Message from the owner
“We are delighted to announce we have been officially awarded the first global 5 Gold Anchor marina accreditation in the world. The Global Gold Anchor Marina Accreditation Scheme is designed to provide a template for customer friendly marine development, as well as benefitting world marina users, by providing a global performance benchmark for marinas to effectively position themselves within a scale of 2 to 5 in the marketplace. By attaining the highest accreditation – 5 Gold Anchors – and the first global accreditation, Abell Point has positioned itself as a key player in the marine industry and we welcome you to be part of our marina experience.”
“It is a very momentous occasion for Abell Point Marina as we have taken a previously run down 2.5 star marina to a 5 star marina that now sets a benchmark across the globe. We are based on the doorstep to the best cruising grounds in the world, and our vision is to have a world class marina experience to match. We continue to have a strong focus on customer service as well as making vast improvements in facilities and marina services and securing an exciting range of new and diverse tenants. All this is hard work has combined to raise the bar for the marina industry and has contributed to the attainment of the 5 Gold Anchors.”
The project team are excited to have well progressed with the remediation and beautification of Abell Point Marina and its surrounds with major developments and their progress listed below.
We have summarised all the developments achieved to date in a Before & After Booklet. Click here to read all about our journey so far.
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
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
With dredging testing completed in September 2013, a full dredging exercise will commence in July 2014 likely to extend over a few years. 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 mid-2018, and is a gradual process ensuring the minimum impact on the customer experience.
Launched in July 2017, is a two-story floating pontoon space, designed to be reminiscent of a superyacht. With the increase in occupancy for in the marina it became obvious to the Abell Point team that a new, multi-purpose customer hub was required to provide the best service possible to our valued customers berthed in each area of the marina. Including twelve first-class private en-suite bathrooms plus a fully equipped laundry are situated on the first floor, whilst the second floor provides a contemporary customer lounge complete with an exclusive waterfront sundeck area offering stunning views of the marina.
The sundeck will host an exclusive customer lounge offering a range of complimentary services such as coffee/ tea making facilities, Wifi and newspapers in a unique marina setting. Customers will be able to relax with views over the marina whilst they socialize with friends, utilize the Wifi or relax with a cool drink as the sun sets. Ocean Club will provide a superb addition to the marina’s already first-class facilities
Status: Ocean Club opened to customers 24 July 2017.
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 2018. 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.
Major upgrade to guest amenities and facilities including:
Status: Completed in April 2014
Abell Point Marina owner Paul Darrouzet purchased the restaurant in the south marina March 2017. The restaurant was renovated and launched as Hemingway’s in May 2017.
Status: Completed in May 2017
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
Upgrade of the north arms B – E along with shore power during a 12 – 18 month period during 2018/19.
Status: Upgrade of arms, H/ J/ K/ F/ G and A have been replaced with brand new floating pontoons with upgraded power by Superior Jetties completed by September 2017.
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.
To further improve the customer experience for all our guests in the marina, in February 2017 we will commence the upgrades of the private bathroom facilities in both villages. The design with be modern, fresh and practical and will greatly enhance the customer experience when utilising these amenities.
Status: Completed March 2017
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.