Water Sports in Queensland
Splash through the Sunshine State
Queensland is known for its eternal sunshine, so it’s no surprise that Queenslanders are worshippers of water! There is no better way to cool off then to dive into the refreshing waters that fringe this beautiful state. Queenslanders are all about the outdoor lifestyle and water sports are no exception to that. We love getting out on the water and splashing the day away. So, you’ll find equipment hire, guided activities and water sport tours around every corner in Queensland. Whether you’re a thrill seeker looking for a heart pumping experience, or if you prefer a more relaxed approach paddling through calm waters taking in your surroundings, Queensland has a water sport, and enough sea, rivers and lakes, for everyone!
Southeast water fun
Where better to immerse yourself in the land of water sports than where the sun is forever shining and waterways are aplenty! The Gold Coast is a summer playground for Australians and the beaches and waterways are a haven for both locals and tourists alike. Gold Coast has even more waterways than Venice and the network of rivers, creeks, lakes, canals and the Broadwater offer calm, warm waters – perfect to try stand up paddle boarding! SUPing is fast becoming one of the most popular water sports in the world and the Gold Coast is right amongst it. Currumbin Creek ranks amongst the best destinations in the world for paddle boarding, some would argue it is the best SUPing spot in Australia! The azure waters of the creek are protected from most wind conditions so the waters are always calm. There are several SUP hire companies around the creek where you can borrow a board and learn the ropes if you’re a newbie.
At the Sunshine Coast it’s easy to slow down the pace and immerse yourself in the relaxed lifestyle. There is certainly no shortage of water either. There are pristine beaches, flowing rivers and sparkling lakes waiting for you to start your water adventure. To match the relaxed lifestyle, kayaking is proved to be the most popular water sport on the Sunshine Coast. Nothing is quite as relaxing as sitting back and taking in the gorgeous scenery that surrounds you, hearing nothing but your paddle slicing through the water and sounds of nature. You can kayak alongside pods of friendly dolphins, whales, turtles, rays and sea birds around Double Point Island or paddle through the calm and peaceful waters of the Noosa Everglades. Hidden amidst the Great Sandy National Park, Noosa Everglades one of the only two Everglades in the whole world and the ultimate way to explore it is in a kayak. Marvel at the untouched flora and fauna that surrounds you and keep your eye in the sky as 44% of the Australia’s bird species are either residents or frequent visitors of the Noosa Everglades.
Boating in the Whitsundays
Imagine sailing through crystal clear waters, passing by some of the most picturesque destinations in the whole world and feeling the wind in your hair as you watch the sun rise over the horizon – it’s not a dream, it’s a lifestyle in the Whitsundays. Made up of 74 islands, the Whitsundays is the ultimate sailing destination with some of the best sailing conditions in the world. Vessels depart from all over the Whitsundays to take you to the best places the region has to offer. You could jump aboard a catamaran for a day trip to the iconic Whitehaven Beach or settle in to a chartered yacht for a few days on the water cruising between the islands. The Whitsundays are in the heart of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, so wherever your chosen boat takes you, you can explore the fascinating underwater world with snorkelling or diving too.
Northern water adventures
Water abounds in Tropical North Queensland and the unique environment is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. There are many ways to explore this World Heritage listed wonder. Simply swimming in the waters of the incredible reef is a fascinating experience. Dwarf Minke Whales are frequent visitors to the reef between June and July and this is the only place in the world where you can jump in the water and interact with these gentle giants. Discovering the underwater wonders is a must. Get a close up view of the reef by snorkelling or diving – follow the links to find out more. Those who aren’t confident swimmers but still want to explore the reef can zoom through the water on an underwater scooter. Go island hopping and see several parts of the Great Barrier Reef in a short period of time, cruise between islands stopping at the best of TNQ reef spots, look at the underwater world from above on a glass bottom boat tour and kayak from one island to the next!
Away from the reef and inland from the coastline of Cairns, white water rafting dominates the water sport scene. With 3 world-acclaimed exhilarating rivers nearby, it comes as no surprise that Tropical North Queensland is known as the rafting capital of Australia. White water rafting is the ultimate adrenalin sport and having 3 rivers to choose from, it means everyone can participate in white water rafting fun! The closest rafting river to the city, Barron River, is perfect for first timers or those seeking a half day thrill. Tully River offers a full day adventure thrashing through the stronger rapids of what is considered the best rafting river in the whole of Australia and New Zealand. For our adrenaline junkies and experienced rafters, parts of Tully River offer the wildest rafting ride you’ll ever experience. Despite being an adrenalin water sport, white water rafting is completely safe. When you head out white water rafting you’ll be accompanied by a highly experienced and trained rafting guide who has rode the rivers many times. You’ll be fitted with a life jacket and helmet and the guides provide a full safety demonstration before you go plummeting down the rapids.
There is 7,000 kilometres of coastline in Queensland and each stretch is just as unique as the last. Diving under the surface uncovers a new world of coral species, tropical fish, majestic rays, friendly whales, sharks, turtle and more, but there’s more to Queensland’s waters than what lies beneath them. Paddle along the calm waters of the Gold Coasts networks of waterways, kayak alongside dolphins on the Sunshine Coast, explore the islands of the picturesque Whitsundays and plummet down the rapids of the rivers in Tropical North Queensland. Get in touch with the My Queensland Holiday Experts and arrange the ultimate water sport My QLD Holiday today!