Scarborough Boat Harbour

Scarborough Boat Harbour is a vibrant part of the Redcliffe Peninsula community. We are currently undertaking a master planning process to help guide future activities at the boat harbour.

Scarborough Boat Harbour is 1 of 8 state owned and operated boat harbours on the Queensland coast and hosts dry standings and wet berths, plus 2 public boat ramps (one at each end of the harbour). Scarborough Boat Harbour offers boating and cruising yacht facilities of particular significance for Australia's eastern seaboard.

The current function of Scarborough Boat Harbour is to:

  • provide safe and efficient access and refuge for recreational and commercial vessels
  • promote activities that are commercially and environmentally sustainable, support the maritime industry, and generate local employment and tourism.


  • Improves safety
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

We are now creating a master plan for the Scarborough Boat Harbour. The draft master plan will:

  • establish a new long-term vision
  • continue to provide safe and efficient access to Queensland waters
  • continue to provide berthing for recreational and commercial vessels
  • continue to promote activities that are commercially and environmentally sustainable, support the maritime industry, and generate local employment and tourism
  • identify potential opportunities and constraints
  • support the development of a sense of identity, increased activity and connections 
  • support leasing and investment decisions.

Have your say 

Consultation on the Scarborough Boat Harbour Draft Master Plan is now live, and you are invited to have your say. 

Consultation is open for 4 weeks from 9am, Monday 13 November to midnight on Monday 11 December. Read the draft master plan and provide your feedback

The draft master plan has been informed by: 

  • community feedback that we gathered in October 2021
  • more targeted stakeholder engagement
  • technical information and analysis including:
    •  marine infrastructure and operations
    • economics, supply chain and tourism
    • land and marine environmental values
    • property and leasing
    • planning and urban design
    • noise and air quality.

About the Scarborough Boat Harbour Draft Master Plan 

The Scarborough Boat Harbour Draft Master Plan, when finalised will be a strategic decision-making tool that will provide greater certainty to government, investors, tenants, stakeholders and the community about the Scarborough Boat Harbour’s future form and activity. The final master plan will be a non-statutory document used to guide future leasing and development decisions and implementation actions over time, while working within Queensland’s existing legislative and governance processes.

Goal for master planning at Scarborough Harbour 

Our goal for the master planning at Scarborough Harbour is to sustainably address a growing maritime industry, engage the community, enhance the function and quality of the harbour, and elevate the harbour’s recreation and tourism role in a manner that protects the important ecological values and processes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and surrounds.

Development of the draft master plan

We engaged a team of technical experts to drive the development of the master plan and have been engaging with Moreton Bay City Council, state government agencies, tenants, and key stakeholders to inform the development of the draft master plan. The early engagement findings have also informed the master planning process.

Preparing the draft master plan

Using an evidenced-based approach and the findings of engagement, the master planning process has explored the opportunities and constraints of the harbour and the environmental, commercial, recreational, public and private opportunities for the harbour in the future.

Project timeline overview

  • October 2021 Pre-planning and early community engagement was completed
  • Early 2022 to late 2023 Preparing supporting technical assessments, reviewing community feedback, and draft master plan preparation
  • November/December 2023 Community consultation on the draft master plan
  • Mid-2024 Master plan expected to be finalised

Early community engagement 

From 9 September to 24 October 2021, we undertook early community engagement to better understand what you value about the harbour, how you use the harbour and gather ideas about future use. 

Scarborough Boat Harbour engagement in numbers

  • 6.5 week engagement period
  • 30,000 fact sheets delivered to households and businesses in the Redcliffe Peninsula
  • 3,002 visits to the project webpage
  • 420 pieces of feedback from the community

Download the latest engagement update.

Thank you everyone who shared their thoughts and ideas. Your insights will be used to inform the master planning.