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30-Minute Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Ride: Thunder Twist

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Sydney, Australia
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 travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 23 travelers
  • 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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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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