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Here is a $10 Gold Coast Travel Pass for Seniors you may not know about…

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Here is a $10 Gold Coast Travel Pass for Seniors you may not know about..

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With fully accessible piers and vessels, Hopo is a fun and unique way to see the Gold Coast. Hop on or hop off at your heart’s content at five iconic locations or enjoy a relaxing two-hour loop and admire the Gold Coast canal system, iconic skyline, and landmarks. Take advantage of the special $10 concession all-day ticket pricing Monday through to Friday when you show a valid ID.

Listed below are ideas of how to fill your day hopping on and off at all five Gold Coast locations.

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise is a hub of entertainment, dining, and home to one of Australia’s best beaches. Walk past historical sights such as the neon ‘Pink Poodle’ sign and Cavill Avenue, named after Surfers Paradise founder Jim Cavill. Indulge in a wide variety of bars and eateries such as Kitty O’Sheas and Eden Kitchen & Bar. Change into your swimsuit and go for a dip in the ocean or lay back on the golden sands of Surfers Paradise beach.

The esplanade comes to life every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 4 PM for the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets. The open-air market features 100+ stalls, live music, and tasty eats.

HOTA, Home of the Arts

Enter into the heart of the Gold Coast’s art and cultural scene at HOTA, Home of the Arts. Wander the brand new, multi-million dollar art gallery, showcasing local and international exhibitions. The latest addition to the Gold Coast skyline, recognizable by its brightly colored architecture, the gallery is one not to be missed. Relax on the top floor at the Exhibitionist Bar, boasting stunning rooftop views of the city.

Across from the art gallery is the HOTA cinema, showing a rich blend of mainstream, art-house and foreign films daily. Show your Hopo ticket and receive 20% off your cinema ticket.

HOTA, Home of the Arts, hosts the Bundall Farmers Markets. Open 6 AM to 11:0 AM, weave through farm-fresh produce stalls and stock your pantry for the week.

Stock up on fresh produce from local farmers.

Marina Mirage

Marina Mirage is the Gold Coast’s ultimate shopping, dining, and lifestyle precinct. Organize your next lunch with friends at one of the many waterfront restaurants such as the delicious Glass Dining and Lounge Bar. Stop and smell the coffee at Patio by Sunset as you wait for your ferry.  Stroll the boardwalk and jetty and be in awe of the multimillion-dollar yachts. For those in need of a pamper, treat yourself at Neonails, show your Hopo ticket for 15% off a manicure and pedicure package.

Broadwater Parklands

The Broadwater Parklands is a bustling outdoor space with plenty to see and do. Refresh and go for a swim at the Gold Coast Aquatic center. Pack the picnic basket and head to the Great Lawn, a vast space of greenery perfect for relaxing in the sunshine. Bring the grandkids with you to adventure the playgrounds and splash in the rock pools.

Stop for lunch at The Fish Shak for delicious fresh seafood and chips. Present your Hopo ticket and receive a special fish and chips deal.

Hopo Gold Coast Ferry is a unique location for your next catch up

Sea World

Say hello to polar bears, stingrays, sharks, dolphins, and much more at Sea World Marine Park.  Learn about the ocean and the park’s conservation efforts through the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. Enjoy captivating dolphin and seal shows and the dazzling acrobatics of professional water-skiers at the Thunder Lake Stunt Show.

Don’t miss out on seeing the Gold Coast from the best seat in town. Purchase your $10 all-day sightseeing pass online or on the day as you board the ferry.  Seats cannot be reserved and are subject to availability.

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Hopo Gold Coast Ferry is the best way to see the Gold Coast, here’s why…

By Blog, Home of the Arts (HOTA), Marina Mirage, Sea World, Southport 'Broadwater Parklands', Surfers Paradise

Hopo Gold Coast Ferry is the best way to see the Gold Coast, here’s why...

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The Gold Coast is arguably one of the greatest cities in Australia. Boasting an average of 300 days of sunshine, pristine coastlines, premier shopping, and theme parks, it’s hard to pass up. But did you know there is more to the city than just surf and sand? And the best way to see it all is not by road, but along the beautiful rivers that weave through the city.

Hopo ferries are a recent addition to the Gold Coast landscape. The iconic blue and white ferries are instantly recognizable as they drift across the sparkling waterways. Popular with locals and tourists alike, no visit to the Gold Coast is complete without a trip on the ferry, and here’s why.

Ultimate sightseeing experience

Start your day at any of the five destinations and hop on and hop off as you please. Hopo has stops at five iconic Gold Coast locations: Surfers Paradise, HOTA, Home of the Arts, Marina Mirage, Broadwater Parklands, and Sea World. These are five of the best highlights on the Gold Coast and can be seen in one day with a Hopo day pass. 

The best part of sightseeing with Hopo is that even the journey has its perks. The friendly skipper shares their knowledge and the secrets of the Gold Coast via the onboard commentary. Pass houses of the rich and famous, including everyone’s Kung Fu fighter, Jackie Chan or the ‘Thorpedo’ himself, Ian Thorpe. 

Bonus tip: The ferries conveniently depart hourly, seven days a week.

It’s the journey, not the destination

Picture a glorious, sunny day. The breeze in your hair as you cruise down sparkling waterways on the way to your next destination. Don’t picture it; live it aboard a Hopo Gold Coast Ferry. More than transport from one place to another, it is the perfect addition to your Gold Coast vacay or a locals day out. Hopo does all the hard work of travel, i.e. no more sitting in traffic or driving around to find a car spot.  

