Superyacht infrastructure development in Australia continues, with Abell Point Marina on Queensland's central coast and The Spit marina, Sydney having undergone redevelopments in order to be able to accommodate a higher influx of superyachts in the region. spoke to Abell's marketing and business development manager, Luke McCaul who divulged what facilities are currently available at Abell Point Marina and what the redevelopment has involved over the last 18 months. 

Currently, Abell Point is equipped with three-phase power up to 125 amps, berthing for up to 70m, concierge services, hi-flow fuel bunkering with cam lock, 24-hour security and deep water berths at 5m LAT.

Upgrades have seen a $12 million redevelopment, McCaul explained:  “The development of the marina was to create the Whitsundays' most vibrant marina precinct that has benchmark level services and facilities.”

The redevelopment comes with an increasing need to accommodate superyachts visiting Australia and provide high levels of service to them. The new facilities will include upgraded private amenities, two new restaurants and bars, 300 new parking spaces, foreshore relaxation areas and, currently under development, the marina parkland and Abell Point Yacht Club conference and event facility.

“We have seen a rapid increase in superyacht activity due to our large and deep berths, excellent range of services and willingness to take the hassle out of the boating experience for the skippers and crew.” 

In addition he explained that Abell Point staff  concentrate on being a point of contact for those visiting, providing guidance for the town of Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands.

“Superyachts love the location,” McCaul began. “It provides rest, relaxation and entertainment options in the nearby town of Airlie Beach, but also the magnificent cruising grounds of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef.”

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