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Known for its stunning tropical scenery, crystal clear waters, and abundant marine life, the Whitsundays has long been a popular destination for boating enthusiasts nationwide.

Combine its natural beauty with tempting winter temperatures in the mid-twenties and exceptional sailing conditions, it comes as no surprise that every year the Whitsundays welcomes avid boaters from across the country to enjoy its unmatched cruising grounds and experience a true aquatic playground.

Following the continued steady growth of boat ownership in recent years, driven by the increasing interest in the unique boating lifestyle, Coral Sea Marina Resort in the heart of the Whitsundays has been placed firmly on the map as the perfect destination for those looking to traverse the coastline northwards in search of sunnier skies this winter season.

With 520 wet berths, accommodating superyachts up to 80m in length, Coral Sea Marina is an award-winning marina facility, that has been developed with a strong focus on ensuring the very best experience for guests during their stay.

As the region’s only 5 Gold Anchor Platinum accredited marina, located in the tourist mecca of Airlie Beach, Coral Sea Marina is the ultimate base from which to explore the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef.

2023 marks a new decade for Coral Sea Marina Resort and, in the year of its 10-year anniversary under current ownership, the marina is set to come alive this cruising season in celebration of its achievements.

The wide range of facilities on offer have been designed to ensure the very best experience for boaties, whether berthing for the season or simply for a few nights. In addition to a brand new marina gym, other services include a fleet of courtesy cars, free WiFi, a contemporary guest lounge and Ocean Club, a unique on-water guest facility which has private ensuite bathrooms and an expansive sundeck with BBQ facilities and spectacular marina views. As well as the extensive berthing inclusions, Coral Sea Marina offers two vibrant marina villages with a range of cafes, bars, and restaurants, including the newly opened Berry and Maple Patisserie. Another benefit for marina guests is access to the beach and pool facilities at the newly renovated Coral Sea Resort, just a short stroll along a scenic boardwalk from the marina.

Combining all these elements with its convenient location on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef, it is easy to see why Coral Sea Marina has become the marina destination of choice for those looking to visit the region.

Joscelyn O’Keefe, Head of Marketing & Business Development at Coral Sea Marina explains “Our team at Coral Sea Marina consistently innovate to find new ways to provide an immersive guest experience. We aim to be much more than just a marina and through our regular Marina Mingles and Coral Sea Academy events we continue to offer ways for guests to engage with each other, the local community, the environment, and the wider world of boating.”

The Coral Sea Academy is an educational initiative providing a calendar of engaging events to consciously connect people to themes relevant to the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. From free maritime training sessions to inspirational workshops on local environmental initiatives, citizen science projects, community fundraisers and Women in Boating groups, the Coral Sea Academy aims to inspire guests to become part of something bigger during their stay.

If you are visiting the Whitsundays this year, get involved in one of the many Coral Sea Academy events on offer. Visit to find out more.

Still not 100% convinced about charting a course north to the Whitsundays? Read on and you will be! Spend your days seeking out the clear blue waters of hidden bays, lazing on the white sand of world famous Whitehaven Beach, or hiking through lush island rainforests. Experience secluded anchorages, vibrant island resorts, and spectacular snorkeling on the fringing coral reefs. Once berthed safely back at Coral Sea Marina, the adventure doesn’t stop, with the coastal township of Airlie Beach on your doorstep and the quintessential Queensland hinterland waiting to be explored.

Whether you visit for a week, a month, or the entire winter, experience the adventure, the beauty, and the Whitsundays way of life and immerse yourself in the very best of the state’s great outdoors.

Visit the Coral Sea Marina team this year at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show to discover more about what awaits you in the Whitsundays.


Published in print April-June 2023