23 March 2021, By Mater Lotteries

5 amazing boating destinations in South East Queensland

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Hot summers and mild winters in Queensland make for great boating year-round. From the shipwrecks at Tangalooma to the collection of islands in the Great Sandy Strait, South East Queensland is spoilt for choice for those lucky enough to own a boat! Mater Prize Home No. 294 not only has a beautiful Hamptons style home in Bribie Island, but a sensational boat and water sports package to go with it. Read on to find out where we’d take the Sea Jay 4.28m Bay Seeker included in the prize package…

 

Tangalooma

1. Tangalooma Wrecks

Although relatively unknown to those living outside of Brisbane, the Tangalooma wrecks just off the coast of Moreton Island is a popular destination for locals on the weekends and school holidays. A man-made wonder, the wrecks comprise of a group of 15 vessels intentionally sunk to provide a break wall and safe place for small boats to anchor, perfect for recreational boat owners to explore. Pack the snorkelling gear—the coral formation in and around the wrecks attract an array of marine life to these turquoise waters including over 100 species of fish, dolphins, wobbegongs and dugongs!

 

Peel Island

2. Peel Island

Located 4 kilometres from Cleveland lies Peel Island, the perfect destination if you need an escape to a secluded paradise not too far from the mainland. Also known as Teerk Roo Ra (Place of Many Shells) by the local Quandamooka people, Peel Island is only accessible by boat or a watercraft. For a small fee, you can stay overnight, so pack your camping gear and bring all the essentials as the only facility on the island is a toilet block. Go swimming in the beautiful waters of Horseshoe Bay, explore the shipwreck at Platypus Bay, or trek the tracks used when the island was a leper colony to explore all the natural beauty of the island. There are some restrictions on fishing, so be sure to check the Moreton Bay Marine Park map for information.

 

Pumicestone Passage

3. Pumicestone Passage

With Pumicestone Passage literally at its doorstep, Mater Prize Home No. 294 is in a prime location to access these pristine waters. This 35-kilometre stretch of water separating the mainland has a unique ecosystem. The protected waterways of the passage provide a haven for one of the highest diversities of coastal and marine life—dolphins, dugongs, sea turtles, and nearly 20,000 migratory shorebirds a year call this place home—making it a nature lover’s dream! For the keen fishing enthusiast, you won’t leave disappointed with an abundance of fish such as bream, flathead, whiting, mangrove jack and tailor commonly caught in these waters. Make a camping trip out of it and set sail to Mission Point—only accessible by boat—for the ultimate fishing expedition. The calm waters of the passage is also a wonderland for all types of water sports, be it kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, or jet skiing.

 

North Stradbroke Island

4. North Stradbroke Island

Just a hop, skip and jump away from Brisbane is where you’ll find North Stradbroke Island, or Minjerribah as it’s known to the traditional owners, the Quandamooka people. Anchor your boat and make a day, or several days of your time at Straddie—the world’s second largest sand island—as there’s plenty to see and do to suit everyone! Take to the waters for swimming, fishing and surfing, or to the national parks to explore the freshwater lakes, gorges and the local wildlife. Learn about the culture and history from a local Aboriginal guide or take it easy and relax by the beach while the rest of the world goes by. Head over from June to November and you’re likely to catch a glimpse of the magnificent migrating humpback whales.

 

Great Sandy Strait

5. The Great Sandy Strait

While North Straddie is the second largest sand island in the world, The Great Sandy Strait is home to the largest—heritage-listed Fraser Island, known as K’gari to the Butchulla people. Fraser Island forms a unique seaward barrier, providing sheltered waters for boaties to cruise through. Recognised in 2009 by UNESCO, the Great Sandy Strait Biosphere is a significant and complex collection of ecosystems and diverse landscape that extends 70 kilometres south from Hervey Bay to Inskip Point. It’s an important breeding habitat for various fish, crustaceans, dugongs, dolphins and turtles; as well as a protected feeding ground for migratory birds, with humpback whales also making a pitstop to rest in the calm waters during their yearly migration. Navigate your boat to the pristine beaches of Fraser Island, discover other islands dotting the strait like Big Woody, Pannikin and Round Bush, or head further south towards Tin Can Bay.

You could explore these unique destinations in your very own Sea Jay 4.28m Bay Seeker boat part of the Mater Prize Home No. 294 prize package, which also includes a $6,000 BCF voucher to spend as you choose! Don’t miss your chance to win this waterfront Bribie Island home PLUS a boat and water sports package worth a total of $1,594,096.

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