Brisbane's favourite water activities

Blue skies, sunshine and crystal-clear water are perfect ingredients for a range of activities in and around Brisbane.

While boating and fishing are the most popular pastimes, particularly for weekend getaways, rivers, lakes and beaches offer options for a range of other pursuits. If exploring the Brisbane River takes your fancy, then kayak around every bend for exciting views of the city.

Keep cool at South Bank

Streets Beach
Streets Beach

In the warmer months, there is no better attraction on the city’s doorstep than Streets Beach at South Bank which lures scores of holidaymakers looking to cool off.

Brisbane's bayside

The bayside suburbs of Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Wynnum and Manly, and Redcliffe waterfront are a recreational playground for water sport such as wind and kite surfing, jetskiing, and angling. Wynnum also features a delightful esplanade, wading pool and water park for children and Manly has its great drawcard of the harbour village and yachts moored in the marina.

Island time

Family play in the sand at Bribie Island
Bribie Island

Heading north, you can visit Bribie Island, a popular escape for nature lovers, water-sport enthusiasts and families. The calm, protected side is ideal for fishing and other activities while the other side of the island has long, beautiful beaches. For an enjoyable day out on the water, cruise the Pumicestone Passage to see dugongs, dolphins and turtles.

What better way to play in picturesque Moreton Bay than with canoes, kayaks, and aqua bikes from Coochie Boat Hire? Or, if you would like to explore more of Coochiemudlo Island surrounds, throw in a line or seek some seclusion, grab a tinnie and discover your own piece of paradise.

Then there is Adventure Moreton Island, an exciting way to discover the delights of the island. On offer is a range of adrenaline-pumping activity and water-based adventure.

All aboard

Dolphin Wild Island Cruises, Tangalooma Day Cruises, Robinson Cruises Sailing Adventures, and Straddie Kingfisher Cruises are geared to offer a range of experiences, from seeing marine life to handfeeding dolphins.

Kookaburra Queen
Kookaburra River Queen

Back on the Brisbane River, you can enjoy the serenity aboard the iconic paddle wheeler Kookaburra River Queen, or aboard River City Cruises or Mirimar Cruises.

Brisbane’s standing as a great venue for water-based activity is further enhanced by the annual Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race launched on Good Friday from the Shorncliffe pier.

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