Frequency: last Friday of the following months;
2023: February, April, June, August and October.
If you can organize a group of 60 to 75 people it may be possible to schedule a dedicated cruise for you.
This cruise provides an opportunity to learn more about a selection of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) activities and facilities in Sydney Harbour from 1788 to the present.
At the start of each cruise the strategic importance of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will be covered as well as an overview of the RAN fleet today.
Sites visited include;
Dawe’s Point. The story of the observatory built by Lt William Dawes and the construction of the gun battery.
Sydney Cove. The story of Fort Macquarie and the Navy activities to protect ships and the colony after the arrival of the first fleet
Garden Island. The first use of Garden Island as a garden and its later development. The construction of the Captain Cook Graving Dock was second largest project after the Snowy Mountain Scheme and larger than the construction of the Harbour bridge. The story of the hammerhead crane and the role of HMAS KUTTABUL. The decision in 1987 to establish two Navy bases – Fleet Base East and Fleet Base West to cover both the Pacific and Indian oceans.
HMAS RUSHCUTTER. One of the oldest RAN shore bases, commissioned in 1920. A Naval Reserve training facility for anti-submarine warfare, diving, and radar.
Clarke Island. The storage of gun barrels during WW II. The midget submarines were also brought here after they were salvaged.
Rose Bay. The story of HMAS TINGIRA that trained over 3,000 sailors from 1912 to 1927.
Watson’s Bay. HMAS WATSON the training centre for maritime warfare. Watson’s Bay was the home base for pilot boats and the lifeboat over the years.
Georges Head. The location of the western end of the anti-submarine boom net during WW II.
Chowder Bay. The base to protect the Harbour with mines during the 1880’s. Now a fuel installation for the RAN.
Bradley’s Head. Ships were degaussed here during WW II to protect them against German magnetic mines. The story of our first battle and first victory involving HMAS SYDNEY I and the SMS EMDEN.
Neutral Bay – Sub Base Platypus. Home of the six OBERON class submarines for 30 years. Find out what life was like on board a submarine. The current COLLINS class submarines are based at Garden Island off Rockingham in Western Australia.
King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW
Vessel: MV BENNELONG operated by Caprice Charter Cruises Pty Ltd.
Check-in Time: 09:30am
Boarding Time: 09:45pm for 10:00am DEPARTURE
End Time: 1:00pm
Access: Ferry, Train and walk from Town Hall or Wynyard Stations.
Refreshments: Morning tea is included.
Individuals: $75 per person.
Groups: $70 per person.
Note: Minimum group size is 10 people. Use coupon code CRUISE5 at checkout to receive discounted group rate.
COVID Protocols: Pre boarding checks and onboard procedures as determined by the operator.
SPECIAL NOTE: As this event is being conducted by the Naval Historical Society of Australia which is a ‘not for profit’ organisation the cruise can only proceed if sufficient tickets are sold to cover boat charter costs. In the most unlikely event that sufficient tickets are not sold, a decision will be made 14 days prior to the event on whether to proceed or not. Naturally all concerned will be advised and a full refund will be made to ticket holders if a negative decision is made.
Ticket Cancellation Policy
More than 30 days full refund of ticket
30 -15 days – 75 % of ticket value
14 – 7 days – 50% of ticket value
Less than 7 days – no refund
Tour Co-ordinator Contact
Phone: 0451 218 336 (working hours)