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Free Hopo Ferry Travel for 50,00th Passenger Celebration

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Haven’t tried the city’s new ferry service, Hopo? Now’s your chance! On Thursday, 29 April, ​Gold Coast locals will be able to travel for free to celebrate the service’s 50,000th passenger.

How do I travel for free?

Participating in the free ferry travel promotion is easy. Simply meet the ferries at any of our five stops located in Surfers Paradise, Home of the Arts (HOTA), Marina Mirage, Broadwater Parklands, or Sea World on Thursday, 29 April 2021, and present proof of a local address. Treat yourself to a cheeky beverage and learn about the Gold Coast waterways. View the timetable here. Kindly note that seats cannot be booked in advance and are available on a first-in best-dressed basis. Travel will be unlimited within all zones for the entire day.

Take in spectacular views, hop on and off at iconic destinations, spot local wildlife, and learn about the waterways through entertaining commentary by expert skippers. And if you are lucky enough to be the 50,000th passenger? You will be the recipient of an annual pass to the ferry service!

Surfers Paradise

Stretches of golden beaches, pristine waters and festive food and entertainment, the heart of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, cannot be missed. One of Australia’s most recognisable locations, it is overflowing with things to see and do.

Take in breathtaking views from the Skypoint Observation Deck Image credit: Skypoint

HOTA, Home of the Arts

Nestled within luscious greenery is HOTA, Home of the Arts, the Gold Coast’s newest vibrant cultural precinct. No matter the weather, there is always something going on.

  • Catch the latest flick at the HOTA cinema, showing mainstream, arthouse and local independent films.
  • Take a splash at the tranquil man-made lagoon.
  • Picnic against the picturesque backdrop of the Gold Coast city skyline.
  • Admire artwork displays in the cinema foyer.

Beautiful green landscapes to explore at HOTA, Home of the Arts. Image credit: HOTA, Home of the Arts.

Marina Mirage

Feel luxurious at Marina Mirage, the Gold Coast’s premier shopping, and fine dining destination. Shop up a storm and re-energize at one of the many waterfront restaurants and cafes.

Stunning superyachts at Marina Mirage. Image credit: Marina Mirage

Broadwater Parklands

Play and stroll at Broadwater Parklands, a world-class community and cultural parkland. Loved by Gold Coast locals, the park boasts many things to see and do.

  • Take the kids and splash in The Rockpools Water Play with spouting water animals, water squirters, cascading waterfalls and large buckets that empty on unsuspecting guests.
  • Pack the picnic basket for a catch-up or romantic date, hanging out on the lush Great Lawn.
  • Run amok at the playground and jump on the giant Bouncy Pillow.
  • Soak in the views and stop for a bite to eat at The Fish Shak or Cafe Catalina.

The ultimate splash zone at Broadwater Parklands Rockpools. Image credit: City of Gold Coast

Sea World

Did you know that there is more than just the theme park when you stop at Sea World?

  • Access the northern beaches and recently upgraded Federation Walk Coastal Reserve.
  • Have a picnic BBQ at Philip Park.
  • Visit Australia’s favourite marine park, Sea World. Say hello to seals, penguins, dolphins and even polar bears. Get your adrenaline pumping with thrilling rides and shows.

Discover a myriad of sea life, large and small, at Sea World. Image credit: Village Roadshow Theme Parks

With so many ideas of how to make the most of your day of unlimited travel, what will you decide to do? Hopo passengers can present their tickets to unlock great discounts on dining, activities, shopping and more with our Hopo Discount Partners.

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The ultimate Valentine’s Day with Hopo Ferries

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

The Ultimate Valentine's Day With Hopo Ferries

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Hopo Ferries have got you and your sweetheart covered this Valentine’s Day.

Hopo Ferries are sharing the love with a 2-for-1 Hop On Hop Off Day Pass Special, meaning you can spend the day together on the Gold Coast waterways and visit five fab locations. Simply show this post on Sunday, February 14, to the Hopo Skipper to redeem this offer.

Surfers Paradise

White Rhino Valentine’s Day Sunday Sesh

Open from 11:30 am, White Rhino Bar + Eats offers $14.90 lunches and an extensive wine and cocktail menu, including six varieties of long island cocktail flavors. White Rhino’s modern decor makes it a great location to enjoy in a drink or two at their waterfall bar or dine against their picturesque garden wall, perfect for that Valentine’s Day Instagram pic!

Sunset picnic on the beach (free)

With picnic basket and rug in hand, treat your sweetheart to a romantic sunset picnic on the famous Surfers Paradise beach. Watch as the clouds change colour over the ocean in a dazzling array of colours.

