Summer has finally arrived and with it comes the aroma of afternoon BBQs, summer rain and blooming jasmine. The Gold Coast is a beautiful place to enjoy summer for its natural beauty alone, however it also boasts a bountiful array of attractions for visitors and residents alike. Along the more obvious track, there are internationally recognised theme parks such as Dreamworld and Movie World on offer, however there are also a multitude of alternatives to enjoy so we have curated a little slice of our favourite attractions to whet your appetite for culture and maximum enjoyment of our city.
A relatively recent addition to the burgeoning culture of Palm Beach, the Collective features a huge communal dining space reminiscent of a mess hall and a trendy rooftop bar. Oozing a vibrant energetic atmosphere reminiscent of European markets, there is a scrumptious selection of exotic tapas style cuisine to sample. Boasting a wonderful cross section of society, this is relaxed dining at its finest.
The Q1 building in Surfers Paradise proudly holds the title of tallest skyscraper in the southern hemisphere and happily features an observation deck offering breathtaking views of the entire Gold Coast coastline and hinterland. With a museum, theatrette, weather station and lounge bar also on offer, this iconic attraction is too good to miss.
The evolution of Miami Marketta has been a joy to behold. From humble beginnings as a street market with food trucks to the bustling weekend street food experience and nationally acclaimed venue boasting artists of the calibre of The Cat Empire, Amy Shark and Ball Park Music, Marketta is an innovative cultural landmark that has pioneered the street food culture that the Gold Coast is known and loved for.
With almost a decade of trading under its belt, this much loved institution has been instrumental in positioning our city as a stylish, cultural destination. Featuring live music, a plethora of talented local designers showcasing their wares and a yummy selection of vintage clothing and accessories to browse, this is the number one place for fashionista’s and friends to frequent.
The meteoric rise of the annual Bleach* Festival has been nothing short of mind blowing. With a city wide program encompassing dance, music, visual art, circus and more, the festival has become recognised as the city’s signature arts and culture festival. Quintessentially Gold Coast, the event celebrates the city’s best artists, welcomes renowned Australian and international collaborators and engages a broad audience through a range of events. One not to be missed!
Whilst we have recently become known as an important upcoming entity in the ridesharing industry, unbeknownst to some we have long been established as a leading provider of driver services for corporate and family clients.
Why not join other corporate and community leaders and take the worry out of corporate entertainment and hosting business related events, or benefit from being more productive between meetings and let us do the driving—your car or ours? We have a burgeoning client base of executive partners, who are thoroughly enjoying the option of pre-booking a personal driver in a range of settings.
Having a corporate account with Zero Drivers is an extremely worthwhile service offering a multitude of benefits. As a corporate account holder, you can demonstrate exceptional care of your employees by offering them a ‘chauffeur’ driven ride home as a safe and convenient treat from a work-related function. Or let us take away the daily car-parking strain and drudgery and drive you—no fuss—door to door!
Earn yourself extra kudos, by giving your designated carpark space to a deserving employee as a bonus!
You can book airport transfers with confidence, which is great for those red eye flights. You can even spoil a valued client with a Xmas lunch and treat them to a ride home all expenses paid. This kind of service really gives your company a competitive edge and a touch of class so you can think of it as an investment. To make things super easy, all bookings can be charged to the one account or credit card.
Another popular feature is our concierge service. Restaurants and clubs can simultaneously highlight their social conscience and reduce their liability by going the extra mile for their patrons. The option to become familiar with a particular driver and make bookings directly makes the process very personal, streamlined and accessible.
Families can also enjoy the benefits of having their own account to service family members in need of transport options. It’s handy to have a safe and reliable option for teenagers that doesn’t involve dropping everything and ducking out to grab them on command. It’s great for elderly family members such as when grandma needs a lift home from her favourite club or a Xmas function. We also provide airport transfers with car seats if needed.
For more information or to sign up for one of our corporate or family accounts call 1300 699 376 during business hours.
Our stunning City of Gold Coast is undeniably the most popular tourist destinations in Australia, with visitors flocking from all over the country and from around the globe to get a taste of the enviable lifestyle that we have on offer. From glorious beaches and an abundance of sunshine to pristine hinterland rainforest, spectacular wildlife, family focused attractions and a world class nightlife, it really is hard to beat our gorgeous city when it comes to holiday destinations. Married with the allure of a road trip you have the ultimate holiday experience at your fingertips.
Whether you’re local to the area and are looking to explore some more or you’re one of the millions of visitors embraced by our city each year, we have prepared a snapshot of our favourite road trips in and around this city of gold.
