What's On In Sydney

School Holiday Fun September 26 - October 11


Sydney Harbour has so much to see and do for the kids during school holidays. Discover the gentle giants of the sea as they migrate back down south in September and October aboard a Whale Watching Cruise from King St Wharf departing daily during school holidays, or jump on a Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer and visit up to five famous harbourside precincts over one or two days. Fantastic value ferry and cruise passes, plus kids cruise FREE selected cruises.

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Family Fun Year Round


The whales are here! There is so much to see and do on Sydney Harbour for families! With great savings on ferry and attraction combos to child-friendly menus on dining cruises, there's plenty of options to please the entire family. Make sure you check out the Family Bonus on selected cruises - one child cruises FREE per full-fare paying adult!

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Christmas Day December 25


Join our family for Christmas Day, Christmas Lunch, Summer in Sydney and a spectacular cruise onboard Sydney 2000. Take in the sights from the expansive open observation deck and enjoy the feast on one of three restaurant decks. Great range of options for families, singles and travellers. Download flyer

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Boxing Day Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race December 26


Boxing Day (26 December) is the day Sydney comes out to play. All the action is centered around the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, one of the world's greatest ocean races. Enjoy lunch aboard flagship MV Sydney 2000 and experience the thrill of the race start. Download flyer

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New Years Eve December 31


The eyes of over a billion people worldwide turn to Sydney Harbour on New Years Eve, not only because we have the first major display but one of the world's best. The Harbour Bridge, city buildings, and specially selected cruise vessels feature in a fireworks, laser display and Harbour Light Parade that cascades down the harbour from Shark Island to the Parramatta River. NYE 2020 tickets now on sale!

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Happy to Help Every Friday

Captain Cook Cruises is a proud supporter of a wide range of community fundraising events and activities including hosting the the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove breakfast meetings every Friday.

Upcoming Events

Past Events & Partnerships

Turn Sydney Harbour Pink - 2016, 2014 & 2013

Special cruises in support of the McGrath Foundation which raises money to place Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia as well as increasing breast awareness in young people.

Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife 

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is the charity partner of Australia’s National Parks. They are a non-government organisation with a mission to protect Australia’s ecosystems and native wildlife for generations to come. FNPW funds projects that support the permanent preservation of Australia’s unique natural environment. Since its founding in 1970, FNPW has funded over 600 scientifically-based Australian conservation programs. Find out more.

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Cruise for Free Year Round

The team at Captain Cook Sydney have a passion for cruising, and enjoy both seeing and hearing about passenger experiences. Every week there are a number of great prizes up for grabs - simply share your love of our beautiful harbour to be in the running, or join our Captains Club for exclusive offers and a free cruise on your birthday.

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Grandparents Day October


The last Sunday of October marks Grandparents Day in Australia. It’s a special day to show our appreciation for the contribution Grandparents and older people make to our lives and community. Join us for a special lunch or high tea cruise to celebrate.

Grandparent's Day Cruises 2020
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Darling Harbour Events Year Round

Darling Harbour is a vibrant waterfront Sydney hub, hosting a myriad of great festivals and activities all year round. Every season boasts major events like New Years Eve, Australia Day and Chinese New Year to cultural festivals, celebrations such as "Fiesta", "Santa Fest" and 'Month of Love", plus regular weekend Harbourside Fireworks.

Upcoming Events

  • Whale Watching Cruises - Weekends & daily during school holidays
  • Father's Day - Sunday 6 September
  • Star of the Show Ferris Wheel - Daily
  • Sydney Harbour Gift Certificates - Buy now, cruise later
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Melbourne Cup November 3


Get that winning feeling and celebrate the race that stops the nation aboard Sydney's thoroughbred cruise ship MV Sydney 2000. The Melbourne Cup Lunch cruise will get you to the winners circle in style with premium 3 course dining and all the action of race day live plus race sweeps, best dressed and lucky door prizes to be won. Secure your seats now and join all the fun on the first Tuesday in November.

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Christmas Parties November - December


Even during challenging years, the important times with family, friends and colleagues who supported us throughout the year should always be celebrated. At Captain Cook Cruises we will make your 2020 Christmas party a celebration to rememember because you deserve it. Choose a comfy lounge in the Harbour Bar, a table or a private room  in the Harbour Restaurant, or charter your own boat from our Sydney Harbour fleet

Harbour Bar & Restaurant

  • A waterfront bar and dining experience with the perfect blend of relaxed, casual but stylish ambience
  • 360 waterfront views
  • Live music & comfy lounges
  • Signature cocktails
  • Harbour Bar - Tapas-style menu
  • Harbour Restaurant -  Bistro-style menu
  • Access to spacious indoor and outdoor areas
  • Approx. 1½ hours of relaxed cruising
  • Stay for one circuit of the harbour, or longer if you wish
  • Open 12 noon to 10:30pm
  • Pick-ups approx. every 90 minutes
  • Circular Quay & Darling Harbour King Street Wharf

Contactless check-in | Cashless terminals | Smartphone ordering | Social distancing | Covid-Safe