HOTA, Home of the Arts

The Secret Life of a Love Song

Feel the love this Valentine’s Day at HOTA, Home of the Arts, sunset concert, The Secret Life of a Love Song. Featuring performances from The Brothers Calling with Wolfmother’s Ian Peres, Scott French, Alisha Todd, Geoff Green with special guests. Covering tracks by Bob Marley, Beyonce, INXS, Blondie, The Rolling Stones, and more, this special Valentine’s Day concert will warm your heart and bring the joy of music live from HOTA’s Outdoor Stage.

Enhance your experience and treat your loved one to one of HOTA’s gourmet hampers ($50) including hand-selected cheeses, bread, and antipasto delights with two glasses of your choice of red, white, or sparkling wine. After more? Upgrade to their indulgence hamper ($75) to include fresh Australian prawns and delectable chocolate-coated strawberries.

Bundall Farmers Market (Free)

Hold your lover’s hand as you weave through several local stalls and vendors at the Bundall Farmers Markets. Taste-test home-made treats, purchase fresh farm produce or surprise your special someone with freshly-picked flowers.

Broadwater Parklands

Kids DJ party in the park

Hit the dance floor for a Valentine’s Day DJ party at the Broadwater Parklands. Ideal for families, groove to favorites new and old, mixed by a professional DJ. Games and activities are also on offer, bringing fun for the whole family. It is located right near the big pillow.

Explore the Broadwater Parklands (Free)

For a more casual Valentine’s Day, take a stroll on the Broadwater Parklands. Pack a picnic basket and find the perfect spot on lush green grass to soak in the sunshine with your love.

Marina Mirage

High Tea

Spoil your sweetheart at Cafe Mirages at Marina Mirage. Including your choice of tea, coffee and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, indulge in a selection of sweet and savoury treats. Choose from delicious mini eclairs filled with Chantilly cream, lemon meringue pie, scrumptious scones with jam and cream, mini savory muffins, an assortment of tasty sandwiches, and more.

Marina Mirage Jetty (Free)

The Marina Mirage jetty boasts incredible views of the stunning, multi-million dollar yachts. Wander the boardwalk and look in awe of the luxurious vessels or take in the sights from one of the many waterfront cafes and bars.

Sea World

Sea World Helicopters

Take your love to new heights this Valentine’s Day. Treat yourself and your loved one to the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience with Sea World Helicopters. Embark on a scenic flight exclusive for just the two of you over the stunning Gold Coast. Experience unforgettable views of the city’s towering-high rises and crystal blue coastlines. Enjoy a complimentary hamper pack including gourmet cheese, fresh bread, cold meats, and a bottle of Sirromet bubbles.

Federation Walk (Free)

Take a stroll across the road and wander the Federation Walk. Immerse yourself on a 3.5km nature track, sheltered by natural canopies the sound of the ocean, enjoy a moment away from the outside world. At the end of your walk, take a rest at The Spit, one of the Gold Coast’s much-loved beaches.

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Lunch in luxury with your ladies at Marina Mirage

By Marina Mirage, Uncategorized

Lunch in luxury with your ladies at Marina Mirage

Marina Mirage

Long overdue for lunch with the ladies? We’ve found the perfect spot for you and your besties to eat and drink your way through the afternoon. Ditch the car and skip the traffic, hop aboard a Hopo ferry and stop at the famous Marina Mirage, which is home to some of Gold Coast’s best restaurants.

There is nowhere else on the Gold Coast that exudes such class and luxury than at Marina Mirage. Home to high-class shopping of the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy Bahama and Calleja bespoke jewellery, the waterside centre is a Main Beach must-do. Marina Mirage boasts stunning waterfront views of the Broadwater and the resident super-yachts.

Hopo is Gold Coast’s only hop on hop off explorer, which departs regularly from Surfers Paradise, HOTA, Home of the Arts, Marina Mirage, Southport Broadwater Parklands and Sea World.  Taking the ferry to your next meet up is an unforgettable experience and you can even have an aperitif onboard, served by our friendly crew.

We’ve listed the best of the best in choice dining for your next ladies’ lunch date. From award-winning seafood to plant-based cafes, there is something to satisfy every style of catch up.

Delicious Seafood spread at Glass Dining and Lounge Bar

Glass Dining and Lounge Bar

Feel classy at Glass Dining and Lounge Bar, an elegant yet laid back, contemporary, waterside restaurant and bar. Soak in million-dollar views and indulge in an award-winning menu. Catch up with the ladies over drinks from their fully stocked cocktail bar or sip on high-quality wine from their extensive wine list. Their appetising lunch menu is a must-try including their Pacific lobster or 100-day grain-fed Angus rib-eye steak.

