Shell Cove is a new A$3.7bn holiday-style town development with a marina and marine precinct at its centre and located at Shellharbour City, south of Sydney. With over 260 berths for yachts up to 30m (98.5ft), Shell Cove will, by 2019-2020, have the largest marina in New South Wales, covering an area 30% larger than its northern neighbour, Darling Harbour.

Matthew Youell, director of Shellharbour Enterprises, told IBI: “The new 20ha harbour excavation is now complete with the boardwalk piling mainly in-place and work on the concrete edge beam progressing well. The construction of the safe ocean access channel, breakwater and groyne works is well underway ahead of schedule for the planned opening of the A$180m harbour in late 2018, early 2019.

“The Shell Cove project is worth over A$3.7bn and the harbour alone is costing approximately A$180m,” he added. “This project is so unique because it is 100% funded by Shellharbour City Council and is the only local government in Australia that has done a significant State project like this and of this scale.”

There is no State or Federal funding contribution toward the Shell Cove project.

The Shell Cove Safe Ocean Access Channel & Harbour will add to Australia's south coast maritime infrastructure between Sydney and Jervis Bay for touring recreational vessels.

Youell explained: “The wet marina consists of over 260 berths from 12m to 30m (superyachts and charter operators) with the outer harbour having a depth of 4.5m AHD and inner harbour depth of 4m AHD with the section for the 30m-plus berths having a depth of 5m. This is the largest marina in one location in NSW, all in an excavated harbour that is 30% larger than Sydney's Darling Harbour.

“There will be berth holder facilities, marine fuelling, vessel maintenance facility with 75 tonne haul-out services and a 150-berth dry-stack storage facility,” he added. “There will also be a public boat ramp and associated public facilities.”