New berth

Mulpha plans to expand Sanctuary Cove Marina in response to demand for berths for recreational vessels up to 185-feet.

Photography by Sanctuary Cove

19 September 2019


Following an $8.31million investment, the new development will take the Sanctuary Cove marina capacity from 237 to 303 vessels.

And in a first for the Australian recreational marina industry, the new marina will include covered berths.

This 6-star offering will provide premier marina berthing for vessels from 50 to 185-feet complemented by unparalleled customer service, facilities and amenities.

Already, there has been “a huge expression of interest”, according to Marina General Manager, Steve Sammes.

The new facility will be a ‘signature project’, setting a new benchmark in marina design and facilities in Australia, Mr Sammes continued.

“We have had a lot of interest already, especially in the covered berths for long-term permanent berth holders, from interstate and local boat owners.

“The new marina, which represents around 25 percent extra on-water space, will allow us to offer visiting casual berths to vessels 24m and above.”


“Sanctuary Cove is uniquely positioned to offer berth holders the ultimate boating and lifestyle experience.

“Marina facilities have direct access to the Sanctuary Cove retail Village, home to one of the best dining and retail destinations on the Gold Coast, the five-star InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, two championship golf courses, and the Sanctuary Cove Country club offering an outstanding range of gym, massage, pilates and fitness services, all at the fingertips of our berth holders.”

A six-star level of customer service offering will be available to further enhance the berth holders’ boating experience.

As Mr Sammes explained “‘Admiral Club Membership’ has a host of benefits and privileges together with Intercontinental Hotel Sanctuary Cove concierge services, including valet vehicle parking, golf buggy transfer from the hotel reception onto the marina piers, room service for on board meals and even laundry pick up and return.”

For southern boaties, the allure of the Gold Coast and Sanctuary Cove in particular is that it is the midway point between Sydney and Cairns, home to quality refit and service yards in the country’s main marine hub, with year-round temperate climate, offering sheltered berths and ease of access to south-east Queensland’s array of tourism and entertainment options.

“The Gold Coast is Australia’s playground,” said Mr Sammes. “There’s so much variety for visiting boat owners – from the pristine waterways and beaches to the theme parks, Hinterland and HOTA cultural centre.”

Mulpha has been encouraged by the continued growth of the Gold Coast marine industry. Recent announcements such as the multi-million-dollar private investment in the refit and maintenance facilities in the adjacent Coomera Marine Precinct and the Queensland government’s commitment to long-term dredging of the Coomera River demonstrate the industry’s commitment to making the Northern Gold Coast the premium boating destination in the region.

Mulpha CEO Greg Shaw said Sanctuary Cove boasts a unique value proposition as “Australia’s best positioned marina in terms of location and facilities”.

“Sanctuary Cove is a truly integrated lifestyle resort offering the very best in Resort Hotel, retail, golf, fitness and lifestyle facilities. This unique setting also hosts an impressive calendar of events, including the annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and the annual Sanctuary Cove Food and Wine Festival.

“We are confident local, interstate and international boat owners will see the benefits of leasing a berth at Sanctuary Cove and enjoying a sojourn on the Gold Coast as part of their itinerary.”

Opened with euphoric optimism in 1986, accompanied by the dulcet tones of Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston, Sanctuary Cove is to this day, the globally recognised benchmark for master planned waterfront communities.

Mr Shaw said the marina expansion forms part on an ongoing long-term investment program to continue to enhance Sanctuary Cove facilities for the benefit all stakeholders including guests, residents and tenants.

“Extending the marina facilities will attract a new superyacht market to the destination.”

Superior Jetties was successful in the tender for the marina construction and work is already underway, commencing with dredging. The marina expansion is due for completion in April 2020, prior to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat show, 21 to 24 May 2020.

Mulpha is the owner and event manager of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

Mr Shaw confirmed the marina expansion means a bigger and better boat show in 2020.  The event, in its 32nd year, attracts more than 40,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors annually.

“For exhibitors and visitors to the 2020 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the new marina, which stretches up to the lagoon pool at the InterContinental will offer more space and scope for displays and the opportunity to activate the resort facilities,” Mr Sammes added.

Mulpha is an established owner and manager of property, hotel and leisure assets, with an extensive portfolio of real estate, property development, hospitality, education, retirement and infrastructure assets.

Current investments include the ultimate luxury private island, InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Intercontinental Hotel Sydney, Sanctuary Cove and Intercontinental Hotel Sanctuary Cove, Bimbadgen Winery Estate, Norwest Business Park, Mulgoa Rise and Bella Vista Waters Residential Estates, The Hotel School (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane), Marritz Hotel and Salzburg Apartments in Perisher.




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