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Self-Drive Boat Hire in Sydney

Cruise around the magnificent Sydney harbour with Charter Boat Sydney’s wide range of self-drive boat hires. These boats all have safety equipment and you don’t need any experience or license. They’re easy to drive and available for anyone over 21 years of age.

Sydney features a one-of-a-kind water culture, and a private boat rental is the perfect option to enjoy its magnificent views. There’s nothing like having fun with your friends or family while taking in Sydney’s best attractions – from the Sydney Opera House to the Harbour Bridge.

Charter Boat Sydney’s private boat charters will take you to see the spectacular sights in Sydney like the famous Opera House, Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge. You can also go past Shark Island, Fort Denison, Rose Bay and other breathtaking sceneries.

You can celebrate your special occasions while sailing in a self-drive boat. For instance, pontoon boats are perfect for birthdays or just a casual sail, and they’re also perfect for small, intimate gatherings.

Top Boat Activities You Can Do

You can do a number of activities like going to the beach, kayaking or whale watching while enjoying your self-drive Sydney Harbour cruise. You can also visit beaches or other popular attractions like Farm Cove, Cockatoo Island and Luna Park. Here are other activities you can do while on cruise:

1. Going to the beach

There are several beaches you can check out near the Sydney Harbour. For instance, Queens Beach is one of the best beaches near the Sydney Harbour Bridge, located between Rose Bay and Milk Beach. 

Milk Beach, on the other hand, is a great spot to relax while enjoying the city views in front of you.

2. Kayaking

You can also try kayaking for an exciting and memorable experience. It will allow you to explore some nearby islands and areas that sailboats and ferries don’t commonly reach. You’ll also be able to see natural landscapes, numerous birds and marine life that inhabit the area.

It’ll be fun to learn about the history of the fascinating places and explore the beautiful beaches and coves.

3. Whale watching

Being on a cruise will get you closer to the whales and they’re easy to spot. They usually show up onSydney Harbour. There’s excellent visibility when the sun is overhead, so it’s best to spot whales between 11am to 3 pm. 

You may catch humpback whales playing, or even dolphins might also show up. For pictures, you’ll get good shots in the morning or afternoon light.

4. Paddle boarding

One of the most popular activities in Sydney Harbour is stand-up paddle boarding. It’s a fun activity and also a great exercise. Just be careful while doing it as you will need balance as a regular surfboard. Discover some of the harbour’s best places as you paddle along the bays.

Paddle boarding is perfect for beginners or experienced paddlers as there will be instructors who will make the session adaptable to your ability.

Why Hire This Self-Drive Boat?

Charter Boat Sydney’s self-drive boats feature sound systems, fridge, BBQ facilities and crockery. It’s great for making an impression on your guests, and this memorable cruise will get people to talk about their experience.

These boats feature comfortable seats that are perfect for families and friends who want to relax. They’re stable and versatile, perfect for slow rides on the water and for you to get a great view of the ocean.


How many guests can a self-drive boat accommodate?

Our self-drive boat hires can accommodate about 7 to 12 guests, depending on the vessel type.

Is there a first aid kit available on board?

Yes, we make sure the vessels are equipped with first aid kits in case of an emergency. We make sure to strictly follow the AMSA’s (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) safety regulations for everyone’s safety onboard.

Does the boat have shade for the weather?

Yes, we ensure to provide protection from the sun and rain on all vessels.

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