Christmas work parties are memorable, enjoyable occasions where staff and their partners can relax and just let their hair down.
After receiving so many great recommendations for an awesome jet boating company called Jet Adventures and reading some of their fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor, this company decided to try something a little more adventurous to really give their staff a fantastic day out!
With six staff and their partners to cater for, numbers worked out perfectly for a private tour aboard Jet Adventures’ boat, The Exhilarator. After speaking with Owner and Skipper, Peter Kalbfell, he suggested a wilderness cruise/thrill ride mix for an adventurous group and promised a fantastic day to look forward to.
Getting the work party under way
It was a clear summer’s day and the ocean was the epitome of calm when the group met Pete down at the Old Dunsborough Jetty. Stepping aboard the Exhilarator with no idea of what to expect, Peter gave assurances that just bringing yourselves would do and he would take care of the rest.
After slowly motoring to deeper waters Peter amps up the Exhilarator, and boy did he take care of the rest!
The power of The Exhilarator certainly does take one’s breath away. Within the space of a second or two, the jetboat is travelling at an insanely high speed, with the wind gushing through hair and the water just shimmering brightly across the bay. Smiles break out across every single face and the anticipation of a fantastic day grows by the second.
Gradually dropping the speed, Peter manoeuvres the boat close to Castle Rock and the adjacent bays.
You know those pictures in magazines with crystal clear aqua waters? This is where Peter drops anchor and brings the pictures into reality for us.
Peter suggests this fantastic bay for a quick swim and the group jumps off the boat without hesitation. As if anyone would say no to that offer on a hot day and a spot as beautiful as Castle Rock. The Exhilarator is perfectly setup for swimming with an easy to board ladder at the back and side rails to jump off the boat.
Drinks and dolphins
After a refreshing dip, it’s time to open the bar. Beers from Eagle Bay Brewery, white wine from Flametree Wines and Sparkling by Madfish Wines are produced by Peter as part of the tour so of course, sparkling was cracked and glasses were passed around.
As part of the Wilderness Tour, Peter relates some interesting history about the Castle Bay Whaling Station and passes around a huge whale tooth to everyone to have a look at while morning champagne was enjoyed by all. After chilling out in the bay for a while it’s time to explore some more so Peter puts his foot down and started racing along the beautiful coastline.
Next stop is up at Rocky Point and almost immediately upon slowing, a pod of dolphins swims up in greeting almost as if they have been lying in wait. They swim back and forth across the bow and seem to be enjoying the company just as much as we are enjoying theirs.
Even though the Exhilarator is a small boat it doesn’t feel crowded and the group moves around the boat, jostling around to follow the dolphins’ movements.
The coastline around Rocky Point is amazing as the waves crash into the stunning coastline. There are a few rock fisherman on the coast also enjoying the glorious day as we spot a large school of fish making there way into Bunker Bay with us in tow. No wonder the dolphins love this place so much!
Limestone stalactites up close
Bunker Bay is an unbelievably stunning beach! We can see the beautiful Pullman Bunker Bay Resort tucked away in the sand dunes. The clean white sands against the turquoise blue waters with the bright orange granite in the corner of the bay making this as picturesque coastline as you could find anywhere.
What really strikes me is such a beautiful beach has just a handful of people on it, this really is paradise. Gazing up at the headland in front I can see the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse perched high on the hill as Pete points out the quarry below from where the limestone was sourced when it was built back in 1903. It must have been a hell of a job just getting the rocks to site in those early days! After making sure we all had a drink it’s time to keep moving out towards the cape with the promise of Fur Seals not far away.
As we rounded the final headland before the cape we spotted some fascinating caves in the cliffs. We got the boat right in close to shore and could see the limestone stalactites up close, these caves must have some amazing shells in them as this coastline looks totally unexplored.
We travel a little further towards a small island and see some Fur Seals clambering over the rocks and swimming in the water, there must be over one hundred here! We tuck up close to the island as a couple of cheeky seals swim straight over to the boat to say hello, their faces look more like that of a friendly dog, they are very cute but wow they do pong a bit up close! After hanging out with the seals for a while it was time to head out around Cape Naturaliste and view a rather large rock known as Sugarloaf.
As we rounded Cape Naturaliste I started to get a sense of just how remote this place is. Looking both directions from the tip of the cape there is no sign of civilisation, just crystal clear beaches and stunning rocky outcrops with big swells crashing into them. A few surfers are dotted along this remote coastline as we make our way up towards Sugarloaf Rock, it’s hard to tell how the surfers even got here, there’s no sign of any cars just a remote rugged wilderness.
As we approach Sugarloaf Rock you get an idea just how big it is up close, Pete tells us it rises over 60 metres out of the ocean, the formations and colours of the rock are truly astounding! We enter through a narrow channel between the rocks into a sheltered lagoon and stare up in amazement, I’ve been getting some great pictures all day but these could be the best yet. We start to make our way back towards the Cape but a pod of dolphins cut us off, I don’t think they want us to leave!
The ride back was thrilling!
The boat trip back is fast and exciting, a few people choose to stand up front and be Exhilarated by the speed but I was happy sitting back enjoying the music as we cruised back towards Dunsborough.
Pete pulls the boat up at Castle Rock and starts preparing the boat for the thrill ride part of the trip which I’d completely forgotten about I was having so much fun. Eski’s are packed away, drinks are finished and seat belts are clipped in, this is getting serious.
Pete explains some signals to us and tells us to hang on as my heart starts racing in anticipation. Some high tempo AC/DC starts playing and we’re away, I realize the boat was only running at half power before as we are now hitting some serious speed!
We zoom past the coast so quickly everything becomes a blur, the boat is sliding through the water effortlessly only it’s sliding sideways not forwards. This is an amazing piece of machinery and the screams for all around tells me everyone’s having a ball. Pete signals a spin is coming up so we all brace ourselves not knowing quite what to expect.
The boat slingshots around so quickly we are facing the opposite direction in an instant as the screams of delight indicate everyone wants more! We raced around the bay some more loving every minute of it with yahoos and screams before easing back to an idle as we closed in on Old Dunsborough Jetty.
This signals our fantastic tour is coming to an end as Pete turns and thanks us for booking with Jet Adventures as we all offer our applause in recognition of an unbelievably awesome day!
The best work party ever
We usually book a fancy lunch at one of the local wineries or an amazing dinner at one of the excellent restaurants around Dunsborough so this is a bit of a change from the norm with a two and a half hour jet boating experience followed by a barbeque at the beautiful Old Dunsborough foreshore.
This is an amazing location for a party where the grassy banks and shady trees go just about to the waterline and the granite outcrops on the coastline make this one the most interesting bays in the area. Everyone is going to love this work party!
We bid farewell to Pete as we start setting up our BBQ by the ocean. It has been an such a good day on the boat and no one can stop talking about it. We’ve had many Christmas parties in the past and usually spent a lot more money but never has anything compared to this! It was so good I reckon everyone would be happy to do it again next year too! What a party! We’ll have to come back in season for a whale-watching tour!