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Boxing Day Cruise on Ocean Rider

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Quick Details

  • Departs Manly – Wharf 2 at 11:45am
  • 2.5 hours aboard Ocean Rider
  • Open Ocean Cruise
  • BYO Food & Licensed Bar
  • Drinks and snacks are available for purchase from our friendly crew at the on board bar (please note our bar is cashless, card payments only)
Adult Ages 16+
Child 4-15 years of age

Experience the Spectacular Sporting Event of the Year!

Join us as we get amongst the action in the build-up to the most anticipated ocean race on the Australian summer sporting calendar.

The Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race has become an icon as yachts from all over the world prepare to take part in the once-a-year adventure. The Sydney to Hobart race is famous both locally and internationally and is considered by many to be the toughest short ocean race in the world. It is an event which sees professionals and amateurs alike compete for the elusive title. On December 26, a fleet of over 90 yachts will jostle into position on Sydney Harbour for the start of the race. Since its inception in 1945, the race has always started on Boxing Day in Sydney Harbour.

Join us aboard Fantasea Cruising’s ‘Boxing Day’ cruise as we witness the start of this classic sporting event, experience what it’s like to be part of this epic race as we chase the competitors out of the heads as far down as *Maroubra!

At Fantasea Cruising we pride ourselves on providing an experience like no other! Boxing Day is one of the most exciting days on Sydney Harbour, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than on one of our Boxing Day cruises.

Vessel Features

Fantasea Cruising has a large fleet of modern and comfortable catamarans, with viewing areas spread out over multiple levels.

  • Climate control interior to ensure maximum comfort
  • Comfortable seating available on 2 levels
  • Outside viewing areas over 2 levels
  • Toilets on board
  • wheelchair accessible


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Rated "Excellent" by 200+ Travellers!

Capt was right up with the Super yacht leaders all the way to Bondi

"Be prepared for a rough ride outside the heads but totally worth it. Exciting to see all classes of yachts once we did turn to head for home. Amazing day and great value."

– Teena H Sydney, Australia via TripAdvisor
Absolute must experience!

"We did the Boxing day Sydney to Hobart cruise. It was one of the best experiences my husband and I have had ... after travelling the world we are so lucky to have this in our back yard. All crew were super polite and helpful our captain made us feel like we were part of the Sydney to Hobart keeping up front where all the action was. Lunch was a lovely fresh snack box and good selection of premium beers (not sure what the wine was). This will be our Boxing day thing from now on ..... don't forget your sunblock as we are definitely sporting the worst sunburn today lol"

– Sheena T Australia via TripAdvisor
Cruise for Sydney to Hobart race start

"Had a great day on the harbour with Fantasea. Boat was modern, air conditioned and comfortable. We were well positioned to see the start of the race and went a long way out past the heads almost to Maroubra. Would do it again next year."

– Pat M Sydney, Australia via TripAdvisor
Fantasea Cruising - Sydney Harbour
Spectacular day on the harbour!

"Sydney to Hobart begins! Beautiful weather and awesome cruise (on Fantasea Avalon) on beautiful Sydney harbour. The skipper did a brilliant job of getting and keeping us in a brilliant spot for the beginning of the Sydney to Hobart race. The race began and off we went following the fleet out the heads and South (only to Bronte for us). The skipper and crew did an excellent job keeping us content. The food was a great little snack pack and we were allowed to take other nibblies on board. The bar appeared well stocked. An absolute winner of a day. Thank you so very much Fantasea. We have done cruises every Australia Day for 20 years BUT this was our first Boxing Day cruise and it was superb."

– Kate E Sydney, Australia via TripAdvisor