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Think you have what it takes to sail a real tall ship?


Spend an afternoon in the shoes of a nineteenth-century sailor – work like they worked and play like they played! Explore the secrets of an original 1874 tall ship on an exclusive tour of the James Craig; heave cargo, hoist sails, dance the hornpipe and swab the decks, all while the ship remains safely moored at Wharf 7 in Pyrmont Bay.

For groups whose participants are ages 12+, our mast climbing challenge is also available.

Perfect for: Cubs and Scouts, Brownies and Guides, school excursions, vacation care, sailing clubs, sports teams, youth groups and any other groups of young people seeking an experience they will never forget!

If you have a specific theme or curriculum point to cover, please get in contact with our Education Team who are always excited to tailor programs to cater to your group’s learning needs, at

Cost for participants:


Cost for supervising adults:



A typical program is run for 3.5 hours over a morning or afternoon and includes a half-hour picnic break (BYO lunch, dinner or snacks). Start and finish times are flexible, taking into account daylight hours and the availability of the James Craig. For a full day of activities, groups may combine a James Craig Sailor’s Adventure with a visit to our neighbours at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Minimum numbers: 20 

Maximum numbers: 30

Please note a youth:adult ratio determines the minimum number of adults required for supervision purposes, varying depending on the age of the children.