Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruises

Duration | 2 hours (approx)
Mobile Ticket OK

Admire the glittering Gold Coast from the water on a relaxing cruise from Surfers Paradise. On either a morning or afternoon tour, glide along the Nerang River and other coastal waterways to take advantage of photo ops of the Gold Coast’s high-rise hotels and resorts.

Head toward Broadwater, pass by Marina Mirage and see Palazzo Versace. Coffee and tea is served on board the morning cruise, accompanied by either cake or a cheese platter, depending on the cruise selected.

What makes it Great:

  • Admire Surfers Paradise views from the Pacific Ocean
  • Choice of morning and afternoon departures
  • Live commentary provided on board


  • 1.5 hour sightseeing cruise aboard our brand new, air-conditioned vessel Spirit of Elston
  • Complimentary freshly baked muffin
  • Complimentary tea & freshly ground coffee
  • Entertaining and informative commentary
  • Departs from a convenient location in Surfers Paradise
  • Fully-equipped on board licensed bar for beverage purchases
  • Spacious, comfortable vessel
  • Open top level sun deck as well as fully air-conditioned lower deck


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure times & locations
Cruises depart from the river end of Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, only a short walk from every major Surfers Paradise hotel and the Cavill Avenue Light Rail Station. Best parking is at the Bruce Bishop Car Park or the Circle on Cavill Shopping Centre.

Morning Explorer | Departs: 9am

Enjoy the fresh Gold Coast air and sunshine from the water on our morning cruise. You’ll enjoy stunning scenery as you cruise along the Gold Coast Broadwater. In this 1.5 hour sightseeing cruise, enjoy spending time our brand new, air-conditioned vessel, the Spirit of Elston.

Afternoon Explorer |Departs: 3:30pm

Enjoy an afternoon cruising down the Broadwater with this Afternoon Explorer option. Let the afternoon sunshine show you the best of what the Gold Coast has to offer. With both open air top deck and air conditioned seating below, there will be something for everyone.

* Check in opens 20 mins prior to departure time.

Your day at a glance

Your Gold Coast sightseeing cruise starts in Surfers Paradise, where you’ll hop aboard your boat and set off along the winding Nerang River, passing by hotels and skyscrapers.

Follow the river to Broadwater, and admire impressive vacation homes from the water. Spot attractions like Palazzo Versace, SeaWorld and the Marina Mirage resort complex, where sleek luxury yachts bob in the harbor.

You can either stay cool and shaded in the interior cabin or head to the sundeck for fresh air. Drinks can be purchased from the onboard bar, and narration is provided. Depending on the option selected at booking—either the morning or afternoon cruise—you’ll enjoy tea and coffee served with cake or a selection of cheese. Kid-themed activities are also available for little ones.

Your cruise ends with return to the departure point.

Travelling with children
Child ticket: Age 3-13. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Infants aged 0-2 can travel for free & must sit on laps.

Family Friendly
We offer special rates for familes. Please check the booking for form for up to date family pricing.

What to bring
Please dress appropriately. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended during the summer months, and warm clothing is recommended during winter months.

Additional Info

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 130 travellers

Booking Info

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.

Instant Booking & Mobile Friendly Tickets

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About Sea World Cruises

Book a Gold Coast cruise with one of the city's best and longest-running boat cruise companies for a day or evening out on the beautiful waters of the Gold Coast. At Sea World Cruises, they offer a wide range of cruise options aboard their spacious, comfortable vessel including regular morning cruises, lunch cruises and afternoon cruises and their new Buffet Dinner Cruise operating Thursday, Friday and Saturday Night. Departing from an easy and convenient to reach access point in the heart of Surfers Paradise, and at Sea World, Main Beach for their evening cruises, they offer a combination of value, service and comfort that is unmatched on the Gold Coast.