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Recreational boating infrastructure

Many residents and visitors enjoy boating in Queensland. This number is growing every year and adding to the pressure on the capacity of existing facilities such as boat ramps, pontoons and jetties.

Transport and Main Roads provides recreational boat owners with safe and convenient access to Queensland’s magnificent waterways by providing the majority of public boating facilities throughout the state. The department provides recreational boating infrastructure in conjunction with councils, port authorities, clubs, developers, and private enterprise.

Transport and Main Roads owns over 300 public boating facilities. Approximately $10 million is allocated annually to maintain these facilities.

The Queensland Government has committed $30 million to a 2-year extension of the Marine Infrastructure Fund commencing from July 2018 to provide additional facilities and upgrade existing facilities. Funding has been fully allocated until June 2020.

Transport and Main Roads builds recreational boating facilities through a joint funding arrangement with councils and port authorities. Under this long standing process the department provides in-water components of a facility and local governments or port authorities provide the land-based components and manage the whole facility when completed.

Other entities, including councils, port authorities, clubs and private enterprise also provide boating facilities for public use throughout the state.

More detailed information on the provision of boating facilities can be found on the following pages:

Marine Infrastructure Investment Program 
The Marine Infrastructure Investment Program is a rolling program of projects for recreational boating infrastructure and related services.

Project proposal process
Project proposals can be submitted by local governments or port authorities for new recreational boating facilities projects and for major maintenance works on existing facilities. Successful proposals are included in the rolling program of works.

Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study 2017
The Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study 2017 analyses demand based on boating registrations and population data, and recommends projects for each local government area in Queensland. The study will be used by TMR, the Gold Coast Waterways Authority, councils, and port and water authorities as one tool to assist in planning future works programs.

Dredging is sometimes needed to deepen and widen harbours and channels. Dredging maintains navigable access in many waterways for recreational and commercial users.

State boat harbours
There are 10 government-owned state boat harbours in Queensland which were developed to promote boating and support marine-related industries along the Queensland coast.

Current boating infrastructure projects
Marine Infrastructure projects currently underway and their estimated completion date can be found here.

Gold Coast boating facilities and dredging 

From 1 July 2013, responsibility for all boating infrastructure works, dredging and operation of the Gold Coast Seaway was transferred to the Gold Coast Waterways Authority. For information about boating facilities on the Gold Coast, visit the Gold Coast Waterways Authority website or contact the office at 07 5539 7350 or

Have your say

If you feel there is a need for improved boating infrastructure in your area, please contact the relevant Local government (council) or port authority in the first instance as all Transport and Main Roads owned facilities are developed and managed in cooperation with local management authorities.

For more information on recreational boating infrastructure or to provide comments, you can also contact the department by email or telephone at 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Last updated
20 November 2019