Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon Boat Racing has a significantly rich history, with traditional boating in Southern China for over 2000 years.

This is your chance to experience the beauty of paddling as a team on Sydney Harbour in these amazing boats.


In traditional Chinese culture, the classic dragon rides the clouds in the sky and commands the wind, mist and rain.

Each boat typically has an ornately carved dragon’s head at the bow and a tail in the stern and is painted with scales.

The paddles symbolically represent the dragon’s claws, the drum represents the heart.


Once you arrive onsite you’ll be taken through a safety drill before hitting the water to take part in a series of paddling drills.

Clear communication and teamwork are critical in order to get the boat moving in a straight line so teams will take part in some on-water communication drills with the help of 1-2 professional dragon boat paddlers.


Commonly we see 20 seat dragon boats in Australia, with a minimum of 14 people required to move the boats through the water.


Groups will then take part in a time trial to record their best time over a short-medium course before assessing where they can improve and will then attempt to beat their time.

For group sizes over 30 people, you’ll battle it out in a head to head race with your colleagues.


There are toilets onsite for participants but no viewing or waiting area for people who do not wish to participate.

There are multiple restaurants, bars and safes just a short 10-min walk to Pyrmont.

Dragon Boat Racing is available at all times of the year but is quite weather-dependent as high winds are not suitable.

People of all ages and fitness levels can take part however Dragon Boat Racing does require a medium level of physical activity.

Quick Facts

Locations: Sydney
Duration: 2-3 hours
Group Size: 15-400
Venue: Pyrmont (near Sydney Fish Markets)
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