If the smell of the sea excites you, then you have to visit this watery oasis. Enjoy spectacular views, dive down to forgotten shipwrecks and keep an eye out for playful humpback whales. It’s all right on your doorstep.

Right on Brisbane’s doorstep, stretching 125km from Caloundra to the Gold Coast, lies Morton Bay, an internationally recognised boaties paradise.

This relatively shallow marine environment hosts a vast wilderness of habitats and species, and offers countless water-based activity options to Brisbane boat owners.Morton Bay is geographically positioned between the transition zone of both tropical and temperate waters and the marine life found here is spectacular all year round.

It’s the ideal location for Brisbane boat owners to spot humpback whales and their playful calves between June and October, and the only location in Australia where herds of dugong can be found.

The Bay contains 365 islands, of which the four biggest islands are Moreton Island and Bribie Island to the north, and North and South Stradbroke Islands to the south. This group of islands feature diverse landscapes from tall dunes, miles of sandy beaches, crystal clear creeks and lagoons, coastal heath and rocky headlands.

This bay offers an underwater paradise, with a variety of dive and snorkel sites including Flat Rock, Shag Rock, Manta Ray Bommie, Middle Reef, Tangalooma Wrecks and Curtin Artificial Reefs just waiting to be explored. Sea life ranges from beautiful nudibranchs, mantis shrimp and crabs to larger turtles, manta rays, grey nurse sharks, leopard sharks and colourful schools of fish.

If this magical underwater world sounds like your ideal getaway destination then you’ll be glad to know the  East Coast Marina at Manly Boat Harbour is just a few minutes’ drive from the Brisbane CBD and offers the easiest, fastest access to Morton Bay.

Brisbane boaties don’t need to waste the summer season in a queue waiting to launch. With Brisbane’s first undercover multi-million dollar dry rack storage facility boaties can phone ahead to have their boat launched and ready to go. The multi-million dollar facility is a money saver too as owners will save on maintenance and extend the life of their boat.

East Coast Marina is open seven days a week. For more information visit eastcoastmarina.com.au.

Just so you know, this post is sponsored by East Coast Marina. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe our readers will appreciate.