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History and Achievements


Australian Marina of the Year 2015-2016

Soldiers Point Marina was awarded the Marina Industries Association & Club Marine Australian Marina of the Year 2015-2016 (over 140 boats) at the Marina of the Year Awards marine15 Conference on the Gold Coast. The award recognises excellence in the provision of marina services, facilities and operations. The judging criteria covered the marina’s goals and objectives, business performance, customer service and satisfaction, marketing, environmental responsibility and risk management; staff training, industry and community involvement and other accomplishments.

Jim Duncan - Marina Supervisor

Australian Marina Employee 2015-2016

Of all the thousands of marina staff in Australia, Soldiers Point Marina Supervisor Jim Duncan of Soldiers Point was officially recognised at the marine15 conference on the Gold Coast for his outstanding contribution to the marina industry by being announced People’s Choice Australian Marina Employee 2015-2016.

Most Innovative Marketing Award 2015-2016

The marina recieved the Most Innovative Marketing Award 2015-2016 for its absolute commitment to meeting and exceeding customer expectations.


Marina Celebrates its 60th Birthday

1954 saw the construction of the original boatshed and extension of an existing wharf at the current location of Soldiers Point Marina, then known as Thonwhalla Wharf, West Beach. The construction was conducted by Fred Hansen (who later became NSW Police Commissioner). Following many more owners each adding to the infrastructure, the marina was purchased by Clippers Anchorage in 2000 who have totally rebuilt both the water and land facilities to make it into the world class facility we have to-day.

Soldiers Point Marina was Level 4 ISO 14001 Clean Marinas re-accredited

Soldiers Point Marina was re-accredited for achieving the world standard for environmental management systems.

Invited guests at the celebration


Australian Marina of the Year 2013-2014

Soldiers Point Marina is awarded the Australian Marina of the Year 2013/2014 - at the Marine13 Conference in Sydney. This esteemed award is sponsored by the Marina Industries Association and Club Marine.


Clean Marina Level 4 & ISO 14001 Certified

Soldiers Point Marina was recognised for achieving the world standard for environmental management systems. Called Level 4 ISO 14001 Clean Marinas, Clean Marinas build on Levels 1 - 3 within the Clean Marinas program. The program was established in 2002 by the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) with the objective of protecting the nation's coastal and in-land waterways.

Mr Colin Bransgrove EO MIAA, Mr Darrell Barnett CMM Marina General Manager, The Hon Bob Baldwin MP, Craig Baumann MP Invited guests at the celebration The Mayor of Port Stephens Cr Bob Westbury congratulates Darrell Barnett on the accreditation


Awarded Australian Marina of the Year 2011-2012

The Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) awarded Soldiers Point Marina the prestigious title of Australian Marina of the Year for 2011-2012 at the industry's International Marinas Conference in Melbourne.


5 Gold Anchor Status

Soldiers Point Marina was awarded 5 Gold Anchors, the highest rating available in the prestigious Gold Anchor international rating scheme for marinas. A thorough research and development process for Gold Anchor rating resulted in 95 assessment criteria being used to arrive at the rating, with infrastructure, facilities, planning and services all assessed.

Minister Jodi McKay MP presents 5 Gold Anchor Award to Darrell Barnett CMM Marina Manager


This year saw a complete renovation of the upper floor of the Marina building. All walkway areas and stairs were tiled, a new marina office constructed and a guest lounge/business/centre/library created.


Soldiers Point Marina's Award for Excellence

Soldiers Point Marina was awarded a coveted Award for Excellence at the Australian Marine Industries Awards ceremony conducted by the Marina Industries Association of Australia.   This prestigious award is another gauge that Soldiers Point Marina continues to be one of the most highly regarded marinas in the country.  On receiving the award, Darrell Barnett paid tribute to his loyal and dedicated staff for their tireless efforts, particularly in regard to customer service.


