Hop on board and take a sticky beak around Sydney Harbour in the fast zone!
There are so many ways to see Sydney Harbour, a place regularly described as the world's most beautiful harbour. Locals and tourists enjoy its glory from many vantage points on land or from the Harbour Bridge. There are busy ferries, sea cats, water taxis, cruise boats and private vessels buzzing across the water day and night. Some enterprising people run trips on naval vehicles and amphibious ducks, and of these, we have found the newest venture.
Patrick McLoughlin and Geoff McCoskery have had plenty of experience on Sydney Harbour. Patrick was captain of the Sydney Showboat and Geoff was the engineer. They saw a gap in the market and started Oz Jet Boating.
They can operate in most parts of the harbour following a code of conduct drafted between them and authorities. They can travel up to 45 knots so you well and truly get to feel the wind in your hair and your adrenalin pumping.
The 20-minute rides leave from the Eastern Pontoon at Circular Quay and you will get a close-up look at the Opera House, some of Sydney's most exclusive homes and the little islands sprinkled in the harbour.
Mind you, it is not guaranteed that your eyes will always be open or that you will arrive back with the same length of fingernail! But if you enjoy a twist, a turn, a thrill and a spin or two, this is the ride for you.
Full weatherproof clothing is available when boarding and the boats operate in all weather conditions. They have specially designed individual bucket seats and cushions, individual lap sashes, roller coaster safety bars and life jackets on board. A safety briefing is given before taking off and the boat can stop within two boat lengths.
Captains are chosen with the utmost care and they all hold a minimum Master Class 5 Certificate of Competency and Engineering, well above the minimal ticket of coxswain legally required. Company policy is that all masters have at least 4500 logged sea hours prior to taking command of the vessel.