Madame Tussauds - Sydney

Captain James Cook Returns to Sydney Harbour


Captain James Cook today returned to Sydney Harbour to relive his original 1769 Tahiti mission; to track the Transit of Venus and calculate the distance of the sun from Earth.

The Transit of Venus – when the planet Venus transits across the face of the sun – is a very rare occurrence. Since the phenomena was first recognised, there have only been six transits of Venus, with the most recent one occurring this month and the next one to take place in 105 years.


With the help of Captain Cook Cruises and Madame Tussauds Sydney, Captain Cook’s infamous adventure was relived as he sailed valiantly into Darling Harbour with his map held high. And although Captain Cook may have upgraded his mode of transport since 1769, the rich history of the moment was not lost as the planet Venus crossed the face of the sun which shone down on the Captain’s shoulders.


With the Transit of Venus coinciding with the launch of Captain Cook Cruise’s new bright Red Rocket, as well as the recent opening of Madame Tussauds Sydney in Darling Harbour, which houses Captain Cook’s wax figure, it was the perfect opportunity to bring Captain James Cook back to Sydney and into the history pages again.


“With the rare phenomenon Transit of Venus occurring today, and it being famous for its association
with Captain Cook, we thought it was only befitting for him to return to Sydney on our new Captain Cook Red Rocket and view the historic transit again” said Anthony Haworth, General Manager, Captain
Cook Cruises.


The Captain Cook wax figure is one of over 70 figures that feature in the new Madame Tussauds Sydney. The new, permanent attraction is the first of its kind to land on Australian shores and has nine themed zones accommodating the wax figures for visitors to interact with. Whether it’s surfing next to Layne Beachley, kissing Leonardo DiCaprio, dancing with Michael Jackson or having a chat on the sofa next to Oprah, visitors are star-struck.


Come along and see Captain Cook and many more stars at Madame Tussauds Today. Purchase tickets by clicking on the Buy Now link below!