Top three quiet anchorages on the Sunshine Coast
FEW areas can boast the choice of waterways that can be found on the Sunshine Coast.
The Coast boasts a high rate of boat ownership - one in 17 residents has access to a boat, and lots of them are underused.
But a day out on the water need not be a major expedition.
With the help of local boaties, we came up with three top local spots to drop anchor and enjoy peace on a piece of blue.
1 Laguna Bay, Noosa
How to get there: If you're not passing through on your way north or south along the coast, put in at the boat ramp on Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. Turn at the Thomas St roundabout.
Why it's great: Laguna Bay offers shelter when bad weather is blowing in from the south. It's also big enough to take your pick of spots. In summer, it's probably easier to get to the beach and Hastings St from the water than to fight the traffic.
Tips: Bring some decent clothes and your wallet in case you want to go out - or should we say in - for lunch.
2 Pumicestone Passage
How to get there: Pumicestone Passage is the channel that runs between the northern tip of Bribie Island and the mainland at Caloundra. Take your pick of boat ramps at Golden Beach on Churchill St, the Esplanade, Short St, and June St, or Tripcony Lane, Caloundra.
Why it's great: You can stop at a different spot in the Passage every day of the week. Try the Blue Hole, Military Jetty, Coochin Creek, Bells Creek or Golden Beach.
Tips: The Military Jetty area is a great spot to throw in a line as this is the main thoroughfare for fish entering and leaving the passage. But it's also a busy spot, so target it early in the morning or late in the afternoon if you plan to fish. Mooring times may also be limited.
3 Noosa River
How to get there: Try the boat ramp at Gympie Tce, Noosaville, accessed off the Thomas St roundabout. Or the Tewantin boat ramp at Doonella St.
Why it's great: The river has good fishing, particularly around Munna Bridge and Beach and the Lions Park. When Noosa is busy, head upstream to Tewantin and leave the rat race in your wake.
Tips: Take your crab pots, too.