In this August 2011 issue
  • Easter Seafari 
  • Boat Handling Clinic 
  • Mayoral Scholarship Recipient Announced 
  • The Point Restaurant - August lunch specials 
  • The Deck Café's - Marina Girl of the Year 
  • MDBS Port Stephens Boat of the Month
  • Soldiers Point Boat Hire - Under New Management
  • Super Slipping Deal from Soldiers Point Marine Centre
  • MDBS Port Stephens - Under New Management
  • Soldiers Point Sailing School  
  • The Boat Shed & General Store - Under New  Management
  • Real Futures Foundation


Hopefully you have all heard our fantastic news... The Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) awarded Soldiers Point Marina the prestigious title of Australian Marina of the Year for 2011 at the industry's international Marinas 2011 Conference in Melbourne in June.  Having won Marina of the Year in 2007, we are absolutely ecstatic to have won this highly regarded award again. I would like to publicly thank and acknowledge my staff whose hard work and professional assistance helped to make this award possible.

Another exciting piece of news is the commencement of Soldiers Point Sailing School, a program at this stage for children 8+ years... see below for all the details.

There have been a few changes at the marina of late and I would like to take this opportunity to farewell the Forrest family from the Boat Shed & Soldiers Point Boat Hire and wish them well in future endeavours. I also extend a warm welcome to the Kennedy family who have purchased the business (and two others) and have big plans... stay tuned!

Hope to see you all soon and happy boating

Darrell Barnett CMM
Soldiers Point Marina Manager

Easter Complimentary Boat Handling Clinic 

This annual event again proved very popular with marina customers.  Local boating expert and member of the water police Brett Allman conducted a very successful Easter Saturday clinic at the Marina for those wanting a few more tips & tricks on safe boat handling. The clinic was attended by over 15 enthusiastic & appreciative Marina customers who also enjoyed a boat ride with Brett as he explained trim tabs, working the tide etc.  
A good time was had by all.

The Point Restaurant  

Apart from being the premier fine dining restaurant in the bay, The Point also offers exciting monthly special luncheon menus at the very reasonable price of $27.50 per person. Incredibly this price includes beer or bubbles, main course and delicious petit fours to finish.


Please click here for the August luncheon specials

Mayoral Scholarship Recipient 


Soldiers Point Marina is proud to announce they are supporting the 2011 Port Stephens Mayoral Academic Scholarships, by providing a scholarship to the value of $2500 for one year to Emily Wilson of Medowie who is studying for a Bachelor of Business, Majoring in Tourism at Newcastle University.


We will keep you informed on Emily's progress through her course over the next 12 months.


Click here to read a letter from Emily expressing her thanks for this opportunity  


Photo caption: Mayor of Port Stephens, Cr Bob Westbury, Emily & Marina Manager Darrell Barnett at the official cheque presentation ceremony.

Sponsorship Ensures our Youth have a Real Future

With sponsorship of $50,000 over the next three years for the Tomaree Peninsula Real Futures Program, Soldiers Point Marina is ensuring that local students are gaining an employment advantage.

The Real Futures Foundation is a non-profit organisation which has an established track record of helping to inspire and motivate students to either stay in school and increase their educational engagement and attainment, or choose a positive pathway that enables successful transition to employment, further education or training.

Through innovative and multi-faceted programs provided by the Real Futures Foundation, Year 10 students from our two local secondary schools, Tomaree High School and St Philips Christian College, are provided with assistance to help them pursue a productive pathway and set realistic goals to further their education, take advantage of training opportunities and undertake work experience or work placement.

For more information please visit the Real Futures site:

Welcome to the Kennedys!

Soldiers Point Marina would like to extend a very warm welcome to the Kennedy family who have recently purchased three businesses at the marina: The Boat Shed & General Store, Soldiers Point Boat Hire and MDBS - Port Stephens. With many years of experience in the retail and hospitality areas, Peter and Jackie together with son Matthew are very excited to be part of our world class marina facility and maintaining exceptional standards of service to our valued customers.


The Boat Shed & General Store

Peter & Jackie Kennedy have big plans for the Boat Shed and General Store and all have the common theme of outstanding customer service and satisfaction.

