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THE PONTOON

111' Twin Level Glass Pontoon Private Charter


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The Pontoon near the Sydney Opera House


Great views of the harbour from your dining table


Great bar on top deck


Lots of room on top deck


  • I just wanted to say a special thank you for all your hard work, patience and for helping us to deliver such a successful event. The client was over the moon and guests absolutely loved their trip onboard The Pontoon.Chantelle

  • Our wedding night on The Pontoon couldn't have been more perfect. The venue looked so elegant & romantic on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. The staff were very professional and looked after us so well. Kind regards, Ness

  • The food was fantastic and so many of our guests took the liberty to tell us how impressed they were. Jase & I were so relaxed and truly felt so at ease because you guys had everything well & truly under control. Kind regards, Ness

  • Nothing but glowing reviews on staff, vessel and catering. The crew were exceptional and should be commended on their manner and service. We had a wonderful time.With Thanks, Amy

  • The wedding reception was outstanding. Everything was done to perfection, service, food and weather – what a sunset. The staff were very helpful, friendly very attentive and so professional. They really made our night memorable.Dianne Watt


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THE PONTOON Skippered Charter


300 Max Passengers
300 Cocktail Style
180 Casual Buffet
140 Table Dining
Catering available Licenced Bar IPOD Connectivity PA / Microphone available TV / DVD Air conditioning

Cruise Sydney Harbour in your very own glass island harbour ballroom, The Pontoon boat, with breathtaking 360 panoramic Sydney Harbour views. The Pontoon cruise features 2 entertaining decks, 3 meter high glass walls, large open viewing platform and dance floor. Ideal for weddings, parties, conferences, product launches, entertaining overseas guests or themed events. Make your event one to remember.
 


• 360 degree uninterrupted panoramic views
• Largest outdoor cruising cocktail bar on Sydney Harbour
• Open alfresco upper deck with stylish fixed canopy shelter over bar area
• On board PA
• Professional elevated stage area
• Allocated dance floor
• Controlled mood lighting
• 3 metre high ceilings
• Softly inclined staircase adjoining both levels
• Private, modern and contemporary bathrooms.
• Neutral and light space- create your own mood
• Complete privacy
• Quick & easy access to the city & shore
• Room for a band DJ or any form of entertainment
• Pillarless open room. No obstructions to interfere with view or floor layout.
• Stability & comfort
• All weather protection
• Air conditioning and flow through ventilation

 

Main Deck features
• Seating up to 180 (with dance floor)
• Seating 150 (without dance floor)
• Circular tables (10 to 12 guests)
• Cocktail party 300 guests (throughout)
• Three metre ceiling height
• Surround glass
• 3 phase & 240 volt power
• Plasma screens, USB inputs
• Sound system, microphone, DVD, iPod
• Full bar

Open Air Deck FeaturesŸ
• Cocktail tables with bar stools, cafe tables & seating
• Bench seating
• Subtle lighting
• Secondary dance area
• 240 volt power
• Linked sound system
• Smoking area
• Superior elevated viewing
• Open panorama


 


Options

Fully Catered
Licensed Bar

Decorations

Cocktail Bar Covers (white or black)
$15.00 each

Black tablecloths
$30.00 per table

Black tablecloths fitted lycra
$15.00 per table

Crystal candelabras / centrepieces
$25.00 each

Chair covers (white or black)
$6.00 per chair

Chair Sash (green, blue, black, red or white)
$2.50 per chair

Photo booth
$1,300

Disc Jockey
$550

Stage (small - 2 x 4m)
$400.00

Stage (medium - 4 x 8m)
$500.00

Stage (large 7 x 14m)
$600.00

Ceiling draping
$350.00

Fairy lights
$250.00

Ceiling draping + fairy lights
$600.00

Flowers – preferred supplier Blushing Bloom ph: 02 8850 7030


Notes

All prices in $AUS. and include GST
Prices are subject to change without notice
50% deposit required to confirm booking


