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Hopo on the way to HOTA

Hop around the Gold Coast Waterways

Kylie Mitchell-Smith | July 2020

The Gold Coast is surrounded by water from the pristine stretches of ocean to canals that weave in and around the city.

The perfect way to cruise around these waterways and soak up the picturesque surrounds in an ideal climate is with the re-launched Hopo Gold Coast Ferry service.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hopo ferry service was temporarily suspended in late March and is re-launching on Saturday 1 August, with two brand new vessels built by local boat makers, Everingham Powerboats.

Hopo is the city’s newest sustainable public transport option that offers the best water views in town, with an array of stops to experience the magic of the Gold Coast along the way:

Sea World

A long-standing coast institution, Sea World can now be accessed by Hopo where you can enjoy an array of sea life, educational shows and lunch at the many eateries on offer.

Marina Mirage

Well known for designer shopping, award winning restaurants and stunning views across the waterways; hop off at the wharf where you can check out the line-up of luxury yachts.

Broadwater Parklands

Catch the ferry to the family friendly Broadwater Parklands, with expansive green lawns, outdoor amphitheatre, water play and interactive playgrounds. A simple stroll will see you at China Town and Australia Fair; the gateway to all that buzzing Southport has to offer.

Surfers Paradise

The place to be when the sun goes down, Surfers Paradise is home to an iconic surf beach, shopping and nightlife- the Hopo Ferry conveniently stops at Appel Park which is a short stroll to the bustling Cavill Avenue.

HOTA

The home of the coast thriving arts scene, HOTA is ideally located on the banks of the Nerang River, the perfect spot to take in the city skyline. Explore the famous Farmers Markets, renowned outdoor amphitheatre and recently opened Green Bridge – a pedestrian and cycle path that spans 130 metres across the Nerang River.

This sustainable transport option endorses the city’s commitment to building a healthier, more active city. Creating alternative pathways for public transport to reduce traffic congestion and in turn protect the environment.

Locals and visitors alike can now explore the Coast from the water, a fresh air addition to the ever-expanding public transport network. The latest vessels are open plan and weather proof to suit the Coast’s temped climate, with features to protect marine life and habitats.

Hop on board and make active travel your new normal whether you are a day tripper or a daily commuter – building a healthy community that works together towards a cleaner and greener city.

Practice COVID safe

• Good hygiene and safe travel options are encouraged on all public transport.
• Follow directions and signage provided; maintain a safe distance from other passengers and use hand sanitiser when you enter and exit.

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