My good friends Turfey and Rachel (his 8-month pregnant wife) decided on a more slightly more local adventure for Challenge 5 – it being crucial that they were never more than a 30 minute dash from a maternity ward. Still, they proved that its entirely possibly to do a brilliant adventure within quite literally a stones throw from the CBD. Here’s what Rach had to say…

Nothing quite beats the experience of Sydney from the water.  Sydney Harbour Escapes are one of the only companies who offer boat hire without a licence and so when I knew the long weekend was going to be a scorcher I booked in a half day on one of their Arvor’s for my husband and I.  We picked up the little boat in Rose Bay (it seats up to 8 people but I would say it’s best for 4 people) at 1pm and were given a thorough briefing of how the boat worked, given a map of the broad areas we could visit and we were away for 4 hours on our own.  I imagined that they would only let us explore close by but they were more than happy for us to go over to Darling Harbour, the Fish Markets, Taronga Zoo and beyond so there was no way we would get bored.

Turfey on sydney harbour

If you are looking for a high speed adventure then the Arvor is not for you but we chugged along dodging ferries and Sunseekers over to Chowder Bay, a couple of bays along from Taronga Zoo, where there is a great restaurant called Ripples if you hire the boat with some friends for the day.  We decided that we wanted peace and quiet so we drove round to Taylors Bay, dropped anchor, put some tunes on and lazed around with a picnic, our books, and a few dips in between.  Our boat had a couple of built-in eskies so we bought a bag of ice at the marina –  if you wanted fishing rods, these could be hired for an extra $20.

With only an hour to go until we had to return our boat we thought we’d take a tour along the coast line so we ventured past the enviable Mosman Bay, Cremorne Point then across the water past the finger wharf at Woolloomooloo, Darling Point and then the ridiculous houses of Point Piper until we found ourselves back in Rose Bay to drop the boat off feeling horizontally relaxed and sun kissed.

I couldn’t recommend hiring one of these little gems  enough while you are in Sydney, whether you want a romantic trip for two or a fun adventure with a few mates.

It costs $395 to hire an Arvor for 1/2 day (4 hours) and there is also a full day option. To find out more the visit Sydney Harbour Escapes website.

Everything this trip wasn't!

Everything this trip wasn’t!