Boat Hire in Gold Coast

Sun, surf, sand, scenery and a party scene – the Gold Coast has it all. With its famous beaches and winding waterways, the Goldie is the ultimate destination for on-water experiences. Sail the calm waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater, take your family or friends out for a boat party in Surfers Paradise or cruise the Gold Coast canals in style. The GC is Gold Class.

With warm weather all year round and beaches, islands and national parks within easy reach, the Gold Coast is the perfect place to explore and enjoy by boat. Here's what you need to know to make the most of your Floatspace private boat experience on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Boat hire in Gold Coast for any budget, for any occasion

From budget-friendly boats to luxury super yachts, Floatspace has flexible Gold Coast boat hire options that cover all budgets, group sizes and event types.

All boats cater to different kinds of experiences, including family day trips, birthday parties, hens parties, bucks parties, engagement parties, weddings and corporate functions. Every boat has a qualified captain and crew on board, so you can relax and just live that carefree boat life.

For smaller groups and families, Floatspace has motor boats, catamarans and yachts that are perfect for adventures around GC hotspots like the lively hub of Surfers Paradise or the more tranquil South Stradbroke Island. Boat hire prices may vary, but you may pay as little as $325 an hour (on Nautilus or Moreton Magic, if you were to BYO food and drink).

For a medium-sized group of, say, 45 guests, you may pay from $990 an hour on a boat like MV Aki, an elegant luxury motor yacht that will give you a fine taste of the high life.

If you’re planning a Gold Coast boat party for a group of 80 or more, or simply want to experience A-list luxury, Floatspace’s verified Luxe super yachts offer the ‘wow’ moments you’re after. Such super yacht wonders include Sun Goddess (from $1243 per hour, up to 130 guests) and the world-famous YOT Club (from $4900 per hour, up to 400 guests). With state-of-the-art sound systems, multiple bars and spacious entertaining spaces, these are perfect settings for exclusive corporate events, weddings and milestone birthdays.

When hiring a boat, you have the flexibility to choose what kind of food and drink experience you want to have. Many boats allow BYO food and drink and some even have BBQs on board.

For special occasions, you might want to book a full catering and drinks package. Some boats have full high-end commercial kitchens with five-star catering to rival any of the Gold Coast’s fine dining establishments. Fancy that!

Things to do on the Gold Coast by boat

Floatspace boats can pick you up from various locations on the Gold Coast, including Marina Mirage, Broadwater and Southport. Where you go next and what you do is all up to you, but here are a few ideas for things to do and see.

If you’re having a boat party, you can’t go wrong with a cruise along the Gold Coast canals, with their jaw-dropping waterfront mansions providing the perfect backdrop for any event. Hot tip: the Sovereign Islands are home to the Gold Coast’s biggest mansion, a $45 million trophy home you can gawk at from the water.

For families or friends going out for a half-day trip, Wave Break Island is a favourite on the Gold Coast Broadwater. This manmade island is perfect for snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, beach cricket, beach volleyball or simply enjoying a picnic. The short journey from Marina Mirage to Wave Break Island is full of views, too: Palazzo Versace, Sea World and the Broadwater Parklands.

If you’ve got more time on your hands, head up to Tipplers on South Stradbroke Island to slow down the pace. Only accessible by private boat, Tipplers has a campground, unspoiled native bushlands and a prime vantage point for whale watching from June to October. 'South Straddie', as the locals call it, is a down-to-earth favourite with surfing, swimming, bushwalking and native wildlife throughout the 1800-hectare conservation park.

And that’s just the start of it. Book your Gold Coast experience with Floatspace now.

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