In this December 2012 newsletter

  • Soldiers Point Marine Centre - Under New Management
  • The Deck - Christmas Day and New Years Eve Celebrations
  • Soldiers Point Boat Hire - Try a Kayak before you buy
  • Christmas Gift Suggestions
  • The Point Restaurant - Christmas and New Years Eve Parties
  • MDBS Port Stephens - Boat of the Month
  • Photography Competition
  • Etchells Gifted to Soldiers Point Sailing School
  • Flagship Undercover Boat Storage
  • The Boat Shed and General Store
  • Complimentary Ladies only Boat Handling Clinics
  • Complimentary Boat Maintenance Clinic
  • Marina Hosts Yachting Group
  • The Life of a Marina Manager
  • Complimentary Coffees Newspapers and Cocktails
  • Additional Mercedes Courtesy Vehicle for Our Guests
  • iPads Now Available
  • Flagship Golf Villa
  • Flagship Mariners Apartment
  • Kayak Storage Now Available at Marina
  • Real Futures Cocktail Party
  • MDBS - Another Beauty!
  • Dates for Your Diary



Welcome to our final bumper e-newsletter of 2012. Christmas is just a few weeks ahead and we are looking forward to welcoming old and new friends to the Marina over the holiday season.

One of the major highlights of the year is to have achieved the honour as the first marina on the east coast of Australia to achieve Level 4 ISO 14001 Clean Marinas Program status. This international environmental accreditation is another significant commitment by Soldiers Point Marina to be the very best in environmental practices.

Once again the Marina has sponsored the midnight New Years Eve fireworks and a perfect spot to enjoy them will be from The Point Restaurant and The Deck Café.

Local fishing guru John "Stinker" Clarke will be returning to the marina on January 9th 2013 to give another
complimentary talk to our customers on the area's fishing hot spots and everything you will need to catch your dinner! We are also having another complimentary boat handling clinic on January 12th 2013 for our marina guests.

A big welcome to Greg and Jenny Busch who have recently purchased Soldiers Point Marine Centre. We wish them our very best for their future success. Many of you will already know Jenny who has been working in the office now at SPMC for the last 2 years.

Summertime sees the much anticipated return of complimentary coffees, cocktails and newspapers of your choice delivered right to your boat.

Wishing you all a safe boating summer, a very Merry Christmas and prosperous 2013.

Hope to see you all soon and happy boating.

Darrell Barnett CMM
Soldiers Point Marina Manager


Yachting Groups - ALWAYS Welcome

We were delighted to recently host yachts from the combined offshore racing fleets of Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, as they sailed their first Ocean Point Score Race of the 2012-2013 sailing season, Redhead to Port Stephens. Port Stephens Yacht Club located adjacent to the marina hosted the event. The fleet agreed that Soldiers Point was an excellent overnight stay and that this race would be an annual event.

We welcome enquiries from all yachting event organisers - we urge you to come and look at some of the best sailing waters on the eastern seaboard. Port Stephens hosts the annual Sail Port Stephens every Easter school holidays however we welcome you any time of the year to this beautiful area.


Complimentary Boat Maintenance Clinic

Peter with several of the attendees

Very experienced boaties Peter Kennedy and Simon French from MDBS Boat Brokers in association with the marina held a well attended 90 minute boat maintenance clinic covering issues from a 50 point check list, to help prepare a vessel for the upcoming boating season.

Local boat detailer Rob Evans also attended the clinic giving participants lots of tips and tricks on maintaining their boat so it looks its best at all times.

If you would be interested in attending any future clinics please call Darrell Barnett on 4982 7445

Photo: Simon French


MDBS Boats of the Month

Ranger 40 Aft Cabin

This Ranger 40 Aft Cabin is perfectly maintained and presented. Very large living space indoor and out. $255,000

Learn more about the Ranger 40 Aft Cabin here.

Leopard 46

Built using the latest technology and materials, the Leopard 46 integrates an open-plan layout with exceptional interior volume, offering a comfortable cruising cat that combines excellent load carrying capacity with superior performance levels.

Learn more about the Leopard 46 here.

All enquiries welcome.

