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State boat harbours

There are 11 government-owned state boat harbours in Queensland. These were developed as part of a commitment by the government in the 1960s and 1970s to promote small-craft activities along the Queensland coast.

Boat harbours were initially established for safe launching and mooring of vessels at about one day's sailing distance apart.

 Boat harbour Managed by 
Manly Maritime Safety Queensland
Cabbage Tree Creek (Shorncliffe) Maritime Safety Queensland
Scarborough Maritime Safety Queensland
Mooloolaba Maritime Safety Queensland
Snapper Creek (Tin Can Bay) Maritime Safety Queensland
Urangan (Hervey Bay) Maritime Safety Queensland
Burnett Heads Gladstone Ports Corporation
Rosslyn Bay (near Yeppoon) Maritime Safety Queensland
Ross Creek Port of Townsville Limited
Bowen Maritime Safety Queensland
Port Douglas Cairns Regional Council

Maritime Safety Queensland owns and maintains the public boating infrastructure (boat ramps, pontoons, jetties and breakwaters) in all 11 harbours and is responsible for maintaining the entrance and internal navigation channels to those facilities. The boat harbour managers are responsible for dredging the internal channels that service commercial areas within the harbours and harbour lessees (such as marinas) are responsible for maintenance dredging within their water leases.

Maritime Safety Queensland manages its boat harbours according to commercial principles. It also provides other services, such as maintaining public facilities and contract dredging, in cooperation with boat harbour managers.

Boat harbours also service a number of key local industries that are the foundation of regional marine employment.

If you have any questions about state boat harbours, email

Last updated
04 September 2013