How many times have you been crossing the bridge over the Brisbane River just to see a group of friends—not yours—down below in a boat and thought to yourself, Gee—that looks like fun. But, then you’ve kept on walking and forgotten about it because you neither have a boat nor a boating license. (Featured image: goboatbrisbane)
Well, no boat and no boating license is no longer a problem! GoBoats have returned to the Brisbane River, just in time for the three consecutive long weekends we’re in the midst of.
Having arrived in Brisbane last year, GoBoat became the newest and easiest way for you and your friends to enjoy time on the water. The boats—constructed from fibreglass, which uses recycled PET bottles instead of virgin glass—are powered by an electric motor and have a top speed of seven kilometres per hour.
This means that you don’t need a license to skipper them and anyone over the age of eighteen can be captain for a day.
Quiet and fitted out with a picnic table in the middle, GoBoats can seat up to eight people as well as your dog. Just keep in mind that if they jump into the river, that’s on you.
You’ll embark on your GoBoat experience from Breakfast Creek, Newstead, choosing to cruise in the water for anywhere between one-to-three hours starting at $129.
In that time you’ll cruise past other boats and ferries, past the Power House, and if you haven’t pulled up anywhere for a picnic, under a bridge or two. To make it to Story Bridge, you’ll need a booking of at least two hours ($199 per boat).
If you do decide to have a picnic, the good news is that you can bring your own food and drink. That’s right, drink too. However, the skipper must remain sober while everyone else is limited to two drinks each. Even still, we think that’s pretty sweet for an afternoon out on the water.
For safety purposes, each boated has a GPS tracker on board as well as a remote cut-off switch. So don’t be getting any funny ideas, otherwise, you might be heading home without the security deposit you left behind.
Book your GoBoat here and chart your own course down the Brisbane River. Gift cards are also available.