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Australia Day January 26

Departing Tuesday 26 January 2021

Our national day on Sydney Harbour might be a little different this year with some events like the Ferrython and Tall Ships Race postponed. There will still be many reasons to come together as a nation. Together with the 185th Australia Day Regatta and the made-for-TV Australia Day Live Spectacular, Captain Cook Cruises will be back on Sydney Harbour to celebrate Australia Day 2021 with a choice of bar, lunch and dinner cruises. 

In the evening, cruise aboard Sydney 2000 as she plays a lead role in the made-for-TV, Australia Day Live Spectacular featuring performances by Aussie music icons Delta Goodrem and Casey Donovan, and more and fireworks in Circular Quay. During the day, the 185th Australia Day Regatta, the oldest continuously conducted annual sailing regatta in the world, will take place from 1:00pm with Captain Cook Cruises Australia Day Lunch passengers eager to cheer them on with live music, great food and wonderful Australian wines.

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Vivid Sydney Festival August 6-28

Vivid Sydney returns 6-28 August 2021

Each year Vivid Sydney brings together a light, music and ideas festival like no other.  From 6pm each night mesmerising art installations and 3D projections transform Sydney’s architecture and open spaces along the harbour foreshore including The Rocks, Circular Quay, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Darling Harbourr and Luna Park. Choose from a great range of cruising options includng the all-new Vivid Bar, right through to the prestigious Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise. Download flyer

Official Partner - Vivid Sydney `Harbour Lights'
Captain Cook Cruises has been a proud partner of Vivid Sydney showcasing the  `Vivid Sydney' lighting installation on flagship MV Sydney 2000 and the #ilovesydney installation on MV John Cadman 2. Both vessels travelled through a spectrum of light as they cruise the Vivid Sydney Harbour precincts. Stay tuned for details of the 2021 installations.

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Seniors Festival April 13-24


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 offers for seniors on a selection of lunch and dinner cruises. Download flyer

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School Holiday Fun December 19 - January 26


Sydney Harbour has so much to see and do for the kids during school holidays. Enjoy a casual lunch aboard the Harbour Restaurant featuring a new kids menu 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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Cruise for Free Year Round

Cruise for FREE on your Birthday

  • Join the Captains Club to receive exclusive member offers and discounts, private party invitations, and a voucher to cruise for FREE on your birthday
  • Visit the Captains Club page for full details and to join online
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Family Fun Year Round


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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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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Valentines Day February 13-14


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

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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

  • Star of the Show Ferris Wheel - Daily
  • New Harbour Bar & Restaurant - 360 degree water views
  • Summer School Holidays - 19 December - 26 January 
  • Sydney Harbour Gift Certificates - Save up to 50% on the perfect gift
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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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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. 

SailGP Spectator Cruises
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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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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 2021 
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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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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 2021
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Melbourne Cup November 2


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.

Melbourne Cup Lunch Cruise 2021
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Christmas Day December 25


Join our family for Christmas Day 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.

Christmas Day Lunch Cruises - 25 December 2021
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Boxing Day Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race December 26

Boxing Day on Sydney Harbour

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 a special lunch aboard flagship MV Sydney 2000 or pack a picnic and join the fun on our spectator craft.

Boxing Day Cruises - 26 December 2021
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Christmas Parties November - January


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

Enquire online now and we'll contact you with options and availability. Looking for a little inspiration? Scroll below. 

Be quick while popular dates Thursday-Sunday in January are still available

Harbour Bar & Restaurant

Harbour Bar Restaurant

  • From $9  for the Harbour Bar
  • From $49 for the Harbour Restaurant including choice of main courses
  • No minimum numbers  - open to the public
  • The first floating bar and waterfront restaurant of its kind in Sydney
  • Remodelled and inspired by the city’s rooftop bars, modern gastro-pubs, craft breweries and waterfront restaurants
  • Relaxed bar and dining experience with the world’s best backdrop 
  • Modern Bistro-style menu in the restaurant
  • Tapas-style menu in the bar
  • Pick-ups every 90 minutes from Circular Quay and King St Wharf, between 12 noon and 10:30pm
  • The freedom to come and go as you please
  • Choice of Harbour Restaurant, Harbour Bar or combine the two
  • Book online now or call 02 9206 1111

Sirus Private Dining Room

Private Dining Rooms

Sydney Crystal

Private Charter Boats

  • From 30+ guests
  • Our fleet of sail, cruise and rocket ferries cater for al sizes and budgets
  • Lunch, High Tea, Dinner, Seated Cocktails, Transfers and more
  • Enquire online now or call 02 8270 5136

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

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New Years Eve December 31


NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, has confirmed Sydney's New Year's fireworks will go ahead! The Lord Mayor is also encouraging people to watch this year’s display in a Covid-Safe environment. The vast majority of Sydneysiders will be watching from home on the television and only a limited number of tickets will be available on cruises. 

Our revised New Years Eve cruises have now been released with contactless check-in, cashless terminals, social distancing and a full range of Covid-Safe initiatives. Join us as the eyes of the world turn to Sydney Harbour on New Years Eve. There was never a better year to farewell and a new year more desired. Make sure your 2020 New Year's Eve is memorable!  

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