Contact Peter or Simon today at:

MDBS Port Stephens
Soldiers Point Marina
Sunset Boulevarde
NSW 2317

Phone: (02) 4919 1555

Peter Kennedy: 0409 050 928
Simon French: 0404 218 459

Opening hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
Weekends 9.30 am - 4.30pm

No job too Big or Small

With Marina Supervisor Jimmy taking a brief holiday before the busy boating season ahead it was literally all hands on deck with Marina Manager Darrell climbing a customer's mast to tighten a loose furling line. He and Dockmaster Graeme Smith were also kept busy tightening brackets on the dock arms, ferrying customers to and from their moorings and also our undercover boat storage area. They also carried out maintenance on the ATM and the weather station. Never a dull moment at a marina!!


Christmas Day and New Years Eve at The Deck

Now is the time to book your Christmas Day luncheon at the waterfront Deck Café if you haven’t already. The traditional Christmas Day luncheon menu with all the trimmings is great value at only $115pp.

New Years Eve dinner as usual will be lots of fun at The Deck with live music and the outstanding location provides a fabulous spot to watch the midnight fireworks. This too is amazing value at only $115pp.

Both menus feature lobster and local oysters.

By prior arrangement The Deck even offers delivery of takeaway meals to boats in the marina, or they can be collected by the boat owner. The menu is exactly the same as the a la carte menu but with a 20% discount.

Let the Pappas family spoil you
these holidays!

Open 7 days

The Deck Café / Waterfront Bar

Soldiers Pt Marina
Sunset Boulevarde
NSW 2317

Phone: (02) 4919 1502


Soldiers Point Marine Centre
Same Name. New Focus

Jenny and Greg Busch

After two years working in the business Greg and Jenny Busch decided to take the plunge and purchase Soldiers Point Marine Centre.

Jenny hails from a marine background having started off her working life in the hustle and bustle shipyard of Cockatoo Dockyard down on Sydney Harbour. Jenny is also involved with many of the local sporting clubs in Port Stephens from managing junior rugby teams through to the local junior sailing club where she is an active officer.

Please click here for more details


Complimentary Summertime Coffees, Newspapers and Afternoon Cocktails

Graeme, Darrell and Jimmy

It’s that time of the year again when our customers (those on the marina and those who store their boat at our undercover storage facility) look forward to early morning coffee and newspapers of choice delivered to their boat by one of the ever friendly crew of Darrell, Jimmy and Graeme. Oh and, not forgetting...afternoon cocktails will also be delivered to your boat.

Nothing is too much trouble for our team - our motto is... how can we do it better.


Flagship Accommodation

Flagship Golf Villa

Flagship Mariners Apartment

For the comfort and convenience of our valued guests, Soldiers Point Marina has two completely different but fabulous accommodation venues available for your consideration when next visiting Port Stephens.

Please click here for more details

To enquire further about the Flagship Golf Villa or the Flagship Golf Villa Accommodation please contact Darrell on (02) 4982 7445


iPads Now Available to Marina Guests

Our new iPad service allows our guests to leave the laptop at home but still be able to Skype with family and friends, or browse local attractions. The iPads are pre-loaded with movies, games and apps to find local restaurants, weather and other activities. Guests are also encouraged and welcome to use the computer and library facilities provided in the Customer lounge, located on the upper floor of the marina building.

Please call the marina on (02) 4982 7445 for more information.

Photo: Customer Chris Harvey with the Marina iPad.


Etchells Gifted to Soldiers Point Sailing School

From left: Graham Oborn, Cr Sally Dover, Mrs Downs, Andy & Emily Downs and son Luca

A special ceremony was held at Soldiers Point Marina at the weekend to dedicate an Etchells Class Yacht gifted by the family of the late Peter Downs to the Soldiers Point Sailing School. Cr Sally Dover Deputy Mayor of Port Stephens officiated and unveiled a commemorative plaque in front of Peter’s wife Edie, their son and family and friends.

Peter was a well known and respected yachtie and was Commodore of the Greenwich Flying Squadron in Sydney during the period 1999-2000.

For more details and photos please click here.


