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Join Marina and Boatyard Study Tour to Sydney Harbour & South Sydney, Australia

by Vijaya Selvaraj (MIA) 14 Jun 2019 15:41 PDT 5-6 August 2019
Sydney Marina and Boatyard Tour © Marina Industries Association

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) is excited to offer a two-day marina study tour visiting marinas and boatyards on Sydney Harbour and South Sydney - Port Hacking and Georges River.

The tour is scheduled to enable participants to also attend the Sydney International Boat Show (1-5 August).


  • Day 1 (5 August): Enjoy a full day tour on picturesque Sydney Harbour, visiting 4 world class marinas and taking in the sites. Gain an insider's view into each marina's operations from the marina managers themselves. Enjoy a networking dinner with your group to finish off the day.

  • Day 2 (6 August): Depart by bus from Darling Harbour for an hour trip to South Sydney and visit 4 marinas by boat on Port Hacking and one on Georges River. Complete the tour with a SWOT analysis with your tour host while enjoying afternoon tea.

Key takeaways include:

  • Network with marina operators from the Asia Pacific Region
  • Enjoy two days on Sydney's beautiful waterways
  • Learn about global best practises in marina operations from some of the best marinas in Sydney
  • Attend Australia's premier boat show, Sydney International Boat Show

AUD$698 per person (MIA members)
AUD$1,230 per person (non-MIA members)

Tour includes: Transport from Darling Harbour to each marina and back on both days. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea both days. Dinner on Day 1. Commentary by CMM or similar industry specialist on both days. Marina tour booklet. Complimentary 1 day pass to attend Australia's premier boat show, Sydney International Boat Show.

Not included: accommodation, airfares and airport pickup


We would like to acknowledge and thank Les Binkin CMM, Director of Marmong Point and Koolewong Marinas for the sponsorship of the water transport and afternoon tea for the study tour.

Places are limited to only 20 participants; early registrations are therefore encouraged.

Registrations close:19 July 2019

Click here to register

Tour Host: Philip McGowen CMM

Philip McGowen CMM has been the Marina Manger of Birkenhead Point Marina for 16 years. Birkenhead Marina is the largest private marina on Sydney Harbour with 201 berths and an extensive fuel wharf. The Marina was awarded Platinum Gold Anchor rating in 2018. Philip also serves on the Education committee at the Marina Industries Association. Prior to his position at the marina he was a member of the NSW Police Force specialising in Diving and Water Police Duties on Sydney Harbour. Philip lives on the Port Hacking River and from a school age has always been around boats.

Tour Feedback: 2018 Sydney Study Tour

Sam Standish, Port Coogee Marina: I found the tour very beneficial, especially as my current site in WA is relatively new. There were many new ideas I was able to bring back to the West and look to incorporate these in Port Coogee Marina. The transport on both days was well organised. The boat was especially great for me coming over from the West and such a great way to get around Sydney.

Jonathan Richardson, Nautilus Marine Insurance: Thoroughly enjoyable and extremely informative. All managers were open, honest and forthcoming with as much information as was requested of them. Transport arrangements and food was good, as was the company.

Barry Boné, Petrolink Engineering: As well as being educational the whole tour was enjoyable with a very good list of participants who took a keen interest in what they were being shown and were also all friendly and ready to share.

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