celebrate boxing day on sydney harbour

There is nothing else quite like a Boxing Day cruise

In Australia, Boxing Day – the day after Christmas Day – is all about sport.

Specifically, the sailing… except if you’re a cricket fan, in which case, best to read on and see if we can convert you!

Whether you’re a Sydneysider or visiting from out of town, experiencing the start of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race is an absolute must and a boxing day cruise should be at the top of the list for those planning to visit Sydney in December.

experience the race atmosphere

The Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race is an iconic Australian sporting event, attracting more public and media interest than any other yachting event in the world. 

Hosted in collaboration with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is a 628 nautical mile course, often described as the most gruelling long ocean race in the world and is a challenge for everyone who takes part. 

For us, the spectators, we watch on as the best sailors in the world across more than 100 yachts give the thousands of boats a show as they fight it out to be first around the top mark and southward bound with clear air.

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watch, relax, play & indulge

The atmosphere on Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. Thousands of commercial and private vessels take a spot along the race course to cheer on their favourite yachts as they start the race.

From here, boats move to their favourite anchorage where they’ll enjoy a lunch, a beer and a swim. Every bay in the harbour is alive with people, music and that relaxed happiness only seen the day after Christmas. 

Sydney is renowned for its stunning harbour and cityscape, vibrant atmosphere, hot summer days, and world-class events, and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race brings all of this together to create the best day for boating of the year. We love our sport so much, it’s a public holiday!
So, whether you hire a private charter boat for your family, or find a spot on the shoreline, see for yourself why this is our favourite day of the year.

booking your luxury boxng day CRUSIE

Five-hour private Boxing Day cruises with Lifestyle Charters start from $5,500, and you can expect a front-line view of the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, before retiring to one of Sydney Harbour’s beautiful bays or beaches for a delicious lunch, swim and refreshing afternoon beverages.

 Have plenty of Christmas Day leftovers? BYO is available on most yachts also.

Whether you have a corporate group or a small family, we have a yacht perfect for you. Check out just a few of our incredible vessels below.


Our Fleet

MAKE IT A BOXING Day you'll never forget - we can help!

Events are our specialty and we are here to help you make your Boxing Day Cruise one you'll remember long after you've lost your sea legs. Our friendly team can help you with all your event needs - from selecting your music, to choosing the right yacht and catering options to best suit your needs, to finding the perfect after party spot for kick-ons. Let us help you create an event you'll remember for years to come!


Everything you need to know about planning a yacht party on Sydney Harbour
boxing day cruise

Whether you’re a Sydneysider or visiting from out of town, experiencing the start of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race is an absolute must and should be at the top of the list for those planning to visit Sydney in December.

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A crucial part of booking with us is choosing a vessel that suits you, your guests and the type of celebration you’re looking to have. We have access to a wide range of luxury vessels ranging from intimate luxury yachts to vast and glamorous superyachts that cater to a large guest list. Visit our fleet page to view our vessels or get in touch to find something more specific.


Sydney Harbour has an array of little coves and beaches that we can take you to to anchor in for lunch, a beer and a swim to get away from all the race traffic.

Plus many of our vessels have amazing water toys you can hire to really make the most of the glorious weather. 

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Make your Boxing Day CRUISE unforgettable

Chat with us today about experiencing the electric atmosphere of Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day. Small or large, sports-mad or cruisey, we can create an experience you’ll never forget