Affordable Queensland cruising

If the thrills and spills of the theme parks do not appeal when you are visiting the Gold Coast, a one and a half hour cruise down the canals and Broadwater of Surfers Paradise is a lovely way to while away an afternoon. For just $20 you will receive a BBQ lunch along with a live commentary onboard and an amusing insight into how the rich and famous (and infamous) folk live on the Coast.

The cruise departs from the jetty at the river end of Cavill Avenue at 12.45pm. Grab a glass of bubbles from the bar, settle back and admire the lavish homes you see along the way. And, if you’re lucky, you may have a pod of dolphins swimming alongside your boat as you travel back down the river.

As the cruise heads down the Nerang River, you pass the exclusive enclave of Cronin Island and the $10 million mansion belonging to the owner of Billabong surf wear – very impressive. But what is even more eye-opening is the land he bought next door for around $2.5 million, to house his children’s playhouse and swing set – as you do! You’ll see motorcycle legend Mick Doohan’s home, although apparently he also has another 30 acres out at Coomera for his helicopters and other assorted ‘boys’ toys. You can totally sympathise, there is nothing more annoying than running out of space in the garage. Further along the river is the apartment building where our favourite songbird, Kylie Minogue, has an apartment and where the woman who everyone loves to hate for marrying John Lennon, Yoko Ono, has five!

The halfway mark of the cruise sees you passing the incredibly opulent Palazzo Versace at the Southport Spit, whose penthouse has welcomed stars such as Pink, Beyoncé and Tom Jones. If you have to ask how much it costs, you know you can’t afford it. So just sit and mock (or marvel) at the ostentatiousness.

Bluewater Cruises run three times daily – 11am, 12.45pm and at sunset. They are also available for private or party bookings. Call 0433 693 422 or visit

Written by Andrea