatoes on Pesto Toast
Cashew and Basil Tartlets
King Prawns with an Avocado Dip and Seafood Sauce
Curry Puffs with a Thai Cucumber, Coriander and Peanut Sauce
Chicken Satays
Lamb Satays
Belgian Shell Chocolates
For Groups of less than 25, the above selections will be reduced

Cocktail Menu 2
$50 per person

Duck and Orange Pate
Smoked Salmon and Dill Dip
Blue Cheese Mousse
Roasted Capsicum, Basil and Sundried Tomatoes on Pesto Toast
Cashew and Basil Tartlets
Herbed Cheeses in Golden Cases
Scallop Bites with Sweet Bavarian Mustard Sauce
Chicken and Pistachio Nut Ribbon Sandwiches
Herbed Lamb Kebabs with Garlic Mint Yoghurt
Antipasto Plate
Coffee with Chocolates
For Groups of less than 25, the above selections will be reduced

Cocktail Menu 3
$40 per person
Pheasant Pate
Duck and Orange Pate
Smoked Salmon and Dill Dip with Crudites
Roasted Capsicum, Sundried Tomatoes and Basil on Melba Toast or Pumpernickel
Sydney Rock Oysters
Rare Eye Fillet with Roasted Capsicum, Rocket, and Bearnaise Sauce on French Bread
Lamb Satays
Chicken Satays

  Sydney Sundancer Buffet Menus 

Sydney Sundancer Buffet Menus

Buffet Menu 1

$38 per person
Duck and Orange Pate
Tuna and Pineapple Mousse
Blue Cheese Mousse
Free Range Corn Fed Filleted Chicken Breast in a Curry Mayonnaise Sauce served with Rice tossed with Toasted Flaked Almonds and Grapes
Leafy Green Salad with Herb Lemon Dressing
Crusty, Freshly baked Bread
Carrot Cake
Optional Extras
$17 per person

King Prawns with Sundancer Sauce and Sydney Rock Oysters

Buffet Menu 2
$50 per person
Duck and Orange Pate
Blue Cheese Mousse
Hot Lamb and Chicken Satays
Barbequed Beef Eye Fillet with Bearnaise Sauce
Potato Salad with Basil and Toasted Pine Nut Sauce
Leafy Green Salad with Herb and Lemon Dressing
Crusty, Freshly baked Bread
Pecan Praline Cheesecake
Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake
Optional Extras
$17 per person

King Prawns with Sundancer Sauce and Sydney Rock Oysters

Sydney Sundancer Menu 3
$64 per person
Duck and Orange Pate
Lumpfish Caviar Pate
Tuna and Pineapple Mousse
Home Roasted Turkey with Pate de fois gras and Chestnut Stuffing with Cranberry Sauce
Barbecued Glazed Ham*
Beef with Bearnaise Sauce*
King Prawns with Sundancer Sauce
Sydney Rock Oysters
Pasta Salad with Basil Dressing and Sundried Tomatoes
Avocado, Spinach, Rocket, Pinenut and Mushroom Salad
Crusty, Freshly baked Bread
Hazelnut Meringue and Strawberry Gateau*
Pecan Praline Cheesecake*
Please choose one of each marked * in Buffet and Dessert for groups under 25 guests. For more than 25 both are served

Buffet Menu 4
$90 per person
Smoked Salmon and Dill Dip
Pineapple and Tuna Mousse*
Prawn and Avocado Mousse*
Seafood Pate*
Lobster and Avocado Salad with Ginger and Pink Peppercorn Dressing
King Prawns with Sundancer Sauce
Sydney Rock Oysters
Balmain Bugs with Mango Sauce
Baked Ocean Trout or Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon
Potato Salad with Green Pea and Mint Mayonnaise
Tossed Green Salad
Hazelnut Meringue and Strawberry Gateau*
Pecan Praline Cheesecake*
* Please choose 3 entrees and 1 dessert for groups of less than 25 guests.

Buffet Menu 5
$110 per person

Sydney Rock Oysters
Lobster with Macadamia, Basil and Honey Sauce
King Prawns with Sundancer Sauce
Wind dried Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon with Sweet Bavarian Mustard Sauce
Whole Baked Ocean Trout or Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon
Seared Grain-Fed Beef Eye Fillet Marinated in Lemon Grass, Ginger, Lime Juice and Asian Spices
Balmain Bugs with Mango Sauce
Leafy Salad with Mango, Avocado, Bacon and Pecans
Spinach, Rocket, Roasted Capsicum, Avocado and Toasted Sesame Seed Salad
Crusty, Freshly Baked Bread
Hazelnut Meringue and Strawberry Gateau
Australian Cheeseboard
Platter of Fresh Fruits
Belgian Shell Chocolates

  Sydney Sundancer Formal Dining Menu 

Sydney Sundancer Formal Dining Menu
Price On Application
Please select one entree, one main course and one dessert

