Gold Coast Boat Hire

2.5HR Sunset Cruise

Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy a twilight walk along the pristine white sandy beaches after taking a swim in the sparking clear water on Wave Break Island. Watch the sunset while looking for the local island wildlife as they settle in to roost for the night.

Enjoy an Aussie BBQ with bacon and eggs in a roll topped with barbecue or tomato sauce, juice, tea or coffee.

3HR BBQ Boat Hire

BBQ & Water Activities

Wave Break Island is a man-made island located off the Gold Coast that is accessible only by boat.

It has a beautiful white sandy beach and is surrounded by warm turquoise waters, making it one of Queensland’s most popular destinations to enjoy a spot of snorkelling, kayaking, or taking a playful swim in the crystal-clear waters.

Native and migrating wildlife inhabiting or visiting the island gives you the opportunity to see marine life and animals you might not otherwise experience.

Included in our Gold Coast boat hire ticket price is an iconic Aussie BBQ Sausage Sizzle. We also provide water sports items like inflatable tubes, kayak, stand-up paddle board, cricket bat and ball, shade umbrella with every boat hire or cruise.

We skipper the boat and cook the BBQ while you relax and enjoy the experience.

2.5HR Island Cruise

Breakfast Cruise

Enjoy a morning walk along the pristine white sandy beaches looking out for the local wildlife, or kick start your morning with a dive into the 25C warm sparking Aqua waters surrounding Wave Break Island.

Float free and relaxed, far away from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast on the horizon.

Enjoy an iconic Aussie BBQ breakfast with bacon and eggs in a fresh baked roll, topped with your choice of condiments, and served with fresh juice, hot tea, and the most important of all, a hot or iced coffee for the caffeine addicts!

Private Boat Hire

Party Boat Hire & Functions

Ask Us About Designing a Cruise or Function for Your Next Event

How about a girl’s night out? Hire our boat! Just ask our team of experienced event planners, we can help you plan your special day for any occasion.

Including: birthday parties on the water, corporate functions, engagements parties, weddings on the beach, beach photos, hens parties, bucks parties, family river cruise, doggy day care cruises (bring along your 4 legged mate). For any type of celebration, our bbq boat hire is the perfect solution!

Our hire boat has a qualified skipper and a crew member to take care of everything while you sit back and enjoy the party.

We are available to hire for any celebration – Just Ask Us!

From $59 pp

Private Boat Rental

Day Boat Rental

Whether you want to hire a private boat for family fun, sightseeing or a chance to celebrate your friends, we’ve got you covered. 

Our private Gold Coast boat rental includes a group of up to 16 people who can enjoy a scenic Gold Coast canal cruise no matter the occasion. Guests will be chartered on either a three or four-hour scenic cruise around the Gold Coast’s canal system through Surfer’s Parade, Chevron Island, Main Beach and islands like Wave Break Island where you can enjoy good food and drink whilst chatting with friends, family or colleagues.

From $59 pp

Private Party Boat

Bucks Party

Party boat hire Gold Coast is a great way to spend your bucks with your boys on an epic day out!

Sun, surf, sand, scenery and a party scene with a fun buck’s party. The beach is always the best place to have your own personal celebration.

Broadwater is a popular destination in the Gold Coast for those interested in swimming, relaxing or just cruising around from Surfers Paradise to Sanctuary Cove. However you want to celebrate, our hire boat can provide plenty of entertainment for the whole crew. 

Bucks Party YOUR WAY- tell us what you’re looking for and we can put a tailored package together. We’re here to help make your party one to remember!

From $59 pp

Private Party Boat

Hens Party

Let’s celebrate your bride-to-be on the Gold Coast with a fun hens boat party, featuring good times and plenty of laughs. 

Spend the day or evening cruising, sipping champers with the girls and partying with your bestie on our versatile Gold Coast party boat. Get into that stunning bikini you recently purchased and swim the hours away in the crystal-clear Broadwater or skip the swim and cruise your way from Surfers Paradise to Sanctuary Cove strutting your stuff for the last time as a single woman.

From $60 per person, our boat hire is an alternative budget friendly way to spoil your Hen on her final fling while undertaking a glimpse of the wealthy jet set lifestyle at a fraction of the price.

Hen’s Party YOUR WAY– tell us what you’re looking for and we can put a tailored Theme Package together that is bespoke for the bride to be. We’re here to help make your party great! 

You can hire a boat right here, through our website – just search for availability on our calendar. 

