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Champagne Breakfast Cruise

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Champagne Breakfast Cruise

Sightseeing & Dining

Say cheers to the working week and set sail down the sparkling Gold Coast waterways with Sea World Cruises Champagne Breakfast Cruise. Every Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a 1.5-hour cruise sipping on bottomless bubbles under the beautiful Queensland sunshine. 

 

Departing from the Sea World Cruise Terminal in Main Beach, this stylish brunch is a must-do this sunshine season.

Bottomless Bubbles

Once you step on board the Spirit of Elston and you will be welcomed by glasses filled with sparkling champagne and tasty mimosas. The fully licensed onboard bar boasts extra boozy beverages, including fruity cocktails (the ‘Spirit of Elston’, served in a fresh pineapple, is a must-try), craft beers and wine.

Be greeted by rows of unlimited sparkling champagne.

Instagram Envy

Give your friends serious Instagram ‘FOMO’ and pose in your best dress in front of the stunning scenery you can only see from the canals. Capture boomerangs of clinking champagne glasses or show off your delicious brunch for guaranteed food envy.

Bonus tip for visitors; Try and get the iconic Surfers Paradise skyline in the background. It isn’t a trip to the Gold Coast without showing off the city’s most famous spot!

Views of the Gold Coast you can only see from the water are the ultimate photo backdrop.

A perfect excuse to catch up

The Champagne Breakfast Cruise is the perfect choice for your next get together. As a unique location on the Gold Coast, it is ideal for a catch-up or an excellent excuse to drink before noon.  If you have out of town visitors, it is a great way to see the best of the Gold Coast in 1.5 hours.

A trendy new venue for a baby shower or gender reveal, or start your Hens party with a bottomless bubbles bang.

Best brunch on the Gold Coast

A boozy brunch is nothing without a delicious breakfast Barbecued bacon and farm egg burgers or barbecued mushroom, spinach and sundried tomato burgers.

Indulge in a delightful buffet of cold selections, including straight from the oven-baked treats, fresh fruit platter and greek yoghurt pots with granola and our ‘chefs secret recipe’ berry coulis.

A delicious assortment of tasty oven-baked treats.

World-class vessel

Spirit of Elston is a dreamy multi-million dollar vessel, making for a luxurious experience on sparkling Gold Coast waterways. The vessel features an air-conditioned lower deck fitted with wooden floors and nautical decor and a spacious sun-deck, great for getting your daily dose of vitamin D.

The gorgeous Spirit of Elston sundeck, perfect for relaxing in the sunshine.

Setting sail and serving sparkling champagne every Saturday and Sunday.

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Wildlife Spotlight: Seabirds

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Wildlife Spotlight: Seabirds

Sightseeing & Dining

Many know about the wealth of marine life that inhabit the Gold Coast bay area, but did you know that an abundant species of seabirds and shorebirds also call this region home?

Birds in the Broadwater

A combination of islands, wetlands, bush, mangroves, and vast shorelines creates many habitats for sea birds. The Gold Coast Broadwater is an important location for migratory birds who make long annual journeys between Australia and the Northern Hemisphere. Their migration is an estimated 16,000 to 20,000km in length, with some birds taking very few rest breaks on the ground.

Australian Pelican

Resident Bird

Splendid fliers, Australian pelicans can soar to heights of 3000 metres on giant 2.5-metre wings. Australian pelicans have the longest bills out of all bird species, measuring 40-50cm long and can hold up to 13 litres of water. Look for them cruising on the surface or resting on the sandbanks in the Gold Coast Broadwater.

The Australian pelican’s bill is very sensitive and can detect fish in the water.

Eastern Curlew

Visitor from Russia and Northern China.

The eastern curlew is the largest of all shorebirds and is recognisable by its long downturned bill. It uses its bill to bury deep into the mud and dig up mud crabs, their favourite food.

Eastern curlew dips its long beak into mud shallow water to feed. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Silver Gull

Resident Bird

Everyone’s favourite (or least favourite) resident bird is the silver gull. They are recognisable by their bright red bill, legs and eye-ring; these gulls are often seen resting in large flocks on the banks of the Broadwater. As scavengers, they often find their next meal in the shape of food scraps or annoy humans for a bite of hot chips. They also stick close to fishing boats to forage for any meat to eat.

Common Tern

Visitor from the Northern Hemisphere.

Despite its name, the common tern isn’t that common in Australia. An interesting fact about the common tern is that its head changes colour during the breeding season. When it is ready to mate in the Northern Hemisphere, the crown to the nape of the neck of the tern turns from white to black.

White-Bellied Sea Eagle

Resident bird

The white-bellied sea eagle is the largest bird of prey in Australia, with a wingspan of 2 metres long. Their diet consists of sea creatures such as turtles, fish and sea snakes. It’s distinguished by its white head and underbody and grey back and wings. Keep an eye for their in-flight fishing.

