Boating & Sailing

Queensland can be an overachiever when it comes to boating, showing off with favourable conditions, plenty of fish biting, and World Heritage-hugging waterways. Whether you travel by yacht, houseboat, cruiser or tall ship, there’s a boatload of offshore spots to explore.

  • Hire a bareboat in the Whitsunday islands where you’re the skipper and your family and friends are the crew - you choose your destinations and anchorages every day!  
  • Float along the Great Sandy Strait on a houseboat with all the luxuries of the family home.
  • Jump in a tinnie and putt peacefully along Caloundra’s Pumicestone Passage, fishing rod in hand.
  • Charter a yacht to explore the Gold CoastSunshine CoastSouthern Great Barrier Reef or Whitsundays.
  • Dose up on romance and relaxation in Tropical North Queensland and join a luxury cruise bound for the Great Barrier Reef. 
  • Hop on a jet boat and make a splash on the Gold Coast if you’re feeling the need for speed.
  • Cruise along World Heritage listed Fraser Island, spot dolphins in Tin Can Bay, or cast a line along the Noosa River.
  • Head north for a once-in-a-lifetime group trip in the Whitsundays - whether you’re a keen sailor, or just eager to feel wind in your hair (or champagne in your hand)!

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Abell Point Marina

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Abell Point Marina (APM) located in the heart of the Whitsundays has emerged as one of the premier boating destinations on the east coast of Australia. Having received a multi-million dollar facelift over the last five years, APM is realising its vision to be Australia's most vibrant destination marina.

Langford Island

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Langford Island, near Hayman Island in the northern Whitsundays is a popular spot with sailors, divers and snorkellers. Many of the bareboats and crewed sailing boats will anchor near Langford Island. Langford Island is relatively small, but features a long sand spit that all but disappears at high tide.

Butterfly Bay - Hook Island

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
A popular bareboat anchorage, Butterfly Bay is situated on the northern side of Hook Island. There are limited public moorings and snorkelling can be enjoyed along the bay edge or just off the beach. Offering coral outcrops with shallow walls, the bay is populated by many small, colourful reef fish species.

Moreton Island National Park

Moreton Island,
Free Entry
Just a short ferry ride from Brisbane, Moreton Island lies a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Discover crystal-clear creeks and lagoons, coastal heath, rocky headlands, stunning wildflowers and miles of sandy beaches at Moreton Island National Park and Recreation Area.

Basil Bay on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
Free Entry
The beautiful Basil Bay is Keswick Island's prime swimming beach. Located on the western side of the island, Basil Bay boasts crystal clear water at high tide, crisp white sand and gentle shade trees - making it an idyllic spot to enjoy your quintessential island adventure.

Theresa Creek Dam

Clermont, Isaac Area
From AU$15 - 15
Situated 22 kilometres south-west of Clermont off the Peakvale Road, discover the oasis in the outback of Theresa Creek Dam. An angler's paradise, golden perch, jewfish, barramundi and red claw can all be found beneath the surface.

Dugong Sanctuary - Clairview

Clairview, Isaac Area
Free Entry
In 1997, the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Council established Clairview (a small beach town approximately 1.5 hours south of Mackay) as a dugong sanctuary. Often dugongs can be spotted when they surface to breathe from the shore, or in the water, when in a kayak, boat or other recreational vessel - so keep an eye out for these majestic creatures!

Coral Cove Beach

Coral Cove, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Just a short 20 minute drive from Bundaberg will get you to Coral Cove, the friendly and relaxed coastal town between Innes Park and Elliott Heads. Make sure you take time to explore the lagoon and waterway that runs parallel to the beach, you never know what type of birdlife and animals you might find.

Burrum Coast National Park

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Flowering heaths, quiet beaches and abundant wildlife make this park a place to retreat, relax and appreciate the splendour and peace of the natural environment. Explore the park on one of the several walking tracks and discover diverse coastal habitats.

Danbulla National Park and State Forest

Lake Tinaroo,
Free Entry
Danbulla, featuring forests, plantations and World Heritage listed-rainforest, is nestled between the Tinaroo and Lamb ranges and stretches along the banks of picturesque Lake Tinaroo. Spend the day exploring the walking tracks, lookouts, drives and picnic areas along the 28 kilometre Danbulla Drive.
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