Do you know how far is the Sunshine Coast from the Gold Coast in Australia?

How far is it from Sunshine Coast to The Gold Coast? Which import dock is close to this? My husband likes to speedboat, are these coastlines for surfing or are they good for boating?


City: Brisbane

State: Queensland

Country: Australia


Hiya Cristina

The Sunshine Coast is an easy two to three hours drive, north, of the Gold Coast

The region is primarily comprised of several coastal towns starting at Bongaree, in the Birbie Island National Park, and extending around 80 miles north up to Rainbow Beach, on the border of the Great Sandy National Park. The principal resort towns in the area are Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Marcoola, Coolum, Peregian and the beautiful Noosa - one of the most stylish resorts in Australia.

Before anything else needs to be considered – your husband must also possess . .
An Australian Recreational marine driver licence

In Queensland, a marine licence is required to operate a recreational boat which is powered by a motor greater than 4.5 kW (over 6 HP) and you must have a personal watercraft (PWC) licence to operate a personal watercraft.

Valid marine licences
Licences issued by Maritime Safety Queensland in accordance with the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 and include:
• recreational marine driver licence
• recreational ship master's licence
• speed boat driver's licence
• current commercial marine licences as master - for example coxswain.

Obtaining a Queensland recreational marine driver licence
To obtain a Queensland recreational marine driver licence you must:
• be aged 16 years or older
• demonstrate you are competent to navigate and manage a recreational boat by successfully completing an approved BoatSafe licence training course
• you must complete the Medical Fitness Disclosure Statement (PDF**, 26KB)and present it to the BoatSafe training provider at enrolment for the BoatSafe course. If you are unable to complete the Medical Fitness Disclosure Statement due to concern about your medical fitness, you should contact Maritime Safety Queensland on +61 7 3120 7354
• provide satisfactory evidence of identity - a photographic Queensland driver licence (current or expired less than two years) is acceptable.
Queensland's boat licensing fee is A$38.65 for a life-time recreational marine driver licence.
Recognition of other qualifications, training or experience
The Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 and its subordinate legislation provide an alternative to the completion of the full BoatSafe competency based training and assessment course. The recognition of prior learning (RPL) process caters for those who can provide evidence of other relevant qualifications, training or experience in vessel operations. If this relates to your situation please contact an approved BoatSafe training provider for consideration and assessment under the recognition of prior learning process.
Assessment in remote locations
BoatSafe provides for assessment by approved Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol assessors in remote locations within Queensland. This service is only available where the location is not and can not be serviced by an approved BoatSafe training provider and the person seeking assessment is a bona fide resident in the remote location. Maritime Safety Queensland can not guarantee the delivery of this service to those who do not meet these criteria. Visitors to remote areas should therefore ensure a recreational marine driver licence, if required, is acquired in advance of their visit.
This information can be found here on this link:

Queensland Beaches in the northern part of Australia rank among the best in the world for virtually every possible condition. The large selection of beaches along the 7400km coastline covers all environments from exciting large surf beaches to relaxing calm water beaches. The water temperature is comfortable, the sun beams down all year-round, and facilities at Queensland Beaches are convenient and useful.

More information can be found here

and if you are not able to get hold of a recreational marine driver’s license but still wish to undertake speed boating activities then I have included the following links for you

Hope these help


Hi Cristina,

Thanks for the question - in terms of distance between the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, each is about an hour's drive from Brisbane - The Sunshine Coast heading North, and the Gold Coast / Surfers Paradise heading south.

In a lot of ways the whole coastline in this part of the world is a bit of a boaties' paradise, with a wide range of various marinas and docks available, and a variety of waterways, inlets, canals and secluded bays dotted up and down the coast.

There are many businesses operating a variety of yacht charter and houseboat hire in the region, along with jet boating, parasailing, jetski hire and other water based activities, so there is certainly an abundance of options!

In terms of speedboats, as mentioned many of the areas are frequented by jetskis, speedboats, parasailing and jetboating activities, so speed is definitely not a problem! There are also a number of televised ocean speedboat races that have been held off the coast over the years as well.

The Gold Coast especially is well known for it's waterways, and the variety of activities available.

There are a good number of property developments right alongt the Nerang River, which makes it's way out to the Ocean at the Southport Spit. From there you can either head out to the Pacific Ocean, or continue to make your way up the Broadwater to the Stradbroke Islands (North & South Stradbroke) and up to Moreton Bay at Brisbane before continuing up inside Bribie Island to Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast (Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and further up to Noosa).

There are a number of sources for marine maps of the area, but would suggest that for an initial look would be to check out Google Maps of the area which will give you a good idea / overview of the channels, islands, inlets and waterways in the area.

One good site for all things marine in Queensland is the Marine Safety Queensland website - which give a good overview of Queensland waterways, information and waterways charts which are available for purchase. If you are serious about boating in the area, this is a good resource to start.

Anyhow, I hope the information is helpful and I have adequately answered your enquiry! If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask - if I can be of further assistance, let me know!

Kind regards,
Matt Halloran PTM
Hi Cristina, your queries have been well and truley answered, very good information supplied by 'the locals'.
Have fun sounds like a great rip.
im sorry friend but i didnt know yet about this place..i never traveled to other place..
Both the coasts have really rough water. Another great place to go boating is off the coast of brisbane. Places like redcliff where they hold a speedboat grandprix every year. These areas in the bay are protected by moreton island and they are beautiful all year round.

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