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On the Gold Coast we have a large estuarine waterfront area that stretches from Surfers Paradise up to Moreton Bay and Brisbane.
Popular boating sports include local fishing and crabbing, charter boat hire to the open sea fishing grounds and cruises in and around the Broadwater to South Stradbroke Island and around the Nerang River and the canals. Small boats can be hired for a fun day out on the Broadwater or houseboats can be hired for longer periods.
Dive operators provide Scuba Diving for the novice or experienced divers and the large trawler fleet brings home beautiful fresh seafood for the tourists daily. Offshore and game fishing catches include snapper, trag-jew, trevally, kingfish, mackerel, tuna, pearl perch, marlin, dolphin fish and some coral species.
Rock fishing can be carried out on the Seaway rock wall at the tip of Main Beach or at the Rock at Currumbin.
Licences are required for the majority of vessels and jetboats used on the Gold Coast waterways.
If you are using a charter vessel you can check if the vessel has a certificate of survey ( having met certain safety guidelines) by asking the operator or locating the certificate which should be posted in a visible position on the vessel.
Marine rescue groups are active on the Gold Coast : Air Sea Rescue and the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard.
Safety equipment should be aboard all vessels and always be aware of the weather conditions. It is a sad fact of life that often you don’t see your own backyard until you have visitors come to stay and you show them around. Southport Spit is a narrow isthmus which splits the Southport Broadwater to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. If you are lucky enough to own a boat on the Gold Coast there are many places that you can cruise to for a weekend break in The Broadwater at Southport. Once you cruise out into The Broadwater, you can island hop to destinations such as Wavebreak Island, South Stradbroke Island, North Stradbroke Island and the islands of Moreton Bay such as Russell, Macleay, Lamb, Karragarra and Coochiemudlo Islands. An interesting fact about Jumpinpin is that it was formed by the shipwreck of the Cambus Wallace with its dynamite cargo that was piled up and deliberately detonated on the beach between North and Stradbroke Islands. If you are looking for some good fishing and crabbing, it is recommended heading up to Tiger Mullet Channel.
In Moreton Bay near Brisbane, there are heaps of islands to explore such as Russell, Macleay, Coochiemudlo and Peel Island. Peel Island has a lovely beach in Horseshoe Bay and is historically interesting as it was once a leper colony.
On North Stradbroke Island you can moor your boat at the historically significant town of Dunwich. You can also venture down the Coomera River for calmer waters and cruise along this picturesque river past Hope Island to Sanctuary Cove looking at the multi-million dollar waterfront mansions, spotting birdlife, kangaroos and water life. Jacobs Well, situated at the mouth of the Pimpama River is another popular place to stop and stock up on supplies at the general store.


My thanks goes to my friends Jacki and Steve for their information and photos on boating on The Broadwater. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
Years ago I sailed around the Whitsundays on a yacht and it was incredible, except I got a bit seasick. I love a day out on a boat in The Broadwater and I would love to do the houseboat thing now after hearing about it from friends.
Experience the Gold Coast from a different angle as you take in the beauty of the coast's waterways and natural features. You will see abundant wildlife from Turtles, Dolphins, Stingrays, and colourful sub-tropical fish species to Whales in the migration months of May-Nov. Tall Ship cruises are also available as well as parasailing, water skiing, barrel riding, sailing club activities, speedboat racing, sailboarding, and jet skiing.
The Southport Yacht Club, Sanctuary Cove and Runaway Bay Marinas provide all kinds of boat servicing and storage facilities. The dam has been stocked by the Fisheries Department with Bass and Golden Perch (Yellowbelly). Currumbin and Tallebudgera in particular are extremely shallow and should not be crossed on an outgoing or low tide. Radio rooms are constantly manned so when boating you can contact them with your destination and approximate return time.
This was the case with my latest backyard discovery, the Southport Spit area just north of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. At the top of the spit is the Southport Seaway which gives safe passage to boats and yachts into the safe harbour of the Southport Broadwater from the ocean. Or alternatively you can hire a houseboat with one of the many houseboat hire companies, such as Coomera Houseboats and venture out into The Broadwater.
The Broadwater is protected by The Spit (to the South) and South Stradbroke Island (to the North) and offers safe access to the Pacific Ocean through the Gold Coast Seaway (at the end of The Spit). It is a great spot to see some wildlife including birdlife, or for a stroll along the beach. This area is known as Millionaire’s Row as every weekend very expensive craft can be found anchored here.
Here you can spend a bit of time trying to hook up a Flathead, Bream, Whiting, Tailor or a Jew Fish.
This can work as cheap as $400 per couple for four nights midweek for a relaxing laid back holiday on the water cruising the specatacular waters of The Broadwater.
It is now on my bucket list and I think the houseboat would be a great way to cruise the waters and island hop.


There is something special about being on the water and cruising around stopping wherever takes your fancy. I love being out on a boat, as long as I’m not in the open sea (because I suffer from sea sickness!) Thank you for visiting my blog.
See the magnificent wildlife all around you and unwind to the flows of the currents as you paddle your way into a day of unforgettable memories. The water where we conduct our tours is protected by the surrounding islands of South Stradbroke and Wavebreak as well as The Spit headlands. You will get comprehensive instructions on how to use the kayaks and snorkelling equipment. There is a Hotel at Tipplers and a small ferry runs from Runaway Bay Marina for $20 return.
It is ILLEGAL to keep UNDERSIZE FISH as this keeps stocks from being replenished by normal reproduction. Most game fish are released on the fishing grounds after being tagged, with very few fish being brought to the scales. Even when fishing above the perceived wave danger level, it is wise to use a safety harness providing that it cannot in itself be a danger to you. Only electric motor boats or sailing boats are permitted on the Dam and a Fisheries Permit is required for fishing.
Tipplers, which is a popular stopping point in The Broadwater, has gas BBQs, a children’s play area, and Tipplers Kiosk that has basic groceries and camping supplies including ice and firewood.
This area is great for fishing, crabbing, swimming and beach walks and has easy access to the wide deserted ocean beach and sand dunes. It was once a leper colony and a quarantine station with a huge asylum until the year of 1946.
But I can see the attraction of sailing the seas along the Queensland coast as we have so many gorgeous islands. With mild sub-tropical temperatures and around 10 to 15 metres underwater visibility, snorkelling is a great way to see the colourful fish and crustaceans which call this place home. With winter water temperatures being approximately 19 degrees and Summer water temperatures approximately 26 degrees, this is an all-year round adventure.



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