School Programs

The Sydney Heritage Fleet is proud to offer school groups a unique opportunity to experience life on a genuine heritage vessel!

The possibilities for educational and recreational activities on the Tall Ship James Craig are endless. The Sydney Heritage Fleet will be happy to develop an event to meet the needs of your group through a sleepover, an educational excursion on board or the excitement of a day at sea combined with a night on board.

Our packages are all led by our Youth Program team assisted by James Craig volunteers, all of whom are familiar with the operation of the ship and have Working with Children clearance. Risk assessments have been undertaken and are available on request.

Adventure Sailing Charter

Marine Studies – BSEC


Sleepover aboard James Craig

Participants (children/youth) and accompanying adults will be transported back in time 140 years. Participants can help with exciting tasks that were part of daily life aboard a tall ship in the 19th century such as:

  • Setting a sail
  • Swabbing the decks
  • Heaving cargo
  • Knots
  • Navigation
  • Learning the language and discipline of the sea.

Participants sleep in hammocks or in bunks below decks while the ship remains safely moored at Wharf 7 at Pyrmont. Around 30 overnight guests can be accommodated, this could be extended upon consultation.

A typical sleepover begins at 4.30pm and concludes at 9am the next day. Many groups combine a sleepover with a visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum next door.


Cost for participants = $75/head

Cost for accompanying adults = $45/head *

Prices include dinner, supper, breakfast and all activities. Special dietary needs can be accommodated. We aim to be a nut free program.

The youth:adult ratio varies depending on age although typically the minimum number of accompanying adults is 3.

*All prices quoted include GST.

Youth Leadership Package

This is a program which uses our vessel and the surrounding harbour as an exciting platform to develop the skills of our future leaders. The leadership program is to enhance youth leadership and personal skills. It’s about getting the most from yourself and those around you, making the best choices, problem solving, removing limitations and becoming a fantastic communicator.

The program can be tailored to the specific needs of any group if requested. Ideal for leadership teams within schools and groups.

The program can be run as a day activity from 10am – 3pm or as a day and night activity 12pm – 9am.

Prices for day + overnight include dinner, supper and breakfast. Lunch and any snacks for both options to be self-provided. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.

Day only

Cost for participants = $40/head

Free for accompanying adults

Day + Overnight

Cost for participants = $95/head

Cost for accompanying adults x1 = free, additional =$45/head


Ship Visit

Spend two to four hours aboard Tall Ship James Craig.

On a guided tour of the vessel, learn about sailing a square-rigged ship and what life was like at sea. Experience first-hand what it was like for the sailors by participating in a range of age-relevant activities such as setting sails, simple navigation, swabbing decks and handling lines.

Tailored programs can be developed to suit educational objectives.


Cost for participants =

$17/head for 2 hours

$32/head for 4 hours

Free for accompanying adults

Adventure Package

This is the ultimate adventure. Spend a night on board the James Craig and a day at sea, experiencing first-hand the life of a 19th-century sailor.

Junior crew will spend an afternoon and evening ‘learning the ropes’ before joining our experienced crew on a sail up the harbour and outside the Heads. They will help set sails and brace the yards. They will learn how to steer the ship, stand lookout and perform many other duties of 19th-century sailors. Older participants (>14 years of age) can learn to climb the rigging.

Typical programs begin at 4.30pm and conclude at approximately 4pm the following day, when the ship returns to Wharf 7 at Pyrmont.

The Adventure Package links to the program of day sails that alternate fortnightly between Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year.

The minimum number of participants is normally 18, with three or more accompanying adults. Participants must be 12 years or over.

Cost for participants = $170/head

Cost for accompanying adults = $165/head

Minimum booking $1,335

Prices include dinner, supper and breakfast at the dock and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea while at sea. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.

Tailored programs can be developed to suit educational objectives.


For more information or to make a booking, please contact our Youth Program Coordinator on 9298 38 88 or



“This weekend showed that TS Nepean can work as a team. Great work by all.”

–         Able Seaman Beresford, Australian Navy Cadets


“Thank you for having the Girl Guides! The program was interesting, and the activities were very enjoyable. Overall, it was a brilliant experience for everyone!!”

–         “The Leaders”, Girl Guides


“It was awesome fun! I liked just about everything. Thank you so much for this experience”

–                 Laura, Australian Venturers


“The whole experience of life on a tall ship ties in with understanding and knowledge of the First Fleet. This is a great excursion for kids & a great way to learn”

–                 Diane Lock, Killarney Heights Public School