30-Minute Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Ride: Thunder Twist

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Use of Ponchos
  • Secure lockers
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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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447 reviews
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Must do harbour experience
Glenn_L, Mar 2023
Great experience with a good team. Safety was well managed and the ride was awesome. Best way to see the harbour.
Wet and wild
Noraida_K, Mar 2023
A super fun thrilling ride for the whole family. Great music and tour of the harbour. Prepare to get wet! Had a great time with the family. A highlight of our trip to Sydney. A must do. Thanks Thunder Twist.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hello, That is awesome to hear our ride was one of the highlights of your Sydney trip. Thank you so much for the review. We hope to have you back onboard again soon!
Awesome ride, our boat...
Teigan_L, Feb 2023
Awesome ride, our boat driver Will was fantastic.. we had the best time and will definitely go again :)
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi Teigan, Glad to hear you had an awesome time and want to come back again. We would love to have you onboard again. Thanks for the review!!
Not worth it
Theresa_H, Feb 2023
If you are prone to seasickness not a good choice. Also know you will be getting super soaked including your shoes.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi Theresa, We are sorry to hear about your seasickness. Generally most people who are prone to seasickness (myself included) don’t feel sick on our jet boat because of the speed and way in which the boats maneuver through the water. Depending on the driver and the conditions on the day you may get more wet at certain times than others but we believe getting wet is all part of the fun! 😊
Fabulous ride
Nigel_B, Dec 2022
Really fun, Will was a great driver and we all loved it. It’s not a dry experience but who cares? Thanks
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi Nigel, Thank you for leaving us a review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your ride with Will and didn't mind getting a bt wet!
Great 30 minutes. Had a...
Greg_B, Dec 2022
Great 30 minutes. Had a smile all the time. Great way to see the harbour. My wife was particularly happy and loved the boat burn outs.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for taking the time to leave this great review! We loved hearing about your experience and we hope to have you guys out in the harbour with us again soon! :)
Great time on the water
Rich_K, Dec 2022
My son and I had an incredible time on the jet boat. Cruising, spinning, and splashing our way across Sydney Harbor. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
We really appreciate you taking the time to leave this review! We're thrilled to know you guys had such a blast out in the harbour with us :)
Exciting Ride!
Carol_N, Nov 2022
We had a blast on the Thunder boat!! So much fun! Our driver set the tone for an exciting and safe ride😊great memories❤️
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thanks for the awesome review! Thrilled to hear you had a blast with the team :)
We had a very ecstatic...
Tayfun_Y, June 2022
We had a very ecstatic experience . The driver made sure to make the ride fun and exciting. Definitely will recommend for everyone!
Response from Host, June 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us an awesome review! Great to hear you had such a blast with us :)
Get ready to get Thunder Twisted
Mandy_L, 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!
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
Bethany_W, Apr 2022
So much fun. Loved the drivers skills. The spins were probably my favourite. Got pretty wet. Was pretty cool
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...
Pauline_R, 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
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thanks for taking the time to review us! Happy to hear you had so much fun!
My trip
Elena_D, 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.
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
surfit1986, Oct 2019
Had a blast. Our captain Scotty was great. very knowledgeable with the land marks and a great driver.
Exhilarating Experience
Gabrielle_H, 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...
Derek_V, 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!