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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 by day, and the new evening spectacular 'Live at the Quay' featuring music, dance and fireworks displays. 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. More Info ...

Australia Day - 26 January 2018

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

Australia Day Dinner Cruises - Experience 'Live at the Quay' evening extravaganza


See our full range of Australia Day Cruises including :-

Australia Day Lunch - Sydney 2000 Sky Deck 
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 Lunch - Sydney 2000 Club Deck
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

Australia Day Lunch - Sydney 2000 Show Deck 
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

Australia Day Dinner - Sydney 2000 Sky Deck 
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 Dinner - Sydney 2000 Club Deck
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 Dinner - Sydney 2000 Show Deck 
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


2018 Sample Program - times and events subject to change

11.00am - 11.30am 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: Mrs Macquaries Chair 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 Australian Army Parachute Display
See the team showcase their fast and agile skills. The sky will be alive with a squadron of Russian Roolettes followed by a Qantas flyover and Red Berets Australian Army parachute display. Location: Over Sydney Harbour
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. 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 and encouraged to deck their decks out with colour and flags. Location: Sydney Harbour 
1.00pm - 1.45pm Tall Ships Race
Watch Sydney's fleet of historic vessels as they sail from Bradley's Head and finish under the Harbour Bridge. Location: Bradley's Head to Harbour Bridge
1.30pm   182nd Australia Day Regatta
The world's oldest annual sailing event has been held since 1837. See 100 vessels race around Sydney Harbour in events for all classes of yachts and 18ft skiffs. Location: Eastern Harbour
6.30pm - 9.30pm Australia Day 'Live at the Quay' Extravaganza & Fireworks
Enjoy the breathtaking live entertainment and fireworks displays in the very first 'Live at the Quay' extravaganza. 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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Select cruise and date below

Options Travel date Price from  
5.00pm Dinner Cruise 26Jan18 $89pp

For info & bookings visit the Sunset Dinner cruise page

7.30pm Dinner Cruises 26Jan18 $129pp

For info & bookings visit the Dinner cruise pages

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