Ahoy, mates! Eco-friendly electric picnic boats by GoBoat are setting sail on the Gold Coast
If you’ve ever daydreamed about cruising through the waterways on your own private boat while grazing on cheese boards and sipping champagne, only to be abruptly catapulted back to reality when you realise that you don’t actually own a boat, let alone have a licence to drive one, then we have news for you. A fleet of eco-friendly electric-powered picnic boats has launched on the Gold Coast – no licence is required, and you can BYO snacks, sips and dogs. What an ideal scenario to take the edge off these trying times!
After taking over The Yarra River in Melbourne and Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, renowned picnic boat operator GoBoat Australia made its foray into Queensland waterways with its first fleet of picnic boats at Sanctuary Cove last December. Operating from its own dedicated pier within the Sanctuary Cove Marine Village, the Scandinavian-designed eight-person boats are available for the general public to hire without needing a boat licence or any previous boating experience. The captain and crew (aka you and your pals) can board the picnic boats in the Sanctuary Cove Marina and are free to cruise around the surrounding Coomera River and canals.
The whisper-quiet electric motor and user-friendly design means there’s no dizzying petrol fumes or pollution, it’s safe for kids and dogs, plus (our favourite part) there’s a wooden picnic table built into the middle. All you need to do is pack your own snacks – and a cheeky bottle of wine – then enjoy cruising through the coast’s waterways with your mates. Originally from Denmark, the GoBoat concept made its way across Europe before launching in Australia two years ago. Now, it’s the Gold Coast’s turn! Ready to set sail? For more information or to make a booking, head to the GoBoat website and Facebook page.