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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Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
From AU$0 - 199
Moreton Bay is home to approximately 600 bottlenose dolphins and each evening as the sun begins to set across the water, a small pod makes their way to the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort. Since 1992, resort guests have had the opportunity to hand feed the dolphins as part of the Tangalooma wild dolphin feeding program.

Hervey Bay Boat Club

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
The Hervey Bay Boat Club is a unique group of hospitality and tourism facilities. Guests are always welcome at the Boat Club! At the club you can enjoy free live entertainment alongside bistro and a la carte dining, bars, gaming and a two screen cinema.

Coral Sea Marina

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Coral Sea Marina|Resort (CSMR - formerly Abell Point Marina), located in the heart of the Whitsundays, has emerged as one of the premier boating and tourism destinations on the east coast of Australia.

Lake Maroon

Maroon, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Just one hour's drive from the centre of Brisbane, Lake Maroon is located in the heart of the Scenic Rim, Boonah. Lake Maroon is ideal for camping and one of Queensland's most popular places for sailing, fishing, water skiing, parasailing and paddle boating.

Nelly Bay

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
Free Entry
A holiday on Magnetic Island is likely to start on Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island's main residential bay. Nelly Bay is the first point of access for the passenger and car ferries and is an easy location to access bus transfers, taxis, hire vehicles or jump on board a guided tour.

Queens Beach

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Queens Beach boasts a long white sandy beach, offering visitors and locals a five kilometre stroll with beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Facing north - northeast, Queens Beach is protected from Bowen's south easterly breeze, resulting in many glassy days, perfect for spotting whales during winter.

Lake Dyer

Laidley, Lockyer Valley Area
Free Entry
Escape to the picturesque Lockyer Valley to camp on the banks of the Laidley Creek. Situated about 24 kilometres south of Laidley, this small, rural campground is framed by the Little Liverpool Range and Great Dividing Range.

Bjelke-Petersen Dam

Murgon, South Burnett Area
Bjelke-Petersen Dam, also known as Lake Barambah or BP Dam, is just 15 kilometres from Murgon, at Moffatdale in the South Burnett. It is a popular and well-equipped area for recreational freshwater fishing, birdwatching, boating, picnicking and camping / caravanning.

Riverside Park

Karalee, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
Situated on the banks of the Brisbane River at Karalee, Riverside Park is a hidden natural gem just waiting to be discovered for your next family day out. Wide open grassy spaces and a playground perfect for kicking around a ball will keep the kids active, healthy and happy.

The Pioneer Valley

Eungella, Mackay Area
Free Entry
A wonderland of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations contrast against a tapestry of sugar cane fields as you head through The Pioneer Valley and Eungella National Park. Apart from being one of the richest sugar cane growing areas in Australia, this valley is by far one of the most picturesque in Australia, encompassing many rural townships where warm hospitality and delicious food can be enjoyed.
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