Coral Sea Marina attracts foreign superyachts to the Whitsundays


Superyacht destinations don’t get any more perfect than the idyllic Whitsunday Islands. Queensland’s most famous travel destination is the place for diving, snorkeling, jet skiing; basically everything about using the crystal clear water surrounding the famous archipelago.

From The Deck’s Iolande Skinner sat down with Coral Sea Marina’s Director of Marketing, Sales and Services, Joscelyn O’Keefe, at the Sydney International Boat Show and discussed how to bring superyachts back to the Whitsundays. They also looked at the development of sustainable yachting and the nautical character of the great southern land.

Coral Sea Marina has recently welcomed an influx of charter yachts | Source: Coral Sea Marina

One of the most awarded marinas in the world, Coral Sea Marina was voted Australia’s Marina of the Year for 2017-2020 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021. They are the first five Gold Anchor accredited marinas Platinum from Queensland. the benchmark for other superyacht marinas in the country.

There has been a huge drop in accessibility, with people physically unable to enter the country and visit our tourism hotspots during the pandemic.

O’Keefe sees the next two to five years as a boom time for Australian tourism operators and particularly those based or involved in the ocean and boating as visitors return to the Great Barrier Reef, protected by UNESCO World Heritage.

Boating is life in Australia wherever you live along the Australian coast. Whether it’s a tinnie or a superyacht, a stand-up paddleboard or a jet ski, everyone loves to be on the water and all of us who work here in the marinas in Australia are super passionate about boating and yachting. It’s a way of life here in Australia.

Joscelyn O’Keefe, Director of Marketing, Sales and Service, Coral Sea Marina

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There are berths for yachts in a beautiful location | Source: Coral Sea Marina

O’Keefe said the marina was slowly receiving requests to berth superyachts from overseas and the future looks bright for the industry. She notes that there is still a huge demand for more superyacht infrastructure, not just in Queensland, but all along the Australian coast.

In recent times, adventurous owners have moored their yachts not in Sydney but in the Whitsundays, resulting in a lack of mooring for superyachts there as borders were closed.

Now that they are open again, O’Keefe said Coral Sea Marina will work closely with the superyacht industry to allow overseas visitors to experience all that Australia has to offer in order to attract more visitors. foreign superyachts.

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Coral Sea Marina is the prime location for boating | Source: Coral Sea Marina

As a yachting destination, she said Australia had huge demand for more marinas and was wholeheartedly supportive of people buying yachts in Australia and mooring their vessels. The industry needs to support green initiatives and sustainability to grow and there is already evidence of this in the industry, such as the recent boom in electric marine propulsion.

This is something that we are also passionate about in our marina; how can we encourage our marina customers to be more sustainable when boating? Obviously, not everyone wants to have a sailboat, not everyone wants to sail. Some people love motorboating, so I think all the products and technology that we can use to make the boat greener, I think that’s where you’re going to see progress over the next five to 10 years .

Joscelyn O’Keefe, Director of Marketing, Sales and Service, Coral Sea Marina

The Coral Sea Marina is probably one of the best equipped superyacht marinas in the country. It has sheltered berths for yachts up to 80 meters in length and plenty of berths for vessels between 40 and 50 meters.

The fully secure facility has everything you need after a long cruise, including laundry facilities, storage, Wi-Fi, helipad, parking, day spa as well as two high end hospitality executives. range: the Ocean Club and the Lookout Lounge.

If you’re going to experience the Whitsundays, you might as well do it in style. Iolande Skinner of The Deck sat down for a cordial chat with Allessandro Tirelli of the Ferretti Group about beautiful handcrafted Italian wooden boats and the opportunities for major Italian boat brands in the Australian market.


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