Australia Day celebration marks the beginning of British rule in the country with the landing by Captain Arthur Phillip at Port Jackson back in 1788. The early settlers celebrated colonisation and for many years it was celebrated in just NSW until 1994 when the day was officially recognised as a public holiday countrywide. Hence, celebrations are ought to be the grandest where it all began and Sydney being the capital of NSW witnesses the biggest celebration on this day.
The harbour city’s celebrations are incomplete without the ‘harbour’ involved. Starting with Ferrython at 11:00am to the annual regatta at 2:00pm, Sydney Harbour is packed with wonderful events for the day. The Sydney Harbour itself is one of the most stunning sights in Australia and with toppings of decorated vessels and colourful rifles on the sky, a view like this is not what you stumble upon anywhere else. But what better than being a part of these events aboard an Australia Day lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour, especially the popular glamorous paddlewheeler, the Showboat!
Step onto a world of yesteryear’s beauty & charm aboard a 3.5-hour Australia Day buffet lunch cruise aboard the Sydney Showboat. Witness the amazing events including the popular Ferrython, the Tall Ships race, aerial displays and flyovers with Showboat’s seal on the best views possible from the large wrap-around balconies and expansive outer decks. Cheer on your favourite ferry as they race down from the harbour to Fort Denison and back to the finish line under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. See the 21 Gun Salute to Australia in the middle of the harbour followed by the aerial display from the Australian Air Force. A new addition to the events is the Tug and Yacht Ballet, a dazzling choreographed display of tug boats and flotilla of yachts, all adorned with colorful decorations. Join in the colour and fun of Harbour Parade as Sydney’s most iconic vessels will line up to parade around the harbour, showcasing their Australia Day spirit to the crowds. Applaud for the impressive fleet of historic vessels on a Tall Ships Race as they make their way up the harbour and finish under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. End the celebrations by being a part of the world’s oldest continuously conducted annual sailing regatta hosted by traditional and classic yachts from around the nation, some even up to a century old! But no celebration is uncut without savouring on a tasty palette and Showboat leaves you full to bursting with freshly prepared deluxe buffet including entrees and desserts. Afterall, watching the tall ships and other vessels race, from an authentic paddlewheeler is an enthralling feeling in itself!
As day moves into night and Sydney wears a blanket of velvety darkness, Australia Day Showboat dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour gets ready to show you alive with luminous brilliance, its iconic attractions and the wonderful fireworks, all made better by the visual extravaganza with 1-hour live cabaret show performed by an all-Australian cast! The gourmet three-course dinner complemented by premium beverages are sure to add a dash of excitement to your evening.
So don’t let this holiday end without a bash… plan your Australia day lunch or dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour with the incredible Sydney Showboats!