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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 or Dinner 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

Australia Day Dinner Cruises - Marvel at the Fireworks Spectacular 

AUSTRALIA DAY 26 JANUARY 2019 

See our full range of Australia Day Cruises including :-

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

Australia Day Evening Cruises 

Australia Day Sky Deck Dinner 
Australia Day is one of the feature events on the Sydney Harbour calendar. Spending the evening on Sydney Harbour is a fantastic way to end the day. Enjoy a 4-course premium dinner with premium drinks package on the Sky Deck of flagship MV Sydney 2000. Download flyer

Australia Day Club Dinner
Spending the evening on Sydney Harbour is a fantastic way celebrate Australia Day. Enjoy a 3-course premium dinner and drinks package on the Club Deck of flagship MV Sydney 2000. Download flyer

Australia Day Show Deck Dinner
Australia Day is one of the feature events on the Sydney Harbour calendar, and what better way to end the day than cruising Sydney Harbour! Enjoy a 3-course premium dinner and a glass of bubbly on the Show Deck of flagship MV Sydney 2000. 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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95 % approval from 19 responses

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9 months ago
5/5

Great position , good food and attentive and helpful service

Review for Australia Day Sky Deck Lunch

9 months ago
4/5

Service: I was on the Christmas Day lunch cruise and the Australia Day Lunch Cruise - both on Sydney 2000. The serving staff were excellent, warm, friendly and bordering on brilliant.
When we queued up to board on Australia Day some three or four staff checked our tickets and directed us to the relevant queue for each deck. Our tickets were checked some 5 times before we got on the ship.
For Christmas lunch one woman had carriage of dealing with everybody and organising the queues. She did not have a hope, and the result was messy.
You have banners and a board out for the White Bay Cruise trip. Would it be so difficult to have a board out with a diagram of "what deck in which queue - where?".
Maybe even a banner with "Club Deck queue here" and another "Sky Deck queue here".
Product: Good food and excellent staff

Review for Australia Day Sky Deck Lunch

9 months ago
4/5

Service: Will recommend Did everything well
Product: A very pleasant cruise Only annoyance is the persistence of this survey

Review for Australia Day Sky Deck Lunch

9 months ago
5/5

Again, Captain Cook Cruises hosted yet another memorable Australia Day lunch cruise. We enjoyed the day immensely thanks to the great service, excellent food/beverage and expert commentary of events on the harbour.

Review for Australia Day Club Deck Lunch

9 months ago
5/5

Service: My Wife and I had the best experience ever on Sydney harbour for Australia day.
The food and service was magnificent.
The Sydney 2000 vessel was always in the right position at the right time and the food and drinks package was excellent too. Yum.
This is the only boat to be on when Australia day comes around.
5 stars from me Captain Cook Cruises and all the staff on The Sydney 2000 vessel.
Congratulations. ♥
Product: The food and drinks package was excellent.

Review for Australia Day Sky Deck Lunch

9 months ago
5/5

Well planned, good food, welcoming staff

Review for Australia Day Club Deck Lunch

9 months ago
5/5

Service: Wonderful Australia Day luncheon cruise. Food was amazing & wait staff exceptional. Great way to spend the day & be part of the days Harbour festivities.
Product: Food was delicious. Atmosphere great.

Review for Australia Day Sky Deck Lunch

9 months ago
4/5

Service: Easy to book. Booking staff efficient and friendly. Onboard staff fairly attentive although not always there due to the number of guests they had to attend but very good overall.
Product: Lovely could not have asked for more

Review for Australia Day Show Deck Lunch

9 months ago
5/5

Service: Punctuality, friendly service, ample food, good views from the boat, good route taken to see what was happening on the day.
Product: Everything went smoothly and food was excellent.

Review for Australia Day Club Deck Lunch

9 months ago
4/5

Service: The food and service were great and being able to watch the celebrations from the window was really good.
Product: The buffet lunch was of excellent quality.

Review for Australia Day Club Deck Lunch

9 months ago
5/5

Service: Boarding was a breeze, quick and efficient, queue moved along. The service provided by our wait staff was friendly and professional. The quality of food great and the atmosphere warm and welcoming. Wonderful way to spend Australia Day on the harbour.
Product: Little bit pricey but included food and alcohol so it's to be expected.

Review for Australia Day Sky Deck Lunch

9 months ago
4/5

Service: In general, the service was good. One very minor criticism; this was a morning/afternoon harbor cruise with spirits, wine beer included. We wanted a ****** mary. Apparently, that was not considered a spirit. This may have been a language/cultural difference...in the U.S. ****** marys would always be available on this type of cruise.
Product: All expectations were exceeded.

Review for Australia Day Sky Deck Lunch

9 months ago
5/5

Service: The staff were excellent. The food fresh. The chef mingled with the crowd and shared his jokes what a treat. Perhaps some lighter music would have improved the atmosphere - but this is minor as was all good
Product: The cruise was all inclusive, if we missed anything that was us not the cruise organiser

Review for Australia Day Club Deck Lunch

9 months ago
5/5

Service: Exceeded my expectations, food & staff fabulous yes I would cruise with a Captain Cook Cruises again & yes I would recommend them. Commentary was a bonus & as the staff were so professional it showed in such a positive way & created a fantastic atmosphere.
Product: Fabulous food & fabulous staff

Review for Australia Day Club Deck Lunch

9 months ago
5/5

Service: We had a great day out on the harbour for Australia Day 2018. The boat (Sydney 2000) had everything we needed and the food was great. We also got to see all the action first hand as the ship was maneuvered into the best viewing spots throughout the cruise. The staff were very friendly and helpful too.
Product: It's a bit pricey but well worth avoiding the crowds on land!

Review for Australia Day Club Deck Lunch

9 months ago
5/5

Australia Day cruise was very busy. All staff were helpful and this helped the day run smoothly. Seemed we were on the harbour all day.

Review for Australia Day Club Deck Lunch

9 months ago
4/5

The service wasn't great. Had to be reminded twice that we hadn't received our meal. The girls serving were very polite and accommodating though so it wasn't too much of a problem. The only main complaint we had was that the coffee was dreadful. No one at our table would drink it. We asked if cappuccino's were available and our server organised one for us. It was very good. I understand you can't make cappuccino for everyone so a decent quality brewed coffee would be good. I remember it was terrible last year too. Must say the quality and taste of all the meals presented was very good though.

Review for Australia Day Sky Deck Lunch

10 months ago
2/5

Service: Waited too long on the phone to speak to an operator Not good enough and could loose clients It was good when spoken to an operator
Product: Yes we are looking forward to the day BUT we wanted to be in the Sirius room

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