Interested in water ski Toowoomba? With the warmer months fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking ahead as to how you and your family can zip up a wetsuit to cool down this Summer. Whether it is over the school holidays or a weekend, we’ve got the low-down on where you can take your family for a day of water, sun and fun.
Where to water ski in Toowoomba
Pack the family (and a picnic) and head to one of these great locations to wet your skiing whistle.
Brauer’s Helidon Ski Lake
Brauer’s Helidon Ski Lake has fantastic scenic surrounds that makes for the perfect training site for the serious skier.
A tow boat, the BRAUER CRAFT 615 Pro Slalom is ski boom fitted and has a super smooth ski wake which makes it not only ideal for beginners but also for tournament-level skiers. It also has enough power and speed for the clever barefoot skiers out there! The boat is available for approved groups on a drive-yourself basis. You will need to contact Brauer Helidon Ski Lake directly for more details.
Location: 146 Lawlers Road, Helidon (20km East of Toowoomba).
Popular with locals and tourists alike, this is a picturesque destination that is popular with boating, water skiing and jet skiing enthusiasts. There is public access to enter Mt Edwards National Park and upgrades have been made to the picnic and BBQ areas around the lake, which has certainly added to its appeal as a tourist attraction. A bonus for Lake Moogerah is that permits are not required for boating.
Location: Reynolds Creek near Boonah
Lake Somerset is a very popular skiing destination, with a wide variety of activities and facilities available. There are three main recreation areas: The Spit, Kirkleagh and Somerset Park Day Use Area. Picnic and BBQ facilities are available. Since August 2017, boating permits are no longer required for Lake Somerset, which is a bonus!
Maroon Dam is located on Burnett Creek, south of Boonah. The dam and recreation facilities are open to the public seven days a week, from 5:30am to 6:30pm (September – April) and 6:00am to 5:30pm (May – August). Much of the land surrounding the lake is private property. Located off Maroon Dam Road, the Maroon Dam Day Use Area has picnic tables, shelters and BBQs and is a great spot to enjoy lovely views of the lake. There is also a playground to keep the kids amused.
Location: 535 Burnett Creek Rd, Maroon QLD 4310
Where to shop for waterski Toowoomba gear
Water Skiers Warehouse, located at 91-93 Neil Street, Toowoomba are the local go-to crew for your water skiing needs. From wetsuits, vests and ski shorts, to skis, wakeboards, ropes and gloves – they’ve got you covered. Known for their customer service and friendly advice, this is where the locals shop for all their quality supplies to get them onto the water.
The local BCF and Anaconda stores also stock a range of water skiing equipment to help get you out onto the water.
Where to find a waterski instructor
Ok, so you’ve got your ski gear and decided where you’re going to ski, but do you need to learn or brush up on some skills on how to get up on your ski’s or do some fancy tricks?
For beginner’s, Emma Sheers of OzSki Resort comes highly recommended. A world class ski training facility based on the Sunshine Coast. OzSki cater to all levels, so if you wish to get the fundamentals right, it’s worth investing with these guys so that you’ll be a pro in no time.
Local Ron Brauer of Brauer’s Helidon Ski Lake specialises in mid-level to advanced coaching by appointment. Ron began teaching beginners water skiing 50 years ago and still enjoys the challenge, so give him a call if you fit into this category.
Now that you have the low-down on where to be water baby this Summer, get ready to make waves and have fun with the entire family. Put your ski skills to the test and remember to have fun, slip slop slap and follow the rules of playing it safe when out on the water.
Rules for waterski Toowoomba
- The vessel operator must be appropriately licensed
- The boat must be safe and capable of towing skiers
- You must travel in an anti-clockwise direction (unless otherwise signed)
- You must have all the correct safety equipment AND know how to use it
- Always check the area before beginning – lake levels are subject to change and there may be submerged obstacles
- Always carry a competent observer who will watch the skier at all times
- Damns are not necessarily public property – seek permission before use
What are you waiting for? Let’s hit the water!
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