Cruises, Boat Hire and Charters
on the Gold Coast


Cruises, Boat Hire and Charters are very popular activities on the Gold Coast. And no wonder, given the fabulous Gold Coast waterways, wonderful weather, friendly people and happy, buzzing atmosphere.

The Gold Coast waterways consist of the broadwater, extensive canals, river systems and creeks, and are an ideal playground for marine and boating activities.

The magnificent broadwater stretches for several kilometres, and its calm, protected waters provide near-perfect conditions all year round for a range of activities, including cruises, boat hire and charters.

In addition, the extensive canal system on the Gold Coast provides more than 400km of safe, smooth channels for cruises, boat hire and charters.

Several shopping centres - including the Marina Mirage complex, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Runaway Bay Shopping Village, and Sanctuary Cove Shopping Village - have their own jetties, where shoppers may be dropped off by water taxi or private boat.

There are five major rivers in the region - the Nerang, Coomera, Albert, Pimpama, and Logan Rivers - from which a large number of creeks and tributaries flow.

Further, the Tweed River (in NSW) is literally on the doorstop of the Gold Coast's southernmost suburb, Coolangatta.

All these rivers are used at some stage or other by the many cruises, boat hire and charters that operate in the area. Oh, and by house-boat operators too.

However, the one area of the coast that does not get a lot of use by cruises, boat hire and charters, are the beaches along the coastline.

The ocean conditions are a lot more choppy and unpredictable, and there are also restrictions on how close to shore vessels can go (swimmers and beach activities have right of way).

Getting out on the water and enjoying a range of marine activities is a big part of the Gold Coast lifestyle.

So ensure you get out on the water at least once during your Gold Coast holidays, and experience the cruises, boat hire and charters in the area.

Your biggest challenge will be in selecting which one to do!



Amphibious Safari, Gold Coast

Join An Amphibious Safari
Feel like trying out an exciting and unique land-water adventure? Come aboard an amphibious craft tour, where you'll travel in high-4WD-style through the streets of Surfers Paradise to The Spit. Then, at the water's edge, your 'bus' suddenly becomes a boat, and you'll transition smoothly into the next segment of the tour - a Gold Coast cruise along the broadwater and canals!

Tall Ship Cruise, Gold Coast, Queensland TQ

Cruise Fun By Day Or By Night
What a delightful way to see the local sights! Travel the beautiful Gold Coast waterways by day, soak up the bright, colourful atmosphere and observe the fabulous waterfront homes and multimillion-dollar lifestyles, including the sumptuous Palazzo Versace hotel and Marina Mirage. Or by night, the broadwater is magical and mystical - so consider a sunset dinner cruise where you can experience the on-board fun or romance of a soft tropical evening.

Boat Hire on Gold Coast

Hire a Boat & Explore the Canals
The Gold Coast's unique and extensive waterways are an ideal playground for water activities ...and what better way to play, than to organise a boat hire and explore the canals! You can journey along the canals at your own pace; take in the sights, sounds and magnificent waterfront homes; do a spot of fishing; or just plain relax and enjoy the soothing effect of water lapping gently at your boat.

Sanctuary Cove Marine, Gold Coast

Visit A Marina & Check Out All The Boats
The Gold Coast is a natural playground for boat-lovers of all kinds, and the Gold Coast waterways and excellent marina infrastructure attracts some magnificent boats and luxury vessels. You'll see them moored at the various marinas in the area - Sanctuary Cove, Marina Mirage, Runaway Bay - and it can be great fun strolling along the marina promenade, viewing these boats... and imagining yourself behind the wheel!

Sailing on Gold Coast Broadwater, Queensland TQ

Learn to Sail
Self-proclaimed sea-lovers and sailors will tell you that the salt gets in your blood, and there’s nothing quite so exhilarating as pitting yourself against the wind to ride the ocean under sail. An introductory sailing course on the Gold Coast waterways will teach you the basics of this craft – it may not qualify you to enter the Sydney-Hobart yacht race, however it will provide several hours of enjoyment and challenge.

Fishing at Night, Currumbin, Gold Coast, Queensland TQ

Go Fishing (in own boat)
If you're a serious fisherman or woman, and have brought your own boat, the Gold Coast caters very well for you, providing a choice of ~ 40 boat ramps from which to launch your boat! Of course, the right equipment and bait are essential to the process and the local bait & tackle shops will meet all your requirements, and provide some tips re where the fish may be biting on any given day.

Couran Cove, South Stradbroke Island, Queensland TQ

Spend The Day At An Island Resort
The resorts on South Stradbroke Island take advantage of the island's natural beauty, lush rainforest, and miles of pristine beaches. Access to Stradbroke island is via a short 20 minute boat trip across the broadwater, or you can make a day of it and jump aboard one of the Gold Coast cruises that specialise in tours here. All day-trippers are welcome or, if you wish to plan a longer escape, overnight accommodation is available.

Fishing Charter, Surfers Paradise

Join a Fishing Charter
Gold Coast fishing charters offer a fun experience for beginners and experienced anglers alike. There's usually a great sense of camaraderie on these charters - and it provides a great opportunity to swap tales about the one that got away! And best of all, you don’t need to research the best fishing spots, buy bait, or organise the fishing rods... simply turn up, relax and enjoy!


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