Recreational Boating Facilities

Recreational boating continues to grow in Queensland with an additional 10,464 vessels registered over the 2 years from March 2020 (263,131 vessels) to March 2022 (273,595). Maritime Safety Queensland a branch of the Department of Transport and Main Roads is seeking your feedback on the demand for recreational boating facilities, feedback on current facilities and suggestions about new facilities in Queensland.  

The survey will help us and other agencies prioritise future projects, inform the way boating infrastructure is built, and provide valuable input to the Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study 2022.

In assessing future project priorities, we and other agencies consider the following:

  • facility location
  • environmental constraints and opportunities
  • the nature of recreational boating in the area
  • statewide and regional equity
  • access to remote areas
  • costs and construction feasibility.

Stakeholder and community input is a vital part of this engagement so your feedback on boating infrastructure across the state is important. If you don't want to complete the survey but have information that you think we need to know about, you can email us direct at BoatingInfrastructure@msq.qld.gov.au.

Answer an online survey

  • Recreational boating facilities

    The survey will help us and other agencies prioritise future projects, inform the way boating infrastructure is built, and provide valuable input to the Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study 2022.

    Trailer boat facilities 

    We provide over 500 recreational boating assets in Queensland including boat ramps, pontoons, jetties, floating walkways, dredged channels and so on. Trailer boat facility questions relate to those facilities used primarily by trailerable vessels such as power trailer boats, trailer sailers, personal watercraft.

    Land‑based facilities such as car parking, toilets, lighting, bbqs, landscaping and so on are the responsibility of local councils. Foreshore recreational facilities like canoe launching steps (ramps) are also council provided.   

    Non-trailerable vessel facilities

    Approximately 5% of vessels registered in Queensland are non-trailerable. This can be because the vessel is too large or the owner prefers to leave it in the water.

    There are 10 state boat harbours some of which contain private marinas. The following boat harbours are state-owned:

    • Bowen
    • Cabbage Tree Creek
    • Manly
    • Mooloolaba
    • Nelly Bay
    • Rosslyn Bay
    • Scarborough
    • Snapper Creek
    • Urangan

    Non-trailerable vessel facility questions relate to facilities provided by us for use by non-trailerable recreational vessels such as large power boats and yachts.