Who doesn’t love a good party? Who doesn’t love a good boat ride? What if we told you that you could have a party on a boat and then cruise around the canal for an hour or two? Sounds amazing, right? This might be one of the best birthday party ideas ever. 

A Gold Coast canal cruise has many benefits including giving your guests an opportunity to see the city from another angle, adding a nice dose of culture to your event, and giving you both a break from being in charge of everything. We’ll show you how to plan it! 

Planning Your Canal Cruise


Planning a party can be a lot of work. There are so many details to consider, from the food to the music to seating arrangements. The worst part about planning a party is figuring out what activities to do. With so many different options, it’s hard to decide what will be the best birthday party idea for your guests.

Fortunately, there’s one activity that is sure to please everyone: a canal cruise! This fun and relaxing activity is perfect for parties of all sizes, and coordinates well with any theme. From an intimate gathering in Gold Coast’s famous canals these tours give you the opportunity to create a unique experience for your friends and family that they will never forget. So if you want a fun activity for your next birthday party, book a canal cruise today!

We’re going to show you how to plan your event step-by-step.

First, you’ll need to find a date for your event. You’ll also want to make sure the date you choose is a good time for everyone involved – especially if it’s a special birthday. Weekends can be popular times for boat hire so make sure you make your booking early to get your first priority date.

Next, you will need to figure out how many people will be coming to your event. You can then select the appropriate sized boat from the vendor that you have chosen.

In order to get started, you should ask each person attending what they would like as their meal option and what kind of drinks they would like (or if they want something nonalcoholic). You’ll want to do this at least 1 week in advance so that all of your guests have enough time to RSVP and get their meal preferences in order.

What to Expect on a Canal Cruise

Mirage Sun 33 Party Pontoon

A Canal Cruise allows you to hop on a boat and enjoy a scenic cruise through the canal as your guests enjoy food and drinks. First, you need to find a boat company that offers these services. Luckily, we’re based right here on the Gold Coast and can offer a party boat of up to 16 people. We have options like lunch and dinner cruises, holiday cruises (Christmas lights!), private cruises and of course birthday party cruises. 

We’ve hosted many 18th birthday parties, 30th birthday parties and 60th birthday parties. Though boat hire is also a good option for children or teenagers parties, provided there’s plenty of adults around too.

Next, you’ll want to look at how many attendees you have coming to your event and choose a boat size accordingly. We can also cater for groups of up to 45 if you’d like more guests. 

Finally, go ahead and book your cruise! It’s as simple as picking a date and time slot online or by phone!

Things to Consider When Planning a Canal Cruise

Boat Hire

There are many things to consider when planning a canal cruise. The boat, the length of time, what to do, and how much it will cost.

First things first: the boat. You want to find a boat that is large enough for your number of guests, has a heated/cooled cabin, and seats on the upper deck. This will help you feel more comfortable on your cruise! Make sure that food is served at all times as well – this is an important factor if you’re considering hosting the party on Friday or Saturday night.

Second: duration. How long do you want to stay out on the water? If it’s your birthday party, you might want to go out for two hours or so. A cruise can last anywhere from one hour up to six hours depending on how much time you have available and how far away the next stop is.

Third: what to do? Choose activities appropriate for your guests! Think about whether they’ll be expecting just drinks or if they’ll need something more substantial like food or games. Whether it’s just drinks or games – make sure there are plenty of snacks available at all times!

Fourth: money issues? Figure out how much everything will cost before booking anything! It’s important that everyone know what they are getting into before hand so there are no surprises later on.

Budgeting for Your Canal Cruise

BBQ on boat

When planning your Canal Cruise, it’s important to consider both the cost and how many people are attending. For example, if you’re hiring one of our boats for $900, that’s a canal cruise for 16 people, which is an average of $57 per person. You’ll want to add a BBQ food package which can bring the price up a little. 

You’ll want to do some math before booking because the price will vary depending on how many guests you have.

The Guest List and What to Wear for a Canal Cruise

cloths to wear on boat

The first thing you’ll want to do is start with your guest list. A canal cruise gives people a chance to explore the city in a new way and you’ll want to be sure to invite the right people. Be sure to include guests who are interested in seeing the city from a different angle, those that love culture, and those that don’t mind being on the water for an extended period of time.

It’s important to note what kind of attire you’re looking for on this Canal Cruise. If it’s summertime and you’re looking for a more casual affair, shorts and a t-shirt will work just fine. But if it’s wintertime or fall, make sure everyone brings their heavier clothes! The weather can get cold at night, especially when someone is on the water.

If this sounds like a party idea you’d like to try out, be sure to contact us! We’re experts at planning parties and we would be happy to help plan yours too!

How to Bring the Birthday Party Into the City

boat and beach party

When it comes to the best birthday party ideas, a canal cruise might be just what you’re looking for. The benefits of a canal cruise are plentiful. One benefit is that you and your guests will get to see the city from a different perspective than on land. You’ll also have some time away from everything on land and will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the canal.

This party idea has many different factors that can make it work for you and guests on any budget. You can rent a boat through us, Budget Cruises Gold Coast – just make a party boat booking in the online form. We offer food packages with our boat in the form of a BBQ, but you can also cater snacks and drinks as needed.

The only thing left is to come up with some fun games and activities for your guests! You can think of something beforehand or ask your guests what they would like to do during the cruise (think: celebrity heads, trivia games, etc.).

Finally, prepare an itinerary so everyone knows when they need to leave at the end of the event and make sure all logistics are taken care of beforehand so you don’t have anything to worry about on your big day!

Don’t forget, you can always be dropped off in Surfers Paradise to continue the celebration with a world famous host of clubs and bars. If Broadbeach bars are more your scene, then we can get you there. Just ask! 

Ideas for Birthday Cake and Food at A Canal Cruise

Birthday Party

The best part about the canal cruise is you don’t have to worry so much about food when it’s time for dessert. You can bring cookies, brownies, pies, cakes, and other pastries with you on the boat. Once you’re in the boat, your dishes will be served onboard. It’s a great way to take a break from cooking or if you don’t know how to cook that well.

It’s also worth mentioning that one of the benefits of taking a canal cruise is getting an opportunity for some excellent pictures. When people are walking around the city, they often don’t get many pictures because they’re walking too quickly or there’s not enough time for them to stop and pose in different places before rushing off again. 

With a canal cruise, everyone is sitting still–probably drinking champagne–and they’ll be happy to take pictures with their friends and family before jumping back on board. This might be one of the best birthday party ideas ever!


If you’re looking for a birthday party idea that’s a little more adventurous, a canal cruise is a perfect choice. With a variety of options for food and drink, a chance to explore the city skyline and a fun, festive atmosphere, your guests will be able to celebrate in style. But before you start planning, make sure you have all the information you need. Take a look at our list of tips and tricks to make sure your canal cruise is everything you want it to be.

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