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Special Events on Sydney Harbour

Boxing Day | Australia Day | Harbour Events Summary | Christmas Parties | New Years Eve

Boxing Day

Be onboard for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which starts on 26 December at 1pm.

The race will start on the waters of Sydney Harbour, then follow the Australian Coast through the Tasman Sea, to Storm Bay and the Derwent River in Tasmania.

Over the past 65 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup horse race, the Davis Cup tennis and the cricket tests between Australia and England.

No other annual yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage than does the start on Sydney Harbour.

The 628 nautical mile course is often described as the most gruelling long ocean race in the world, a challenge to everyone who takes part.

From the spectacular start in Sydney Harbour, the fleet sails out into the Tasman Sea, down the south-east coast of mainland Australia, across Bass Strait (which divides the mainland from the island State of Tasmania), then down the east coast of Tasmania. At Tasman Island the fleet turns right into Storm Bay for the final sail up the Derwent River to the historic port city of Hobart.

Crews sailing the yachts come from many countries of the world. They are from many different professions and trades.

Come aboard with Australian Spirit Sailing to be a part of the excitement and colour of the start of the Sydney to Hobart race.

You will see the competing yachts up-close and join in one of Australia’s great traditions – Sydney to Hobart race Start on Boxing Day.

Please call for further information.

Australia Day

Australia Day is one of THE best days to be on the harbour. The activities start early in the day and run all day and into the evening.

It is very exciting to be a part of the ferry boat race, the tall ships race and many other activities.

It is a day that cannot be missed by family, friends, and visitors.It is our very special day to celebrate our nation. here are some of the great events on the harbour.

Australia Day Harbour Events Summary

  • The Australia Day Surfboard Challenge
  • Historic Fleet Display
  • The legendary Streets Ferrython- the greatest urban ferry race in the world. And most importantly you are invited to participate!
  • Tall Ships Parade at Millars Point
  • 21 Gun salute – Garden Point, Garden Island
  • Australia Day Regatta – The Australia Day Regatta, is the world’s oldest continuous regatta.
  • Defence Aerial Display – 4 x F18 Hornets fly up Sydney Harbour from East to West and then return to the East
  • Search and Rescue Displays – Sea Hawk Helicopter Search and Rescue Team
  • Red Berets Splash into Circular Quay – A stunning display
  • Australia Day Tall Ships Race – from Bradley’s Head to the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Best Dressed Vessels Competition -Judges Viewing
  • Jazz on the Water
  • Fireworks Display

Come aboard with Australian Spirit Sailing to be a part of the excitement and colour of Australia Day.

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