Boat Suitability

Corporate Charters, Weddings, Corporate Advertising and Promotions, Milestone Birthday Celebration, Engagement, Christening, Anniversary, Graduation, Bar mitzvahs /Bat mitzvahs, Gala Dinners, Reunion, Staff Christmas Parties

Includes skipper and crew

January - October
$990 per hour
Minimum 4 hour charter $3960

November - December
$1200 per hour
Minimum 4 hour charter $4800

Minimum Guests
Minimum numbers in January - December on Sundays to Thursdays are 60pax (minimum 80pax for canapes)
Minimum numbers in January - October on Fridays and Saturdays are 80pax (minimum 100pax for canapes)
Minimum numbers in November - December on Fridays and Saturdays are 100pax(minimum 150pax for canapes)

Wharf Fees
Maritime Wharves $180
Homebush Wharf $990 - $1200
Rose Bay Wharf $990 - $1200

Pick up and drop off wharf fees apply

Public holiday surcharges apply

Frequently Asked Questions

Dining and seating arrangements
Buffet seated on rounds 160
Buffet seated on rectangles 180
Formal seated on rounds 150
Formal seated on rectangles 180
Cocktails 300

Length of charter
Minimum charter length is 4 hours. Extra time can be organised at an additional cost per hour.

Arrival at the wharf
We recommend that your party arrives at the wharf 30 minutes prior to your charter. The boats need to book into the wharves and have a limited time to pick up and drop off your guests.

Preferred pick up and drop off locations
King Street Wharf

Multiple pick up and drop offs
We do not recommend multiple pick up and drop offs as this can waste a considerable amount of your charter time. Instead, we are happy to supply you with a water taxi contact number that can deliver or pick up guests at their convenience.

Presentation facilities on board
Already on board is a PA system and an elevated stage area. There is 240v 3 phase power on board. Additional audio visual equipment can be arranged on request.

Entertainment options
There is a CD system on board and this boat has a recommended DJ that we can organise for you. Other options include live music, themed parties and table based team challenges.

Technical Specifications
2 generators
3 Phase power outlets strategically position for audio visual requirements
240 volt power amply power supply for any live on board productions
Cruising speed max 8 knots- average 5 knots
Reinforced upper deck can support cars, engines, boats excellent for product launches

BYO options
This boat does not allow BYO food or drinks.

What to bring
This boat has air conditioning and heaters. If you plan on spending time on the upper deck during your charter we recommend that your guests dress for the season (i.e. sunscreen and a hat in summer, a warm jacket in winter). Bring your own CDs if you have not booked a DJ.

Booking and Payment
We require a 50% deposit to lock the date for you. Once we have received the deposit payment, we will generate a contract for you with all your details. 2 weeks prior to the charter date we require the balance of the payment. 4 working days prior to the charter date, we require final numbers and the payment for the catering. If you are taking the consumption bar option, we require payment within 5 working days of the charter.

Cancellation Policy
See General Booking Information below

Boat inspections are welcome by appointment.

 



I just wanted to say a special thank you for all your hard work, patience and for helping us to deliver such a successful event. The client was over the moon and guests absolutely loved their trip on-board The Pontoon. Big thanks again for everything and I hope we can work together again in the future. Warm wishes, Chantelle

Our wedding night on The Pontoon couldn't have been more perfect. The venue looked so elegant & romantic and we were lucky to be blessed with possibly the best day in March to be on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. The staff were very professional and looked after us all so well. The food was fantastic and so many of our guests took the liberty to tell us how impressed they were. Jase & I were so relaxed and truly felt so at ease because you guys had everything well & truly under control. A nice bonus was when the boat closed in at Darling Harbour after the wedding speeches to see the fireworks begin! It was perfect timing as my mothers B'day cake came out at exactly the same time which she will always remember. Again, it was more than we hoped for and our guests still talk about it now ad being truly the best wedding they have ever attended! Kind regards, Ness

We had a great time on Wednesday on the Pontoon. The food was wonderful, staff were fantastic. The Lindt staff were very impressed and felt very special. Thanks again for all your help. Regards, Mica Magee

