Rugby on the water at Sydney’s Darling Harbour

Sydney water rugby sport

This April, Sydney’s iconic Darling Harbour is set to host the adrenaline-pumping BSc Energy Aqua Rugby Festival, Australia’s only floating rugby tournament, for its thrilling third season. From Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th April, a 30 x 30 meter floating pontoon will become the battleground for a unique three-day rugby fiesta unlike any other. With an intriguing mix of sport and spectacle, the festival promises rugby action with a twist — players battling it out on a floating pitch, with the Sydney Harbour waters waiting to receive anyone who dares to take the plunge off the pitch.

The Aqua Rugby Festival is not just about the sport; it’s an event that encapsulates the Australian spirit of camaraderie and celebration. Sydneysiders and visitors alike can witness a star-studded lineup of players showcasing their skills, making spectacular dives and crash-tackles, all in pursuit of scoring that elusive try. This quirky version of rugby not only pays homage to the traditional sport but also brings a fresh, exhilarating twist that is sure to captivate Australians and visitors.

For those seeking an elevated experience, the festival offers an exclusive VIP package. Imagine watching the game from a luxurious cabana sponsored by Bollinger Champagne, with bottomless champagne and a dedicated staff member at your beck and call. This ultra-luxe VIP area is the perfect vantage point for indulging in the delectable offerings from Nick’s Seafood, all while soaking in the best views of the action. Priced at $440 per person, it’s an opportunity to feel like rugby royalty, even if just for a day.

The festival isn’t just about rugby; it’s a celebration of community and connection. For smaller groups, the organizers have thoughtfully arranged for like-minded individuals to join forces, potentially mingling with rugby greats stationed within the Bollinger VIP area. With players such as Wendell Sailor, Bernard Foley, and Mitchell Pearse in attendance, it’s an unparalleled opportunity to rub shoulders with the legends of the game.

Conceived in 2020 by Wallaby Bernard Foley and Aqua Rugby CEO and co-founder Jimmy Galvin, the BSc Energy Aqua Rugby Festival aims to rejuvenate the sport with a modern format, engaging a new audience and bringing the game closer to people across Sydney. This year, with BSc Energy as the naming rights partner, the festival is poised to reach new heights, offering something for everyone — from the hardcore rugby enthusiast to those simply looking for a day of fun in the sun.

For a more laid-back experience, the Party Pontoon hosted by Better Beer and Budgy Smuggler offers a floating festival atmosphere for just $65 per person. Complete with DJs and bars, it’s the perfect backdrop for experiencing the action while enjoying a casual day out.

Mark your calendars and book your tickets now through the Aqua Rugby or direct through the Aqua Rugby Eventbrite page. For more about this unique sporting spectacle, visit Don’t miss your chance to be part of this remarkable blend of sports, luxury, and entertainment at Sydney’s Darling Harbour — a testament to the city’s endless capacity for innovation and fun.