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Captain Cook Cruises
Founded 26 January 1970
Founder Trevor Haworth
Headquarters Darling Harbour, ,
Area served
Sydney Harbour
Murray River
Swan River
Services Restaurant, river/harbour cruise & ferry operator
Parent SeaLink Travel Group

Captain Cook Cruises is an Australian cruise operator. As of January 2018, the company operated 21 vessels on Sydney Harbour, providing a range of Government contracted and non-contracted Ferry services, Sightseeing, Dining and Charter Cruises.


Captain Cook 2
Captain Cook II
Captain James Cook (7158345395)
Captain Cook Cruises Sydney 2000 (5620758667)
Sydney 2000 in January 2011

Captain Cook Cruises commenced operating on 26 January 1970 on Port Jackson, Sydney with the Captain Cook, a modified 1943 Fairmile A motor launch. The business was founded by Trevor Haworth.

In January 1975, the custom-built Captain Cook II was launched at Carrington Slipways. This was followed by the New Zealand built City of Sydney in 1981.

In 1987, Captain Cook Cruises began operating cruises on the Hawkesbury River and Pittwater with the Lady Hawkesbury. In November 1987, the Sydney business of ND Hegarty & Son was purchased, primarily to give Captain Cook Cruises access to Wharf 6 at Circular Quay.

In 1991, an operation began on the Great Barrier Reef. Captain Cook Cruises also operate the PS Murray Princess on the Murray River.

In November 2005 Matilda Cruises was acquired from Amalgamated Holdings. In 2011, Captain Cook Cruises was purchased by the SeaLink Travel Group.



Captain Cook Cruises operate ferry services connecting Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour and the Lane Cove River.

  • City Loop
  • Lane Cove River
  • Shark Island
  • Circular Quay West
  • Shark Island
  • Zoo Express

The timetable shows all services except the Lane Cove River service, operate as the one loop service around Sydney Harbour and also services Watsons Bay which is not listed above.

Captain Cook Cruises commenced a commuter service between Watsons Bay and Circular Quay on 23 March 2015.


As at July 2014, the fleet of Captain Cook Cruises consisted of:

  • Aussie Venture
  • Alice
  • Captain Cook II
  • Captain Cook III
  • John Cadman II
  • John Cadman III
  • Matilda III
  • Megan
  • Jillian
  • Sydney Crystal
  • Sydney 2000

Fourth Generation vessels designed by Incat Crowther and built in Tasmania by Richardson Devine Marine:

  • Elizabeth Cook
  • Mary Reibey
  • Annabelle Rankin
  • Violet McKenzie

Jillian and Elizabeth Cook now operate on behalf of Sydney Ferries.

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