The night was absolutely fantastic…. The crew were great, the food was absolutely delicious and the night turned out perfectly. Wish we could do our Xmas party every year on the boat… but unfortunately we have to change it up every year! Regards, Kim

I’m good thanks, pretty tired! We had a great night on the boat, thank you so much for all your help. The food was fantastic, everybody commented on it. They were the best potatoes I’ve ever had! The boat itself looked gorgeous and all the staff were really friendly and professional, it really is an amazing setting. So big thumbs up and thank you! - Jenny

Good morning Firstly I wish to say a very big thank you. The wedding reception was outstanding. Everything was done to perfection, service, food and weather – what a sunset. The staff were very helpful, friendly very attentive and so professional. They really made our night memorable. Once again thank you. Kind regards, Dianne Watt

Nothing but glowing reviews on staff, vessel and catering. The crew were exceptional and should be commended on their manner and service. We had a wonderful time. With Thanks, Amy

Thanks so much we had a great day and yes the weather was beautiful! The reception was decorated more beautiful than we could ever have imagined and we were so happy with the attention to detail. The service was amazing and everyone commented on what a beautiful venue the pontoon was. Everyone was amazed by the food and we thought it was excellent. Thank you and the Pontoon team for giving us the best reception ever, the only problem was that we wish it went for longer we were having such a great time! It was perfect and we were blown away by everything. The DJ was great and he was lovely and very down to earth and friendly. The cake table and all the tables were also set up perfectly and the waiters were wonderful. Everyone's glasses were flowing all night! It might sound cleshay but it was the best day and night of our lives and we are so happy that we went with your company for such an important event. Thanks again, Tara and Aidan Terone

The Pontoon Cocktail Menus

Cocktail Menu 1
$72 per person
Canapés
Mushroom risotto arancini balls with tomato & herb drizzle (v)
Chicken & almond pithiviers
Griddled beef satays, Singaporean peanut sauce, diced Spanish onions
Californian nori rolls, soy sauce, wasabi (v)
Spiced salt & pepper calamari, ginger & shallot dressing
Hand crafted petite pies, onion jam
Fingers of frittata, goats cheese (v)
Mini pizzettas – vegetarian options available
Buffet Station
A carvery of spice rubbed blackened medium rare sirloin, European and imported mustards and chutneys, seasonal salads & freshly baked sourdough rolls
Dessert
Chef's selection of mini desserts

Cocktail Menu 2
$83 per person
Canapés

Wild mushroom arancini, truffle oil, fresh pesto, parmigiano reggiano (v)
Moroccan spiced lamb cutlets, preserved lemon yoghurt
A selection of sushi & sashimi with brewed soy & wasabi
Coal fired bamboo skewered chicken satay, Singaporean peanut sauce, Spanish onions, coriander
Australian flathead fillets & chips served in mini fry baskets with aioli
Chicken & prawn paella served in mini bowls
Australian king prawn cocktail in mini shot glass
Hand rolled fresh minted Vietnamese rice paper rolls & dipping sauce
Buffet Station
Wok fried Asian noodles served in Chinese takeout pails (v)
Dessert
Chef's selection of mini desserts

Cocktail Menu 3
$94 per person
Canapés

Wagyu beef sliders on mini damper buns, aged cheddar & caramelised onions, chips & aioli
Seared Australian yellowfin tuna, wasabi créme
12hr slow cooked shoulder of Moroccan lamb, lemon preserve served in mini bowls on a bed of scented cous cous
Asian trolleys delivering a selection of hand rolled yum cha in steaming bamboo baskets
Frenched riverina spring lamb cutlets, roasted tomato & chilli jam
Duck liver pate on crisped crostini, cranberry jam
Rolled Peking duck cones, hoisin
Seared cape grim tenderloin crostini, fresh basil pesto, grand parmigiano reggiano
Shiitake mushroom & polenta diamonds
Australian oysters with a section of sauces & vinaigrettes, Mornay & kilpatrick
Buffet Station
Sushi & sashimi bar
Dessert
Chef's selection of mini desserts

