7 Awesome Jet Boating Destinations in Australia

7 Awesome Jet Boating Destinations in Australia

Sure, a regular cruise might be a great way to soak in some scenery; however if you’re an adrenaline junkie and a lover of all things thrilling then jet boating presents a whole other high speed “spin” on the standard sightseeing formula. Australia’s many excellent aquatic destinations make for ideal spots to take part in an activity full of high-speed turns, twists, power brakes and more.

As a result, Australia is brimming with jet boating experiences from as far north as Cairns as well as over to the west in Fremantle; there’s the chance to strap in for some high-speed fun all over the country. Here, we showcase some of the country’s most scenic jet boating destinations – begin your jet boating adventure in some of Australia’s most picturesque destinations by checking out our list below.



7. Noosa, Sunshine Coast QLD

Operators:

  • Noosa Ocean Rider
  • Noosa Thriller Ocean Adventures
Image: Ocean Rider
Image: Marsel Van Oosten via Ocean Rider

Located at perhaps the most renowned section of the Sunshine Coast, jet boating has long been one of Noosa’s most popular water adventures. Both Noosa Ocean Rider and Noosa Thriller take you on a jet boat ride into the open ocean in different fashions; Ocean Rider offers the choice of a thrill ride or dolphin and whale safari (whales are season dependent) giving you multiple ways to enjoy this ‘heightened sensory experience’.

Noosa Thriller, meanwhile, offers their signature scenic ride with wave jumps, 360 spins and more. The Sunshine Coast’s Noosa region is filled with so much beauty you won’t know where to look between screams, spins and sprays.

Prices: 

Noosa Ocean Rider (1 hour)

  • $70 per person
  • $250 Family (2A + 2Ch)

Noosa Thriller (1 hour)

  • $70 per person
  • Family (2A + 2Ch) $240

6. Fremantle & surrounds, WA

Operator: Westcoast Jet

Image: Helifotos.com.au
Image: Helifotos.com.au

The Australian west coast is brimming with incredible things to see and do, with many of them oriented around the aquatic, and jet boat riding with Westcoast Jet is another adventure not to be missed. Offering three incredible – and different – options including The Ocean Encounter, Whale Watching and The Custom, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the world of jet boating.

The Ocean Encounter is their most popular tour, running for 20 minutes and speeding through the open waters off Fremantle reaching speeds of up to 70 kph. The Whale Watching tour operates during migration season and gets you up close to these incredible animals as quickly as possible. The Custom adventure allows West Coast jet to travel to Freo, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Rottnest Island and Rockingham, giving you the freedom to experience any of these popular WA locations via jet boat.

Prices: 

Westcoast Jet

Ocean Encounter (20 minutes)

  • Child/Concession $45
  • Adult $50
  • Family (2A + 2Ch) $170

Whale Watching (1.5 hours)

  • Child $55
  • Adult $55
  • Family (2A + 2Ch) $200

The Custom

  • Contact for a quote

5. The Whitsundays, QLD

Operators: 

  • Jetryder (Hamilton Island)
  • Pioneer Jet
Image: Pioneer Jet
Image: Pioneer Jet

One of the most strikingly beautiful and accessible Great Barrier Reef portals, the Whitsundays is brimming with physical beauty and marine adventure, and there are two available jet boating companies operating in the waters off the mainland here.

Pioneer Jet touts the tagline, ‘Come get wet with Pioneer Jet’ so you know you’re in for a good time with the amount of spins and sprints included in this 30 minute ride. In addition to operating on the mainland from Airlie Beach, Pioneer Jet also has a boat stationed on Daydream Island.

The second company, Jetryder, operates off Hamilton Island to add yet another great adventure to the island’s already overflowing list. Jetryder offers a thrilling 30 minute journey and is the fastest ride on the island. The vibrant turquoise waters of the Whitsundays mixed with the brimming marine life makes jet boating here a scenic haven.

And, of course, Ocean Rafting’s high-speed adventures to the likes of stunning Whitehaven Beach might not be strictly “jet boating”, however they’re another fast paced sightseeing alternative and one of the region’s most popular activities.

Prices:

Jetryder (30 minutes)

  • Child $55
  • Adult $65

Pioneer Jet (30 minutes)

  • Child $49
  • Adult $69
  • Family (2A + 2C) $195

3. Gold Coast, QLD

Operators:

  • Jetboat Extreme
  • Paradise Jet Boating
  • Ocean Jet Boating
  • Gold Coast JetX
Image: Paradise Jet Boating
Image: Paradise Jet Boating

The glitzy oasis of the Gold Coast is a mecca for all this scenic, adventurous and thrilling, and its varied jet boating opportunities are likewise fantastic. Those looking for a quality jetboat ride will be spoiled for choice here, as there are four main operators in the region; Jet Boat Extreme, Paradise Jet Boating, Gold Coast JetX and Ocean Jet Boating. Jet Boat Extreme, Paradise Jet Boating and Jet X all offer a standard fun jet boating experience in one of the most beautiful destinations in Australia, skipping along the broadwater alongside the likes of South Stradbroke island and the signature skyline.

