New owner Paul Darrouzet, visited the Airlie area for over 26 years watching the slow deterioration of the marina and the lost opportunity. In April 2013, Darrouzet purchased the marina and has shown he means business with a clean slate across the board and plans to develop a world-class ‘destination marina’ experience for all visitors to enjoy. Through a mixture of enthusiasm, cooperation and investment, the resurgent marina is making a name once again as the marina to Stay, Play & Explore the Whitsundays.
The project team are excited to have well progressed the remediation and beautification of Abell Point Marina and its surrounds with major developments and their progress listed below.
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250 additional car parking bays have been developed across the marina precinct allowing for greater accessibility for marina customers to their vessel and marina village services. Bus parking bays have also been established in the south marina village for public transport, visiting coaches and tour buses.
Status: Completed in April 2014
A six lane arrival and departure plaza with all-weather protection will be developed in south marina village allowing for an an easier flow of traffic and a comfortable process to unload provisioning or luggage.
Status: Completed in February 2014
Major upgrade to guest amenities and facilities including:
Status: Completed in April 2014
Remediation and beautification of the North Village, including demolition of existing marina office to expose the water-front aspect, new ocean side facilities, refurb of village buildings and increased shade and rest stations. Sorrento’s Restaurant/ Bar has received a major extension to their balcony, allowing for a larger capacity and a greater view out over the Coral Sea.
Status: Completed in August 2014
To cater for the ever growing wedding and conference sector and to provide the Whitsunday region with a unique, water-front function venue available for hire for private events and occasions, Lure was developed and open for business in February 2016. From destination wedding, conferences, meetings, private dinners and ticketed event this nautically styled venue is proving popular with locals and visitors alike. Overlooking the full marina and out to the Whitsunday islands, the view from the Lure balcony is hard to beat!
Status: Completed in February 2016
Upgrade of A, B and C arms with two new 60 metre super yacht berths serviced by roll on roll of truck provisioning and service. Upgrade of shore power will also provide a greater access and option to power on the docks, including the installation of three phase power options.
Status: Upgrade of A & B arms progressing with additional berthing and power upgrade to continue until late 2016. Upgrade of power to the South Marina is now complete with greater availability of three phase power.
Upgrade and installation of 24 hour debit/ credit facilities, including the addition of Premium Unleaded fuel. Both are now available.
Status: Completed – 24 hour fuel available with credit card payment facilities.
With dredging testing completed in September 2013, a full dredging exercise will commence in July 2014 likely to extend over one year. With the commencement in July, problem areas will be prioritised to ensure increased tide access over the cruising season.
Status: Through a comprehensive dredging program, Abell Point Marina has been able to maximise previously tide restricted areas particularly in the south marina. The dredging program is still in progress until June 2017, however is temporarily shut down due to the high season until the start of December 2016.
The dreaded dredge pond has been an eye-sore for too many years and an under utilised area in the marina precinct. In conjunction with the dredging program, marine mud will be pumped up into the dredge pond and the pond then developed into a two acre community parkland overlooking the marina and out to the islands. The parkland will have walkways, shade pavilions and a sound stage providing a perfect space to relax, listen to music or attend a regular marina event. The parkway is designed to provide a relaxed, tranquil social space for both marina visitors and the local community alike.
Status: The retention pond is 1/2 full and with continued dredging the parkway is set to be complete by mid 2017. The parkway will feature 35m Round Splash Park and Water Fountain play area, intimate outdoor wedding space, 5000+ sqm of open space ready for Festivals and Events, Mobile Café and Beach area for enjoying the beautiful Abell Point Marina Parkway views.
The aim throughout the entire process is to create a wonderful experience for you, the customer and for your time as our guest, to be an event to remember for all the right reasons.