Published: Thursday, 01 March 2018

The Gold Coast will dazzle in nautical glamour and charter experiences when more than AU$200 million of charter superyachts move in for the second Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, returning to Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard from April 20-21.

Superyachts Descend On Gold Coast For Asr 1 

(Photo: Australian Superyacht Rendezvous)

Research from industry body Superyacht Australia shows that one superyacht can spend AU$2.5 million in a 12-month period which is equivalent to the economic impact and spending of an 1800-person cruise ship.

Organisers of the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous have 18 superyachts confirmed to participate and several making their Gold Coast or Queensland debut with more waitlisted to be a part of the showcase event.

Gold Coast became a designated customs and immigration clearance point for international superyachts in June 2017. This legislative change reduced obstacles for visiting the Gold Coast region by ensuring they are able to sail directly into the Gold Coast Seaway. 

With this year’s event following hot on the heels of the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games and the new improved customs clearance to the Gold Coast, many of the attending superyachts will coincide their appearance at the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous with charter opportunities in the Gold Coast and Queensland waters between March and May.

Trenton Gay, CEO of Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard and organiser of the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, says he is delighted to see such a line-up of superyachts attending this year’s event while also taking the opportunity to charter in Australian and Asia Pacific waters to destinations like the Whitsundays, Cairns and Port Douglas, the Kimberley, Sydney Harbour or to Fiji, New Caledonia and Asia.

“The Australian Superyacht Rendezvous is about the superyacht industry and business banding together to attract a larger superyacht fleet to our pristine waters,” Gay said.

“Superyacht charters are increasing in appeal for families, corporates or special events because they offer a holiday or event experience like no other.

“Australia and the Asia Pacific offer cruising waters and experiences that are second to none in the world and through initiatives like the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, it’s great to see superyacht owners and crews turning their attention to our region for the charter opportunities that can be offered here.”

Superyachts attending this year’s show include Antalex, Atlantic Princess, Aurora, Aus Pro, Corroboree, Crystal Blue, Deep Blue, Lady Pamela, Masteka 2, Murcielago, Oneworld, Patriot 1 and Relentless.