Australia is the sunshine capital of the world. It boasts diverse and stunning beaches which seem to call the name of travelers in every corner of the world.
But that pales in comparison to the idyllic boating locations that lay in wait of discovery for those who find them. The spread of Australian waters can make you feel as though you are the only person on the water, despite it being the middle of summer.
Find out our top picks for idyllic boating locations in Australia.
1. Sydney, NSW
Few locations in Australia are as iconic as Sydney. The best ways to enjoy this stunning destination is sitting on the beach, or sailing in the Sydney Harbor. The impossible beauty of the harbor is enjoyed by millions each year, and these boating treasure troves extend far beyond the city limits. The most preferred measure of transport is skipper and yacht, although all vessels are welcome and available with a myriad of boat berths for sale.
2. Melbourne, VIC
Melbourne is famous for a lot of things, and even held the title of World’s Most Liveable City for a staggering 7 years in a row. But we wonder if you knew just how coveted this city’s boating locations were? If you are interested in a weekend of cruising in Melbourne, you must visit areas such as Queenscliff, Portarlington, Geelong and Martha Cove. If boating is more your style, visit Maribyrnong and Werribee both of which can be accessed from Port Phillip.
3. Beachport, SA
Wine aside, Beachport might be one of South Australia’s biggest pulls. It is also one of the country’s best kept secrets. The water at Beachport is crystal blue, providing endless fun for beach goers and boat enthusiasts alike. The famous long jetty is something of an iconic view for those out on the water looking back in to land, that and a collection of cray boats peacefully bounding out on the water. Exploring Beachport is a great way to see more of South Australia outside of Adelaide.
4. Palm Cove, QLD
Explore beyond Cairns next time you visit Queensland and take in the stunning sights and waters of Palm Cove. If you thought Cairns felt quiet and remote, then Palm Cove will really make you feel like you are the only boat in the world. Boat goers are treated to green foliage and an esplanade view from the water, and when it’s time to head back to land you will find some incredible local restaurants and quaint cafes.
5. Penguin, TAS
Tasmania’s northern coastline is a paradise. Not known by many, this destination has an unruly beauty and can feel like a beach and forest hybrid. The water at Penguin is still, so it’s a perfect place to anchor and take in all the beauty, or make great time when you sail to your next destination. As the name suggests, there are Penguins to be found and the best way to see them is at night at Penguin Point.
6. Margaret River, WA
You may not have thought that Margaret River would have a beach and a body of water, but that’s not the only surprise about this beautiful place. About three hours out of Perth, Margaret River has some of the best surf, beaches, forests, caves and whale spotting in the country. There are a range of luxury to budget accommodation in Margaret River for boat goers to stay during their visit.
The untamed beauty of Australia gives us diverse and memorable boating destinations that are enjoyed by those in the know. Explore more of your backyard, and take in the breathtaking sights on the water and on land.