The Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef

Welcome to Australia's premier super yacht destination for over 30 years. Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef for refit and maintenance services, and to discover new and evolving opportunities in Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait Islands, Papua New Guinea and Whitsunday Islands.

Captain’s Notes & Formalities

  • 96 hours prior to arriving in Australian waters, notify Australian Border Force (Customs), Immigration and Quarantine as well as relevant Port Authorities.
  • Enter into a section 15 port: Thursday Island, Cairns, Townsville or Mackay in the Great Barrier Reef.
  • 488 Superyacht Crew Visa required for all crew, with the exception of Australian and New Zealand passport holders. Allows crew to remain and work with their vessel.
  • Pilots required for vessels >50m for port entry.
  • Vessels >70m require a reef pilot to traverse through the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Contact a Super Yacht Agent for assistance.

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

To those who have already discovered, be enticed on a journey of rediscovery. From the tropical city of Cairns, explore World Heritage-listed regions.

The Tropical City of Cairns

Cairns is the gateway to both the world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. It is a vibrant, tropical city in Far North of Queensland with a population of 160,000. It is safe, clean, secure and perfectly positioned.

Cairns is a splendid host for super yacht services
Cairns has an international airport with private jet facilities just 10 minutes from your berth, plus a fully dedicated super yacht marina with all essential facilities and services. In the port, there are three Lloyds accredited shipyards, all with extensive refit capabilities. To support them is a comprehensive network of service providers with renowned expertise.

Cairns is the gateway to an exotic destination
Owners and guests can enjoy all the exceptional experiences the region has to offer. Discover breathtaking islands, white sandy beaches and warm turquoise waters, pioneer history, inland country and the dreamtime. Sample local delicacies and let the flora and fauna take your breath away.

Cairns is a mecca for super yacht crew
The Esplanade, sightseeing, restaurants, bars and entertainment is right on the Marina’s doorstep.

Cairns Port: 16° 55′ S, 145° 46′ E


Cairns Marlin Marina

Cairns' state-of-the-art floating marina offers advanced super yachts a gateway to spectacular cruising on the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Entry Location 16°55′ S, 145°46′ E
  • Port depths minimum channel depth 8.3m
  • Depth alongside up to 6.5m
  • Dedicated Superyacht berths to 140m
  • Secured, gated, CCTV
  • Vehicle access for deliveries, sub-contractors and crew car parking
  • Duty Free fuel bunkering available in the marina supplied by Trinity Petroleum
  • Walk to restaurants, bars and city centre
  • 10 minutes to domestic and international airport
  • Five minutes to refit precint
  • Heli pad adjacent to marina
  • Single phase and three phase power available
  • Discounted long term berthing rates are available
  • Spectacular diving on the planet’s largest reef system
  • Jumping off point to the best game fishing in the world

Phone: +61 (0) 7 4052 3866 


Refit & Maintenance Shipyards

The Great Barrier Reef offers three major port-of-calls with first-class shipyards and trusted refit and maintenance services.

BSE Cairns Slipways

Location: Cairns and Brisbane

Slip 1200 tonne x 80m
Side slip 160 tonne x 40m
Drydock 60.9m x 11.8m x 3m
Undercover sheds 3 x 70m x 18m
80m heavy lift wharf
70m floating wharf
Fully enclosed refit halls with amenities
Office facilities available
Painting to luxury standard

Phone: +61 (0) 7 4015 1111

Accredited AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008

Norship Marine

Location: Cairns

400 & 160 tonne travel lift machines
50 hardstand bays, fully serviced
60m and 25m wharves
Blast sheds to 25m
Super yacht experience
600 vessels per year
Full sub-contractor service

Phone: +61 (0) 7 4035 1722

Accredited AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008

Tropical Reef Shipyard

Location: Cairns

Slip 3000 tonnes
Vessels to 100m
Deep water berths
Outfit warves
350 tonne drydock
Privately owned company
Employs up to 150 personnel
Established in 1977
Full machine workshop

Phone: +61 (0) 7 4080 7200

Accredited AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008

Rosshaven Marine

Location: Townsville

180 tonne travel lift 12m wide
Engine & fabrication workshop
Painting and blasting
Workshop service & sales
Shipwright services
Propeller shop
In water wharfs from 30m

Phone: +61 (0) 7 4772 6392

Accredited ISO 9001, ISO 14001,
OHSAI 18001


Corporate Members


Luxury Super Yacht Vessel Services

Teresa Jaffey, M.Y. Marama

We decided to haul out in Cairns which was very successful.

We spent the most divine five days at Lizard Island. I snorkelled everyday and walked along all the beaches, we really fell in love with the whole area.

Nigel Beatty, The Someya Group

I recently visited Cairns and was stunned at the world class superyacht infrastructure and services that are available in this fabulous place. Cairns has a rich maritime history and this is no more apparent than when dealing with the local industry leaders, who are highly knowledgable about our industry and the needs of owners, guests, yachts, captains and crew.

Cairns is clearly the gateway linking Asia and Australia, but in addition is a terrific destination in its own right. It is the perfect place for owners and guests to fly in and join a yacht for cruising the Great Barrier Reef and visit local destinations to the North and South. This place has world class shipyards that easily rival any yacht repair facility in Europe and the USA, probably the best maritime school I have ever had the privilege to visit, plus every service ashore that a superyacht would need to prepare for guests to join, to lay up for regulator crew maintenance, or to do major yard periods.

It is easy to see why Cairns is fast becoming known as the logical hub for superyachts travelling this region, and I was continually impressed during my entire visit. I can’t wait to come back!

Y H Fang, Yachting Singapore Pte Ltd

I had the pleasure of visiting Cairns, courtesy of the Super Yacht Group, Great Barrier Reef in May 2016. Cairns has excellent facility for superyachts. Marlin Marina, steps away from CBD and 10 minutes from the airport, has accommodated various yachts above 100m. For repair facilities, there are a few yards in Cairns including BSE Slipway, Norship Marine and skilled local tradesmen that could handle the demand of superyachts. With her proximity to South East Asia, Cairns is the gateway to Great Barrier Reef and an ideal stop for yachts heading to and from South Pacific.

I would not hesitate to recommend my clients to visit Cairns.

Martin Redmayne, Chairman, The Superyacht Group

Having visited so many typical cruising and home port destinations, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is like the industry’s New Superyacht Frontier! Wonderfully wild surroundings, friendly, cuddly and not so cuddly locals, incredible and vast cruising grounds and an emerging and passionate infrastructure that delivers a ‘Can Do’ attitude to any visiting Superyacht – It’s Wild, it’s Wonderful and it’s definitely Worth the journey!

Captain Michael Dailey, SY Ethereal

From myself as well as the rest of the Ethereal crew here, to you and the entire group there, thank you very much! We all had a great time, met some very interesting characters/crew, as well as meeting and getting to know a few more of your Group.

I’ll also take this opportunity to point out how much more Super Yacht friendly Cairns has become even since my last visit here just under 4 years ago. My plain of reference encompasses almost 15 years of visits to Cairns and in that time Cairns has made great strides in the services available as well as the performance of those services.

Captain David Thornburn, M.Y. Blue Star

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and commend the Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef for their great work in organizing and promoting the professional Super Yacht Industry in North East Australia. Their effort make cruising the area a lot easier and give a Captain peace of mind knowing that businesses operating within the Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef are familiar with our needs and understand the quality and standards required to operate a Super Yacht.

I would not hesitate to recommend any of the Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef Businesses to any Cruising Super Yacht planning to visit the Great Barrier Reef Region.


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