Racing through Sydney Harbour on a Jet Boat Thrill Ride
I’ve seen Sydney Harbour from my first bedroom in Sydney, from rotating bars, from sunset picnics across the bridge, and from quite a few boat rides. I’ve boated around on ferries, a VIP party cruise, old sailing ships, and whale watching tours, but sailing around the harbor never seems to get old. Nonetheless, one mode I hadn’t tried was jet boat.
Since moving to Sydney, I had seen the jet boat rides offered around Sydney Harbour, but I had never really thought to give one a try. Two weekends ago, though, I exchanged a Tinggly voucher for a new adventure, a thirty-minute thrill ride around the harbor.
Grey skies may not have made the world’s most beautiful backdrop for the ride, but I was prepared to get drenched anyway, so I embraced the dreariness, glad to at least have some respite from the wild storms that had recently hit Sydney, and headed to Circular Quay. We were given ponchos to ward off some of the splashes that were to come, briefed on safety instructions, and then we were off!
With upbeat tunes (or chunes, as they pronounce it here) blasting through the boat’s speakers, we cruised past the Sydney Opera House and accelerated until we were flying by Sydney’s shores at top speed. Just as we began to relax, the driver jerked left, spiraling us into a soaking 360. For the next half hour, we jetted around the harbor, racing, spinning, and splashing, like the world’s most scenic roller coaster.
The jet boat really was the adrenaline-pumping thrill ride they offered, although, for those less gutsy, it’s nothing you can’t handle. The rushing wind took me back to the complete bliss of my summers racing down the Colorado River, so I couldn’t help but smile for the entire thirty minutes.
Not a bad way to pass a rainy Sunday!