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Best Australia Day harbour cruises

Celebrate this Australia Day on the water.

Searching for a fantastic way to mark Australia Day? Take to the seas on a themed harbour cruise.

Whether you’re seeking adventure or just want to relax, themed cruises come with all the trimmings, making them an easy option for celebrating the public holiday.

With less than a week to go until the big day, these are the Australia Day harbour cruises you can still book.

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Australia Day harbour cruises in Sydney

CruiseLengthPrice
Dinner and Fireworks Cruise with BBQ and Bar Onboard (Drinks not included)3 hours$70
Dinner and Fireworks Cruise with Buffet Dinner3 hours$109
Lunch Cruise with Morning Tea, Buffet Lunch and Drinks5 hours$125
Afternoon Social Sail with BYO Food and Drink4 hours$150
Tall Ships Race Cruise with BBQ Buffet and Drinks4 hours$190
Tall Ships Race or Fireworks Cruise with BBQ Buffet and Drinks4 hours$250

More information about these cruises:

Dinner and Fireworks Cruise with BBQ and Bar Onboard (Drinks not included) from finder.com.au

Highlights:

  • Spend Australia Day on the harbour with a three-course Aussie barbeque and onboard drinks (available for purchase).
  • 2.5-hour cruise that captures the Sydney Harbour fireworks at 9pm.
  • Cruise departs from Pyrmont at 6:30pm and returns at 9:45pm.
From AUD

$70.00 per person

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Lunch Cruise with Morning Tea, Buffet Lunch and Drinks from Viator

Highlights:

  • This 3-hour cruise through Sydney Harbour includes live entertainment and a buffet-style dinner onboard.
  • Boarding is 6:45pm for a 7pm sail and includes a water view of the fireworks display.
From AUD

$109.00 per person

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Lunch Cruise with Morning Tea, Buffet Lunch and Drinks from finder.com.au

Highlights:

  • Sail Sydney Harbour on Australia Day and check out the tall ships, ferry races and aerial displays.
  • This 5-hour cruise includes morning tea, a hot and cold buffet lunch and refreshments.
  • Cruise departs from King Street Wharf and dressing up for the event is encouraged.
From AUD

$125.00 per person

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Australia Day Social Sail with BYO Food and Drink from AnyBoat

Highlights:

  • Sail on Sydney Harbour with just 10 other passengers on a four-hour sail.
  • BYO food and drinks (including alcohol) on board.
  • Cruise departs from Lavender Bay at 10:30am and return at 2:30pm.
From AUD

$150.00 per person

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Tall Ships Race Cruise with BBQ Buffet and Drinks from City Discovery

Highlights:

  • Sail Sydney Harbour on an authentic tall ship and join in a tall ships race.
  • Catch the Australia Day fireworks from your view on the water at 9pm.
  • Cruise includes an Australian barbeque dinner and unlimited wine, bubbly, beer and soft drinks.
  • Sailing options are at 6pm and 6:15pm. The total sailing time is four hours.
From AUD

$190.00 per person

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Tall Ships Race or Fireworks Cruise with BBQ Buffet and Drinks from Viator

Highlights:

  • Glide past the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge on an authentic tall ship on Australia Day.
  • Two sailings available 12pm (for the tall ships race) and 5:45pm (for the Australia Day fireworks).
  • Cruise includes an Australian barbeque with beverages.
From AUD

$250.00 per person

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Australia Day harbour cruises in Melbourne

CruiseLengthPrice
Afternoon Cruise from Docklands with Food and Drinks for Purchase3 hours$25
Sunset Cruise from Docklands with Food and Drinks for Purchase3 hours$30

More information about these cruises:

Afternoon Cruise from Docklands with Food and Drinks for Purchase from finder.com.au

Highlights:

  • Board the Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat for an entertaining Australia Day cruise departing from Melbourne’s Docklands.
  • This 3-hour cruise departs at 2:30pm sharp and includes live entertainment, with food and drinks available to purchase on board.
  • Sail from Docklands to Williamstown, Port Melbourne and St Kilda Beach.
From AUD

$25.00 per person

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Sunset Cruise from Docklands with Food and Drinks for Purchase from finder.com.au

Highlights:

  • Board the Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat and catch sunset over the harbour for Australia Day.
  • This 3-hour cruise departs at 7:30pm sharp and includes live entertainment , with food and drinks available to purchase on board.
  • Sail from Docklands to Williamstown, Port Melbourne and St Kilda Beach.
From AUD

$30.00 per person

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Australia Day harbour cruises on the Gold Coast

CruiseLengthPrice
Lunch Cruise with Buffet and Drinks for Purchase1.5 hours$29
Sunset Cruise for 2 including Nibbles and Sparking2 hours$159

More information about these cruises:

Lunch Cruise with Buffet and Drinks for Purchase from finder.com.au

Highlights:

  • Enjoy a lunch canal, river and broadwater cruise on Australia Day.
  • You’ll see the mansions and helicopters of the rich and famous, the Nerang River, the Gold Coast’s Marina Mirage and Southport Yacht Club.
  • Lunch is served on board. Refreshments are available for purchase.
From AUD

$29.00 per person

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Sunset Cruise for 2 including Nibbles and Sparking from finder.com.au

Highlights:

  • Spend Australia Day relaxing on a sailing cruise departing from Gold Coast’s Main Beach.
  • This 2-hour cruise offers two departures: 12pm and 5pm.
  • Sparkling wine, cheese, crackers and fruit snacks are included in your trip.
From AUD

$158.00 for two

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Australia Day river cruises available in Brisbane

CruiseLengthPrice
Sightseeing River Cruise with Entry to Lone Pine5.5 hours$73
Brisbane River Sightseeing Cruise3 hours$129

More information about these cruises:

Sightseeing River Cruise with Entry to Lone Pine from finder.com.au

Highlights:

  • This 5-hour cruise boards at 9:30am from the Cultural Centre Pontoon and returns at 3:30pm.
  • Travel 19 kilometres upstream Brisbane River to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
  • Ferry includes entry into Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
From AUD

$73.00 per person

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Brisbane River Sightseeing Cruise from Viator

Highlights:

  • Spend Australia Day touring the city by coach and cruise ship on this 3-hour sightseeing tour.
  • Highlights of the cruise include Parliament House, Chinatown, Newstead House, Kangaroo Point and Bartley’s Lookouts.
  • Hotel pickup from your Brisbane-based accommodation is included.
From AUD

$129.00 per person

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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