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  • Cruises


    Explore Sydney the Maritime Museum way – on the water. Discover our harbour's hidden gems on exclusively chartered vessels and socialise with like-minded friends. From whale watching to Spectacle Island, there’s a cruise option for everyone.


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  • Past Cruises

    Past Cruises

    Australia Day on Sydney Harbour

    Aerial view of yachts lined up for a race near the Sydney Opera House on a cloudy but bright day 

    January 2016

    Watch the harbour activities on board this members' exclusive charter. Pack your own picnic lunch and enjoy complimentary tea and coffee. 

    Author and historian Peter Plowman will join us as special commentator for the event, highlighting points of interest during the festivities. 

    Not able to BYO picnic? Pre-order your snack packs here! Each pack includes a chicken club sandwich, seasonal fruit, homemade muffin and individual cheese and with crackers.

    Australia Day on the Endeavour

    Photo detail of part of the Sydney Harbour Bridge through rigging of the Endeavour ship 

    January 2016

    Join our annual Australia Day event from our most famous tall ship, HMB Endeavour. See the ferry parade and tall ships race from a unique perspective.

    Members' Boxing Day cruise

    Photo of yachts on Sydney Harbour on a sunny day as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race get underway

    December 2015

    Enjoy the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race from a prime vantage point aboard our exclusive Fantasea charter boat. Lunch and refreshments included.

    Welcome cruise for five P&O ships

    Vintage photo of a P and O cruiser in Sydney Harbour

    November 2015

    Rise with the sun to witness a historic event as five P&O cruise liners rendezvous in Sydney Harbour. Watch the ships as they move in formation before Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden’s naming ceremony. Peter Plowman will provide in-depth commentary.


    Cruise & Workshop: Shipwrecks, Corrosion and Conservation

    October 2015

    Join ANMM educators on a tour and workshop all about conserving Australia's submerged cultural heritage. Then take a cruise around Sydney harbour to Watson's Bay.

    After the cruise, enjoy expert commentary from Dr James Hunter on local maritime archaeology as we take a walk to the Hornby Lighthouse at South Head opposite the wreck of the Dunbar.

    Fine-Art Foundry Manly Tour

    Fine-Art Foundry Manly Tour

    September 2015

    Join senior Maritime Museum curator Daina Fletcher on a fascinating tour of the fine-art foundry Australian Bronze at Sydney’s historic North Head.

    Meet artist Belinda Villani and director Clive Calder to hear about the beautiful, centuries-old 'lost wax' technique and see models and casts illustrating the process.A highlight will be a preview of a major bronze work dedicated to windjammer sailors, to be installed at the museum.

    Walking Tour & Lunch: A Walk Through Pyrmont History

    Our Wharf 7 Building.

    September 2015

    Join Museum staff to explore the history of early Pyrmont and discover - through the use of photographs - Pyrmont's past. Hear about previous occupations and trades that have come and gone and gain an understanding of conservation and heritage issues.

    Then it's off to Doyle's at the Fish Markets for lunch.

    Whale-watching cruise

    A humpback whale breaching

    Every year, about 3,000 humpback and southern right whales migrate thousands of kilometres from the Antarctic to warmer northern waters to breed. Witness these majestic creatures in their natural environment as they pass Sydney Harbour.

    An expert commentator will be on board to tell you about their habits and ensure you make the most of every sighting.

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