Top Gold Coast Cruises

Tweed Eco Gold Coast Crab Catching Cruise

$70

Crab-catching, fishing and more onboard a Tweed River adventure cruise

Tweed Eco Gold Coast Crab Catching Cruise

Departure Details

  • Departure Historic Maritime Museum, Pioneer Park, 230 Kennedy Dr, Tweed Heads
  • Boards 08:45
  • Departs 09:00
  • Returns 12:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 3-hr Tweed River crab catching cruise
  • Crab catching, yabby pumping & fishing
  • Informative commentary
  • Pelican and seabird feeding
  • Morning tea

Tweed River & Rainforest Cruise

$94

Scenic river cruise with morning tea & delicious platter menu

Tweed River & Rainforest Cruise

Departure Details

  • Departure Tweed Marina, River Terrace, Tweed Heads
  • Boards 11:15
  • Departs 11:30
  • Returns 15:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 3hr 30min Tweed River cruise
  • Tweed Riviera Grazing Platter Menu
  • Captain’s 5-star commentary
  • Tea/coffee & cake
  • Stunning river cruising & views

Surfers Paradise Morning Tea Cruise

$32

Fascinating morning tea cruise in Surfers Paradise with fun commentary

Surfers Paradise Morning Tea Cruise

Departure Details

  • Departure 63 Cavill Ave
  • Boards 10:30
  • Departs 10:30
  • Returns 12:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 1.5-hr morning river cruise
  • Complimentary tea, biscuits & cake
  • Informative commentary
  • Refreshing morning views
  • Great photo opportunities

Scandals & Sunsets Gold Coast Aqua Duck Tour

$59

A quirky, adults only, secrets & scandals sunset cruise on Aqua Duck

Scandals & Sunsets Gold Coast Aqua Duck Tour

Departure Details

  • Departure Cavill Avenue
  • Boards 16:30
  • Departs 17:00
  • Returns 18:30

Cruise Inclusions

  • 1.5 hour sunset Aqua Duck tour
  • Tour guide and live commentary
  • Includes beer, bubbles and soft drinks
  • Variety of snacks included
  • Cruise on the beautiful waterways during sunset

Surfers Paradise Midday Cruise

$32

Memorable Surfers Paradise midday sightseeing cruise with fully licensed bar

Surfers Paradise Midday Cruise

Departure Details

  • Departure 63 Cavill Ave
  • Boards 12:15
  • Departs 12:15
  • Returns 13:45

Cruise Inclusions

  • 1.5-hr Gold Coast River cruise
  • Complimentary cheese & crackers
  • Amazing water views
  • Fun facts commentary
  • Fully licensed bar

Gold Coast River & City Aqua Duck Cruise Tour

$42

Famous Gold Coast amphibious yellow ‘duck’ tour

Gold Coast River & City Aqua Duck Cruise Tour

Departure Details

  • Departure Cavill Avenue
  • Boards 09:30
  • Departs 10:00
  • Returns 11:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 1-hr Gold Coast River Aqua Duck Tour
  • City tour includes Surfers Paradise & Main Beach
  • Complimentary onboard multi-lingual guide (phone)
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Cruise on Broadwater

Surfers Paradise Afternoon Cruise

$32

Amazing afternoon sightseeing cruise on Surfers Paradise with commentary

Surfers Paradise Afternoon Cruise

Departure Details

  • Departure 63 Cavill Ave
  • Boards 14:00
  • Departs 14:00
  • Returns 15:30

Cruise Inclusions

  • 1.5-hr afternoon river cruise
  • Incredible Gold Coast views
  • Complimentary snacks
  • Fun Facts commentary
  • Fully licensed bar

Watersports Snorkel with the Turtles

$119

Amazing snorkelling experience with the turtles in the Gold Coast

Watersports Snorkel with the Turtles

Departure Details

  • Departure Fingal Boathouse, Fingal Road
  • Boards 11:00
  • Departs 11:00
  • Returns 13:30

Cruise Inclusions

  • 3-hr snorkel tour at Cook Island
  • Snorkel with the turtles
  • Qualified snorkel guide
  • All snorkel equipment
  • Amazing photo opportunities

Gold Coast to Brisbane 300 Islands Cruise

$100

Relaxing sightseeing cruise from Gold Coast on board a classic timber ship

Gold Coast to Brisbane 300 Islands Cruise

Departure Details

  • Departure Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Southport
  • Boards 08:30
  • Departs 09:00
  • Returns 17:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 8-hr sheltered water cruise
  • Captain’s commentary
  • Freshly baked muffins & BBQ lunch
  • Licensed bar
  • Great photo opps

Catch a Crab Tour

The original Gold Coast crab catching adventure on the mighty Tweed River

Catch a Crab Tour

Departure Details

  • Departure 11/17 Birds Bay Drive
  • Boards 09:30
  • Departs 09:30
  • Returns 12:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 2.5-hr crab catching cruise
  • Trap live crabs + fishing
  • Informative commentary
  • Morning tea
  • All equipment for activities

