All aboard! NSM Vivid Family Boat Cruise returns in 2018

After seeing a huge demand from members of the North Shore Mums Facebook Group, we’re delighted to confirm that the North Shore Mums Vivid Family Boat Cruise will be returning for the third year on Saturday 2 June. If you want to take the children to see the Vivid lights of Sydney, there really isn’t a more magical (or stress-free) way of experiencing the dazzling lights than on board a cruise vessel.

NSM Vivid Boat Cruise 2017. Image: Naomi Reiter Photography

The NSM Vivid Family Cruise from Captain Cook Cruises will depart from Jeffrey Street Wharf at Kirribilli (just below the Sydney Harbour Bridge) at 6pm on Saturday 2 June, and cruise around Sydney Harbour for one hour. So escape the city crowds this year, and enjoy Vivid Festival from the sparkling Sydney Harbour on board the North Shore Mums Vivid Family Cruise.

It’s 100% kid-friendly too! We’ll have entertainers from StarDust Kids Entertainment on board to keep the kids amused with a rooftop disco, balloon twisting plus lots of fun activities and games. Plus all children will receive a free glow stick.

This cruise is supporting NSM Smiles2U, who create beautiful care packages for sick children and their worried parents, who unexpectedly find themselves in the emergency department at hospital. $5 from the sale of each ticket will be donated to Smiles2U. Click here to find out more about the amazing work that Smiles2U do.


NSM Vivid Boat Cruise 2017. Image: Naomi Reiter Photography


The cruise will depart from Jeffrey Street Wharf in Kirribilli (under the bridge, opposite The Opera House) at 6.00pm. Arrive from 5.30 to collect wristbands for quick entry. The cruise will be 1 hour, returning to Jeffrey Street Wharf at 7pm.

Food & Drinks

There are plenty of great restaurants, cafes and take-away options around Kirribilli, if you’d like to go for an early dinner or a bite to eat after the cruise.

The bar will be open, so drinks can be purchased on the cruise vessel. You may bring your own snacks.

Getting there

You can get to Kirribilli by train (Milsons Point station), bus, ferry or car. If you plan on driving, you might strike it lucky and find a street park. Otherwise, there is a secure underground car park at Luna Park with 389 spaces. Entry to the car park is via Paul Street, just off Alfred St South, Milsons Point. It’s $18 for 1-2 hours.

Cruising with children

Parents are responsible for their children and must supervise them at all times whilst on board. Prams may be brought onto the ship, although if your child doesn’t need it or is comfortable in a carrier, we would suggest leaving them at home.

What to wear

It may be cold on the water! Be sure to pack jumpers and jackets for yourself and your children.

What if it rains?

The cruise will go ahead even if it’s raining. Both levels are covered and provide comfortable all-weather surroundings and expansive viewing windows.


  • Adults (18+ years): $39
  • Children (1-17 years): $19
  • Babies (12 months & under): Free (though must register for a ticket)

Tickets will go on sale 7pm Thursday 10 May 2018. Click here to purchase.




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