This enchanted wilderness featuring subtropical rainforest and a stunning selection of waterfalls is a mere 1 hour trip from the Gold Coast so it can be done in a day. Springbrook boasts some of the most ancient trees in the country, stunning views, crystal clear creeks and flora and fauna in abundance. A nature lovers paradise.
The Northern Rivers region is widely celebrated as one of the most magical places in the world. Prepare to be warmly welcomed by the plethora of new-age health-conscious communities and be sure to pay a visit to one of the stunning hinterland attractions such as Mullumbimby’s Crystal Castle, Tropical Fruit World in the Tweed or the jewel in the crown Wollumbin National Park.
The Scenic Rim is just oozing with charm. Nestled at the foothills of Lamington National Park is the little town of Canungra. More than 125 years old, the town boasts farmsteads, bread and breakfast style accomodation and vineyards. It’s an ideal pitstop if you’re heading to the mountain resorts of O’Reilly’s or Binna Burra.
Although this technically involves the addition of a ferry, Tangalooma Island Resort most definitely deserves a mention as it’s the perfect place for a family stay, with the enticement of being able to hand feed a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins. There’s also snorkelling, quad bike tours and a marine discovery cruise. Pure heaven.
‘Straddie’ as it is fondly referred to, is a luxury tropical paradise that rivals even the most exquisite of island getaways. There’s a ferry involved in this journey too but you can travel with your own car if you wish. The little township of Dunwich that greets you on the other side seems worlds away from the capital city of Brisbane located just across the water. Beyond that is a wonderland of pristine beaches, native wildlife and rich indigenous culture.
You drew the long straw and got lumped with designated driver status. Despite being a profoundly benevolent—not to mention responsible—course of action, the downright dirty truth of the situation is that sometimes it kinda sucks a little bit. Actually sometimes it sucks a lot.
Most of us work hard during the week, and want to cherish the freedom and sense of adventure that comes with 5pm Friday. No-one really wants to be a chauffeur to their friends, but when it’s your turn to do your due diligence there’s no backing out. And it’s a loveless job.
The agonising thing is that it’s utterly unnecessary to suffer the pain of it when there are services available which will provide a courteous and professional driver sporting a totally pimpin’ set of wheels and a robust GPS system. Err hum (Zero Drivers).
We have compiled our own little list of reasons why it sucks to be the designated driver:
1. You’re Ready for Bed But Everyone Else is Just Getting Started
Something about being the designated driver kinda kills a little bit of that untamed party spirit you’re usually known and loved for. Knowing that you have to be the responsible one comes with its own sobering persona, one that you just can’t seem to shake off. You start trying to suppress a yawn around 10pm, just as everyone else is starting to bust out bad 80s dance moves. Vibe killer.
2. You Watch Your Friends Make Fools of Themselves
Next you’re compelled to look on helplessly as your friends start making poor choices. Smeared lipstick, bad dance moves, being way too honest with someone they’ve only just met. Your mild reproach gradually descends into scathing judgement but it all falls on deaf ears as you helplessly watch them fall down the slippery slope of inappropriateness.
3. You Have to Stop at Six Different Food Outlets
Suddenly everyone’s hungry. But they all want something different. Pete wants pizza, Nicole wants a kebab and Sam would kill for a burger. You ate dinner at 6pm before setting out and have no interest in consuming anything except perhaps a cup of sleepy time tea, but you are forced to traipse through town watching your usually civilised friends drip a variety of sauces down their shirts. Eeeew.
4. You Have to Listen to the Same Stories and a Sing-a-long
Towards the messy end of a fun night out, your friends have an annoying habit of re-telling the same old stories again and again. Why is that? At other times they just can’t stop repeating ‘I love you so much, I love you soooooo much, I really really love you. No really I do!’. And you’re like yep, I love you too. But only if you stop saying that right now. Then there’s suddenly an epic sing-a-long happening and if you don’t join in… well that brings us to our next point.
5. You Are in Danger of Being Called the Fun Police
No matter how grateful people are that you’re driving them home safely, at some point they’re probably going to be so caught up in the excitement of the moment that they’ll want you to party with them. And when you have to politely decline, they may refer to you as the fun police. It happens. You have been warned.
6. You Have to Drive Them All Home One By One
Last but not least you have the all important job of driving each and every one of them home. The Gold Coast is a looooong stretch of beach. Let’s hope you don’t have one at Ormeau and another at Coolangatta or you’re in for a lot of late night driving. Then when you go to drop them off instead of thank you’s you get 5 different versions of sorry. And you make a silent pact with yourself. Next time, we’re calling Zero Drivers!