Certified Low Carbon Marina

Soldiers Point Marina become one of the world’s first certified low carbon marinas under the MIAA’s Low Carbon Marina Initiative. Soldiers Point Marina had its climate change impact assessed by the Carbon Reduction Institute and implemented numerous measures to reduce its carbon emissions. The marina now offsets all emissions that cannot be reduced with certified carbon credits.

Celebrating an outstanding achievement being Australias 1st Carbon Neutral marina


Awarded Australian Marina of the Year 2007

In 2007 Soldiers Point Marina was awarded the prestigious title Marina of the Year at the Australian Marine Industries Awards, for its impressive efforts in providing outstanding service to boating customers.


Clean Marina status

Soldiers Point Marina became one of the first marinas in Australia to be accredited Clean Marina status, proof the Marina is managed in an environmentally sensitive fashion, with a management team that recognises its responsibility in conserving the pristine environment of Port Stephens for future generations.

Australias 1st Clean Marina, 2004


Expansion of the Soldiers Point Marina added a further 40 berths, to bring the total number of berths to 100. The berths, catering for vessels up to 30 metres, feature large swing basins between fingers and extra wide walkways, and it is the only marina in Australia built using all 316 stainless steel fitments.


Under New Management

The original Soldiers Point Marina was constructed in the 1980’s and purchased in 2000 by current management who have totally rebuilt both the water and land facilities to make it into the world class facility we have to-day.

Upon purchase in 2000, a total replacement of the fixed wooden berthing structure with a state of the art Bellingham floating berthing and walkways system was implemented.


In 1948 the Thonwhalla Wharf was built at West Beach and replaced later by a bigger wharf and the original boatshed in 1954 for Fred Hanson (who later became NSW Police Commissioner). George Ridgeway helped to build and later manage the boatshed until it was sold to the McNaughton family.

In 1961 Ray and Mary Penny bought the boatshed and gained approval for living quarters in the roof space. The Penny family’s source of income was renting out hire boats, both rowing and powered and all boats were painted bright yellow so they could be easily seen from the boatshed.

The Holbert family bought the boatshed in 1968, followed in 1970 by Dick Thompson Marine. John and Robyn White and their young family spent 3 happy years at the boatshed from 1977 -1980 during which time John built the southern slipway.

David Cook bought the boatshed in 1980 but sold it in 1984 to Ken Stewart who in 1985 extended the marina to 60 berths.

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Sailtime - the best way to have a boat

I first came across the concept of Sailtime when I had the option of buying a sizeable powered boat second hand at about 60% of its value and did some research on the annual costs of having such a boat.

Darrell at Soldiers Point Marina was wonderfully helpful in providing the information I needed and when he sensed my concern over the costs of holding a boat, he asked whether I had my heart set on a powered boat or whether I would be interested in a sailboat and explained to me the concept of Sailtime.

Very soon afterwards, my friends and I were on a “test sail” with Darrell at the wheel. The size of the boat, its creature comforts and beautiful finish were very impressive and soon my friends were urging me to take a more detailed investigation of the arrangement as they could see how much I enjoyed the experience.

I chose the more expensive option when joining the club because I felt it gave me more options to suit my lifestyle, however, if I lived close to or in Port Stephens, then this option would be without a doubt the best option because of its flexibility providing more options to use the boat.

After joining the club, I was given excellent training on how to take the boat out and bring it back without damaging it, as well as anchoring and navigating around the bay so that I could feel confident. This was so successful, I was able to be confident sufficiently to take the boat out myself with some friends the next day.

It is now over a year since I have been a member of club Sailtime and I look forward to each time I have the opportunity to go for a sail around the beautiful Port Stephens and improve my sailing ability and for the feel of the wind through the sails. My favourite anchorage is at Shoal Bay for lunch and a swim as well as cruising along being in the situation where I used to see others with envy.

The Port Stephens staff have been wonderfully helpful at all times and willing to help with the boat every time they are available.  Nothing seems to be too much trouble for them.