All aboard… Gold Coast ferry trial likely to begin this year

Get excited Gold Coasters, because it looks like we might be boarding the city’s first ever ferry service by Christmas this year.

Acting Gold Coast Mayor Donna Gates said council will learn more about the Gold Coast’s much-anticipated ferry service trial at a full council meeting in March.

During the meeting, it’s understood Councillors will be presented with a report on likely vessel speeds, jetty upgrades, passenger stop locations and logistics.


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The ferry service, dubbed  “light-rail-on-water”, will see solar-powered catamarans travel between Labrador and Evandale with a plan to also have ferries travel as far as Metricon Stadium on event days.

Ms Gates said the city was doing everything it can to reduce traffic congestion on the Gold Coast.

“Road upgrades are the No 1 priority but we will continue to explore every aspect we can, including this two-year ferry trial,” she said.

“We hope to have the trial operational by the end of 2019.”

RELATED: Gold Coast ferry service a step closer to reality.

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Hey everyone Just to let you know there will be a private owned ferry service starting on the Gold Coast by Australia day.Planning has been over the last 3 years our first vessel is a 27 seater and will operate from Capri on Roma to Proud Park . The vessel has just undergone an extensive refit to make it 100% compliant to regulations. . At start the service will operate on a hail and ride basis at jetties along the route

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To make this viable, you should be able to use your go card and the cost should be equivalent to bus or light rail for the same journey. You’ll probably find it will need to be subsidized by Council to be financially viable.