Sydney to Hobart Race to Bondi ex CQ

Boxing Day on Sydney Harbour is an iconic Sydney event. Cruise aboard our rocket catamarans and follow the Sydney to Hobart Race outside 'The Heads' of Sydney Harbour towards Bondi with commentary.

IMPORTANT - All passengers are required to submit a Contact Information form prior to the event as this cruise will be travelling outside Sydney Harbour.


  • Cruise aboard our rocket catamarans
  • Follow the race outside 'The Heads' towards Bondi
  • Bring your own picnic lunch
  • Beverages available for purchase onboard (no BYO alcohol)
  • Commentary

Need to know

  • Boxing Day - Thursday 26 December 2019
  • Event Special - $129 per person
    - Normally $159 
    - Limited availability
    - Terms & conditions 
  • All passengers are required to submit a Contact Information form prior to cruising
  • Special Event conditions
  • Credit Card Fraud Prevention
    - At check-in you will be required to present the credit card used to purchase your cruise online


Departs Circular Quay Wharf No.6
Thursday 26 December 2019 Departs 11.30am. Return 2.00pm

Download the Boxing Day Cruise timetable.

Car Parking  Please check your date for road closures 

Find Us

YOUR SAY WHALE WATCHING - "(The whales) were magnificent, graceful, breathtakingly awesome and there were lots of them." Visit Lyn's blog to read her great post Whale Watching in Sydney with Captain Cook Cruises. Lyn Lindfield, Travel Blogger

Other Cruises - Special Events

New Years Eve
December 31
Australia Day
January 26
Valentines Day
February 14
Christmas Day
December 25
Boxing Day
December 26
Vivid Festival
May - June
Melbourne Cup
Mothers Day
Fathers Day
Seniors Festival
Christmas Parties
November - December
Christmas in July
Big Ships in Sydney
Year Round
Food Festival
Good Food Month
School Holiday Fun
Great Offers for Kids
Whale Watching
May - November
Earth Hour
March - June 
Sydney Royal Easter Show
March - April
Gift Certificates
Order online & save 

100 % approval from 12 responses

11 months ago

Service: we have been on your Boxing Day cruises now for many years - a family tradition you might say. This was our 4th Race to Bondi. Love the new bigger ferry and the lady commentator was the best yet.
Product: As above - the best day out yet

11 months ago

Very personalised service from their General Manager down - specially on Boxing Day. I've always appreciated the service and collaboration received from Captain Cook Cruises.

11 months ago

Service: Great way to see start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Product: Great way to see the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Super commentary with it.

11 months ago

Well organised - excellent boat and helpful commentary. A wonderful experience.

The only thing I would change is more detail around the cruise prior to departure. (ie it's billed as a picnic tour but there is seating only no tables, drinks able to be bought on board) No issue with either of these but helpful to know.

11 months ago

Service: I was happy with the service provided.
Product: A really good day on the water

11 months ago

Excellent, our 3rd year running and the best yet. Slightly confusing being diverted via Manly, would have appreciated prior warning.

11 months ago

Service: Nice cruise out on the harbour & beyond. Unadvertised beer fridge & a couple of packets of chips was a bonus.

A bit ahead of the race pack, given that it was going to be a slow start I would have preferred to be closer to the action & not first out of the heads. Very cautious skipper tho. Nice to have a reasonably new ferry & punctual departure.

May go with Capt'n Cook again, maybe not. Done 5 Boxing Days on your ferries.
Product: Not cheap - but I paid for the pleasure.

11 months ago

I had an amazing experience with Captain Cook Cruises as I was planning to see Sydney to Hobart Race for a while and then on the race day I had to see a dentist due to an emergency. I have missed the boat for a couple of minutes but their lovely staff have offered me another cruise departing half an hour later and due to my emergency they haven’t charged me any extra. A guide on the tour gave us a lots of interesting information about the race in general and favourites. Not to mention that the race leaving Harbour was fantastic, full of adrenaline!

11 months ago

It was brilliant - loved the commentary - as much as we were familiar with Sydney Harbour and the Sydney to Hobart we still gleaned some interesting facts

View more reviews

TripAdvisor Excellence Awards

We are thrilled to be awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2019. Read more ...

Sydney New Years Eve

Get the best seats to a spectacular Sydney Harbour New Years Eve. Fireworks cruises selling fast!

Christmas Day Cruise

Enjoy Christmas Day Lunch with family or friends aboard MV Sydney 2000 and let us do all the work - book now

Free Birthday Cruise

Enjoy a free cruise for your Birthday plus year round exclusive offers as a member of the Captains Club