Fishing Gold Coast - In Your Own Boat


If you're visiting the region, and have brought your own boat with you for fishing Gold Coast, or pleasure cruising the Gold Coast broadwater and canals, you've come to the right place!

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The Gold Coast has a thriving industry for marinas, boats and cruises - due largely in part to the exceptionally well developed and integrated system of waterways and infrastructure.

This includes ~ 40 public boat ramps that may be easily accessed throughout the region, from which to launch your boat, provided by the Gold Coast City Council. Boat Ramp at The Spit, Gold Coast

And the beauty of bringing your own boat is that you are totally in control of your holiday itinerary. So if you're planning on some Gold Coast fishing, you decide where to go, how long for, time of departure, and so on.

The question is, where can you access all the local information you need to make your fishing Gold Coast trips a success?

The local bait & tackle shops will happily share their wealth of local knowledge re where the fish may be biting on any given day.

And you can check out our land-based fishing Gold Coast information, for other items of interest.

Maritime Safety Queensland produces several free resources online for fishermen and boating enthusiasts, including the following:

If you'd like to get involved in some Gold Coast boating while you're on holidays, and didn't bring your own boat, you can hire a boat and organise your own itinerary, or join a fishing Gold Coast charter.

Also, there is any number of Gold Coast Cruises to consider, which will get you out on the water too.

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Fishing at Night, Currumbin, Gold Coast, Queensland TQ

Tips for Safe Boating

  • Ensure you leave trip details with someone, including destination, route, boat description, passenger details, estimated return time.
  • Keep an eye on your petrol gauge, and ensure you have enough petrol to return home or reach a refueling station.
  • Check the weather before you leave and periodically while out on the water. Recorded weather information for South East Queensland is available on Tel 1300 360 428.
  • The same alcohol restrictions apply for boats as for motor vehicles; the person driving the boat must stay under 0.05 blood alcohol limit.
  • If a person falls overboard, throw over a life-jacket immediately, and keep the person in view until you can turn around to pick them up.
  • Ensure a life-jacket (in the correct size) is available for every person. Anyone who cannot swim, particularly young children, should wear a life-jacket at all times while in the boat.
  • Take an operational radio with you (and know how to use it) so authorities may be contacted in case of an emergency.
  • Travel at safe speeds. Maximum speed limit is 6 knots (walking speed) for travel in harbours and marinas and if within 30 metres of people in the water, anchored boats, or jetties, wharves or pontoons. Smooth water limit is generally 40 knots.


FAST FACTS
Cost
Use of public boat ramps is free.
Facilities
Boat ramp facilities vary – from degree of slope, nearby fuel/bait, toilets, lighting, etc. A comprehensive list of ramps and facilities is provided in the resources mentioned in the main article.
Wet Weather
Not recommended in heavy rain.
Operating Hours
Public boat ramps are accessible 24/7, all year round.
Handy Hints
- Always carry a first aid kit aboard your boat.
- Refer Tips for Safe Boating.
- Take hat, sunscreen, and plenty of drinking water.
- If your boat doesn't have a sun protector, take long-sleeved shirt and pants to protect skin.
How To Get There
Click on link to public boat ramps (refer main article), as provided by Gold Coast City Council.
Further Info
Gold Coast City Council:
Tel 07-5583 8300
Useful websites include Maritime Safety Queensland and the Bureau of Meteorology forecast for Gold Coast.

Maritime Safety Queensland Service Centres
Surfers Paradise/Main Beach: 40-44 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach.
Tel 07-5539 7300, Monday to Friday 8am-5pm EST, excluding public holidays.

Licence to Drive a Boat

If you're visiting from interstate, and have brought your own boat with you, you must hold a current marine licence issued by an Australian state or territory if your boat's motor power is greater than 4.5 kW (over 6 HP).

Note that exemptions are provided if you hire a boat through a licensed tour operator.

Also, unlicensed drivers may drive a boat as long as they are supervised by a licensed driver, however cannot tow wakeboarders or other recreational water users.






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