Go karting locations in sydney
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to either indoor or outdoor rental go karting venues in Sydney.
New go kart track in Sydney
The newest go karting location in Sydney is Hyper Karting located in Moore Park a few minutes outside the city. Ok, they are electric, but, they have torque available the instant you press the accelerator so they get up to speed quickly. Unlike the 4-stroke karts at most other go karting locations you don’t have to wait for them to build their speed up, you get more of an instant rush.
Sure there isn’t the smell of petrol or the exhaust sounds but if you love a sense of speed, you won’t really care considering most karts just sound like lawn mowers anyway.
Live online timing
Hyper Karting uses German manufactured RiMO electric karts that are faster than their equivalent petrol models. They have a modern set up with F1 style steering wheel, electric boost button and some of them have a display to show your timing live on the wheel or you can use your smartphone.
The other great part is their connection with RaceFacer that can track your sessions, lap times & compare with friends to see who is faster.
It is one of the longest tracks available in Sydney that you can race on, they used Level 5 of The Entertainment Quarter car park to build it. To keep everyone safe each kart is speed limited, the power increases slowly based on your lap times making it suitable for all ages & experience levels.
Open every day, all-day
Incredibly, Hyper Karting is open every day between 7.15 am to 12.30 am & they have variable pricing depending on the day or time. You can book instantly online & can see exactly how busy it is with their website synchronised to whoever is racing at the venue.
Costs just $19
Pricing starts at just $19 for a 15 minute session which makes it one of the cheapest go karting choices available in Sydney. Lap times average around 45 seconds so you can get between 13 to 17 laps each booking which is plenty considering it is a fairly tight & twisty track layout.
Kids go kart track
There is also a separate mini go-kart track for kids which makes this a great location to take a family. For kids aged 3–7 years they have Nano Karts to allow them to get on the track in a safe and fun way. Parents can either supervise next to the track or sit behind their child on the kart. Each kart can be controlled wirelessly, giving real-time control on the speed of the kart. Kids taller than 140cm are able to use our main track and karts.
A lot of go kart centres in Sydney will promote their karts as capable of achieving 80 km/h to 100 km/h but that will probably be based on manufacturer specs, being in mint condition, non-restricted & of course having a track that has the length or shape for a kart to reach that type of speed.
Indoor go kart locations are typically tight, twisty layouts with maybe one or two straights where average speeds will be relatively low. They still feel fast because of the enclosed space and proximity of barriers, posts and walls.
Outdoor go kart locations are typically more ‘open’ with a wider circuit that is more free flowing & will enable higher top speeds if the karts are capable of doing them. The wider tracks are typically longer than indoor venues with longer straights.
Most go kart hire venues will have either 4-stroke 12 horsepower karts or electric carts that are capable of up to 80 km/h. The fastest go karts for hire in Sydney would be;
- Picton Karting using their TB RMAX Karts powered 125cc ROTAX MAX 2 stroke kart reaching speeds up to 110km/h
- Wollongong Karting using their Hire Performance Kart that has a Yamaha racing engine with a 15, 000 RPM limit.
Yes – you can crash in go karting, plain and simple. It is a form of motorsport & as such, anything can happen. The chances of crashing are relatively limited though. Most go kart rental locations in Sydney have specially built karts that have rubber or metal protection around the outside of the kart. This ensures the wheels and occupant are protected in most situations.
A lot of newer hire karts will also have either a seat belt or a harness to keep you strapped into the kart.
The design of a go kart means it is very wide & low to the ground. So while it is possible for a kart to flip up in the air, the chances of this happening are very slim, there simply isn’t the power or force available to get them up on two wheels.
People may get injured if they are rammed by another driver without warning. They may not be able to brace for impact and suffer neck or shoulder pain afterwards, but this will vary based on the speed of impact. You will see a bit of bumping and nudging which is fairly normal considering the various experience levels on the track, but that is also part of the fun.
All tracks are required to have safety equipment on hand and their staff will be monitoring for dangerous behaviour at all times. Each location will also run through a safety briefing to make sure people clearly understand the rules.
If you are renting a 2 stroke or 4 stroke racing go kart then things may be a little different as these don’t have all the extra levels of protection that rental karts do. These purpose built machines are for competitive racing so their wheels & engines are typically more exposed while also having higher performance levels. It is possible for a crash to occur with these types of go karts but typically these are using in competition where each driver has a high level of respect for competitors and their environment.
You obviously must wear a helmet, gloves are optional, covered shoes are a must & you can even have your own helmet with Hans device or a neck brace collar.
Luddenham Raceway is 1,400 metres long
Picton Karting is 640 metres long
Sydney Premier Karting Track is up to 1,700 metres long depending on the configuration