 Omeros Bros

Marina Mirage’s award-winning Omeros Bros lives up to its multiple accolades. The Gold Coast’s best seafood restaurant sits on the boardwalk, offering stunning waterfront views. Boasting a fresh and authentic Australian seafood menu and an extensive wine list to compliment your tastebuds. The Moreton Bay bugs tails are a standout, served with rice and with the choice of different sauces. Indulge in their fresh oysters or beer-battered scallops.

Stunning waterfront views out to the marina from Omeros Bros.

Sunset Waterfront Bar and Grill

Delight your senses at Sunset Waterfront Bar and Grill. A family-owned business, presenting classic Australian cuisine prepared from fresh and local ingredients. Serving as both a restaurant and cafe, they cater to a simple coffee catch-up or satisfying lunch meet up. Choose to dine indoors or soak in the sun in their alfresco style dining. Sip on a glass of sparkling wine whilst admiring the luxury, multi-million dollar yachts on the marina.

The Patio By Sunset

A recent addition to Marina Mirage, The Patio By Sunset is a must-try vegetarian cafe. Sip on your signature roast, almond milk latte as you people watch on the boardwalk. Try one of their mouth-watering vegetarian brunch options, from decadent goat’s cheese bruschetta, or enjoy a Gold Coast favourite, the smoothie bowl; a thick mix of fresh fruit topped with granola, nut butter, berries, and shredded coconut. Treat yourself to delicious dairy-free soft-serve ice-cream by Gold Coast company, Cocowhip.

Lavender and Honeycomb ice cream at Ungermann Brothers Gourmet Ice Cream.

Sky Restaurant

Feeling a little more adventurous? It’s Yum-Cha with a stunning waterfront view. Watch the helicopters take off right in front of you or the boats cruising past. Choose from a myriad of dishes offered on their extensive menu, including fan-favorite dumplings, noodles, and daily chef’s specials.

Ungermann Brothers Gourmet Ice Cream

With retro-style decor, let electric-swing music take you back to the 1960’s for an ice cream experience like no other. It’s hard to pass up Ungermann Brothers Gourmet Ice Cream, a flavour experience like no other. Made with love and locally sourced ingredients, choose from over sixteen gourmet and unique flavours; think dark chocolate orange, lavender and honeycomb and carrot cake.

Now all that’s left to do is gather the girls and make it a lunch date. Book your day pass tickets today!

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Top 10 ways to cool off on the Gold Coast

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

Top 10 ways to cool off on the Gold Coast

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The Gold Coast is famous for its golden beaches, relaxed lifestyle, and endless sunshine. When the summer sun gets too hot to handle, catch a Hopo Ferry to one of these five iconic locations and beat the heat.

Surfers Paradise

1. Surf’s up!

You could choose no better place in Australia to learn to surf than Surfers Paradise. One of Australia’s most iconic beaches, this famous beach boasts ideal conditions for beginners and experienced surfers alike.

2. Gain your sea legs

View the Gold Coast’s iconic landmarks from a totally new perspective. The Gold Coast waterways are home to an abundant variety of water-based activities departing Surfers Paradise. Enjoy a cruise on shimmering waters with Sea World Cruises, including lunch and dinner sittings, journey to Surfers on a Hopo Ferry or even satisfy the thrillseeker within on a jetski or adrenaline-filled jet boating experience.

3. Dip your toes

Surfing not quite your thing? Don’t worry, Surfers Paradise is perfect for a relaxing dip. Cool off in the waves and take in the stunning views of the city. Visit in the late afternoon to witness a beautiful, colourful sky as the sun begins to set.

Broadwater Parklands

4. Rockin’ rock pools

The Broadwater Parklands rockpools are the ultimate splash pad for kids. They will love exploring the nooks and crannies of the pools. Watch them smile in anticipation as a large bucket slowly fills with water to drench the target below. During opening hours, lifeguards patrol the rockpools to keep your little ones safe.

5. Olympic ready

The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is a world-class swimming centre, boasting six swimming pools including a children’s splash zone and two Olympic sized pools. Swim for leisure or practice your freestyle, there is enough room for it all!

6. Makea splash

We haven’t forgotten the big kids! The GC Aqua Park is one of Australia’s largest inflatable water parks and it sure doesn’t disappoint. Fifty-minutes of non-stop action, test your agility on this aquatic obstacle course. Suitable for kids from 5 years of age, it’s the perfect place for the whole family to cool off.

HOTA, Home Of The Arts

7. Cool down and culture up

The hub of culture on the Gold Coast, HOTA, Home of the Arts, boasts more than theatres and galleries. Take a dip in The Evandale Lake, a beautiful man-made lagoon based in the middle of the HOTA parklands. Check out their state of the art facilities and brand new art gallery due to open in April 2021.

