James Craig Tall Ship
James Craig Tall Ship
4.5
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Barque James Craig is rightly famous around the world. She is Sydney’s only 19th Century square rigger (or Tall Ship) and her incredible restoration to full sailing condition was recognised in 2003 by the World Ship Trust’s award of their prestigious Maritime Medal. Her restoration cost almost $A30 million and took nearly 40 years to complete after she was rescued from Recherche Bay in far southern Tasmania. This beautiful ship regularly goes to sea with up to 80 passengers and is open for public inspection at her berth at Wharf 7, 58 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont. She is also available for charter and for functions. Tall Ship James Craig is looked after by Sydney Heritage Fleet, a community-based non-profit organisation, with the following mission: To build and maintain an internationally recognised centre of excellence in maritime heritage for the benefit of all Australians by presenting through research, acquisition, conservation, restoration, education and operation, our continuing maritime history. The Fleet is funded through donations, membership subscriptions and income from vessel charters and tours. The Fleet’s 1200 strong membership and 450 dedicated volunteer workers restore, operate and maintain the fleet of vintage vessels. In the process they preserve traditional technical methods and skills.
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mistral579
193 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
I had heard of this ship and wanted to visit - I didn't know it was also covered under the National Maritime Museum's entry ticket, so I was pleasantly surprised to come across it when I visited the museum. As an Asian solo female visitor, this turned out to be the best and most welcoming ship exhibit at the museum; honestly, just visit this one! I stepped onboard and was treated to a really informative one-on-one guided tour by a very friendly and knowledgeable guide, an older tall, bespectacled gentleman (maybe bearded too), I think his name was John? We had a nice chat about the Women's World Cup, as I was in town for the Final. I really admired his passion for the ship and for educating visitors about it, it made for a very engaging, energetic and memorable tour. Definitely a worthwhile experience, as this ship is also owned by the volunteers who conserve it.
Written 21 November 2023
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Marty ..
Ballina, Australia490 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
I only past the impressive James Craig Tall Ship , when I was arriving at Pyrmont Bay Wharf , on a Sydney Ferry

Such a large wooden sailing ship
Written 14 April 2023
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Tom
2 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Ask the volunteer crew anything, they love to tell you! We joined in when invited, looked around when the sails were set, relaxed and had a drink when coming back into the harbour. It just looks and feels great with sail!

Let's be clear, take a Travacalm the night before and another when leaving the wharf, because there was a bit of seasickness! And check the weather because you may need to deal with cool and wet, the only real shelter if you're not dressed right is below deck.
Written 30 March 2023
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153warren
Warriewood34 contributions
Dec 2022
We have done the Sydney New Years Eve fireworks on three other boats over the years but the James Craig 2022 NYE experience beat them all hands down. The live band, Venus, was excellent and kept us engaged and dancing from 8pm to 1am. A variety of tasty canapes was served until dinner and then we retired below deck for a sumptuous buffet dinner with a large choice of culinary delights. Good quality wine, beers and champagne flowed freely throughout the night. The positioning for the 9pm fireworks near the Opera House was fabulous for photos of boats silhouetted against the early fireworks display. After this, we joined the boat Light Parade around the harbour passing Casey Donovan as she was belting out a tune at the concert at the Opera House. Then we were positioned at a prime spot and the closest boat to the bridge for the NYE midnight fireworks. This was the nearest we've ever been to the fireworks, so near that we could feel the reverberations from the explosions of the fireworks through the boats superstructure - just an awesome, awe-inspiring experience. Refreshingly, the boat is not crammed with people, no ques for anything as there is plenty of room on the James Craig for everyone so it's definitely the best and most relaxed way to see the NYE fireworks in style. No doubt we will be back for a second dose of James Craig hospitality from the amazing, helpful and very friendly volunteer crew who looked after us all night. Definitely, a night to remember so we highly recommend the James Craig NYE cruise for those that can afford the outlay as it's not the cheapest way to see the NYE fireworks, but we think it's worth very cent.
Written 5 January 2023
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Luka Musicki
Canberra, Australia3 contributions
Dec 2022
It was an excellent experience for my partner and me.

It was lovely to be in the yacht race on Monday, 26 December 2022.

The only suggestion would be to have free water bottles for passengers as it was a hot day. The hot water system was okay, but it could have been a better facility.
Written 26 December 2022
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heatherellis01
Penshurst, Australia22 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
What a wonderful day at sea on the Tall Ship James Craig. The crew were wonderful. So helpful with any questions you had. À great way to spend a day at sea seeing the workings of a tall ship under sail.
À must cruise to do.
Written 6 May 2022
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Kelly K
Sydney5 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Australia Day 2022. Fabulous experience on board the James Craig. Well organised. Amazing day out on Sydney harbour.
Written 26 January 2022
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Luka Musicki
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
It was an excellent experience to be on. Good food with canapés and buffet. Good serving of beverages. Good entertainment on board.
Written 9 January 2022
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Mirjam H
Fremantle, Australia2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
We went on the James Craig for New Years Eve Sail. It was amazing! The crew looked after us very well. There was so much food with ditdown dinner, drinks and snacks all night.

Live music midships for dancing, and at the bow you could have nice chats with other passengers.

Being part of the parade, for the health car workers was very special.

The crew manouverd the vessel into the best posdible spots for us to see the 9pm and midnight fireworks! Magnificent.
Written 3 January 2022
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Frank S
1 contribution
Dec 2021
James Craig - 2021 NYE Fireworks Cruise

WOW! What an evening on Sydney Harbour.
We wanted to start our 50th Wedding Anniversary with a bang, and weren’t disappointed.

Thank you Sydney Heritage Fleet for making this event possible – the Board, Staff and particularly the Volunteers must be congratulated for maintaining the James Craig and allowing us to savour the atmosphere of this Sydney icon.

In a difficult Covid year, the
- Officers and Crew exercised exemplary health & safety rules.
- two tugs worked well - holding the ship on station in a gentle breeze.
- bubbles/wine and amazing catering kept coming with a smile.
- band was energetic and talented and entertained the passengers the whole night.
- position of the ship off the Opera House for the 9 o’clock show was outstanding.
- position of the ship of Kirribilli Point for the midnight show was perfect.

Will we do again – bring it on.
Would we recommend a day sail at sea on the James Craig? – you bet
Will you remember the experience for a lifetime – absolutely yes.

Thank you again, Frank & Jan Sowden
Written 2 January 2022
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