Boat Hire on the Gold Coast
Organise a boat hire on the Gold Coast, and explore the region’s unique and extensive waterways, which provide an ideal playground for water activities.
Sheltered from rough seas and strong winds, the canals and waterways are classified as ‘smooth waters’ … which make them ideal, even for beginner boaties!
The extensive canal system on the Gold Coast has resulted in a large number of residents living in waterfront properties.
The first canals in South East Queensland were constructed in 1957, in Florida Gardens (near Surfers Paradise), and canals continue to be designed into new real estate developments on and around the Gold Coast today.
So it’s not surprising there are more than 400km of constructed canals in the region, just waiting for you to explore in your Gold Coast boat hire vessel.
You can tour along the broadwater, and cruise the canals at your own pace; take in the sights, sounds and magnificent waterfront homes; do a spot of fishing; find a picturesque sun-drenched beach to alight for lunch;
or just plain relax and enjoy the soothing effect of water lapping gently at your boat.
If this is your first boat hire on the Gold Coast, you can’t go too wrong with a tinny.
Half-cabins, yachts and speedboats are also available for Gold Coast boat hire and they come in a variety of sizes to cater for different sized groups.
Generally, you’re required to have a boating licence for speed boats only.
Life-jackets are not compulsory on most Gold Coast waterways, however it’s commonsense to ensure they’re provided for everyone on board, so check this when collecting your boat.
And even sheltered canal waters can get choppy at times, so it’s good practice to check and follow safe boating hints and a map - which is generally provided by the operator.
And if you should have passengers aboard who prefer shopping to boating, there are a couple of shopping centres that may be accessed via the waterways – so you could easily drop them off, and return later to collect them.
These include Marina Mirage, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Runaway Bay Shopping Village or Sanctuary Cove.
Note that you’re not permitted to tie your boats indefinitely to the shopping centres’ pontoons – they are made available for quick stops only.
And finally, BBQ pontoons are a popular boat Gold Coast hire option for spending a day relaxing on the water, with facilities that enable you to cook your own lunch.Return to Cruises, Boat Hire, and Charters
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Following is a short selection of hire operators for Gold Coast boats. Click here for a full list of boat hire operators on the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads.