What's On In Sydney

Vivid Festival May 22 - June 8

Book now for the best seats for Vivid Lights & Vivid Dinner Cruises 2015

Vivid Sydney is Sydney's most spectacular outdoor lighting, music and ideas festival, and the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere - in 2014 over 1.4 million people attended. Choose from a great range of cruising options for the whole family from the Vivid Lights to prestigious Gold Dinner Cruise. Disembark after your cruise and immerse yourself in the interactive Vivid Sydney 2015 displays.  See More Info for details ...

Vivid Sydney 22 May to 08 June 2015
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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. See More Info for details ...

Upcoming Events

  • Fireworks - 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 May
  • Whale Watching Cruises - 16 May - 1 November
  • Vivid Festival - 22 May - 8 June
  • Cool Yule - 27 June - 12 July

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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 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.

Current Promotions

  • Win back the value of your cruise - Share your photo on Facebook
  • Cruise for FREE on your Birthday - With your free Captains Club membership
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School Holiday Fun June 27 - July 12

Sydney Harbour has so much to see and do for the kids during school holidays. Jump on a rocket ferry to Taronga Zoo, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds, Luna Park, Fort Denison, Shark Island, Watsons Bay, Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. Fantastic value ferry and attraction entry passes, 24 hour passes, plus free kids on selected cruises. See More Info for full details ...

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Christmas in July July

Celebrate a traditional Winter treat with Christmas in July High Tea on Sydney Harbour. With tiers and tiers of Yuletide treats, pink bubbles and sensational sights, these special High Tea at Sea cruises depart on Saturdays during July.

Christmas in July 01-31 July
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Football Transfers July - October

Whether your passion is the Wallabies Rugby team or the Rugby League Grand Final, the best pre-game warm up is an ice-cold beer and a BBQ sausage as you cruise your way to ANZ Stadium Homebush onboard a Rocket Footy Transfer Cruise from Darling Harbour. Guaranteed to get you to the game on time minus the traffic or parking dramas.

Transfers for the big games depart August - October. 
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Sydney International Boat Show July 30 - August 3

The Sydney International Boat Show has something for everyone. Halls of display and a marina packed with boats of every size, shape and price tag for serious buyers, window shoppers and the simply curious. Save up to 40% off our great range of Boat Show Cruises departing Darling Harbour 31 July - 04 August 2014. 2015 details coming soon.

Sydney International Boat Show  30 July - 03 Aug 2015
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Fathers Day September 6

The first Sunday in September is Fathers Day and dads just love our buffet breakfast and lunch cruises. There is great truth in the adage `the way to a mans heart is through his stomach' with Fathers Day being one of our busiest days. 2015 details coming soon.

Fathers Day 6 September 2015
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Turn Sydney Harbour Pink October

Turn Sydney Harbour Pink, in support of the McGrath Foundation returns in October 2014. Captain Cook Cruises is excited to release the 2014 charity cruise program featuring special guest performance by Adam Harvey on Sunday 12th October, 2014.  With a career spanning almost twenty years, gold and platinum albums and eight Golden Guitar Awards, this is a rare opportunity for fans to meet Adam and see him perform live in an intimate setting, while helping raise funds for a great charity.  

The Turn Sydney Harbour Pink with Adam Harvey cruise comes with million dollar harbour views aboard the spectacular MV Sydney 2000 and a delicious two course lunch and drinks package.  An array of lucky door prizes including a three night Murray River Cruise for two people valued at $2450 and over $1000 of Sydney Harbour cruise tickets will be given away during the cruise. Every dollar over $50 per ticket is being donated by Captain Cook Cruises to the McGrath Foundation to help fund Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia and to increase breast awareness in young Australians.​ 2015 details coming soon. Refer to more info below as a guide ...

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Food Festival October 1 - October 31

Every year Sydneysiders get to fulfil their culinary fantasies in a celebration of our state's fine regional produce and wine. MasterChef, Crave, Good Food Month, World Chef Showcase, Night Noodle Markets, Shoot the Chef and the International Food Festival have all chosen Sydney to host their prestigious events. In 2014 the Good Food Month will feature a delectable mix of food and drink events throughout Sydney including the High Tea At Sea cruise. 

