You may be thinking, no worries guys, when I make my next million I’ll invest in a boat and get back to this story (insert eye roll). But guess what, there are plenty of boatibilities throughout our fair city from BBQ boats (best) to jetskis and sailboats to super yachts. Never fear, even if you don’t own a boat (us too) you can hire one without all those exxy repair costs!
And no matter your budget, there’s a way to get out on that sparkly water and when you do, here are a few places to explore (from north to south).
If a boating day trip is on the agenda, head up to the delightful Runaway Bay where the waterways are wide and the general feeling is one of extreme chill. You can cruise around for the day or put down your anchor and venture onto the land. Runaway Bay is like a holiday for locals with its waterside cafes and restaurants, grassy relaxation areas (otherwise known as parks) and scores of people who are thrilled to be living the high vibe life.
Where: Runaway Bay (northern Gold Coast)
Gold Coast Broadwater
Land of the giant, glossy famous-people owned yachts. Don’t let that put you off though, there’s plenty of room for everyone. At the south end, Marina Mirage is home to plenty of restaurants from family-friendly to five star and there are many shops to spend all your hard-earned money in. If spending ain’t your thing, there are lots of little beaches (locals top pick is Wavebreak or The Spit) you can stop into for complete privacy and relaxation. Pack a picnic and your bikini and stay for the day.
Where: Southport / Main Beach
Capri on Via Roma
Tucked away across a soon-to-be-revamped bridge is Isle of Capri, Surfers Paradise’ fancy next door neighbour. The suburb sits on the stunning Gold Coast waterways with views for days and plenty of spots for boat parking. Our recommendation is Capri on Via Roma, the beautiful shopping and dining precinct boasting five-star restaurants and even better views. Park your boat on the eastern side and pop out for brekky on the alfresco dining area then grab some fresh flowers and maybe a slab of cheese and be on your way.
Where: Isle of Capri
Not only is it the perfect place for swimming, picnics and stand up paddle boarding, you can also grab a small boat and cruise up the waterways for as long as your little heart desires. There are heaps of hidden coves and tucked away beaches to pull into and if you venture far enough, it’s highly likely you won’t come across another soul. It’s the perfect way to spend a balmy summer Sunday with your friends. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
Where: South of Burleigh Heads
Park at Duringan Street and take off into the calm, clear waters of Currumbin Creek. You can hire a boat, SUP or a BBQ pontoon (which anyone can drive), fill up your esky and get exploring. The creek is about 20 kilometres in length and at a cruisy, Sunday morning pace that could easily eat up half a day of your life. Pull into any number of beaches for a pit stop, maybe eat some fresh oysters off the rocks and generally revel in the good vibes the Gold Coast has to offer.
Where: Currumbin Creek (yep)
Of course, if you’re not into captaining a boat yourself (it’s not for everyone), check out the great water activities here and let someone else do the hard work while you cruise around with a drink in hand.
Words by Kirra Smith