5 must do Gold Coast Watersports activities



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Best Gold Coast Watersport Activities

With spring now in full swing on the Gold Coast and a current average water temperature of 22° heading upwards to 26° in summer.
Now is the perfect time to dust of those swimmers and head out into the crystal clear waters of the Broadwater and Gold Coast beaches.

We have compiled a list of the ‘must-do’ Gold Coast watersports activities to inspire you to get your toes wet and make the most of this water playground that is right here on our doorstep. Our local experts have worked hard to dig deep and provide you with some insiders tip’s on making the most of your watersports adventure.

Jet Ski Tours

This is no puttering along in a figure of eight resort jet ski circuit.
The team at
Jet Ski Safaris will take you off the beaten track on a guided, small group tour through the Broadwater. You will explore hidden mangrove fringed channels unaccessible by boats, cruise past sand bars covered in birds and journey through narrow tidal passages as you explore the Moreton bay Marine Park by jetski. You may even be lucky enough to be escorted by a pod of Dolphins which are often seen on tour.

Covering a geographical area of up to 80km with 1hr, 1.5hr and 2.5hr safari options, you can choose the tour that best suits your level of adventure, time and budget. The 1.5hr and 2.5hr Jet Ski safaris also include a refreshments break at Tipplers Bar on South Stradbroke Island, a popular spot for local mariners, and local golden wallabies who like to hang around the picnic tables waiting for a treat.

Insiders Tip

If you take the 1.5hr jet ski tour on a Sunday morning, there is an extended stay at Tipplers South Stradbroke Island and the option for you enjoy the all you can eat buffet breakfast on offer at the resort for an additional $17 per person.

Birdseye view from the Gold Coast
2 people on a jet ski
several people lined up on jet skies

Scuba Diving

When it was constructed in 1985, Wave Break Island’s primary purpose was to capture storm waves and protect the western foreshore of the Broadwater. Since then it has become a recreational hotpot for boaties and kayakers and is home to over 50 different species of fish and other marine life. Making it one of the top spots for snorkelling and scuba diving on the Gold Coast.

With more than 60,000 dives on the Gold Coast in the past 20 years, Queensland Scuba Diving are the underwater experts and offer everything from snorkelling through to PADI Instructor certification. They even have boogie boards with view holes for those that just wish to float about. Explore the rainbow under the waves with Queensland Scuba Diving.

If you have friends or family who would love to join in the experience but prefer to stay on-board a discounted ‘observers ticket’ can be purchased for them, subject to availability.

Insiders Tip

Always wanted to try SCUBA Diving but not qualified? For $119 you can do an ‘Introductory SCUBA dive’ This dive is purely for pleasure –no experience necessary. You will be accompanied by a certified PADI instructor throughout the whole dive.

Scuba Diving Boat
Two scuba divers underwater

Jet Boating

Did you know the Gold Coast has an average of 300 days of sunshine per year? How lucky are we! The team at Paradise Jet Boating use this to their full advantage,  providing exciting jet boat adventures through the Gold Coast Broadwater all year round. Sit back and relax…well kind of… as your professional jet boat skipper takes you on an fun adventure through the waterways, past the sandbars and along the channels of the Gold Coast Broadwater and Sovereign Islands. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including Dolphins, Wallabies and Dugongs as you cruise through the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Your tour also includes guided commentary by your driver who will share interesting facts along the tour.

Yes you’ll get wet, yes you’ll have fun, so hold on tight and enjoy the ride!

55 minute Broadwater Adventure rides depart 9am to 4pm daily and prices start from $54 for kids and $72for adults. This is one of the most popular Gold Coast watersports so don’t miss out book today.

Insiders Tip

Don’t have your own car? No worries. Paradise Jet Boating offer a free pick up service from Surfers Paradise and Main Beach hotels, and can even drop you at SeaWorld after your ride. They also sell a combo ticket including the jet boating and Sea World entry for $157 so why not make a day of it?

Jetboat cruising past beach
Customers having fun and getting wet on a jet boat in mid spin with blue sky


Have you ever imagined being harnessed next to your BFF and hoisted high into the sky by a giant parachute as the crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches sparkle below you? Well my friend you’ve been dreaming of going Parasailing and the professional team at Gold Coast Watersports based at Mariners Cove Marina can help you bring that dream to life.

The complete parasailing experience takes approximately one hour and includes a short boat ride out into the Broadwater where your skipper finds the perfect location to set sail. You and your companion will be buckled and are then slowly released off the back of the boat into the air where you will soar above the Broadwater taking into 360 degree views towards Surfers Paradise. Once everyone has completed their experience, it’s a short boat ride back to the marina where you can check out your photos.

Parasailing with Gold Coast Watersports is suitable for children 8 years and above and costs $80pp twin share for a tandem experience.

Insiders tip – You can even choose if you’d like to get your toes wet or stay dry, just let your skipper know before you fly if you’d like to be ‘dipped’.


2 people high in the air parasailing
2 girls happy parasailing


Voted no2 in the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards 2019 Best Beaches in Australia, Surfers Paradise beach is undoubtedly a Gold Coast icon. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, one of the best ways to immerse yourself into the Surfers Paradise environment and lifestyle is through one of Australia’s favourite past-times, surfing.

Learning to surf is easy with Get Wet Surf School who have been teaching learn to surf since 2004. Andrew and Kerri Jekyll pride themselves on providing their lessons where the locals learn. They run their lessons in the safe waters of Main Beach just north of Surfers Paradise, the very same area they taught their own three children to surf. Don’t worry if you don’t have a car a free courtesy shuttle is available from your hotel.  A 2 hour surfing lesson including all equipment will set you back $68 for adults, $63 for kids 12 years and older. Your experienced and knowledgeable instructor will have you up on the board and hanging ten in no time.

Insiders Tip

The Get Wet Surf School check in location is at their system business Get Coffee on Main… so why not re-fuel with a smashed avo on toast and barista coffee after your lesson.

4 kids learning to surf
Two girls sitting on surf boards with arms in the air

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