Australia’s Largest Superyacht Berth ‘Ready by December’

By George Bains

Construction is now well underway at Southport Yacht Club for a new 163-metre superyacht berth, which will become the largest in Australia. The berth is on track to be completed by December of this year, with interest from international superyachts already being registered for January 2021.

The 163-metre beth at Southport Yacht Club (SYC) is an integral part of the Queensland government’s Superyacht Strategy to become a major superyacht hub for the Asia-Pacific region by 2023. The development will cater to larger international yachts looking to head to the region to explore its inexhaustible land and seascapes, taking advantage of the new charter legislations which have opened up new possibilities for superyacht adventures.

Mark Riddell, Waterfront Manager of SYC, outlined the vision of this exciting project. “SYC commenced works on the new Superyacht berth on Monday 17th August, and we envisage to have this completed by December 2020,” said Riddell. “It will be the largest Superyacht berth in Australia, fitted with enough power to supply the largest superyachts in the world.”

The new superyacht berth has been a meticulously planned project which extends to a development of the surrounding area, with landscaping of a new park to benefit all. “There will be a service road running the length of the berth for trucks and crane access, which will make provisioning easier,” continued Mark Riddell. “The design of the new dock will ensure easy access to the yachts for maintenance, contractors and suppliers.”

Located on Queensland’s Gold Coast, the Southport Yacht Club is a popular destination for visiting superyachts, catering to every need of owners, guests, captains and crew. Along with Cairns, the Gold Coast is a leading homeport destination within Australia, with a wealth of world class refit facilities and enthralling activities to ensure superyachts are well cared for during their stay. More than its large, secure marina, SYC boasts absolute waterfront dining and phenomenal facilities for entertainment and events, which regularly welcome industry members from across Australia.

Its location along the eastern coastline between Sydney and Cairns makes Southport Yacht Club an inviting prospect for superyachts, especially those keen to uncover the gems of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. This is also a gateway to the majestic Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef region, an area of unparalleled natural splendour with incredible potential for unforgettable superyacht charters.

With this significant development underway, Australia’ s offering for international superyachts continues to grow. Southport Yacht Club aims to have the new 163m berth ready to welcome superyachts from December, and there are already enquiries being fielded for January. With an incredible range of diverse experiences in Australia, along with the newfound charter possibilities, the new berth will help Australia on its way to attracting the largest superyachts in the world.

"It will be the largest Superyacht berth in Australia, fitted with enough power to supply the largest superyachts in the world."

Mark Riddell, Waterfront Manager of Southport Yacht Club

"It will be the largest Superyacht berth in Australia, fitted with enough power to supply the largest superyachts in the world."

Mark Riddell, Waterfront Manager of Southport Yacht Club
By George Bains