Victoria Quay Road, Fremantle
Saturday 9 September 2023 – Sunday 4 February 2024
Included with General Admission.
Book your tickets to WA Maritime Museum below.
Re-live Australia II's historic victory of the 1983 America's Cup.
On 26 September 1983, the yacht Australia II made global history when the oldest sporting trophy in the world, the America’s Cup, was wrested from the Americans after 132 years.
Sail back in time to the 1980s; a time when the famous boxing kangaroo and big hair were all the rage! Discover the untold stories and memorable moments that lead to the incredible Cup victory, continuing in 1987 when Fremantle hosted the Cup defence, hoisting the port city onto the world stage.
Get an intimate look at the grit and perseverance of the Australian crew led by John Bertrand, as they set new standards in elite sport with a revolutionary keel design shrouded in secrecy.
In Newport, Rhode Island at 5.21pm, Australia II crossed the finish line, the committee boats cannon firing a puff of white smoke indicating this stunning victory. Celebrate this historic moment from 40 years ago and the feel the impact it has had on the nation with our incredible maritime sporting achievements.
WA Maritime Museum is the official home of the Australia II yacht with the Museum being purpose built to house this Western Australian icon. Forever immortalised, see the yacht displayed in the defining moment of the final race, having just passed the American boat Liberty on the last downwind leg.
Saturday 16 September – Sunday 24 September
Combining the excitement of live theatre against a cinematic backdrop, celebrate the moment in time which defined a nation in what became known as the Race of the Century.
Australia II: 40 Years On — The Celebration
Saturday 23 September – Tuesday 26 September
We are throwing the doors open for an extra long weekend of FREE activities in celebration of the 40 year anniversary of the legendary yachting triumph which brought the America's Cup Down Under!
Special exhibition events
Daily | 4pm - 8.30pm by prior arrangement
Celebrate this milestone anniversary with one of the crew, under the magnificent wing-keeled winnings yacht: Australia II.
Sunday 19 November | 2pm - 3pm
Sunday 3 December | 2pm - 3pm
Sunday 21 January | 2pm - 3pm
Inspired by Australia II's historical win over the America's Cup, join speakers from the world of competitive sailing and explore the world of speed on the water.
Sunday 12 November | 1pm – 2.30pm
Sunday 21 January | 1pm – 2.30pm
Enjoy a lively storytelling tour about how the America's Cup came to Fremantle and what happened when the big race came to town.
Saturday 3 February | 6pm - 11.30pm
Exhibition viewing | 6pm - 8pm
Event doors open | 7pm
Be transported to the 80s for a closing party that will have you stacking on the shoulder pads and pulling on your leg warmers!