Boat Hire

The best value boating fun on Sydney Harbour!

We rent easy to use, high quality boats for use in Middle Harbour. They are late model with electric start, steering consoles, power tilt and all safety equipment.

No License is required as the boats travel at less than 10 knots on inland waters. We provide an easy and helpful instruction briefing and all safety gear, including lifejackets, to assure that your time is relaxing and a lot of fun. We take the stress out of Boating!

To rent please click the booking button below

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Fish, picnic, sightsee or just bob at anchor …
No boat licence required!

There are plenty of great fishing spots in Middle Harbour, some great beaches that you can stop off at and lots of quiet bays to explore. Our boats are 4.5m console steering Open runabouts. They have electric start engines and all travel at less than 10 knots. This means you do not need a boat licence to drive them.
If you can drive a car you can drive one of our boats.

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To hire one of our boats you will need:

  • photo I.D.
  • a current credit card
  • to be at least 18 years old
  • a sense of adventure!

Our boats are licenced for four adults or a max capacity of 400kg. For example – 2 adults & 3 children is fine. All occupants must wear a life jacket when underway, but don’t worry, a great selection is provided at no additional charge. Children under 12 must wear a life jacket at all times.

You have miles and miles of beautiful waterways to explore. Our rental boundaries are anywhere in Middle Harbour west of the line between the HMAS Penguin Exclusion Zone and the Lighthouse on Grotto Point. We have maps to show you where this is and can also show you the limits from the Boatshed.

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  1 hour $90

  2 hrs $150

  4 hrs $220

  8 hrs $320

All safety equipment and fuel is provided and included in the price. Personal flotation devices (life jackets) are provided for all occupants and must be worn when underway.

We also sell bait and ice (subject to availability), including prawns, pilchards, chicken gut, squid, whitebait and worms.


Bookings and Cancellations

Bookings are always recommended. This way you can check availability at your preferred time and plan accordingly. We only need your name, a contact number and a minimum 1 hour deposit.

If the weather is bad you are free to cancel at no charge. If your plans change you are free to cancel for the minimum hire fee of 1 hour. PLEASE NOTE – We promise to keep your hire for 15 minutes after the booked time. But we may re-book your boat after that – sorry!

To rent please click the booking button below