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30-Minute Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Ride: Thunder Twist

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30-Minute Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Ride: Thunder Twist
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icon30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Experience Sydney Harbour in a unique way: during a 30-minute wild ride on 'Thunder', a jet boat capable of slides, twists, wave riding, and fishtails. Enjoy some sightseeing between tricks with views of Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House, Rose Bay and other famous Harbour landmarks.
  • 30-minute thrill ride on a jet boat through Sydney Harbour
  • Experience twists, spins, wave riding, and power brake stops
  • See Sydney Harbour sights such as the Sydney Opera House, Luna Park, and the Taronga Zoo
  • Lockers on land to store your belongings; bring dry clothing
  • Waterproof ponchos and life jackets
  • Multiple departure times throughout the day
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Use of Ponchos
Secure lockers
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Circular Quay , Circular Quay, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Departure Point: Circular Quay Eastern Pontoon, Jetty 1 - halfway between the ferry wharves and the Opera House.

This activity will end right where it started.
Make your way to Jetty 1 at Circular Quay, located midway between the Sydney Opera House and the ferry wharves. There are multiple departure times throughout the day. Lockers are available to store your belongings (bring a set of dry clothes for afterwards), and you'll be provided with waterproof ponchos and life jackets. Meet your captain and listen to a safety orientation before taking off for your 30-minute jet boat ride. 

Zip through Sydney Harbour, past sights such as the Opera House, Rose Bay, the Taronga Zoo, and Luna Park. Listen to tunes on the state-of-the-art speaker system and hold on to your seats for a wild ride. The jet boat can travel up to 47 miles per hour (75 kilometers per hour) and perform tricks such as 270-degree spins, fish tails, wave riding, slides, twists, and power brake stops. 

Head back to the quay after your 30-minute ride.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • All passenger heights must be over 120cm
  • Maximum of 23 passengers on board Thunder Jet each ride
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 23 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Thunder Jet Boat
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Get ready to get Thunder Twisted
, May 2022
Fantastic, pulsating "Thunder Jet" ride through the beautiful Sydney Harbour in sunny weather. Time just flies past when you're having fun! Our guide cum boat driver Justin is knowledgeable & possesses mad skills when navigating the jet. Prepared to get drenched - definitely bring extra clothes for changing. Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us an awesome review! Happy to hear you had a blast :)
Would do it again
, Apr. 2022
So much fun. Loved the drivers skills. The spins were probably my favourite. Got pretty wet. Was pretty cool
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for the awesome review! Glad you had such a blast with us :)
Don't miss this one it's...
, Jan. 2022
Don't miss this one it's a lot of fun and an exciting adventure on they beautiful Sydney Harbour ... Okay for old and young ...we absolutely loved the twists and turns as we jetted around the harbour
icon Response from Host , Jan. 2022
Thanks for taking the time to review us! Happy to hear you had so much fun!
My trip
, Dec. 2021
It was so excitement. I like it. It’s the second time I’m doing it. The only thing is that 85$ for 30 min boat is a bit lot.
icon Response from Host , Jan. 2022
Glad you loved us so much that you came back! :) Thank you for taking the time to review us!
Thrilling jet boat ride
, Oct. 2019
Had a blast. Our captain Scotty was great. very knowledgeable with the land marks and a great driver.
Exhilarating Experience
, Jan. 2019
I’ve done this twice - 45 minute ride as well as 30 minute ride & both are superb fun. The driver was knowledgable and super reassuring to my two young children (8&11) who had a ball on the ride. You do get soaked despite the poncho provided but it all adds to the hilarity. Super way to see opera house up close, find out about other areas round Sydney harbour & actually go underneath the bridge itself. Highly recommended- thank you!!
Highly recommend. Best jet board...
Kamil B
, Nov. 2017
Highly recommend. Best jet board ride ever. Will definitely do it again. It also doubled as a Sydney harbor tour
It's like a roller-coaster ride on...
, Mar. 2017
It's like a roller-coaster ride on water!! The pilot was extremely well trained and experienced at handling the craft - although a heart-stopping, 30-minute thrill-fest, I never felt in any danger. For half an hour he got the jet boat to do the most incredible maneuvers: jums mid-air turns even braking on water!!?? Not for the feint hearted or for those afraid of getting drenched!

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