Licensed to carry up to 8 people the Arvor 20 is a great bare boat hire for people who prefer to self drive. Ideal for family outings, sightseeing or fishing (please note children and babies each count as one person). The boat is extremely stable and easy to drive. It includes the comforts of a shaded cockpit, cabin toilet, iPod compatible with CD stereo.

Safety: Complete Waterways approved safety equipment, modern design, all-around safety rail, two-way radio, life jackets on board, children’s life jackets available on request, skipper available if required.

Equipment: Marlin board with swim ladder, built in esky/cooler, bait cutting board, rod holders and live bait tank and IPod compatibility

Faster Power Boat Option: Power ARVOR now available for those with a current Australian boating licence.

Digital fish finder, tackle box, rods and hand lines.
Follow the self guided tour on board to find out about interesting sights and harbour history. We can suggest itineraries and safe anchorage spots for you.


Capacity – 8 passengers (self drive)
7 passengers (skippered)
Children counted as 1 passenger

Special Features
Cabin toilet
Stereo with Ipod connection
Shaded cockpit
Marlin board with swim ladder
Built in esky/cooler, bait cutting board, rod holders and live bait tank


Valid to March 2020

Self-Drive Rates
No licence required. Daytime use only.
Boat briefing and all safety equipment included.
Including Fuel, Fishing License and GST.

4 hour $440 (Mornings or afternoons only on weekends)
6 hour $595
8 hour $750

Power Arvor 20 (ungoverned)
Self-drive, Licence required.
4 hour $500
6 hour $695
8 hour $850

Children’s lifejackets available FOC.
Catering and skippers available.
Public Holiday surcharge of 20% apply
Security Bond applies to all boats and is doubled for racing
Fuel included in pricing
Other pick up and drop off locations

Linen, including towels – $25 per person

Skippered Cruise Rates – 7 plus 1 skipper

1 hour $250
2 hours $500
3 hours $750
4 hour $880
6 hour $1,250

Public Holiday surcharge of 20% apply
Catering and drinks are available at extra cost
BYO catering available
Children’s lifejackets available FOC
Cost of skipper and deckhand is included
Wharf fees and other location pick-ups are additional


Location fee – from $100
If you require another pickup location in Sydney Harbour

Skipper/Fishing guide $95 per hour (Minimum 4 hrs)

Fishing Kit $60
fishing license for all persons aboard, 2 rods, bait and tackle, 1 x ice

Ice – $6 a bag

Rescue Fee – $250
If your boat needs towing back to base

Diving Fee – $150
Fouled propellor etc per hr – not including towing fee

Bond required $1,100.
These rates do not include public holidays, NYE and other special event days


1. Can we dock at any wharves? / Can we get off the boat at any wharves?
Answer: There are only 4 places where the operator of the boat permit the boats to be tied up. These places are Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour, Sydney Fish Markets, Rose Bay Marina, Birkenhead Marina. Three of these locations have floating pontoons and extra charges may apply. You cannot tie up to any fixed wharves, such as Watsons Bay, Double Bay, Rose Bay, etc. To pull into any other area is at your own risk, any damage caused to vessels will result in the bond being retained by the 3rd party boat operator.

Additional information: For mooring/area to anchor, there are several bays for this. You will need to ask the person in charge during your briefing which bays are most suited to the weather on the day of your cruise. Alternatively, you can pull up a public mooring buoy. You can also use the boat’s private Mooring in Taylors Bay as well.

2. Where can we go during our charter?
Answer: For Unlicensed Drivers, the boat is bound by the Waterways 4E plying Limit. To the East, you can go as far as Watsons Bay and Georges Head. To the west, you can go as far as Gladesville Bridge and Lane Cove River; this includes Cockle Bay and Sydney Fish Markets. You are not permitted to cross Sydney Heads; therefore Balmoral, Manly and Middle Harbour are out of bounds. Shark Island and Clark Island are National Parks and you are not permitted to go ashore or tie up to their wharves at any time.

For Licensed Drivers, You are permitted to access all areas of Sydney Harbour including Middle Harbour and Manly but NOT cross the Sydney Heads into the ocean under any circumstances.

Box Style Menus

Box Style Menu 

Sailors Box | min 4 boxes $17pp
Baguette with a selection of gourmet fillings | House made muffin | Whole fruit

Explorer Box | min 4 boxes $29pp
A baguette & a wrap with a selection of fillings | Dried fruit and quince
Cheese & water crackers | Chocolate brownie

Mariner’s Box | min 4 boxes $29pp
Roast Pumpkin & zucchini frittata V
Quinoa & falafel salad with green tahini dressing V
Yoghurt & gluten free muesli with fresh berries, seasonal fruit

Platter Style Menus

Platter style menu
Perfect for cruising or leisure sails

All Aboard Luncheon | min 4 people – $36pp
Roast pumpkin & zucchini frittata V
Assorted sandwiches & wraps (1.5pp)
Cheese platter, lavosh & dried fruit | Seasonal fruit plate

Harbour Luncheon | min 8 people – $56pp
Roast pumpkin & zucchini frittata V
Selection of dips & fresh breads
Peeled prawns with wasabi & lime aioli (3pp)
Cured meats platter with cornichons
Portuguese tarts | Cheese platter with lavosh & dried fruit | Fruit plate

