Harman l Jacaranda Cruise

  • Duration: 150 Minutes (approx.)
  • Location: Pyrmont, NSW
  • Product code: JCRND

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Covid-19 Update (as of 2/04/2020): We are certainly now in very worrying times with new social and workplace restrictions being announced and enforced by the NSW Government, on a frequent and regular basis (the most recent one being a ban on all non-essential outdoor gatherings of 2 or more). In response to this changing world we have introduced the following measures to assist in protecting the health and welfare of our customers, volunteers and staff. All activities including harbour cruises, charters, youth programs, volunteer training and Fleet Discovery Days booked up until the end of September have been postponed. In the meantime, you can register your expression of interest for our upcoming events post September by joining the waiting list. Should we be able to operate earlier, we will of course inform you directly.

Please follow the guidelines and advice given by the medical professionals and the NSW Government.

We hope to welcome you on-board one of our vessels within the near future.

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Jacaranda Cruises runs from late October into November. Watch out for 2020 dates!

Meeting Time: 9.45am

Start Time: 10.00am

Finish Time: 12.30pm
Vessel: 1943 Motor Launch Harman

Event Details: 

For a short time every spring our historic launch Harman voyages across Sydney Harbour to cruise the lower Lane Cove River so that you can view the purple tide of Jacaranda trees blooming in the gardens of Hunters Hill and the North Shore.  These gardens seen from the water give you an uninterrupted view of the shoreline as it was envisaged by some of the founding fathers of Hunters Hill, the Jouberts, who handed out trees in the 1860’s for the early inhabitants to plant in their gardens to enhance the new suburb. 

Places on these cruises are limited so please book early!!


  • Discover the hidden winding entrance to the Lane Cove River and the Humbug.
  • We pass Northwood Bay a favourite subject of Lloyd Rees paintings.
  • See Mary Reiby’s Figtree house still standing on the bank of the river.
  • Hear about the ongoing conflict between convict sawmillers and farmers and the Aboriginal resistance fighters.
  • We visit Woolwich where the change from an heavily industrialised harbour shoreline to public parks and premier residential areas has left sites such as Mort’s Dock cut into the sandstone cliffs.

The tour finishes back at the Australian National Maritime Museum Heritage Wharf by 12:30pm.

Event Information:

What to wear: Please wear sensible footwear and dress appropriately for the weather on the day; a windproof jacket may be useful whatever the weather. Stilettos and sharp-heeled shoes strictly prohibited.
Meeting Time: 9.45am
Start Time: 
Finish Time: 12.30pm

Meeting Point: At the two anchors outside the main entrance of the Australian National Maritime Museum


  • Walk from Town Hall station across the historic Pyrmont Bridge (15 min).
  • Darling Harbour ferry from Wharf 5 at Circular Quay and alight at Pyrmont Bay.
  • Light Rail from Central station and alight at Pyrmont Bay.
  • Bus No 389 which runs from Bondi Junction to Pyrmont and goes through the city via Park St. (https://transportnsw.info/routes/details/sydney-buses-network/389/74389)
  • Parking at Harbourside Car Park, Murray Street. When booked on one of our sails you are eligible for discounted parking. To claim your discount, please go to the Main Reception of the Australian National Maritime Museum or Wharf 7 Building during open hours and ask for your ticket to be validated.

Other special instructions:

  • If, in the opinion of the Master on the day of the event the wind or sea state is deemed unsuitable for the comfort of passengers, the event will be cancelled. Smoking on board strictly prohibited.
  • Please take the time to carefully read through the terms and conditions prior to purchasing a ticket. Terms and conditions are available here https://shf.org.au/terms and at checkout.