Gold Coast
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Our most recommended Gold Coast Cruises & Boat Tours

Moreton Island: Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise Adventure

1. Moreton Island: Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise Adventure

Meet the skipper and crew at the Rivergate Marina Brisbane where you’ll be welcomed on board your vessel to begin a 1-day Moreton Island adventure! The modern, purpose-built whale and dolphin-friendly vessels feature large viewing decks, guaranteeing all guests a rail-side position on this ultimate marine discovery cruise. Visit the magical world of the Moreton Bay Marine Park, home to bottlenose dolphins, dugongs and giant loggerhead turtles. The park is also home to humpback whale between June and October. A marine naturalist on board will provide insightful commentary, blending aspects of marine mammal behavior with the interesting history of the Moreton Bay islands. You’ll enjoy a guided snorkeling tour around the 14 scuttled ships of the Tangalooma Wrecks as well. There is a kiosk on board where you can purchase additional snacks and drinks, and there is also a licensed bar.

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Gold Coast: Wave Break Island Kayaking & Snorkeling tour

2. Gold Coast: Wave Break Island Kayaking & Snorkeling tour

Depart from Gold Coast on a fun-filled guided kayaking tour to Wave Break Island South where you can snorkel, enjoy a snack, and relax while admiring amazing city views away from the crowds. Departing from the iconic Broadwater, where experienced and friendly tour guides will brief you on kayaking techniques, cruise through spectacular clear waters, where you might have the chance to spot dolphins and stingrays. Paddle through beautiful sandbanks, offering a unique Gold Coast City view in the background, and arrive at the Northern side of Wave Break Island, where you will park your kayaks next to a scenic spot. Take a short bushwalk to Wave Break Island’s Eastern side to snorkel and explore the underwater beauty of this pristine Island.  Swim amongst the friendly reef locals, the SeaPerch and Angelfish, and discover many other species, from sea cucumber, trumpet fish, sergeant fish, and if you are lucky you can even find Nemo. Here, natural and man-made beauty are combined to create a picture-perfect background; the beautiful Gold Coast waterways with the city’s collection of skyscrapers on the horizon. As you get out of the water, a snack will be waiting for you. Savor it whilst admiring the amazing views, and get ready to start your journey back to the launch point.

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Gold Coast: Aquaduck City Tour and River Cruise

3. Gold Coast: Aquaduck City Tour and River Cruise

The 1 hour tour 'Aquaduck' combines a city tour and river cruise. Departing from the heart of Surfers Paradise, tours aboard the amphibious ‘Aquaduck’ offers an informative city-tour with a unique and exciting river-cruise. Travelling past the glitzy waterfront mansions of the rich and famous and taking in the spectacular views of the Gold Coast waterways and its famous landmarks. Experience the Gold Coast as you have never before. Cruise along the glorious Gold Coast beaches, then up to the magnificent Palazzo Versace and Marina Mirage. That's where the Aquaduck gets to show it’s true colours with a bit of 'duck diving' into the spectacular Broadwater. Experience the thrill of the big splash and take in the sights of the beautiful waterways and of course the fabulous millionaires row. Kids get the unique experience to Captain the Aquaduck while cruising the waterways and will receive their free Official Aquaduck Licence Certificate.

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Gold Coast: 2-Hour Surfers Paradise Cruise with Buffet Lunch

4. Gold Coast: 2-Hour Surfers Paradise Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Join this exclusive two-hour Gold Coast lunch cruise departing from a convenient point in the heart of the city and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with fresh local trawler prawns. The cruise route takes you through the extensive Surfers Paradise canal system and then out onto the Southport Broadwater to soak up some beautiful views of the coast's skyline. Sit back and enjoy your buffet lunch, sip on a drink from the fully-licensed bar onboard, and bask in the sunshine on the spacious deck while enjoying informative commentary on surrounding landmarks, including the opulent homes of the city’s rich and famous. You'll sail past a range of iconic regional locations such as Sea World Theme Park, Marina Mirage Shopping Centre, the glamorous Palazzo Versace Hotel and many more on a sightseeing experience that will satisfy your hunger and your curiosity alike.

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Gold Coast: Jet Boat Ride and Scenic Helicopter Tour

5. Gold Coast: Jet Boat Ride and Scenic Helicopter Tour

Make the most of your time on the Gold Coast and embark on an adrenaline-packed adventure. Start the trip with a 55-minute jet boat ride and feel the rush of adrenaline buzz through your body as you make a splash out on the water. Next, head to the Gold Coast’s Marina Mirage heliport where yet more thrill-seeking awaits! Hop in the helicopter and set off into the skies for a sightseeing cruise across the Gold Coast. From your unique birds-eye perspective, soak up panoramic views of the city and the coastline, as well as Royal Pines, the Star Casino, Q1, and Broad Beach. Then, navigate north along the foreshores of Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, SeaWorld, and South Stradbroke Island before returning to the heliport.

