Sydney Social 101 was invited by Mark Dalgleish to accompany a group of journalists and content creators to experience his baby: MySydneyBoat. I jumped at the chance.
I was keen to not only attend an event, but to also rediscover this stunning city I call home.
Having been in Australia for over 12 years, enjoying the world-famous Sydney Harbour has always been a favourite pastime.
Party boats, chartered yachts for an event and even exploring Sydney on my paddleboard, I love it. It’s something I’ve missed massively in the last 12 months (I have however been able to hop on the paddleboard a few times).
I’ve noticed a shift in Sydney-siders requirements when it comes to socialising, and an increased desire to seek out unique and personalised leisure experiences.
This demand has also affected maritime activities and an increased demand for smaller and more versatile charter boats on our waters, which MySydneyBoat is perfect for!
My boating experience
On a sunny March day, I boarded the boat at Rose Bay. I was quickly impressed by how spacious it felt, despite the intimate feel (10 x PAX).
The boat can really get up some speed, which provides a great dynamic and a change of pace for exploring the harbour, from which I’m used to (and one I can certainly get onboard with – pardon the pun).
Not only is the boat speedy and spacious, due to its smaller vessel size, it can actually birth at the beach too. Which is a unique aspect of MySydneyBoat.
Our secret spots
This benefitted us greatly, when arriving at Stove Beach, which is located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and only accessible via boat, or kayak.
It is absolute gem of a discovery, located just next to Quarantine Station. Guests are invited to feel the sand on their toes, take in the exquisite view and enjoy a Bellini (or two) on the beach.
We all head back aboard the boat to head to our boating brunch spot, which was located West of Spit Bridge.
It honestly felt like we could’ve been in Thailand with the waterways and the greenery – just absolutely stunning.
A few of our group decided to test the water, which the rest of us sipped on our (ice cold) wine and seafood from Nick’s Seafood – Heaven!
My take away
I honestly couldn’t recommend MySydneyBoat more highly. In fact, I’m arranging a champagne sunset cruise for my friends and I next month. It’s $120 per head for 10 x people, and BYO. Providing a really affordable way to live the high life and explore Sydney in a really special fashion.
MySydneyBoat takes guests to parts of the harbour that none of the other commercial boat operators go. This provides unique experiences such as swimming and bay- hopping through secluded national park waters.
It explores Middle Harbour, as well as providing gourmet picnic beach lunches. Its signature Bellinis on the Beach, and fresh seafood feasts make it an experience to remember.
Word from the founder:
We spoke to Mark MySydneyBoat’s founder Mark to find out more:
“We’re definitely seeing a shift away from the traditional large cruise boats packed with people to more intimate private charters. The benefit of access to Sydney’s surprise hidden bays and beaches it very appealing,” says owner Mark Dalgleish.
“Our boats are fast, chic and beach-accessible which enables us to provide a Mediterranean-style day cruise experience. We visit Sydney Harbour’s amazing nooks and crannies, many only known to locals. We take guests on wildlife safaris to visit a local seal colony and see the whales when they’re in season. Dolphins too! There’s so much incredible nature and beauty right here on our doorstep. Sydneysiders don’t need to travel far to get those bucket-list experiences normally reserved for overseas travel,” notes Dalgleish.