Boating Maps & Tide Information
Boating Maps 

Beacon to Beacon was previously sold in hard-copy – now Boating Maps are available to download for free from Maritime Safety Queensland’s website.

As well as bridge heights, these comprehensive boating maps contain important information about channels, navigation markers, safety information and boat ramp locations – similar to a street directory for the waterways. As a responsible boat owner and user of the waterways, no boatie should be without one.

The maps are intended for recreational boating and should be used as a guide for navigation. Care should be taken when navigating outside waterways not marked by navigation aids.

Tide Information

The Queensland Tide Tables Guide comes in a handy A5 size and contains everything you need to know about tidal predictions for Queensland standard ports as well as instructions for calculating tides at many other locations. It also covers public moorings, advice on fishing and sun and moon rise and moon phases, making it a must have for ALL waterways users.

You can buy a Tide Tables Guide from Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centres, selected newsagents, boating and tackle shops and speciality bookshops. For more information about tides visit Maritime Safety Queensland’s website

Safety on our waterways
Maritime Safety Queensland is responsible for:

  • improving maritime safety for shipping and small craft through regulation and education
  • minimising vessel-sourced waste and responding to marine pollution
  • providing essential maritime services such as aids to navigation and vessel traffic services
  • encouraging and supporting innovation in the maritime industry.

Be a responsible skipper, before you head out on the water check out MSQ’s safety tips.

Additional Resources

I've had an accident / broken down! What do I do?
Marine Incidents

An accident on the water is known as a ‘marine incident’. Common marine incidents include groundings; capsize and swamping; fires; collisions with other boats, buoys, jetties and pontoons; falls within a boat and persons overboard.Marine incidents are required by law to be reported to a shipping inspector within 48 hours.

Incidents involving injuries to people must always be reported even if the boat does not sustain any material damage. If in doubt about whether an incident is reportable, report it. For all information regarding marine incidents, including Marine Incident Report forms and data on marine incidents, please visit Maritime Safety Queensland’s website.

Break downs

Several local organisations can help you out if the unfortunate happens and you find yourself in trouble on the water.

Some of these are membership organisations such as Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) and Coastguard. But don’t wait until you are in trouble, like everything we do on the water the key is to be prepared so make sure you have a break down plan before you head out including who to call (and their phone number!) for help

Boat ramps, jetties and pontoons
The City of Gold Coast has a great informative Boating Facility Location Guide. Check out the public boat ramps, jetties and pontoons here. 

If you’re looking to build a boat ramp, pontoon or jetty etc. please see our Tidal Works Factsheet to see whether your proposal considers and satisfies the appropriate points.

Gone fishing?

Recreational fishing rules and regulations

Know your size and possession limits!

Queenslanders are keen anglers! Each year, more than 700,000 fish for recreation, with anglers taking home around 8500 tonnes of fin fish, crabs and prawns. Queensland’s fisheries resources are also important for tourism, attracting anglers from around Australia and the world.

If you intend to fish recreationally in our waterways it is important you are fully aware of the rules and regulations in place that protect fish species and the sustainability of the industry. Make sure you’re fully aware of the rules that apply to the area you are intending to fish by checking out the links below:
Who enforces speed limits on the water?

Have you read our handy guide called Who’s Who in the Blue?

We appreciate that speeding is an important issue. Water Police and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol have been set up to enforce speeding and other unsafe on-water behavior.

Speeding boats can be reported to the Water Police through Policelink, either online at: or by calling 131 444. The Water Police are happy to take your report and give you an email address if you would like to send in photos or videos.

Alternatively, please contact Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol on 13 25 23.

Last updated: 17 April 2018