SYDNEY’S newest multi-million-dollar floating event venue, The Jackson, has landed in the city’s Harbour. A “reimagined superyacht”, The Jackson is named after Sydney Harbour’s ria, Port Jackson.
The Jackson is licensed to host up to 700 guests “cocktail-style” and aims to embody “the beauty and elegance that exemplifies Sydney’s magnificent Harbour,” according to SeaLink, owner and operator of the vessel.
The $15 million venue invites guests in through the Main Deck, which features floor-to-ceiling windows and superb views of Sydney from every angle. The space can host up to 300 guests banquet-style, or 400 guests cocktail-style, making it ideal for corporate events, international & domestic incentive and team-building events, conference dinners, and more.
Guests will also be wowed by designer decor, luxury furnishings, a dedicated bar, and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, including a five-metre built-in LED screen. The Main Deck also provides direct access to the front outdoor deck to sip champagne, capture special moments against the backdrop of the Harbour, and marvel at the sights of Sydney.
Just off the Main Deck, a grand spiral staircase takes guests to the Mid-Deck of the vessel, where they will find elevated views of the Harbour and intimate private rooms, ideal for smaller corporate and private events. This deck can host 110 guests banquet style or 150-plus cocktail style, and guests can also command The Quarters — a private balcony with an operable wall, dividing the room into two spaces of 20, or one space of 40.
One level farther up, The Jackson Bar offers a rooftop like none other in Sydney: simultaneously floating among the city’s skyscrapers, while floating in the Harbour. Complete with luxe lounge seating both indoors and out, and a retractable rooftop, The Jackson Bar also contains the only authentic pizza oven on the Harbour.
The Jackson’s menu focuses on high-quality, sustainable seafood and premium Australian seasonal produce, and is enhanced by some of the country’s best wines. The general public can experience The Jackson’s restaurant and bar from spring, when Sydneysiders will be able to enjoy a calendar of special events. The Jackson will also incorporate a sister vessel, The Jackson Flyer, a luxury 60-person tender vessel, allowing guests to board from almost all wharves in Sydney, even private marinas, the main two pickup locations being King Street Wharf, and Wharf 6 Circular Quay.
“Sydney absolutely shines from the water, and The Jackson brings the best event venue experiences with the Harbour and city as its backdrop,” said the vessel’s General Manager Nick Lester. “To date, we’ve hosted over 60 site inspections, from Australia’s MICE market and corporate sector event organisers, all keen to view Sydney’s newest luxury event venue, resulting in exciting bookings for the year ahead,” he said.
Lester said it’s been great to hear the very positive feedback about The Jackson elevating the Harbour venue experience to a whole new level, with people keen to take advantage of Sydney’s newest premium event venue.” The Jackson is now available for private event charters and site inspections by contacting the vessel’s management directly.