Experience Australia Day on Sydney Harbour

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The Australia Day Public Holiday on January 26 is one of the most electrifying days to experience on Sydney Harbour – and definitely one of our favourites.

With a program of events spanning morning to night, Sydney Harbour is transformed from a bustling working port to a theatre of fun and inspiration enjoyed by thousands from all the glorious vantage points around the foreshore and on the water.

While there are hundreds of things to see and do, you can’t beat experiencing Australia Day from a private yacht charter.

You will be blown away by the unique program of events, including the Ferrython, Tall Ships race, Salute to Australia, jet flyover, and fireworks display. And that’s just to name a few.

With a private charter boat, you have the luxury and versatility to journey from being in the thick of the celebrations to finding a quiet anchorage to reflect on the beauty of the lucky country. Enjoy a BYO lunch, or let us organise your catering. And don’t forget, Australia Day wouldn’t be complete without that all-important dip in the harbour.

australia day must-do events for visitors & locals

There is so much happening on the Harbour on Australia Day; whether you’re visiting from out of town, an international guest or even a local Sydneysider, we’ve put together a list to highlight our favourite must-do events on Australia Day. 

WugulOra Morning Ceremony
A short walk from most hotels in the Sydney CBD at Barangaroo, the Aboriginal smoking ceremony will offer you the space and time to reflect on our deep history.
Harbour Parade
Boats and crews parade in their Australia Day finest as they challenge other vessels for best dressed and other prizes.
Salute to Australia & Flyover
An inspirational event that weaves together cultural and ceremonial traditions in a tribute to our nation
Ferrython Race
Watch as four of the city’s iconic Emerald Class ferries compete for honours in a race across the Harbour.
Maritime Mayhem
Like a Monster Truck show - but on water! If you’ve never seen a tugboat do a burn-out, head down to Circular Quay and witness the action.
Tallships Race
Watch as an impressive fleet of historic vessels compete for line honours in a race to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Australia day Live
A spectacular concert staged on land and water, featuring live musical performances from top Aussie acts and dazzling fireworks displays.

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On a boat of course!

It’s the end of January, we are still in holiday mode and we all want to relax, but we also want to be front row for the festivities.

A private charter cruise combines the best of both worlds.

We recommend a 4-6 hour cruise on a private charter vessel for the ultimate Australia Day experience.

See the full suite of events mentioned above, including the salute to Australia and the jet flyover, and find a beautiful anchorage for lunch and a swim.

Before you know it, you’ll be back on land, ready for more festivities and fireworks!

Our private Australia Day harbour cruises start from $4,500, depending on the vessel you choose.

Note it is a public holiday, so public holiday surcharges do apply across all yachts.

Visit our fleet page to view our full range of vessels. 

Yes, most boats offer BYO. If you are interested in a boat that doesn’t, we’ll let you know and happily arrange a drinks package for you. 

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Make your Australia Day CRUISE unforgettable

Reach out to our friendly team to discuss celebrating Australia Day on our beautiful Harbour, and we’ll help you create an experience you’ll never forget!