The Pontoon Buffet Menu

Buffet Menu 1
$77 per person

Canapés
Please select two, additional selections at $7 per person
Caramelised onion & parmesan tartlet (v)
Mediterranean ratatouille tartlet, Meredith Farm feta (v)
Truffled mushroom arancini, basil pesto, shaved reggiano (v)
Steamed prawn & scallop dim sims, mirin 
Hand crafted petite pies, onion jam
Chicken satay skewers, peanut sauce, coriander, Spanish onion
Level 1 buffet option
Please select 4, additional selections at $10 per person
Chargrilled sirloin, bell pepper salsa, béarnaise, mustards, caramelised Spanish onion
Slow cooked Moroccan spiced lamb shoulder, preserved lemon, labneh
Fresh prawns, aioli, seafood sauce
Beef bourguignon, red wine & shallot jus, buttery mash, herb baby carrots
Free range pan seared chicken fillet, piri piri, preserved lemon yoghurt
Whole filleted Atlantic salmon, buttered spinach coulibiac
Saffron chicken, prawn and chorizo paella, Arborio rice
Crisp skinned pork belly, cinnamon apple sauce
Honey & orange glazed leg ham carved at the buffet
Argentine chimichurri crisp skinned chicken
Champagne oysters on a bed of rock salt
Wild mushroom risotto, spinach, wild rocket, shaved parmesan (v)
Upgrade Options
$13 per person
To upgrade from a level 1 option, an additional $7 per person is applicable
Cape Grim chargrilled tenderloin fillet, assorted accompaniments
Seared lime crusted Atlantic salmon fillet, lemon grass & laksa broth
Steamed wild barramundi, ginger shallots, rice wine
Crisp skinned Peking duck, plum sauce, special fried rice
Salads
Please select 3, additional selections at $6 per person
Organic honey glazed kumara & spinach salad, walnut & hunter valley feta
Red quinoa, couscous, chick pea, baby spinach salad, almonds, softened currants, lemon yoghurt dressing
Boiled baby potato salad, mint, chives, quartered eggs, traditional mayonnaise
Apple, walnut and radicchio salad, roaring forties blue, sweetened balsamic
Chilled iceberg lettuce, extra virgin olive oil, lemon & garlic dressing, grana padano 
Hot roasted chat potatoes, rosemary, maldon salt
Classic french potato bake, fresh thyme, streaky bangalow smoked bacon
Zucchini salad, mint, garlic, baby peas, lemon, extra virgin olive oil
Chargrilled eggplant, zucchini, roasted vegetables, king island goat’s cheese
Crunchy Middle Eastern fattoush
Classic Caesar salad
Rocket, pear, pecorino, pine nuts, aged balsamic
Mixed leaf baby rocket, spinach, shaved parmesan, virgin olive oil, aged balsamic
Asian vermicelli noodle salad, school prawns, blackened chilli, coriander, mint, crushed peanuts
Tomatoes, bocconcini, basil leaves, artisan virgin olive oil, maldon salt, cracked pepper
Angel hair pasta salad, crisped capers, liguria olives, rocket, roasted garlic
Dessert
Please select one, additional selections at $7 per person
Fine Australian cheeses, muscatels, lavish, quince paste
Chef’s selection of mini desserts served at the table
A selection of roving gelatos on ice trays

The Pontoon Formal Dining Menus
Formal sit down menu with alternating dishes.
Please select 2 choices of entrée, main and dessert courses

