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Boating on Sydney Harbour


Events on Sydney Harbour

If you're out on the harbour in a boat during major events, make sure you have all the boating information you need for a safe and fun-packed outing.

Must Do

Safe boating on Sydney Harbour

Sail boat, Opera House

Sydney Harbour is centre stage over summer with a series of big spectacle events that are loved by Sydneysiders and visitors from around the globe. Held each year, these summer events attract thousands to the harbour foreshore and onto the water.

On 26 December, the famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race sets sail from Sydney Harbour heading down the South Coast of NSW to the finish line at Hobart. The start of one of the world's great ocean yacht races is watched by millions, either on TV or from around the harbour.

Sydney loves a party and New Year's Eve is welcomed with a bang on Sydney Harbour. Sydney's New Year's Eve has earned an international reputation as one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the world.

On 26 January each year, Australia Day is a celebration of Australian heritage. Using Sydney Harbour as the sparkling centre of the action, the day-long event offers plenty of free entertainment for the whole family. Highlights include the Ferrython and the Australia Day Regatta.

Kayaking at Bundeena in the  Royal National Park. Image James Pipino
Kayak in Sydney Harbour

Paddle around Sydney Harbour or Bundeena in the Royal National Park at your own pace, or join a kayak tour and explore secret waterways. It's easy, fun and a great way to have fun on the water.

Ferry, Milsons Point
Sydney Harbour Island hopping

The Sydney Harbour IslandsFort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat and Cockatoo – are among some of Sydney Harbour's most accessible natural attractions. Catch one of the regular ferry services from Circular Quay and take in the scenery. For a New Year's Eve with epic views of Sydney's famous fireworks, secure a spot on Cockatoo, Shark, Clark or Goat islands.

Sailing on Sydney Harbour with EastSail. Image James Pipino
Sailing sleepovers on Sydney Harbour

Drift to sleep with the sound of waves lapping at the side of your yacht, and enjoy the ultimate views when you wake. EastSail and Captain Cook Cruises offer the perfect romantic night out on the perfect Sydney Harbour.