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81st. Anniversary Cruise: Sydney under Japanese Attack – 1 June 2023

Thu 1 Jun, 2023, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

The 1942 Japanese midget submarine attack on ships in Sydney Harbour remains a topical subject. However, many Sydneysiders know little about this watershed event. It was the first attack on Sydney and its impact changed Australia from a quiet backwater of the Second World War to a vital springboard for the defeat of Japan.

This cruise will provide a detailed description of events leading up to and during the attack.

Your cruise boat will take you to sites on the Harbour where key events occurred and a comprehensive description of how those events during the fateful night of 31 May/1 June 1942 unfolded. The story will be told by expert narrators from the Naval Historical Society.

The commentary on this cruise is supported by a complimentary booklet of photos to bring the story to life.

Morning tea and snacks will be available during the cruise which starts at 10 am from King Street wharf and finishes at the same place at 1 pm.

This cruise is also available on 31 May 2022

Tour Information

Departure Point:
King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW

Vessel: MV BENNELONG operated by Caprice Charter Cruises Pty Ltd.

Check-in Time: 09:30am
Boarding Time: 09:45am for 10:00am DEPARTURE
End Time:            12:30pm – 1:00pm

Access: Ferry, Train and walk from Town Hall or Wynyard Stations.
Refreshments: Morning tea is included.


Individuals: $75 per person.
Groups: $70per person. Minimum group size is 10 people.Use coupon code CRUISE5 at checkout to receive discounted group rate.

SPECIAL NOTE: As this event is being conducted by the Naval Historical Society of Australia which is a ‘not for profit’ organisation the cruise can only proceed if sufficient tickets are sold to cover boat charter costs. In the most unlikely event that sufficient tickets are not sold, a decision will be made 14 days prior to the event on whether to proceed or not. Naturally all concerned will be advised and a full refund will be made to ticket holders if a negative decision is made.

Ticket Cancellation/Refund Policy:

More than 30 days full refund of ticket.          30 -15 days – 75 % of ticket value.

14 – 7 days – 50% of ticket value.          Less than 7 days – no refund

Tour Co-ordinator Contact

Phone: NHSA Cruise Coordinator: – 0451 218 336 (Between the hours 0900 to 1500) 

E-mail: NHSA Cruise Coordinator: – tours@navyhistory.au

More Information & Bookings


Thu 1 Jun, 2023
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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