Amazing islands to explore around the Gold Coast of Queensland

By Heather Hansen | Posted 29 October, 2021

There’s no denying the Gold Coast was built for fun. With year round great weather and unlimited options when it comes to relaxing and enjoying yourself, the Gold Coast is the ultimate playground. But did you know it’s also a boating paradise, with calm, clear waterways, incredible marine life and uninhabited islands? 


And the best part is - as these Islands are, well, islands - they are only accessible by boat, which means no crowds. Plus, let’s be honest, you really can’t beat that feeling of pulling up in your own private boat.

1. South Stradbroke Island

Affectionately known as South Straddie by the locals, it’s hard to believe this tucked away island is so close to the hussle and bussle of the city. This hidden gem is one of the Gold Coast's best kept secrets, complete with gorgeous sandy beaches, framed by natural bushland. Cruise along the shoreline and you’ll definitely be treated to friendly wallabies as well. This little piece of paradise is the perfect place to drop anchor, fire up the BBQ and unwind. As the crystal clear waters lap gently against your boat, even the most timid of swimmers will be tempted to jump in and cool down. This protected spot is also great for paddle boarding or simply relaxing from the comfort of your deck.

2. Wavebreak Island 

Ever dreamed of sailing to your own deserted island? Well now you can, and you don’t even have to face the rough offshore seas. This man-made island was created in the 80’s to protect the rest of the Broadwater from waves, so be sure to thank it as your boat glides, without interruption, through these beautiful calm waters, without a worry of where to put your drink. Wavebreak Island is the perfect spot for snorkeling as it boasts an incredible array of marine life from bottlenose dolphins to turtles. This little island feels a million miles away from city life and if it wasn’t for the glorious skyline of the city shimmering in the background you really could believe you’d just washed up there.

3 Moreton Island 

Just a bit north of the Gold Coast, the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of Moreton Island make this one special place and an amazing location to hire a private boat. Take a tour around the island and enjoy secluded spots away from tourists, If you do encounter crowds, simply smile, safe in the knowledge you are on your own private boat and can easily drift away to somewhere quieter. Head to the western side of the island to find the Tangalooma Wrecks. Their rusty remains poking above the water let you know you are truly on a great adventure, a million miles from the responsibilities of work and life. Jump in and explore even more, as teams of tropical fish show you their home. And, if you don’t feel like swimming, sit back and relax, you’re on island time now.