A trip out onto the beautiful blue waters of Sydney Harbour is certain to be a memorable experience at any time of year – but there are certain occasions where the place really does come to life.  

If you’re looking to charter a boat for these extra-special dates, you’ll want to book well in advance, as the demand is higher – but once you’ve secured yourself a charter, its certain to be a memorable occasion.  Let’s consider three particular days which light up the Harbour.

New Year’s Day

The east coast of Australia is among the first nations to see in every new year.  Sydney marks the occasion in style, with a series of incredible firework displays bursting into life just above the harbour.  These shows commence at hourly intervals throughout the evening – but by far the largest and most spectacular occurs, naturally, at midnight.

Against the backdrop of the famous opera house and the harbour bridge, the spectacle is beamed onto television screens around the globe – but charter a boat, and you’ll be able to glimpse the display up-close.  The harbour looks truly spectacular at night-time, when all its iconic architecture is illuminated – but it’s especially awe-inspiring at this time of year.  When those explosions of coloured lights diffuse against the surface of the water.  

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Boxing Day

Boxing day is a particularly significant date on the Sydney harbour calendar, as it marks the launch of the famous yacht race from Sydney to Hobart, the capital of nearby Tasmania.   The course covers some 630 nautical miles, and has been conducted annually since the end of the Second World War.  This is an occasion which attracts some of the most talented yachters in the world – as it’s among the most difficult races on the yachting circuit.  The harbour provides ample opportunity to catch a glimpse of the start of the race – but for the best seats in the house, why not charter a boat and take in the spectacle from out on the water?  If you’ve the remotest interest in sailing boats and sailing, then you owe it to yourself to visit the race in person!

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Australia Day

Australia Day takes place annually on the 26th of January, the anniversary of the British declaration of sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (which at that point was still known as New Holland).  To mark the occasion, a number of fantastic events occurs around the harbour throughout the day.  These include a ferry race between the opera house and the bridge, a harbour parade in which dozens of boats compete for the honour of being crowned ‘best dressed’, and a regatta in which more than a hundred boats race around the harbour, in a tradition that’s been observed for more than a hundred and eighty years.

The celebrations are capped off by a spectacular firework display in the evening in Cockle Bay Wharf.  If you’re looking to take in the display, then there are few better seats to be had than the deck of a chartered boat in the middle of the harbour.

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Of course there are a spectacular array of other events and happening around the Harbour. These three days of the year are especially busy however and ones you won’t want to miss. When the Harbour hosts events and festivities a boat charter is the place to be. Not only do you get the best view in the Harbour, you can truly sit back and enjoy the occasion onboard a luxury boat. All our charters are crewed also and the staff work hard to ensure your experience is memorable and relaxing.

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