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The Rebirth of Riverside Marina at the Concourse

The Rebirth of Riverside Marina at the Concourse

The long-awaited redevelopment of the marina adjacent to the Royal Pines Resort will commence this year. The 100-berth boutique marina will become the “jewel in the crown” for developer Sunland Group’s 19-hectare Marina Concourse development that has now been completed. The marina development is anticipated to be completed by mid-2021, with berths now being offered for sale and lease.

The marina precinct at Ross Street Benowa, an iconic Gold Coast landmark of the 1980s and 1990s, has undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation over the past decade to become a vibrant waterfront residential, retail, hospitality and leisure destination. Part of the rebirth will see it officially named Riverside Marina.

Design and construction of the new marina will be undertaken by Gold Coast- based marina construction company Pacific Pontoon & Pier. The company’s CEO, Will Hattingh (snr), announces, “We are very pleased with the engagement to deliver a brand new boutique marina. As stage one of the project, a limited number of berths adjacent to the marina entrance along the Nerang River will be constructed. The completed marina basin will have a floating walkway comprising three arms with 30+ boat berths on each. The design for the third arm of the marina, which is closest to Ross Street, will be tailored to suit local boat dealers and brokers as a permanent on-water showroom. The marina should also attract water sports activities operators, as it is a high-profile position with instant access to the Nerang River. Our design will accommodate the needs of residents and industry stakeholders for jet ski docks, specialised pre-approved boat lifts and other state-of-the art dry docking systems.”

Only a short walk to Metricon Stadium and across the road from the renowned RACV Royal Pines Resort and Golf Precinct, Riverside Marina will offer berthing for boats between 8m and 12m in size. Water and power will be provided to each berth and the marina will provide 24-hour access and full-time video surveillance.

Will says, “It is envisaged that the marina will further enhance the vibrancy and community life at Royal Pines residential precinct as it now provides water access and boat mooring opportunities to the residents.”

For residents of the surrounding suburbs, from southern Gold Coast to the Hinterland, the marina location is the closest berthing with access to the Broadwater. Many knowledgeable boat users will know that there are various day-trip destinations along the Nerang River canal system with public berthing, such as Capri on Via Roma and Pacific Fair shopping centre.

The Riverside Marina will become a watersports hub as this area has been home to water skiing in Queensland since the 1950s. The river was also stage to the World Water Ski Championships in 1965, the famous Surfers Paradise Ski Gardens water ski shows, and the Carrara Water Ski School. For wakeboarders and jet ski, riders can take off in the 40-knot speed zone immediately outside the marina entrance.

This area along the Nerang River is teeming with many species of fish. It is a sanctuary and breeding waters for prized mangrove jacks, whiting, flathead, trevally and bream.

“We plan to reinstate the commercial jetties on the Nerang River side of the marina to become a jumping-off point for local ferries and water taxis, allowing an aquatic arrival to the various lifestyle precincts and events at Metricon Stadium,” explains Will.

Riverside Marina is superbly positioned midway between the beaches of Surfers Paradise and the rainforests of the Hinterland. The nearby resort championship golf course is renowned as the region’s only 27-hole composite course, hosting professional golf tournaments such as the Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Ladies Masters. The purpose-built convention centre offers versatile conference and event options staged around the uninterrupted views of the glass foyer. The resort has a taste for every occasion with eight restaurants and bars from high tea, hearty Italian, Japanese-style, dining al fresco by the pool or overlooking the golf course.

On-site agents Century 21 have been appointed to market the marina berths.

For more information contact, Sasan Rahmani on Ph:0412 994 999



In 1986, a 195-ha site on a former riverside dairy farm, was purchased by the Japanese company Matsushita Investment Corporation (MID), an experienced resort operator and real estate investment arm of a wealthy Japanese family that founded the Panasonic electronics empire. A further acquisition of land was made immediately west, formerly owned by Ross and Lindsay Hicks, whose great grandfather Edward bought the land in the late 1870s.

The marina basin will have a floating walkway with 100 berths

This location, 5km west of Surfers Paradise in Benowa, boasted 2km of frontage to the Nerang River. The area, originally known as Ashmore Waters, was first named Pine Lakes, and eventually Royal Pines Resort. The resort was developed under the Integrated Resort Act with guidance from Cummings and Burns architectural company, which included the golf course, a 330-room hotel, and a gated community of residential villages with free-standing prestige homes. More than 9,000 trees were planted mostly pines, frangipani and tropical palms to create an idyllic Australian lifestyle.

In the early 1990s, the marina was built, situated between the resort and the river, and included hospitality outlets and specialty businesses.

In 2005, MID sold the property to investment bankers Morgan Stanley. They partnered with InterContinental Hotel to run the resort. In 2008, Morgan Stanley sold the resort and the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) purchased the property.

In 2009, Sunland Group undertook residential construction work around the Riverside Marina precinct on Ross Street to create a multi-award winning lifestyle development.


Editorial by Andy Kancachian

Published in the April – June 2020 print edition.