Every year, on the 26th of January, Australia hosts the national celebration, Australia Day. This date marks the first declaration of sovereignty by the British over the country’s eastern seaboard, all the way back in 1788 (when the territory was still known as ‘New Holland’). The HMS Supply, having left a fleet anchored in Botany Bay, landed in Port Jackson in what is now Sydney Harbour. The area was deemed far more suitable for settlement than Botany Bay, and a new colony was thereby born.
Centuries later, Australians mark the occasion with a public holiday – and there are a variety of public events put on to celebrate, alongside mass citizenship ceremonies which welcome new Austalians into the national fold. These events are attended by more Australians than those marking any other holiday – making Australia day a very big deal indeed.
Among the most popular of these public events take place around the city that’s grown up around the HMS Supply’s first landing point: Sydney. Throughout the day, the city’s famous harbour hosts a variety of events: some of them on the water, others on the shoreline. Among these events is a ferry race between the area’s two most famous landmarks: the harbour bridge and the opera house. There’s also a regatta in which prizes are awarded for the ‘best dressed’ boat, and a race in which a small army of more than a hundred boats sprint around the harbour. This is a tradition that’s been observed for more than a hundred and eighty years, and which looks to persist for a while yet.
After the day’s boating draws to a close, a spectacular display of fireworks takes place in Darling Harbour – and, across the waters in Circular Quay, a free public concert featuring some of the country’s most popular musicians.
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in this crucial pillar of Australian tradition, then there are few better places to get a decent view than from the deck of a chartered boat in the centre of the harbour. There are myriad vessels to choose from, each offering a different experience. Why not charter a luxury yacht for the day, and head out into the harbour to watch proceedings from the deck? You’ll have world-class catering talent at your disposal, who’ll provide you with some of the city’s famously high-quality cuisine to get you through the celebrations. On the other hand, you might decide to take a handful of friends or family out on a smaller boat – bring your own food and toss it onto the onboard barbeque, and plug your mobile phone into the onboard speaker system and take in the day’s events while lounging on the deck.
However you’d like to celebrate this most significant of Australian dates, there’s a boat anchored in Sydney harbour that’ll match your needs. If you’re in search of a recommendation, then be sure to get in touch; we’ll point you towards a vessel that’ll make your Australia Day one to remember!
Australia Day Boat Charters
For an experience that is out of this world, let the gorgeous Galaxy 1 transport you to another dimension of glamour and luxury! This amazing 85ft super yacht has been custom built by industry leaders, Precision Marine, to provide everything guests could possibly need for an unforgettable cruising experience. With Niad stabilizer controls and Raytheon
- Total Capacity: 47
- Starting Price: $4600
Could there be a better way to spend a sunny afternoon or balmy evening than aboard the gorgeous 43ft catamaran Wanderlust? We don’t think so, as this stunning dream of a boat has everything you need to elevate your party from good to truly unforgettable. She features a comfortable wrap around lounge area with a
- Total Capacity: 35
- Starting Price: $2100
This gorgeous 62ft Predator luxury cruiser is a sleek and stylish choice for your party or event. One of the very few vessels exactly of her type on the harbour, she is sure to turn heads and provide a really memorable event for your lucky guests. With her elegant proportions and glamorous teak and leather
- Total Capacity: 30
- Starting Price: $2550
Enjoy an unforgettable day on board this fabulous 98ft super yacht. Whatever your occasion, your guests cannot fail to be completely blown away by the Seven Star. Comfortably accommodating up to 80 guests for a cocktail party or event, 70 guests for a casual buffet or 10 for table dining the options for entertainment are
- Total Capacity: 80
- Starting Price: $6750
Let this stunning seductress whisk you away from the daily grind and transport you to the lap of luxury! This gorgeous 55 foot Riviera 4700 motor yacht has recently been re-designed and upgraded to enhance your experience on board in every way. Seaduction comfortably accommodates 22 guests for a cocktail or buffet party. The music
- Total Capacity: 22
- Starting Price: $2500
Aptly named, the 55ft sports yacht Seaduced does indeed provide a seductive hideaway on the water Ð the clue is in the title! Designed by Riviera, Australia’s leading luxury boat builder, this small but perfectly formed gem of a vessel rivals a boutique B&B for the quality of its accommodation. Suitable for up to 12
- Total Capacity: 12
- Starting Price: $2200
This amazing 77ft sports yacht is truly a thing of beauty. Designed by Australia’s leading boat maker David Warren, she is extra special in every way. She is a striking sight on the water with her distinctive gunmetal grey hull which makes an eye catching contrast with her dazzling silver super structure. She will make
- Total Capacity: 36
- Starting Price: $4400
Platinum certainly merits her extravagant title and like the precious metal for which she is named, she will outshine the competition and give that added sparkle. You can be assured that your experience on board this luxurious 55ft Riviera motor vessel will bear the hallmark of excellence. Compact but perfectly formed, her bijou proportions create
- Total Capacity: 22
- Starting Price: $1485
For fishing enthusiasts wishing to relax in sumptuous surroundings to discuss the catch of the day, this luxury sports yacht is the perfect choice. So treat yourself to the experience of a lifetime! Built by Riviera, the most awarded luxury boat manufacturer in Australia, you can be assured that her construction and craftmanship is unbeatable
- Total Capacity: 30
- Starting Price: $3200
Enjoy a fabulous and unforgettable cruise on board the opulent Oscar 2, a spectacular 105ft luxury motor yacht built by Dave Warren, one of the country’s most respected boat builders. Her extensive decking areas are so grand you could be on an ocean going liner! Lie back on a lounger and relax on the amazing
- Total Capacity: 64
- Starting Price: $8800
‘What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?’ Classically built and replete with traditional charm, the beautiful North Sea is a 42ft timber motor boat, an ideal choice for a party with a difference. Take a few hours out from the hectic and relentless pace of your
- Total Capacity: 28
- Starting Price: $1400
Named for the Greek god of dreams, Morpheus will live up to her name and transport you to a fantasy world of sun, sea and sailing. Recently re-furbished with superior specification throughout, this stunning 66 foot multi level luxury catamaran can accommodate up to 100 guests for a cocktail party, 94 guests for a buffet
- Total Capacity: 100
- Starting Price: $2250