From $59 pp

Jet Ski Tours

Ask Us About Our Upcoming Jet Ski Hire 

Jet Ski Tours on the Gold Coast will be available with us soon. Contact us for the latest updates and pricing. There is no better way to spend a day on the Gold Coast than hiring a jet ski. 

*Please note that in Queensland, you must have a personal watercraft licence, plus a recreational marine licence or a master commercial marine license to drive a jet ski.

About Us

Budget Cruises Gold Coast is a boat hire and cruise provider based in Southport, Queensland. We have pickup locations down the coastline and often use Tiki Reserve in Surfer’s Paradise as a departure point. 

We offer sightseeing cruises in the morning, midday and for sunset viewing. With a family focus, we keep affordability in mind when setting our prices so that more people can jump aboard and enjoy the fun while building a memorable experience that lasts a lifetime! 

If you book and take one of our public cruises, you’ll get the chance to see the Gold Coast from its best vantage point, the water! Glide past Q1 down the famous canals and spot local attractions like Sea World, Marina Mirage, and the globally recognisable Surfers Paradise skyline. 

We also hire the boat out for Corporate Events, Birthdays, Buck’s and Hen’s parties, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve events and more! We skipper the boat for you, so all you have to do is relax and enjoy your event to the fullest!

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Our boat is moored in Southport at the Southport Yacht Club Marina on the Gold Coast. We offer pickup and drop off at different points along the Gold Coast coastline. If you have access to a private jetty or prefer to be picked up at a public jetty, we can accommodate you where possible. Call us to discuss your proposed location.

Yes absolutely! We understand that not everyone has the need or the funds to hire the entire boat. Our public cruises are more affordable than private boat hire and cater more to the needs of locals and tourists who seek to experience something different and an experienced skipper to do the hard work. We regularly schedule cruises with a variety of sightseeing destinations.

We currently have three cruises available to the public for purchase. To make the most of your leisure time and get a head start on your morning, book our Breakfast Island Cruise.

Not a morning person, then try our BBQ Lunch Cruise and combine it with the kids or a few friends and make some memories while you enjoy all the magnificent scenery and marine life Mother Nature delivers.

 Were you looking for the perfect second or third date idea? Had a day seeing the Hinterland but feel the need to watch the sunset while floating on the water? We would love to suggest that you slip away from the bright city lights, take in the trillions of stars above your head, set the scene for a romantic proposal, or simply deliver the perfect backdrop to cap off your Sunset Dinner Cruise

With our private boat hire, you certainly can choose a custom route or destination for our pontoon boat. You can opt for a Canal Cruise, River Cruise or Island Cruise. If you hire the entire boat, you can indulge in the luxury of all three! You are only limited by time constraints and the vessel’s legal limitations. If you don’t know the area, or you need some ideas to pull off the perfect date, call us, and we will be happy to help get you squared away with a quote and suggestions. It’s all up to you!

The maximum legal capacity of our party boat is 22 people. However, for safety reasons and guest management, along with additional crew required from time to time and booking, we allow 16 guests. That number does not include the skipper and any crew counted in addition where required.

No. Even though all our hires meet the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s category for no license required to operate in sheltered waters, each of our hires is inclusive of an experienced skipper who steers and pilots the boat. At this time, the boat is not available for hire without our professional skipper at the helm.

We offer two options with our private boat hire and private boat cruises. The first option most certainly allows our guests to be completely self-catering. If you choose that option, then we provide the BBQ facilities for you to cook your food, and we can even cook it for you.

The second option is that you can purchase a catered pack from us when you book your party boat hire and BBQ package. We offer several catered packages that remove the stress and time required to put something together yourself. If you tell us your reason for hiring the party boat or the BBQ boat, we can even put together a tailor-made package for your special occasion. 

The prices and content of the packages would be POA and dependant on the budget category chosen. We start with a basic sausage sizzle and side salads for $ 15 pp up to our range of steak and multiple side dishes for $35 pp.

All alcohol is BYO. We are happy to provide ice chests to keep your drinks cold. We recommend that spirits are premixed in cans or bottles for convenience, and that wine or champagne has enough disposable flutes and glasses for your guests (with a few spares in case).

You are not able to fish from the boat on public cruises. If you opt to hire the party boat privately, then by all means, if you ask your skipper nicely, he might take you to his favourite places for you to drop in a line and hopefully pull up a fresh fish to add to your BBQ meal. 

At present, due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will be required to BYO fishing rods and tackle.