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Gold Coast: 55-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

6. Gold Coast: 55-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, excitement and incredible view then look no further than this exhilarating jet boat ride departing from the heart of Surfers Paradise. The 55-minute ride is great value for money and offers a novel way to check out the stunning Gold Coast from the beautiful local waterways. Don't just go to the same old tourist attractions, enjoy an exhilarating and unique experience instead. The luxurious 5-star jet boats are equipped with padded seats to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during your trip. Sit back and enjoy the thrill of Jet Boat Extreme's 650-horsepower twin jet-power turbo engines, which will take you to up to 80 kilometers per hour on the water.  All this with low-level engine noise and well-known safety features of diesel turbo engines. The experienced, hand-selected jet boat drivers ensure both fun and safety on this extreme playground.

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Gold Coast Sunset River Cruise

7. Gold Coast Sunset River Cruise

Travel on a sunset river cruise, passing some of Gold Coast's most luxurious residences.  Enjoy a glass of champagne or beer from the fully licensed bar & get the camera ready to capture the breathtaking sunset over the beautiful Gold Coast skyline – the best way to finish a day on the Gold Coast! Cruise past the Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace and Sea World. Have the chance to witness Australian wildlife including dolphins, sea eagles and much more! 

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Surfers Paradise: Guided Gold Coast Amphibious Bus Tour

8. Surfers Paradise: Guided Gold Coast Amphibious Bus Tour

Discover the best of the Gold Coast, from both land and sea, with this guided tour by amphibious bus. Experience a sightseeing activity with a twist, as your tour vehicle transforms from a bus into a cruise boat. Set off from the heart of Surfers Paradise on a tour that journeys from roads into the Gold Coast Broadwater. Kids and adults will feel the thrill as the duck-themed vessel splashes into the water, transitioning from a bus tour into a relaxing cruise. See homes of the rich and famous in Paradise Waters, and admire super yachts in Southport Yacht Club. Keep a look out for local wildlife, and enjoy the informative commentary, before returning to Surfers Paradise.

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Paradise Jet Boating 55-Minute Broadwater Adventure

9. Paradise Jet Boating 55-Minute Broadwater Adventure

Paradise Jet Boating’s Broadwater Adventure rides are well known for their unique mix of thrills and adventure, stunning scenery, and sightseeing. Experience 360-degree spins, high-speed drifting, and other exciting maneuvers while exploring the waterways of the Gold Coast. The Broadwater Adventure rides are 55 minutes of authentic jet boating action through 35 kilometers of Gold Coast waterways. This is the only jet boat ride that takes you around Sovereign Island. With approved access to the exclusive National Marine Park, the service provides the opportunity to spot dolphins, wallabies, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Then you’ll experience more amazing sights as you pass Sovereign Island’s spectacular multi-million dollar mansions. You’ll enjoy the highest levels of safety, performance, and passenger comfort aboard first-class, purpose-built jet boats. The highly trained, professional skippers have your safety as their priority and all passengers wear life jackets on the tours. The tours are suitable for everyone 4 years of age and older. Rides depart on the hour, every hour, between 09:00 and 16:00. Services operate from the Adventure Terminal marina, where you’ll find secure storage, undercover/comfortable waiting areas, full-length rainwear, tea and coffee facilities, in-house photography, and free parking all available. Choose Paradise Jet Boating's Broadwater Adventure early-morning option for a discounted ride!

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Surfers Paradise: Gold Coast Afternoon River Cruise

10. Surfers Paradise: Gold Coast Afternoon River Cruise

Experience the stunning resort town of Surfers Paradise from a fresh perspective on a relaxing afternoon cruise. Climb aboard to sail along the scenic waterways, canals and broadwater of the beautiful Gold Coast. Marvel at the million dollar homes of the rich and famous and be amazed by the luxury yachts. Sail past the gleaming white boats at Marina Mirage and admire the elegant exterior of the Palazzo Versace Hotel. Look for dolphins and sea eagles at the Sea World wildlife theme park on Main Beach. Avail of the fully licensed bar and buy yourself a beer or glass of wine or champagne at very reasonable rates. Laze on the sundeck and take spectacular photos, or relax in the covered indoor seating area.

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What people are saying about Gold Coast

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 107 reviews

Staff were amazing. Friendly, courteous and fun. The food was delicious with ample to go around, fresh seafood, chicken and fruit, delicious desert that we couldn’t resist. 2 hours went so quickly. Will be doing this again. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Had an amazing experience, the boyfriend LOVED the cocktails such a good deal with the $8 refills!! the captain was amazing and so entertaining!

Took my sister on this lunch cruise both of us did not expect as much as we got - and team really looked after us

Very kind staff , everything was great except the rain :) which also made the tour romantic. Highly recommended

Its so good , boat was super fast. Highly recommended.