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Electric expansion

Australian-made electric boating innovator GOBOAT has launched its sixth Australian location on the Gold Coast.

03 May 2023


The addition of a Gold Coast base for electric boat hire company GOBOAT increases its investment in electric boating to more than $3 million and expands the availability of electric boating to a new market.

Owner and Managing Director of GOBOAT, Nick Tyrrell says it is an exciting opportunity to expand in South-East Queensland by offering a sustainable boating experience, perfect for relaxed cruising with friends, families and fur-babies without the expense and responsibility of owning your own boat.

“Choosing the Isle of Capri as our next destination was easy; it’s central, it is already a great hub for the local community and there is an awesome opportunity here to open up the waterways to more people,” he says.

“Making waterways accessible for locals and visitors is one of our key objectives at GOBOAT. We put a lot of effort into choosing a destination to ensure we become part of the existing community whilst minimising our impact on the environment.

“The Gold Coast is home to a lot of boats, but sometimes we forget that many people don’t have access to one and would love to explore the water in their hometown.”


Nick launched GOBOAT in Canberra in 2017, and more than 350,000 guests have been welcomed aboard since.

“People often ask how long the electric boats can run for. This year we calculated that our boats have travelled farther than the distance to the moon in the five years we’ve been operating. We’re looking forward to adding many more milestones here on the Gold Coast!”

Accredited as a Sustainable Tourism Operator by the Australian Tourism Industry Council, the state-of-the-art Scandinavian-designed vessels use recycled materials in their construction and offer a European electric picnic boat that gives patrons a sense of freedom and calm.

In 2022, after several years of importing boats from Europe, GOBOAT brought the production of its boats onshore to a factory in Brisbane, making it the only manufacturer of electric boats in Australia.

“Our vision is to make electric boating accessible to everyone, so becoming the first manufacturer of electric boats here in Australia was a really important step,” Nick says.

“Our boats are designed to ensure we do not have a negative impact on the environment. We have zero operating emissions, zero noise pollution and don’t contribute to waterway erosion.”

GOBOAT has been recognised as a leader in the field of eco-tourism and leisure, being featured on national television programs such as Getaway and Travel Guides, as well as being showcased in Tourism Australia commercials highlighting Australia’s enviable tourism offerings to the world.

With 76 boats out on the water operating across Canberra, Brisbane, Geelong, Melbourne, Sydney, and now the Gold Coast, GOBOAT offers urban planners, governments, and property developers the opportunity to revitalise under-utilised waterways with a safe, family-friendly, visual opportunity.

GOBOAT has officially launched at Isle of Capri on the Gold Coast with experiences starting from $129 per private boat, which can seat eight people at a time.



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