GoBoat is definitely one of Canberra's most unique experiences. Launched in 2017, GoBoat encourages us to get out there and enjoy our lake, Lake Burley Griffin, and use it as we've never done before.
GoBoats are eco-friendly, self-drive boats, powered by silent, electric engines that can seat up to 8 people. You don't need any special licence to drive, you don't need any previous boating experience (the boats are very simple to handle) and you don't even need to bring a life jacket, as it's already provided for you. All you need to bring is your loved ones, enough food and drink to sustain you all on your journey, and a sense of adventure!
Your GoBoat adventure can take you all over the lake, including East Basin and West Basin (but not past the Black Mountain Peninsula and not up the Jerrabomberra Creek or the Molonglo River). You'll be provided with a map before you set sail to help you. However, it's important for your safety to follow the traffic guidelines recorded on the map. Remember that sailboats, rowboats, kayaks, and other vessels use the lake too.
During your adventure, you'll see plenty of Canberra's iconic landmarks including the National Carillon, the National Museum of Australia, the National Library, Questacon, and of course, Telstra Tower. And it's lots of fun sailing under the two bridges!
GoBoat is perfect for couples, families with children, families without children, groups of friends, and for special occasions such as birthdays, Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, Christmas parties and wedding parties.
A GoBoat adventure begins at Wharf 2, Trevillian Quay, Kingston Foreshore. You pay for boat rental, not ride per person. You can opt for a 1 hour ($95), 2 hour ($169) or 3 hour ($239) rental, with $70 per additional hour. Please note that there is a 10% surcharge on weekends and public holidays. To book your GoBoat, please go here.
A few reminders before you set off on your adventure...
Read the map carefully and pay attention to the instructions of GoBoat staff. They're all for your safety and the safety of your passengers.
Slap on sunscreen and wear a hat. The sun burns fiercely over Canberra!
Lifejackets are provided and are included in the price. Adult lifejackets are stored in the boat. However, children 12 and under must wear a life jacket at all times while on the boat. Please ask in advance if you require life jackets for children, as they are not stored on the boat.
There are toilet facilities on the wharf. Make sure you go before you set sail, especially if you have a long boat ride ahead of you.