With the sweet smell of spring in the air, and the tantalising promise of holidays on the horizon; visions of embarking on long lazy road trips and spicy adventures have started to capture our minds and hearts. And of course no road trip would be complete without a meticulously curated playlist, so we’ve put our heads together to compile the ultimate driving playlist designed to rev up your engine to hit that dusty road. We’ve whittled it down to our Top 10 absolute favourite classics for your listening pleasure. Now all that’s left to do is grab your favourite friends, roll down the windows, crank up the tunes and let the good times roll.
Loaded with innuendo, this song is a euphemism for sex. It’s a classic guy meets girl, girl wants guy to be her driver and girl offers to let him ‘drive her car’ (nudge nudge wink wink), despite the fact that she doesn’t actually own a car. It’s a fun track with a groovy rhythm largely driven by the double bass featured in the song. One of the standouts from the Rubber Soul album.
Nelson’s signature track was ironically penned mid-flight, destined to be the theme song for the 1980s film ‘Honeysuckle Rose’, which detailed the life of a down and out country singer who couldn’t quite make it to the top. Sure didn’t work out that way for Willie.
One of the finest classic soul songs of our generation, this tune is all about ‘Mustang Sally’, a girl who was lucky enough to have a sugar daddy to buy her nice things, a Mustang being one of them. Unfortunately for the sugar daddy, she loved her Mustang so much that she was constantly out and about having a whale of a time without him. Originally released in 1965 by Sir Mack Rice, but made famous by Wilson Pickett.
There is arguably no better song than this to accompany a trip down memory lane. It tugs at every nostalgic heart string and then some, and is the consummate road trippin’ tune for children of the 80s. Touted by Allmusic as ‘a gorgeous ballad that matches heartfelt songwriting to an alluring electronic soundscape’ it was the biggest hit of The Cars’ career and it’s not hard to see why.
Canadian artist Tom Cochrane achieved international success when this song hit it big in the 90s. It was inspired by his trip to West Africa during the World Vision famine relief. With lyrics like ‘Life’s like a road that you travel on, when there’s one day here and the next day gone, where the brave are free and lovers soar, come ride with me to the distant shore’ the irresistible charm of this song will captivate you.
‘Little Red Corvette’ could be the finest song about a one night stand ever composed. And that’s not surprising given that Prince is one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Famously written in between cat naps in the back seat of a friend’s Mercury Montclair Marauder, this one was actually Prince’s first top 10 hit.
Another 80s classic for the Gen X’s, this one was actually part of the soundtrack to ‘License to Drive’, a brat pack movie starring Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, better known as ‘the two Corey’s’. Written by Ocean and based on a line from a Sherman Brothers song, this masterpiece is loaded with those slick 80s synths that make you want to… well… get into his car!
Brian Wilson is the undisputed master of catchy song hooks and this number is no exception. Written about a rebellious daughter who cruises off in her Daddy’s T-Bird under the pretence of going to the library to study, its rumoured to be about a girl that drummer Dennis Wilson was dating. It conjures up 1950s culture to perfection.
The very first single release by The Eagles was destined to become one of their signature songs and a worldwide classic. It’s listed as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The song was actually a co-write with Jackson Browne, and it perfectly captures the tantalising mystique of the road, where all your troubles can be overcome as the miles fly by.
This song (the only Australian addition), pays tribute to a red Chevy. Urban is an unabashed car lover (a trait he inherited from his Dad) who is open about his adoration for a good old fashioned road trip. Camaro is actually a French slang word for friend or companion.
What are your favourite road trippin songs? Please share with us in the comments below.
Since ridesharing took the world by storm, there have been several female-only ridesharing services popping up to cater for lady clientele. We find that there are multiple scenarios where having a lady driver proves to be a wonderful option.
Perhaps your Aunt or your Granny needs to be collected from a special function, or a day at the races. Having a lady driver who is known to her will appeal to her old-fashioned values and provides a sense of familiarity and comfort. Ladies do have a remarkable talent for providing that extra touch of nurturing and exceptional care after all. Colleagues and family members will also enjoy peace of mind in knowing that their friends or relatives are in safe hands.
Perhaps your teenage kids need a safe passage home after a late-night study session or a late movie with friends? Having a lady driver who is known to the family is the next-best-thing to having Mum go and pick them up, except in this instance poor old Mum doesn’t have to wrestle with her dressing gown and blink away the comfort of sleep. Big win for Mum!
