About Us

The Gold Coast International Marine Expo is held at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct located on Waterway Drive, Coomera, Queensland, Australia.

The Expo is staged at the Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard, Riviera and Telwater factory within the Marine Precinct home to Australia’s largest boat manufacturing plants and shipyards.

This ready-made venue provides the perfect location for visitors to witness and experience a rare behind the scenes view of our diverse marine industry.

The Gold Coast Marine Precinct is the major marine industrial area on the Gold Coast and is dedicated to the manufacture, servicing, repairs and refits of any sized recreational and/or commercial vessels.

The Precinct currently contains 60 individual businesses employing an estimated 2,500 people. Encompassing an area of approximately 250 hectares the Precinct is located on the Coomera River, approximately 15 kms from Surfers Paradise with direct water access to Moreton Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

The Pacific Motorway is only one kilometre west of the Precinct and provides easy access to the Gold Coast Airport, which is only a 50km, 39 minute drive and Brisbane CBD and Airport , which is only a 65.5km and 44 minute drive, click below for further instructions on how to get here.

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The Gold Coast International Boat Show &Marine Expo is not-for-profit, three-day, family-friendly event attracting exhibitors and visitors from across Australia and around the world.

In 2017, The Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo sees the dates of the award-winning Gold Coast International Marine Expo move forward to 17-19 March 2017.

Now the first major event of the 2017 Australian boat show season, the Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo will also be operated and managed with the support of the Boating Industry Association – Australia’s peak industry representative

The boat show is again staged within the facilities of Australia’s largest boat manufacturing plants and working shipyards. This ready-made venue provides the perfect location for the public to experience a behind-the-scenes view of the marine industry, bringing them even closer to our industry, in a highly memorable and interactive manner.

There is no other boat show in Australia like the Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo.

The boat show not only offers a wide range of exhibits from kayaks to super yachts, it also offers a comprehensive program of events including a variety of live technical demonstrations and attractions with something happening every 15 minutes over the three big days.

It has also provided a proven opportunity over the past six years for a wide range of marine businesses.

In total the boat show has welcomed over 110,000 visitors over the last six years with 2017 marking the seventh annual event.

In this time the boat show has also raised over $79,000 for our four local charities, which are the Rotary Club of Coomera River, Sailability Gold Coast, Westpac Surf Life Saving Helicopter Rescue Service, and the Ronald McDonald House Charity. All of these organisations assist with the logistics of staging such a massive event. Some 100 volunteers are involved in the boat show each year.

LOCATION

Gold Coast Marine Precinct located on Waterway Drive, Coomera, Queensland, Australia

Click here to view our map and instructions on how to get here.

HOW TO GET HERE
VISITORS WISHING TO TRAVEL TO THE EXPO CAN DO SO BY CAR, BOAT, HELICOPTER, BUS, TAXI OR TRAIN

The Expo is located at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct within Coomera, Queensland and is centrally located to local, interstate and international transport.

It is only a 5 minute drive from the Coomera railway station, 20 minute drive from the heart of the Gold Coast – Surfers Paradise, 40 minute drive south to the Coolangatta Airport and only a 60 minute drive north to Brisbane Domestic and International Airports.

PARKING

Car parking is FREE to all visitors and is available on site and within surrounding areas of the Marine Precinct.

Click here to find out more about car parking, disabled parking and our FREE shuttle bus service.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT

The boat show is a not-for-profit event that actively supports four local charities and organisations including; the Rotary Club of Coomera River, Sailability Gold Coast,Westpac Surf Life Saver Helicopter Rescue Service and Ronald McDonald House Charity SEQ.
 
Click here to find out more about the boat show’s support of our local charities.

TIMING

From 2017, the new March dates create further lead time for our exhibitors as existing boat owners can prepare for their coming summer – fresh in their minds are their considerations for repowering, replacing or upgrading their boat’s systems and accessories, or buying a new boat or yacht to further enhance their leisure time with their families next season.

For manufacturers, importers as well as accessories and service providers, the pre-winter campaign timing is a business imperative

A little bit about Lifejackets:

Usage and Types of Life Jackets

Lifejackets are important life-saving vests, including baby Life Jackets. They are designed to prevent a person from drowning. Yet, many of us still choose to go without one when we are out doing activities in the water.

Did you know that according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the fifth leading cause of injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of death due to injury for kids’ ages 1 to 14 years old? This is why even if life jackets may not necessarily be the most fashionable or comfortable piece of attire, it is very important to wear them while you are out on water activities.

 

Why Wearing Life Jackets Is Important (Aside from Keeping You from Drowning)

For some individuals wearing life jackets, especially kids life jackets is somewhat a nuisance, as they find them either bulky or uncomfortable. Some also find them unnecessary because they are strong swimmers and experienced in the water. But, aside from saving you from drowning, a life jacket actually has additional purposes such as the following:

1) Life jackets typically come in bright colors so rescuers can easily spot you during emergencies.

2) They help protect you from hypothermia a potentially fatal condition that occurs due to prolonged exposure to cold temperatures.

3) Life jackets can help minimize injuries due to shock from falling. It keeps your head above the water saving from you from dangerous head injuries from unexpected plunging underwater.

Types of Life Jackets

Life jackets, also commonly referred to as PFD or Personal Flotation Devices, come in different types intended for various uses and age requirements. They are generally categorized into 5 different types. It is important to choose the right life jackets that best fit your water activities and the conditions of the water you and your children will be exposed to.

* Type I

Intended Usage:

Life jackets for fishing, cruising or boating alone offshore

Works best for extended survival in open seas, rough and remote waters during stormy weathers and particularly when quick rescue is unlikely. They are designed to provide lots of buoyancy and will turn an unconscious wearer face up. However, it is bulky and uncomfortable for extended periods of usage.

* Type II

Intended Usage:

Life jackets for boating or cruising activities near shore where quick rescue is likely to be available

They are not as bulky as type I and are not intended for extended support in rough and open seas.

* Type III

Intended Usage:

Best for calm, inland waters and supervised water activities including water skiing, canoeing, and kayaking where immediate rescue will be available

They are the recommended life jackets for kids in the 30 to 50 lb range and are considered fine for almost all types of calm water activities.

* Type IV

These types of PFD’s are devices intended to be thrown to a person overboard or to supplement the buoyancy of an individual overboard. They are not to be worn and are not recommended for children and non-swimmers.

* Type V

These are designed for special use life jackets specifically as paddling vest, float coats, or commercial white water vest.