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Grand Adventure, Self-Drive Boat Tour

boat ride

Grand Adventure, Self-Drive Boat Tour

294 reviews
40 recent guests said this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English
boat ride

Grand Adventure, Self-Drive Boat Tour

boat ride

Grand Adventure, Self-Drive Boat Tour

294 reviews
40 recent guests said this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Imagine: it’s a beautiful day in Sydney and you’re behind the wheel of a speedboat, gliding through the world-famous harbour with the salty breeze on your face. Surrounded by iconic landmarks, it’s just you, your closest friends and a local guide who knows exactly where to find the coolest spots on Sydney’s downtown shores. Aye, captain - this is the ultimate tour for you if you really want to see Sydney like a local. In fact, I’m the only one in Sydney offering guided self-drive boat tours of the harbour. Forget about joining a huge tourist barge and listening to pre-recorded commentary. It’s much more fun to zip around on quick, agile boats with a small group, seeing unique spots in the harbour the big boats don’t even visit. Don’t worry if you have no experience or boating licence. Most of my guests have never driven a boat before - but after 5-10 minutes they are completely comfortable and able to navigate the harbour confidently. If you really want to discover all the fascinating stories Sydney Harbour has to offer, this trip provides you with the best value. (When you compare this tour with our two hour option and factor in time for your safety briefing and preparation, you’ll get nearly twice as much time on the water. That’s twice the sights, twice the stories and twice the fun - for only 30% more.)

Your host

Learn more about Dirk

Dirk

Hi, I’m Dirk. When I moved here from Germany in 2013, I fell in love with Sydney Harbour. Of course, I haven’t seen every harbour in the world. But that being said... I can’t imagine one more spectacular than this one. When I arrived here, I got myself a kayak and spent days exploring every nook and cranny of the harbour. I realized just how special this location is and how much I wanted to share it with visitors. With more than 25 years of experience on the water with sail and motor boats, you’ll be in safe hands with me guiding the tour. I know every corner of Sydney Harbour and I can’t wait to show you my favorite spots. Plus, I’ll tell you plenty of tidbits and stories most tourists miss out on hearing. I’m looking forward to spending a beautiful day out on the water, sharing my love for Sydney with you aboard my speedboats.

What's included

Equipment
Self-drive boat with life vest, waterproof bag and ponchos

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Where you'll be

You’ll see the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and SO much more. We’ll cover every hidden cove of the downtown Sydney coastline, including the Australian Maritime Museum and Darling Harbour. Cruise through some of the most luxurious coastal neighborhoods. Glide past the beaches of Athol Bay and Hermit Bay, as well as Clark Island, Shark Island and Goat Island. We’ll even get to marvel at the impressive Navy ships moored at Garden Island.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend. • Minimum age to drive the boat is 18 years • Minimum participant age is 10 years

More tips

Before the start of the tour you will participate in a boat safety and operations briefing. Once training is completed you will be able to operate your own boat as you follow me through the harbour.

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Dirk
Grand Adventure, Self-Drive Boat Tour
294 reviews
From $91/person
294 reviews
From $91/person