Empire Marinas is proud to announce the acquisition of Marmong Point Marina on Lake Macquarie in New South Wales.
Marmong Point Marina is the largest marina on Lake Macquarie and one of the largest privately owned full service commercial marinas in NSW. It provides 245 floating berths, swing moorings, dry storage, a large hardstand, chandlery, fuel, pump-out and all key service trades on site.
Lake Macquarie is a boating destination for paddle, sail and power being the largest saltwater lake in the southern hemisphere and twice the size of Sydney Harbour.
As part of the Empire Marinas Group, Marmong Point Marina also joins the highly awarded Empire Marina Bobbin Head in Sydney, twice winner of the Australian Marina of the Year, the first marina to be inducted into the Australian Marina Hall of fame and the first marina in Australia to achieve 5 Gold Anchor Platinum status. Empire Marinas is owned by the Richardson and Vaux families.
Darren Vaux, Managing Director of Empire Marinas said, “Marmong Point Marina is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of both the growth in recreational boating and the growth in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie communities, all just 90 minutes north of Sydney.
“With its northerly aspect, in a sheltered cove at the northern end of the Lake, the marina is the perfect protected anchorage.”
Vaux is also the president of the Boating Industry Association and Vice President of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations and has a unique insight into the evolving nature of the boating industry.
“There has been an extraordinary growth in recreational boating over the past year, with industry turnover up 11 percent on pre-pandemic levels and over 18,500 new boats registered.
“Two and a half million people in Australia have boat licenses and over 2 percent of Australians go boating, making it one of Australia’s most popular pastimes. Over the past 18 months, many Australians have re-discovered boating and the beauty of regional NSW as Covid restrictions have limited travel, and people have sought out covid safe recreation.
“Coupled with the sense of wellbeing that comes from being in, on or around water, boating and marina life has been the panacea to the Pandemic blues and is set to continue to people adapt to living with Covid and continue to discover and enjoy the beauty of our magnificent waterways.” Vaux said.