Commuting by water is now a reality, with the Gold Coast’s first ferry service launched today.
Mayor Tom Tate together with operator Ferry I announced the new five-stop service, named Hopo, would commence this Sunday, 8 December.
“This new service, part of our 2031 Transport Strategy, offers a unique travel experience to our residents and visitors, giving them greater access to our waterways and popular destinations,” said Mayor Tate.
“Travelling by water is a great way to help reduce traffic on our roads and to enjoy the Gold Coast’s beautiful waterways – it’s a win-win.”
Mayor Tate said it’s hoped the service will carry up to 700 passengers each week.
“Our transport demands are growing and changing, and the ferries are one way we’re diversifying our transport network to ensure the Gold Coast remains a connected city.
“During and after the trial, we’ll work with the operator and partners to assess the success of the service.”
The two year trial service will stop at five popular waterfront precincts: Appel Park at Surfers Paradise, HOTA at Surfers Paradise, Marina Mirage at Main Beach, Broadwater Parklands at Southport and Sea World at Main Beach. If the trial is successful, additional stops may be considered.
Ferry I General Manager Anthony Ardern said it was important the community get behind the service so it can become a permanent feature of the city’s public transport network.
“Passengers will be able to buy a day ticket to hop on and off as much as they want in the space of a day, or a single destination ticket for just $4,” Mr Ardern said.
“The ferry will stop approximately every hour, with one ferry heading upstream and the other heading downstream. And they are fitted with ramps to suit people with all needs.”
Operating hours will be between 7am and 9pm, seven days a week. Tickets can be purchased online at hopo.com.au, on the ferry, or at a Sea World Cruises terminal.
The City has worked in partnership with the State Government, Gold Coast Waterways Authority, Maritime Safety Queensland, Water Police, Marina Mirage and Sea World to develop the trial ferry service.