The white-bellied sea eagle is about to strike a fish in the water. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Cormorants

Resident ‘penguin’ bird

“Is that a penguin?” is a common phrase directed towards these funny looking birds. With their webbed feet, adorable waddle and black and white colouring, there is reason to believe as to why you might think these tropical birds are their distant Antarctic cousins. Watch them diving for fish in the water or stretching their wings out to dry on the rocks.

Their black and white markings of cormorants make for a penguin double-take. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Grey Plovers

Visitor

The grey plover is an interesting little bird that has been known to migrate over 7000km without taking a break on land. Scientists are still yet to fully understand grey plovers as they are difficult to track. They have discovered that only the females of the species migrate to Australia, and researchers are still trying to determine where the male plover when the females are away. Grey plovers are recognisable by their medium size, pale greyish-brown feathers, dark eyes and heavy black bill.

There are almost 40 unique shorebirds and seabirds that call the Gold Coast Broadwater home. Don’t forget to look upon the skies during your sightseeing or whale watching cruise.

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Makes a splash with Gold Coast Holiday Dollars

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Make a Splash with Gold Coast Holiday Dollars

Sightseeing & Dining, Whale Watching

If you’re reading this, there is a good chance you are one of the lucky winners of the highly anticipated Gold Coast Holiday Dollars. Congratulations! Here are five unique and exciting ways to use your $100 voucher. Will you explore stunning waterways while feasting on the finest regional flavours? Or perhaps it’s time to encounter gentle giants of the deep on an unforgettable whale watching experience? With so many exciting ways to set sail the hardest part will be knowing which to choose.  

Whale Watching Cruise

Are you looking for something unique and exciting to spend with your Gold Coast Holiday Dollars? Join the marine experts for a Whale Watching Cruise that you’ll never forget. Setting sail from the pristine waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater, step on board Australia’s newest and most advanced whale watching vessel and head to the humpback highway. See mother whales tenderly care for calves. Feel dwarfed by the size of gentle giants as they curiously approach the boat or launch themselves out of the water. Keep your camera at the ready because whales aren’t the only stars of the show, our cruises routinely encounter charismatic dolphins, enormous sea turtles and resident and migratory seabirds.

Wake Up with the Whales Cruise

For a whale experience like no other, secure a ticket to our Wake Up with the Whales Cruise. Starting from 6:00 AM, cosy up with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea (or juice for the kids) and satisfy your tastebuds with your choice of mouth-watering bacon, egg and cheese roll or flavoursome halloumi, mushroom and spinach burger. Within 20 minutes of departure, you’ll be helping the crew spot whales against the unique backdrop of the sun rising over the horizon. Witness these gentle giants up close as they showcase their size, behaviours and execute flawless acrobatic skills. After saying a regretful goodbye to the whales, we return to the terminal at 8:30 AM for you to begin your day.

Captain’s Lounge Whale Watching Experience

Want to make the most of your Gold Coast Holiday Dollars? Take your wildlife encounter to the next level and upgrade to the exclusive Captain’s Lounge Whale Watching Experience. Take an exclusive grandstand position in the heart of the vessel command centre with one-on-one time with the Captain and luxuries found nowhere else on board. Indulge in a private, spacious area with priority boarding and a personal host while savouring an individual grazing box and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.

Sightseeing Lunch Cruise

Soak up the Queensland sunshine and spend your Gold Coast Holiday Dollars aboard our relaxing Sightseeing Lunch Cruise. Departing from a convenient location in the heart of Surfers Paradise, embark on a relaxing 2-hour river cruise on the sparkling Gold Coast waterways. Indulge in a delicious tropical buffet lunch, including fresh king prawns, maple glazed ham off the bone, succulent roast chicken and more. Views from the open-air sun deck will showcase some of the Gold Coast’s most famous sites including homes of the rich and famous and iconic landmarks.

Sightseeing Dinner Cruise

Whether celebrating a special event or getting friends or family together for a night out, our Sightseeing Dinner Cruise is perfect for every occasion. Set sail through the Gold Coast waterways for a delightful 2 hour 30-minute dinner cruise. Enjoy the region’s best produce, including fresh king prawns, rosemary crusted lamb, twice-cooked roast potatoes, grilled calamari, New Zealand mussels, gourmet salads and delectable desserts. Try some locally produced wines or boutique beers from the fully licensed bar, or treat yourself to one of many tasty cocktails. Be entertained and tap your toes to live music. Wander upstairs to the spacious upstairs deck, boasting 360-degree views of the sparkling Surfers Paradise skyline.

Don’t miss your chance to book!

