Sydney Showboat | Paddle Wheel Event Boat

Max 450 guests | Min. Hire 3hrs | From $1,200/hr

Your Boating Experience

Classic style with modern flair, hire Sydney Showboat on the Harbour for an incredible event. This authentic paddlewheel boat is perfect for your big group event of over 50 people. Set the scene for your wedding, or fill your evening with entertainment for the big corporate boat party.

Sydney Showboat is the perfect cruise boat for all types of occasions. Host a cocktail-style event for up to 450 guests. Seated dinner or lunch cruises are great for up to 400 people. You can even get Sydney Showboat to live up to its name by including dinner and a show for groups of up to 280 guests.

This function boat is ideal for a big group function looking for that extra bit of atmosphere. With the Harbour as your backdrop, you can get a 2 hr hire package, including food, drinks, and a cabaret show! Talk to us about organising your next large group hire on Sydney Showboat today.

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Boat Features
  • Authentic paddle wheel boat venue function space 
  • Comes with captain, marine staff, wait staff and bar staff
  • Climate controlled air conditioning
  • 3 levels for entertaining
  • Multiple bars across boat
  • Large entertainment area and stage for live shows
  • Open plan reception area that can be used as a dance floor
  • Large glass cathedral windows with wrap-around verandas
  • Plasma screens (4 x high definition)
  • LED lighting
  • State of the art sound system
  • Cordless microphone and AV system
  • Seated dining options available

Sydney Showboat Vessel Information

  • Guest capacity standard: 525 licenced
  • Guest capacity cocktail / canape: 450
  • Guest capacity casual buffet dining: 400
  • Minimum hire: 3 hours

Sydney Showboat Food & Drinks

  • Food catering: Buffet, Cocktail, Formal Dining
  • Drinks catering: Price from $8/pp per hour non-alcoholic, from $14/pp per hour alcoholic free flowing drinks package
  • Drinks options: Open bar packages including house spirits or top shelf spirits
  • Full service wait staff: 25:1 guest ratio

Sydney Showboat Pricing

  • Day charter rate: from $1,200/hr
  • Evening charter rate: from $2,000/hr
  • Cabaret show performance: 1 hour upgrade available on request
  • Talk to us about your tailored event quote request

Sydney Showboat Add-Ons

  • DJ
  • Live Band Performance
  • Cabaret Show
  • Photographer
  • Custom Table Seating (Cocktail or seated dining options)
  • Wedding Arrangements

Why people love the boats we hire:

Nicolette L – March 2022

Really appreciate the amazing customer service we had dealing with Sydney Harbour Days! Karin and Travis were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Nothing was a bother and their response times were outstanding. We can highly recommend this business!

Rachel H – Dec 2021

I had my 30th birthday on the water in Sydney Harbour and it was definitely a night to remember! Hired a boat perfect for our group and had an awesome captain who was also a great cook with the bbq! The customer service of Sydney Harbour Days was 5 star and communication with them was effortless. I highly recommend and would love to do it again sometime.

Jodie S – May 2022

Karin & Travis were great to work with! So accommodating to every request and kept us informed every step of the way! They had so many options and nothing felt like an issue, definitely would look to book through them again!

Jason M – Jan 2022

Great communication in organizing our staff party. Will definitely be using again. All the staff keep talking about how great the day was. Highly recommend Sydney Harbour Days.

Kris W – Jan 2022

I just wanted to thank you and the boat operators for an amazing day out on the harbour. The entire team had a great day, we swam, we shot guns, we danced and we drank!! The food was fabulous and everyone was raving about how good it was. My team have been on a fair few harbour cruises in our time, but none were as fun as this.

Coleen R – July 2022

Definitely had the best time ever in the boat! We are lucky enough as well to have the most gorgeous sunset! Everything made possible by Karin and Travis. They helped me plan every details and they keep me updated all the time. You won’t regret these two because they will reply as quick as they can.

Ready to set sail?

After you submit the form, that’s where our team gets to work. We’ll connect with our boat partners and find available boats that match your requirements. If you are just after a bit more information, and are not sure about the exact dates/group size yet, no worries! Write your questions in the message field and we will get back to you with more information.

Why book a boat through us?

  • You pay the same price as booking direct
  • You’ll have more choice through our partnerships with multiple boat providers
  • You tell us what you need, and we’ll help make it happen, making your event planning hassle-free
  • You find out everything up front, so there are no surprises on the day

Sounds good right? Let’s get started!

We believe planning your event should be fun and above all easy. Don’t spend your precious time browsing the web trying to find the perfect boat for your event. We'll do that for you, at no extra cost!

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