Gold Coast Cruises

Soak up the bright, colorful atmosphere aboard one of the many Gold Coast cruises available for your pleasure.

This is a delightful way to see some of the coastal views and local sights, and there is nothing more relaxing than quietly cruising the beautiful Gold Coast waterways, basking in the radiant sub-tropical sun.

You'll observe and be fascinated by multimillion-dollar lifestyles and fabulous waterfront homes.

These include the sumptuous Palazzo Versace hotel and Marina Mirage, Sea World and the Southport Yacht Club. Showboat Cruise, Surfers Paradise JC

By night, you'll find the broadwater to be magical and mystical -

so if you're celebrating a special occasion, consider a sunset dinner cruise where you can experience the on-board fun or romance of a soft tropical evening.

Gold Coast cruise departure times vary throughout the day, ranging from an early morning breakfast cruise, to an evening dinner cruise.

Prices vary according to length of cruise, size of boat, and whether refreshments, meals, and transfers are included.

So before you make a booking with a Gold Coast cruise operator, be sure to check exactly what's included in the price.

Shorter Gold Coast cruises of 1-2 hours are especially designed for those with limited time on their hands.

You'll travel along the canals and broadwater, and may indulge in a little daydreaming when you see the palatial waterfront homes and amazing lifestyles.

Half-day and full-day cruises are available and these can include a combination rainforest-river cruise along the Tweed river.

Or the ever-popular day-cruise to a South-Stradbroke Island resort where you actually disembark for an hour or two to dine and soak up the idyllic surroundings.

Or you can cruise to Sanctuary Cove where highlights along the way include the extravagant Sovereign Islands and Hope Island.

There's a huge selection of Gold Coast cruises to choose from, and a range of different vessels.

For example, you can take a one-hour canal cruise on an economy-scale boat for around $15 per adult, or you can head to the luxury end of the market where a cruise on a million-dollar boat will cost you around two to three times that price. Tall Ship Cruise, Gold Coast, Queensland TQ

You can take a trip on a Tall Ship and experience the wind in your hair, the salt in your face and all the history of yesteryear aboard a traditional sailing ship -

or take a wild, high speed trip up the broadwater and really feel the wind in your hair!

The broadwater by night is magical and mystical, with the unique Gold Coast skyline nestled against a velvety sky and a myriad sparkling lights dancing across the surface of the water.

Some of the larger Gold Coast cruise vessels provide dinner and live entertainment on board, while others provide a twilight cruise to an island resort where you'll disembark for dinner.

Or, for a truly romantic occasion, you can't possibly beat an evening cruise in your own exclusive gondola where you can even be serenaded in the traditional Venetian style!

All you need to do to get your Gold Coast cruise under way, is choose your tour and jump aboard for a great day (or night) sailing the waters of the Gold Coast!

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Cruise Operators Location Contact
All Riviera Charters   1300 552 485
Arbor Cruise Main Beach 0419 198 888
Bartlett Charter Services Tweed Heads 07-5599 2410
BlueFire Cruises Main Beach 07-5557 8888
Broadwater Glass-Bottom Adventure Cruises Main Beach 07-5571 2266
Catch a Crab Cruise Tweed Heads 07-5599 9972
Celebrations Afloat Gold Coast Main Beach 07-5529 5462
Champagne Sailing Cruises Main Beach 0412 794 643
Circa Luxury Cruises Main Beach 07-5528 6888 or 0408 286 888
All Coast Charters & Boats Broadbeach Waters 07-5538 0545
Comedy Showboat   07-5563 9008
Croc Cat Cruises Runaway Bay 07-5546 1962 or 0415 639 288
Empress S Main Beach 0419 921 104
Encore Luxury Charters Main Beach 07-5591 5755
Eye Of Paradise Cruises Sanctuary Cove 0410 437 618
Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast Runaway Bay 0438 453 769
Gold Coast Cruises Main Beach 07-5564 0123
Go Troppo Showboat Cruises   07-5537 2971
Grand Cruises Main Beach 07-5594 2537
Inspiration Cruises   07-5526 9550
Janasea Marine Charters   0412 760 918
Laura J Cruises Hope Island 07-5510 8066
Lucky Strike Charters Main Beach 0428 729 393
Maranoa Cruises Main Beach 07-5532 2439
Mud Crab Cruise Main Beach 07-5591 8830
M.V. Kilkie Resort Cruise Sanctuary Cove 07-5577 9477 or 0414 533 300
Panama Luxury Cruises Main Beach 0488 726 262
Perfect Party Cruises Main Beach 07-5597 3180
Platinum Cruises Main Beach 07-5594 5380
Royal Pines Princess Ashmore 07-5597 1111
Spirit of Gold Coast Main Beach 07-5572 7755
Surfers By Night Party Cruise Surfers Paradise 07-5504 5444 or 0412 499 825
Sunrise Charters Runaway Bay 0407 760 266
Tall Ship Sailing Cruises Main Beach 07-5532 2444
Top Cruise (Rani) Runaway Bay 07-5529 5588
Tweed Endeavour Cruises Tweed Heads 07-5536 8800
Wyndham Cruises Surfers Paradise 07-5539 9299

There's an enormous range of prices, depending on cruise duration, size of vessel, and other optional extras (such as meals). So you're sure to find something to fit your budget.
Adult prices range from $32 for 2 hour cruise along Broadwater, through to $99 for a 3 hour dinner cruise.
Children are typically 50-60% cost of adult ticket.
Varies between individual operators - check when booking your tour, so you're prepared. Eg. Smaller vessels may not have a toilet aboard, so you may need to make a quick rest-stop at a public toilet prior to joining the tour.
Wet Weather
Suitable in rain, although may not operate in inclement conditions, such as strong winds and heavy rain.
Operating Hours
All year round, weather permitting.
Ranges from 1 hour to a full day.
Handy Hints
- Most vessels have sheltered decks so you can sit or stand outside, however it's highly recommended you take a hat, sunglasses and ample supplies of sunscreen.
- Most operators will provide refreshments - however, take extra drinking water to prevent dehydration.
How To Get There
Some operators will arrange pick-ups from and drop-offs to your Gold Coast accommodation. Refer to map references below for departure locations.
Further Info
Refer cruise operator table at end of article.

Gold Coast Charters

Many of the Gold Coast cruise operators listed in the table below are available for private Gold Coast charters.

If you have a large group, or just want to enjoy solitude and privacy on your cruise, you'll enjoy several benefits of a Gold Coast charter:

You get to discuss and negotiate the time of departure, duration, cruising route plus any stop-offs required, and other details with the Gold Coast charter cruise operator.

If you or your guests are enjoying a particular view, and wish to stop for a while, or circle around for another pass by a specific sight, this can easily be arranged.

And a private Gold Coast charter means that you choose who comes aboard, and you and your guests have the run of the boat.

Cruising the Gold Coast Canals

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