If there’s one thing Australians love, it’s getting outside, with water sports being one of the top activities in the country. It’s not just the locals either; our fabulous climate and wide range of outdoor activities is a major attraction to visitors, too.
This is especially true in Queensland, where our amazing weather and stunning coastline lends itself to boating, fishing, surfing, scuba diving and more.
With 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s no surprise that water sports are amongst the top reasons why people visit the Gold Coast. From family-friendly sandy beaches to the best surf breaks in the world, the Gold Coast offers more than 70km of coastline. There’s also an abundance of safe waterways, so whether you’re into kayaking or stand up paddle boarding, or you prefer the adrenalin rush of sports fishing, you’ll find it all here.
Amongst the top-rated water sports for 2019, you’ll find both the expected and the unexpected. Surfing and kayaking are there, along with kite surfing and snorkelling, but you’ll also find aqua jetpack flying! And you can experience them all when you book Broadbeach Holiday Accommodation.
Whilst experienced scuba divers love to get out amongst the wrecks and deep gullies, the Gold Coast is unusual in that it offers amazing inshore dive sites, too. Take the Gold Coast Seaway, for example; around 370 different species of fish have been recorded just in this area!
With a year-round water temperature of 18-27 degrees Celsius, and a maximum depth of 15-20-metres, the Seaway is ideal for both beginners and experienced divers.
If you’re just starting out, the South West Wall Dive Area is perfect, with easy entry from the sandy beach and little current. There’s plenty to see here, including fish, prawns and even seahorses.
If you’re an experienced diver and you want some big fish action, head out to the South-East Wall, where you’ll spot rays, pelagic fish, schooling fish and even turtles.
Just a short drive from accommodation in Broadbeach, this is a great location to hone your diving skills. A couple of minutes further and you can experience the abundant marine life on palm Beach Reef. This is where you’ll find fabulous soft corals and sponges, with the top of the reef just 5 metres from the surface.
Broadbeach Holiday Accommodation
For a different experience, head to Narrowneck Beach, where an amazing artificial reef has been created from geotextile containers. As well as an amazing collection of fish, you’ll also spot wobbegong and nurse sharks, octopus and tiny shrimp and Nudibranchs.
If you prefer your marine life super-sized, there’s still time to do a spot of whale-watching on the Gold Coast. When you book accommodation in Broadbeach, you have a range of choices available to you.
One of the surest ways to get up close and personal is to join a half or full-day whale-watching boat tour. The tour desk at your resort will be able to help you. If you prefer to do your whale-watching with both feet on dry land, head to Elephant Rock at Currumbin Beach or Burleigh Hill at Burleigh Beach.
If you like your fish on the end of a line, you’re spoilt for choice. When it comes to top fishing spots, the Gold Coast has plenty, including Snapper Rocks, Jacobs Well and, of course, Gold Coast Seaway. Add some adrenalin to the mix by booking yourself on a deep-sea fishing charter. There are a few to choose from, many of which are located just north of Broadbeach Holiday Accommodation.
Aqua Jetpack Flying
So, how about that Aqua Jetpack Flying we mentioned? Yep, you, too, can be a superhero and fly a jetpack! One of the coolest water sports around, this is amazing technology that allows you to hover above the water. The high-powered jetpack can carry you up to 10 metres above the ground and you can travel at up to 45km/h.
If you’re looking for safe water-based activities for the younger members of your family, there’s Wet’n’Wild, of course, and also the GC Aqua Park. Southport Aqua Park reopens in September.
Surf sports fanatics should be booking their accommodation in Broadbeach now for Coolangatta Gold, over the weekend of 12/13 October. This popular event is one of the most difficult and challenging endurance races in surf sports. Anyone can enter, choosing from the 21km Short Course or 41.8km Long Course. The races combine swimming, running, board paddling and surf skiing.
If you prefer to watch the excitement, there are plenty of great spots to set yourself up for the day and enjoy the show.
The 2019 Woolworths Queensland Grommet and Junior Titles take place on the Gold Coast in September.
The Gold Coast is known as the surfing capital of Australia, attracting surfers of all abilities, from beginners to professionals. There are plenty of surfing schools in the region so it’s the ideal opportunity to learn and experience the world-renowned breaks.