On a side note, in this instance we would only accept the booking from parents not from the kids themselves. Furthermore, this option is only available to those customers who hold a family account. This entails a relatively strict screening process, as we need to know who you are, who is on your list, your authorised users and your pickup and drop-off locations.
Lastly, having a lady driver may simply be for women who prefer that option. To be absolutely clear, we do not promote discrimination of men or women on any level, we are merely providing an option for people in a variety of circumstances who prefer to be driven by a female.
One last but very important point that needs to be mentioned is that we do not accept bookings from men asking specifically for a lady driver to drive for them. Gentlemen, if you wish to meet ladies there are more suitable apps for that.
Our company ethos is based on good old fashioned service and maintaining high professional standards through top-notch corporate governance. With the influx of negative feedback surrounding ridesharing heavyweight Uber since its inception, it’s worth highlighting the fact that we have a strong commitment to diligence surrounding our company ethics.
It’s a little known fact that we’ve been insisting on criminal history checks for all our drivers long before Uber even came into existence, and the implementation of our new ridesharing feature serves to highlight the importance of doing so. The safety of our drivers and riders is always at the forefront of our operations and will continue to be no matter how much growth we enjoy in the future.
In other news, we’ve recently become formally affiliated with the Ride-Share Drivers Association of Australia (RSDAA), an association which exists solely for the purpose of representing the interests of drivers operating in the burgeoning rideshare industry. In their own words they have been created ‘in response to the increasingly evident disregard of the welfare and livelihood of drivers by the largest rideshare operator in Australia in its quest for market domination’. No prizes for guessing who they might be referring to there. This organisation is a wonderful resource for organisations such as ours. They are a great conduit for communication with government bodies on issues such as legislation and regulation surrounding ridesharing in Australia. Super important stuff. And this leaves us with more time and resources to focus on offering great service and efficiency. Win!
While we’re on the topic, we have a couple of other industry affiliations worth mentioning, although not directly related to ridesharing. The first is the International Association of Designated Driving Companies (IAODDC) an organisation which exists to promote the use of designated driver services for people who may otherwise be tempted to drink and drive because they don’t want to leave their vehicle behind. We’re proud to be the only Australian member listed in their directory. We are also noted on a list of international operators with the Directory of Designated Drivers (based in the USA).
A big focus of our business from the get-go has been to offer a safe and reliable option for those who find themselves in a pickle for any number of possible reasons, and are unable to drive their vehicle home. Yes we’re a business, but we also have a strong sense of altruism and it gives us a strong sense of satisfaction and pride to provide our customers with solutions. Together with the aforementioned associations, we will work to ensure that this industry is highly regulated for the safety and enjoyment of all.
Our secret is out. This month we launched our brand new ridesharing service for the Gold Coast. It’s game on!
There’s really no question that ridesharing is here to stay, the industry has been nothing short of explosive in recent years, so we’ve decided to get amongst the action. And like everything else we do here at Zero Drivers, we’re taking great care to do it exceptionally well. Sure, we’re offering all the regular features of established rideshare services, but when you ride with us you will enjoy the additional touch of excellence we have come to be known for and loved/appreciated for.
For those who don’t know, we’ve been operating a successful professional driving service on the Gold Coast for the past 17 years. We currently book thousands of passengers per month from a loyal squadron of customers, who repeatedly love to engage with our professional driving services such as a chauffeur driven cars or a driving team to get you home safely. Now we’re upping the ante by offering this new ridesharing feature, so it seems like an opportune time to highlight some of the key reasons why Zero Drivers are your best option to get from A to B.
Respect is a big part of our company culture, it’s a thread that runs through everything we do. By demonstrating respect for everyone that’s part of our tribe (meaning our employee’s, our drivers and of course our customers), we create a culture that people want to remain connected to. We’re like a big happy family and there’s plenty of room for you.
We all have horror stories of phone automation gone wrong or the transfer to a distant inbound call centre where you’re treated to less-than-ideal service or put on hold for an exorbitant length of time. Fortunately, Zero Drivers has zero tolerance for poor customer service. We provide our customers with a local landline where you can obtain support from a real person who is not only polite and friendly but has a comprehensive understanding of the company.
We’ve all experienced the hassle of having to leave our car behind because we’ve had a few too many. Trying to arrange a lift back to your vehicle in the cold light of day is a fate best avoided. Our ‘Team Drivers’ service allows you to be driven home in the comfort of your own car; content in the knowledge that you don’t have to worry about retrieving it later.
