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Sydney Harbour goes all out for its Australia Day celebrations, featuring 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 sightseeing cruise. See More Info below for further details ...

Australia Day - 26 January 2017


See our full range of Australia Day Cruises including:-

Sky Deck Australia Day Lunch 
Australia Day is one of the feature events on the Sydney Harbour calendar. The Sky Deck Lunch includes 4 course premium menu with premium wines, beers & spirits. Download flyer

Club Deck Australia Day Lunch 
Basking under blue skies on Sydney Harbour is an absolutely magnificent way to spend Australia Day. The Club Deck Australia Day Lunch features a hot & cold buffet lunch, beer, wine & soft drinks. Download flyer

Show Deck Australia Day Lunch 
Enjoy a fabulous Aussie buffet feast on the main deck of MV Sydney 2000. Show Deck Lunch includes a buffet lunch, house wine, beer & soft drinks. Download flyer

Regular Cruises

A special timetable operates on Australia Day 26 January. Click on the links below to check availability

‚Äč‚ÄčAustralia Day Cruises - Sample Timetable

2016 Sample Program - times and events subject to change

11.00am - 11.40am Ferrython
Dressed and decorated to the nines, Sydney's beloved First Fleet ferries line up for annual Ferrython dash to the finish line under the Harbour Bridge. Location: Shark Island to Harbour Bridge
12.00pm  21 Gun Salute to Australia & RAAF Jets Aerial Flyover
In a grand ceremonial display of respect, the Salute to Australia will see the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force combine their efforts to pay tribute to our magnificent country. The Salute will be received by HMAS Adelaide, and synchronised groups of choirs positioned all around the harbour will lead the crowds in singing the national anthem, before an aerial flyover of RAAF jets completes the Salute. Location: Between Opera House & Harbour Bridge, and various other locations
12.05pm - 12.15pm Tug & Yacht Ballet
Two agile and powerful tug boats will dance with a flotilla of yachts giving harbour spectators a precision sailing display, maneuvering in unison in an amazing show of colour and movement. Location: Eastern Sydney Harbour
12.45pm - 2.15pm Australia Day Harbour Parade - Best Dressed Vessel Competition
With so much going on, Australia Day is all about doing whatever floats your boat. If that happens to be enjoying boats, then the Harbour Parade is for you. All set to make waves, the event will celebrate some of Sydney’s most iconic vessels parading around the harbour in a dazzling display of national spirit. Vessels of all shapes and sizes are welcome to join the flotilla and encouraged to deck their decks out with colour and flags. Location: Sydney Harbour 
1.00pm - 1.45pm Tall Ships Race
Sydney's five Tall Ships will lead an impressive fleet of historic and charter vessels as they sail from Bradley's Head and finish under the Harbour Bridge. Location: Bradley's Head to Harbour Bridge
1.30pm   Australia Day Regatta
The world's oldest continuously conducted annual sailing Regatta has been held since 1837. In its 180th year, up to 700 vessels, including traditional and classic yachts from around the nation will take part racing in Sydney Harbour. Location: Eastern Harbour
2.00pm  In the Sky - Red Berets Australian Army Parachute Display
See the team showcase their fast and agile skills with streamers and smoke trailing. The sky will be alive with a squadron of Russian Roolettes and Red Berets Australian Army parachute display. Location: Over Sydney Harbour
9.00pm Darling Harbour Fireworks
Australia Day fireworks display lighting up Darling Harbour from approximately 9.00pm. Location: Cockle Bay
9.30pm P&O Ships Fireworks
A fireworks display from a barge between two of the four P&O ships for passengers on board, nearby vessels and foreshore spectators from approximately 9.30pm.

The Rocks & Darling Harbour 
Both The Rocks and Darling Harbour will have non-stop entertainment throughout the day on open air stages. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the best home-grown & overseas talent perform free as Sydney once again shows Australia how to party. 


  • This is a special event cruise
  • Special Event conditions apply
  • Special boarding passes are issued for this event which must be collected directly from Captain Cook Cruises offices at least 48 hours prior to the cruise 
  • Boarding passes can be Express Posted to your nominated postal address if confirmed 3 weeks prior to the cruise (international) or 2 weeks prior (within Australia). Additional charges apply

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  • First class upper deck seating
  • 4 course premium menu
  • Premium wines, beers, spirits & soft drinks 

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  • Great seating on our most popular restaurant deck
  • Fabulous Aussie buffet featuring a great selection of seafood including chilled oysters, ocean prawns, mussels, & smoked salmon, plus non-seafood & vegetarian dishes, dessert and coffee 
  • House selection of bottled still & sparkling wines, beer & soft drinks
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  • Seating on the expansive Show Deck
  • Fabulous Aussie buffet featuring chilled oysters, ocean prawns, mussels, & smoked salmon, plus non-seafood & vegetarian options, dessert & cheeses
  • Bottled still & sparkling house wines, beer & soft drinks
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5pm Dinner Cruise More Info 26Jan17 $85pp

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Dinner Cruises More Info 26Jan17 $125pp

To book a Dinner Cruise, please visit the Dinner cruise page

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