You’ve got until 21 July 2021 to book your experience, and until 17 September 2021 to travel.

You will have received an SMS and an email containing your voucher (don’t forget to check your junk mail folder if you don’t see it). You will need this number to make your booking. All booking can be made online. Feel free to reach out to our friendly reservations team on +61 (07) 5539 9299 for assistance.
 
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From farmland to high rises: A brief history of Surfers Paradise

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From farmland to high rises: A brief history of Surfers Paradise

Sightseeing and Dining

1952 Surfers Paradise

Our luxury sightseeing vessel, Spirit of Elston, is named in recognition of Surfers Paradise’s history. But what even is Elston?

Elston was the first official name of the town of what we now know and love as Surfers Paradise. Long before the hustle and bustle and the striking city skylines we are used to, the city was a quiet agricultural region. Over the years as its potential and popularity grew, the dull farmlands turned into the glitzy, must-see tourist destination in South-East Queensland.

As you cruise through the Gold Coast waterways, you’re drifting past one hundred years of history.

Cavill Avenue

The early days

The Yugambeh People first occupied the Gold Coast and South-East Queensland region before the arrival of European settlement. They hunted for fish in the waters hosted ceremonial invitations where Coomera is located.

The region was settled by James Beattie in 1869 and used for farmland. Timber cutters relished the rich cedar and tallowwood forests in the hinterlands and the area along the rivers were used to grow crops and sugarcane. In 1889, the Gold Coast region was officially called Elston, named after the Southport Postmaster’s wife’s home village in England.

When Jim Cavill acquired five acres of Elston’s land in 1917, it was the beginning of the rise of the town of Elston. The city began to grow in popularity in 1925 after opening the Jubilee Bridge, connecting Southport to Main Beach. Before installing the South Coast Road, the area was only reached by Meyer’s Ferry at the Nerang River. Now easily accessible, investors began purchasing land in the area.

Elston becomes Surfers Paradise

In 1925, Cavill built the town’s first landmark, Surfers Paradise Hotel (now the site of the Surfers Paradise Centre). As more visitors flocked to the town, more establishments and shops were built. After years of lobbying from Cavill, Elston’s less than glamorous name was rebranded to Surfers Paradise in 1933.

A city of high rises

Over the decades, Surfers Paradise grew rapidly into the must-see holiday destination. Attracted to the sunshine and unspoilt beaches, tourists flocked to the city, encouraging the development of holiday apartments and shopping arcades. High-rise buildings began to grow after the construction of the Kinkabool, a 10-storey apartment now protected by the Queensland State Heritage Register. The Surfers Paradise skyline has grown a lot since Kinkabool, with various towering high-rises that have become an iconic landmark of themselves. Keep an eye out on your cruise for the Q1 skyscraper, the sixth tallest residential building in the world.

What will I see on my cruise?

There are still landmarks from Elston and early Surfers Paradise that you can see on your Sea World Cruises sightseeing cruise.

Seaquarium AKA Sea World

Sea World was once known as Seaquarium in 1965. The theme parks oldest ride, Vikings Revenge Flume Ride was built in 1978 and was closed to the public in 2016. You will pass by the Sea World Marine park on your cruise.

Traffic at Jubilee Bridge

Jubilee Bridge AKA Sundale Bridge

Sea World was once known as Seaquarium in 1965. The theme parks oldest ride, Vikings Revenge Flume Ride was built in 1978 and was closed to the public in 2016. You will pass by the Sea World Marine park on your cruise.

Goat Island AKA Chevron Island

The canal estate of Chevron Island was one of the first major land developments in Surfers Paradise in the 1950s. Before it was home to luxury homes, it was farmland home to a large population of goats, earning the title of Goat Island.

Tug of war at Southport Broadwater Parklands

Southport Broadwater Parklands

The much-loved Broadwater Parklands in Southport was declared a public space in 1928. Over 90 years later, it’s grown into a popular hub of activity.

Book one of our Sea World Cruises sightseeing cruises and witness the rich history for in person.

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Level up your romance: A Sea World Cruise could be your next epic date!

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Level up your romance: A Sea World Cruise could be your next epic date!

Sightseeing & Dining

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Few experiences can rival the sheer romance of a sightseeing dinner cruise on the magical Gold Coast waterways. Enjoy the shimmering lights of the city skyline as you cosy up to your special someone. Our dinner cruises are a great way to impress someone new or say “I love you” to someone you already treasure. Continue reading to find out why Sea World Cruises should be your next epic date.

What are the details?