Food Festival - October
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Melbourne Cup November 3

Celebrate the race that stops the nation aboard Sydney's thoroughbred cruise ship
MV Sydney 2000. The Melbourne Cup Lunch will get you to the winners circle in style with premium dining, live viewing race lounge and great prizes to be won - race sweeps, best dressed and lucky door. Join us on the first Tuesday in November ...

Melbourne Cup - Tuesday 03 November 2015 

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Christmas Party November - December

Secure the best vessel, on the best date, at the best price with our special Christmas Party packages available for groups of 6 or more. Cruise aboard MV Sydney 2000 for lunch or dinner as part of a scheduled cruise or charter your own vessel. See More Info below for details ...

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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 sun and 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. See More Info for details ...

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Boxing Day 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 sailing events. Pack a picnic and join all the fun on our spectator craft or choose from our range of regular cruises. See More Info for details ...

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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 ...

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Australia Day January 26

Australia Day, 26 January, celebrations on Sydney Harbour feature an amazing line up of events including ferry races, tall ships, sailing regattas, fly-overs, fireworks and much more. Take in all the action aboard an Australia Day Lunch or Dinner Cruise on MV Sydney 2000, or take the kids out on a fun family cruise.  

Australia Day 26 January 2016
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Valentines Day February 14

Sydney Harbour by day or night is simply spectacular and the most romantic way to experience it is on a Captain Cook Valentines Cruise. Choose from our great range of cruise and dining options and spoil your loved one this Valentines Day.

Valentines Day - 14 February 
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Chinese New Year January - February

2015 is the Year of the Sheep, and the City of Sydney is preparing to host wonderful program of Chinese New Year events to celebrate including Festival Markets, the Twilight Parade, Dragon Boat Racing and fireworks. 

Chinese New Year - February/March
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Seniors Week March

NSW Seniors Week is the largest celebration for people over 60 in the southern hemisphere. Captain Cook Cruises are proud to be a participant with special Seniors Week "Live Life" Lunch, High Tea, morning and afternoon tea Coffee Cruises throughout the Seniors Week in March ...

Seniors Week - March
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Easter Show March 26 - April 8

Every year the Sydney Royal Easter Show brings the best of the country to the city. In return Captain Cook Cruises is pleased to offer our visiting country cousins, and all Show ticket holders the best of the city with special discounts on selected Sydney Harbour Cruises right through to the end of the Autumn school holidays ...

Sydney Royal Easter Show - March/April
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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! See More Info for details ...

Earth Hour - March
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Mothers Day May 8

The second Sunday in May is Mothers Day. 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. Why not spoil all the mums in your life onboard one of our special Mothers Day Breakfast or Lunch cruises. See More Info below for details ...

Mothers Day - 08 May 2016
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Big Ships Queen Mary 2 + Victoria March 12, 2015

Cunard celebrates 175th anniversary with a royal rendezvous of Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria in Sydney Harbour. See the grand ladies aboard Captain Cook Cruises sightseeing and lunch cruises on Thursday 12th March 2015.

Big Ships rendezvous in Sydney Harbour
​- Queen Mary 2 & Queen Victoria - Thursday 12th March 2015

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Cricket World Cup Sydney February 14 - March 29, 2015

From the 14th February to the 29th March 2015, Australia & New Zealand will jointly host the 11th ICC Cricket World Cup (One Day / 50 over format). The event is one of the world's largest international sporting tournaments with 14 teams, 49 matches and more than 400 accredited players and officials taking part.

Purchase a World Cup Cricket ticket for any match during the tournament and save up to 20% off a great range of Sydney Harbour cruises during the event. See more info for details.

Sydney Cricket Ground Matches 

  • South Africa v West Indies - Friday 27 February 2015, 2.00pm
  • Australia v Sri Lanka - Sunday 8 March 2015, 2.00pm
  • England v Afghanistan - Friday 13 March 2015, 2.00pm
  • Quarter Final - Wednesday 18 March 2015, 2.00pm
  • Semi Final - Thursday 26 March 2015, 2.00 pm

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Biennale March 21 - June 9

Held every two years, Biennale of Sydney is Australia's largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts event. Presented free to the public, Biennale showcases works from over 100 artists and 44 countries at major venues including the Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art and Cockatoo Island 21 March - 9 June 2014. 2016 details coming soon. Refer to more info below as a guide ...

Pre-purchasing your Biennale Ferry ticket is essential - book your tickets online from just $7 return

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