Hopo Gold Coast Ferry is undertaking a trial to allow small dogs to travel on the city’s ferry service in response to community feedback.
The trial will take place between Sunday, 1 August 2021 and Sunday, 31 October 2021. If deemed successful, the initiative will become a permanent fixture on the ferries.
Small dogs are those weighing seven (7) kilograms and under. Small dogs will be able to travel at all times, subject to ferry staff discretion.
To ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers, please keep the following in mind when travelling with your four-legged friend:
- Note a seven (7) kilogram weight limit applies
- Ensure your dog is on a lead
- Ensure your dog is sitting on your lap or at your feet (pet dogs are not to take up the seat)
- Maintain control of your pet at all times
- Carry waste bags and clean up and take with your any mess your dogs makes while on board
- Consuming dog food on board is not permitted
- Only travel with a maximum of one dog per person at a time
Due to capacity, or other operational reasons, ferry staff may ask you to wait for another service.
It is recommended that dogs only travel on short journeys. It is not recommended that dogs travel on the two-hour sightseeing loop.
The welfare of your pet dog remains the responsibility of the handler at all times. A dog’s behaviour may change in unfamiliar environments. If you have any concerns, please discuss them with the ferry crew before boarding. If your dog becomes stressed or unwell while on board, notify the crew and plan to disembark at the next stop.
Please be aware that excessive barking or aggressive behaviour may result in a forfeited journey for yourself and your pet. Whilst this behaviour is sometimes out of your control, we must consider the safety and enjoyment of Hopo for all guests.