With a coastline of several thousand kilometres, Queensland’s vast waters and inland tributaries offer a wide range of locations perfect for jet skiing. Whether it is the waterways of the populated South East corner, or the remote tropical waters of the Coral Sea in the state’s far north, these five places represent the perfect settings for taking your jet ski out and enjoying all the water sport has to offer.
Lake Maroon, Scenic Rim
Perfectly named to align with Queensland’s state colour, Lake Maroon is a man-made dam in the Scenic Rim region of Queensland, about 1 hour west of Brisbane. As well as the water being extremely clear and tranquil, there is also a launching area for jet skis and other watercraft, making access easy. With a separate area of the lake reserved for leisure watercraft, Lake Maroon’s rural setting makes it relatively uncrowded. The area also includes camping grounds and amenities, so you can dedicate an entire weekend (or longer) to indulging your passion for jet skiing and other adventurous pursuits.
Moreton Bay, Brisbane
Where the Brisbane River basin meets the sea, with more than 10 islands, Moreton Bay is a vast playground of crystal blue waters that begins just 18 kilometres east of Brisbane’s CBD. Whether you explore the Southern Moreton Bay region around North Stradbroke, Russell or and Coochiemudlo Islands, there are plenty of secluded beaches for jet skiers to pause at and appreciate the slower pace of things. For those living on the north side of the city, the Redcliff Peninsula and the waters around northern Moreton Bay offer many opportunities to explore predominantly calm waters. Dugongs and other marine including pods of dolphins can be regularly spotted.
Trinity Inlet, Cairns
Located adjacent to the Cairns CBD, Trinity Inlet is a sheltered deep water harbour with the surrounding estuaries lined with mangroves and mudflats. For those on a jet ski, the northern area around Admiralty Island allows visitors to glimpse the elusive crocodile in its natural habitat, as well as spot native bird life including ospreys and sea eagles.
Paradise Point, Gold Coast
With a number of canals and adjoining access to the Coomera and Pimpama Rivers, the waterways around the Northern Gold Coast suburb of Paradise Point make it the city’s most popular area for leisure craft. The large expansive estuary of the Gold Coast Broadwater also contains plenty of sea life. The fact that the Southern entrance to Moreton Bay can also be reached from the Gold Coast Broadwater means it offers both inland waterway and open water options for those on a jet ski.
Maroochy River, Sunshine Coast
One of the Sunshine Coast’s best secrets, the Maroochy River boasts an extensive mangrove system with an abundance of wildlife to complement the jet skiing experience. Depending on how far you want to explore inland, riders often head upstream to the mystical Dunethin Rock near the riverside town of Yandina.
These are just five great waterways around the great state of Queensland to carve up on your jet ski. Business such as JSW Powersports and others that operate in the world of watercraft will be able to give even more tailored information on when and where to jet ski in Queensland. What are your favourite places to jet ski in Queensland? Let others know with a comment! <