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Located in the northern Gold Coast behind Dreamworld the Gold Coast Marine Precinct is recognized as the City of Gold Coast’s central Marine district with The Boat Works facility spreading across a staggering 55 acres along the Coomera River. The Boat Works facility has a reputation as the destination for all things marine. In addition, the facility provides the option to experience a new level of dining in a unique destination featuring some of the Gold Coast’s best themed Cafés, Bars and Restaurants along with the cool car & bike Museum at Garage 25.

THE GALLEY RESTAURANT & BAR positioned in full view of some of the most elegant and luxurious boats floating on the Coomera River is open 7 days a week for you to come and enjoy breakfast & lunch in a licensed venue. Incorporating marine décor from the 1700s-1900s, this is an idyllic location for a quiet drink on the deck after a hard day’s work.

Located overlooking the water, the fully licensed café, restaurant, and bar offers traditional cuisine with a twist, prepared fresh with artisan, homemade, and locally sourced ingredients. Licensed, kid & pet friendly, indoor & outdoor seating.

The Galley Restaurant, South Yard -The Boat Works, 200 Beattie Road Coomera Ph: (07) 5502 6435

KOKOMO KITCHENa hidden gem in a busy shipyard Offering a vibrant blend of a Caribbean hideaway with laid-back Queensland hospitality and mouth watering cuisine. Kokomo Kitchen + Bar is located on its own sandy beach in the northern yard at The Boat Works and has earned a loyal clientele of locals and visiting boaties for its enticing palm-covered decks and delectable menu.

By day, it’s a shady nook, perfectly positioned to enjoy the breeze off the water and is fully family-friendly with grassed area and spotless sandy beach, as well as a kids’ menu and an anchor for the inquisitive. At night, it’s a truly special spot. Decked out in garlands of lights, surrounded by palms, hanging ferns and a grove of banana trees, the ambience transports guests to an island paradise.

Open Monday to Friday, and Weekends for breakfast and lunch. Beginning in October, Kokomo Kitchen plans to open for dinner, with live music Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

The increasingly popular venue is gearing up for a tropical summer of entertainment, with a calendar of events and a palate-pleasing menu complemented by a tantalising cocktail list. Kokomo will be open all summer and over Christmas, except public holidays, with work parties and end of year events booking up fast.

Kokomo is a unique destination venue. Its hidden location is part of its allure. Located in the North Yard – The Boat Works, 199 Beattie Road, Coomera Ph: 0432 574 108


ESPRESSO TWENTY5 CAFÉ AND CAR MUSEUM is the pit stop destination for cool cars, bikes and coffee. Touring car great and owner of The Boat Works Tony Longhurst has put his impressive car and bike collection on permanent display at Garage 25.

The collection sits behind glass as a feature of an open air cafe aptly named Espresso Twenty5.

The venue is part of Longhurst’s The Boat Works complex which has been developed into one of the world’s leading boat yards, and is currently undergoing another multi-million-dollar extension.

Garage 25 has been designed to service in excess of 1000 contractors, customers and staff that are onsite at The Boat Works each day, but is also open to the public.

Ironically, the venue is at the end of the street where Longhurst’s visionary father John built and developed the Dreamworld theme park before selling it in 1989.

Garage 25, which carries Longhurst’s iconic racing number, houses a private collection of more than 30 vintage, classic and retro road and race cars and bikes.

Espresso Twenty5 emphasis is on food for the soul, with a focus on local products, eco-friendly, organic coffee, great food, and company!

Dine in or take away, catering options available.

Be sure to follow their Facebook page for updates as to their regular Car & Culture meets!

Located in the South Yard, 1 Boatworks Drive Coomera Ph: 0456 079 546



Published in print October-December 2023