Our luxurious Sightseeing Dinner Cruise lasts 2.5 hours – the perfect amount of time for a first date! It leaves from Surfers Paradise, every Friday and Saturday night at 7:00PM. Be sure to arrive 10 minutes early – we recommend parking in the nearby Bruce Bishop Car Park. There will be live entertainment aboard our new vessel, ‘Spirit of Elston.’ There is a relaxing rooftop lounge, from which you and your date can gaze at famous local landmarks (or into each other’s eyes). The cruise route passes by Sea World, Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace and spectacular waterfront homes. It truly is one of the most enjoyable dinner experiences on the Gold Coast.

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What’s on the menu?

You may be wondering, what exactly is on the menu? And does it really speak romance? Well the answer is quality, local produce expertly prepared by our talented Head Chef. And yes it most certainly does! Expect fresh prawns from our local Gold Coast trawlers, New Zealand mussels and seasonal, gourmet salads. On the menu in terms of hot food is slow-cooked lamb with rosemary and homemade jus; grilled barramundi in a coconut bisque with steamed rice; chicken in garlic, lemon and olive oil; twice-cooked roasted chat potatoes with sea salt; and a medley of roast vegetables of Italian herbs. For desserts, indulge in seasonal fruit platters and our daily specials. Don’t worry, you and your date will love the sweet surprise!

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How do I book?

We have ensured the booking process is very easy. Either book online or call us at (07) 5539 9299. You will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher, which you can print and present on the day of the tour. If you are trying to save on waste or don’t have a printer, mobile vouchers are accepted too! And we know how tricky organising a date can be, so you can change or cancel your booking free of charge up to 24 hours before departure. 

 

Experience the best of the Gold Coast as you and your special someone cruise in style aboard our luxurious boat. Glide smoothly through the protected canals of Surfers Paradise and Main Beach, past waterfront mansions and the lavish Marina Mirage and Palazzo Versace. Engage in meaningful conversation over delicious food, all the while enjoying the ambiance and magical setting of a Sightseeing Dinner Cruise with Sea World Cruises. 

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What to expect on a sightseeing or dining cruise

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What to expect on a sightseeing or dining cruise

Sightseeing & Dining

Sea World Cruises offers four unique sightseeing and dining options for you to sit down, relax and enjoy the spectacular views of the Gold Coast. Below you will find outlines of what to expect from each of our cruises so you can make the most suitable choice for you and your loved ones. Better yet, why not make your way through the list and experience all four!

Morning Explorer Cruise

While not currently available due to COVID-19, this cruise normally runs for 1.5 hours. Start your morning right in the fresh Gold Coast air and sunshine. Our morning cruise provides a great blend of sightseeing, complimentary cakes and quality coffee. On this cruise, expect to see the stunning homes of the rich and famous, take in the city skyline and visit other famed regional spots. Our vessel is air-conditioned for those who want to stay inside and escape the ocean breeze, otherwise we have an open top-level sun deck for those wishing to soak in some vitamin D.

Morning Cruise Cakes

Sightseeing Lunch Cruise

This cruise departs from Surfers Paradise and goes for 2 hours. Experience the finest local produce with a lunch of fresh prawns, roasted chicken, freshly-baked ham off-the-bone, garden salad, caesar salad, coleslaw, condiments and seasonal fruit platters. Compliment your lunch with some locally crafted beers from Pickled Pig and Burleigh Brewery. Better yet, indulge in one of our delicious cocktails made by our talented bartenders. There is simply no better or more exquisite way to see the Gold Coast!

Afternoon Explorer Cruise

This 1.5 hour cruise departs daily at 3:30PM. Kick back and relax while you snack on some complimentary savoury treats. Grab a drink from our onboard licensed bar and soak in the late afternoon sun while you gaze at the highlights of the Gold Coast. Our vessel is as spacious as it is comfortable, and provides the perfect space for you to watch regional landmarks as they pass you by. Don’t forget your camera for the perfect sunset shot – it is golden hour after all!

Sightseeing Dinner Cruise

This cruise operates on the weekend, departing from Surfers Paradise at 7:00PM and lasting 2.5 hours. Offering a classy and elegant evening of dining and sightseeing, our dinner cruise is perfect for celebrating special occasions or treating yourself and loved ones to a delicious meal on the city’s waterways. With dishes prepared by our top local chef using quality, locally sourced ingredients, this cruise is bound to delight even the most high-class of guests. Indulge in slow cooked lamb, grilled barramundi, twice-cooked roasted chat potatoes plus more while you listen to live entertainment.

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Join us for a spectacular morning, midday, afternoon or evening cruise on the beautiful Gold Coast waterways. Enjoy the magnificent views while you indulge in delicious food, sip on expertly-prepared cocktails and have a laugh with your loved ones. Capture a breathtaking photo from the sundeck and be sure to keep a look out for our resident dolphin pods! No matter what cruise you choose, this will certainly be an experience to remember.

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