Gold coast Seaway
The Gold Coast Seaway or Southport Seaway is the main navigation entrance used on our charters from the Pacific Ocean in and out of the Gold Coast Broadwater and southern Moreton Bay. It is one of Australia’s most significant coastal engineering projects completed. It is located at the northern end of the Spit at Main beach where the Nerang River enters the open Ocean. The channel was built between 1984 and 1986, primarily to facilitate the safe passage of sea-going vessels. The passage was previously known as the Southport Bar (a very dangerous crossing originally). The mouth of the Nerang River was once located further south in Broadbeach. The main driving force for this movement is the northward drift of sand along the coast. This northward drift was responsible for the unstable and shifting conditions of the bar, which made crossing it so hazardous for small boats. Two large rock walls were constructed which greatly increased safety for vessels wishing to cross the bar.
The man made entrance provides safe passage for both recreational and commercial vessel operators and can be quite busy at times. It is ideal for fisherman who wish to travel offshore to chase a myriad of both Pelagic and bottom dwelling species such as Snapper, Teraglin, Cobia, Mackerel, Marlin, Kingfish, Mahi Mahi and many more. There are numerous reefs within easy reach of the Gold coast Seaway entrance for those who are keen to get amongst the action.
Whale sightings are also an added bonus once out of the seaway and on the open ocean. Southern humpback whales migrate up and down the coast between June-November every year. Remember to not get too close in your boat and keep a safe distance.
Along the southern wall of the seaway you will find the Gold coast seaway tower, which in manned by locals for Volunteer marine rescues and coast guard. They provide a continuous listening watch on marine frequencies. It is advisable that all vessels log on with the tower before proceeding in to open waters.