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Top Boating Spots

It was Ratty in The Wind and the Willows who said, “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” And from Coolangatta to the Cape, he couldn’t be more right.

Queensland can be a bit of an overachiever when it comes to boating, showing off with favourable conditions, plenty of fish biting, World Heritage-hugging waterways, and epic dive sites.

So, whether you’re seeking a top spot to snorkel, cruise for a good catch, or just eager to relax on the water with a BBQ and some tunes, we’ve got a top spot to float your boat. 

Set your compass to one of these destinations for a day – or week –on the water to remember.

This is Where to Float Your Boat in Queensland


  • Southport
    Southport

    Southport

    If you squint into the sunshine and cast your mind back a little over a century, you can almost picture the Southport of old, one of the Gold Coast's earliest and most fashionable seaside destinations.

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  • Great Barrier Reef
    Great Barrier Reef - Whitsundays

    Great Barrier Reef - Whitsundays

    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.

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  • Capricornia Cays N
    Capricornia Cays National Park

    Capricornia Cays National Park

    Capricornia Cays National Park protects eight coral cays which rise just a few metres above the high tide mark - Lady Musgrave, North West, Masthead, Wilson, Heron, Erskine and Tryon islands and Broomfield Cay.

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  • Moreton Island
    Moreton Island

    Moreton Island

    No island in Moreton Bay says 'fun' more than Moreton. Located in the northern part of the Bay, Moreton is only a short boat trip from Scarborough or Manly.

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  • Lake Maroon
    Lake Maroon

    Lake Maroon

    Just one hour's drive from the centre of Brisbane, Lake Maroon is located in the heart of the Scenic Rim, Boonah.

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  • Tuan
    Tuan

    Tuan

    Tuan on Queensland's Fraser Coast is a low-key holiday destination for people who love boating and fishing - but also boasts spectacular views across the water to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

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  • Great Barrier Reef
    Great Barrier Reef

    Great Barrier Reef

    With more than 100 ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland offers the ultimate personalised adventure on the world's largest and most spectacular coral reef system.

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  • Keppel Bay Islands
    Keppel Bay Islands National Park

    Keppel Bay Islands National Park

    Keppel Bay Islands National Park protects 13 islands in the Keppel Group and is surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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  • Noosa Heads
    Noosa Heads

    Noosa Heads

    Located at the northern end of Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Noosa is renowned for its sundrenched beaches, powder white sand and a water temperature that invites year-round swimming.

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  • Magnetic Island
    Magnetic Island

    Magnetic Island

    Magnetic Island is the island playground of Townsville featuring prominently in the profile of the city.

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  • Bribie Island Recr
    Bribie Island Recreation Area

    Bribie Island Recreation Area

    Bribie Island Recreation Area is a treasure trove of plants and animals. The island is fringed by white, sandy beaches.

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  • Somerset Dam
    Somerset Dam

    Somerset Dam

    For lovers of water sports, Somerset Dam is the place to make a splash. Approximately one hour from Brisbane in Kilcoy Shire, and neatly cradled and protected by a ring of surrounding hills, conditions here are perfect for water skiing, wake-boarding, sailing and fishing.

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