Seaway Water Bike Tours Gold Coast

January 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

So, you're on the Gold Coast. The adventure capital of Australia, and you're looking for something new and exciting to fill the day. You've already had your 'learn to surf' lesson and 'jumped out of a plane.' But what next? How about trying a Seaway Water Bike Tour? A what? A water bike you say? So, you ride on the water? Yep, that's exactly what you do!

Launched in early 2017, the water bikes are proving to be a hit with tourists and locals alike, and they are the perfect way to get fit while having fun.

You can choose to join one of the tours offered, or simply hire the bikes for a couple of hours of fun on the broadwater. We chose to jump on the bikes and head across to South Stradbroke Island on the “Wallaby Aussie Adventure” tour.

How to get there:

Located at Biggera Waters, less than 20 minutes by car north of Surfers Paradise.

From Brisbane it is approximately 60 minutes by car.

Public transport also services the area

 

Highlights:

  • Riding on the water

  • Getting fit while having fun

  • Eco friendly

  • Getting close to nature

  • Viewing marine life

  • Seeing the golden wallabies of Stradbroke Island

 

What you'll do:

Set up and instruction:

We were met by Andres, the owner of the company, a Venezuelan natioanal who now calls the Gold Coast home. And really, who can blame him? We were given a complete rundown on the bikes, including launching and landing procedure. A full safety briefing is also part of the pre-trip departure checklist. Then it was time to put on our life jackets and hit the water.

 

Pedalling across to South Stradbroke Island:

The 4.5km trip across to the landing point at South Currigee campground on South Straddie, took us around 45 minutes, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Along the way, you can spot fish, turtles, stingrays and even dolphins. The clarity of the water, along with the fact that you are making hardly any noise allows you the opportunity to sneak up on the marine life.

 

Bushwalk across the Island:

From the campground, where there are toilets and a kiosk, it is a short stroll through the melaleuca wetlands and sand dunes across to the eastern side of the island and the surf beach. It is along this walk where you will likely come face to face with the local golden wallaby, which are endemic to the island.

 

Cresting the top of the final dune, you are greeted by the beautiful white sand surf beach and crystal clear blue waters and not another soul in sight! You may even get lucky, like we did and see dolphins playing in the waves. Views to the south over the unspoilt beaches of South Straddie lead you to the high rise buildings of Surfers Paradise and beyond.

 

Get your energy back:

It's now time to rest and refuel, while Andres provides you with a light, healthy snack and drinks before walking back across the island, before getting back on the water bikes for the return journey. The wind and tides were against us on the return leg, but due to the knowledge and experience of Andres, we were able to make it back to our landing point in a similar time.

 

What's Included:

  • World's most advanced water bikes

  • All safety equipment

  • Light, healthy snacks

  • Dry packs

 

What to bring:

  • Hat

  • Towel

  • Sunscreen

  • Sun smart clothing

  • Shoes that you don't mind getting wet

  • Camera

  • Water

  • Adventurous spirit

 

Recommendations:

While no riding experience is necessary, due to the inherent stability of the water bikes, a moderate fitness level is required for the 9km return journey.

 

Originally published on the Experience Oz website.  I experienced this awesome Water Bike Tour as a guest of Experience Oz and Seaway Water Bike Tours

in my capacity as the Experience Oz Gold Coast Expert.  

All views are my own.    

 

 

 


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