Hiring our self-drive boats is a popular pastime with locals. Enjoy fishing, romantic outings and crocodile spotting along Trinity Inlet or just see beautiful Far North Queensland from the water. Enjoy all day adventures or just head out to catch a crab. We can supply fishing rods and bait and give you some clues about the good spots for catching fish.
You can explore the maze of creeks that are home to some spectacular wildlife or meander down past the fishing boats, navy base and the yacht squadron to the southern end of Admiralty Island.
The Dingy and Pontoon boats are supplied with fuel - no license is required - just climb aboard and head off for a unique experience.
Trinity Inlet is over 90 sq/km, please allow at least 3 hours to circumnavigate Admiralty Island.
Can I bring my own tackle/bait/fishing gear?
Yes of course! however if you do not have your own gear, we have a range of equipment available for hire. A range of bait is also sold in store. When you hire our equipment we provide a tackle box with spare hooks sinkers and swivels, and a bucket with knife and bait board. There is also an esky onboard all pontoon boats.
Do I have to have a boat licence?
No, Cairns Boat Hire have boats suitable for those with, and without a boat licence. If you do not have a boat licence, we will provide you with a suitable boat that does not exceed a speed of 10kts, in order to comply with marine law. if you wish to drive a faster boat we must first sight a marine licence.
Can I bring food and drink on the boat?
Absolutely, we provide esky's on board to accomodate this very need. we can also supply you with a range of drinks and snacks if you are caught empty handed.
Can I take the boat to the reef?
No, outside the Inlet is out of bounds. At this point we do not hire boats suitable for heading out to the reef or Green Island region. however, our boats are allowed anywhere within the very large and diverse trinity inlet.
What if I get lost?
We will provide you with a map before depature and ask you to note where you are at all times, if you do have to call us you will know where you are for us to find you.
Is a deposit required?
Yes, we take a $100.00 deposit via cash, traveller's cheques or credit card (Visa, Mastercard and Bankcard). The purpose of this is to leave something of value that is a token of your integrity to comply with the rules of the hire and return of the boat in good condition.
Is my boat insured?
No, Unfortunately our insurance cannot cover any damage that you may cause while using our boats. Upon signing our Hire Agreement Form, you agree to indemnify Cairns Boat Hire from any costs or legal actions resulting from your mishaps during the hire period.
Is there shade or cover from the weather on board?
Yes, all pontoon and dinghy boats have permanent shade covers installed.
What sort of fish can I expect to catch?
A range of fish inhabit the inlet. Depending on the time of year and the weather and tidal conditions, you might expect to find Barramundi, Trevally, Queenfish, Threadfin Salmon, Bream, Estuary Cod, Grunter and large mud crabs. Just ask us at time of booking or just before you head out.
Will I get mobile reception?
At almost all points in the Inlet, you will get mobile service. We do encourage that you take at least one phone with you to ensure you can contact us if necessary.
How fast do the boats go?
If you do not have a boat licence the boats you can drive will not exceed a speed of 10 kts. For licensed drivers we have a range of faster boats for you but at a higher price than the more sedate boats. Please contact us for more info.
What will I need to bring?
Hat, sun block, insect repellent, snacks, drinks, mobile phone, we can supply esky’s, ice, crab pots, drinks, snacks, bait and fishing equipment if you do not have your own. Children under 12 are required to wear a life jacket, we supply these also. Be aware that you will not always be fully shaded from the sun so you may also need other sun protection as well.
Can we swim off the boat?
At your own risk. The Inlet is a very active crocodile environment; we don’t recommend you swim at all.