With the end of the warmer months fast approaching, now is the perfect time to squeeze in a family boating holiday.
From the tropical waters of the Whitsundays to the serene surroundings of the Corroboree Billabong, we take a look at some of Australia’s best boating destinations!
The Whitsundays, Queensland
The Whitsunday Islands are without a doubt one of the most beautiful places to go boating in Australia. With pristine beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and an array of marine life to see, the islands offer plenty of space for you to kick back and relax on your boat. Highlights include: Whitehaven Beach, Hayman Island, and Daydream Island.
Boat ramp access: Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach, Abel Point, and Shingley Beach.
Sydney Harbour, New South Wales
There is no grander boating destination in Australia than Sydney Harbour. With dazzling views of the opera house and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the waterways of Sydney offer a plethora of colourful sights to see and an eclectic mix of both commercial and recreational traffic. If you fancy a coffee or a bite to eat, there are also plenty of anchorages to moor at on the way.
Boat ramp access: Quiberie Park, Milsons Park, Manns Place, Lyne Park, and Mosman Bay
The Abrolhos, Western Australia
The Abrolhos Islands are located about 60km off the WA coastline and consist of 122 unspoilt islands clustered across 100km. With spectacular coral gardens, a wealth of tropical marine life, and large colonies of seabirds, the Abrolhos are the perfect place to pull up and explore the wonders of the natural world. They are also often described as a fisherman’s paradise!
Boat ramp access: Batavia Coast Marina, Geraldton
Corroboree Billabong, Northern Territory
The Corroboree is part of the Mary River wetlands and is one of the most scenic billabongs in Australia. It’s home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world, wild pigs, water buffalo, and a huge variety of birds. Nestled among the water lilies and pandanus trees there are also plenty of barramundi and saratoga to chase — you’ll be hooked by the experience!
Boat ramp access: Corroboree ramp (turn left 1km east of Corroboree Park Tavern)
The Derwent River, Tasmania
The Derwent River flows over 180km to New Norfolk, where the freshwater meets the salty sea. With famous Tasmanian Sea trout, huge black bream, and sensational fishing, water skiing, and sailing spots, the Derwent is the perfect place to go boating with friends and family during the winter holidays.
Boat ramp access: Millbrook Rise, Prince of Wales Bay at Giblins Reserve, Old Beach (Jetty Road)
Mannum, South Australia
Houseboats are abundant on the Murray River in Mannum. With beautiful tourist walks, native wildlife, a bird sanctuary, bowling club, caravan park, relaxing picnic grounds and a picturesque golf course, Mannum is full of relaxing things to do and see.
Boat ramp access: Murray Street, Mary Ann Reserve