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Vivid Sydney 2017: Amazing Things to See And Do


    Every year Sydney becomes aglow with smiling faces and fantastical lights, this Vivid festival make sure you see all the amazing lights! Whether you are going with the family, friends or just checking out by yourself, there are tonnes of things to see at Vivid. Our Sydney Harbour/ Roseville  and  Sydney Harbour/Parramatta locations have boats ideal for taking out into the harbour  Hire these boats (subject to night time hire conditions ) experience the show in a way you never have before, free of bustling crowds! and This is a guide of some of the activities and light shows available at Vivid this year, so you can be wowed by all the sights and sounds Sydney has to offer…

    The Rocks

    The rocks is an amazing waterside area to dock your boat, grab a bite to eat and wander through the cobbled alleys. Vivid has many exhibitions in this are such as ‘Gulliver swift travel service’.  This light display is an enchanting celebration of the 350th anniversary of Jonathan swifts birth, author of Gulliver’s travels. Floating doorways guide you through a spectacular adventure! Along with this, visitors can take a stroll through the vivid light walk!

    Darling harbour

    This is where the magic will be happening! Hire one of our boab boats for the night or half a night to see the beauty of the light glistening on the water. If you would prefer to sit back and relax we have skippers available to make your job easier! From the Harbour, you can see the Opera house and Harbour bridge, the world largest light installation show. Don’t miss out on this, book now to secure yourself a spot on the water.

    Campbell’s Cove

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    4 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

       Mothers blog

      Mums never forget anything, so make sure you don’t forget that Mother’s day is fast approaching! It’s the time of the year we get to tell our Mums how much we care and appreciate everything they do. Take this Sunday as a day to really wow her, get the family out and about, enjoying each other’s company and saying thank you! If you are struggling to put your feelings into ideas, here is a list of things to do that might help replace the usual Mother’s day card…

      1. Beach day and picnic

      Tell your mum you love her by packing up a picnic for a family day at the beach. If your mum loves spending time in the sunshine why not take her to a beach where she can enjoy a delicious picnic, beach cricket or even just relax and read a book. If you are looking for a quiet day try hiring one of our boats to access some of the lesser known beaches!

      2. Adventurous activities

      When you get out on the water there is no end to the fun and exciting activities available. Our Sportsrider is perfect for tubing, water skiing and snorkelling, and you can hire the equipment from us, check it out ! Show your mum how well you know her by planning a day of fun-filled activities she will never forget! If it is too cold for water sports try dropping an anchor and going for a hike through a scenic location such as Botany Bay national park.

      3. Island hopping

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      Lifestyle on Water Festival Redcliffe

        Lifestyle on the Water Festival Boab Boats

        The Lifestyle on Water Festival is this weekend from the 28th to the 30th of April and is located in Pelican Park, Clontarf, Queensland. This festival will be filled with all things boating including fishing, watercrafts, seafood, wine and music. It will feature performances from headlining artists such as Guy Sebastian and The Koi Boys with celebrity guest appearances from Paul Burt and Sally Jenyns, not to mention there will be a Boab Boats stand at the event. The team from Boab Boats North Brisbane – Redcliffe and Hervey Bay will be there on the day, if you have any questions, be sure to ask! Everyone on the stand would be happy to help.

        Come on, what are you waiting for? Enjoy a relaxing day by the water experiencing all things boating and lifestyle with your mate with a boat, Boab Boats.

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        Island Hopping Cassowary Coast

          cassowary coast island hopping

          Picture this, you’re cruising across the turquoise waters of Cassowary Coast. When the time is right, drop anchor and venture off to your own private island for the day. The picnic is packed and all that is left to do is catch a fish or two for dinner tonight. The kids are happy to help, passing you the bait to hook up and cast. After a play in the water and a quick bite to eat, it’s time to hop back on your Boab Boat and travel to the next island that is waiting to be explored.

          If you’re looking for your next family getaway, why not escape to Cassowary Coast. This truly spectacular spot is located in North Queensland and is known for its golden sandy beaches, rainforest walks and cascading waterfalls. Cassowary Coast boasts some of the most amazing fishing prospects in the world as it is filled with endless varieties of fish from barramundi to exotic reef fish. This region is surrounded by stunning islands that are within boating distance making this the perfect destination for an island hopping holiday.

