Self Drive Boat Hire Gold Coast

If you’ve got a smaller group, or are looking for a self drive boat hire on the Gold Coast then we can help you out there also.
But, for what may amount to just a little more cost, you really should consider the luxury and convenience of a skippered private boat hire from the experts at Sailing In Paradise.


Self Drive Boat Hire.

In conjunction with our local business partners we can put you in touch with the right boat for your needs.

From a half cabin boat hire seating up to 6 people through to a barbecue pontoon boat hire which can accommodate up to 10 people, all these boats are safe and easy to drive.

Equipped with whisper quiet and modern 4 stroke Honda 20hp outboard motors that cruise around at approximately 10 knots max (16kph), the boats are super easy to drive and no boat licence is needed.

You will get a full briefing on how to operate the boats safely, a comprehensive map of the area clearly showing any hazards and sandbars and all necessary safety gear is on board.

Self drive boat hire is a fun and exciting adventure and a great way to discover the true beauty of the Gold Coast waterways at your own leisurely pace.  Perfect for fishing, sightseeing or simply a relaxing day out on the water and some even come with an esky and barbecue.

self drive boat hire gold coast half cabin cruiser

Half Cabin Boat Hire

With comfortable padded seating for up to 6 people and a small undercover cabin area to lay back or escape the elements for a while, these 16 foot boats are a great way to discover the canals around Surfers Paradise or explore the islands and beaches of the Gold Coast broadwater.

Cruise past ‘Millionaires Row’ and the impressive mansions of Paradise Waters, Budds Beach, Cronin and Chevron islands. See the exclusive and impressive sprawling manicured grounds of TSS (The Southport School) which is home to the Gold Coast’s elite students. See the superyachts of the rich and famous moored at Southport Yacht club and Marina Mirage. Be a paparazzi and do some star spotting as you sail past Palazzo Versace, Australia’s first 6 star resort. Check out Seaworld Resort from the water and mingle with the power boats, jetskis, seaplanes and helicopters that share the waterways with magnificent wildlife including dolphins, stingrays, dugongs, turtles and abundant fish species. You can even try and catch one of the latter to take home for dinner.

BBQ Pontoon Hire

self drive boat hire gold coast, barbecue pontoon hire, party pontoonBarbecue pontoons (also known as party pontoons or barbie pontoon) are an increasingly popular way to get out on the water. These stable boats are great for entertaining as they come equipped with comfortable bench seating and table, large esky (chilly bin for you kiwis out there) and a barbecue for cooking your lunch.  There is even a separate comfortable padded helm seat for the driver.

With room for up to 10 people and a large retractable bimini cover these multi purpose boats are very versatile and a great way to spend a day.

You can pull right up to one of the beautiful beaches or isolated islands of the Gold Coast broadwater and have an awesome day to remember.

Self Drive Boat Hire Features:

Easy to drive, no licence or experience needed,  full briefing given

All fuel, maps and safety gear included.

Modern reliable engines.

Great way to spend a couple of hours or a full day.

Ideal for locals and tourists.


Self drive boat hire is operated by third party providers and we accept no responsibility for any errors, omissions or discrepancies in the description or service provided.

You must have valid photo identification and sign a hire agreement before commencement and agree to all terms and conditions as stipulated by the provider.

A nominated driver must remain under .05 BAC (blood alcohol content) as per the regulations enforced by the Qld. Department of Transport, Maritime Safety Queensland and the Qld. Water Police.

All information provided is correct at the time of writing (August 2017).


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