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.
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.click on the image for more
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.click on the image for more
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.click on the image for more
Just one hour's drive from the centre of Brisbane, Lake Maroon is located in the heart of the Scenic Rim, Boonah.click on the image for more
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.click on the image for more
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.click on the image for more
Magnetic Island is the island playground of Townsville featuring prominently in the profile of the city.click on the image for more
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.click on the image for more
Bribie Island Recreation Area is a treasure trove of plants and animals. The island is fringed by white, sandy beaches.click on the image for more
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.click on the image for more
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.click on the image for more
Keppel Bay Islands National Park protects 13 islands in the Keppel Group and is surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.click on the image for more