Gold Coast, Queensland (Australia) is famous for sunshine, its subtropical climate, surfing, the skyline, and the cityâ€™s vast waterways and canals. It’s no wonder this populous city offers an abundance of shopping, nightlife, and numerous tourists attractions. One of the most popular tourist attractions is a Gold Coast cruise.
Because of the popularity of these types of cruises, you will find literally dozens of cruise companies offering chartered cruises for groups, parties, and special occasions. In some cases, these cruise companies may offer regular cruises to the public, so itâ€™s best to inquire within. Some of the more popular Gold Coast cruise companies are Gold Coast Cruises aboard The Lady or the Grand Mariner, Tallship Island Cruises aboard Sir Henry Morgan, and BlueFire Cruises aboard the luxury vessel BlueFire, to name a few.
Since 1985, Gold Coast Cruises has offered cruises of all kinds to the public and private parties. They offer lunch and dinner cruises as well as extended cruises that can last up to five nights. Tallship Island Cruises offers a wide variety of cruise packages including: single cruises, family cruises, island getaways, and romantic couples cruises. Prices range from $69 up to $349 and cruises are available daily. BlueFire Cruises is popular for dinner cruising. The dinner cruise is around 2.5 hours and features several courses, along entertainment and a Sightseeing cruise of Gold Coast Harbour. Rates range from around $70-$85 per adult, $50-$65 for kids, and babies are free!
Besides dinner cruises, lunch cruises, sightseeing cruises, and party cruises, there is another type of Gold Coast Cruise thatâ€™s perfect for those seeking a little adventure. Starting at around AUD $285.00 per person, twin share, the Tangalooma and Dolphin Feeding Tour is well worth the price tag. This is a 75-minute cruise across Moreton Bay, by high-speed catamaran, to Moreton Island. Passengers will spend one night at the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort and experience the islandâ€™s main attraction — hand feeding a pod of wild Bottlenose dolphins! Other activities include: a Desert Safari Tour, ATV quad biking tours, 4WD tours, and more. For more information about Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort, visit Tangalooma.com.
Because Gold Coast cruises, such as these, are extremely popular, they tend to sell out rather quickly. If you want to book a Gold Coast Cruise, first search online to find the cruise that matches your interests, then book right away. There are several sites that may be helpful in your search including: the Gold Coast Tourism Directory, Coast Online Reservations, and Gold Coast Tourism in Australia, to name a few.
There are a few things to keep in mind when visiting the Gold Coast. Remember â€“ this is Australiaâ€™s tourism capital and a surferâ€™s paradise! Gold Coast is sunny around 300 days a year. So, that means bring plenty of sunscreen. It doesnâ€™t matter if itâ€™s cloudy or a little cool, you can still get sunburn here, any day of the week. Additionally, always bring swimwear as even winter days offer warm weather during the day. And finally, some areas can be a little damp here and there, so always pack a light jacket. Oh, and always wear comfortable shoes. The temperature chart is from Gold Coast Tourism in Australia:
Spring: September to November 15-25C (59-77F)
Summer: December to February 20-28C (68-83F)
Autumn: March to May 16-26C (61-77F)
Winter: June to August 11-21C (52-70F)