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“Fantastic day out sailing through Sydney Heads”

James Craig Tall Ship
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Sydney’s Tall Ship Sailing Adventure on James Craig
Ranked #78 of 480 things to do in Sydney
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Mooball Australia
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“Fantastic day out sailing through Sydney Heads”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

We booked a family trip to celebrate a son's 21st birthday, and as an excuse for the family and partners to get together doing something fun, in the fresh air. The adult tickets cost $150 each, and the students (even though adult-age students) were $135 - seemed a little steep but they were well worth it. Even though we live in Sydney and frequently use ferries it was an absolute pleasure to sail the length of the harbour (and seem to just 'scrape' under the harbour bridge) on this beautiful ship, before getting under sail and going out into the ocean through Sydney Heads. The volunteer crew on board were very knowledgable and entertaining, including the banjo player/singer who kept us entertained with sea shanties and little singalongs through the day. All the passengers took part in various activities including heaving on ropes to get sails up and down, pounding ships biscuit to make a variation of biscuit, ringing the ships bell to mark the changing hours etc. It was possible to climb up the rigging to a crows nest for a birds eye view, for a fee of $75. All very safe as you are attached to a 2-point harness and a crewmember climbs alongside you. The birthday boy did the climb and stayed up there for quite a while enjoying the view. We were looking for whales out in the ocean but didn't see any. See the ship under sail is magnificent and our voyage was not too rough. We had taken Kwells beforehand and no-one was sick in our group. We were on board from 9.15am until we berthed at 4pm and disembarked and it was really a fun day. Very relaxing and enjoyable. Of course there was also the excitement of sailing through lots of smaller yachts taking part in races near Sydney Heads, and some near misses. I had a gluten free meal, and everyone in our group thought the snacks and lunch was fine. Plenty of tea and coffee included, plus you could buy soft drinks and alcohol if you wished. It is interesting below decks seeing the little cabins and captain's area. Thanks again to the crew who did the bulk of the hard work in getting sails up and down. We would highly recommend this day trip. I think its often booked out weeks in advance so try and get in as far ahead as you can. A memorable day trip on a bit of history. I probably would not recommend children younger than 10 or so go on this day trip. The ship rolls around a bit and they might get bored, plus you do need to take care amongst all the activity going on that you aren't in the way or in danger. Take a hat (which will stay on), wind/rainjacket, and sensible shoes. They provide sunscreen.

Visited November 2013
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Mackay, Australia
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

Lunch time cruise during the Tall Ship Festival on Sydney Harbour. Words just cannot describe how amazing the view and experience was. You get a lunch pack which is really too big but we lucked out when there was no gluten free one that I ordered for my son that has coeliac disease. We were fortunate to be seated near some off duty volunteer tour guides which kept the kids captivated especially when they got to inspect the captain's quarters. Would love to go for a few days on the sailing trips which are done under sail - just another level of amazing I reckon. Not good for kids though with the generation needing to be entertained and not satisfied with just enjoying the scenery. But this little black duck loved every second and dreams of being without children on a sailing trip one day in the future.

Visited October 2013
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Very enjoyable”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

We visited this lovely ship having coveted the tours of the endeavour,onslow and the vampire. And we all agreed that along with the vampire this was the highlight of the whole museum. Not just because it is a gorgeous well restored ship (which it is) but because just like the endeavour you are guided around the ship by such wonderfully enthusiastic staff who really enjoy telling you all about the ship and tell you lots of interesting facts and stories.
None of us are massively interested in boats but this really was a great tour and enjoyed by all, adults and kids alike!

Visited August 2013
3 Thank Alan P
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
308 reviews
150 attraction reviews
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“Well done”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

The historical James Craig has been beautifully restored. It is such a wonderful example of the ships of old and, in fact, one of only 4 of her era and rig still afloat. It is well worth going on board and seeing her. I was thrilled to do the tour - as she is moored in Sydney now - but I also think it would be wonderful to go for a sail on the Harbour on her and hope to do that myself soon.

Visited October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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117 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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“Magnificent restored tall ship”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Definitely worth seeing - this magnificent tall ship was restored from a rotting hulk to a wonderful example of the old sailing ships. Located at Darling Harbour, it is easy to get to and takes about an hour to have a good look around the vessel.

Visited March 2013
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