Top Yachts Down Under: The 5 Best Boats to Hire For Cruising Around Sydney Harbour

In 2018, 9.2 million international tourists visited Australia. Add that together with the 25.2 million locals who live in this country, and it makes for a very crowded Sydney, where both tourists and locals alike flock to.

Whether you're visiting with your loved ones and want to celebrate someone's birthday, or are working at a local company and want to hold a special event, consider hiring a luxury boat.

Interested? Then read on. We'll tell you the 5 best boats for hire in Sydney.

1. Iluka

The 48-foot yacht Iluka offers the most intimate setting out of all our boats; it seats a maximum of 12 passengers. With its large outdoor seating, you and your guests can have a great time enjoying the sun, having some drinks, and barbecuing.


This boat can stop and let your guests out for a refreshing dip. The extended 1.5-metre swim platform allows passengers to easily sit and dip their feet in.There are also 2 stand-up paddleboards for you to use.


On the Iluka, there are 2 bathrooms, 1 master cabin, and 1 bunk cabin. You're allowed to bring your own food and drinks, which you can store in the 3 refrigerators onboard. When you need a pick-me-up, feel free to use the coffee machine.

2. Masteka 2

The Masteka 2 is a small, 3-levelled superyacht that's perfect for a small party. You can fit up to 80 passengers on it. This boat is ideal if you're planning on an overnight party; there are 5 luxury suites available that can fit up to 12 people.

On the bow is a spacious spa where you can relax with your companions. If you'd rather be out in the ocean, there's also a hydraulic lowering bathing platform for your convenience.


You're sure to keep your guests entertained while on board with our superior entertainment systems. There are 17 TVs throughout the entire vessel, as well as a 120-inch dropdown movie screen.


Your guests are definitely going to be pleased with the onboard dining capabilities of the Masteka 2. We have casual buffet-style dining for up to 50 people; up to 10 people can sit inside and up to 8 can sit outside.

3. Ghost 2

The Ghost 2 is also a superyacht, but slightly larger than the Masteka 2. It can fit a maximum of 110 passengers. While you can't bring your own drinks on the Masteka 2, you're allowed to on this vessel. If you're planning on an overnight or week-long trip, you'll have access to the 5 staterooms with ensuites, which can accommodate up to 12 guests.


If your guests want to swim while on the cruise, then they can if you choose the Ghost 2. In fact, our crew will advise your guests with some hidden gems as you go up and down the coast.

When you get back on deck, you won't have to worry about seasickness. This superyacht has zero speed stabilisers that make it feel like you're standing on dry land.


This is a vessel for those who love to be active. We offer a 32' hi-speed chase tender, as well as SUP boards and Sea Bobs for weekly charters.

4. Starship Aqua

The Starship Aqua is a 111-foot twin level glass pontoon that can accommodate up to 300 people. Its unique glass feature gives you breathtaking views, even if you're inside.

Main Deck

Here, you can seat up to 150 people; that number is bumped up to 180 if you place seating on the dance floor. Your guests can enjoy a full bar, as well as an excellent sound system and TVs. For those who want to take a break from dancing and grab a drink, there are circular tables that accommodate up to 12 guests.

Open Air Deck

This deck offers an open panorama for an incredible view of Sydney at all times of the day. There's another dance floor on this deck, so you can have 2 different genres playing at each dance floor. Guests who smoke can utilise the smoking area here.

5. Starship Sydney

For the ultimate private cruise, consider Starship Sydney. This is a 44-metre, 3-levelled vessel that can hold up to 950 guests, so if you're planning a huge party, you'll want to pick this ship.

Main Deck

On the main deck, there's a dance floor and there's seating available for up to 350 people; you can seat up to 390 if you utilise the dance floor. Use the hydraulic floor lift for that "wow" factor.

For your entertainment needs, the vessel has 6 TVs, all with USB inputs. You can also utilise an amazing sound system that can play DVDs and iPods.


In the lounge, your guests can enjoy a great view in any kind of weather, as there are glass bi-fold doors and a glass viewing void. For everyone's comfort, there is a full bar, spacious toilets, and an outside smoking area.

Should you need to hold a presentation in the lounge, you'll have a TV, microphone, and several outlets to use.

Bridge Deck

This open-air deck is ideal for any event you want to host while getting some fresh air and sunshine. You'll have an unobstructed view of the surroundings.

If you'd rather be below deck, there's also a private VIP room in the lower deck. It has a TV and sound system.

Check out Our Boats for Hire in Sydney

Taking your friends and family out on a cruise can be a wonderful experience. Whether you're a local or a tourist, everyone can agree on how breathtaking it can be to be in Australian waters. By choosing the right type of boats for hire in Sydney, you're guaranteed to have an unforgettable time.

If you have a special event coming up and would like to hire a boat, please get in touch with us today!

Posted by Sydney Harbour Escapes on Aug 13, 2019 1:23:34 PM