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Explore Sydney Harbour

Rose Bay, Australia
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About Explore Sydney Harbour
Explore Sydney Harbour offers guided 2-3 hour self-drive boat tours to the major highlights in Sydney Harbour. Experience the most beautiful harbour in the world in a unique way. Not boating experience or boat license required.
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Do you like adventure? If you are tired of joining the usual tourist crowd then you should book this intense and very personal way to enjoy the full breadth of Sydney Harbour in your own boat. Book your unique self-driving experience and enjoy the most beautiful harbour in the world from a completely different perspective. Discover the major highlights within 75 minutes. Drive below the Harbour Bridge, next to Sydney Opera House and glimpse up-scale residential properties from their backyard. No license or boating experience is required, just follow our knowledgeable and experienced guide.

Departure Point: Rose Bay Boat Ramp, Lyne Park, Rose Bay
The boat ramp is located right next to the Rose Bay Ferry Terminal.
From the city you can either use the F7 Eastern Suburbs Ferry to Rose Bay or take buses 323, 324 or 325. Alternatively you can drive the New South Head road to Rose Bay (Lyne Park).
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Evie G wrote a review Oct 12
Sydney, Australia34 contributions21 helpful votes
Great fun. Although we are locals and have been out on the harbour many times, this gave us a different view of the harbour and foreshaw. Our guide gave a good explanation for anyone not familiar with the area. Went past all the beautiful houses on the North Shore - Cremorne, Mosman etc, then across to the Sydney Opera House, past Navy Ships and Garden Island, then the prestigious Eastern Suburbs and back to Rose Bay. The boats are easy to drive and navigate. We took many beautiful pictures, plus he took photos which he sent to us after the tour. In addition, we took photos of other boats with their drivers and swapped with AirDrop. We were fortunate the weather was sunny and the water was very calm. We can higly recommend doing this fun activity!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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riahwaaat wrote a review Oct 10
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Amazing experience. We will be doing this again & getting this as gifts. The guide was awesome! This is a must do for overseas tourist, and anyone that lives anywhere in Australia & takes a visit to Sydney.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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On Point Reviews wrote a review Mar 2020
44 contributions3 helpful votes
Explore Sydney Harbour allowed us to be the captain of our own little boat (no need for a boat licence either!) to explore the waters of Sydney Harbour and we were definitely impressed! Explore Sydney Harbour reached out to offer a discount to anyone reading this. Keep reading to find the code! Amber and I watched an episode on “The Living Room” that featured these little red boats zipping along the waters and we knew we had to give this a go. Once booked, Dirk, the owner, messaged immediately to say that he was excited to have us on his tour and to not forget our sunscreen and hat. He gave us directions from the car park and the ferry terminal which was extremely helpful as Rose Bay Wharf is rather large and can be difficult to navigate. When we arrived onto the jetty, Dirk and Nicolas, our guide, were awaiting with one of the boats. It was definitely not hard to miss as the bright red colour stood out among the surrounding pale coloured ones. There are 3 boats available for each tour which means you are in a small, friendly group of 6 even if the tour is booked out. Once all guests were there, Nicolas gave us a run down of all we needed to know. He was very friendly as he gave us a great overview of all the rules and regulations as well as how the boat worked. We had little to some experience with boating but the briefing and instructions were very helpful to understand and the boat itself was pretty straightforward. Fun fact: The boats are certified for level flotation, which is the highest water safety standard. This means that they are basically unsinkable! So even if they are completely full of water, they will remain upright! Dirk mentioned he built the boats by himself as there were no suitable boats on the market. They are based on a proven design but modified to comply with Australian standards. The boats are built for 2 people but the passenger weight must not exceed 220kg. Amber had more experience with boats so she volunteered to drive the boat first. We started off slow to get used to maneuvering the boats before we could speed up and have some serious fun. The boat speed is limited to below 10 knots. If you’re not up with nautical terms, this is around 18.5 km per hour. It is a NSW boating regulation that applies to non-licenced boat drivers. If you have a licence, you are advised to bring it along with you so that you can have even more fun! Nicolas lead the pack and we were to follow behind him in a line. He stopped every few minutes to check if all were OK and to give us updated information regarding the landmarks. It was a pleasant trip around the harbour, taking in up and close views of the North Shore whilst checking out the amazing houses and moored boats. At times we felt like a minnow swimming with a whale due to the size differences! The real fun came along as we picked up speed and zipped around to check out the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and also Luna Park. Then the time came….. It was my turn! About half way into the tour, Nicolas gave us an option to swap if we would like to. Much to Amber’s dislike and concern, I hopped into the drivers seat! All in all, the tour took about 2 and bit hours. The time does zip (pardon the pun) by pretty quickly so it didn’t really feel like it. There are longer tours though that are about twice as long and gets you into Darling Harbour and many other places. This is where we got to zip around on our tour:
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Karl1509 wrote a review Mar 2020
Corrimal, Australia88 contributions28 helpful votes
Me and my girlfriend went on this together and had so much fun. It was great to see the harbour from a different perspective and was not like your usual harbour cruise. The boats went surprisingly fast, but are still quite easy for anyone to control. Would highly recommend to tourists and locals.
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dissapointedaug10 wrote a review Mar 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom250 contributions65 helpful votes
My second time climbing the bridge and my husbands third. We travel from Edinburgh Scotland and this is a must for us. Pre book online and then arrive at the meeting point at the Rocks. The sunset climb was very special as you saw the sun go down and the city light up. Every time we come back to Sydney the landscape has changed. It’s such a beautiful city. Our guide was full of fun and very informative. A great experience. Again.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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