Catch a Crab Tour & Premium Platter Lunch

Crab catching in Gold Coast with informative crab and oyster farm commentary

Catch a Crab Tour & Premium Platter Lunch

Departure Details

  • Departure 11-17 Birds Bay Drive
  • Boards 09:30
  • Departs 09:30
  • Returns 12:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 3.5-hr crab catching tour + lunch
  • Premium platter lunch
  • Crab catching and yabbie pumping
  • Informative commentary
  • All equipment for activities

Catch a Crab Tour & Seafood Platter Lunch

Amazing crab catching and wildlife adventure tour with delicious platter lunch

Catch a Crab Tour & Seafood Platter Lunch

Departure Details

  • Departure 11/17 Birds Bay Drive
  • Boards 09:30
  • Departs 09:30
  • Returns 12:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 3.5-hr Gold Coast crab catching tour
  • Trap crabs and pump for yabbies
  • Seafood platter lunch
  • Informative commentary
  • All equipment for activities

Catch a Crab Tour with Fish & Chip Lunch

Unforgettable crabbing and wildlife adventure tour with Fish’n’chip lunch

Catch a Crab Tour with Fish & Chip Lunch

Departure Details

  • Departure 11/17 Birds Bay Drive
  • Boards 09:30
  • Departs 09:30
  • Returns 12:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 3.5 hr crab catching cruise
  • Delicious fish’n’chip lunch
  • Trap crabs and yabbie pumping
  • Informative commentary
  • All equipment for activities

Whale Watching Cruise from Surfers Paradise

$79

Uncrowded midday whale watch experience on board a Surfers Paradise cruise.

Whale Watching Cruise from Surfers Paradise

Departure Details

  • Departure River end of Cavill Avenue
  • Boards 09:00
  • Departs 09:30
  • Returns 13:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 3.5-hr Whale Watching cruise
  • Knowledgeable crew
  • Great photo opportunities
  • Free canal cruise
  • Free return cruise if no whale sighted

Gold Coast Whale Watching Tour

$89

Explore the Humpback Highway in Surfers Paradise on a purpose-built vessel

Gold Coast Whale Watching Tour

Departure Details

  • Departure Main Beach Terminal
  • Boards 08:30
  • Departs 09:00
  • Returns 11:15

Cruise Inclusions

  • 2-hr Whale watching cruise
  • 100% Whale sighting guarantee
  • Onboard audio/visual presentations
  • Fully licensed bar
  • Professional photographer

Captain's Lounge Whale Watching Cruise

$119

Exciting whale watch cruise in the open ocean with a Captain’s Lounge upgrade.

Captain's Lounge Whale Watching Cruise

Departure Details

  • Departure Main Beach Terminal
  • Boards 08:30
  • Departs 09:00
  • Returns 11:15

Cruise Inclusions

  • 2.5-hr VIP Whale watching cruise
  • 100% Whale sighting guarantee
  • Luxury seating in the Captain’s lounge
  • Complimentary refreshments and snacks
  • Free return cruise if no whale sighted

Gold Coast Cruise Categories

About Gold Coast

Located south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast, Gold Coast is known for its heady cocktail of surf, sun and sand. Being a party city, Gold Coast has its fair share of shimmering high rises, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and theme parks.

But, beyond the long sandy beaches lie an array of sand dunes, behind which lie rivers, creeks and swamps, and then come the plains, foothills and towering mountains. Away from the beach and water activities, river cruises and hiking trails that crisscross mountain ridges and valleys have become an intrinsic part of the Gold Coast appeal.

Places of Interest
  • Sea World Gold Coast
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Dreamworld
  • Broadbeach, Queensland
  • Warner Bros. Movie World
  • Burleigh Heads, Queensland
  • Springbrook National Park
  • Laminngton National Park

Attractions
  • Tamborine Rainforest Sky Walk
  • Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
  • Tweed River & Rainforest Cruises
  • Crab Catching Cruises
  • Tambourine Mountain Glow Worm Caves

Transport
Gold Coast Airport is in Coolangatta, 25km south of Surfers Paradise and 100km south of Brisbane. All domestic Australian airlines, including budget airlines, operate flights to/from Gold Coast. Air New Zealand flies in from overseas. You could also choose to drive in from Brisbane, which is just an hour away.

One-way shuttles are available at the airport to drop you to your accommodation, but have to be booked in advance. There are shuttle transfers available from Brisbane as well.

The Gold Coast tourist shuttles offer the most affordable package to get around that includes airport transfers, unlimited theme park transfers and unlimited use of the local bus service – all on one ticket.

Environment
Despite the urbanisation that has taken over the coast, Gold Coast is a bio-diverse city with native vegetation occupying 49 per cent of the land. It is home to the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests and Ramsar Convention-listed Moreton Bay Coastal Wetlands.

The City of Gold Coast recognises the need to preserve its unique landscapes, wildlife habitats, hinterland ranges and wetlands to shape a sustainable future. It tries to involve the community in the action taken to protect its natural assets.

Demographics
As per the 2011 census, Gold Coast has a population of 513,954 residents and the growth trend revealed that it would continue to gain people through migration in all age groups – a profile that is uncommon in Australia.

The Gold Coast population is extremely diverse with almost one in three Gold Coast residents recorded as born overseas in the 2011 Census (27.9% or 138,039 people). This is a higher proportion than Greater Brisbane, Queensland and Australia. Close to one per cent of the Gold Coast population was identified as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin (1.3% or 6,196 people).