Chris Reid Jul 10, 2023

Freedom is being able to not only get out and explore destinations on land, but also towing your boat to some of Queensland’s lesser-known areas and launching. If you find your feet are a little itchy and need to scratch that itch by taking to the water in your boat, we know exactly how you feel.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of some lesser-known boating destinations in Queensland. So whether it’s a day trip, weekend or you’ve got a bit of free time on your hands and want to get away for a week or more, we’ve got you covered.


Day trips ahoy


Fort Lytton


You don’t need to travel too far to find some of Queensland’s most amazing places. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, Fort Lytton National Park was originally a hidden fortress that was built to protect the colony in Brisbane from attacks by enemy ships. Today, paying it a visit is a historically rich experience and you can take advantage of one of their free tours. Make sure that you have a chat with the rangers beforehand if you want to use their jetty.


St Helena Island


Home to one of Queensland’s most profitable prisons back in the late 1800s through to the 1930s, St Helena Island is just a short 4km boat trip east of the mouth of the Brisbane River. There’s an abundance of artefacts and ruins to see while you’re there, but make sure you don’t touch anything in order to preserve it all for future generations.


Wonderful weekends


Inskip Point


Head 250 kilometres north of Brisbane and arrive at Inskip Point, a great piece of the world for cruising off the coast, stopping every now and then to throw a line in. Not too far away is Rainbow Beach, too - a must-see if you’re in the area. You won’t struggle to find somewhere to camp, either.


Pumicestone Passage


A 35-kilometre long channel, part of Moreton Bay Marine Park, of incredibly blue water that’ll take you from Deception Bay to Bribie Island’s tip or vice versa. There are plenty of stops you can make in your boat; Military Jetty, Golden Beach, Bells Creek and Blue Hole are just a few options. Plus there’s a heck of a lot of wildlife in the area and photo ops aplenty.


Week-away holidays


Lady Musgrave Island


Lady Musgrave Island is situated 50 or so k’s off the coast of Bundaberg and, well, it’s nothing like you’ve ever experienced before. The island itself is situated within 3000 acres of living reef and lagoon that’s begging to be snorkelled. Oh, and pack your swag because you can even camp there. See why we reckon it’s worth a week of your time?


Horseshoe Bay


Hitch the boat and make your way to Townsville. Choose one of the many boat ramps to launch, and head off the coast about 8km to reach Magnetic Island. Then you can take in the beautiful island scenery while chugging around to Horseshoe Bay which is tucked up in the north-east corner of the island. Moor your vessel and take advantage of the many water sports available, spend some time fishing or grab a bite to eat at one of the beachside cafes.


Finance and buy a brand new boat today!


Whether you already have a boat but it’s a bit long in the teeth or you’ve never owned one before and after reading about these Queensland boating destinations have decided you simply MUST get one, Stratton Finance is here to help. Use our online finance quote tool now and discover how minimal your estimated monthly repayments might be, then call us on 1300 787 288 to get the proverbial ball rolling - it really is that simple!

We’re also here to answer whatever questions you have and make things as clear and straightforward as possible throughout the entire process.

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