Scarborough Marina

5.0 from 6 Reviews

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excellent facilities

Kelly B
via Google  
Reviewed Apr 2017
Great Marina with excellent facilities and a fantastic Chandlery next door, as well as an inboard mechanic (Booker Marine) and maintenance workshop (Marine Works).
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Great Place to Chill

Tony Austin
Deckee Pro  
Reviewed Apr 2018
Scarborough is a great place to stop for a few days if you are transiting Moreton Bay. The marina is in excellent condition, the amenities are clean and adequate and the staff always go out of their way to be helpful. While we did not have any work done on the boat, the small shipyard seems to be well run and supports owners working on their own boats. There is an excellent chandelry adjacent to the marina and plenty of restaurants and a large club all within easy walking distance. Accessing supermarkets etc is a much longer walk or, better still, a bus or taxi ride.

The entry channel is rather narrow and is dredged for keel boats. While initially a bit daunting it is soon mastered.

My only criticism is a small one - the marina advertises 'free' internet but access was very marginal and very slow whilst we were there. They assure me that this is being addressed.

In conclusion, a very peaceful place to chill out and take a rest before tackling Moreton Bay or the challenges of Mooloolaba or the Wide Bay bar.
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Go above and beyond

Colleen Deane
via Google  
Reviewed Apr 2017
I can't speak highly enough of the staff and facilities at Scarborough Marina. Nothing is too much trouble and the staff always go above and beyond their duty to help you and make you feel like part of the family. I would give them 20 stars if I could ! Keep up the good work everybody, you are awesome !
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Great place to linger

James W Cole
Reviewed Sep 2016
We highly recommend Scarborough Marina in Scarborough, Queensland for international and other cruisers. We were traveling up the East Coast of Australia and planned to stop at Scarborough Marina for one night to see friends and their new baby. Then an East Coast Low starting forming so we decided to stay longer. We comfortably sat out the bad weather which savaged much of the east coast of Australia and severely damaged at least two marinas. Scarborough Marina is protected by land from all directions except for the narrow entrance which opens to the WSW. The docks are sturdy, well-lit and well-maintained. A very big plus is that unlike many marinas in this part of the world, Scarborough Marina is not on a river with the obvious potential problems should flooding occur.

A few days after the East Coast Low we had to fly home for a few months to look after my elderly mother who had fallen and broken multiple bones. The marina staff were very helpful. A big plus for us was a liveaboard right in the marina with decades of international cruising who offers an affordable service to look after boats with absent owners. We showed him what we would like done to take care of our boat while we were away and he did an impeccable job. He is a retired sailmaker and can do custom canvas work. Knowing such a competent person is looking after your home when you are so far away gives great peace of mind!

The marina is cruiser friendly. The staff are very helpful. We especially appreciated them printing copies of documents we needed to prepare for the departure clearance process. The marina has clean toilets and showers ashore, coin-operated washers and driers and a cruisers lounge with free WIFI, TV and book exchange. I even set up my sewing machine in there to do some minor repairs! The cruisers room, parking lot, docks and amenities are secure and accessed with a cards issued to moorage tenants.

There is a travel lift and boat yard on the premises, an excellent adjacent chandlery with very helpful owners and hours and a Volvo/Yanmar dealer adjacent to the marina. Another business with a wide range of boat maintenance services is also right next door. Screens are used in the boatyard between boats to prevent overspray and similar problems. Self serve fuel is available 24/7. Holding tank pump out is available at a nearby dock within the marina basin.

The Scarborough Marina is an easy walk to bus stop and cafes and a nice fresh seafood shop. It is 30 minutes by car from international airport. Affordable rental cars can be delivered to the marina for return to the airport. A range of good grocery stores are located in the general area. A Costco is ten miles from the marina. A Bunnings hardware store is seven miles from the marina. Both can be reached by bus.

There are many very nice walking paths on the shoreline near the marina and in nearby Scarborough and Redcliffe. There is a pretty view across the bay to the Glass House Mountains. It is easy to get from the marina into downtown Brisbane by mass transit for sightseeing or cruising chores. Brisbane has many consulate offices for international travel planning. Other boaters are very friendly and helpful.

The Australian Border Force will conduct their departure clearance processes from the marina. They ask for appointments a week in advance which can be rescheduled if needed. Others have scheduled departure clearances 48 hours ahead.
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Nice service

Brad Belling
via Google  
Reviewed Jun 2018
Plenty of parking for trailers. Chandlery open 7 days. Nice service in marine parts shop. Boat ramps clean.
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