Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Celebrate Aussie Day on a Sydney Harbour Cruise!

With Sydney Harbour being the most happening place in Sydney on Australia Day, where else to celebrate the day other than on a Sydney Harbour cruise?

The race of the First Fleet ferries, the Ferrython, begins close to the Sydney Opera House, courses around the Shark Island, heads to Watson’s Bay and then returns to finish under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Australia Day Parade showcasing all kinds of vessels, geared up to look their best, begins from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, continues past Sydney Opera House and Clark Island, reaches Bradley’s Head and then turns back to the Harbour Bridge. Prizes are given away for the best dressed boats in different categories such as the charter boats, working boats, small boats, etc. Besides, there are prizes for the best theme and the best flag display. It is interesting to watch how the vessels outdo one another in their battle for these honourable titles!

It is amazing to watch the pilots of the RAAF presenting their superior skills through the aerial display. The deep dives and the patterns they create across the sky above the harbour have been a constant source of wonder for the spectators around the harbour over the years.

The Tall Ships always portray a picture that evokes nostalgia, romance, and mystery! Imagine a fleet of Tall Ships participating in a race across the beautiful Sydney Harbour! The race starts at Bradley’s Head and ends under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. And imagine you being aboard one of these Tall Ships and being part of the thrilling race!

Just like tall ships evoke fond memories of a bygone era, the sight of a yacht arouses a sense of longing for adventure or romance or both! A yacht has always been and will always be a thing of beauty and joy! The Australia Day Regatta showcases yachts young and old, classic old charmers as well as new modern stunners!

After a fitting finale of spectacular fireworks, Sydney finally calls it a day! Another eventful Australia Day to be celebrated in a truly Aussie way!

Hurry and book your seats on a Sydney Harbour cruise, if you have not done so already, and sail right into the heart of all the action, excitement and adventure!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Aussie BBQ on Aussie Day!

Australia Day is a celebration of the nation and everything essentially Australian. Of all Aussie Day celebrations, those around the Sydney Harbour are the most spectacular with the presence of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge to add beauty and distinction to the events.

Ferrython, the race of the First Fleet ferries, has been keeping the Aussie spirits high for the last 30 years. The Tall Ships race is also much looked forward to by the adventure and outdoors-loving Aussies. The Australia Day Parade, where different watercraft compete with each other for the Best Dressed Vessel title, adds spice to the events. The fireworks display is the grand finale with which the events come to a close on the Sydney Harbour. All these events are best experienced from a cruise that takes one close to all the excitement and frenzy.

Another feature of the Australia Day that is completely and absolutely Australian is the BBQ. In Hyde Park, which is popularly known as Sydney’s Biggest Backyard, amidst live entertainment from the Great Aussie BBQ stage, Sydneysiders and visitors will enjoy various delicacies of Hereford beef. Meeting Hereford graziers, watching cooking demonstrations and guessing the weight of Hank the Hereford bull contest are some of other highlights of the day.

After all, just how Aussie can Aussie be without the outdoors and a barbie?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Australia Day is just around the corner and so is the Ferrython!

After having astounded the world with its spectacular New Year Eve celebrations, Sydney is getting ready to celebrate its national day, the Australia Day, which falls on January 26, 2010. On this day, the whole of Australia joins in national spirit to celebrate its history, heritage and identity.

Among all cities of Australia, Sydney is the most famous for its highly spirited celebrations of the Australia Day. The celebrations in Sydney also stand out as they are more or less concentrated around the Sydney Harbour, in the vicinity of the iconic landmarks, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Ferrython, a race of the ferries, is the biggest highlight of Sydney’s Australia Day celebrations. The race begins near the Sydney Opera House with the firing of the ancient cannon at Fort Denison. The ferries go around the Shark Island and further on towards Watson’s Bay to return to the Sydney Harbour Bridge which is the finishing point of the race.

The Australia Day Parade of vessels decked out to look their best is another highlight of the day where watercraft of all shapes, sizes and kinds compete for the Best Dressed Vessel title.

Sydneysiders as well as tourists rush to make sure they are at the best vantage points much earlier to the actual race so that they get a direct, uninterrupted view of the race. Though there are several points on the foreshores from where you can watch the race, the cruise boats are always the best vantage points for all festive activities around the harbour, as they can take you closest to all the thrill and action!