The Gold Coast's slogan of 'Famous for Fun' couldn't be any more apt for a ride with the team from Paradise Jet Boating. Get ready for some hooting and hollering, and to return back to the marina after your 55 minute adventure with a sore face from laughing and smiling so much!
How to get there:
Located at Mariners Cove Marina at Main Beach, only 4km north of Surfers Paradise, there is free car parking available at the complex. Surfside buses #704 and #705 also service the area. Paradise Jet Boating also offer a free shuttle service on board the stretched super Jeep (subject to availability). Just make sure you are at HQ at least 30 minutes before your departure time.
Wildlife/Marine life spotting
Longest jet boating experience on the Gold Coast
What you'll do:
Cruise the Broadwater
Exciting high speed drifting and 360˚ spins
Check out the multi-million dollar homes of Sovereign Island
Safety Briefing + Preparations
After arriving at Paradise Jet Boating HQ and signing in at reception, we had the opportunity to look around the complex at the various highlight photos and videos playing on the big screen to get us excited about what was about to come next.
Next up is the safety briefing, before heading outside to get fitted up with your life jacket. The team also provide spray jackets, but if you are anything like me, getting a bit wet from a big spray of salt water is all part of the experience! I must admit, it was funny to see a few people grabbing for a jacket, then putting them back on the rack.
Once all kitted up, it's time for a souvenir photo out the front of HQ before heading down the gantry and boarding the jet boat.
Another quick safety briefing takes place before the engines are fired up and you are making your way out of the marina towards the Gold Coast Broadwater, but first another photo opportunity!
On the Water
After passing through the slow 6 knot zone of the Marina, the throttle is opened up fully, as you whizz along the Broadwater and past Wavebreak Island at speeds of up to 40 knots (roughly 75km/h), sometimes in water as shallow as 10cm.
Make sure you keep an eye on the skipper too, for when their hand points to the sky and starts moving in a circular motion, it's time to get ready for some 360 action! The spins are definitely the high point of this ride, and it's also when you have to be prepared to get wet.
Just because you don't get wet on the first spin, does not mean that you will go home dry. These skippers know what they're doing, so if a right hand spin doesn't get you, a left hand spin will.
Cruising through the protected Moreton Bay Marine Park, also offers up the chance to spot stingrays, dolphins and turtles. After a quick tour around the multi-million dollar homes of Sovereign Island, the return trip takes you along the shores of South Stradbroke Island, where there is a high chance of spotting wallabies on the beach.
A couple more spins and some high speed manoeuvres will have you back at the marina, and your hour of adrenaline filled excitement is slowly winding to a close.
Once back on terra firma, it's time to dry off and check out the video highlight reel from your jet boat experience, that is already playing on the big screen TV in the office (which is available for purchase). You can also purchase a souvenir photo of your time with Paradise Jet Boating.
Full safety briefing
The most spins of any jet boat ride on the coast
Option to purchase photos and video of your experience
What to bring:
Sunscreen (hats are not allowed, as you will definitely lose them!)
Clothes that you don't mind getting wet
A towel and spare clothes for after the ride!
Be prepared to get wet and be nice to the driver, and they may just spare you getting totally drowned! But then again, maybe they won't! Bring a towel for after the trip and some dry clothes just in case.
in my capacity as the Experience Oz Gold Coast Expert.
All views are my own.