New Year’s celebrations may be well and truly over, but Sydney Harbour undeniably displays a non-stop 2017 party vibe with plenty of great events planned in the up and coming months! Here’s our take on the 5 best Sydney Harbour ways to begin 2017 with a bang!

Sydney Harbour Special Events Calendar 2017


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  1. Sydney Festival – (Jan 07 to Sun Jan 29, 2017)
    Sure the Ultimate Sydney Festival is already underway but the exciting and effervescent atmosphere created as Sydney presents the world’s premier performing and visual arts in a non-stop avalanche of artistic activity sets the stage for more. There are plenty more upcoming events and Sydney Harbour must-do attractions through the end of January.

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2.Australia Day – (Jan 26, 2017)
Don’t forget our infamous Australia Day Celebrations! Undoubtedly another perfect occasion for a relaxing informative cruise on Sydney Harbour, guaranteed to make the day extra special. Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!


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3. Chinese New Year – (Jan 27 to Feb 2, 2017)

The Lunar New Year 2017 Celebrations begin with Sydney Harbour’s iconic landmarks bathed in bold red light across the entire opening weekend; symbolising good fortune and joy! Be sure to bring the entire family to see Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Circular Quay, Sydney Town Hall and David Jones Elizabeth Street in a brand new light! Indulge in an unforgettable Sydney Harbour Bridge twilight or night climb after a leisurely Sensational Sydney City Sea & Land Tour or Tea At Sea Morning Cruise.


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4. Vivid Sydney – (Fri May 26 to Sat June 17, 2017)

Enjoy the unique, annual Vivid Sydney multi-award winning winter festival of light, music and ideas as the city is illuminated with a ‘gallery’ of amazing lighting sculptures, innovative contemporary music and the spectacular colourful illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.


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5.The Peak Festival – (June 09 to June 12, 2017)
If a snow filled winter vacation is more your thing, be sure to join the fabulous celebrations featuring awesome music, snow, fun and laughter at Perisher Valley during the official ski season kick off! It will be four magnificent days of concerts with a wide variety of music styles to suit everyone!

Regardless of which great upcoming Sydney Event you are planning to attend, be sure to make the most of your visit to the harbour with Sensational Sydney Cruises. Book now to enjoy one of three cruises on board our luxurious 52 foot motor yacht, where we will happily share the region’s rich history, famous landmarks and stunning scenery!