Formal Dining Menu 1
$77 per person
Entree
Salt & pepper calamari, crisp Asian slaw, lime aioli
Wild mushroom & herb risotto, truffle oil, reggiano (v)
Thai beef salad, cherry tomato, cucumber, mint, shallots, lime & chilli dressing
Ricotta & spinach ravioli, brown butter, crisp sage, pine nuts (v)
Watermelon, serrano ham, Persian feta, wild rocket, hazelnut dukkah
Tart of roasted pumpkin, baby beets, goats curd, balsamic onion, walnuts, watercress (v)
Fusilli, tomato & basil sauce, shaved parmesan (v)
Eggplant stack, bocconcini, grilled zucchini, roasted peppers, slow roasted tomato sauce (v
Mains
Tenderloin fillet of beef, roast garlic mash, pearl onions, spinach, herbed butter & jus
Grilled ocean trout, shaved fennel, apple, marinated feta, currant, mint, wild rice pilaf
Tarragon seared corn fed chicken breast, ratatouille, lyonnaise potato
Moroccan lamb shanks, gremolata, fregola, trussed tomato
Seared blue eyed cod, seafood broth & risoni
Piri Piri chicken breast, crushed kipflers, green beans
Stone baked sourdough bread
Dessert
Warm spiced apple, blackberry & almond crumble vanilla bean ice cream
Classic crème brulee, crystal praline, seasonal berries
Warm chocolate fondant, mascarpone cream
Lemon & lime tart, citrus salad, crème fraiche
Coconut pannacotta, strawberry, passionfruit, lychee
Chocolate mousse, raspberry coulis
Tea and coffee

Formal Dining Menu 2
$88 per person
Entree
Bangalow pork belly twice cooked, sweet onion puree, kipfler, celeriac & apple salad
Crisp crab cake, yamba king prawn, shaved fennel, preserved lemon, cress, sauce gribiche
Confit duck salad, honey pear, witlof, orange, green beans, lentil & hazelnut dressing
Ravioli of pumpkin, amaretto, nut brown lemon butter crisp sage & pecorino
Tart caramelised onion, slow cooked baby leeks, blistered tomato, goats curd, curly endive
King prawns, spiced avocado and tomato stack, micro herb salad, lemon aioli
Mains
Corn fed chicken breast, Persian feta, eggplant caponata, soft polenta, celery leaf
Rack of lamb, sicilian peppers, layered potato gratin, onion soubise and herb pesto
Crisp skinned barramundi, braised beef ravioli, asian greens and light shiitake master stock
Grilled ocean trout, asparagus, softened spinach, pearl barley, sorrel beurre blanc
Slow roasted beef tenderloin, potato herb galette, tomato gratin, watercress, merlot jus
Stone baked sourdough bread
Dessert
Date & banana pudding, hazelnut ice cream, butterscotch sauce
Tiramisu, macerated cherries, almond biscotti
Eton mess, strawberry, raspberry, meringue, aged balsamic
Tea and coffee

Formal Dining Menu 3
$102 per person
Entree
Seared spiced yellowfin tuna, confit octopus, wakame, cucumber and soba noodle
Cold pressed smoked salmon lasagne, king crab, avocado, tomato & capsicum salsa
Slow roasted milk fed veal “Vitello Tonnato” shaved fennel, beans, parsley, crisp capers & tuna sauce
Buffalo mozzarella, shaved serrano ham, heirloom tomato, salsa verde
Prawn & scallop tortellini, grilled prawn, salmon pearls, lemon & chive beurre blanc
Mains
Petuna ocean trout, cauliflower puree, grilled prawn, tortellini, vierge dressing
Angus beef tenderloin, short rib cannelloni, crisp shallot, onion soubise, shiraz jus
Lamb two ways, loin & croute, artichoke puree, wilted spinach, trussed tomato
Roasted spatchcock & confit leg, thyme gnocchi, chestnut mushrooms, broad bean, crisp pancetta
Red snapper, caramelised fennel, kipflers, olives, feta, white anchovy, rocket pesto
Stone baked sourdough bread
Dessert
Chocolate caprese torte, poached corella pear, creme fraiche, passionfruit
Strawberry & pistachio tart, buttermilk pannacotta, campari, strawberry ice
White chocolate brulee, raspberry sorbet, financier
Tea and coffee