All rides include a range of spins, slides and turns and will get your blood pumping and clothes soaking. Additionally, Ocean Jet Boating offers a unique twist as the entire boat is enclosed meaning you won’t get one drop of water on you. Also, it operates in the open ocean and provides riders with spectacular views of Surfers Paradise. In addition to all of the great things to do on the Gold Coast, this should be at the top of your list even in the cooler months.

Prices:

Jet Boat Extreme (55 minutes)

  • Child $42
  • Adult $58
  • Family (2A + 2C) $158

Paradise Jet Boating (55 minutes)

  • Child $45
  • Adult $59
  • Family (2A + 2C) $170

Ocean Jet Boating (45 minutes)

  • Child $64
  • Adult $79

Jet X (55 minutes)

  • Child $42
  • Adult $59
  • Family (2A + 2Ch) $168

2. Cairns & Port Douglas, FN QLD

Operators:

  • Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns
  • Reef Sprinter
Image: Bad Fishy
Image: Bad Fishy

Cairns and Port Douglas are two of the main gateways to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and jet boating around its waters is a definite must. With two popular operators; Reef Sprinter and Bad Fishy, you can explore the vibrant blue waters for an adrenaline pumping and breathtakingly beautiful adventure.

Bad Fishy will take you on a 35-minute adventure with spins and slides around the waters just off mainland Cairns. On the other hand, Reef Sprinter combines a thrilling high-speed ride with a vivid snorkelling adventure to the Low Isles or Outer Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is a definite must-see when visiting Far North Queensland, and experiencing it via jet boat is an experience not be missed.

Prices:

Bad Fishy (35 minutes)

  • Child $39
  • Adult $59
  • Family (2A + 2Ch) $180

Reef Sprinter

Low Isles Reef (2.5 hours)

  • Child $100
  • Adult $120

Outer Reef (3.5 hours)

  • $200 per person

1. Sydney Harbour, NSW

Operators:

  • Oz Jet Boating
  • Sydney Jet
  • Downunder Jet
  • Thunder Jet Boat
  • Harbour Jet
Image: Oz Jet Boating
Image: Oz Jet Boating

Sydney is home to some of Australia’s most recognisable icons including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, and a visit to see these two at Circular Quay should be at the top of your list when visiting Sydney. However, we think that simply seeing them and walking around them isn’t good enough, so that’s why we advise taking a jet boat ride.

There are five different jet boating companies that operate around Sydney Harbour offering a cavalcade of options; Oz Jet Boating, Sydney Jet, Downunder Jet, Thunder Jet and Harbour Jet, so you have the pick of the bunch when visiting. These jet boating adventures won’t take you on a leisurely cruise but they will take you speeding past the sights so you can admire them between 360-degree spins and nosedives. Many of the rides also venture away from the Cove, taking in sights of Mosman, Kirribilli, Potts Point, Fort Denison and Shark Island.

Prices:

Oz Jet Boating (30 minutes)

  • Child $45
  • Adult $79
  • Family (2A + 2Ch) $209

Sydney Jet (35 minutes)

  • Child $50
  • Adult $80
  • Family (2A + 2Ch) $210

Downunder Jet (30 minutes)

  • Child $45
  • Adult $69
  • Family (2A + 2Ch) $209

Thunder Jet Boat

Thunder Twist Ride (30 minutes)

  • Child $45
  • Adult $75
  • Family (2A + 2Ch) $190
  • For Two $150

Extreme Adrenalin Rush Ride (45 minutes)

  • Child $55
  • Adult $79
  • Family (2A + 2Ch) $235

Harbour Jet

Sydney Harbour Adventure (35 minutes)

  • Child $50
  • Adult $80
  • Family (2A + 2Ch) $260

Jet Blast (50 minutes)

  • Child $35
  • Adult $65
  • Family (2A + 2Ch) $180
  • Double $120


In addition, if you’re looking for great value jet boating packages around Australia and New Zealand view out ‘Jet Boating’ catalogue online.

Brittney Deguara

Experience Oz + NZ Travel Writer

Brittney loves travelling, so it's only fitting she's one of our travel writers! A go-to contact for all things travel in Australia and New Zealand, Brittney is always planning her next adventure away from the desk. If you have any story ideas or questions contact her at brittney@experienceoz.com.au

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