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Explore Sydney Harbour with Self-Drive Boat Hire

Self-Drive Boating

Why not wear your captain’s hat and sail a boat around the harbour yourself if you’re looking for breathtaking scenery and a thrilling adventure? You can get behind the wheel of a self-drive boat and see the sights as part of a tour without needing a boat license or any prior experience.

This is a truly new and thrilling boating experience that much outweighs those of bigger sightseeing boats. It’s ideal for those looking for a little excitement!

What to Wear

  • Wear casual clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting soaked from the sea spray
  • Sunscreen and a hat with a close fit are advised

What’s Included

  • Boat hire
  • Training
  • Safety equipment
  • Expert guide
  • Waterproof ponchos –it depends, guests often enjoy the sea spray
  • Watertight bag for valuables

Each guest will receive a boat safety and procedures briefing prior to the start of the rental. After completing your training, you will be able to drive your own boat around Sydney Harbour by following your guide. We can show you where to find safe anchorage, fascinating locations to visit, and possible stopping areas like fish markets.

Self-Drive Boat Hire Celebrations

Whether you want to rent a private boat or be the captain for the day on a self-drive boat hire, we ensure that booking with us for your private corporate gatherings, weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations will be an unforgettable experience.

Destinations for Self-Drive Boating

Our self-drive boat rentals can be used anywhere around Sydney Harbour. You may also visit the most popular landmarks with our self-drive boats. Admire the upscale suburban neighbourhoods of Kurraba Point, Cremorne Point, the Point Piper mansions and Kirribilli see the big navy ships in Garden Island, cruise past Clark and Shark Island, and more as you drive under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and past the Sydney Opera House.

Self-Drive Boat Hire Activities

People frequently inquire, “What can we see or do in a 4-hour hire?” We’ve simplified things for you so you can enjoy your own Sydney Harbour trip. While on one of our self-drive boats, there are a few things you can do.

  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Stopping somewhere for your picnic
  • Drinking your favourite beverages
  • Sight seeing
  • BBQing or cooking your favourite meal onboard 
  • Cruising around Sydney Harbour
  • Taking a break at a quiet beach
  • Photography

Why Choose Us?

Before making a self-drive boat reservation, we make sure that your driver is familiar with all of Sydney’s rules and regulations, including those concerning safety! Prior to every self-drive booking, VIP Boat Hire Sydney conducts a thorough safety and procedures briefing. We’ll also show the boat’s captains all of the tricks of the trade when it comes to running our boats.

Inquire about fishing spots or even secluded beaches in the harbour with our team. Our team is well-versed in every topic!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is smoking allowed onboard?

Onboard our boat, smoking is strictly prohibited.

What is the minimum age to operate the vessels?

 To drive it yourself, you must be at least 21 years old

Do I need to be physically fit to rent a self-drive boat?

No, physical fitness or strength are not required; our instructors will educate you that boating is all about technique, not strength. Boating is a sport that may be enjoyed by individuals of all ages and fitness levels.

Where can we operate the boat?

Our boat is capable of operating practically anyplace in Sydney Harbour. A map will be provided to you on the day of your rental.

Do you need a boat licence to hire and drive?

A boat license is not required. Our self-drive boats are simple to use and safe.

I have made a booking for self-drive hire, what happens next?

You will get an email confirmation of your reservation, along with our instructions and information on the rental.

Is there parking there?

Parking is allowed inside the boat ramp parking lot throughout the week. However, parking on the street, where parking is permitted 24 hours a day is strongly recommended.

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