Everyday grocery needs are currently available along with bait and other fishing requirements but watch this space for news about their new services that will take your boating experiences to another level.

The Boat Shed & General Store
Open 7 days
Phone: (02) 4919 1234
Mobile: 0427 441 290

MDBS Boat of the Month
2000 model Powercat 268

Get Ready for some Serious Gamefishing!!

This beauty is loaded with factory extras. The fully lined hardtop with opening hatch and 3 piece plate wind screen with wipers make this an all weather boat. Twin Yamaha 200hp outboards provide a comfortable cruise of 30mph and a 50mph top speed - so you've power to spare to keep you out of trouble.

A queen size private berth and electric toilet ensure comfort for the family. She converts from a social, spacious cruiser with loungers and table to an all out fishing boat with poles, chair, livebait well, bait station and underfloor kill tank.

Click here to see all the equipment  

Seafari - Music on the water

Many boats enjoyed a stunning autumn Easter Day at North Arm Cove for the annual April Seafari. Local duo "Let the Mango" entertained all those on board their boats and was driven around on a pontoon boat by Glenn from Soldiers Point Boat Hire.
Platters of beautiful fresh oysters and prawns were supplied by Holberts and the Easter bunny even supplied some eggs.
Soldiers Point Marina customers, Judy & Alan Davis on Sunsipper got into the spirit and took out first prize for the best dressed boat.

For more photos please click here  


Congratulations Jessica !!


Every year over the Christmas holiday period, the staff at The Deck Café/Waterfront Bar nominates their most polite junior customer and presents them with a special certificate and a voucher to use at the café. Jessica's impeccable manners impressed all the staff and this year it was a very easy decision to select Jessica as their "Marina Girl of the Year". Congratulations Jessica!!


Also next time you are at The Deck don't forget to ask the staff about their winter 20% discount card.


Pictured from left. Bambos, Jessica and Nick from The Deck Café/Waterfront Bar

Please call now on (02) 4919 1502 to make your reservation.

Soldiers Point Sailing School

After a lot of public interest and support Soldiers Point Sailing School to be located at the marina is about to become a reality. Eight Optimists and two Lasers have been purchased and qualified instructors are ready to foster and encourage a love of sailing and the water for our young people from the age of eight. The school will be conducted through the week for local children as part of their school sports programs at no cost to them. Holiday and weekend programs will also be available in the summer months at a small fee.

For more information please call (02) 4982 7773 or


Please click here for more information (PDF, 430KB) 



Super Slipping Deal from Soldiers Point Marine Centre

Its time to think about getting your boat ready for the sailing months ahead. Soldiers Point Marine Centre is offering 10% off slipping charges for August and September for any vessel booked in for a full antifoul service.

Beat the rush and contact Clive today to discuss this great offer

Phone: (02) 4984 6300

Soldiers Point Boat Hire

Under new managment

"Having travelled up and down the eastern seaboard I can say with out any doubt the hire boats at Soldiers Point Boat Hire are the best, most modern and well equipped I have seen and we are very excited about becoming a part of the 5 Gold Anchor Marina that is Soldiers Point Marina" said Peter. "We are very fortunate to have James Brindle remain with the business as Manager, his experience and wealth of fishing "hotspots" and local knowledge is invaluable" Peter said.

For more information on the range of Hire Boats please click here   

MDBS - Port Stephens

Under new managment

With his own personal philosophy of honesty and loyalty you will expect a level of service second to none when looking to purchase or sell your vessel with Peter Kennedy at the helm of MDBS Port Stephens. As a boatie with over 40 years experience Peter knows all the challenges of owning boats and with this in mind he plans to make your experience whether buying or selling hassle free and as smooth as possible. Customer service and satisfaction is the priority for MDBS - Port Stephens, and this is evident from the moment you talk to Peter.

Please click here more information MDBS - Port Stephens

Contact Soldiers Point Marina

Soldiers Point Marina
Sunset Boulevarde
Soldiers Pt 2317
Port Stephens NSW

Phone: 02 4982 7445
Int: +61 2 4982 7445
Fax: 02 4982 7193
Int: +61 2 4982 7193
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