Cockle Bay Wharf Pedal Boats 2022–23
Cruise around Darling Harbour in an old-school pedal boat this summer.
December 15, 2022
If you don't spend the festive season floating around Darling Harbour in a Christmas-themed pedal boat while surrounded by buoyant Christmas baubles, then is it really the merriest time of the year? In Sydney, clearly not — because Cockle Bay's old-school pedal boats are making a comeback this summer, complete with a seasonal makeover.
In the words of the festive song from Love Actually that you'll now have stuck in your head, Christmas will indeed be all around you when you take to the water in one of these floating vessels. Sure, many of us have enjoyed a date on a pedal boat, holding hands and having conversations about the weather (actually, if movies are to be believed, most of us fall into that category), but you can now you can relive the experience while getting festive.
Until Sunday, January 26, the leg-powered vehicles can be hired from the Cockle Bay Marina for $44 a pop, which'll get you a whole 30 minutes on the water. If you think half-an-hour in the blistering Sydney sun sounds like a recipe for sunburn, you'd be right but, thankfully, the boats come equipped with a shade to keep you cool.
The boats will be hitting the bay from 10am–8pm seven days a week throughout their two-month run. They seat two adults, so you can plan a date or bring a mate. If you have little ones in tow, you can also bring two kids along — but the four-person capacity still only covers a maximum of two adults.
You do have to wear a life jacket while cruising on Darling Harbour, and you can book online in advance.
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