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Published August 20th 2018
A brilliant way to discover the Gold Coast
The Aquaduck is an amphibious bus which runs on both land and water, providing tours around Surfers Paradise and its surrounds. It allows you to experience the Gold Coast like no other boat cruise alone.
This amphibious bus certainly takes you on an adventure
We hopped aboard the colourful Aquaduck one sunny afternoon for a one hour tour that saw us ducking and weaving the streets of Surfers, waddling up along the beaches and up past Sea World and the magnificent resort hotels of Palazzo Versace and Marina Mirage, before diving into the water with a splash.
The beaches showed us more than just sand and water with some interesting sculptures popping up before our eyes (my thirst for art satisfied) as we bobbed up and down in our vehicle with no suspension. On the water, the Aquaduck is a different story – serenely calm – allowing passengers to get up and move around.
Our Ducktacular water part of the tour on the Broadwater took us through beautiful waterways, saw us spotting pelicans on a sandbar (some groups have even seen dolphins) and enjoying the Gold Coast skyline, along with brilliant boats and fabulous views of luxury homes along the millionaire's row.
Spotting wildlife is just one highlight of this tour
The tour comes with a guide explaining all the points of interest along the way and also allows children the opportunity to drive the Duck Bus once it's in the water. It provides for a fantastic photo and is a wonderful treat for them to be captain for a bit. Each child is additionally presented with his or her own Aquaduck Licence Certificate.
If you're a tourist at heart and love souvenirs, there are captain hats and quacking soft toy ducks available to purchase either before, during or after your tour. If not for you, they make great gifts for children and wannabe captains.
The Aquaduck departs daily (except Christmas Day) every 1-1/4hrs between 10am and 5.30pm from 36 Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise. There are 3 vehicles in the fleet, each with a 30 seat capacity. It is a popular attraction and in peak times it is best to book ahead online or by telephoning 07 5539 0222, else you can take your chances as we did and just rock up to the departure point and purchase a ticket, of which the adult price is $38. Children (4-16yrs) are $30 each with 3yrs and under (sitting on your knee) being free. Seniors, families and groups enjoy discounts on these prices.
The Gold Coast skyline in our sights as our adventure nears its end
Taking the Aquaduck was a brilliant way for us to relax after a morning spent shopping on busy Cavill Avenue. I highly recommend this tour with its commentary, sights and tips from the guide on other attractions in the area. It's great for both newcomers and return visitors to the Gold Coast.
Your 'duck' trip looks wonderful, Irenke - since relocating to the Sunny Coast, I must admit we don't often venture south, but reading your article and looking at your pics, makes me feel like we are missing out.