Claim to fame

Coral Sea Marina has been named to the Hall of Fame for Australia Marina of the Year.

28 May 2021


Coral Sea Marina has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for ‘Best Commercial Marina over 140 Boats’ at this year’s Club Marine Marina Industry Association Awards, hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

The announcement trails the recent success for the Queensland marina and resort, following their Australian Marina of the Year awards in 2017/18 and 2019/20, their Superyacht Industry Service Provider award at this year’s Australian Marine Industry Awards and their 2019 5 Gold Anchor Platinum accreditation.

Coral Sea Marina was the first 5 Gold Anchor Platinum accredited marina in Queensland.

“Eight years ago, when I bought Abell Point Marina (now Coral Sea Marina Resort) my vision was to create the Monaco of the South Pacific,” said Coral Sea Marina Resort owner Paul Darrouzet on the Hall of Fame entry.

Darrouzet purchased Coral Sea Marina in 2013 and has spent the last eight years redeveloping and investing in the space to create a premium marina experience. Something he believes has begun to actualise.


“Through major investment in infrastructure and priding ourselves in outstanding service and impeccable facilities that vision has been realised. Having this recognised is a true honour,” he added.

During her acceptance speech, Coral Sea Marina CEO Kate Purdie said: “Our success is only possible because of our incredible Coral Sea Marina family. We appreciate their loyalty, and we are dedicated to delivering outstanding service and facilities well into the future, to ensure we remain worthy of this award.”

In addition to the Australian Marina of the Year Hall of Fame entry, the ACREW Superyacht Business Award finalists were announced earlier this week with Coral Sea Marina in contention for the coveted Best Superyacht Marina award.

Having qualified as runner-up in 2020 for Best Australasian Superyacht Marina, the August 2021 ACREW awards announcement is much anticipated.

The next phase for Coral Sea Marina Resort will see an increase in innovative educational events through their Coral Sea Academy, which is reported to be focusing on marine conservation and sustainability via EduTourism.



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