Gold Coast Surfers Paradise Cruises

The ever-popular Surfers Paradise is the first thing that comes to mind when people think about the Gold Coast. An interesting tourist hotspot, it is renowned for its incredible surfing waters and laid-back beach lifestyle. But, if you’re looking to get away from the crowd and indulge in a more relaxed experience, there’s no better option than a Surfers Paradise river cruise along the Gold Coast waterways.


With our shortlist of the best river cruises on Surfers Paradise, you can find an experience that fits your budget, time preferences, group size etc. From morning and afternoon cruises to sunset tours and jet boat rides, there is something for everyone.


All the cruises offer best-value experiences that combine unparalleled sightseeing, commentary with fun facts and light refreshments (depends on the cruise). Adrenaline junkies… you can hop on a thrilling jet boat ride on the Gold Coast waterways.


With a boat cruise in Surfers Paradise, you can admire the fancy landmarks perched on the waterfront and immerse yourself in the abundant natural beauty. As you soak up the city skyline from a spectacular on-water perspective, your guide will regale you with fun tales about the region, its marine life and history. Oh, and be sure to keep your cameras ready and lookout for dolphins that call these waterways home.


The vessels are purpose-built with comfortable seats and spacious deck areas to enjoy the sights of Surfers Paradise in utmost comfort. Most Surfers Paradise river cruises also have a licensed bar on board with a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. 


So, let us be your trusted partner in exploring the magic of Surfers Paradise from the waters – book your cruise today!



2.5Hr Sightseeing Dinner Cruise from Sea World

Welcome to a delightful dinner cruise with live music on board ‘Spirit of Elston’, set against the glittering Surfer’s Paradise skyline. Bar onboard.

Duration 2hr

From $119 $129


2Hr Sightseeing Lunch Cruise From Surfers Paradise

Enjoy a selection of seafood, carvery, salads & desserts on this scenic lunch cruise along the Gold Coast waterways. See Sea World, Palazzo Versace etc.

Duration 2hr

From $89 $95


1.5Hr Surfers Paradise Afternoon Cruise

See Gold Coast’s icons such as Marina Mirage, Sea World, etc on an afternoon tour with free snacks, fun commentary, and marine life encounters.

Duration 1hr

From $49


2.5Hr Sunset Cruise On The Broadwater

A relaxing and fun Broadwater cruise offering the perfect blend of live acoustic music, glorious sunset views & tasty nibbles. Only on Saturdays.

Duration 2hr

From $89

Pods of whales put on a show for tour groups in Gold Coast


2.5Hr Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruise

Whale watching cruise to the Humpback Highway, led by a marine biologist. Get your dose of whale breaches, flukes & lots of fins! Only from May-Oct.

Duration 2hr

From $99 $109


2.5Hr Luxury Sunset Cruise on Broadwater

Discover the beauty of Gold Coast Broadwater coastline on a tri-deck luxury superyacht. Splendid sunset views, marine life spotting & gourmet dining.

Duration 2hr

From $79


3.5Hr Whale Watching Cruise from Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast tour onboard the only whale watching cruise departing from Surfers Paradise offering amazing sights of the humpbacks from up close.

Duration 4hr

From $119

Gold Coast whale watching tour cruising along the east coast of Australia


2.5Hr Gold Coast Whale Watching Tour

Enjoy a whale watching tour from Sea World offering you spectacular sights of the migrating whales of the Humpback Highway.

Duration 2hr

From $119 $139

A Humpback Whale curiously approaching a tour group in Gold Coast


2.5 Hr Gold Coast Afternoon Whale Watching Cruise

Cruise to the Humpback Highway on a Whale Watching Tour with Sea World and witness the migratory whales, dolphins and more up-close!

Duration 2hr

From $119 $129


1.5Hr Surfers Paradise Morning Tea Cruise

Experience the best value-for-money sightseeing on a short Gold Coast cruise with complimentary morning tea along the Surfers Paradise waterways.

Duration 1hr

From $49


1.5Hr Gold Coast Sunset Cruise

Hop on a sunset cruise along Surfers Paradise canals, Marina Mirage & Gold Coast Broadwater. Enjoy free snacks and fun facts commentary.

Duration 1hr

From $55


8Hr Gold Coast To Brisbane 300 Island Cruise

Join an adventure to explore 300 Whitsunday style Islands. See uninhabited islands, meet diverse marine life, learn about colonial Queensland, etc.

Duration 8hr

From $139


1Hr Gold Coast River & City Aquaduck Cruise Tour

Tour Gold Coast on land and water aboard Australia’s first ever amphibious ride, Aquaduck. Children get to drive it and receive a certificate as well!

Duration 1hr

From $55


4-Hour South Stradbroke Island Sailing Adventure

Visit South Stradbroke Island for a half day adventure complete with swimming, paddleboarding, beach games etc. Lunch & complimentary drink included.

Duration 4hr

From $125

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