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“Great value and nice people”

Gold Coast Canal Cruises
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$19.20*
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Gold Coast Broadwater Cruise Including Morning Tea or Lunch
Ranked #5 of 34 Tours in Main Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Discover the beauty of the Gold Coast canals aboard our 1965 timber vessel. This relaxing 2 hour cruise is the perfect way to enjoy the Gold Coast's waterways and peek into the magnificent homes and lifestyles of the rich and famous whose homes line the canals. Cruise through these man-made canals and discover what is known as the 'Venice of Australia' with a Broadwater Canal system larger than the waterways of Venice and Amsterdam combined. During this 2 hour cruise we will explore the three islands Chevron, Cronin and Macintosh. View the ever-changing Surfers Paradise skyline and travel to Marina Mirage Queensland's finest waterfront shopping and dining resort, Palazzo Versace Australia's only 6 star Hotel and the Sea World Resort and Water Park. With informative commentary the skipper will share some of the history of the Gold Coast, profile some of Australia's rich list and give an insight to some of the Gold Coast's well known identities, so sit back, relax and enjoy the extensive views of the coast skyline. The best way to discover Surfers on the water.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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6 reviews
“Great value and nice people”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Great value cruise around the canals. Friendly owners - My son loved driving the boat. Well worth it.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Lisa B
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Broadwatercruises, Owner at Gold Coast Canal Cruises, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Hi LisaT, Thank you for your kind review. We are glad to hear that your experience was one of value and that the cruise was able to engage your son. We hope to welcome you again on our "well worth it" Broadwater Canal Cruise.
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Brisbane
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lovely way to meet the gold coast”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Steve is an open, engaging host. Allowing the kids to man the wheel for a bit and all! Lovely way to see the gold coast. Great for visitors and locals to experience the GC from the water. Thoroughly recommend for all ages

Visited September 2013
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Broadwatercruises, Owner at Gold Coast Canal Cruises, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
HiCherylCBrisbane, Thank you for your enthusiastic review. Broadwater Canal Cruises is a lovely way to meet the Coast and we are glad it engaged every member of your family, from Captaining to cruising :)
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“Wonderful morning cruising the canals of the Gold Coast”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We selected Broadwater Canal Cruises on the basis of our recent research on Trip Advisor. Following our cruise today we would most definitely concur with the many positive and complimentary reviews on this site.

The cruise commenced with Steve, the owner and skipper, giving us a warm and friendly welcome aboard his boat the Jindalee at Surfers Paradise, but there is also an option of starting your tour at Mariners Cove in Main Beach. Steve referred to us and his other passengers as his "guests". This description was most apt in the way he obviously appreciated our decision to use his services to view the many Gold Coast canals and Broadwater. All passengers were treated respectfully and with much consideration for our welfare. Steve extended his assistance to those people who were a little less mobile than ourselves to make boarding a little easier.

A wonderful and very relaxing two hours was spent in the calm waters and canals. Steve's commentary was both informative and entertaining being carefully balanced with quieter moments when it suited. The complimentary Devonshire tea topped off a wonderful morning of cruising with Steve who is one of the most genial and professional hosts we have come across on the Gold Coast.

We give Broadwater Canal Cruises our thanks and will definitely be back for another cruise. If you are thinking of a canal cruise, avoid the larger operators and give this small family business with very personalised service a go - you won't be disappointed.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Fran and John S
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Broadwatercruises, Owner at Gold Coast Canal Cruises, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Hi Fran and John S, Thank you for a 'glowing' review. We here at Broadwater Canal Cruises are so humbled by your beautiful words but at the same time jubilant because you have captured Broadwater Canal Cruises essence through your experience.
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Informative and Fun”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is a pleasant way to spend a few hours introducing yourself to the Gold Coast waterways. The boat may not be the flashest on offer but the cruise is more personalised and friendly than the big brash players who are more visible. It is well run and informative and you get Devonshire tea included with fresh scones. It is very reasonably priced. I recommend it if you are interested in Gold Coast real estate and geography.

Visited July 2013
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Broadwatercruises, Owner at Gold Coast Canal Cruises, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Hi AntipodeanGenes, Thank you for your down to earth review. It is great to hear that whilst we may not be one of the big brash players, Broadwater Canal Cruises is ticking all the boxes where it counts. Lastly, and we could not agree more, a pleasant way to introduce yourself to the Gold Coast and its geography.
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent, courteous, personalised service on this cruise”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

My partner, father and I thoroughly enjoyed this 2 hour canal cruise with Steve at the helm. He was very friendly, polite and respectful of the many elderly passengers on board. He was quite willing to go the extra mile to help out and being a one man band and smaller boat, you received personalised service. A fun two hours and very reasonably priced, with nice devonshire tea to boot.

Visited August 2013
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Thank ChrissyZed
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Broadwatercruises, Owner at Gold Coast Canal Cruises, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Hi ChrissyZed, Thank you for your lovely review. We are so happy to hear from your experience. It not only encompasses what you personally received but of what all our guests received whilst on a Broadwater Canal Cruise... 'personalised service' we will endeavour to continue to go that 'extra mile' and keep it a FUN way to spend 2 hours.
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