Harbour Bar & Restaurant Private Dining Rooms

  • Includes room & private balcony 
  • $350 room hire plus your choice of Premium Dining
  • Top Deck Lunch from $79
  • High Tea from $69
  • Brilliant Dinner from $100
  • Gold Dinner from $159
  • Bespoke menus can be tailored to your budget
  • Bar packages available
  • Vessel MV Sydney 2000
  • Sirius Saloon 10-20 guests
  • Endeavour Saloon 30-50 guests

Contactless check-in | Cashless terminals | Social distancing | Covid-Safe

Exclusive Private Charter 

  • 4-hour vessel hire
  • Bar package
  • Juke Box
  • Bon bons
  • Dedicated Event Co-ordinator
  • Onboard Host
  • From $130 per person

Contactless check-in | Cashless terminals | Social distancing | Covid-Safe


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Australia Day January 26


Sydney Harbour takes centre stage for an amazing array of events on Australia Day, 26 January. The action is non-stop during the day with the iconic Ferrython, Salute to Australia 21-gun salute, helicopter flag display, Red Beret parachutes, Boat Ballet, Australia Day Parade, Tall Ships Race & Australia Day Regatta. In the evening, `Australia Day Live’ features a maritime extravaganza including Parade, Boat Ballet, an exciting on-water show and spectacular finale with jet skis, flyboards and a breathtaking lighting and fireworks display.

Australia Day 26 January 2021
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Chinese New Year Lunar Festival January


2020 is the year of the Rat and the City of Sydney will host a wonderful program of Chinese New Year events to celebrate, including events like the Lunar Lanterns trail, Lunar Lanes, festival markets, and the largest Dragon Boat races in the southern hemisphere.

Sydney Lunar Festival 2021
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Valentines Day February 14


Celebrate the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day, and be seduced by the spectacular beauty of Sydney Harbour. By day sip champagne as some of the world's most beautiful bays and beaches glide by. In the evening discover the magic that is Sydney by night. Choose from our great range of Valentines dinner and lunch cruises that will impress from the moment you arrive. Download flyer

Valentine's Day Cruises 2021
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Seniors Festival February


NSW Seniors Festival is the largest celebration for people over 60 in the southern hemisphere. Captain Cook Cruises is proud to support this event annually with special seniors cruises. Download flyer

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Sydney SailGP 2020 Spectator Boats February


SailGP is the world's fastest and most exhilarating sail racing featuring an international league racing identical supercharged F50 catamarans capable of breaking the 50-knot barrier. 

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Biennale March - June 2022


Held every two years, Biennale of Sydney is the largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts event in the Asia Pacific region. Presented free to the public, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney in 2020 showcases works by over 90 artists, including artists hailing from Nepal, Georgia, Afghanistan, Sudan and Ecuador for the first time. Also a first for the Biennale of Sydney, this year's exhibition, due to the impact of COVID-19, has moved to a digital program, allowing audiences around the world to engage on the Google Arts & Culture platform. 

Binnale of Sydney 2022
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Earth Hour March


Over a billion people from seven continents, 150 nations around the world turn participate in Earth Hour each March. Show your support, turn off your lights at home and join us on Sydney Harbour for dinner. View the lights go out in Sydney between 8.30pm & 9.30pm and weather permitting you may even see the stars come out to play!

Earth Hour 2021
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Mothers Day May


The second Sunday in May is Mother's Day, one of our favourite days of the year. The challenge lies in where to spend it - at Nan's, Grandma's or Mum's place, or in the traffic going from one place to the next. Spoil all the mums in your life onboard one of our cruises this Mother's Day. 

Mother's Day 2021
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Vivid Sydney Festival August 2021

Vivid Update - 16 March 2020

Unfortunately, Vivid Sydney 2020 has been cancelled on the recommendations of the Australian Government and health authorities regarding organised gatherings of more than 500 people.

We are currently working through the implications of the decision. If you have any questions please contact us here. 

Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is the largest outdoor lighting, music and ideas festival in the Southern Hemisphere with 'lights on' nightly from 6.00pm. This world famous festival invites aspiring artists from around the globe to put their best and brightest creative concepts on show, with Sydney Harbour as the centrepiece. Choose from a great range of cruising options from the family-friendly Vivid Lights cruise to the prestigious Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise. Download flyer

Official Partner - Vivid Sydney `Harbour Lights'
Be part of Vivid Sydney and dine aboard MV Sydney 2000 displaying the official `Vivid Sydney' lighting installation or MV John Cadman with the ‘#ilovesydney’ installation. Both vessels travel through a spectrum of light as they cruise the Vivid Sydney Harbour precincts.

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Christmas in July July


Winter is a magical time on Sydney Harbour. Grab your yuletide cheer and join us on a special Christmas in July Lunch Cruise for traditional northern hemisphere wintry treats. More Info ...

Christmas in July 2020 
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Fathers Day September


The first Sunday of Spring is Father’s Day in Australia. It’s a special day to show our appreciation for the fathers, grandfathers and father figures in our lives. Treat him to something different this year and he may even take you with him! Choose a lunch or dinner cruise you know he'll love, or let him decide with an open-dated Cruise Cash voucher from $50.

Father's Day 2021
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