The next Aqua Rugby Festival is being held over Thursday 11th to Saturday the 13th of April 2024.

The 30 x 30 metre pontoon pitch hosting all of rugby’s crashes & splashes, will be floating in Darling Harbour NSW.

There will also be a vibrant festival precinct along the shoreline – filled with great food, music, big screens, sponsor activations and much more – which is all free for the public to enjoy!

The action will begin from 12PM (Midday) over all 3 days of the event; with the last game wrapped up by 4:30PM and the festival zone wrapped up by 5PM.

Children can absolutely attend the buzzing shoreline of Aqua Rugby in Darling Harbour.

They’ll be able to enjoy all of the rugby, and no doubt  get to meet some of the stars as they come from the pontoon pitch!

However all VIP ticketed functions to the Bollinger VIP Pontoon & Better Beer + Budgy Smuggler Pontoons is 18+ only.


To learn the exciting rules of Aqua Rugby, head to the Match panel of the website, where the full list of rules are displayed.
Our rules have been drawn up by our rugby experts Bernard Foley & Sean Maloney, to showcase all the best parts of fast-paced, running rugby – on the water!

The Aqua Rugby pitch will be built in Duck Creek, Silverwater. It is made from thousands of floating mini pontoons that tessellate. On top of the pontoon, we have a shock pad that is fitted & high-end playing grade synthetic grass to complete the playing surface.

You can check out the full list of invited teams involved on our Teams page of the website. We’re incredibly proud to invite teams to the Aqua Rugby Festival from a diverse range of backgrounds & cultures.

What’s the tournament structure? There will be a separate knockout Men’s & Women’s competitions on all days of the tournament + some awesome exhibition matches from an exciting range of teams represented from Australia & abroad.

The draw will be released well in advance to the tournament taking place, so that you know which day to catch your favourite stars & team playing.

Follow us on our social media channels to stay updated with the draw announcement.

Yes – We are introducing the Players Draft Competition. Be sure to follow us on our socials, and keep your eye out for competitions to win your place playing on one of our Teams at the Aqua Rugby Festival.

Keep your finger on the pulse on our: Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook profiles.

Invited players are a mix of former & current rugby greats + up & coming rugby talent breaking into the scene.

Players are selected by world-class coaches & managers. Keep your eye on our social media accounts for player announcements & coaching appointments as we lead into the tournament!


Aqua Rugby is free for the public to enjoy from the Darling Harbour shoreline. We’ll have food trucks, big screens, activations even a bar to have cocktails that you can watch the action from & enjoy a cocktail – thanks to Fever Tree & El Jimador.

Whilst you can enjoy Aqua Rugby from our ticketed pontoons; you can enjoy Aqua Rugby for free on the shoreline of Darling Harbour. We will have food stations as well as our public bar sponsored by Fever Tree & El Jimador for a cocktail on the foreshore; along with various activations for all to be involved.

You can check out ALL of the info on Aqua Rugby VIP Events, Packages & Tickets, HERE.

The dress code is listed for each individual event, in the event description on our Eventbrite pages. You can see the full listing of VIP events, here.

Your ticket will automatically be sent through to the email address provided in the purchasing process.

You can print your ticket – however we’re able to check you in to the event with the ticket on your smartphone, with it set to full brightness.

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And we’ll advise whether there is capacity to change your tickets to the day, or event you would prefer to go to.


ARA events are all-weather outdoor events that will go ahead in most weather conditions. The event will only be cancelled if the weather is deemed hazardous and puts the safety of guests and staff at risk. If an event is cancelled due to hazardous weather, ARA will use all reasonable endeavours to refund ticket prices depending on any operative, applicable and responsive insurance policies, and ARA’s operational requirements. Any refunds will be entirely at the discretion of ARA.

Whilst every effort is made to mitigate the risk, we cannot accept responsibility if ARA events are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or any relevant public health orders which restrict attendance at ARA events.  Such decisions are completely out of our control, and we cannot guarantee that your ticket price will be refunded in these circumstances.

The following matters will be taken into account by ARA in considering whether to cancel an ARA event:

  1. winds in excess of 50 knots;
  2. dangerous waves and/or swell;
  3. a passing lightning storm; and
  4. any other hazardous or dangerous weather conditions.


AQUA RUGBY is more central than ever. The Light Rail travels right through a number of Darling Harbour stations including ICC Sydney’s stops, Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre. The Light Rail starts at Central Station in the CBD and travels to Dulwich Hill in the inner west.

Wilson Parking offer affordable and secure parking in Darling Harbour. 

We’d recommend you order an Uber to the W Hotel in Darling Harbour– this will drop you right in the centre of the buzzing shoreline, and a short stroll from the Aqua Rugby Festival.


With every action we take at Aqua Rugby Australia, the environment & sustainability of our event is front of mind.

It’s our priority to ensure the environment is left pristine – with a focus on preserving  our environment & a healthy clean ocean.

We have been working closely with RMS for a matter of years to ensure that we protect Sydney Harbour to ensure this does not affect sea life in the area.

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Come and watch the action for free with your family & friends on the Manly Shoreline, or join us at the Captain’s Run at a fully catered event with the players to launch the event.




Want to step up your AQUA RUGBY Festival experience?

We have a range of all-inclusive VIP hospitality experiences on offer.
From floating on a super yacht for the day, to rubbing shoulders with the stars in the Players Pavilion.

Limited packages available, so snap one up swiftly for you & the crew!




Get to know the teams & fast-paced rules of Australia’s newest sporting sensation, Aqua Rugby





Immerse yourself in the ultimate celebration with clients and friends by securing your spot in a FULLY-CATERED VIP BOLLINGER CHAMPAGNE FLOATING CABANA. Alternatively, revel in the excitement of a day filled with THRILLING RUGBY, WORLD-CLASS DJ’S, and ICE-COLD DRINKS aboard the BETTER BEER & BUDGY SMUGGLER PARTY PONTOON.

This year’s extravaganza promises an international flair with invitational teams joining from overseas, along with teams representing every corner of Australia. Picture professional players diving into the water to score tries, engaging in full-contact tackles off the side – and you’ll be right there, witnessing the big splashes and even bigger hits!