Gold Coast puts out superyacht welcome mat

Gold Coast puts out superyacht welcome mat

The Gold Coast is putting out the welcome mat for superyachts with a new guide launched by the Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) and the City of Gold Coast.

GCWA CEO, Hal Morris, said the Gold Coast Superyacht Guide produced in partnership with the Council fills an information gap in the marketplace for superyacht captains and their crew.

‘We’ve teamed up with the City, local businesses and other state agencies to put the welcome mat out for superyachts.

‘We know the Gold Coast is on the radar as a preferred destination for superyachts, but we’ve found that many captains don’t have enough information about accessing our waterways and the facilities on offer once they get here.

‘We have 125 berths available throughout the City, so we want to attract as many superyachts as possible.

This guide covers everything from accessing navigation channels to the marine service sector’s capabilities and the attractions guests and crew can enjoy during their visit to the Gold Coast.’

‘Every time a Superyacht drops anchor on the Gold Coast it’s injecting money into the economy and supporting local jobs,’ Mr Morris said.

Mayor Tom Tate said with its brilliant Broadwater, the Gold Coast is an ideal home port or stopover for vessels cruising the South Pacific or the east coast.

‘Our year-round sunshine, glorious coastline, magnificent hinterland, abundance of accommodation and entertainment make us the perfect destination.

‘This guide will ensure that every boatie who visits our city knows everything we have to offer so that they can make the most of their stay. Every dollar injected into the city during these tough times is vital for our economy.’

The guide supports the Queensland Superyacht Strategy which aims to grow the State’s share of the global superyacht industry by 10 per cent by 2023.

The guide builds on the Queensland Government’s recent announcement of a $5.5 million dredging campaign for the Gold Coast Seaway and the North and South Channels, supporting safe navigable access for all vessels, including superyachts.

The Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) worked with the City to produce the Gold Coast Superyacht Guide following an industry workshop with other Government agencies, the City of Gold Coast and local marina operators. The Queensland Government has set four priorities under the Queensland Superyacht Strategy 2018-23 to grow the sector;

• A supportive, clear and well-communicated policy
• Promoting infrastructure to facilitate industry growth
• Promoting Queensland as a global superyacht destination and
• Supporting and developing Queensland’s superyacht supply chain.

Pictured: Superyacht Pangaea arrives on the Gold Coast