The Pontoon Platter Menus

Canapés
Recommended for arrival or late night
$18 per person
Caramelised onion & parmesan tartlet (v)
Mediterranean ratatouille tartlet, Meredith farm fetta (v)
Truffled mushroom arancini, basil pesto, shaved reggiano (v)
Steamed prawn & scallop dim sims, mirin dip
Hand-crafted petite pies, onion jam
Chicken satay skewers, peanut sauce, coriander, Spanish onion
Chicken & almond pithiviers
Californian nori rolls, soy sauce, wasabi (v)
Salt & pepper calamari, ginger & shallot dressing
Mini pizzettas (some v)

Platter of salt & pepper calamari
$9.90 per person

Platter of king Prawns
$13.50 per person

Platter of oysters
$13.50 per person

Antipasto platter
$16.50 per person

Platter of king prawns and oysters
$21.00 per person

The Pontoon School Formal Package

60 – 250 guests - $110 per person
Available Monday - Thursday
Friday - Sunday $POA

4 hours cruising Sydney Harbour
Choice of menu from 3 course menu or buffet menu
4 hour unlimited non-alcoholic beverage package
Elegant white linen + red carpet entrance
Complete room setup
Professional DJ
On-board cruise director & Event manager to assist with planning your event

3 Course Menu
Freshly baked bread rolls
Entrée
Please choose 2
Penne pasta with Napoletana sauce, with optional shaved parmensan
Caesar salad, with baby cos lettuce, poached eggs, crisp bacon and shaved parmesan
Mini supreme pizza
Mains
Please choose 2
Chicken schnitzel with hand cut french fries
Sirloin steak, with rosemary potato, salad and selection of condiments
Pan seared fish fillet drizzled with a lemon and butter sauce, served with seasonal vegetables
All mains are accompanied by bowls of salads on tables
Dessert
Chocolate slab cake with a congratulatory message

Buffet
Freshly baked bread rolls
Bowls of chefs selection of salads
From the buffet
Mini Gourmet Pies
Pork and fennel sausage rolls
Hand Rolled Vegetable Spring Rolls and Sweet Chilli Sauce
Assorted Mini Pizzas
Pork Sliders, Crisp Salad and Chili Mayo
Pasta Boxes with Napoletana Sauce
Fish & Chips serve in boxes and Tartare Sauce

Optional Extras
Balloon centerpieces - $3 per person
Chair covers - $6 per person
Chair sashes - $1.50 per person
Photo booth - $20 per person
Ceiling draping - fairy lights - $4 per person

Pricing only applicable Monday - Thursday, January to November.

Please contact us for a custom quote outside those days

The Pontoon Beverage Packages

Standard Beverage Package
$10 per person per hour
Angove’s Collection Sauvignon Blanc Semmilion and Shiraz Cabernet
Angove’s Collection Sparkling Brut
James Boags, Hahn Super Dry, Toohey’s Extra Dry, James Boags Light
Assorted Soft Drinks, Orange Juice, Sparkling & Still water, Tea and Coffee

Level 1 Wine upgrade
$3 per person per hour
Please select one white and one red wine
Capel Vale Unwooded Chardonnay WA
Beachwood Semillon Sauvignon Blanc NX
Amberly Secret Lane Cabernet Merlot WA
Tatachilla Partners Cabernet Shiraz SA
Monkey Bay Pinot Noir NZ

Level 2 Wine upgrade
$3.50 per person per hour
Please select one white and one red wine
Ant Moore Sauvignon Blanc NZ
Gulf Station Chardonnay SA
Knappstein Cabernet Merlot SA
Mr Smith Shiraz SA
Little Black Stone Pinot Noir NZ
Rococo Blanc de Blancs TAS

Beer upgrade
$3.50 per person per hour
Please select two
Corona with fresh lime
Stella Artois
Peroni
Crown Lager
Asahi

Spirits upgrade
$10 per person per hour
Jim Beam White Label
Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky
Bacardi Rum
Absolut Vodka
Gordons Gin
Jack Daniels Bourbon

Non-alcoholic beverage package
$7 per person per hour

Assorted soft drinks, orange juice, sparkling & still water and freshly brewed coffee & tea



Please call the friendly Sydney Harbour Escapes team with any enquiries
Telephone 02 9328 4748 (Open 7 days)
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