Sydney offers up a range of opportunities for fun and adventure on the water all year round. Whether it be on the iconic Sydney Harbour or somewhere more tranquil like the peaceful waters of a national park, you won’t be left with nothing to do this Aussie summer. Read on to learn of some relaxing and thrill seeking activities to enjoy in beautiful Sydney.
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Thunder Jet Boat Thrill Ride
Don’t be scared by thrill in the name, a Sydney Harbour Thunder Jet Boat Ride can be enjoyed from all ages beginning at just 5 years of age and up! With there being two fantastic rides to choose from, a Jet Boat Ride provides a captivating way to see the wonderful sights of the Harbour. The Thunder Twist ride offers a 30 minute fast paced adventure around the Harbour, zooming by the iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge and more. The 45 minute Extreme Adrenalin Rush ride, the only ride to depart from Circular Quay will take you further around the north and south heads of the harbour with added thrills, spins and splashes. Waterproof jackets are provided upon arrival however it is suggested to bring a change of spare clothes as it is likely that water will splash into the jet boat, especially for those seated at the back. Once you have commenced your thrilling ride, treat yourself to a fancy dinner at one of Sydney’s most popular restaurants like Criniti’s or Hurricanes Bar and Grill.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
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You may prefer a change of scenery and escape to the serene Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, located just 45 minutes north of Sydney. Here you can learn to stand up paddle-board in balmy waters that are ideal for beginners, while being surrounded by the natural beauty of the national park. Start your 90 minute experience down at the Basin Campground, where your guide will provide a safety briefing and rental equipment for your lesson, all you will need to bring is your best swimwear and sun protection. You will firstly learn the basics on land before you hop into the tranquil waters of Pittwater, an easy place for new paddle-boarders to learn being protected from boats, waves and wind. Paired with first class training, your guide will also share some historic facts about the site, mustering your knowledge of the national park. After your 1 hour lesson, you will then have 30 minutes to explore the basin on your own. Be sure to look out for wild birds and native animals as the basin is renowned for being the spot to see them in their natural habitat. Once you have finished up at the basin, you may want to visit the nearby picnic and barbecue facilities to enjoy a hard earned meal.
Sydney Harbour Kayak Tours
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If stand up paddle boarding seems a little too tricky for you and you would prefer something a little more relaxing, why not embark on a journey to Sydney Harbour to see it in a completely different way via sea kayaks. The Sydney Harbour Kayaks Coffee Tour is a 2 hour journey from Spit Bridge toward Grotto and Middle head, providing a close up view of what the harbour has to offer. Your guide will relay interesting history of the area combined with knowledge shared on any flora and fauna that may arise along the way. Now it isn’t called the Kayaks Coffee tour for no reason. Once you have soaked up some of the harbour's finest views, you will head to a pristine beach to be treated to a well earned break with freshly brewed coffee. Undertake this journey with your team at work or a close group of friends to combine fun, water and alluring views.