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Budget Boating on Sydney Harbour

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by Sam (subscribe)
Exploring the cultural sights & activities in Sydney (and telling you about them)
Published August 8th 2011
A few weeks ago I went to a Harbour Cruise party that was fun, amazing and beautiful and I asked what the rates are to rent a cruise for a few hours (hey, who doesn't want to celebrate their birthday on a boat, right?) Oh, somewhere between $5000-9000, huh? Hmm, that doesn't quite fit my budget.

So I went out and found some other really cool 'boat-ish'/'water-ish' alternatives. Not exactly birthday celebration material with 400 friends, but still very enjoyable and best of all, very cheap. So here we go:

1. Rent a boat for $12 p.p. for 4 hours.

At Rose Bay Marina you can rent a four-hour charter from $340, which is fairly do-able. Have a go at what we did: we rented a half-cabin, 20 ft long cruise for 4 hours. We only paid $12 each as we were with 8 of us. It was awesome! And no, you don't need a boat license.

Sydney Harbour Escapes. Rose Bay Marina, 504 NSW Head Rd., Rose Bay, (02) 93284748

2. Watch races on water for $20.

My friend gave me this really cool tip: you can follow the fleet of 18 footers (aka Aussie 18) during the championship days (March/April each year) on board of a ferry! It's called the spectator ferry' and leaves every race day at 2.15 (at the Double Bay Warf) and comes back around 4pm. Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased at the 18 Footers office.

Australian 18 Footers Australia, Double Bay NSW 2028, (2) 93632995, 93635327

3. Kayak at the Sydney Harbour for $20 an hour.

Of course, there are guided tours that teach you how to paddle your kayak. It's not that hard (at least, that's what I think). So I went out to explore places I could hire the cheapest kayak and I found out I could hire a sea kayak on the north side for $20 an hour. That's cool! Plus the north side is a bit calmer which made kayaking more comfortable to me. Go, go, go!

Sydney Harbour Kayaks, The Spit Bridge Mosman NSW 2088, (02) 99604389, 02 99694590

So far my tips, but I bet there is so much more to do and so many cheap places to do it at! Leave a comment if you have any tips and tricks on boats so I can try them out - and review them later for you and the readers if you like!
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Why? It's cheap and fun
Where: Sydney Harbour
Cost: 20 dollars max!
That's a good tip! I'd do wanna wait for spring though. It'll be good to be boating in the hot sun!
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 9th of August @ 09:13 pm
What a great idea for an article. Thanks for the creative suggestions.
By Jon Jones - general editor
Friday, 12th of August @ 05:38 am
Thanks for the great ideas!
Just wondering... How do you rent a boat for $12 p.p.? All I could find equated to renting a boat for $42.50 for 8 people. Is there a special deal?
By Anonymous
Thursday, 18th of August @ 01:11 pm
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