It’s a bus…it’s a boat…it’s a sightseeing tour in the form of a giant duck.
In honour of its namesake, the Quack R Duck tour travels on both land and water treating guests to a relaxing, hour-long adventure entirely unique to the Gold Coast.
Starting in iconic Surfers Paradise, guests board the duck and begin travelling past beautiful beaches, along the Gold Coast 600 racetrack and through Main Beach.
Upon arrival at the Broadwater boat ramp, the big guy simply drives on in and a leisurely cruise ensues.
Those onboard are treated to sights of the spectacular, waterfront homes of the rich and famous, the stunning Surfers Paradise skyline and the Southport Marina – home to some of the world’s biggest yachts.
Turning around, the duck makes its way through the Broadwater, past
Marina Mirage, Seaworld and the Southport Aquatic Centre and seamlessly returning to dry land through Surfers Paradise and back to home base.
It’s a novelty certainly but it’s also a wonderful way to take in some of the most beautiful sites in town for both locals and tourists alike.
Seen it all? Jump in for a completely relaxing ride through the waterways while learning about the areas’ history and landmarks you may never have heard of from knowledgeable tour guides.
It really is quacktastic (sorry) with the majority of time spent on the water, which as we all know, is the most beautiful aspect of the Gold Coast.
So, hop on board, and experience the city through fresh eyes as you float down the river inside the belly of a duck.
HOURS: 9am to 5pm daily.
ADDRESS: Paradise Centre, 7 Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise (just down from Sandbar).
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
Is there anything better than cruising through the Gold Coast waterways with the sun on your back and the wind in your hair?
Whether you’re a visitor or a local, the Coast by boat is one of the most scenic and relaxing ways to experience the beauty of the city and you can do it for just $20.
Beginning in the heart of Surfers Paradise, the cruise makes its way through the canals, past the Gold Coast Arts Centre and countless homes of the rich and famous and into the Broadwater.
Lunch is served as soon as the boat leaves it’s mooring and is made up of fresh salads, cold meat and bread rolls. All of which can be enjoyed inside or on the sightseeing deck in the open air.
Drinks can be purchased from the on board bar and range from specialty cocktails to soft drinks for the kids.
The morning cruise option offers cake, biscuits and tea and coffee while the afternoon cruise provides guests with cheese and biscuits.
Who could resist a drink on the deck while scoping out Jackie Chan’s waterfront home from a legal distance and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the local pod of dolphins who call the Gold Coast waterways home!.
Grab your friends and get on board.
TOURS: 10.30am to 12pm
12.30pm to 2pm
2.30pm to 4pm
LOCATION: Surfers Paradise River Cruises, 63 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise (next to the big Tiki statue)
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
Surfers Paradise is the heart of the Gold Coast, loved by locals and a stark reminder of a youth well spent for locals.
If you’re short on time but still keen to experience the magic of this tourist hub, never fear; here’s a guide to spending 24 action packed hours in Surfers Paradise.
Early morning: Rise with the sun for a walk along one of Australia’s most famous beaches. It’s the quietest time of day in Surfers but the active wear will be out in full force. A magnificent sunrise will ignite you for the day ahead.
Breakfast: Sandbar on the Esplanade has long been a visitor’s favourite and with a recent renovation, it’s now a favourite with the locals too. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy your first coffee of the day, a smoothie bowl or an omelette with a side of lamb sausage (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie) while overlooking the beach.
Where: 52 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise (on the corner of Elkhorn Avenue)
Mid-morning: After letting your breakfast settle, relax with a Surfers Paradise River Cruise. The cruise travels through the waterways at a leisurely pace while the Captain points out interesting sights and celebrity homes along the way. Morning tea is served and can be enjoyed on the sunlit deck overlooking the skyline.
Where: 63 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise (next to the Tiki statue)
Lunch: You’ll be famished after a morning on the water so head down to Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. for a mouth-watering burger and their famous concrete desserts. You’ll be hard pressed to stop eating but don’t forget you’ve got an afternoon of activities ahead!
Where: Chevron Renaissance12-14/3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Early afternoon: Surfers Paradise has a huge variety of shops to wander through from high end to highly touristy. You could easily lose hours (and dollars) in Cavill Mall alone.
If you’re keen for more activities there’s also Timezone, Infinity – a mind-blowing maze adventure, the Wax Museum – where you’ll come face to face with Johnny Depp, Kylie Minogue and the Dalai Lama and Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium – offering 16 themed galleries filled with unbelievable artefacts and interactive exhibits. Perhaps a spot of mini golf at King Tutt’s Putt Putt.
Late afternoon: Get a birds eye view of the Gold Coast from 240 metres in the air at SkyPoint Observation Deck. Relax and enjoy afternoon tea (or a sneaky cocktail) while marveling at 360 degree views of the Coast from the ocean to the hinterland. Hot tip: Head up just before sunset to see the dazzling lights of Surfers come on.
Where: Q1, 9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise
Dinner: After a long day of activities, you’ll appreciate a relaxed dinner. Take a stroll across the bridge to the little village community of Chevron Island. Treat yourself to a takeaway pizza from Arlo’s Pizzeria and perch yourself in the park overlooking the Broadwater.
Where: Shop 2, 46-50 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island
After dinner: For a sweet treat don’t miss grabbing a gelato from local favourite Yum Gelato before you hit the hay or, if you’re a night owl and you’ve come to see the Surfers Paradise spectacle that is Orchid Avenue, dance the night away in one of the many bars located in and around Surfers Paradise.
Start at the local’s favourite Melba’s for drink in this open air bar before wandering up to the newly renovated The Avenue for a stint of live music. As every good bar crawl progresses, you can’t miss the Gold Coast’s super club Shooters. Have a bit of a jive at locally-loved bar Elsewhere (with a colour changing disco dance floor), before settling in at late night venue The Bedroom before calling it a night (or an early morning if you gave it a good go).
Don’t forget your kebab on the way home, hold the onion.
So there you have it, one of many ways to spend 24 hours in Surfers Paradise. Keep an eye out for more plus Inside Gold Coast’s ongoing suburb spotlights.
Words by Kirra Smith.