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Sydney’s Tall Ship Sailing Adventure on James Craig

Pyrmont, Australia

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Sail around Sydney on the impeccably restored ‘James Craig’ — an authentic square-rigged ship that offers sailing adventures only twice per month. Morning tea, picnic lunch and afternoon tea are all included during your 6-hour cruise (afternoon tea and coffee included for the 5-hour adventure), which details fascinating stories from your ship's history and Sydney's maritime past. Embark on a lovely route around Sydney Harbour that goes past Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House before venturing into the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. Choose to sail for five or six hours on this must-do Sydney experience.
  • 5 or 6-hour tall ship sailing adventure on board the James Craig
  • Sail around Sydney Harbour and beneath the iconic Harbour Bridge
  • Pass top Sydney attractions like Fort Denison, Garden Island and Watsons Bay
  • Help the crew hoist the ship's sails
  • Sail out of Sydney Heads and on the open Pacific Ocean while enjoying entertaining commentary from the crew
  • Enjoy afternoon tea and coffee for the 5-hour option and include morning tea and lunch for the 6-hour sailing
Afternoon tea and coffee
Morning tea and lunch (6-hour only)
Alcoholic Beverages
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Wharf 7, 58 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to Pyrmont to board the James Craig for your 5 or 6-hour tall ship sailing adventure.

Set sail on the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour, passing top sites such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison and Shark Island as your captain shares informative commentary about these landmarks. You'll also hear tales about the much-loved ship, a classic square-rigger that was originally built in the late 19th century to carry cargo on the world's major ocean trade routes.

Cruise past Australia’s oldest fishing village, Watsons Bay, then venture out of the mouth of the harbor at Sydney Heads to sail on the open ocean. Watch the ship's crew set the sails and feel free to lend a hand if you'd like to participate in sailing the tall ship. Alternatively, sit back and soak up the gorgeous scenery of Sydney Harbour and the Pacific Ocean before returning to Pyrmont at the end of your tour.

Your 5-hour adventure includes afternoon tea and coffee and the 6-hour adventure also includes morning tea and a tasty picnic lunch, all served on your vessel while under sail. Additional drinks are available for purchase from the on-board bar.
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Sydney Opera House
Sail past the Sydney Opera House. Famous for it's distinctive architecture.
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Sydney Harbour Bridge
Get a close up as you sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge (heritage-listed steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour)
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Shark Island
Shark island is named for its shape not the animal that lurks below the water! It offers 360 views of the harbour is the perfect spot for a family picnic.
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Sydney Harbour
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Fort Denison Island
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Garden Island
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Watsons Bay
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James Craig Tall Ship
Jump onaboard the Tall Ship James Craig to see Sydney in one of the most unquie ways possible!
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Sydney Heritage Fleet
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The ship will sail in most weather conditions including rain. However if weather conditions or other factors on the day of the sail cause the Ships Master to cancel the voyage, a replacement ticket will be offered and must be used within 12 months
  • Dress for all weather as the conditions may change during the course of the trip
  • Wear non-marking, soft-soled, enclosed shoes; boat shoes or sneakers/runners are recommended, sharp heels are not permitted
  • Minimum age is 12 years old
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements and an emergency telephone contact number at time of booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • How to get there: • Walk from Town Hall station across the historic Pyrmont Bridge (15 min) • Darling Harbour ferry from Wharf 5 at Circular Quay and alight at Pyrmont Bay • Light Rail from Central station and alight at Pyrmont Bay • Bus No 389 from the city and alight at the ANMM • Parking at Harbourside Car Park, Murray Street
  • OPERATED BY Sydney Heritage Fleet

If you cancel within 14 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 15 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Sydney’s Tall Ship Sailing Adventure on James Craig?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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  • "In between enjoying the morning tea, ample lunch and afternoon tea., guests can join in a sea-shanty sing-along, learn to make a Turk's head bracelet and more, or simply lean back and enjoy their day at sea." See review


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Exceeded Our Expectations!
Samuel R
, Apr 2019
This experience was a highlight of our trip to Sidney. It's not just a boat ride, it's a trip into the past on a magnificently restored sailing ship. The James Craig is operated by a non-profit and the all-volunteer crew brings history alive, inviting guests to help raise and lower the sails and even climb the masts. From the deck, the views are magnificent. Below decks, one can explore the restored captain's and crew quarters and use the (thankfully) modern toilets. In between enjoying the morning tea, ample lunch and afternoon tea., guests can join in a sea-shanty sing-along, learn to make a Turk's head bracelet and more, or simply lean back and enjoy their day at sea.
, Nov 2018
I found the experience was well worth it. Very surprised and impressed that the ship was run by volonteers who were only too happy to share knowledge and I was allowed to join in with pulling the ropes etc.
LOVED this experience and the crew...
Fiona S
, Sep 2017
LOVED this experience and the crew made the whole day enjoyable. the packed lunches were really good even if the wind wasn't.
The crew of volunteers were amazing...
Renee W
, Jul 2016
The crew of volunteers were amazing, very friendly and professional. The crew encouraged the guests to participate in a range of activities. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves history. Sydney Harbour is a special place everyday, but on this ship you feel like you go back in time.
This was one of the highlights of...
Clarence W
, Mar 2015
This was one of the highlights of our time in Australia. We were offered Dramamine, but didn't think we'd need, it so we passed. Next time we'll take it! The crew was amazing and the musicians added to the atmosphere. Passengers could participate as little or as much in the ship's activities as they wanted.
Perfect day, ocean perfect, food...
Robyn C
, Mar 2015
Perfect day, ocean perfect, food perfect, drinks priced well, people perfect.. Just not much seating. Old boat not a problem we had a beautiful day filled with lovely memories thankyou James craig
anyone who likes the sea and sailing...
, Mar 2015
anyone who likes the sea and sailing ships should do this trip, stunning !
Fantastic, Highly recommended. First...
Jason M
, Jan 2015
Fantastic, Highly recommended. First class all the way. Would not think twice about doing this again.
Great experience. Best way to see the...
Richard P
, Dec 2014
Great experience. Best way to see the entire harbor.
An Amazing experience....all aussies...
, Sep 2014
An Amazing experience....all aussies should experience this once in their lifetime at least...courteous friendly staff....loved the singalong,pity a few more did not participate

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