Gold Coast ferry service returns this weekend

Gold Coasters will once again be able to take to the water to get around town, with the Hopo ferry service resuming tomorrow.

The service first launched in December 2019 as part of a two-year trial, but was suspended in late March due to COVID-19.

The ferry will offer five-stops, including Home of the Arts (HOTA) at Evandale, Appel Park at Surfers Paradise, Marina Mirage at Main Beach, Broadwater Parklands at Southport and Sea World at Main Beach.


At an announcement today, Mayor Tom Tate said it’s time to get back on board.

“Explore our city by water and support this service to make it a permanent part of our transport network,” he said.

“Whether you’re hopping over to Sea World for the day, or for a weekend outing to HOTA, we want to help you keep choosing sustainable travel options.

“Everything we do around transport is all part of our plan to make active travel the new normal and reduce congestion on our roads.”

Hopo Managing Director Anthony Ardern said two new locally built vessels will be taking to the water.

“Ferry I will launch tomorrow while Ferry II will be available mid-August. The 60 capacity open plan design is specifically for Gold Coast waterways with features to protect marine life and habitats.

“There’s free Wi-Fi, two allocated wheelchair spaces and space for prams, bikes, surfboards and other sporting equipment on-board.”

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