Jet Boating on Sydney Harbour – School Holiday Ideas

Now look, I have to be honest with you here and say that I would never pay full price for a jet boat ride around Sydney Harbour.

Never, ever, not on your nellie.  Just far too expensive.

The regular costs for the Thunder Jet 30 minute ride we did are:

Adults: $60 Kids: $40 (4 years- 15 years) Family:$ 165



Especially when you have a posse of kids with you, I took three of mine plus a friend.

jet boat leaves circular quay

The jet boat sets off!

I got them on a daily discount deal for much less than half that price.

The kids absolutely loved the ride though, and they weren’t totally hysterical with fear either.

jet boat ride around Sydney Harbour

Thunder Jet thumbs up

We booked ahead with the vouchers, bookings can be changed so long as you give more than 24 hours notice..

The jet boats leave from Circular Quay on the Opera House side.

jet boat ride around Sydney Harbour

I couldn’t take a photo on the jet boat ride, too wet. Glasses got hard to see through!

Sydney Opera House and Harbour bridge

We got the ferry over to Circular Quay. Will never get tired of this view and the ferry journey.

 Would I do it again?

Oh yes for sure, and the kids agree.

But I’d get a voucher again for sure!

Disclosure: none! this trip was paid for by my flexible fiend, the Visa card

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Posted on: November 20, 2012


  • Reply November 20, 2012


    Glad you had a good time although I have to agree – I think the prices they are charge are just exhorbitant ! YAY for discount vouchers (which probably brings the ride down to what it should actually cost !!!)
    Have a great day !

    • Reply November 20, 2012


      That’s right, it’s an ok cost with the vouchers. Must check out what other things I can snap up for discounts for these school hols.

  • Reply November 20, 2012


    Sounds like a lot of fun, I am flabbergasted at some of the prices of things these days. Is there a particular go-to place for discount deals you frequent or just google each time?

    • Reply November 20, 2012


      I think this one was Living Social… or maybe Groupon. I have mixed feelings about these discount voucher thinggies, but glad we did this. It was fun.

  • Reply November 20, 2012


    $40 for a kid???! That’s way crazy exxy. I’ve been on one of those jet boats (I think there’s another company just next to them?) but it was part of a company team building thing. I wouldn’t have paid for it out of my own pocket.
    At least now the kids can say they’ve done it.

  • Reply November 20, 2012


    Don’t you love that flexible friend! 🙂
    Lucky for us, Boatman has his own boat (actually technically it’s mine for tax purposes), so we can just make him take us around the harbour at warp speed instead. 🙂

  • Reply November 21, 2012


    That looks like a blast – I can imagine my kids loving it when they’re a bit older – although we’ll definitely be looking for the discount vouchers!

  • Reply November 21, 2012


    That is so expensive!! Wouldn’t be possible for most people realistically. I guess they are targeting the visitors mostly.

    • Reply November 21, 2012


      I think that’s right, you know, People visiting Sydney probably are paying more as it’s a now or never thing. Groupon has a voucher for this I saw today.

  • Reply November 21, 2012

    Desire Empire

    I loved it when I did it in NZ many moons ago. The vouchers sound like the only way to go. Your kids must think you are the best mum.

    • Reply November 22, 2012


      They did think that for a minute thatday… but it didn’t last long and I was soon back to being ‘the meanest mother.’ Sigh.

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