          Find out the top 3 islands to visit when exploring Cassowary Coast below…

          Barnard Island – National Parks

          The Barnard Island Group comprises seven continental islands that you can travel to. These islands lie 5-10km offshore from Kurrimine Beach, which is approximately 130km south of Cairns and 240km north of Townsville. The islands feature diverse landforms including shallow reefs, sand spits, stunning beaches and vast rainforest area. This island has spectacular fishing available, with Spanish Maceral, Coral Trout and Big GT’s to be caught on your day on the water.

          If you want to spend a full day exploring, why

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          Port to Pub – Rottnest Island

            Rottnest Island

            The Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub swim is the longest open water swim on offer in Australia and it is on this weekend! This is an open water swimming event held in Perth, Western Australia each year. This event was created to cater for the increasing demand for long distance swimming events in Australia, particularly for swimmers interested in crossing the Rottnest Channel. With events, such as The Rottnest Swim and Port to Pub, the Rottnest Channel is becoming an iconic channel to conquered. This event begins at Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club at Leighton Beach and finishes at the Hotel Rottnest.

            This swim includes two races from Leighton Beach to Rottnest Island and a 25km ultra-marathon, designed to test the contestant’s strength and durability. This event is open to solos, duos and teams.

            Boab Boats are lucky enough to have four vessels assisting in the event this year from our Fremantle location, the Centre Cab, two Sportsrider boats and the Kimberley. Boab Boats are thrilled to be a part of this event each year.

            To all the participants, Boab Boats wishes you a safe race and the best of luck. To spectators, get out and have a great day cheering your team on! It’s going to be a good one.

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            Top Activities To Do At Boab Boats Locations!


              free water sports pack hire

              If your family loves the water and a bit of adventure, why not take them for a day filled with activities and laughs. In the month of March, you can hire the water sports pack for FREE with your boat hire valued at $50! This offer is only available at participating locations. Each location has a range of water sporting equipment available including tube, wakeboard, kneeboard and skis!

              Check out the locations participating in this promotion below and the top activities to do there!



              Bribie Island

              • Adrenalin Skydivers Bribie Island
              • Ocean Beach Camping
              • Bribie Twin Theatre
              • Boab Boats Bribie Island

              Hervey Bay

              • ReefWorld Aquarium
              • Hervey Bay Go Kart Track
              • WetSide Water Education Park
              • Visit the Esplanade
              • Boab Boats Hervey Bay
              • Visit Fraser Island with Boab Boats


              • Sea Life Mooloolaba (Underwater World)
              • Jet Ski hire with Boab Boats
              • Alex Headland to Point Cartwright coastal walk
              • Coral Gardens Dive Site Mooloolaba
              • Buderim Falls
              • Boab Boats Mooloolaba

              Redcliffe/North Brisbane

              • Scarborough Park
              • Settlement Cove Lagoon
              • Boab Boats Redcliffe/ North Brisbane
              • Visit Tangalooma & Moreton Island with Boab Boats
              • Travel along Brisbane River


              New South Wales


              Hawkesbury River

              • Convict Trail
              • Hot Air Balloon
              • Tree Adventure Grose River Park
              • Hawkesbury Race Club
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              Dive into Moreton Island


                moreton island boat hire

                Moreton Island is an excellent destination for your next diving expedition with beautiful reefs, several shipwrecks and a vast variety of marine life to explore. Dive or snorkel into the Curtin Artificial Reef and the Tangalooma Wrecks, both these reefs are man-made and close to shore making it easily accessible for snorkelers.

                After you’ve explored the Wrecks, why not venture out, some of the best diving can be found on a small isolated reef, 5 km North West of Moreton called Flinders Reef.  This reef has the highest number of coral species of any subtropical reef system along Australia’s east coast and is one of Queensland’s most popular dive sites.  This spectacular reef is protected within the Moreton Bay Marine Park and is monitored by the Reef Check conservation program.

