Superyacht sanctuary

With the new Sanctuary Cove Marina set to open in time for SCIBS in May 2021, Marina Manager Steve Sammes shares some of the spectacular facilities on offer.

22 December 2020


Sanctuary Cove is riding the wave of a new era in marina facilities. Its new superyacht marina, constructed with 3,000 square metres of Superior Jetties’ Elite Pontoon System, opened in June.

Already abuzz with vessels from all over Queensland, bookings are being taken from interstate and around the region, and prospective berth-holders are registering their interest. It would seem everyone is ready to move into action as soon as restrictions allow.

The new development takes the Sanctuary Cove marina’s capacity from 237 to 303 vessels.

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

Here, Marina Manager Steve Sammes shares with Ocean some of the details that make this world-class new facility the pinnacle of destination marinas.


What stage of development is the new superyacht marina?

Stage one is completed and operational, with the undercover roofing scheduled for installation in early 2021.


How many berths does it currently comprise?

We have an additional 67 berths ranging from 18–65 metres. Of those, 46 berths will be undercover, which is an innovative first for recreational marinas in Australia.


How many casual berths are there and up to what size can you accommodate?

We offer casual berthing throughout the 300-plus berths here at Sanctuary Cove Marina, and now with the new Superyacht Marina, we can accommodate vessels up to 65 metres in length.


Are there any issues with the Coomera River being tidal?

None whatsoever; there’s minimal tidal variation in the Coomera River.


Is there an additional dredging program?

Prior to construction and the installation of the new marina basin area, essential maintenance dredging was undertaken to remove 38,000 cubic metres of silt. We have achieved a good depth for long-term vessel access into the area: 3.5 metres AHD.


What other facilities are there – fuel, VIP services, power, lighting?

We have 24/7 on-water fuelling facilities, power provisioning to cater for all vessel requirements, 15-amp, 32-amp, 63-amp and 125-amp lighting throughout, plus LED strip lighting running along the dock sides, just above water height, which adds a subtle ambience to the marina.

In addition, there’s comprehensive CCTV coverage as well as gated access with excellent security services, offering both on-water (vessel) and foot patrols of the marina docks and a high-tech Orto-Mate Remote Monitoring System.

The superyacht marina pier walkways have been engineered and widened to 3.5 metres to safely accommodate Gold Buggy access.


What size vessels are making use of the new marina?

We have welcomed many new vessels already, late model and new, from 40-metre superyachts to 20-metre luxury cruisers, both permanent and casual customers.


What has the take-up been like so far?

It’s been excellent, and there’s been strong interest in the covered berth element.

Any interest from interstate or overseas yacht owners?

Yes, interstate in particular. We have vessels waiting to venture up from both Victoria and NSW as soon as restrictions are lifted to allow for cruising through borders.

Overseas interest has seen a significant spike. For example, we already have a 40-metre superyacht currently in transit from Italy, due to arrive early November. Our relationship with the shipyards at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct has also enabled us to accommodate vessels for both the long and short term, as well as before and after refit and maintenance works.


What does the Admiral Club Membership program entail?

The Admiral Program represents a significant evolution in the boating lifestyle. At Sanctuary Cove Marina, we are redefining customers’ boating experience with features that include a concierge meet and greet upon arrival with valet parking at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort and a courtesy VIP golf buggy transfer (with luggage) to your vessel, including return on departure.

There’s also access to a tailored, onboard dining experience menu, courtesy of the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, which includes complimentary delivery to your vessel; an exclusive catering menu for day-trip travel, including gourmet picnic hampers and wine; and a pick-up and drop-off laundry service.

Finally, enjoy membership to the Sanctuary Cove Country Club, including rounds of golf each month; food and beverage offers and access to the Lagoon Beach Pool at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort; and discounts and complimentary upgrades at InterContinental Hotels Australia.


Which motor yacht brands have made the new marina their HQ?

Within the new berths, we have Princess Yachts and Horizon Motor Yachts.


What will be happening on the new marina during the Sanctuary Cove Boating Festival?

Our berths on the G and H Piers will be utilised for display purposes. These berths range in size from 20–30 metres. There will also be activation on the new J Pier for superyachts.


What events will the superyacht marina be involved in next year, 2021?

We will work closely with the Mulpha Events team to leverage every opportunity.

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) 2021 will be a phenomenal event, especially as we will have the undercover roofing in place on 46 of the new berths.


What is the new roof structure made of and where is it being made?

The high-strength material is manufactured in Germany by Serge Ferrari; their roofing membranes enable the installation of tensile roofs on open structures such as large stadiums and amphitheatres.

It’s architecturally designed, following a sun-shading study, and it’s fitted with a unique rainwater guttering system. It is UV-rated and waterproof.




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