Gold Coast puts out welcome mat for superyachts

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

The Gold Coast Superyacht Guide produced in partnership with the Council fills an information gap in the marketplace for superyacht captains and their crew.

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

With 125 berths available throughout the City, we want to attract as many superyachts here as possible, especially since superyachts are injecting money into the economy and supporting local jobs when they drop anchor on the Gold Coast.

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.

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.

It also builds on the 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.

GCWA worked with the City to produce the 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.