Enjoy Australia Day on a Sydney Harbour Cruise!

January 19, 2010 at 4:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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The most exciting events of the Australia Day are around the Sydney Harbour and the most exciting place to celebrate the Australia Day in Sydney is on a harbour cruise!australia day kids

The Ferrython, which is the race of the First Fleet ferries, has been thrilling the Sydneysiders and tourists alike for more than thirty years! The race begins near the Sydney Opera House. The firing of the ancient cannon at the historical Fort Denison signals the start of the race. From here the ferries plunge forward towards Watson’s Bay around the Shark Island to return to the finishing line under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. A harbour cruise takes one so close to the race that one can cheer the ferries on and feel the thrill of the race in one’s bones! Winning the title is a source of great pride and so the battle for it gets tougher every year!

Another colourful event of the Australia Day on the Sydney Harbour is the Australia Day Parade. This is a display of all kinds of watercraft parading the harbour, decked out in their best! The parade begins from under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and cruising past the Sydney Opera House and Clark Island to Bradley’s Head, turns back to the Harbour Bridge. There are prizes for the best dressed charter boat, the best dressed small boat, the best dressed working boat, the best display of flag, the best overall display, the best theme, etc. Winning and keeping these prizes is a matter of great honour and the vessels plan well in advance and vie with each other in a friendly spirit to win new titles and to hold on to their old ones! The cruises allow close view of the parade and close scrutiny of the vessels so that viewers can compete with each other while making their own judgement as to which vessels should take away the prizes!australia day harbour ballroom

The aerial display of the expert RAAF pilots has been a favourite with the crowds that throng the harbour on Australia Day every year! There is no better vantage point than an open deck of a cruise to watch the amazing precision with which the aeroplanes would plunge down and then fly out! Performances on parachutes and rescue acts are some of the other highlights of the event.

The Tall Ships race brings with it a bit of nostalgia and some adventure! While it is interesting to watch the crew struggling against the wind to accomplish the amazing feat of setting sails, there are few sights more magnificent and beautiful than a tall ship in full sail! And what’s more, being on a tall ship cruise that is part of the race allows you to be right at the centre of action! The race begins at Bradley’s Head and finishes under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Australia Day Regatta includes events for all kinds of yachts — the modern, state-of-the art head turners as well as the quaint, old-fashioned beauties! The chance to see them all in a beautiful array comes once a year – on the Australia Day on the Sydney Harbour!
The dramatic day concludes with spectacular fireworks. The burst of colour and light across the dark skies over the glittering waters of the harbour is a picture that every visitor takes home and a sight every spectator cherishes in his or her memory until the Aussie Day next year!fireworks-night

Diwali on a starry night on the Sydney Harbour

October 9, 2009 at 7:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Diwali or Deepavali, as some call it, meaning Festival of Lights, is a festival that spreads love and a sense of sharing. People all over the world are attracted by its pomp and splendour and solemnity.


Australia has been celebrating the Festival of Lights in the recent years in a style that befits its glory! The celebrations have been held in places as famous as the Sydney Olympic Park and the Flemington Racecourse, where the famous Melbourne Cup is held yearly. This year, the Parliament House of NSW will remain illuminated from October 17 to the month end. With the theme being “Australia – An evolving multicultural nation,” the celebration is going to generate much creativity and fun!

The celebrations at Parramatta Stadium have all the Indian ingredients – the food, the Bollywood music and dancing, the fireworks and even the intricate and exquisite mehndi or henna tattoos!

However, the Diwali celebrations offered by the Sydney Harbour surpass them all! The harbour, which is very beautiful during the day with the world’s most beautiful icons and lovely landmarks strewn all around and the different hues of blue reflected by the sky and the sea, is all the more so during the night with the distant city lights, the stars and the sparkling waters. And what’s more, there are Diwali cruises where you can celebrate the festival while cruising around the harbour! Magistic Cruises, in addition to their lunch and dinner cruises, offers a Diwali Party Dinner Cruise that has all the elements of Diwali including Indian vegetarian food, Bollywood DJ and dancing, Indian code of dressing, special lighting and whatnot! Imagine celebrating the Festival of Lights on a starry night sailing on the dancing waves of Sydney Harbour!

Breakfast on the world’s most famous bridge

October 6, 2009 at 6:08 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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As one of the most exceptional events of Crave Sydney, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of the world’s most famous and one of the world’s most easily recognized icons, will become a picnic location for about 6,000 people from around Sydney and even far away. This event, a declaration of the amazing attitude and lifestyle of Sydney and its people, happens on October 25, Sunday. Multitudes of fun-loving people, in an expression of celebration of life, will pack loads of yummy delights into their picnic baskets, fold their rugs under their arms and pick whatever they can to add to their fun and go on a picnic to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. They will share their food, their happiness, fun and laughter and do everything else that folks enjoy doing on a picnic such as just lying back and relaxing, or perhaps reading a book or playing a few games with others on the bridge, and they will enjoy the exhilaration and feel proud of being part of the incredible event.

Sydney Harbor Bridge
The sad news is that the organisers have announced the registrations to have now closed. If you have registered and if you are lucky to be chosen as one of the 6,000 participants of the event, you will be notified of it by October 12, 2009. The happy news is that the fun doesn’t have to end with the breakfast. You can carry the excitement further with a lunch cruise or a dinner cruise around the Sydney Harbour, or a cruise on one of the spectacular showboats for a whole package of food, fun and entertainment!

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