If you’re visiting Australia or living there, then you’ve definitely heard of the scenic beauty of the Great Barrier Reef which is a 2,300 km long ecosystem consisting of some of the most beautiful and unique aquatic species, along with other natural water bodies that the continent is blessed with. To just read or hear about this majestic natural beauty is not enough. You need to be in it to fully appreciate it.
The best way to explore and truly appreciate these blue waters is by boat tours and rides. You can also engage in watersports but if you’re more of a viewer than a doer, then these boat rides and tours are your best way to enjoy the Australian waters.
1. Jet Boat Ride to the Gold Coast
This water splashing, adrenaline rushing and, not to forget, absolutely magical 55 minute jet boat ride on the Gold Coast Broadwater from Surfers Paradise will leave your heart racing. Starting from Surfers Paradise, this boat ride will cross several popular landmarks like Southport Yacht Club, Versace Hotel, Seaworld, waterfront mansions and beaches. Before the start of the ride you will be briefed on some safety instructions and then you’re headed to the Gold Coast for a wavy ride.
2. Ride on the Sydney Harbour
You can definitely expect to get drenched on this jet boat ride because this ride will take you on some sharp turns and jumps that will splash the blue waters of the Sydney harbour on you. This 30 minute jet boat ride on the Sydney Harbour includes the major attractions like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australian Navy Fleet, Australian Prime Minister’s Sydney residence etc. This boat ride takes place every hour throughout the day and departs from Circular Quay. You will receive some safety instructions and a life jacket for your safety before the boat ride departs.
3. Boat Ride to Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is the most popular attraction for tourists as well as residents of closeby places like Perth, Fermantle in West Australia. Rottnest Island is home to Australian sea lions and southern fur seals. There are three ways to reach the Rottnest Island. The three departure points are Fermantle, Perth and Hillarys Boat Harbour. If you’re a big group of friends you can rent a jet boat from Perth or Fermantle and drive it to Rottnest island. It takes around 25 minutes from Fermantle and 90 minutes from Perth to reach Rottnest island.
4. Boat Tour to Cairns
This 35 minute jet boat ride departs from Marline Marina in Cairns and moves across the Trinity Inlet. You can expect to spot some aquatic wildlife like crocodiles on your ride, the scenic view of mountains, mangroves, along with some thrilling stunts from your captain which are sure to keep you glued to your seats (literally)! Upon your arrival, your captain will give you some safety instructions and on the ride he will keep you informed with facts about the city.
5. Jet Boat to Mooloolaba
In this jet boat ride you can experience all the thrills and adventures of a high speed jet boat without getting wet. or you can holler for boat accessories to enhance your experience. This fully enclosed, high speed jet boat will take you through the Mooloolaba for an hour. Your captain will showcase his boat ride skills by making the boat jump, spin, fish tail etc. This ride will be truly unforgettable for you because it will leave you with a photograph as a souvenir which will always remind you of this adrenaline pumped ride. Your ride will depart from the Wharf Marina after you’ve received your safety instructions.
These boat tours and rides are perfect to explore the serene beauty that the Australian waters have to offer. Whether a tourist or a resident of the continent, it is always great to have some fun in water and let out the inner child in you.