Make it a great day on the water with these tips

Gold Coast boating season is here and there’s nothing better than a great day out on the water with friends, that is, until your $300 sunnies end up overboard, your gorgeous maxi dress trips you over as you climb the steps and a wave splashes your silk scarf rendering it unusable. But don’t worry, you’re not going to make any of those mistakes as we have you covered. Learn what to wear boating on the Gold Coast with these handy guidelines.


  1. Arrive with your swimsuit already on:
    Small and cramped toilets aren’t ideal for squeezing into your swimmers so by coming in it you can jump straight into the water when you arrive at your destination. Bikini or one piece, doesn’t matter, 
    though one pieces can double as a bodysuit too once you put on some shorts.
  2. Wear a button-down shirt: Multifunctional, breezy and offering sun protection, it’s a great choice tucked into shorts or tied up.
  3. Light coloured rubber soles are a must: Get it right and wear slip ons. Slip ons don’t have to compromise style, try espadrilles for an on-trend nod. Heels are a big no-no, sorry ladies. You could do a wedge if you really need some height but they are much less practical.
  4. Stretchy shorts or pants will serve you well: Shorts or three quarter pants that are light and stretchy are an absolute go-to. They allow you to get around the boat with ease and are comfortable to sit, stand and walk around in.
  5. Think very carefully if you choose to wear a dress: While you will look stylish, it may not be very functional. Long dresses make for easy tripping on, off and around boats and short dresses or flowy skirts will be trouble when the breeze comes up.
  6. Keep it simple: You’re out in the great outdoors so anything too precious you wouldn’t want getting wet is better left at home. Denim is a great option. Also don’t bring designer hats and sunnies – they are notorious for flying off the boat!
  7. Stay sun smart: Bring a hat and sunnies, as well as a back-up pair. Sunscreen is an absolute must and wear a shirt or t-shirt to protect your skin from those harmful UV rays. You can also bring a kaftan to throw over your swimsuit while eating lunch.
  8. Essentials easily forgotten: If you are wearing your swimsuit don’t forget to pack your bra and underwear. There’s nothing worse than wanting to get dry and comfy after swimming and sunbathing but you have to stay in your wet, cold swimsuit or go braless because you forgot to pack them.
  9. Take a big bag: There are many things you need on your boating day, and it’s safe to pack a few outfits in case you get wet. A large tote bag will carry clothing, beauty products, magazines and any other necessities splendidly.

For all of your Gold Coast boating fashion and style needs visit The Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove. EEV, The Sport and Leisure Cove, Harry’s Jeans and other stores will have everything you need.