Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruise
If you’re looking for things to do on the Gold Coast, we invite you on a unique Gold Coast experience... sailing the calm, clear waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater aboard a beautiful sailing catamaran.
With 3 boats available for private charter, and catering for groups of 1-80 guests, our private sightseeing charters are ideal for families, colleagues and friends looking to explore the area and see the Gold Coast from a different perspective.
Whether you are a Gold Coast local or on vacation as an international visitor, experiencing the many attractions on the Gold Coast Broadwater from a luxury catamaran is the perfect way to create a memorable experience for your group!
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See the Gold Coast in a new light...
The beauty of a private charter is that the boat is yours to use as you wish and you call the shots… So if you fancy dropping anchor or pulling up on a secluded beach for a swim we can make it happen, if you would prefer to spend more time sailing that’s also fine.
You can choose from our delicious catering menu and drinks packages, or you are welcome to BYO food and drinks. We supply the eskies, ice, BBQ and BBQ tools free of charge. You can even take your pick of music on our private charters as we have Premium Spotify on board. You might want to show off your dance moves or create a relaxing atmosphere and chill to some laid-back tunes.
We strive to create the best experience possible for our guests! We don’t just take you for a generic sightseeing cruise, we like to make it a unique experience that you and your guests will remember for years to come.
Things to see and do on your charter
We can take you and your guests for a sail past the iconic 6 star Palazzo Versace, you will marvel at the luxurious super yachts and watch the Gold Coast city skyline drift into the distance as you sail north. Wave Break Island is a little slice of paradise here on the Gold Coast and a must see, especially if you’re in holiday mode! Our boats are equipped to pull up right on the beach, so you can hop on and off as you please. Take advantage of our range of beach activities and use the SUP’s or snorkel at the dive site and see a variety of small colourful fish. If you’re feeling energetic and want to bring your group together you can have a game of volleyball or cricket right there on the sand!
You’re going to see lots of interesting things while out on the Broadwater with us, so be sure to keep an eye out for friendly bottle-nose dolphins, stingrays, turtles, wallabies and soaring sea-eagles! You can touch up your tan while lounging out on the foredeck as we sail up to Sovereign Islands to see the mansions of the rich and famous (free sunscreen is available and recommended).
Fancy trying your hand at sailing? No problem, let our friendly crew know and they will have you hoisting the sails and manning the helm in no time. Just want to chill and enjoy a few drinks and maybe take a quick swim, this is totally fine too. We also carry a range of fun activities on board the boat for your use.
Our cruises are fun and suitable for all ages.
More Sightseeing Ideas
Dependent on the length of your charter there are other optional destinations including;
- Sanctuary Cove
- Couran Cove, South Stradbroke Island
- Pelican Feeding and Seafood Lunch at Charis Seafoods
- Snorkelling at the GC Seaway Dive Spot*
(Due to Covid we are unable to provide snorkel gear. Guests will need to bring their own if wanting to snorkel during their charter)
- Private use of your own beautiful sailing catamaran for 3 to 6 hours
- Skipper plus one crew, (our crew are heaps of fun and have a laid-back yet professional nature) we promise you will love them. Check out the 'about us' page to meet the gang!
- Island Activities for day charters incl. Stand up Paddle Boards, beach volleyball and cute inflatables
- Use of tablet with premium Spotify and sound system on board
- Use of small marine BBQ if required
- Use of large eskies (ice supplied)
- Instaworthy Memento Photos taken by our crew
- Lots of FUN!!
What to Bring
- Swimmers and towel (if you plan to swim)
- Food, drinks and non-breakable cups etc (unless you want us to organise the catering for you).
- Smiles and good vibes :)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen
- Jacket for cooler days
- Shoes that you can slip off
Sightseeing Charter FAQ's
Where do your boats depart from?
Our boats are berthed at Marina Mirage. Please see the 'contact us' page on our website for further details and a map. Marina Mirage is about 10 mins from Surfers and 15 mins from Broadbeach.
Where can I park?
There is plentiful free parking at Marina Mirage/Mariners Cove which you are permitted to use. Please check signage at time of parking and if parking overnight consider street parking to avoid towing.
What about other transport options?
There are lots of ways to get to the boat! The most popular (and cost effective/convenient) is often via Maxi Taxis.
Can I BYO food and drink?
Yes, on a private charter if you would like to bring your own food and drinks on board that is completely fine.
(BYO food and drinks may be affected by Government restrictions due to Covid, please check at the time of your charter what the current restrictions are.)
