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In My Backyard: Boating on The Broadwater

  • November 17, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
  • 8 Comments
Sunsetting over The Broadwater

Sunsetting over The Broadwater

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. 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.

Boat Mooring on The Broadwater

Boat Mooring on The Broadwater

The Gold Coast Broadwater stretches north from Southport to Paradise Point. 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).

Aerial View of The Broadwater

Aerial View of The Broadwater

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.

Stunning views of The Broadwater from the Boat

Stunning views of The Broadwater from the Boat

South Stradbroke Island features nice sandy beaches and walking tracks. It is a great spot to see some wildlife including birdlife, or for a stroll along the beach. 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.

Beach on South Stradbroke Island

Beach on South Stradbroke Island

Head to the top of South Stradbroke near Jumpinpin Bar. This area is known as Millionaire’s Row as every weekend very expensive craft can be found anchored here. This area is great for fishing, crabbing, swimming and beach walks and has easy access to the wide deserted ocean beach and sand dunes.

Wide Sandy Beach

Wide Sandy Beach

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.

Boating around The Broadwater

Boating around The Broadwater

If you are looking for some good fishing and crabbing, it is recommended heading up to Tiger Mullet Channel. Here you can spend a bit of time trying to hook up a Flathead, Bream, Whiting, Tailor or a Jew Fish.

Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day

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.  Coochiemudlo has nice beaches too and is popular with day trippers from Brisbane.

Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island

Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island

On North Stradbroke Island you can moor your boat at the historically significant town of Dunwich. It has an interesting museum and historical cemetery. It was once a leper colony and a quarantine station with a huge asylum until the year of 1946.

Slipping Sands on North Stradbroke Island is also a good spot to anchor up for a night.

Slipping Sands

Slipping Sands

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.

Coomera River

Coomera River

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.

Now the lowdown on the houseboats for hire is that they can sleep up to four couples and they have 1 x bathroom, 2 x toilets, living/dining area/kitchen downstairs, upstairs BBQ and sundeck. This can work as cheap as $400 per couple for four nights midweek for a relaxing laid back holiday on the water cruising the speca]tacular waters of The Broadwater.

Interior of a Houseboat

Interior of a Houseboat

I can’t think of a better way to really ‘chillax’ for a few days. Have you ever been on a boating holiday?

My thanks goes to my friends Jacki and Steve for their information and photos on boating on The Broadwater.

 

 

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By 50 Shades, November 17, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

8 Comments
  • Life Images by Jill
    November 18, 2014

    I have always wanted to do a trip on one of those “Clipper” ships or a yacht off the coast of Queensland. Now I am convinced that I need to start planning it. Not that I needed much convincing. Great pics and tips Kathy. Happy travels.

    • Kathy
      November 18, 2014

      Years ago I sailed around the Whitsundays on a yacht and it was incredible, except I got a bit seasick. I am a calm water sailor only and as soon as I get into the open sea I feel sick! But I can see the attraction of sailing the seas along the Queensland coast as we have so many gorgeous islands.

  • Bonny
    November 18, 2014

    Hi Kathy, this looks like a lovely way to spend a few days! The beaches on South Stradbroke Island look amazing.

    I’m surprised to see how roomy the houseboat is, it really is like a house.

    • Kathy
      November 19, 2014

      I have been out boating on The Broadwater many times but I have never stayed overnight. It is now on my bucket list and I think the houseboat would be a great way to cruise the waters and island hop. I can see myself laying on a sunbed on the top deck of the houseboat!

  • Red Nomad OZ
    November 19, 2014

    Those beaches look awesome! I see I have a LOT more exploring to do up your way!!!

    • Kathy
      November 19, 2014

      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. There is something special about being on the water and cruising around stopping wherever takes your fancy.

  • Jacki KIng
    November 21, 2014

    Great article! The Broadwater is a well kept secret – so much to offer
    Jacki

    • Kathy
      November 21, 2014

      It sure does have a lot to offer Jacki. 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. :)

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