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Jumpinpin – fun for all.

Jumpinpin, or The Pin as locals refer to it, is a mere 30 minutes from the Gold Coast. Jumpinin is a Queensland gem. The perfect weekend escape from the nearby hustle and bustle, and it is quite literally a stone’s throw for those living in the sunshine State.

A pristine paradise that offers a bit of everything to everyone. The Pin is great for families and kids. Exceptional fishing is on offer at Jumpinpin, which I am sure pricks up the ears of some of you. If a day trip should turn into a weekend, should turn into a mid-week holiday escape, then pop the tent at one of the many camping grounds on offer on the western shore.



Jumpinpin in Queensland


Getting there from the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Located on the northern tip of South Stradbroke Island, Jumpinin is 20kms from the Gold Coast City Marina. In general, the Pin is easy to reach from anywhere on the Gold Coast. Located about 26kms from Main Beach/Southport, you can also launch your boat at either Runaway Bay or Paradise Point. North of the Gold Coast, you can launch at Jacob’s Well. The best launch option for Brisbaners, Jacob’s Well is a quaint village, with a great four-lane boat ramp and free parking. Nestled conveniently right at the ramp, is a bait and tackle store where you can stock up and purchase ice. If you are planning a longer stay at the Pin, there is also a small supermarket and bottle shop in the village, although it never hurts to prepare these things a day in advance.


North and South Stradbroke Islands protect the Gold Coast waterways from the wild Pacific Ocean.

This spider web of waterways are fantastic to explore and an exciting start to any journey out to the Islands. Vessels big and small can make their way grinning down the Coomera River. Larger boats are advised to stick to the main channel.


From the Gold Coast City Marina,

If you take the north arm of the river you will snake your way towards Broadwater. After the last sweeping turn, you spot the Broadwater and arrive along the Couran Cove resort on South Stradbroke Island. It is a fun section of the river to travel. Continuing up the main channel you will head towards Jacobs Well and the Canaipa Passage. At North Cardinal, head north-east towards Jumpinpin which swings you back towards South Stradbroke Island. At the southern end is the main anchorage called The Bedroom. If a westerly wind is up then this anchorage will be problematic, otherwise it is a great option. Check tide movements and depth before you drop anchor.



The fishing at Jumpinpin is simply fantastic. Flathead and Bream are the main catches on the menu. Tailor and Whiting are on the special menu for those who are prepared to work a little harder for their meal. Largely protected from development here, the Pin is raw and untouched with pristine, constantly moving water from the incoming tide.

Venturing out to the northern point, is for the more adventurous and experienced of us. The water is fast flowing here. You could get lucky with an incoming tailor or at worst, you will enjoy the serenity and a spectacular view. Crossing the bar is not recommended. To head out to the open water, you will need to head back south and to the Gold Coast Seaway.


Sleeping Over

As doable as a day trip is, considering The Pin’s proximity to the mainland, an overnight or extended stay is highly recommended. It is the perfect holiday location when you consider it. Where else can you find such a pristine and secluded location only 30 minutes from the Gold Coast? If you have an overnighter boat, then you are all sorted. Find a suitable and safe place to anchor and you are set. Launch the kids into the water or onto land and enjoy the squeals of excitement. If you can get away mid-week, even better. You will almost have the place to yourself. If you are on a trailerable boat or you just prefer to sleep on land, anchor on the western shore and make use of the camping areas dotted along this section.



Take a careful stroll over the sand dunes and soak up the view back to the mainland. Enjoy the peaceful distance from the city, as you realise how close yet how far you are from the buzz and flurry.

The lagoon is safe for swimming although it is nevertheless tidal so keep a close eye on the kids. The water is always being swirled and changed and is exceptionally clean and clear in this area. With an extended stay, you have time to enjoy a bit of everything. Excellent fishing, swimming and relaxing and quality time with family and friends.

Jumpinpin is a gem in its own right but the close proximity to the hustle and bustle makes it so much more. Life is busy and time is precious. A fast and fun journey out, quickly leads to paradise. Just as quickly you are back home, cleaning your pride and joy, packing the kids off to bed and dreaming of the next trip.


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