Gold Coast hopes to entice more superyachts with new ‘how to’ guide

Superyacht owners are being encouraged to come to the Gold Coast, with the state government and council making it easier than ever to get here and spend money.

The super yacht industry, like many other industries, was put on pause this year due to coronavirus.
But as the Gold Coast, and Australia, begin to open up, the city is making sure that the ‘welcome mat’ is well and truly rolled out.
The Gold Coast Waterways Authority, in partnership with Council, has developed a new superyacht ‘guide to the Gold Coast’, giving owners, captains and crew all the information they need in one easy location so they can come here easily and enjoy everything we have to offer.
“We know the Gold Coast is on the radar as a preferred destination for super yachts, 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,” says the Gold Coast Waterways Authority CEO Hal Morris said.
“We have 125 berths available throughout the city, so we want to attract as many super yachts as possible.”
The guide offers up a stack of information for captain and crew who are Gold Coast bound, from accessing navigation channels to the local attractions to be enjoyed on land.
It’s largely available online and will be updated regularly.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says it’s critical to get big spenders off their boats and into town, especially as we recover from the economic impacts of coronavirus.
“The economy has sailed past $200 million annually, and as we have more facilities available that will keep increasing.
“Jobs multiply, you know there might only be another 20 people working here, but the fit out at the marina – they’re training more; the next generation of people working on boats.
“The other multiplying factor is that they’re going to need more meat and more veggies, the multiplying factor is about eight times anyone coming in here. And so that’s why it’s another economy we need to expand,” the Mayor said.
For more information, check out the new superyacht’s guide to the coast, click here.