So much on show at GC Marine Expo

THERE will be so much to see and do at the 2015 Gold Coast International Marine Expo that you will certainly need more than one day to see it all. Organisers of this new paradigm of boat show are now offering significant savings for multiple-day tickets.

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Adult ticket prices are $10 for one day, $15 for two days, $20 for three days and $25 for four days from May 21-24, and all tickets bought online will also gain priority entry so there is no lining up at the gates.

Children under 15 are admitted free if accompanied by an adult, and seniors discounts also apply.

Event and marketing manager Emma Milne said the multi-day entry concept would enable visitors to come and go as they like over four fantastic, fun-filled days at the expo, to be held at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct at Coomera.

“All our online ticket buyers, whether they be for one, two, three or four days, will go into the draw to win a 240 Alloy RIB, courtesy of our great supporter Sirocco Marine North,” she said.

“This RIB, valued at $4200, comes complete with a 2.3hp Honda four-stroke outboard and will be drawn the day after the expo concludes.”

Ms Milne said the expo, which has free car parking at the gate is firmly focused on catering to families and fostering growth in the marine industry, and the multi-day entry gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy everything on offer, from superyachts to kayaks, jet skis and fishing equipment.

“The expo is a not-for-profit event, so every dollar from the nominal entry fee goes into the event, into the industry and also to the four beneficiary charities that volunteer their time and efforts to help make the expo such a big success,” she said.

“In four years, the not-for-profit expo has donated over $68,000 to a number of charities and assisted other community causes in their fundraising efforts at the event.”

The 2014 beneficiary charities were the Rotary Club of Coomera River, the Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and Sailability Gold Coast, and all contribute towards the successful staging of Australia’s boat show with so much more.

Other organisations to benefit from the expo include Ronald McDonald House and Volunteer Marine Rescue.

“It really is fantastic to be able to give back to the organisations that help make the expo such a great success,” Ms Milne said.

“Rotary Club of Coomera River alone contributes over 100 volunteers throughout the event and we really appreciate all the help.”

Ms Milne said in addition to free car parking at the gate, the expo will offer free water cruising by licensed ferry between the event’s three marinas: The Boat Works, Riviera and Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard.

Courtesy buses will also be running the length of Waterway Drive, seamlessly linking all the expo sites, which includes Stefan Boating World and the massive Telwater facility, where Quintrex, Savage, Stacer and Yellowfin boats are manufactured.

“Telwater will be conducting free factory tours, and Riviera will be offering its free factory tours by fully narrated train ride aboard The Riviera Express,” Ms Milne said.

“Both these facilities are the biggest of their kind in the southern hemisphere.

“Visitors will be able to step aboard Notorious, the rare replica 15th century caravel, experience life beneath the water with the Yamaha Supertank fishing show and take in cooking demonstrations, high-diving, the interactive on-water zone and Kids Club – and that’s in addition to the massive marine display at the southern hemisphere’s most progressive and productive marine precinct.”

For more information and to buy tickets, visit gcmarineexpo.com.au.

 

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