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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

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Australia Day: Sydney Harbour cruises from $35

Saving up to 50% on the regular price, spend Australia Day on the harbour aboard a lunch cruise or an evening sail to see the fireworks.

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Cruise Length Price
Australia Day Cruise with Fireworks Views 2.5 hours $39
Australia Day cruise with eats and drinks 4 hours $49
Australia Day Cruise with standing buffet and drinks 4 hours $50
Australia Day Evening Cruise 3.5 hours $69
Australia Day Cruise with Lunch 4 hours $69
Australia Day Cruise on Proclaim 4 hours $95
Australia Day Sydney Harbour Cruise 3 hours $99
Sydney Harbour Australia Day Lunch and Ferrython Cruise 3 hours $105
Dinner and Fireworks Cruise with Buffet Dinner 3 hours $109
Tall Ships Race or Fireworks Cruise with BBQ Buffet and Drinks 4 hours $139
Afternoon Social Sail with BYO Food and Drink 4 hours $150
Tall Ships Race Cruise with BBQ Buffet and Drinks 4 hours $190
Australia Day Harbour Cruise with Lunch and Drinks 7 hours $255

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Australia Day Cruise with Fireworks Views

Australia Day Cruise with Fireworks Views from Groupon

Highlights:

  • This is a 2.5-hour cruise around Sydney Harbour.
  • Cruise departs from King St Wharf 4, Darling Harbour at 7:30pm
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$39.00 per person

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Australia Day Cruise with standing buffet and drinks

Australia Day Cruise with standing buffet and drinks from Scoopon

Highlights:

  • This is a 4-hour cruise around Sydney Harbour.
  • Cruise departs from King Street Wharf Jetty 3 at 10:30am.
From AUD

$50.00 per person

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Australia Day Cruise on Proclaim

Australia Day Cruise on Proclaim from AnyBoat

Highlights:

  • This is a 4-hour cruise around Sydney Harbour.
  • Cruise departs from Circular Quay at 10am.
From AUD

$95.00 per person

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Australia Day Sydney Harbour Cruise

Australia Day Sydney Harbour Cruise from Viator

Highlights:

  • Spend Australia Day on the harbour and enjoy the views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • This is a 3-hour cruise.
  • Cruise departs from Darling Harbour at 10:30am.
From AUD

$99.00 per person

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Sydney Harbour Australia Day Lunch and Ferrython Cruise

Sydney Harbour Australia Day Lunch and Ferrython Cruise from Viator

Highlights:

  • This 3-hour cruise includes seafood and carvery buffet lunch and refreshments.
  • Cruise departs from Walsh Bay at 10:15am.
From AUD

$105.00 per person

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Dinner and Fireworks Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Dinner and Fireworks Cruise with Buffet Dinner 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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Tall Ships Race or Fireworks Cruise with BBQ Buffet and Drinks

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 11am (for the tall ships race) and 5pm (for the Australia Day fireworks).
  • Cruise includes an Australian barbeque with beverages.
From AUD

139.00 per person

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Tall Ships Race Cruise with BBQ Buffet and Drinks

Tall Ships Race Cruise with BBQ Buffet and Drinks from Veltra

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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Australia Day Harbour Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Australia Day Harbour Cruise with Lunch and Drinks from finder.com.au

Highlights:

  • This 7-hour cruise includes lunch and refreshments.
  • Cruise departs from Darling Harbour at 10am.
From AUD

$255.00 per person

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Australia Day harbour cruises in Melbourne

Cruise Length Price
Afternoon Cruise from Docklands with Food and Drinks for Purchase 2.5 hours $30
Australia Day Melbourne Showboat Cruise 3 hours $35

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Afternoon Cruise from Docklands with Food and Drinks for Purchase

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

Highlights:

  • This is a 2.5-hour cruise around Victoria.
  • Cruise departs from Docklands at 3:30pm.
From AUD

$30.00 per person

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Australia Day Melbourne Showboat Cruise

Australia Day Melbourne Showboat Cruise from Viator

Highlights:

  • This 3-hour Melbourne Showboat cruise includes live music with food and drinks available to purchase on board.
  • Sail from Yarra River to Port Phillip Bay and pass through Docklands to Williamstown, Port Melbourne and St Kilda Beach.
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$40.00 per person

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Australia Day harbour cruises on the Gold Coast

Cruise Length Price
Lunch Cruise with Buffet and Drinks for Purchase 1.5 hours $29
Sunset Cruise for 2 including Nibbles and Sparking 2 hours $158

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Lunch Cruise with Buffet and Drinks for Purchase

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

$25.00 per person

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Sunset Cruise for 2 including Nibbles and Sparking

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

Cruise Length Price
See The Best of Brisbane with River City Cruises 90 minutes $29
Sightseeing River Cruise with Entry to Lone Pine 5 hours $73

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See The Best of Brisbane with River City Cruises

See The Best of Brisbane with River City Cruises from Viator

Highlights:

  • Spend Australia Day touring the city on this 1.5-hour sightseeing tour.
  • Highlights of the cruise include Kangaroo Point Cliffs, City Centre and the Story Bridge.
From AUD

$29.00 per person

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Sightseeing River Cruise with Entry to Lone Pine

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

$78.00 per person

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