All aboard… Gold Coast ferry trial to begin next year

The Gold Coast is set to launch its ferry service trial by Christmas next year following a positive meeting with the State Government this week.

Mayor Tom Tate met with Transport Minister Mark Bailey on Tuesday, where he was given the green light to begin a two-year trial for the 12-stop ferry service on the Broadwater and Nerang River.

“We met this week and we are on the same page so far as a trial,” Mayor Tate said.


The ferry service would 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.

Mayor Tate said officers are currently working through the logistics of the ferry system.

“Issues such as wave energy off the vessels, speeds, docking areas and operating hours are all on the table.”

“It’s the closest we have been to getting this trial underway.”

A tender process is likely to begin late this year, or early next, with a two-year trial to start in mid to late 2019.

Mayor Tate said the new public transport system, dubbed “light-rail-on-water” would be real congestion-buster for the city.

“We’ve calculated in the first stage between Surfers and Southport and the Spit and the like, it will take around 3500 cars off the road daily,” he said.

It’s understood residents who could be directly impacted by the ferry system will be kept informed throughout the public transport proposal.