One of the best reasons to own a boat is the ability to discover parts of the country so far off the beaten path, they can only be reached by water. Though not the case for all of our top destinations, the sentiment still applies.
A rare archipelago consisting of 122 islands. Many remain untouched and are host to more than a few wayward shipwrecks.
Shark Bay and Further North
Shark Bay, Coral Bay and Exmouth are beautiful, with excellent marine facilities, world-famous friendly dolphin population and wild, rugged coastline.
Port Stephens / Myall Lakes
Ocean-going cruiser or kayak alike, Port Stephens is a natural boating heaven. Watch whales as you haul in mahi mahi, or travel up to Myall Lakes National Park surrounded by swans and forest.
The Big River
The Clarence is over 300km of river lined with sugarcane fields, rainforest and historic port towns. Catch the biggest wild bass in Australia or tackle rapids in a whitewater canoe.
These 150 islands and islets are surrounded by brilliant turquoise waters. Most are national parks, with Whitehaven Beach stretching over 7km with clear, azure waters and silica sand.
Ironically called Australia’s best kept boating secret, the islands boast excellent fishing, snorkelling and anchorages with famous sites like the Tangalooma Wrecks and Days Gutter to explore.