The Manly Inflatable Boat Race Is Back in 2018!

manly inflatable boat race

Get your float on this February at the Manly Inflatable Boat Race.

Having stayed afloat for 14 years, the Manly Inflatable Boat Race is back to take over Manly Beach this February. Finally, a publicly recognised event where floating around all day on an inflatable flamingo is celebrated.

Anchored with laughs and giggles for all ages, participants are encouraged to dress up, down or wear the classic budgie smugglers. The rules are simple. You can use any form of inflatable device in the race but it must not cost more than $50. A zoo of vessels will make their way across the one kilometre course, which kicks off at Shelly Beach.

Manly Inflatable Boat Race

The boat race ranks as one of the top must-do activities of summer in the Northern Beaches. It’s known for attracting all sorts of characters – don’t be surprised if you see a pirate paddling a pool pony going neck to neck with a sailor on a donut ring.

The official sausage sizzle after party will be hosted at Hotel Steyne promising sizzling goodies and cold bevvies. They will also be giving out great prizes for those with the best costumes.

The race kicks of on Manly Beach, Sunday the 25th of February. Though the trigger doesn’t get pulled till 10.30am, registration starts from 8:45am but can also be done online here.

Manly Inflatable Boat Race

This is a charity event, so all proceeds will go to Tour de Cure which you can read up on here.


Early Bird: $50 per person (Wednesday, 10 Jan – Monday, 5 Feb)
Standard: $55 per person (Tuesday, 6 Feb – Sunday, 24 Feb)
$60 per person on the day (Sunday, 25 Feb)

Who should attend:
This event is open to the general public. The more the merrier!

How to get there:
For all public transport options to this venue, please visit Transport NSW.