Westside Stories

AUD $39.00
  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Location: Darling Harbour, NSW

Event Details: 

Come with us on a voyage of discovery.
Did you know that Sydney Harbour’s role as a major commercial port has ended and with it has gone 235 years of maritime trade and shipping?

It’s a fact that from the earliest days of colonisation, through the eras of sail and steamships, to the modern cargo ships today, Sydney has been a city which grew from ships and
the sea. Now, all that remains is memories . . . and the relics of that maritime past, there for you to see.

Our Westside Stories cruise travels west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and explores how the Harbour has evolved. Fascinating relics of the working harbour’s past share the waterfront
with today’s replacements, an intriguing mix of history and modern times.  

And our heritage motor launch can poke into places larger tourist vessel cannot, so you see the sights up close and personal, with an experienced guide on board to share with you the harbour’s stories. 


  • We go ashore at the Fleet’s shipyard in Rozelle Bay to see, with an expert guide,
    the Fleet’s other historic vessels, the workshops and major restoration
    projects now underway. The shipyard is not open to the public so this is a rare
    look behind the scenes.

    On the cruise you will see: 
  • what started with a dry dock, but they went on to build warships, pipes and locomotives
  • where Palmolive and Protex soap was made alongside where our ferries now rest  
  • view a heritage listed incinerator by the same designer as our capital city
  • and be visually transported to Scandinavia by multi coloured harbour front workshops
  • pawnbroker’s three brass balls, or something else? and what does Ultimo mean? 
  • a bay named after a landowner, who with his wife was hanged for murder
  • circumnavigate an island that housed convicts, water police, gunpowder, harbour
    masters, the Maritime Service Board and a TV film set.  

Event Information:

What to wear: Please wear sensible footwear and dress appropriately for the weather on the day; a windproof jacket may be useful whatever the weather.
Check in Time: 9.45am
Finish Time: 12.30pm
Meeting Point: At the two anchors outside the main entrance of the Australian National Maritime Museum

Vessel: Heritage Motor Launch - Berrima 1955 or Harman 1943 

We are a registered COVIDSafe company. 


• Walk from Town Hall station across the historic Pyrmont Bridge (15 min).
• Darling Harbour ferry from Wharf 5 at Circular Quay and alight at Pyrmont Bay.
• Light Rail L1 from Central or Dulwich Hill station and alight at Pyrmont Bay.
• Bus No 389 which runs from Bondi Junction to Pyrmont and goes through the city via Park St close to George Street and the Town Hall. Alight at Star Casino (5 min walk to Museum https://transportnsw.info/routes/details#/sydney-buses-network/389/31389)
• Parking at Harbourside Car Park, Murray Street. When booked on one of our sails you are eligible for discounted parking. To claim your discount, please go to the Main Reception of the Australian National Maritime Museum Building during open hours and ask for your ticket to be validated.

Other special instructions:

  • If, in the opinion of the Master on the day of the event the wind or sea state is deemed unsuitable for the comfort of passengers, the event will be cancelled. Smoking on board strictly prohibited. 
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