Tall Ship Sleepovers

COVID-19 Update 2021: Due to COVID-19 precautions and logistical challenges, we are unfortunately unable to book any overnight programs for the foreseeable future. We are currently running a new day program, A Sailor’s Life for Me, in place of sleepovers.


An unforgettable experience for adventurous learners!


The Experience: Explore the secrets of our 19th century tall ship on an exclusive tour of the James Craig. Heave cargo, hoist sails, sing sea shanties and sleep in comfy hammocks, all while the ship remains safely moored at Wharf 7 in Pyrmont. 


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


Perfect for: Cubs and Scout groups, Girl Guides, sporting teams and school groups of all stages on camps and learning excursions 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. Our most popular programs include:


– Life in the past/Life on a tall ship


– Leadership and team building 


The James Craig Creative Writing Retreat


Sleepovers include: dinner, supper and breakfast, all sailing and curriculum developed activities and a James Craig souvenir. 


Cost for participants:



Cost for supervising adults (required to meet supervision ratio*):



Cost for additional supervising adults:




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


Minimum numbers: 20 

Maximum numbers: 30


*The youth:adult ratio varies depending on age. Typically, the minimum number of accompanying adults is 4.


The James Craig Creative Writing Retreat

Perfect for high school English classes. On their James Craig Creative Writing Retreat students’ work will be inspired as they explore the secrets of a 19th century tall ship, learn how to set sails, heave cargo, and climb masts. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in a 2hr creative writing workshop session led by the engaging and hilarious young adult fiction author Will Kostakis.

A typical retreat begins at 12pm and concludes at 9am the next morning. Free creative writing time can be allocated during the program.

Cost for participants = $120/head*

*Minimum number of student participants is 20.