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.

Lochern National Park

Longreach, Longreach Area
Free Entry
This is Queensland’s channel country, where flooding rains and devastating droughts are part of western Queensland life. Lochern has 20 kilometres of Thomson River frontage, fringed with huge old coolibahs.

Cooper's Creek Windorah

Windorah, Barcoo Area
Free Entry
Visitors and locals alike often take time out enjoying Cooper's Creek, whether it's a spot of fishing for Yellowbelly, swimming or boating. Cooper's Creek is located 10 kilometres from the township of Windorah, which is indigenous for "place of big fish".

Green Island National Park

Green Island, Cairns Area
Free Entry
This small rainforest-clad coral cay is surrounded by coral reefs and is one of the Great Barrier Reef's most popular destinations. A true coral cay, it was formed over thousands of years by the build-up of sand and coral rubble deposited on the calm side of a platform reef.

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.

Great Barrier Reef - Whitsundays

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Said to be the world's largest living structure and the only one visible from outer space, the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2,000 kilometres and is home to tens of thousands of species of brilliantly coloured fish, coral and other marine life including whales, dolphins and turtles.

Lake Paluma

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Lake Paluma is an attractive lake surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest. It provides a water supply for approximately one third of the year. Access is via a 12 kilometres gravel road just past the Paluma township.

Kuranda - Village in the Rainforest

Kuranda,
Free Entry
The picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda Village is just 25 kilometres northwest of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is a vibrant little town surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest. Travelling to Kuranda is a highlight in itself.

Elliott Heads Beach

Elliott Heads, Bundaberg Area
Free Entry
Elliott Heads is a 15 minute drive from Bundaberg Central Business District and is surrounded by rural cane and small crop farms. Elliott Heads offers swimming at the patrolled surf beach or drop your boat in for a fish at Riverview.

Emerald Botanic Gardens

Emerald, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
Relax as you meander through an oasis like no other within Queensland’s Central Highlands. The Emerald Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise providing the perfect location for a relaxing afternoon stroll or an early morning walk.
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