Angel Hair Pasta with Smoked Atlantic Salmon
Leeks and Mascarpone, wrapped with Salmon
Squid Ink Fettuccine with Tasmanian Scallops
and a Creamy Citrus Sauce
Carpaccio of Venison
with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rocket and Freshly Shaved Parmesan Cheese
One Dozen Sydney Rock Oysters served natural, with Souffle or Lime and Chilli topping
Terrine of Roasted Summer Vegetables with Goats Cheese and Rocket
Prawns and Scallops in Ginger Sauce en Brioche
Cream of Macadamia Soup
Spicy Citrus Prawns with Rocket and Coriander

Main Course
Seared, Grain Fed Eye Fillet Marinated in Lemon Grass, Ginger, Lime Juice and Spices served with Roast Sweet Potatoes and Sugarsnap Peas
Rack of Cervena Free Range Farmed Venison with an Orange and Veal Sauce, infused with Cinnamon Bark and served on a bed of Pureed parsnip with Lemon Myrtle Fettuccine
Filleted Chicken Breast with Macadamia dressing and Mango Salsa
Baked Tasmanian Ocean Trout on Vegetable Salad with Creamy Almond and Herb Pesto
Chicken Medallions with Caramelised Apple Sauce and Prosciutto
Barbecued Prawns with Peri Peri
Barbecued Lobster
Whole Lobster with Honey Lime Butter
Seared Kangaroo with Wilted Beetroot Greens and Roasted Onion and Beetroot Wedges

Citron Fromage
A Light Tangy Lemon Mousse
Chocolate Heart Dessert with Creme Anglais and Coffee Anglais
Three Berry Almond Torte:
A Taste sensation of Raspberries, Boysenberries and Strawberries over an Almond Torte with mascarpone
Selection of Australian Cheeses and Seasonal Fruit
Apple and Walnut Timbale with Maple Sauce
Orange Tart with Ginger Cream
'Wicked' Chocolate Mud Cake with Hot Fudge Sauce and King Island Cream
All of the above precede Filter Coffee and Belgian Shell Chocolates

  Sydney Sundancer Beverage Packages 

Sydney Sundancer Beverage Packages

Standard Beverage Package
$10 per person per hour
Includes wait staff
Sparkling Wine

Jacob's Creek Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cuvee  N/V
White Wine
2013 Talinga Park Chardonnay   (Darlington Point, NSW) 
2013 Cookoothama Sauvignon Blanc Semillon  
Red Wine
2013 Cookoothama Cabernet Merlot 
Victoria Bitter (can)
Cascade Premium Light
Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Lemonade, Orange Juice, Sparking and Still Mineral Water
Premium Beverage Package
$15 per person per hour
Includes wait staff
Please select two white wines, two red wines and one full strength beer
Sparkling Wine

Chandon Sparkling
White Wines
2015 Nugan Estate King Valley, Franca's Lane Vineyard Chardonnay (King Valley, Victoria)
2015 Chandon Chardonnay (Yarra Valley, Victoria)
2015 Scarborough Blue Label Chardonnay (Hunter Valley, NSW)
2014 Scarborough Yellow Label Chardonnay (Hunter Valley, NSW) 
2013 Nugan Estate King Valley, Franca's Lane Pinot Grigio (King Valley, Victoria)
2013 Quealy Pinot Grigio   (Mornington Peninsular Victoria)
2009 Mount View Estate Reserve Semillon (Hunter Valley, NSW)
2016 Nugan Estate Sauvignon Blanc Franca's Lane Vineyard (King Valley, Victoria)
Red Wines
2009 Nugan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Alcira Vinyard, Coonawarra, South Australia)
2011 Logan Cabernet Merlot (Orange, NSW)
2012 Nugan Estate Shiraz (McLaren Parish Vineyard, McLaren Vale, South Australia)
Full Strength
James Boag
Stella Artois
Light Beer
Cascade Premium Light
Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Lemonade, Orange Juice, Sparking and Still Mineral Water

Staff Fees

Deckhand Fees for BYO Charters
$200 per staff for 4 hour charter
1 - 28 pax – included in vessel hire
29 - 50 pax – 1 x deckhand required

Wait Staff for BYO Charters
$160 per wait staff for 4 hour charter
1 - 28 pax – 1 x wait staff
29 - 50 pax – 2 x wait staff

No extra staff fees for fully catered charters

Optional Extras

Catering Available
Licensed Bar
BYO available on application

Wharf Fees

Pick up and drop off wharf fees apply (Usually $100 total). Check your quote and contract for more info.

