Everywhere You Can Jetboat in Australia Right Now
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This summer looks to be a summer like no other. A summer free of lockdowns, of (most) restrictions, and a summer where we can look forward to enjoying the outdoors like we never have before.
With the weather warming up, Australians look to the water. The beach, swimming holes, lakes, and everything in between is a sure-fire destination come the end of the year, but what about spicing up the adventure levels? Jetboating is a pretty common activity when you’re visiting New Zealand, but there are plenty of great places to jetboat around Australia. These are the best spots to get into a jetboat and hold on for dear life.
New South Wales and ACT
Thunder Jet operates on the vast but busy waters of Sydney Harbour. The boat which departs from Circular Quay fits 23 people aboard, and takes in Sydney’sbest sights, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, as well as suburbs such as Rose Bay, and Watsons Bay. Choose from either the ‘Thunder Thrill’ ride which goes for 30 minutes or the ‘Extreme Adrenalin Rush’ ride which runs for 45 minutes.
Suitable for anyone over 1.2m tall, Oz Jet Boating runs a 30 minutes ‘Shark Attack Thrill Ride’ that also takes place on Sydney Harbourne. During this hot lap of Sydney Harbour, you’ll spot Sydney Opera House, Clark Island, Shark Island, Sydney’s famous harbourside mansions, as well as Taronga Zoo, and Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can book Oz Jet Boating for corporate events, Christmas parties, and even birthday parties as well.
Harbour Jet was the first jet boat operation in Australia and has been tearing up Sydney Harbour for more than 15 years. Departing from Darling Harbour, Harbour Jet runs a ‘Jet Blast Adventure’ that takes 30 minutes and powers past Sydney’s most iconic locations. Its 45 minute ‘Sydney Harbour Adventure’ takes in all the same sights, with some extra locations thrown in for good measure.
Victoria and Tasmania
Thundercat Tours takes off from San Remo, the last stop before landing on Victoria’s Phillip Island. The 30-minute trip takes in the granite cliffs and caves of Cape Woolamai—locations that can only be reached by boat. You don’t need a huge crew to jump on the Thundercat, with a tour able to be booked with just two people.
Found just a 35-minute drive from Hobart, the Huon Jet runs on the beautiful Huon River and has been running since 1989—carrying more than 100,000 passengers over the journey. The boat journey is 35 minutes and will see you ducking in and out of the forest canopy, and over rapids. You’ll stop at some peaceful spots across the river where you might spot platypus, sea eagles, and even the odd dolphin.
Dunsborough and Busselton
Jet Adventures runs from both Dunsborough and Busselton in Western Australia, and if you thought the adrenaline of flying across the water was enough, wait until you add some whale watching to the experience. Jet Adventures runs whale watching tours where you can get up close to the world’s largest animal. You can also book a Wilderness Cruis where you’ll see dolphins, fur seals, whales, and a range of birdlife.
The Westcoast Jet departs south of Perth in Fremantle for a thrill ride on the Indian Ocean. Westcoast Jet’s ‘Okiedokie’ jetboat is one of the largest jetboats in Australia at 12 metres and will have you spinning and holding on tight throughout the ride. The ride on Okiedokie from Fremantle runs for 20 minutes.
The Gold Coast is Australia’s jetboating capital, and Jetboat Extreme is one of the best. The 650 horsepower jet engine takes on the Gold Coast’s waterways at 80kmh and will have you flying past beaches, high rises, and mansions. Jetboat Extreme was the original jetboat tour operator in Surfers Paradise.
Gold Coast’s jetboat operators all steer clear of each other with their own exclusive spots to rip into. Paradise Jet Boating operates in areas of the Broadwater and Moreton Bay Marine Park where you’ll catch some amazing sights. The boat darts along the amazing beaches in as little as 10cm of water at times. You’ll zoom past the Gold Coast’s iconic Sea World theme park, and keep an eye out for dolphins, wallabies, and other local wildlife on the trip. Paradise Jet Boating departs from both Surfers Paradise, and Main Beach.
Ocean Jet is Australia’s fastest jet boat, clocking across the waves at 100kmh. The boat is fully enclosed, so you’ll stay dry while jumping waves, spinning, and catching amazing views of the Gold Coast. Ocean Jet takes you through the Gold Coast Seaway, and out into the Pacific Ocean. Keep an eye out along the way for the white beaches of South Stradbroke Island, Sea World, and the Palazzo Versace.
Not a jetboating experience, but Wildlands Wetlands Safari Tours is a boat tour that’s sure to get the blood pumping in a different way. Floating on Corroboree Billabong—just 90 minutes from Darwin—the guided airboat tour will have you catching glimpses of local birdlife, wallabies, buffalo, jabiru, sea eagles, and, of course, crocodiles. Tours run for 45, 60, or 90 minutes.
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