With many of its coastline brimming with sea life, white, sandy beaches, and clear water, any boater who ventures down under will come out on top. Below you will find 10 of the best destinations for blissful boating in Australia.
The largest city situated on the largest bay in the state of Victoria, Melbourne is a gem of a destination. Sometimes referred to as an inland sea, this thriving city offers watercraft fun for everyone no matter his or her vessel. Nearby destinations include Queenscliff, Portarlington, Geelong, Williamstown, and Martha Cove for those with the intent of a longer cruise. Numerous rivers and estuaries that meet Port Phillip provide alternatives to open water and make great day trips. The innumerable docks, piers, beaches, marinas, and inlets allow every boater to find a perfect place to anchor and relax.
Leave your worries on the shore when you sail through the Great Sandy Strait also located off the coast of Queensland. The northern entrances of Great Sandy, Hervey Bay, Frasier Island, and Kingfisher Bay, lure wandering sailors into the strait, while temperate, clear waters keep them there. Though the sand bars must be navigated with care and paper charts are recommended, the Great Sandy Straight is a wonderful body of water to explore with an infinite amount of caves, inlets, and anchorages from which to launch an adventure.
Made up of 150 islands located off the coast of Queensland, the Whitsundays make for a great secluded vacation spot. Most of the islands are national parks and remain uninhabited while the amenities and necessities of small towns and resorts can be found on only seven of the islands. Whitehaven Beach offers miles of white, sand and pristine water perfect for relaxation. The neighboring Airlie Beach on the mainland will keep vacationers entertained with numerous clubs, bars, shopping centers, cafés, and affordable restaurants.
Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia
This Archipelago, located off the coast of Western Australia, is a sailor’s playground. With crystal-clear water and pristine beaches, 42 of which are uninhabited, this boating destination is a no brainer. If exploration of the Archipelago is not enough fun, the islands of Enderby, Rosemary, East and West Lewis, Angel Island, Dolphin, and Gidley offer nearby fishing, sight seeing, and wildlife watching galore.
Located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Moreton Bay and the islands to the south offer respite from the hustle and bustle of life for boaters young and old. Brimming with history, natural parks, fresh water springs, islands, and beaches, this bay offers all types of entertainment. Anchorages off of historic islands such as St. Helena, Green, North Stradbroke, and Peel are great for sight seeing. Ship wrecks like the Tangalooma Wrecks or Days Gutter boast great fishing. For those who seek calm water, the nearby islands of Coochiemudlo, Karragarra, Lamb, Macleay, and Russell offer marinas, docks, and a waterway that leads straight to the Gold Coast Broadwater.
Geographe Bay, Western Australia
The Geographe Bay hosts Western Australia’s largest sailing regatta, the Geographe Bay Race Week, which is held in February. However, the regatta is not the Bay’s only claim to fame. The marinas, and docks make the water easily accessible while beaches, clear waters, watersports such as jet skiing, waterskiing, and windsurfing provide endless relaxation and entertainment. Sailing and yachting are also popular activities in the Geographe Bay.
Located off the coast of the Northern Territory, Fannie Bay is surrounded by boating bliss. With Port Darwin and the Middle Arm in the South and the Vernon and Tiwi Islands to the north, there is plenty of room to explore. Marinas, docks, boat ramps, and clubs provide the necessities for every boater to extend their stay in the region. Best visited in the winter months, Fannie Bay is a gem and an entrance to the Timor Sea.
Boston Bay, South Australia
Located in South Australia, Boston Bay is the gateway to the Great Australian Bright. Surrounded by islands, calm, sheltered waters, and relaxing beaches, the bay is a popular boating destination for locals and vacationers alike. In February, the Bay hosts the region’s most popular regatta, the Port Lincoln Regatta, but the Spencer Gulf and Yorke Peninsula are year-round attractions.
Gippsland Lakes, Victoria
Off the coast of Victoria, Australia, boaters will find the Gisppsland Lakes situated on one of Australia’s largest waterways. Sailboats, powerboats, yachts, kayaks, and canoes can all find a place on the sheltered waters. Large commercial fishing fleets, sailing and yachting clubs, and even public jetties call the Gippsland Lakes their home.
Kimberley Coast, Western Australia
Best visited during the dry season (May to October), the Kimberley Coast has an abundance of attractions to offer. Accessible only by watercraft because no roads lead landlubbers to the beautiful sights of this mysterious coast, Kimberley Coast is a boater’s dream. Cliffs, inlets, and islands offer geographical eye candy while the blustery winds, reefs, and strong tides keep a sailor on his toes. Exploration, adventure, and shark sighting is in no shortage.
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