Fun Ways to Get Around the Gold Coast

Fun Ways to Get Around the Gold Coast

14 Sep 2023

Make the journey just as exciting as the destination with these fun, and sustainable ways to get around the Gold Coast. Whizz around on an electric bike, hop on and off a scenic ferry, hire a self-skippered boat or set out on foot to travel around our seaside city.


Lime Bikes 

We love Lime Bikes on the Gold Coast. The ride share scheme means you can live like a local and cruise your way around the city on an electric bike, taking advantage of a sustainable, affordable and thoroughly enjoyable way to explore beaches, parks and places. It’s super simple to Lime, all you need is a smartphone and the Lime App. 




There are hundreds of Lime bikes available in key locations from Paradise Point to Coolangatta and as far west as Helensvale and Mudgeeraba. You’ll find them scattered around the suburbs where other riders have left them.

Simply scan the QR code on the bike, strap on your helmet, saddle up and you’re good to go. Lime bikes cost $1 to unlock and 54 cents a minute to ride, or opt for a ride pass starting at $16.99 for 60 minutes. Remember, always wear a helmet, share the path and follow the road rules for a safe trip.

HOPO Ferry

Take a leisurely cruise along stunning waterways while getting from A to B aboard the Gold Coast HOPO ferry service. It’s a sustainable way of sightseeing and a very relaxing way to travel. 




With five convenient hop-on-hop-off stops at Surfers Paradise, HOTA, Marina Mirage, Broadwater Parklands and Sea World, you can explore the city’s breathtaking beaches, vibrant neighbourhoods and iconic landmarks at your own pace.


Take the HOPO to HOTA on a Sunday morning to shop at farmers markets, pack a picnic and beach gear for the Broadwater Parklands, or take the ferry home after a long lunch at Marina Mirage. Hop on Hop off at any stop or allow 2 hours to complete the full loop.

Food and drinks are available to buy onboard. Kids and small dogs travel for free and HOPO passengers can travel with bikes, prams, wheelchairs, surfboards etc. There are local discounts and benefits available including a free day pass on your birthday - bonus!

Gold Coast Oceanway 

If you prefer to get around on foot, make sure to take advantage of the scenic Gold Coast Oceanway. This 36-kilometre network of shared cycle and pedestrian pathways along the coastline stretches from the New South Wales border to the Gold Coast Seaway. The Oceanway provides access to our beautiful beaches as well as offering sustainable travel options for residents and tourists along the city’s iconic coastline. 




Varying from 3.5m to 5m in width, this paved pathway is ideal for a beachside stroll, bike ride, rollerblade, scooter ride or skateboard. Public facilities along the Oceanway include barbecues, seating, toilets, lighting, viewing platforms, showers and bike racks.


Breathe in the fresh sea air and keep an eye out for whales and dolphins playing out at sea, which can sometimes be spotted while walking along the Oceanway.


Self-Skippered Electric Boat with GoBoat 

A great way to get out and about and explore the Gold Coast Waterways is on a self-skippered electric boat. GoBoat makes the water accessible to everyone, in an eco-friendly and easy-to-drive style.


Glide along the picturesque canals, taking in breathtaking views of luxury waterfront homes, gleaming skyscrapers, and the dazzling city skyline, all from the tranquil vantage point of the water.



The boat can hold up to 8 people, is pet-friendly and you can bring your own music, food and drink. Encounter local wildlife, including birds, fish, and possibly dolphins, making for a magical encounter with nature.


Every one of the Australian-made picnic boats utilises recycled materials in its construction, and is powered by a state-of-the-art zero-emissions electric motor.


You'll be provided with a map at the start of your journey and your GoBoat crew will give you some advice about great spots to stop and enjoy the scenery, or where to have a picnic. Something to note: someone needs to stay with the boat at all times, it can’t be left unattended.


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Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson

Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Sarah is the creative guru behind Destination Gold Coast's social channels. When she isn’t long lunching with friends, hiking through the Hinterland, or scrolling Tik Tok, you’ll find her on the hunt for the Gold Coast’s best cocktails…especially Espresso Martinis.


Destination Gold Coast acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. 
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout Southeast Queensland.