AQA Boat Hire


Charter Prices

February - October 

$1,750 per hour. Minimum 3 hours.

November - January

$2,000 per hour. Minimum 3 hours.

Food and beverage prices can be seen on the catering page

BYO can be arranged and a BYO surcharge will apply @ $20pp for food, and $20pp for drinks.

$260 per Wait staff for a maximum 4 hour period. Each additional hour, $65 per hour per Wait staff.

  • 1-10 guests 1 Wait staff included 

  • 11-30 guests 2 Wait staff required

  • 30-64 guests 3 wait staff required

 Live aboard

Inclusions and pricing on enquiry


Additional Information

Relocation to Pittwater Approx. $800 fuel surcharge (depending on market value)

A surcharge of 20% of the total invoice will apply to NSW public holidays.

Please Note: Prices for the following days are available on application.

• New Years Eve

• Boxing Day

• Melbourne Cup Day

• Christmas Day


AQA has been doing boat hire for many years now and they truly do have the whole operation fine tuned. Boat hire is more than just hiring a boat and hoping for the best. For boat hire to be successful everything has to be done right from the boat, to the staff, great food, and a great wine selection.

Boat hire on AQA covers all bases. To start with AQA was designed around being used for boat hire. There are great spaces on board and the décor and interior are of a contemporary design with warm earthy colours.

When AQA arrives at the wharf for your boat hire event staff will greet you as you enter on the main deck. The main deck has a bright airy cockpit with a large dining table that is suitable in all weather conditions. It is under cover with removable clear sides. If your boat hire is planned on a nice warm sunny day then the clears will be taken off so that you can make the most of the warm day and let the sea breeze gently blow through.

If you boat hire Sydney is planned on a windy of rainy day the clears are attached so that you can make the most of the view and take in the natural light whilst also protecting you from the elements. It allows your Sydney boat hire to be inside whilst also being outside.

Take a few steps and you are inside the main saloon on AQA. Boat hire in AQA has great dinks packages available and as soon as you enter the saloon on AQA you will find the bar manned by professional bar staff serving quality drinks.

The saloon has a modern lounge and a dining area and the great thing with AQA is that all of the furniture can be removed. If your boat hire event needs more space the AQA crew can arrange to take it all off before they pick you up, opening the area up for you to use as you need. Don’t worry though AQA has plenty of seating all over the boat that will remain for your boat hire.

Sydney boat hire on AQA like most boats always tries to make the most of the views on Sydney Harbour. The bow, or front of the boat, is one of the areas on AQA that everyone gravitates to and it is easily accessed through a doorway on AQA’s main deck. The bow has seating for guests and a sun bed, which is quite popular with boat hire who want to lay back and enjoy the views with a glass of champagne as canapés are served.

The upper deck on AQA is accessed via one of four stairways. There are two leading up from each side of the bow, one from the rear of the main deck and one inside on the main deck. Whilst your Sydney boat hire on AQA is taking place your guests will explore the whole boat and make their way to the top deck. The top deck has a great sun drenched fly bridge with plenty of space inside and outside. The outside area is completely open so guests can make the most of the sun on your boat hire. If the sun becomes too much on your boat hire there is a sun shade that can be used to cover the area over. There is a day bed with comfy cushions and this is the one place on AQA that allows smoking during boat hire.

Step inside and you will find a great indoor space with plenty of seating for guests whilst they are enjoying their bot hire. This is where the captain drives AQA and he is usually more than happy to let guests have a steer during boat hire so long as the circumstances permit.

In the saloon on the main deck you will find a stairway leading downstairs. This leads to three cabins which each have an ensuite. An important part of successful boat hire is have ample quality amenities. The three cabins allow guests to use amenities on AQA without having to line up. No one wants to line up during boat hire.

AQA also has a huge swim platform, which means your boat hire event can incorporate guests having a dip in Sydney Harbour.

The crew used for boat hire on AQA are all professional crew with plenty of hospitality industry experience. The wait staff and bar staff used for boat hire are there to make sure your event runs smoothly and that you step off the boat 100% happy that your boat hire event on AQA was exactly what you expected it to be.


Boat hire an AQA has catering supplied by the award winning Piquant Kitchen. An on board chef is provided for all cruises.

Where catering is less than $1,000 a chef charge will apply. Please see the menus below.

In some cases BYO cruise can be arranged although this is on a case by case basis at the captains discression. 


