About Us

About Aquaduck

We are Australia’s first amphibious Duck Bus City Tour, we commenced operations in 1996 and are now a famous Gold Coast icon.

Originally it was a one bus operation called Surfing Safaris, with one tour desk in Orchid Avenue.  In the year 2000, the company changed its name to Aquabus and a second bus joined the fleet.

Bus 2 was the first bus to look like a duck and therefore Aquaduck was born.

In 2018 the Aquaduck changed ownership. The new team of owners are highly knowledgeable and experienced in the tourism industry with a background in successful tourism experiences. With this new ownership comes a new focus on improving the quality and depth of our commentary, more international friendly tours, improved customer support services including international language, a waiting area and souvenirs,  instant online bookings, and improved operational efficiency.

What does this mean for you? Confidence that you are riding with a professional, credible, experienced and highly recommended tour operator and one of the Gold Coasts most popular tourist attractions.

Aquaduck has carried over 2.2 million happy customers over its lifetime.

Operating 7 days per week with a minimum of 5 tours per day.


More About Aquaduck


Aquaduck’s Experience

  • 22 years’ experience.
  • 3 Vehicles holding 30 passengers each.
  • Built using the Larc hull to a new machine in 1996, 2000 and 2005, with full refurbishments every 7 years.
  • 99.8% of tours depart on time.
  • More than 2.2 million visitors so far.
  • In 2018, we will run over 3,000 duck bus city tours for visitors from 142 countries.

Aquaduck Staff

  • The Aquaduck captains have dual qualifications as a certified Coxswain and Licensed Truck Driver.
  • Captains are first aid trained.
  • Each Aquaduck tour also has a Tour Guide on board.

Aquaduck Safety and Maintenance

  • Every Aquaduck has 200% flotation plus life vests for every person on board.
  • Aquaduck has never had an injury or safety incident on the road or water. 
  • All staff complete a monthly safety training drill and must comply with the stringent safety management system.
  • Aquaduck is audited by an external Safety Auditor every 6 months and complies with all Transport and Marine Authority requirements.
  • Aquaduck has 3 trained mechanics managing maintenance and safety to ensure the Duck bus never misses a tour.    
Duck Bus riding on water