All prices in $AUS and include GST
Prices are subject to change without notice
50% deposit required to confirm your booking
Stiletto heels, platform or wedge shoes and black rubber soled shoes are not permitted to be worn on board



Catering Available     

BBQ Available     

Bring your own drinks available     

Bring your own food available     

This boat has a licenced bar     

You can bring your own music     

A microphone & PA system available     

Get into/out of water to swim from this boat     


Custom Designed and Built


Length: 18 metres
Private shower and two toilets
Fully equipped galley
Fully licensed bar
Extensive sound system
2 double staterooms with ensuites
IPod/IPhone/Android compatible sound system
DVD facilities available

This vessel has been awarded many prestigious awards for both exceptional presentation and service. They have won the Australian Bridal Industry Award (ABIA) for Excellence for Best Harbour Wedding Reception Vessel five years in a row from 2003 through to 2007.  In 2008, Sydney Sundancer was inducted, as one of only six wedding suppliers, into the Australian Bridal Industry Awards “Hall of Fame”. Sydney Sundancer has also won the City of Sydney Council Award for The Best Illuminated Vessel on Sydney Harbour on New Years’ Eve, and The Australia Day Council's award for The Best Dressed Vessel on Australia Day on Sydney Harbour (2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013), 10 times winner of the Best dressed charter vessel.  In 2014, Sydney Sundancer led the Australia Day Parade of Decorated Vessels to - celebrate our Nation’s Birthday, selected by the Australia Council.

Boat Suitability:

Sydney Harbour weddings, private luxury sailing charters and corporate cruises.

More Info

 Frequently Asked Questions

Safety and Equipment
Is the boat safe and in good condition?
Yes, the vessel is currently in survey with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), which requires comprehensive safety equipment standards and regular safety checks. A safety briefing is given to the charter passengers after embarking and safety gear will be provided if required. All vessels in our fleet are selected for safety, comfort, quality and cleanliness. We are proud to keep them this way.

What is the maximum capacity of the boat?
Although Sydney Sundancer is licensed to carry 70 passengers the owners restrict the number of guests accepted aboard to 50.  This restriction may be relaxed in certain circumstances, consult your charter advisor who will liaise with the operator. Please note, an infant, regardless of age is considered a passenger.

Is the boat suitable for children?
Yes, Sydney Sundancer is suitable for children appropriate sized lifejackets lifejackets are available on request. Children must be under adult supervision at all times.

What toilet facilities are on board?
Sydney Sundancer is equipped with two modern, spacious marine toilets with easy access for charter.

Catered Food Options
Can we organise a meal on board?
Yes, we can recommend some excellent caterers for you where we can design the perfect menu to suit your budget and taste.

BYO Catering
Are we allowed to bring our own food and drinks?
Yes, we suggest that you bring boat friendly food that requires minimum preparation e.g. platter-style cold foods or we can provide a barbeque.

Is there a BBQ on board?
Yes, there is a BBQ on board.

Do I have to wash up the dishes?
No! Sit back and relax and the crew will do that for you.

Do we need to bring ice for the cooler / esky?

On Tour
Can we have music on board?
Yes, the vessel is equipped with a sound system where you can plug in a music compatible device like an iPhone. Please ensure your mp3 player is fully charged.

Where can we go during our charter?
Your skipper can take you most places within Sydney Harbour, providing it is within the surveyed boundaries. Should your guests wish to go to a specific location within Sydney Harbour please let us know at time of briefing.

Can we extend our charter time during the charter?
Yes, although this is subject to availability. Please note, the charter will be extended if there is not another charter following and if the whaft is not pre-booked and payment will be processed post charter by authorised bond.

Booking and Payment
How do I secure my booking?
A minimum 50% deposit is required to confirm booking, with the balance payable 14 days prior to commencement of the charter. Upon payment of your deposit, a Skippered Charter Contract will be emailed to you, confirming details relevant to your charter, which must be signed and returned. Payment can be made by MasterCard, Visa, EFTPOS, Electronic Funds Transfer or cash. Diners Card, Bankcard and Cheques are not accepted.

Is there any paperwork to complete before we go on our charter?
Yes, we require your signed contract and authorised bond form prior to your charter commencing.

If I cancel the charter, can I get a refund?
We do not offer refunds should you wish to cancel your charter. If boating conditions are unsafe, as determined by the management of Sydney Harbour Escapes, we will offer a six month voucher where you can reschedule your charter based on availability. Please see our General Booking Information on our website or contact a staff member on 02 9328 4748 for details.

Preparations and Arrival
What do you advise we bring along for our charter?
As conditions can vary on the water, it is suggested that you bring along a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, swimmers, and seasonal jumper or jacket. Please wear white-soled shoes or non-marking boating shoes. Strictly no black soled shoes or stiletto-heeled shoes, as this will damage the decking.

Does our party need to get there before the set time of the charter?
All your party should be at the designated pick up point at least 15 minutes prior to your charter time to allow loading of passengers and gear and to enable enough time for the skipper's safety briefing. Please note, our charter will start and finish at the times on your contract.

Can one of our guests be picked up late and dropped off early from another wharf?
Multiple pick up and drop off points are not recommended as this will shorten your charter time significantly. We suggest that guests wishing to join the charter late or leave early should arrange alternative transportation via water taxi at their own cost. Please ask one of the Sydney Harbour Escapes team members for a Water Taxi contact.

Please call the friendly Sydney Harbour Escapes team with your enquiries
Open 7 days 02 9328 4748

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