Beverage Menu


Tower Estate Moscato          Hunter Valley, Australia                $45

Chandon Brut NV                 Yarra Valley, Australia                  $49


Moet Imperial NV                 Epernay, France                           $110

Veuve Clicquot Brut             Reims, France                              $150

Moet Magnum                      Epernay, France                           $200

Dom Peringnon                    Epernay, France                           $270


Cape Mentelle                      Margaret River, Australia              $45

Hope                                     Hunter Valley, Australia                $55

Cloudy Bay                           Marlborough, NZ                          $90


Hope                                     Hunter Valley, Australia                $55

Cloudy Bay                           Marlborough, NZ                          $90


Petaluma                              Adelaide Hills, Australia                $65

Tower                                   Clare Valley, Australia                   $55


Hope                                    Hunter Valley, Australia                 $40


Tower                                   Derwent Valley, Australia              $55

Dalrymple                            Pipers River, Australia                   $65


Cape Mentelle                     Margaret River, Australia               $45

Tower                                   Barossa Valley, Australia               $55

Grant Burge Filsell               Barossa Valley, Australia               $75

Penfold Grange                   Magill, Australia                              POA


Cape Mentelle                     Margaret River, Australia                $35

Hope                                    Geographe, Australia                     $55


Absolut Vodka                                    Ahus Skane, Sweden           $9
Jim Beam White Label Bourbon        Clermont, Kentucky              $9                                                                    
Bacardi superior white rum                Puerto Rico, Caribbean        $9
Mount Gay Rum                                 Barbados, Lesser Antilles    $9        
Johnnie Walker Red Label Scotch     Kilmarnock, Scotland           $9           
Gordon’s London Dry Gin                  Clerkenwall, Scotland                                                                                                                                                 


Belvedere Vodka                                Zyrardow, Poland                  $12                 
Makers Mark Bourbon                        Loretto, Kuntucky                  $12

Tanqueray Gin                                    London, England                   $12

Glenmorangie Scotch                         Tain, Scotland                       $12


Cascade Premium Light                     South Hobart, Australia         $6

Local Premium Lager                         Hunter Valley, Australia         $6

Local Premium Gluten Free Pilsner   Hunter Valley, Australia         $6

James Boags Premium Lager            Launceston, Australia           $8

Peroni Nastro Azzuro                         Lombardy, Italy                     $8                                                                                           

Local Premium Cider                          Hunter Valley, Australia         $8


Tea/Coffee                 Andover, England                                           $4                   
Softs                          Coca Cola, Australia                                      $6       
Still Water                  Coca Cola, Australia                                      $6                   
Sparkling Water         San Pellegrino, Italy                                       $9                                                                   
Orange Juice             Nudie Juice, Australia                                    $15

Beverage Packages

Silver Beverage Package
$15 per person per hour
Cascade Premium Light
Premium Local Lager
Hope Estate Sav Blanc
Hope Estate Cab Merlot
Tower Estate Moscato

Gold Beverage Package
$20 per person per hour
Cascade Premium Light
Premium Local Lager
Premium Local Gluten Free Pilsner
Cape Mentelle Sav Blanc
Hope Estate Chardonnay
Cape Mentelle Shiraz
Hope Estate Cab Merlot
Chandon NV Brut Sparkling

Platinum Beverage Package
$25 per person per hour
Cascade Premium Light
Local Premium Lager
Local Premium Gluten Free Pilsner
Cloudy Bay Sav Blanc
Cloudy Bay Chardonnay
Tower Estate Shiraz
Tower Estate Pinot Noir
Moet NV Champagne

Buffet Menu

buffet menu 1 @ $75 per person

includes fresh baked bread rolls and cream butter

please select

3 items from the sea - cold and/or from the garden 2 items from the sea hot and/or from the paddock 1 dessert item

buffet menu 2 @ $95 per person

includes fresh baked bread rolls and cream butter

please select

3 items from the sea - cold and/or from the garden 3 items from the sea hot and/or from the paddock 2 dessert items

buffet menu 3 @ $115 per person

includes fresh baked bread rolls and cream butter

please select

3 items from the sea - cold and/or from the garden 3 items from the sea hot and/or from the paddock

