Boaties busted after sailing to Gold Coast from Sydney hotspots

At least six people have been handed hefty fines after been caught breaching border restrictions by sailing into the Gold Coast from Sydney hotspots.

Four people from a 34-metre superyacht have been fined after berthing in Southport last week before attending the rugby test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The group had come from a Sydney hotspot and are accused of providing false and misleading information.


“Thankfully they all tested negative to COVID-19 which is a great relief considering they had attended the Wallabies versus France rugby international in Brisbane last week,” Maritime Safety Queensland General Manager Angus Mitchell said.  

“As of 1 July 2021, anyone who provides false or misleading information or breaches the directions can expect an on-the-spot fine of more than $4000, a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,785 or six months’  imprisonment.” 

Two other vessels from Sydney were also caught arriving on the Gold Coast last week.

The 68-year-old skipper of one of the vessels was fined $4003 and placed into hotel quarantine.

Another skipper also copped a $4003 fine but was turned around at the border.

“The message is clear, if you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot and you cross our maritime border, you will be intercepted and face the consequences.  

“The Chief Health Officer declared the Greater Sydney area a COVID-19 hotspot backdated to 21 June as the  COVID-19 situation continued to escalate.  

“While that situation exists, MSQ will rigorously challenge any vessels planning to enter Queensland waters.”