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Hire a Pet-Friendly Picnic Boat in Sydney

Just as summer kicks into gear, Sydneysiders now have another excuse to hit the water, with GoBoat finally splashing into the city.

Since 2014, the Denmark-born company has been busy launching its eco-friendly picnic boats all over Europe, as well as in Canberra, Melbournethe Gold Coast and Brisbane — and now, from Wednesday, December 15, it's sailing up the Parramatta River from Cabarita Point as well.

Aimed at making the whole boating caper more accessible for everyday folk, the Scandinavian-designed vessels are slow-moving, a breeze to operate and don't require a boating licence, making for some fun, fuss-free sailing sessions. In a win for the planet, they also run on silent, pollution-free, electric engines, and are crafted from a mix of reclaimed timber and recycled PET bottles.

Each of the contemporary GoBoats clocks in at 18-feet long, boasting a central picnic table with room for eight people (and all the necessary snacks and booze). And despite what you might be thinking, they're even affordable enough to fit your budget — simply BYO food and drinks, find enough eager sailors to jump aboard and a GoBoat session will you less than $17 per person, per hour. That's $129 hourly in total.

Available to hire for up to five hours at a time, GoBoat's Sydney fleet can sail as far as Cockatoo Island — and before you hit the water, you'll receive a safety briefing and demonstration. All boats are speed-limited, too, and obviously decked out with safety equipment including life jackets.

The vesssels are family-friendly and, in even more exciting news, they're also pet-friendly. Surely you've got a very good boy who deserves a river jaunt this summer.

Find GoBoat Sydney at Cabarita Point, 138 Cabarita Road, Cabarita. For more information or to make a booking, visit the service's website.

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