1 premium item 2 dessert item 

from the sea served cold

smoked salmon w/ red onion, capers, cream cheese, gherkins on crusty bread (s)
marinated baby squid salad (s)
oysters w/ assorted dressings (2 oysters per person) (s)
king prawns w/ lemon wedges (3 prawns per person) (s) (gf)

from the garden

caesar salad
garden salad (v) (vgn) (gf)
caprese salad w/ extra virgin olive oil (v) (gf)
chat potato salad w seeded mustard mayonnaise and spring onions (v) (gf)
roasted seasonal vegetables w/ garlic and rosemary (v) (gf) (vgn)
broccolini and snow peas w/ orange, chilli and toasted hazelnut dressing (v) (vgn) (gf)
roast vegetable and fresh herb quinoa salad w/ lemon tzatziki (v)
watermelon and fetta salad w/ mint and reduced balsamic (v) (gf)
asparagus w/ shaved parmesan and baked prosciutto (v) (gf) 

from the sea served hot

baked tasmanian salmon w/ celeriac, fetta and dill (s) (gf)
roasted south coast blue eye trevalla w/ grape and pine nut salsa (s) (gf)
pan seared snapper w/ pine nut pesto (s)
moreton bay bug w/ roasted garlic and chive aioli (s)

from the paddock

sage marinated chicken thigh (gf)
roasted crispy skin duck breast (gf)
portuguese style chicken breast (gf)
pasture fed pork fillet w/ grilled apple chutney (gf)


western australian crayfish tails w/ herb butter (s) (pr)
riverina lamb back-strap w/ tzatziki (gf) (pr)
braised new south wales central tablelands lamb fillet (gf) (pr)
whole riverina, grass fed beef fillet with field mushroom jus (gf) (pr) 


assorted macaroons (v)
chocolate brownie (v)
milk chocolate tart w/ crème chantilly (v)
fresh pineapple, rockmelon and strawberry brochettes (gf) (v) (vgn)
mini pavlova w/ fresh berries and crème chantilly (v)
cinnamon apple crumble spoons (v)
lemon meringue tarts (v)
chocolate dipped mini gelato cones (v) 


please request pricing for additional items if you would like to add them to your menu

(s) seafood | (gf) gluten free | (v) vegetarian | (vgn) vegan | (pr) premium item 

menu spend must be equal to or greater than $1,150 or a chef charge of $280 will apply 

Formal Plated Menu


$28 pp

baked forest mushroom tartlet with truffle oil (v)
grilled koo wee rup asparagus with ricotta, white peach, walnuts and truffle oil (v) (gf)
sashimi plate with wasabi and soy ($2 surcharge) (s) (gf)
seared tasmanian scallops with pumpkin puree, toasted walnuts, apple and cress (s) (gf)
king prawn and avocado salad with tomato, mango and eschallot salsa (s) (gf)
poached balmain bug, avocado, peach and chilli salad with citrus vinaigrette (s) (gf)
steamed, wild petuna blue eye trevalla, chervil oil, fennel, grape and pine nut salsa (s) (gf)
pan-roasted spatchcock on moroccan style couscous, glazed cherry tomato and cucumber raita
butterflied hunter valley grain fed quail on wild rice salad with rocket, broccolini and pomegranate (gf) 



honey baked pumpkin and wild mushroom risotto with sage butter (v) (gf)
pan roasted salmon fillet with cucumber and mint salsa on wild rice (s) (gf)
pan-fried jewfish on sautéed kipfler potatoes, shaved garlic squid, roasted fennel and lemon beurre blanc (s) (gf)
spice marinated chicken breast with herbed couscous, snow peas and citrus dressing
roasted duck breast on potato gallette, with wilted bitter greens, asparagus and hazelnut vinaigrette (gf)
grilled, riverina fillet of beef on parisian mash, green beans, roasted cherry tomato and rosemary jus (gf)
roasted pork cutlet on sweet potato puree with spiced apple relish and dutch carrots (gf)
linguini with slow braised lamb, ratatouille and parmesan 



baked individual milk chocolate tart with raspberry coulis and vanilla anglaise (v)
baileys crème brulee with macerated strawberries and pistachio praline (v) (gf)
deconstructed pavlova with coulis, fruit and macerated berries (v) (gf)
stringy bark honey tart with caramelised fig and lemon cream (v)
rich chocolate cake with crème chantilly and berries (v)
selection of australian cheeses, lavosh, fig log and strawberries (v)
red wine poached pears with vanilla ice-cream 


