Stopping for a coffee.
Buckle up and get ready to take a ride along the Perth River that will have your knuckles white and hair raised.
Fremantle Harbour is popular with vessels of all types, but a new one, The Extreme, has quickly made its mark. The Extreme was designed and built in Western Australia by a locally owned and operated company, Extreme Tours, and is the only vessel of its type in Australia.
Based on high speed pursuit/assault craft used by the Singapore and Hong Kong water police and the Malaysian Special Forces, Extreme is 10.9 metres long, has a four metre beam and draws half a metre. It runs with two x 250 hp EFI V6 Mercury outboard engines and can effortlessly reach 40 knots.
Extreme can operate in most conditions, but for safety reasons will not run if sea conditions are over 1.5 metres and/or on-shore winds exceed 28 knots. They can alternatively operate on the Swan and Canning Rivers.
Safety is of utmost importance, and customised seating with aircraft-type lap belts have been incorporated for safety and comfort. Safety glasses are provided and must be worn at all times.
The River Dash goes from Fremantle Boat Harbour to the Swan Bells. From Chidley Point you have a commentary on the area, and then it's full bore to Barrack Square. There you have a cup of tea and a wander for half an hour around the Old Port Precinct and see the Bell Tower. Then it's back on board and flat out back to Fremantle.
Another option is the Sunset Sprint Tour. It leaves 15 minutes before sunset, the captain lines up the setting sun and takes the Extreme full speed towards it. The vessel is then slowed to an idle, so you can photograph the sunset at its most colourful.
The Ocean Encounter Tour leaves Fremantle's Fishing Boat Harbour, enters the Indian Ocean and you have an adrenalin-pumping, high-speed thrill ride for around 30 minutes. You will experience wake jumping, high speed turns and views of some of Western Australia's prettiest beaches.
Crews are professionally accredited and hold Certificates of Competency from the WA Department of Transport.