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New Years Eve Harbour Cruise 2019 – MV Jerry Bailey Image 1

Sydney Harbour is one of the most exciting places in Sydney.

A number of events take place here that attract locals and tourists to the harbour. Even if there aren’t any events taking place, Sydney Harbour is in itself an iconic  attraction.

While different events are held on and by Sydney Harbour all year long, there are three main events that are the centre of attraction for all locals and tourists. These include the Vivid Festival, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day.

All these events celebrate various aspects of Sydney culture and revolve around the beauty of the harbour and respective buildings and natural environment.


Vivid festival is held annually on and around Sydney Harbour. It includes outdoor immersive light projections and installations, utilising iconic buildings such as the Sydney Opera House. A number of local and international musicians also perform at the festival which brings a lot of people to the harbour.

In addition, there are also various idea exchange forums held during the festival, including public debates and talks.

Vivid Festival is held during May and June and continues for over three weeks. The light sculptures, building projections and multimedia interactive work are the highlights of the event. One of the ways to enjoy this festival of light is to take a Sydney Harbour cruise with your friends and family.

2.      NEW YEAR’S EVE

The New Year’s Eve celebrations each year in Sydney are centred on Sydney Harbour. The highlight of the event is two pyrotechnic displays up and down the harbour, with the 9pm Family Fireworks and then the world-famous Midnight Fireworks to usher in the new year.

While both these events are televised nationally and internationally, people still flock to the harbour to catch a glimpse of the amazing fireworks first-hand. The fireworks are synchronised to popular soundtracks from the present and past.

Fireworks explode off the catwalk, roadway and the arches of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Moreover, there are also fireworks from the Opera house and many nearby buildings. The atmosphere is electric. If you are in Sydney for New Year’s Eve, you must visit the harbour to see the amazing festivities at midnight.


Australia day is a national public holiday celebrated on the 26th January every year. Sydney Harbour is home to some of the most spectacular events and festivities of Australia Day. If you are in Australia on 26th January, then you must not miss the celebrations on Sydney Harbour. Being out on the harbour is going to be one of the best experiences in this day. You can book your Australia Day cruise in advance as they tend to fill out pretty fast. Gather some friends and family and head out to celebrate Australia Day on the harbour in style.

These were the three biggest events to celebrate on Sydney Harbour each year. If you are planning to have fun at a cruise for any of these events, then make sure you book your harbour cruise as soon as you can. These events are jam-packed every year and you don’t want to miss a chance to enjoy the festivities at the harbour.

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