$13.00 per bowl (1 bowl serves 4)

shoestring fries with sea salt (v)
mixed leaf salad with balsamic dressing (gf) (v) (vgn)
parisian mashed potato (gf) (v)
warm broccolini with nut brown butter and almonds (v) (gf)
roasted dutch carrots with raisins and persian fetta 


please select a max of two items from each section
(s) seafood | (gf) gluten free | (v) vegetarian | (vgn) vegan 

menu spend must be equal to or greater than $1,150 or a chef charge of $280 will apply 

Summer Season Canape Menu

summer season canape menu

canape menu 1 @ $65 per person /person

suitable for a 3 hour event

please select

6 standard items, 2 premium items, 1 substantial item

canape menu 2 @ $75 /person

suitable for a 4 hour event

please select

6 standard items, 2 premium items, 1 substantial item, 2 dessert items

canape menu 3 @ $85 /person

suitable for a 4 hour event

please select

6 standard items, 3 premium items, 1 substantial item, 2 dessert items 

standard selection

from the sea

freshly shucked market best oysters, ponzu dressing, crisp shallots (s)
popcorn prawns, japanese mayonnaise, coriander, sesame (s) (gf)
peeled market best prawn, chilli & coriander dressing (s)
steamed school prawn gow gee, coriander reduction (s)
steamed pork and prawn dim sim, sweet chilli & lime dressing (s)

from the paddock

double smoked ham, cheese & parsley quiche, shaved parmesan
roasted pork belly, crackling, cinnamon apple jam (gf)
grilled chorizo & feta pizzetta, cress
grilled chorizo, caramelised onion, saffron mayonnaise on sourdough crisp
panko crumbed chicken strips, fresh herb aioli

from the garden

caramelised onion, torched goats cheese, micro cress tartlet (v)
saffron & mozzarella arancini, chive aioli (v)
cherry tomato & goats cheese quiche (v)
vegetarian spring rolls, sweet soy dipping sauce, sliced shallots (v)
watermelon & feta skewers, aged balsamic (v)
roast mushroom quiche, rosemary salt (V) 

premium selection

from the sea

salt & pepper calamari, aioli, lime (s)
moreton bay bug, apple cream, savoury wafer cone (s)
seared yellow fin tuna, sesame, wasabi mayonnaise (s)
prosciutto wrapped prawns, citrus aioli (s) (gf)
sashimi yellowtail kingfish, lime, avruga, gold leaf (s)
seared scallops, grape & pinenut salsa (s)

from the paddock

peking duck pancakes, sliced cucumber, spring onion
rosemary lamb skewers, sumac yoghurt (gf)
satay chicken skewers (gf)
4 hour slow roasted pork sliders, chipotle mayonnaise 

substantial selection

from the sea

beer battered flathead, shoestring fries, lemon tartare sauce (s)
king prawns, tomato, avocado, red onion salsa (s)
roasted salmon, shaved fennel, citrus, dill vinaigrette (s) (gf)

from the paddock

marinated grain fed beef, glass noodles, sliced vegetables (gf)
slow roasted nsw pork, slaw, roast apple sauce (gf)
grilled chicken, cos lettuce, glazed bacon, anchovy dressing

from the garden

honey baked pumpkin risotto, sage butter (v) (gf) 


bite size macaroons (v)
chocolate brownie, salted caramel (v)
milk chocolate tart, crème Chantilly, strawberry (v)
pineapple, rockmelon & strawberry brochettes (gf) (v) (vgn)
pavlova nests, crème chantilly, fresh berries (v)
lemon curd tartlet, torched meringue (v)
assorted mini chocolate dipped gelato cones (v)

additional items

add an additional standard canapé for $6.50 per person
add an additional premium canapé for $9.50 per person
add an additional substantial canapé for $11.00 per person
add an additional dessert canapé $5.00 per person

(s) seafood | (gf) gluten free | (v) vegetarian | (vgn) vegan | (pr) premium item 

menu spend must be equal to or greater than $1,150 or a chef charge of $280 will apply 


AQA has been doing boat hire for many years now and they truly do have the whole operation fine tuned.
  • Air Con
  • Alcohol Bar
  • BYO Alcohol
  • BYO Food
  • Catering
  • Dance Floor
  • iPod
  • O/N Accom.
  • Sound System
  • Sunbaking
  • Swimming