The legendary Southern Haven facility on South Stradbroke Island is the envy of many local boating clubs. The Members of MBTBC are lucky to have this fantastic benefit as the Haven is a popular destination when boating on the Broadwater.

In the 1980s, the government authorities granted Subleases of areas on the Island for boating clubs along Tipplers Passage. The Southern Haven offers a waterfront island paradise with a large dining hall, BBQ facilities, hot showers, toilets, generator and lighting. To access the facilities, members will require a key from the club. Walking tracks on the island can take you to the surf beach, Tipplers Licensed Café or Couran Cove Resort.

The Southern Haven is for the exclusive enjoyment of MBTBC full members and their guests, and is well worth a visit. It offers the opportunity to meet and socialise with your fellow club members and is a terrific weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

There are many routes and options to get there and here are five of the most common paths. Maps of the waterways are available from MSQ.

1. FROM MANLY– Main Channel

After departing the harbour and passing King Island, head south to Coochiemudlo Island. The approach to Coochiemudlo should be taken on the eastern side, as there is very little water in the western channel. Continue south past Redland Bay and Weinham Creek, and you will come across the Karagarra W’s to the east. Now in Main Channel, venture further south past the Logan River, Stieglitz and Jacob’s Well. Masted vessels must take care at the entrance to the Logan River where power lines are at the height of 20.3m (HAT). After passing Calypso Bay on your starboard, you’ll enter the Broadwater. From the north cardinal at the top of Tulleen Island, you can enter Tipplers Passage from either the north or south of the Neverfail Islands.

2. FROM MANLY – Canaipa Passage

This time, instead of heading south to Coochiemudlo Island, set a course south-east for Peel Island. Continue heading south-east past Peel Island and Horseshoe Bay, and you’ll arrive at the Pelican Banks. You can either pass the banks on the western side at MacLeay Island or the eastern side following the North Stradbroke coastline. Following the marked channel, you’ll find yourself at the northern end of Russell Island. Overhead powerlines at Canaipa Point are set at the height of 20m (HAT) for masted vessels. Canaipa Passage is the easternmost route through to the Broadwater and is a scenic pathway through the Southern Bay Islands. Although a shallower channel, Canaipa Passage is navigable on a rising tide with shallow points at Oak Island and the Slipping Sands. Always follow the channel markers as there is not much water in the surrounding estuaries. The exit of the passage brings you into the Broadwater at the Jumpinpin Bar where you head further south to Tipplers Passage passing between The Bedroom and Gold Bank.


For trailer boats and PWC, a public ramp is available at the township of Jacob’s Well. The ramp is situated next to the Volunteer Marine Rescue base. Other ramps are available at Cabbage Tree Point and Horizon Shores. From the boat ramp, head east along the marked channel then south at the

Tulleen Island north cardinal. For planing vessels and PWC, the faster route is south through the Neverfail Islands with a short trip north to the Haven.


If not taking your own vessel, there are regular Ferries to South Stradbroke Island via Couran Cove Resort. The ferry service departs Hope Harbour Marina daily, and fees are $30 per adult and $15 per child for a return trip. Sand tracks will take you to the Haven from the resort with a leisurely walk of just over one kilometre. Accommodation is available at the resort, or you can stay in the Tipplers Campground huts adjacent to the Southern Haven. For more details visit


Broadwater Taxis provide a service from Runaway Bay Marina for up to seven passengers per trip. It’s a short trip, and the taxi can drop you at the public pontoon that less than one hundred metres from the Southern Haven. Rates are currently $170 return for up to seven passengers. For more details visit

These are just some of the options for visiting the Southern Haven. For more information, please contact the club’s Southern Haven Rep, John Willis or ask at the club reception.


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