A memorable day on the water

This is your opportunity to celebrate Australia Day aboard Australia’s most awarded charter boat “Sydney Sundancer” that has won the Australia Day Councils prize for “Best Dressed Vessel”, 12 times

On the 26th of January all around Australia, the sense of camaraderie and mate-ship is infectious. Aussies gather to enjoy activities that we all hold dear but the biggest and best party of all is on Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Sundancer conducts both a day cruise and an evening cruise to celebrate on Sydney Harbour, and on both cruises are right in the middle of all the action.


Day Cruise


The Day Cruise is just $150 per person (refer to full details below)

Departure is from Rose Bay wharf at 10.15am & the order of events for our day cruise includes:

  • The Great Ferry Race, also known as the Ferrython.
  • The 21-gun salute to Australia
  • Fly over by an F 35 Fighter Jet
  • “Water Ballet” of sailing yachts.
  • The Australia Day Parade
  • The Tall Ships simulate a mock sea battle firing their ancient cannons
  • Search and rescue display
  • Australia Day Regatta


The Australia Day Parade

Around 30 entrants decorate their boats in Aussie themes and parade around the waterfront in front of thousands of cheering, flag-waving crowds of onlookers! The Australia Day Council has judged Sydney Sundancer to be “Best Dressed Vessel” on 12 previous Australia Days. Participation in this event is just SO much fun! Sydney Sundancer has lead the Parade most years including 2023

The Australia Day Regatta

The Australia Day Regatta, originally known as the Anniversary Regatta, was first held in 1836 and has been conducted every year since. It is the world’s longest continually held sailing event.

At the conclusion of the regatta, we will return to Rose Bay wharf at around 3.45pm.

Evening Cruise

The evening cruise costs only $100 per person

Our evening cruise starts at 5pm, we will meet guests at Rose Bay wharf and immediately depart to participate in the evenings’ exciting events. We will cruise past the Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge before joining in the Parade of decorated vessels for the early evening Working Boat Parade into Circular Quay where there are always many thousands of onlookers cheering us on! We then motor to our privileged position to watch the spectacle across the harbour at Circular Quay,  which includes a spectacular Firework display. We return to Rose Bay at around 10pm.


Important Details

For both cruises we will we provide :
  • Green & Gold smock with Aussie flag sewen on front (one size fits all)
  • Giant inflatable “Aussie Flag” pointing fingers
  • Aussie flags to encourage response from shore based spectators
  • Aussie hats & bunting
  • an opportunity for you to be featured on television news celebrating Australia Day
  • a fun based celebration second to none (refer TripAdvisor reviews below)
What you need to bring :
  • camera & sunscreen (or warm jacket for the evening cruise)
  • personal parafanalia eg “stick on” Aussie tatoos or Aussie sunglasses
  • your own food & drinks (because there is so much happening all day and night that we do not have time to stop, anchor and serve a meal). However there will be cold soft drinks, wines and beers available for purchase at reasonable prices, so you do not need to go dry if you run out….





"Australia Day Cruise 26 January 2023 - A MUST do Sydney event. Our group of 7 had an absolutely memorable day - Sydney Sundancer looked spectacular & won the best dressed ship for the 12th time! Thanks to skipper John & partner Lynne we saw ALL the 'special' events from perfect locations & provided with Aussie day dress ups for the sail past. Certainly will be on my agenda for next year. Thanks John & Lynne perfect hosts."

Jan 2023

"We were aboard for Australia Day. What fun. Lynne & John entered into the spirit of the occasion and provided us all with flags ,blow up waving hands ,bunting galore and music to match. We were proud to receive First prize for best dressed boat with passengers ( commercial section).
We saw the ferry race, jet skis ,tall ships and one F45 give a pared down fly past.
After which we led the parade down the harbour.
A while moored for a swim and chat before returning to Rose Bay wharf.
All in all, a most enjoyable outing on Sydney Sundancer.
Our thanks to the Boyce’s."

Jan 2023


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Both cruises are strictly first come first served and there is always a long waiting list, so if you would like to join us, either email sailors@luxuryyacht.com.au or phone to book (telephone Lynne 0417 311941 or John 0428 311941) as delays will surely lead to disappointment.

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