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!

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.

The resource you may find of most value is Queensland Tide Tables 2010, produced by Maritime Safety Queensland for fishermen and boating enthusiasts.

This Guide includes the following information for the Gold Coast, and all other coastal regions of Queensland:

  • Tide tables
  • Boating safety equipment checklist
  • Radio operating procedures and distress frequencies
  • Listing of all public boat ramps & jetties - plus facilities and conditions of each site
  • Fishing & crabbing guide – includes fishing Gold Coast recommendations re how to catch different types of fish, where and when to find them
  • Recreational fishing regulations – includes bag limits and legal lengths of different types of fish

The Queensland Tide Tables 2010 is available by online order here or you can purchase at a Queensland Transport customer service centre and purchase over the counter - recommended retail price is just $4-75. If you do opt to buy directly from a Queensland Transport service centre, it's best to do this first thing in the morning when the centre opens, to avoid the long queues that commonly occur through the day.

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.

Use of public boat ramps is free.
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 Queensland Tide Tables 2010 - refer 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.

Queensland Transport Service Centres
Beenleigh: 31 Logan River Road, Beenleigh
Bundall/Surfers Paradise: 30 Upton Street, Bundall
Burleigh Waters: Burleigh Home Space Centre, 1 Santa Maria Place, Burleigh Waters
Currumbin Waters: Unit 3, 109 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Waters
Helensvale: Helensvale Plaza Shopping Centre, Shop 9A/B, Sir John Overall Drive, Helensvale
Southport: 265 Nerang Road, Southport
Queensland Transport Contact: Tel 13 23 80, Monday to Friday 8am-5pm EST, excluding public holidays.
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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