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Australia Day 2018

header logo inline2xAustralia Day is the official National Day of Australia and is celebrated on the 26 January annually and Sydney is where it all happened and the best place to be on the 26 January is on a yacht on Sydney Harbour. A yacht will allow you to truly experience the official festivities surrounding Sydney Cove  and Circular Quay

What does a Charter Cost?

Lets use the classy Dufour 310 as an example...
If you rounded up 4 couples (8 people) and took an 8 Hour Skippered Charter  (9am to 5pm) with a Qualified Skipper
You are looking at approximtaley $200 per person!!

Lets UPGRADE now to the bigger Dufour 412, this one holds 14 of you and your friends!
You are looking at approximately $175 per person!!
And this vessel is brand new with all the latest modern comforts!!

Why the 26th January?

The significance of this date is that it marks the anniversary of when the First Fleet from Britain arrived in Port Jackson, NSW in 1788

Why Sydney Cove?

On this day, Governor Arthur Phillip raised the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove.

Where is the action?

Sydney Harbour would have to be the epicentre of all Australia Day celebrations, with an array of activities lined up for the public to enjoy.

Where is the best vantage point?

On the water, on a YACHT!!

Why?? What's happening on the harbour?

Pretty much well everything ! This is authentic as you can get!

  • Ferrython (10.45am): probably Sydney's favourite event, get on the water to enjoy this Australia Day tradition, as they venture from Circular Quay to Shark Island and then back to a glorious finish at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Salute to Australia (11.30am): and as you watch the ferries end under the bridge, you can then comfortably switch your attention to The Salute to Australia, received by the Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), on HMAS Canberra. A 21-gun military salute involving the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force provides the ceremonial highpoint of the Sydney Harbour program and is now a much-loved Australia Day tradition.
  • Tug & Yacht Ballet (12.05pm): as the Salute comes to an end and you feel very proud to be Australian, a fleet of yachts, powerful tugboats, jet skis and ferries will treat spectators to a dance which is truly one of a kind. This choreographed to classical music where the vessels will manoeuvre in unison in an amazing show of maritime grace and movement!!
  • Australia Day Harbour Parade (12.45pm - 2.00pm): you will start to see a formation of vessels of all shapes and sizes, out in their Australia Day finery for the annual Harbour Parade.
  • Tall Ships Race (1pm): jazzed up now, enjoy poetry in motion as a fleet of historic ships will battle it out for the Tall Ships Trophy 2018, finishing in front of the Opera House.
  • Red Berets, Hornets and QANTAS (1.15pm): As the Tall Ships battle it out on Bradleys Head, watch the sky come alive with three Hornet F18s and a Qantas A380 fly over the Harbour Bridge a culminating in a Red Berets’ parachute display by the Australian Army over Farm Cove.

Why Sydney by Sail?

We pride ourselves with having the newest fleet on the Harbour and in 2018 we have another 2 brand new vessels for you to charter.
Call us on 9280 1110 or check the availability of Charter Yachts for Australia Day by clicking the button below