Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Sydney Summer Fun at the Beach & Harbour

There’s no time like summer time in Sydney… it’s that time of the year when the water gets warmer and the drinks get colder, the music gets louder and the nights get longer…All in all, life in Sydney generally gets better!
So, shake off those winter blues and welcome summer with open arms. How can you not, when you’re looking at days at the beach, picnics in the park, pub-hopping in the city and barbecues in your backyard! 
It’s the best time to reacquaint yourself with the beach and probably learn a water sport. Bondi and Manly are the big guns that attract thousands of tourists as well as locals. The sun-kissed beaches of Coogee, Maroubra and Dee come a close second, and are just as beautiful. Some beaches cater to crowds offering top-notch eateries and facilities, while others are more casual, encouraging the ‘Bring Your Own’ food and beverage experience. The choice is yours to make!
So, swap your shoes for flip flops and head to the beach where the water does the talking. If you’re that budding surfer who has always wanted to ride the waves at Bondi – this is your time. You may not be able to stop the waves but you can sure learn to ride them with a paddleboard or a surfboard!
And, for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, Sydney may not have any pristine reefs, but its underwater experience has a different kind of adventure waiting to unfold before you.
White water rafting enthusiasts should head out to the Penrith Whitewater Stadium, a remnant of Sydney’s Olympics legacy. With no shortage of challenging waterways to explore, this is an absolutely brilliant summer experience for canoers and kayakers! 
But, just a word of caution. It’s a great feeling to be out and about with minimum clothing, but the Australian sun can be terribly brutal. If you do forget to coat yourself with sunscreen, you’re asking for trouble. But, don’t let that keep you from the beach or the water, prepare yourself and use appropriate sunscreen… after all tans may fade but your summer memories will live on!
Another great option for a beautiful summery day in Sydney will be to head to the harbour with family or a group of friends. You could choose to go on an economical ferry ride around the harbour and the northern beaches. But, if you can stretch your wallet a tad bit, you could go on an unforgettable Lunch cruise in Sydney that simply is no comparison to the ferry ride.
With the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair, your Sydney Harbour lunch cruise along the world’s most beautiful harbour treats you to an extravagant dining experience as well. Most of the Sydney Harbour cruises have air-conditioned dining interiors with panoramic windows and dish out sumptuous multi-cuisine buffets freshly prepared on board. Seated at individual reserved tables, you are guaranteed service that is beyond outstanding.
The expansive foredeck and outer decks of your harbour cruise Sydney are considered to be the best viewing galleries in the harbour. Experience the imposing majesty of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge and enjoy picturesque views of Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, Fort Denison, tranquil bays and million dollar homes that line the waterfront. 
There’s so much to do in Sydney over summer and you have ample time to space out your experiences. But, in my books, nothing portrays summer in Sydney better than water and all associated activities, be it at the beach or Sydney Harbour. So get wet and wild at the beach, enjoy the thrill of water sports and hit the harbour for an unforgettable lunch cruise experience this summer!

Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruises & Waterfront Dining

Sydney is a veritable melting pot of arts and culture, whereas Sydney Harbour is home to a multitude of leisure and luxury dining experiences.
Dotted with restaurants, bars and bistros, the ‘foodie’ is definitely spoilt for choice in this city. And, the charm of the waterfront is certainly not overrated. Be it the harbour, marina, bay, or beach, you’ll find the best restaurants at the choicest waterfront locations, serving amazing food to complement the amazing views!
As spectacular as these restaurants may be, Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruises have changed the face of waterfront dining, lending a whole new dimension to dining by the water. These harbour lunch cruises give the new generation diner a comprehensive cruising experience on Sydney Harbour and the opportunity to capture the essence of Sydney with their ears, eyes and palate! This novel concept has really given other restaurants in Sydney a run for their money.
Let’s look at a few interesting waterfront lunch options…
Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruises
With multiple lunch cruise operators on the harbour, choosing one is going to be a tough decision. What you must do is make an informed decision based on the packages and inclusions of each cruise.
Besides a buffet or a seated and served lunch, some cruises offer unique sightseeing experiences as well. Some take you out of Sydney Heads for a personal experience with the migrating humpback whales, some treat you to an amazing coastal adventure with visits to historical sites, some offer live music entertainment and others give you a brilliant sightseeing experience with all the frills of a luxury lunch cruise!
Lunches are always freshly prepared and the buffet spreads offer an array of dishes that will tantalize your taste buds with bold and innovative flavours. With a stellar menu that boasts dishes made from the freshest of produce, including seafood and carvery, and a wine list that is as diverse and delicious, Sydney Harbour lunch cruises promise a beautiful restaurant-quality dining experience.
The progressive approach to food, the ambient luxury of the cruising vessels and breathtaking Sydney Harbour sights, all add to the mystique and charm of these lunch cruises.
Lunch at Darling Harbour
There’s no place like Darling Harbour for a magical harbourside lunch experience. With a range of bars and restaurants just walking distance from each other, you have a variety of cuisine to choose from.
Go to Nick’s Seafood Restaurant for the freshest prawns and oysters, Kobe Jones for a brilliant fusion of Japanese and Californian flavours or The Malaya and Dragon Boat for authentic food from the Orient. The more exclusive restaurants are Black by Ezard, Sokyo and Momofuku Seibo.
Most of the popular bars are family-friendly during the day, so lunch out at Bungalow 8, Cargo Bar and the Watershed Hotel will be an interesting experience as well.
Lunch at Bondi Beach
Bondi evokes a sense of all things sunny and summery, and lunch at any restaurant along this golden stretch is an experience in itself. 
At North Bondi Fish, you’ll find noted chef Matt Moran working his magic with beer‐battered fish and chips, swordfish skewers with soy and mustard and prawn tacos.

While at the southern end, sits one of Bondi’s best Italian restaurants – the Icebergs Dining Room and Bar. Here’s where you can enjoy the best fried school prawns and aioli, spaghetti with crab and black garlic or relax with a cocktail and shucked oysters!
And, in between the north and the south ends of Bondi, lie numerous cafes, bistros and restaurants with interesting menus and picture-perfect views that are just there for the taking!

These options have just skimmed the surface of the lunch experiences Sydney has to offer. But, one thing is for sure, you’d never have to settle for an average dining experience in Sydney!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Pick the Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise that suits you best

A lunch cruise along the meandering waterways and picturesque Sydney Harbour shoreline is an experience that will definitely leave you wanting more. The Australian Cruise Group offers daily Sydney Harbour lunch cruises aboard its own vessels as well as those of third party operators, giving the discerning tourist options to choose a cruise that suits their requirement and budget.
For tourists visiting this gorgeous harbour city, there’s nothing like a lunch cruise that gives you the most spectacular sights Sydney has to offer on a cruising platter. If you’re short on time and would like to sample a slice of Sydney’s most talked about attractions from the best vantage point possible, a Sydney Harbour lunch is just the experience for you!
The expansive decks of these air-conditioned luxury cruisers treat you to the magnificence of the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Luna Park, Fort Denison and host of other attractions that will literally take your breath away. You cannot help but marvel at the amazing tranquillity of the bays that serrate the gorgeous shoreline. There is always an open invitation, calling you to walk by the water, smell the salt in the air, explore the shores and enjoy the serenity of nature at its best!
As for locals, if you think you’ve seen all that Sydney has to offer, hop on one of the ACG harbour lunch cruises and you’ll definitely experience the difference. A deluxe lunch or sightseeing cruise aboard these luxury vessels will lend a whole new perspective to a city and sights you thought you knew like the back of your hand.
These harbour cruises could also serve as the perfect waterfront venue on Sydney Harbour to celebrate a special occasion with your partner, family or friends. You really don’t have to think twice about it – the whole luxury cruise, deluxe buffet lunch experience will lend special meaning to your special day, whoever you choose to spend it with!
Besides the gorgeous sights, the deluxe buffet lunch spread is also something to look forward to aboard these harbour cruises. All the dishes are freshly prepared on board with a spread that includes fresh prawns, beef, chicken, salads, vegetables, breads and desserts – there’s definitely something for every palate!
With the Australian Cruise Group, you definitely have a variety of Sydney Harbour lunch cruise options to choose from. Find the one that suits you best and reserve your seats for a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise experience like no other!