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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Bartercard Sail Paradise

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
2 – 5 January 2020
Entries are now open for the Gold Coast’s 2020 premier sailing event the Bartercard Sail Paradise, Australia’s east coast sailing scene will become even more exciting next summer with the staging of the 11th Bartercard Sail Paradise series on the beautiful Gold Coast.

Zach Mach Mackay Adventure Challenge

Pinnacle, Mackay Area
9 May 2020
A fun, action packed adventure for the whole family based in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Mountain Bike the great divide, kayak with Barra on Teemburra Dam, run with butterflies in the rainforest near Cattle Creek and road ride past historic cane farms.

Aussie Aito 2020

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
29 May 2020
The Aussie Aito is an exciting one day event and consists of long distance ocean paddling in a single rudderless outrigger canoe, otherwise known as a V1. This type of paddling requires skill, determination and an intimate knowledge of the ocean.

AOCRA National Marathon Titles

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
30 – 31 May 2020
Once again the beautiful waters of Mooloolaba Bay will host the 2020 AOCRA National Marathon Titles. This is two days of OC6 ocean marathons racing where Australian clubs fight it out for the prestigious National Titles.

GeoQuest Adventure Race

7 – 10 June 2020
GeoQuest 48 hour is the ultimate test of your physical and mental limits. There is no question, the race is tough and it is real adventure. Your body will be totally exhausted, your brain will be begging you to stop and you’ll have had little or no sleep for 48 hours.

Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
6 – 13 August 2020
The Whitsunday Sailing Club is located in Airlie Beach, gateway to the Central Region of Queensland‘s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It is also the Gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and fast becoming known as one of the World’s premier sailing destinations.

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$275 - 275
15 – 22 August 2020
Hamilton Island Race Week is one of Australia's favourite yachting events and a firm fixture on the international sailing calendar. Competitors, family and friends come together to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and unique camaraderie of the event's on-water and off-water carnival.
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