Gold Coast ferry service trial to kick off by December

A ferry service trial on the Gold Coast is another step closer with the Mayor confident it will be up and running in December.

Council’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee today ticked off on the city’s contribution of $1 million to upgrade facilities at the five proposed stops.

A local company has been recommended to run the two-year trial with full Council to make a final call next month.


Mayor Tom Tate says everything is falling into place.

“Expressions Of Interest for the ferry service has now closed and it’s a very good result,” Mayor Tate said.

“The quality that’s been selected and the five locations are the highest density, that’s Surfers Paradise and the like.

“I am very confident the trial will begin before December, so we get the Christmas trade.”

The five stops for the trial include HOTA at Evandale, Appel Park in Surfers Paradise, Marina Mirage at Main Beach, Southport Pier at Broadwater Parklands and Sea World at The Spit.

It’s estimated the service will initially take between 400-700 passengers daily.

Mayor Tate strongly believes the ferry service will be a big hit.

“I think it’ll be popular among locals and tourists alike.”

Speed limits on the Nerang River and the Broadwater won’t be changed but Mayor Tate isn’t ruling out increasing them in the future.

“As the trial gets going we’ll look at modifying speeds, if you can do it quicker it’s better for everybody, but safety comes first.”