Taste of Australia & River Cruise – Sydney Harbour to Parramatta – PRIVATE ONLY

Duration: 6 hours

Location: Sydney Harbour/Circular Quay + Parramatta











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(PRIVATE ONLY) Harbour cruise, food history, culture, stories and Australian's favourite modern fusion cuisines of our melting-pot nation.

  • Cruising Sydney Harbour with iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge views, following the journey of the colonial settler to Parramatta.
  • Parramatta is the birthplace of farming to feed a nation. Hear Australia's ancient, colonial, and modern history, in our first capital.
  • Delicious Australian's favourite food, including Asian and Middle Eastern treats, equivalent to a full meal, so come hungry!
  • Breakfast on the river. Long walking, some steps.


  • Your tour guide will greet you for breakfast at Ground Control Cafe, Alfred St (in front of No. 5 Wharf) Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour.
  • You will enjoy a relaxing rivercat cruise from Circular Quay to Parramatta, under the Harbour Bridge, past the Opera house and seeing the sights along the river.
  • You’ll be guided around Parramatta on a walking tour, stopping at historical, cultural, and foodie places along the way.
  • Enjoy Australia’s favourite dishes, brought and shared by migrants in their new home, and improved by great local ingredients.
  • The tour will conclude at the beautiful open air Grounds Keeper Cafe in Parramatta Regional Park.

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Join us on a delicious journey through Australia’s ancient history and stories from pre-colonial times and early settlement.

Your journey will start at Sydney Harbour, by the Opera House where you’ll enjoy a typical Australian breakfast while you sail through under the Harbour Bridge, and past many landmarks along the Parramatta River. You will follow the journey of the early settlers, as they searched for arable land to feed the colony, with a river cruise.

Walk the lands of the Darug nation, sharing stories from centuries, Indigenous, colonial, and modern. Enjoy the taste of Australian classic and modern fusion cuisines of our melting-pot migration nation.

The Australian foodscape is so exciting. We live in a world of authentic recipes enhanced by high-quality local produce, chefs, restaurateurs, and artisanal producers. Australia food culture has really come of age!

As the original capital of the colony, Parramatta was the home of the first ten Governors. The arable land made it the colony’s first food bowl. Now Sydney’s booming second central city is overflowing with history and stories. Stories of the First Nation Darug people, the early colonies, and a city in the process of urban renewal.

Parramatta is now realising its destiny as a major city centre. Join us and we’ll treat you to some of our region’s best, brightest, and most delicious delights!

This tour is proudly supported through funding from City of Parramatta Council and NSW State Government though the Stronger Communities fund.

Take a bus/train to Circular Quay and walk a short distance to Alfred St. We'll meet at GroundControl Cafe (in front of No. 5 Wharf) at Circular Quay.

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Do we only walk around and sample food?

Absolutely not! Our tours combine commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into unique 3-6 hour experiences. You’ll be guided through Sydney’s best kept secret suburbs, eating local artisans’ most delicious foods while learning about food, culture, and history from local guides.

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. Events typically sell out quickly. To maximise your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.

What should I bring with me?

You should bring a camera/phone and a small bottle of water. If it’s a sunny day, please bring sunscreen/sunnies/a hat.

You should also bring a healthy appetite! 🙂

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we may be able to accommodate your needs. We note what allergies that we are not able to manage in the tour descriptions.

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What a day! We started off cruising from Circular Quay down the Parramatta River to Parramatta. Took in some history lessons and the beautiful sights of Sydney which I never get tired of seeing. Our guides were very informative on the history of Parramatta, and we enjoyed the most fabulous food!

KTM26, TripAdvisor

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