Sydney Heritage Fleet
"Our Maritime History Lives On, And It’s Yours To Share!"
Welcome To Sydney Heritage Fleet
The Sydney Heritage Fleet is an outstanding tour company with historic vessels and exceptional service, volunteer and staff. Founded in 1965 the company now has the largest collection on historic vessels in Australia. The Award winning volunteer-run organisation offers you several tours to discover Sydney's beauty and history. This is perfect for those traveling to Sydney looking for something remarkable to do with their time that will stay in there memories forever.
Some of our operational vessels and unique products
The Fleet’s vessels range in age from 1874 to the 1960s – among them five more than 100 years old. What makes them exceptional is that each and every one is fully restored and in operation. Since 1965, Sydney Heritage Fleet (the trading name of Sydney Maritime Museum) a not-for-profit, volunteer-led organization, has worked to preserve and present examples of the ships, artefacts, literature and art which tell the story of Sydney’s maritime history.
Nowhere else in the world can you see – and sail on – a collection of historic vessels of this age; all saved, restored and kept operational by volunteers. It makes Sydney Heritage Fleet unique.
James Craig, 1874 Tall Ship
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.
Lady Hopetoun, 1902 Steam Launch
Built in Sydney in 1902, VIP and Vice-Regal Steam Launch Lady Hopetoun is a classic example of the grace and style of Edwardian steam launches of her period.
She is maintained in full operational order by Sydney Heritage Fleet’s volunteers and is available for charter on Sydney Harbour, as well as carrying passengers on scheduled Fleet cruises. She is one of the Fleet’s five operational heritage vessels more than 100 years old.
Waratah, 1902 Steam Tug
Sydney Heritage Fleet’s 1902 Steam Tug Waratah allows you to forget the noise of jet propulsion and encourages you to relax as you enjoy the surroundings of wonderful Sydney Harbour. The gentle phut phut of the steam engine does not interrupt your conversation as you journey around the Sydney Harbour and Lane Cove River. A trip on Waratah allows you to experience the power of steam; you can watch the engine turning and talk to the engineers who are happy to explain the principles of the James Watt invention to you.
There are many opportunities for you to travel on board one of the oldest working steam tugs in the world. As the planes fly overhead your can quietly reflect on the progress made in transportation from the time of the first steam engine in 1775 to the present day.
Unique Cruise - Sydney Harbour Secrets
Discover the Secrets of Sydney Harbour aboard Sydney Heritage Fleet's 1902 Steam Tug Waratah or 1902 Steam launch Lady Hopetoun. This unique Harbour tour is designed to encourage understanding and appreciation of the history of Sydney Harbour, led by an experienced Tour Guide. Guests are invited to bring their own food and beverage for lunch. Afternoon tea of coffee and cake is included.
The Sydney Heritage Fleet always has exciting upcoming events for everyone! Whether it is a special event for Boxing Day, Australia Day or Sydney Vivid festival or a thrilling harbour cruise we plan many activities for our community, friends and volunteers! Click here to see the Events Listing!