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Outdoor & Sporting Enthusiasts

The city offers an array of high quality facilities and services suited for any outdoor or sporting enthusiast.


Sail boats on the Broadwater

Ramp down to pontoon

With nine times more waterways than Venice, the Gold Coast is a boating paradise with over 260 kilometres of navigable waterways within the city.

The Gold Coast seaway offers convenient access to the Pacific Ocean for those interested in deep-sea fishing.

For further information, please call 07 5667 3753 or email

Boating Facilities

Council manages a number of public boatramps, jetties, pontoons and fishing facilities.

Find a list of boating facilities below.

Commercial Vessel Trial Use of Council Boating Facilities

Council is trialling commercial vessel/vehicle use of the following Council boating facilities:

Council facility Date of expiry of trial Hours of operation
Broadwater Parklands Pontoon, Southport 1 September 2015 7am - 10pm
7 days per week
Cavill Avenue Pontoon, Surfers Paradise 1 September 2015 7am - 10pm
7 days per week
The Spit Pontoon (Muriel Henchman Drive) 1 September 2015 24 hours per day
7 days per week
The Spit Boat Ramp (north - Muriel Henchman Drive) 1 September 2015 24 hours per day
7 days per week
Proud Park (eastern) Boat Ramp (Waterways Drive) 1 September 2015 24 hours per day
7 days per week
Boat ramp

There are commercial vessel size limitations and other terms and conditions of commercial use which are attached to the application form.

Find the application form below.

Responsible Boating

Many water activities we enjoy as part of our lifestyle can have an impact on the health of our waterways and catchments. Next time you're out on the water, please consider how to be responsible. It's easy to make a difference.


Fishing is a favourite past-time on the Gold Coast and Council provides a host of platforms and fishing spots for both serious and recreational anglers.

Fishing is currently prohibited from the Nerang River Bridge, Bermuda Street, Broadbeach Waters; the Tallebudgera Creek Bridge, Gold Coast Highway and where sign-posted.

Jet Skiing

Jet skiing is the coolest water sport since surfing. Our Gold Coast water playground - the ocean, Broadwater and waterways - is the best jet ski playground in the world, but let's not forget Gold Coast jet ski etiquette - Fun but Fair.

Jet skiing is prohibited at some locations.

Further Information

For for more information about tides and weather, maritime safety and events find the websites below.

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