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.
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.
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!
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!