Here’s our curated list of the best on-water events with great views

From Christmas and Boxing Day to New Year and Australia Day 2024, welcome the busiest time of the year by participating in some of the most exciting events in Australia

Australia transforms into a vibrant playground of joy, excitement, and celebrations from December through January. From the glittering lights of Christmas to the excitement of Boxing Day and the countdowns of New Year’s Eve, Australia’s events calendar is full of exciting things to do. And the best part? These on-water events offer incredible views, perfect for your holiday photos.

So, if you’re still looking for things to do during the school holidays and the summer break, we’ve got the best events for you.

1. Christmas Dinner Cruise onboard Captain Cook Cruises in Perth

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Enjoy a fun Christmas Cruise along Swan River in Perth

The city of Perth comes alive during Christmas – from beachside barbecues to carolling sessions, it’s a wonderful time of the year. So why not make it count and join a Christmas-themed buffet dinner on board a scenic Swan River Cruise? Enjoy the city pass by as you dig into a menu fit for Gods; it includes rum and cola glazed leg of ham, marinated turkey, baked barramundi, chocolate mousse tarts, Christmas pudding and more.

How to book: Captain Cook Christmas Dinner Cruise

2. Boxing Day: Sydney to Hobart Yacht race cruise

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Secure the best seats in the house for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race

After the revelry of Christmas, slow down with a relaxing afternoon onboard Sydney 2000 to witness an Aussie institution – the famed Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Choose from three dining decks and a spacious open-air deck to enjoy the on-water excitement.

How to book: Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2023 Lunch Cruise

3. NYE Party on Sydney Harbour

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Bring in the New Year at the iconic Sydney Harbour

Nothing beats the breathtaking beauty of the World’s most beautiful harbour. From the iconic Sydney Opera House to the ever-changing skyline, here’s a view that never gets old. Bring in the New Year onboard Starship Aqua that guarantees front-row seats to the 9 pm and midnight fireworks on Sydney Harbour. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss.

How to book: Starship Aqua New Year's Eve

4. New Year's Eve Swan River cruise

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Enjoiy NYE celebrations onboard a Swan River cruise

Bring in 2024 with Captain Cook Cruises’ special buffet dinner onboard a scenic river cruise. This cruise provides an intimate dining experience and an escape from the bustling city. It’s perfect for those who prefer a quieter, more relaxed celebration.

How to book: Captain Cook Cruises New Year's Eve Cruise

If you're looking to get away, why not bring in 2024 on Rottnest Island? Spend the day exploring the island before an afternoon of fun with the whole family. And then enjoy the SeaLink NYE Fireworks at 8 pm at Thompson Bay. 

How to book: SeaLink NYE Family Fireworks

5. Australia Day on Sydney Harbour

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Celebrate Australia Day onboard Starship Sydney

Why not extend the celebration through January and book yourself an Australia Day Cruise onboard Starship Sydney? Enjoy the fireworks and water show from the comfortable and spacious outdoor and indoor decks with sparkling wine and canapes.

How to book: Australia Day Fireworks Cruise

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