Ferry travel is the new G:Link, people. The City of Gold Coast, together with local business Ferry I, are launching the city’s first public ferry service called Hopo.


Kick Off Date 

From 8 December 2019, residents and visitors will be able to get around the city via our beautiful waterways on the Hopo ferries. And what gorgeous waterways they are. Better than sitting in a traffic jam! The two-year Hopo ferry trial will link key destinations with initial ferry stops at Sea World at Main Beach, Broadwater Parklands at Southport, and Marina Mirage at Main Beach.  It also has a stop at Home of the Arts (HOTA) at Surfers Paradise and Appel Park at Surfers Paradise. So now, you can have that extra glass of vino with dinner, cos you aren’t driving anymore!


Ferry transport: The route and stops where you can enjoy our waterways


Sustainable Choices

The new Hopo ferry service will ensure Gold Coast is a connected city where people regularly make sustainable travel choices. And you can get a free blow-dry for your hair if you stand outside on the deck. Just throw that hairdryer away, you don’t need it where we are going!

To develop the ferry service, Gold Coast is working in partnership with the State Government. The City is also working with the Gold Coast Waterways Authority, Maritime Safety Queensland, Water Police, Marina Mirage and Sea World.  Gold Coast Waterways Authority is also allowing the service to access its pontoons at Appel Park in Surfers Paradise and at Broadwater Parklands, Southport. 

As part of the agreement, Gold Coast Waterways Authority is contributing $175,000 towards upgrades of the pontoons.  With nine times more waterways than Venice, it makes perfect sense to provide Gold Coast locals and visitors the option to travel around our city while enjoying our beautiful waterways. If you want this ferry service as a continual thing, use it, Gold Coasters!


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