I am short on time can you please help me out with catering/drinks?
Yes, we also offer catering and drinks service for your convenience. Please request our full catering list as advance bookings are required. We offer a range of catering options from grazing boards, to canapes and private chefs.
(Catering and drinks service options may be affected by Government restrictions due to Covid, please check at the time of your charter what the current restrictions are.)
Do you have Eskies on board?
Yes we do and we also provide ice. The eskies are very large and can be used for food or drink.
Will I get seasick?
Nope. We operate in the calm, protected waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater. We do not go offshore (into the open ocean) so we do not experience large waves. Our catamarans are very stable, and do not have the same side to side rocking motion as experienced by single hull vessels so you won't get seasick :-).
What happens if it rains?
First of all remember...a little rain doesn't stop a great time on our boats especially in the warm Gold Coast endless summer... But do rest assured that we have a very generous wet weather policy as we want you to enjoy your time on board the boat, so if there is torrential rain or storms at the time you will be able to cancel or reschedule your cruise. Please see the full booking policy provided with your invoice for full details or contact our team.
Are your charters suitable for children?
Absolutely! We love having kids on board and our crew will often try and include them in the sailing and driving the boat. We also carry a range of beach games suitable for kids including buckets and spades for the littlest family members. The wide and spacious deck area also make the boats wonderful for kids. Of course as any parent knows, you are always careful with children when it comes to being on the water, but as boats go our catamarans would be some of the most family friendly around. We do ask that there is a responsible, sober adult onboard to keep an eye on the kiddies. Please feel free to contact our team if you have any questions about which boat may be best for your family.
Are your charters suitable for guests with limited mobility?
We have welcomed several guests on board with limited mobility. However we do realise that each individual is different in terms of ability and what they are comfortable with. Please take a look at the 360 tours on the 'Our Boats' page for an ideal of getting around the boats and do bear in mind a big step up (or carry) is required to board the boats at the marina. Our friendly team will be happy to discuss further to ensure you and your guests are comfortable prior to making a booking.
Why should we choose you over another operator?
This list is endless. Check out our reviews, check out our socials, speak to someone who has been with us before (you would be surprised, you will probably know someone who has been with us?), and we pride ourselves on the fact that our guests keep coming back (some have sailed with us as many as 8 times). We go out of our way to create the best experience possible and are constantly updating, re-inventing, reinvesting and reviewing. We're not happy until you're happy and we want you to come back again and again. We can blow our own trumpet from time to time right? :-)
How do I book?
Click here to fill out an enquiry form and you will quickly get all the info you need including availability, pricing, inclusions etc. You can also book online! Then it is simply a matter of paying your deposit to secure your preferred date. But don't dawdle as we quickly book out and we don't want you to be disappointed.
Choosing the perfect vessel for you
Seawind 1000XL (20 capacity)
Perfect for small groups, families, couples, romantic sails and proposals... If you're a bit more budget conscious or looking for an intimate setting, XL is for you!
Spirit of Gwonda (30 capacity)
The ultimate party boat! Built specifically with entertaining in mind, her open plan layout is designed for you to soak up the sun or dance the day/night away! The easy foredeck access via the centre of the boat ensures your guests can always see one another no matter where they are on the boat, which is also great for families with small children!
Oceans (30 capacity)
Our largest and most luxurious vessel, guaranteed to impress! This vessel is ideal for more relaxed celebrations, families with older kids and corporate events.
Still can't decide on the perfect vessel? Click here to take a tour of our boats!
Private Charter Pricing
Sailing in Paradise offers an affordable luxury option for your boat charter, we pride ourselves on offering the best value on the Gold Coast for the quality of vessels and service that we provide.
Our rates vary seasonally and will change depending on your selected vessel and charter duration. Please click here to request a sightseeing charter info pack including rate card via email.
Whilst BYO is most welcome, many of our guests opt to have professional catering delivered to the boat for a stress-free option. We partner with quality caterers and can offer a range of delicious options to suit every budget and occasion. Please click here to request a sightseeing charter info pack including current catering options via email.
Gold Coast Sightseeing
Mr Apple spent the afternoon out on the water with us taking in the beautiful views. Check out his experience here...
Mr Apple, Aus
"This cruise was a great way to spend the afternoon taking in the views and relaxing in the sun. The crew was very friendly and obliging. It was fun on the island using the SUPs and floats. The highlight was seeing a dolphin pod close up as we returned from the island.” TripAdvisor