Marina Mirage

8. The height of luxury

Luxury stores, delicious food, and air conditioning? You can’t pass up Marina Mirage for a glamorous cool down. Shop to your heart’s content at an abundance of high-class brands. Eat until you’re satisfied at indulgent, fine-dining restaurants and cafes. Wander the jetty and soak in the stunning views of the jetty, admiring a bounty of impressive yachts and boats.

Did you know that the sails on the roof of Marina Mirage are not only an iconic part of the Gold Coast Skyline but serve as purposefully built natural ventilation?

Sea World

9. Become a pirate for a day

One of Sea World’s newest attractions, The Reef at Castaway Bay is one of Australia’s largest interactive aquatic zones. Keep cool in the shade whilst the kids splash about. Watch as they blast water cannons at each other and dodge surprise water spouts.

10. The local’s secret

Cool off at the locals favourite spot, The Spit. The very most northern tip of the Gold Coast’s iconic stretch of beach, The Spit is a well-loved resident treasure. Take a stroll down the iconic pier that looks out to the Gold Coast Seaway before you jump in and cool down in the surf.

Slap on the sunscreen and cool off at five iconic Gold Coast destinations. Skip the traffic and hop on and hop off with Hopo Ferries. Book now!

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The inside scoop of the SCOOP! festival

By Home of the Arts (HOTA), Uncategorized

The inside scoop of the SCOOP! festival

Home of the Arts (HOTA)

Summer in the Gold Coast is alive and kicking, but it’s about to get even better. SCOOP!, an epic lineup of entertainment is coming to HOTA, Home of the Arts, this January. Over three days and two nights, be dazzled by live performances, irresistible eats, hands-on activities, and boozy adults-only nights. Spy mermaids splashing in the lake, be captivated by spectacular circus acts, lounge in the beer garden and so much more. Enjoy everything you love about summer in one sweet weekend.

Begin your sweet summer SCOOP! Weekend stress-free. Avoid traffic stress and hop on board a Hopo ferry direct to HOTA. Departing from stops at Surfers Paradise, Southport ‘Broadwater Parklands’, Marina Mirage, or Sea World, start your day cruising down the shimmering Gold Coast waterways. Single fare tickets start at the low cost of $4, making it the best way to see the city and attend the hottest event in town.

Arriving at HOTA, you’ll feel like you’re living in “The Greatest Showman”. Watch Company 2 string up a tight-rope and defy gravity as they teeter across the water. Be amazed by the acrobatic delights of Circa. Bring your sunscreen and togs for a splash in the HOTA lake with the water-loving Flipside Circus. If you’ve ever dreamt of meeting a mermaid, keep your eyes peeled in the water for a surprise visit from the captivating synchronised swim troupe The Mermaids.

After zany and outrageous performances, contemplate joining the circus as you indulge your senses. It isn’t summer without cooling off with delicious ice cream, and SCOOP! will not disappoint. Wander through the Ice Cream Alley, licking through 30 delicious dessert stalls ranging from traditional gelato makers La Macelleria Gelateria to the irresistible gourmet delights of Ungermann Brothers. For the vegan and dairy-free, satisfy your sweet tooth at Coco Whip.

Wash down your sugar rush with a chilled beverage as you soak up the sunshine in the spacious beer garden. Sip your way through local craft beers and relax to an array of musical flavours from the likes of Afro-pop, Acid Jazz, Samba Rock, and other surprises. Don’t forget to finish your day atop the giant Ferris wheel to get the best view of the city that the Gold Coast has to offer.

As the sun sets across the Surfers Paradise skyline, it’s the adults’ turn to play. Watch as HOTA transforms into the adults-only CLUB SCOOP!, a thrilling wonderland where the naughty side of circus and cocktails collide. Boasting an evening of live performances from drag glam squad Thicc Crew and jaw-dropping acts from the high octane Voodoo Revue sideshow. Wander through the food stalls or make your way to the dance floor for electrifying DJ sets from Zambabem, The Yams, Hot Coffee, Volcanic Lovers, In the Flowers, and DJ Black Amex.

Start 2021 in the best possible way and treat yourself to the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience. Pamper yourself and be seated at a lovingly-themed long table in a prime location as you are taken care of by your dedicated wait staff. Enjoy a 5-course chef’s selection of ice cream, paired with boozy beverages in a culinary delight.

SCOOP! is the summer pick me up you’ve been waiting for. Indulge your senses and enjoy a sweet weekend at HOTA, all served with a dollop of sunshine. 

For more information about SCOOP! visit https://hota.com.au/scoop/

For more information about the ferry service, including timetabling and fares visit https://hopo.com.au/

For assistance with Journey Planning visit https://jp.translink.com.au/plan-your…/journey-planner

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