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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. Take in all the action aboard an Australia Day Lunch cruise on flagship MV Sydney 2000. More Info ...

Australia Day Cruises - 26 January 2019

Australia Day Lunch Cruises - Front row seats to all the daytime action


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Australia Day Lunch Cruises

Australia Day Sky Deck 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 & house spirits. Download flyer

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

Australia Day Show Deck Lunch 
Enjoy a fabulous Australia Day buffet 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. Download a sample Australia Day timetable or click on the links below to check availability

2019 Sample Program is yet to be released. Refer below 2018 program as a guide.

10.45am - 11.30am Ferrython
Dressed and decorated to the nines, Sydney's beloved ferries line up for annual Ferrython dash to the finish line under the Harbour Bridge. Location: Circular Quay to Shark Island to Harbour Bridge
11.30am - 12:15pm 21 Gun Salute to Australia
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 21 Gun Salute will be received by the Governor of NSW on HMAS Canberra, and synchronised groups of choirs at key vantage points around the inner harbour will lead the crowds in singing the national anthem. Location: Between Opera House & Harbour Bridge, and various other locations
11.50am - 2.00pm In the Sky - Red Berets, Qantas & Hornets
See the team showcase their fast and agile skills. The sky will be alive with 3 Hornet F18s and a Qantas A380 fly over the Harbour Bridge, culminating in a Red Berets Australian Army parachute display over Farm Cove. Location: Over Sydney Harbour
12.05pm - 12.15pm Tug & Yacht Ballet
A fleet of yachts, powerful tug boats, jet skis and ferries treat spectators to a unique display, maneuvering in unison in an amazing show. Location: Eastern Sydney Harbour
12.45pm - 2.00pm 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, decked out in their Australia Day finery. Location: Sydney Harbour 
1.00pm - 1.45pm Tall Ships Race
Watch Sydney's fleet of historic vessels as they battle it out for the Tall Ships trophy. Location: Bradley's Head to Harbour Bridge
1.30pm - 5.00pm 182nd Australia Day Regatta
The world's oldest annual sailing regatta has been held since 1837. See 100 vessels race around Sydney Harbour in events for all classes of yachts and 18 foot skiffs. Location: Eastern Harbour
6.30pm - 9.30pm Australia Day 'Live at the Quay' Extravaganza & Fireworks
Enjoy the breathtaking maritime, musical and dance extravaganza plus a dazzling fireworks display in the very first 'Live at the Quay' event. Location: Circular Quay

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. 


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Scheduled Cruises Price from Sat Jan 26
5.00pm Dinner Cruise $99.00 For info & bookings visit the Sunset Dinner cruise page
7.30pm Dinner Cruises $135.00 For info & bookings visit the Dinner cruise pages

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