We recently enjoyed a fantastic 1-hour sunset cruise on an electric picnic boat that we hired from GoBoat Gold Coast.

You rarely find a date idea this amazing that’s affordable too.

You’re allowed to BYO food and drinks, or the company can organize it for you. If you forget, you can get something from one of the Marina Village cafes and restaurants, a beautiful area to explore if you arrive early, with time to spare before your booking.

The boats can take up to 8 people plus dogs. Yes, it’s even pet-friendly! If you have more couples joining you, it works out even cheaper if you share the price.

We loved the experience from start to finish as part of a date night and highly recommended it for any occasion, including birthdays, anniversaries and more. Located only 45 minutes from Brisbane, it was perfect for us as part of a day trip. You don’t even need a boat license to do this! Plus, the boats have shade covers and seat cushions for extra comfort.

We parked in The Promenade at Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast, and walked past the incredible-looking Artichoke Restaurant on the way to GoBoat Gold Coast. We admired all the beautiful boats in the harbor.

I noticed a guy with a GoBoat cap on walking past us, and he happily guided us to where we needed to be.

Before boarding, we were given a quick safety briefing and shown a map of the area that we could take with us on the boat. A demonstration of how the boat works followed.

It was easy to get into the boat with our picnic basket and even our furbaby! Soon we were on our way, hubby settling into his role as the Captain while I packed out all the goodies we had brought. We did a quick shop just before for our favorite picnic snacks, including salami slices, green olives, and bell peppers stuffed with cream cheese, chips, dip, wine for me and Pepsi for my hubby.

Hubby found it easy to steer the boat and follow the map. The area is stunning! We went on a Sunday and there was very little boat traffic. Once we reached the half-way, 30-minute mark of our 1-hour booking, we turned the boat around and ventured back.

We think it would have been nice to have a longer booking, but if you only have the budget for 1 hour, it’s sufficient time!

We went in June in the late afternoon, which was a bit cool – I wore a light reversible long sleeve shirt as a jacket over a T-shirt and a poncho wrap from Splice reversible travel clothing that doubles as a scarf to keep me warm.  I’m also glad I wore sneakers as it gripped well onto the smooth glossy surface of the boat as I was getting in and out.


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