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Grand Adventure, Self-Drive Boat Tour

Rose Bay, Australia

Experience hosted by Dirk

3 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes equipment

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.)
Other things to note
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.
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…

What's included

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

Meet your host, Dirk

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 335 Reviews
  • Identity verified
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.
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 w…
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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.

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 335 reviews.

Olga
April 2021
Such a fantastic experience. The host was fabulous and I felt safe at all times. I will never forget that feeling going under the harbour bridge and that view was just spectacular. Well worth your money :)
George
April 2021
Such an incredible and unforgettable experience. My cheeks hurt from laughing/smiling at the end! My girlfriend and I have no experience driving a boat so we found it completely exhilarating! Best way too see all the nooks and crannies of pretty much the entire harbour - 10/10 all round.
Such an incredible and unforgettable experience. My cheeks hurt from laughing/smiling at the end! My girlfriend and I have no experience driving a boat so we found it completely ex…
Katrina
April 2021
My partner and I had an amazing time on this experience. Like many other people who have left astounding reviews, I finally understood why. We're from Melbourne and we were down for a short trip on the weekend. The weather was nice and sunny and the perfect conditions for speed boating around the harbour. It definitely is a great way to see Sydney. I would even go as far as telling all my family and friends because it was so much fun and the scenery was beautiful!
My partner and I had an amazing time on this experience. Like many other people who have left astounding reviews, I finally understood why. We're from Melbourne and we were down fo…
Fanny
April 2021
Amazing activity, lots of fun! And of course a great way to see the city. Everything was on time and easy to understand
Ajay
January 2021
This was one of the best days I’ve had. What a treat. Part exhilarating part terrifying but that only added to the greatness of the day. My son, the lead foot, was the driver and he loved zipping over the waves. I did too tbh but don’t tell him haha. Such a caring host making sure we were safe the whole time. Never in my life after years of living in Sydney did I think my son and I would drive our own boat to every single one of the highlighted bay stops including a jaw dropping ride under the Harbour bridge. Worth every cent and we will be back!
This was one of the best days I’ve had. What a treat. Part exhilarating part terrifying but that only added to the greatness of the day. My son, the lead foot, was the driver and h…
Lauren
January 2021
This was such a fantastic experience! I purchased this as a surprise for my partner's birthday and we have already decided to do this again for friend's and family's birthdays! Dirk was a fantastic navigator and guided us all along the Sydney coastline, from Rose Bay, Point Piper, Darling Harbour, Lane Cove, Pyrmont and even under the Harbour Bridge. As someone who has grown up in Sydney, it was so much fun to be able to see Sydney from a different perspective on the water. The jet boat itself was very fast and easy to manouver. We had the best time and can't wait to do it again. Thank you, Dirk!
This was such a fantastic experience! I purchased this as a surprise for my partner's birthday and we have already decided to do this again for friend's and family's birthdays! Dir…

Activity advisory

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Every adventure follows industry guidelines. We partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, expert leaders in adventure travel, to define best practices and standards for safety.
Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

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

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Wear casual clothes and shoes

Sunscreen and a hat/cap