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Matilda Cruises. Sydney’s Harbour Cruise, Ferry and Private Charter operator.

Take a sightseeing cruise around beautiful Sydney Harbour for lunch, coffee, dinner or cocktails. Join one of our special event cruises for all the latest Harbour events. Hire one of our private charter vessels for a boat party of your own, or organise a corporate cruise to treat your staff and impress your guests.

Relax and experience sensational Sydney the way it should be seen. Matilda offers guests the pure pleasure of sailing on the world’s most beautiful harbour while enjoying first class views, food, wine and service.

Matilda Cruises operates the largest and most diverse range of vessels on Sydney Harbour. The fleet consists of 10 vessels, which includes Sailing Catamarans, Motorised Catamarans and High Speed Executive Rockets.

Matilda Cruises in conjunction with Captain Cook Cruises offer a variety of daily sightseeing cruises including;

  • Morning and Afternoon Coffee
  • Highlights Cruise
  • 2 styles of Lunch Cruises
  • Evening Cocktail Cruise
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • 3 styles of Evening Dinner Cruises
  • Rocket Harbour Explorer – With 5 stops, enjoy a 1-hour loop or full day experiencing Sydney.
  • Rocket Ferries to Circular Quay, Luna Park, Taronga Zoo and Sydney Aquarium

Situated in the busy precinct of Darling Harbour, one of the world’s great waterfront destinations. Matilda offers a range of combined tickets to save you money on combining a harbour cruise and entry into your favourite attraction. Choose from;

  • Sydney Aquarium & Wildlife World
  • Opera House
  • Taronga Zoo
  • Luna Park
  • Sydney Tower & OzTrek
  • Shark Island
  • Fort Denison
  • Circular Quay & The Rocks

Private Events
All Matilda vessels are available for Private Charter. Matilda Cruises offer you and your guests the most innovative and flexible charter cruises on Sydney Harbour. Let the Matilda crew focus on the details so that you can spend your time enjoying fine food, great Australian beer and wines, good company and the magnificent views Sydney has to offer. A Matilda cruise is perfect for a wide range of events;

  • Large Private Tour Group Cruises
  • Team Building Days
  • Christmas Parties
  • Corporate Cocktails and Think Tanks
  • Product Launches and Staff Incentives
  • Awards Dinners and Sporting Club Events
  • Breakfast Cruises
  • Birthdays, Weddings and Engagements.

A Piece of History
Matilda Catamarans (Matilda) is a 100% Australian owned and operated business. Sailing Sydney Harbour since 1984, Matilda was originally derived from the purchase and merger of two privately owned and operated companies.

Following this merger Matilda focused towards operating charter cruises to the mass market with it’s motorised catamarans. In the early 1990’s owner Tim Lloyd branched into commuter ferries with the advert of the Rocket fleet. In 1997 Lloyd built three state of the art, high speed, low wash super rockets for fast sightseeing cruises and commuter ferry services.

In 1997 Amalgamated Holdings Limited (AHL) one of Australia’s entertainment, hospitality and tourism and leisure companies acquired Matilda Cruises followed by Sail Venture Cruises, which
was purchased in 1998, making Matilda the largest operator of Private Charter vessels on Sydney Harbour. AHL’s focus was to gain maximum revenue across all areas of tourism.

In November 2005, after deciding they would focus on their core business brands, AHL sold Matilda to Captain Cook Cruises, the family-owned small ship cruise operator on Sydney Harbour since 1970. Owned by the Haworth Family, Captain Cook Cruises took advantage of this great opportunity to diversify their product range and add the 10 Matilda Catamarans to their existing fleet of 9 small ship cruise vessels on Sydney Harbour, bringing it to a total of 19 vessels with a combined carrying capacity of over 4,500 passengers.