Survey provides key indicators on Australia’s marina sector

Aerial of Sydney berthing facilities

Aerial photo of berthing and mooring facilities in Sydney; © Iain Forbes

According to a recent survey on the Australian marina sector presented at the Marinas 19 Conference recently held on the Gold Coast, an average of 41.5% marinas located in six Australian states were expecting revenue growth last year.

The survey from Club Marine provides the latest statistics available on the Australian marina sector, with a breakout of the number of marinas per state, occupacy rates and a number of other indicators on the health of the sector.

Breakdown of Australian Marinas by State
StateNumber of marinas                % of totalAverage number of berths
New South Wales 113 35% 138
Queensland 69 22% 273
Western Australia 44 14% 209
Victoria 40 13% 270
South Australia 31 10% 163
Tasmania 19 6% 192
Northern Territories           4 1% N/A
TOTAL 320 100% 1,245

Findings included projected increases in both revenue and employment growth (for 2018) to varying degrees across marinas in six states covered by the survey (no figures for Northern Territories):

Marine Revenue & Employment Growth
StateRevenue growthEmployment growth
New South Wales 59% 18%
Queensland 50% 9%
South Australia 16% 0%
Tasmania 63% 15%
Victoria 37% 11%
Western Australia 24% 12%

A review of the average occupancy rates and waiting lists for berths in summer across six states showed relatively high occupancy and demand rates at Australian marinas:

Marina Occupancy Rates & Waiting Lists
StateOccupancy of berths% marinas with waiting lists
New South Wales 88.7% 45.8%
Queensland 81.3% 25.0%
South Australia 74.0% 22.2%
Tasmania 86.6% 37.5%
Victoria 78.4% 31.3%
Western Australia              87.6% 44.8%
Average 84.6% 37.7%

The survey also assessed annual gross revenues for marinas by state as well as by cost centres as a percentage of gross revenue. The average gross revenue per marina across the six states surveyed was A$2.4m, with Queensland marinas yielding the highest average revenues of A$3.5m, followed by Victoria at A$2.7m.

Marina Gross Revenues & Cost Centers
StateAverage gross revenues (A$ mil)              Payroll (%) Taxes & leases (%)Capital expenditures (%)Operations/other (%)
New South Wales 2.21 20 20 31 29
Queensland 3.48 17 22 12 49
South Australia 0.70 19 18 39 24
Tasmania 1.42 20 14 36 30
Victoria 2.73 28 18 8 46
Western Australia          2.50 25 18 24 33