A city of two halves, the Gold Coast manages to be both a surfing paradise layered in boho-chic, and a glamorous centre where the well-heeled spend elegant evenings socialising until dawn.
This is a popular destination for visiting superyachts, enjoyed equally by both guests and crew. Superyachts have a phenomenal choice when it comes to luxury marinas in the Gold Coast. The Spit is the northernmost stretch of the Gold Coast’s famous beach, and here you will find a wealth of marina facilities including the renowned Southport Yacht Club (SYC). SYC boasts some of the largest berths in Australia and a vibrant Club atmosphere which has become a centre for yachting action in the region. Another well-visited marina for superyachts is Sanctuary Cove, with state-of-the-art berthing facilities and a thriving waterside retail and dining precinct.
In between two major airports, the Gold Coast offers splendid cruising grounds and more than 260 kilometres of protected waterways, so you are never far from water-based adventures. This dynamic city enjoys 300 days of sunshine each year, and guests can soak up the sun along the Gold Coast’s famous beaches, which stretch for 57 kilometres. To the south, Burleigh Heads has one of Australia’s most scenic treks, with breath-taking views back across the beaches from Tumgun lookout. After a day immersing yourself in the abundant nature of the Gold Coast, you can enjoy a relaxing drink at the exquisite Burleigh Heads Pavilion.
Further inland, the Gold Coast boasts enchanting UNESCO-protected rainforests, perfect for adding a different and unique experience to your superyacht charter. This city is never shy of things to do, with a packed calendar of events and exciting activities which range from major theme parks to casinos and premier gold courses.
In Surfers Paradise, the tourism hub, you can find plenty of fine dining restaurants overlooking the picturesque coastline. Superyachts based in the Gold Coast are within a short cruise from some fascinating cruising grounds including Musgrave and North Stradbroke Islands, which both offer a hive of yachting activity all year round. Heading further north, below the city of Bundaberg is Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Here you will find sculptured ribbons of coloured sands and glorious beaches and swimming sites, including freshwater pools.
Superyachts in the Gold Coast benefit from the phenomenal facilities available at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct. Gold Coast City Marina and The Boat Works are two world-class shipyards with incredible infrastructure and a wealth of specialised trades to support all superyacht refit and maintenance projects. The glowing reputation of the Gold Coast’s shipyards is a draw for superyachts in itself, and makes the city a comprehensive homeport for superyacht to be based.