Blue Water Luncheon | min 8 people – $74pp
Roast pumpkin & Frittata V
Selection of dips & fresh breads
Peeled prawns with wasabi & lime aioli (3pp) | Fresh shucked oysters with mignonette (2pp)
Smoked trout & apple tartlet | Indonesian chicken skewers with peanut dressing | Bread rolls
Cheese platter with lavosh & dried fruit | Individual cakes | Fruit plate

Canape Menu | min 10 people | 10 bites per person – $42pp
Prawn cocktail | BBQ pulled pork slider with tomato relish
Smoked trout & apple tartlet | Indonesian chicken skewers with peanut

Share Platters

Sandwich Platter | min 8 people $19pp
A selection of sandwiches and wraps ( 1.5 pp )

Cheese Platter 
A selection of three artisan Cheese with lavosh, quince & dried fruit
Medium platter | 10 people $91
Large platter | 20 people $128

Fruit Platter
A selection of sliced seasonal fruits & berries
Medium platter | 10 people $ 91
Large platter | 20 people $128

Dips Platter
Trio of Dips with fresh breads
Serves 8-10 people $78

Charcuterie Platter
Serves 8-10 people $117
Italian sopressa, prosciutto, grilled chorizo, Danish salami & pastrami.
selection of marinated olives, pickles & crusty sourdough rolls

Roasted Chicken Platter
Serves 8-10 people $117
Chipotle roasted chicken served with salsa
Smoked paprika aioli, soft tortillas & lime

Seafood Platters
Peeled prawns (3) with Marine Rose sauce | Serves 10 people $130
Fresh Shucked Sydney Rock oysters wasabi lime (3) | Serves 10 people $155

Platter of Sweets
House-made muffins (1) Serves 10 people $56
Chocolate and Nut brownies (1) Serves 10 people $56

Beverage Options

Package 1 – $15 per person per hour
Beer: Corona, Peroni.
White: Medhurst Chardonnay, Oyster Bay Sav Blanc.
Red: Medhurst Shiraz
Sparkling: Seppelts Fluer De Lys Vintage Sparkling.
Rose: Zilzie Selection 23 Rose.
Soft: Water, Juice & Soft Drinks

Package 2 – $20 per person per hour
 Corona, Peroni, Asahi, Napoleone Cider.
White: Scarborough Chardonnay, Astrolab Sav Blanc, Corte Giara Pinot Grigio.
Red: Medhurst Shiraz; Medhurst Pinot Noir.
Sparkling: Croser Petaluma Sparkling.
Rose: La Vieille Ferme Rose.
Soft: Water, Juice & Soft Drinks

Package 3 – $28 per person per hour
Beer: Corona, Peroni, Asahi, James Squire 150 Lashes, Napoleone Cider
White: Cape Mentelle Chardonnay, Cloudy Bay Sav Blan, The George Ellis Far Ago Pinot Gris, Hugel Gentil Riesling.
Red: Penfolds 407 Shiraz, Faively Pinot Noir.
Sparkling: Moet & Chandon Brut
Rose: Famille Perin Cotes du Rhone Rose.
Spirits: Smirnoff Vodka, Gordons Gin, Jim Beam, Rum
Soft: Water, Juice & Soft Drinks

Package Non Alcoholic – $8 per person per hour
A mix of soft drinks, diet drinks, water & ice
Ice (recommended) 5 kg bag: $8
Mixed case of soft drinks and still water (24): $54
Case of still water (24): $50
2L orange juice: $6
1L Cranberry juice: $6
375ml cans of Coke, diet coke, lemonade or solo: $3
600ml still water: $3

General Booking Procedure

We welcome your enquiry. Please contact us and we will assist with your enquiry, check the date availability for your selected vessel and email you a free quote with all the costs included. Full payment by EFTPOS or cash at the Marina, Visa, MasterCard, or AMEX over the phone is required to secure your booking. Please note credit card surcharges do apply. The next step is for you to sit back, relax and look forward to a wonderful experience on Sydney Harbour.

Prices and Payments

All prices provided are in $AUS and include 10% GST. Prices are subject to change without notice. Surcharge for weekends and public holidays may apply. Seasonal rates may apply, please refer to price details. Minimum 4 hour boat charter.

Unsafe Weather and Cancellations

As with all charter companies, we cannot guarantee blue skies. If the weather is dangerous for boating, at the discretion of Self Drive Boat Hire management we will postpone and reschedule the charter. Your Safety is our Priority. Rescheduled charters must be used within 3 months of the original booking date.Most charters go ahead as Sydney Harbour is one of the safest harbours in the world and is well protected from strong ocean currents and ocean winds. If you choose not to reschedule, the charter will then be considered as a cancellation. Refunds are not available if you cancel your booking.


A bond, in the form of a credit card authorisation, must be provided and processed before the commencement of the charter, which will be released within seven days of the charter – unless any damages have occurred or you extend your charter. The amount of the bond will be $2000 unless otherwise stated.


In the event of a mechanical problem to the booked vessel, Self Drive Boat Hire reserves the right to change the vessel to another of similar type and capacity in order for the charter to be completed.

Prestige Harbour Cruises can provide quotes on a selection of boats that match your function requirements and budget.

Submit a quote request HERE or contact our cruise consultants on: 1300 311 200