Bonus tip: Hopo has a small selection of alcoholic drinks onboard for you to enjoy a cold, crisp beverage. Put your feet up, wine in hand, and let your troubles drift away.

Perfect for the budget-savvy

Hopo ferry fares are an affordable way to see the Gold Coast. When you are on holiday, looking for something different to do in the city, or using it for your daily commute, Hopo Gold Coast Ferry has made it affordable for all your travel needs. With fare options to suit concessions and seniors, families, and ‘frequent floaters’, Hopo is an ideal choice. If you use the service regularly, save up to 40% on fares with a Frequent Hopper Pass.

Bonus tip: Concession cardholders can get a $10-day pass for all-day travel Monday-Friday.

“I’ll take them on the Hopo”

Have you ever had visitors from out of town and have been stuck on where to take them? Hopo is now your go-to for all of your guests. Hopo is something to be added to every tourist’s Gold Coast bucket list. For those with little time, a round trip is perfect for the bustling visitor. Complete a round trip and see the five must-see Gold Coast destinations without leaving the comfort of the ferry. For those with a whole day to spare, hop on and hop off at all destinations and see the city’s highlights. They’ll tick off their Gold Coast bucket list and thank you for being the best tour guide ever.

Ready to see the Gold Coast from the best view in town? Check out fare options and experience Hopo Gold Coast Ferry for yourself.

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Where to find the best parks and playgrounds on the Gold Coast

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Where to find the best parks and playgrounds on the Gold Coast

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There is no doubt that the Gold Coast is home to some of the best parks and playgrounds in South-East Queensland, and a trip on the Hopo ferry is the ultimate way to visit the best of the best. Like all great adventures, it’s about the journey, not the destination. Hopo ferries are an exciting way to experience the waterways. Your little ones will love the thrill that comes with being on a boat and can even help the skipper drive.

Broadwater Parklands

From rock pools, jumping pillows, and splash zones, there is nothing like the Broadwater Parklands. Children will be impressed by its playground, complete with a zip line, swings, and even a huge inflatable jumping pillow. There’s a kids bike track suitable for those new to wheels or who are self-proclaimed bicycle pros. Watch them tackle the obstacle course, weaving between poles and braving thrilling bike ramps. 

If you need a cooldown, check out the exciting sculptural Rockpools. Splash out in shallow water or play in the vibrant marine-themed fountains. Enjoy calm, natural swimming waters in the enclosed swimming enclosure.

When it’s time for a break, relax in the heart of the parklands on the Great Lawn. Visit the scrumptious Fish Shak for a coffee pick me up or a delicious lunch.

Hanging out at the Broadwater Parklands

Sea World Ferry Terminal

Hop off at Sea World ferry terminal and discover a world of natural wonders. Boasting more than The Spit, the northern side of Main Beach boasts beautiful green parks and walks

Wander through tree canopies along Federation Walk

Douglas Park

There is plenty to keep the kids busy at Douglas Park. Keep an eye out for hawks, pelicans and dolphins playing in the Gold Coast seaway. Bring your snorkelling gear and look for the variety of vibrant fish life swimming in the crystal waters.

Philip Park

Sitting across from Sea World is Philip Park, the perfect location for your next barbeque. Let the kids run wild on the green lawns or chuck on your bathers and head over to  Main Beach for a splash in the ocean.

Federation Walk Coastal Reserve

Sitting across from Sea World is Philip Park, the perfect location for your next barbeque. Let the kids run wild on the green lawns or chuck on your bathers and head over to  Main Beach for a splash in the ocean.

HOTA, Home of the Arts

Located in the center of the city, HOTA, Home of The Arts is the Gold Coast’s latest and greatest attraction. HOTA is a hub of culture situated along the Nerang River, offering stunning views of the Surfers Paradise skyline. Ample BBQ facilities and rich greenery make it the perfect family hang-out.

Don’t forget your bathers and miss out on the highlight of HOTA, which is the man-made lagoon, a sheltered swimming pool complimented with a small, sandy beach. Perfect for refreshing after a day of play, enjoy a dip in clear, cool water. Modern shower and toilet amenities are available onsite at your convenience.

Surfers Paradise

Lionel Perry Park

You needn’t stray too far from the Surfers Paradise ferry terminal to find a small slice of nature in the big city. Tucked away on the banks of Surfers Paradise is Lionel Perry Park. Kids can build sandcastles off the sandy shores or practice their best cartwheels on the lush grass. Your little ones can test their climbing skills on the rock climbing wall or reach new heights on the swings.

Marina Mirage

Hollindale Park

There’s more to the Marina Mirage stop than a luxury shopping centre. Wander across the road, and you’ll find exciting playground facilities. Hollindale Park is a beachside playground boasting a range of thrilling equipment. Ideal for little monkeys who love to climb, they’ll be excited to tackle the sizable red climbing frame. Take a slide down the unique tongue-shaped slippery dip. Check out Main Beach Pavillion for a bite to eat or bring your food to the beach for a picturesque picnic.

Hollindale Park

With affordable day and family pass options available, Hopo Gold Coast Ferries are the perfect way to discover the best parks on the Gold Coast.

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