There is a growing trend in ‘buying local’ as it not only impacts our local economy in a positive way but also enriches our community network. Zero Drivers are the consummate local Gold Coast business, with a hard working management team who have built it up from humble beginnings and continue working tirelessly to provide a world class service for our world class city.
We have devised a professional code of conduct for all our drivers to adhere to. This ensures the continuity of our service for all patrons. Our drivers don’t take personal calls, or snack while driving. Anything that could be perceived as a distraction is a no-no. We conduct mandatory licensing and criminal history checks on all our drivers and select only those that measure up to our considerably strong customer service ethic. Rest assured you’re in good hands with our Zero Drivers.
Who doesn’t love the beauty of choice? Zero Drivers allows you to select your favourite driver, or block one that you don’t particularly resonate with. If you prefer a female driver, we offer the option to choose. You can enjoy the luxury of knowing that you’ll be greeted by a familiar face in the drivers seat. We also offer corporate and family accounts. We take pride in offering a premium rideshare service that keeps us a cut above our competitors. We may not be as ‘cheap’ as some, but we’re still excellent value and we’re totally worth it.
So there you have it. Six good reasons to be part of the Zero Drivers family. We look forward to welcoming you aboard sometime soon. For more information about our service click here or to book with Zero Drivers simply download the app on Google Play or the Apple App store.
We are a new generation of ridesharing that is wholly Australian and Gold Coast based. The good folk here at Zero Drivers have been providing personalised transport to thousands of satisfied passengers for 17 years. We value our customers very highly and enjoy downright excellent relationships with the many regulars who have become like an extended family to us.
One of the unique features of the ridesharing movement is the star-rating system upon which both drivers and their passengers are assessed (on a scale of 1 to 5). We’re sure you’ll agree that it’s a highly functional attribute. Just like on the growing number of online platforms where users rely on good ratings to participate, if you behave like a douche you will suffer the dreaded fate of a poor rating. Nooooooooooo! (we hear you scream). And with good reason.
As a general rule, us humans like to be surrounded by other nice humans in all aspects of our daily life. No-one wants to bear the brunt of someone else’s bad day or the failure to demonstrate good manners. This handy little feature ensures accountability for all users of the ridesharing experience, drivers and passengers alike.
We pride ourselves on the courtesy of our drivers—their ability to service our customers graciously and efficiently provides the cornerstone of our success. How do we ensure this quality of service? By communicating our expectations effectively. That’s how all good relationships are built right? On a strong foundation of effectual communication. In view of that, it would be remiss of us to neglect the facilitation of a two-way conversation around this etiquette that we value so highly.
So, in collaboration with our drivers, we have prepared some tips on riding etiquette for you. Following you will find some modest but pivotal gestures that ensure a great riding experience for both users and providers, and importantly ensure that YOU maintain your pristine user rating. Check out these 7 things your Zero Driver wants you to know:
That old golden rule ‘do unto others as you would have them do to you’ is a good guideline for ridesharing etiquette. We’re all responsible adults here and most of these tips are simply common sense. But hey, we all get a little loose from time to time right? Especially after that annual work Christmas party, or when you finally backed the winning horse at the races. So make a little note-to-self right now about ridesharing etiquette. We’ll be sure to return the favour.
A Gold Coast company is attempting to slam the brakes on global juggernaut Uber, offering to drive passengers home in their own cars.
‘Zero Drivers’ has been operating for several years, and has just launched a mobile app that is similar to its biggest rival.
In a bid to claw customers, the company has canned surge prices and allows passengers to choose their own drivers and make bookings ahead of time.
Owner Julie Mauger said the service was cheaper than taxis but slightly more expensive compared to Uber.
“It’s not necessarily just about getting somewhere cheap, (our passengers) like a bit of extra comfort,” she told 9NEWS.
Customers can even select to have a “driver team” take their own cars home, at a minimum cost of $40.
“Those sort of spontaneous situations where you didn’t plan to have an extra drink but you do.”
Ms Mauger said the service also offered a female-only ride and was more selective in choosing its drivers, requiring extensive background checks.
The company’s expansion came after the Queensland government legalised ride-share services last year despite heated protests from the taxi industry.
While ‘Zero Drivers’ is mainly operating on the Gold Coast, it hopes to expand across Queensland and then across the country.
Fifty drivers are currently working for the service, with another 200 in the pipeline.