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Gold Coast Waterways

19:30 AEST Thu Dec 13 2012

That you can travel from the Gold Coast all the way to the heart of Brisbane without touching land or entering the ocean was something Jules wanted to put it to the test.

The Gold Coast has more waterways than Amsterdam and Venice combined, made up of 448 kilometres of canals and rivers. A gondola seemed a good way to start the journey.

Gold Coast Gondolas

These motorised vessels cruise along the canals around Surfers and can access smaller areas bigger boats can’t. One and a half hour tours start at Broadwater and do a circuit to Surfers Paradise and back. They take up to six passengers, but most people prefer a romantic cruise for two. Breakfast, lunch and dinner cruise packages are available and the gondolas are BYO.

Floating Chapel

Quite possibly the result of romantic gondola rides, the Gold Coast has one of only two floating chapels in the world, just the thing for a wedding with a difference. Built in 1997, Our Lady of the Sea is a chapel on a barge, similar to a houseboat. They can assist with every element to make the big day a success. The chapel is also available for party hire and regular tours.

Coomera Houseboats

Choose from 25 vessels and hop on board. If you’re over 18 you can drive one and have the time of your life. Discover Lower Moreton Bay, the sand dunes of Stradbroke Island and stop for a swim, ski or a spot of fishing or crabbing.

Smart Powerboat Hire

Choose from one of three Evinrudes – 50hp, 75hp or 115hp and head off. The boats can be taken anywhere in Queensland within smooth or partially smooth waters. You do need a license and a vehicle capable of towing the boat. Jules loved the final leg of his waterways adventure, travelling upstream towards the Brisbane CBD.

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