                The reef has more than 175 fish species. There are more species and varieties of corals in this one area than any other single reef on the Great Barrier Reef. The diverse amount of marine life include schools of Wrasse, Sweetlip, Trevally, Parrot, Bat, Surgeon, turtles and tropical fish. Manta Rays, Wobbegongs and Leopard Sharks are among the larger creatures that reside here. Sightings of Whaler sharks are sometimes seen on the eastern side of Flinders. During the months of June to September, Humpback Whales can be seen on the surface as they pass by too!

                If you would like to travel to Moreton Island for the day, Boab Boats Redcliffe/North Brisbane has a range of boats available for the day. This location has the Sportsrider and Kimberley available that are capable of travelling to Moreton Island. Why spend your day on a cramped boat, when you can cruise your way over in a private boat hire.

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                Why not have one last splash while the water is warm!


                  That dreaded day has arrived when summer comes to an end, although the silly season is over, it doesn’t mean that fun has to end!

                  Autumn here in Australia is still an awesome time to get out in the sun and enjoy those waves. The water is still warm for a little longer so why not make the most of it with a water sports pack hire? Hire a boat for the month of March and receive a free water sports pack hire! This offer is only valid at participating locations. See participating locations below…

                  We have loads of water sporting equipment to choose from, including tube, wakeboard, kneeboard and skis. Each activity can be enjoyed by all ages, check out our water sports blog post here to see which activity would suit you and your family.

                  If you’re interested in a FREE water sports pack hire valued at $50 for your boat hire, give us a call today to book now!

                  Participating Locations:


                  QLD: Bribie Island , Hervey Bay , Mooloolaba & Redcliffe/North Brisbane

                  NSW: Hawkesbury River , Port Hacking/South Botany Bay , Port Stephens & Sydney Harbour/Parramatta River

                  VIC: Goulburn Valley

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                  A Weekend Away To Broughton Island

                    broughton island boat hire

                    If you’re looking for the perfect weekend away, we’ve found the ideal location. Broughton Island is located approximately 7 nautical miles North East of Port Stephens, this island is filled with sandy beaches, volcanic peaks and stunning sea creatures. It is known for its fantastic fishing prospects and amazing views. It is filled with things to do and see, check out our guide to Broughton Island Below.

                    Things To Do At Broughton Island:



                    If you’re a keen fisho, you’ve found the perfect spot for a full day on the water. The majority of visitors travel to this island for the snapper, drummer, King-fish, Flathead and Groper that lies below the sea. If you’re travelling for a day of fishing, we’d recommend our Centre Cab boat for the day, equipped with GPS, fish finders, depth sounds, live bait tank and roomy cockpit to make the perfect cast, you’ll be set for a day on the water.

                    Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

                    This spot is known for its fantastic scuba diving spots with undersea caves waiting to be explored, they are filled with coral, sponge gardens, boulders, ledges and a variety of marine life that will keep you busy during the day.

                    Swimming & Picnics

                    If you’ve spent your day fishing, it’s definitely time to take a break from the fun and have a bite to eat. In Broughton Island, you’ll find a beautiful sandy beach in Esmeralda Cove, this is the perfect picnic spot with a view. Although Summer is over, the water is still warm for a swim, have a bite to eat and when everyone it’s time to relax with a dip.


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                    Rottnest Channel Swim


                      Boat Hire Rottnest Swim

                      The Rottnest Channel Swim is one of Western Australia’s most iconic events and is known worldwide. This event is a 19.7km open water swim that tests participant’s strength and durability. Contestants will swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island either as solo swimmers, duos or teams. Swimmers are surrounded by a team of paddlers, boat skippers and crew supporting them throughout the event. Boab Boats are lucky to have three vessels assisting in the event from our Boab Boats Fremantle location, the Centre Cab, Sportsrider and Kimberley vessels. Boab Boats are thrilled to be a part of this event.

                      If you would like to get involved in the action on the day, head down to Cottesloe Beach for the start of the race or to Rottnest Swim for the ends celebrations. The Rottnest Swim kicks off bright and early from Cottesloe Beach at 5 am on Saturday, February 25.

                      Boab Boats wishes all participants a safe race and the best of luck.

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