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“Discovering a gem in Sydney Harbour”

Convict, Castles and Champagne Tour
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Sydney Harbour Cruise and Goat Island Walking Tour
Ranked #96 of 392 Tours in Sydney
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Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed an interesting and scenic afternoon on this cruise and walk around Goat Island. Our guide Esther was amazing, so friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgable. The lunch was plentiful, tasty and nice quality. The excursion on Goat Island was fascinating and very scenic with fabulous views of Sydney Harbour. The cruise around the Harbour was more than expected and everything was well organised and delightful.

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Reviewed January 14, 2017

We didn't know what to expect when boarding the Wangi Queen. It turned out to be a perfect way to see Sydney harbour on board an old 1920's ferry. We never knew that this island had so much history. It is a pity they don't utilise the existing buildings as accommodation options. There are spectacular views of the harbour bridge. The lunch is very basic and plentiful. Three shredded meats, salad and rolls. Plenty to drink, with champagne and wine flowing freely. The breathtaking harbour views were the icing on the cake. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour for both tourist and locals alike.

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Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

New acronym, greatest of all tours = GOAT.

Brilliant day for a perfect Sydney summer afternoon with Esther and the captain. Esther is very knowledgeable about the harbour and the island, was generous with the bubbles and a very fun personality. Can't give this tour any less than 5 stars, and if I could remember how to give Esther the tip for best tour guide, I would. We're locals, this trip is highly recommended for locals and tourists!

From the Bennetts.

2  Thank Andy B
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Reviewed January 5, 2017

We were given this tour as a Christmas present by family. We'd never visited Goat Island before so thoroughly enjoyed the harbour cruise. Our tour guide, Keegan, was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable & entertaining to a group of all ages. The weather was showery on & off but that didn't stop everybody having a good time. Would thoroughly recommend.

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Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

The highlight of the trip was having Howard give us a tour of Goat Island, he is a star and is very friendly, knowledgable and informative.

Overall this was very a disorganised event and although you think you have paid for a tall ship adventure - you have not. Lunch consisted of chicken and mayo wraps (advertised as your choice of beef, lamb or chicken rolls). The wraps were not cold and were siting out on the deck in plastic containers sweating in 38 degree heat when we boarded. The guide started the day by subjecting us to a personal tirade about plastics and how he hated them. He then with the stamina of a nazi general made sure everyone brave enough to eat warm chicken and mayo recycled correctly and drew unnecessary attention to people who did not.

When we arrived at Goat Island, The nazi general rationed the water giving everyone only 1/2 of a 500ml bottle of water (one between two) for an 75 minute walk on an island in 38 degree heat. He kept yelling at people who wanted a bottle to themselves (which they had actually paid for in their tickets) thats enough, thats all you need. You dont need anymore. I guess he was giving us the real convict experience. Thankfully we planned ahead and had our own water with us.

When the Goat island tour finished there were several people not feeling well I put this down to not enough water being provided. The nazi general then singled out an American lady of Chinese descent by yelling where's the asian lady, where's the asian lady (who happened to be sitting right in front of him) and told her and the rest of the boat through his yelling that she should have drunk more water if she didnt want to be sick.

I had to make the deck hand open the windows on the boat as it was boiling hot and this was also contributing to peoples discomfort. As she was opening them her comments were 'I should have done this 2 hours ago - Im not sure why I didn't'. I guess some people shouldn't work in service or tourist industries. Without Howard this day would have been really awful.

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