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Budget Cruises Gold Coast

Skippered Budget Cruises and Self Drive Cruise Boats

Gold Coast Party Pontoons has more budget cruise boats than any other Gold Coast boat hire company whether you want a self drive BBQ boat or a skippered corporate cruise.

Slip N Slide
Summer salt

Owning a cruise boat takes commitment to hard work and investment.  That may be why some of our competitors like to pretend they have more than one boat in their fleet and display photo's of unrelated boats on their websites.  Our fleet consists of 6 vessels, each designed to provide the best value for money cruise in its class.  Whether you want to cruise the Gold Coast Broadwater as a group of ten, or you want a fully skippered cruise for 40 people, we have the cruise boats to meet your budget and needs.

Every vessel featured on our website is a member of our budget cruise fleet and is available to hire.

Self Drive Party Boat vs Skippered Budget Cruise Boat

Self Drive Cruise

Self Drive vessels are the perfect budget saver option for a day cruising the Broadwater with friends or family.

We have four self drive vessels in our fleet for ten to 12 people.  The Deluxe, Luxury and Ultimate are fully fitted out BBQ boats with the highest standard of fittings.  Stainless steel BBQ, enclosed "family friendly" toilet, sound system, GPS positional map and more.  All have insulated roof to keep you cool and drop-down cafe blinds to protect you from any wind.  They are licensed in Queensland and meet the legal requirements for self drive hire by people without a boat license.  While they are all designed for more passengers, we operate Deluxe as a 10 person hire, and Luxury and Ultimate as 12 person hires.  This means maximum comfort for your group.

Slip n Slide is our newest self drive party boat for up to 12 people.  It is equipped with stainless steel BBQ, sound system, GPS positional map and cafe blinds, but it is also Australia's first self drive budget cruise boat with a slippery dip.  You can sit back and have a cool drink or hit the water from the slide.  This vessel is a great choice for families.  As the biggest of our self drive vessels, we do insist that at least one licensed driver is on board.

Skippered Cruise

If a skippered cruise is more your style or you have a bigger group, we have two vessels to suit your needs.  Funboat (20 people) and Summer Salt (40 people). 

The Fun Boat boasts a length of 10.6 metres and a width of 3.5 metres.  She carries 20 people in comfort and motors along with a combined 160hp.  To add to the fun of the cruise, Funboat is equipped with a trampoline to launch yourself into the water and a stand up paddle board if you want to try to stay dry for just a little longer. 

Summer Salt is our biggest vessel with room for 40 people in comfort.  She is licensed to serve alcohol and is perfect when you want a fully catered budget cruising experience.

Both are fully equipped and maintained vessels that can best be described as "Luxury Budget Cruises".  Budget, because you can choose the level of catering from BYO everything to fully catered and licensed.  These are both exceptional options for corporate events or hens/bucks parties while still being affordable for big family events.  

Our skippered cruises are available during the day or in the evenings so you can have a fun day out, or a relaxing cruise watching the lights of the Gold Coast reflecting off the water.

Where Gold Coast Party Pontoon Cruises Go

You can choose to cruise the Broadwater and Gold Coast canals and rivers.  As a bonus, only with Gold Coast Party Pontoons can you include an optional extra cruise extension to Tipplers bar and cafe, and/or Jumpinpin with our skippered cruises on Funboat and Summer salt.  This beats driving around in circles under the Sundale Bridge!

The Obvious Choice for Budget Cruises Gold Coast

There is one company that offers real choice for Gold Coast Budget Cruises, and that is Gold Coast Party Pontoons.  Why settle for less?