Dates for Your Diary

December 31 2012
Midnight Fireworks Display
Soldiers Point Marina

January 9 2013
Stinkers Fishing Clinic
Soldiers Point Marina, 10.30am - 12 noon

January 10th, 17th, 24th
Sailing lessons on Sunset Beach
adjacent to the Marina,
for adults and children 12.30 - 3.30pm

January 12 2013
Boat Handling Clinic
Soldiers Point Marina, 10.30 - 12 noon


Christmas Gift Suggestions

Boat Hire Vouchers
Soldiers Point Boat Hire

Gift Vouchers
The Point & The Deck

Antifoul Gift Voucher
Soldiers Point Marine Centre


Complimentary Ladies Only Boat Handling Clinic

Following on from our successful boat handling clinics held twice a year for marina customers and after a request from several women we decided to hold three boat handling clinics for ladies only. All three 90 minute clinics were booked out very quickly and we will look at running more next year.

For more information please click here



Fed up with carting your Kayak around? Soldiers Point Marina now has a solution which is not only affordable but makes your kayaking experience far more pleasurable! Storage is located just a stone throw from the launching area of the white sandy Sunset Beach adjacent to the marina and 24 hour access is available if required.

Please call the marina on (02) 4982 7445 for more information.


Summer Photography Competition......
Free Entry!


Port Stephens is truly a Water Wonderland Paradise and the possibilities for magnificent opportunities to capture the essence of this area are limitless. So grab your camera, start snapping and bring your masterpieces down to the marina to enter this competition.

All photographs must be taken between 22nd December, 2012 till 5pm 31st January 2013 in and around the Tomaree Peninsula.

Judging will take place on Friday 1st February 2013 by well known and respected photographer Ray Alley.

For more information please click here



In a boat, a proper lookout must be kept at all times. You have to watch and listen carefully, especially in bad weather, restricted visibility or darkness. For more information see our website or call the info line.

Infoline: 13 12 56


Marina Hosts Real Futures Cocktail Party

From left: Iain Jensen, Chief Sailing Instructor Graham Oborn, Taylor Corry, Marina Manager Darrell Barnett.

The Real Futures Foundation (RFF) hosted over 100 guests including Cr Bruce McKenzie Mayor of Port Stephens, RFF sponsors, Soldiers Point Sailing School students, parents and other guests at a cocktail party at The Point Restaurant Soldiers Point Marina last month. Special guests were Olympic Gold Medallist in the 49er Skiff Class at the London games Iain Jensen and Paralympics dual silver medallist, local girl Taylor Corry.

Please click here for more information


Shirley Valentine Visits The Point Restaurant!

Pauline Collins, Chef Paul Simpson, John Alderton

Paul and Julie Simpson were surprised and delighted (to say the least) when British actress Pauline Collins and her husband actor John Alderton popped into have a meal with them on two occasions whilst in Port Stephens recently. The couple are in Australia to promote Pauline's latest film "Quartet" directed by Dustin Hoffman and also starring Maggie Smith and Billy Connelly.

"It was a thrill to look after them, they are such a lovely couple" said Julie.

New Years Eve at The Point!

New Years Eve at The Point is another winner with a three course dinner to tantalise your tastebuds and a DJ providing music to get you up and dancing to celebrate the New Year. The cost for this great party is only $110pp, including of course a wonderful venue to watch the midnight fireworks.

Click here for the New Years Eve 2012 Menu

Open Tuesday to Sunday

Contact Julie on (02) 4984 7111


Soldiers Point Boat Hire
Try Before You Buy!!

Soldiers Point Boat Hire have a good range kayaks for hire and they would make the perfect Christmas gift, so before you purchase a single or double kayak in the BIG summer sale go and take one for a paddle.

With the weather and water getting warmer its now the perfect time to hire a boat, enjoy our magnificent waterways and perhaps a spot of fishing. Soldiers Point Boat Hire have the latest, and most well maintained hire boats around.
With our focus on our customer safety each boat in our fleet carries onboard GPS technology which puts you under the watchful eye of management for the duration of your hire period.

Please click here for information on all our hire boats.

Soldiers Point Boat Hire
Open 7 days
Phone: (02) 4919 1234
Mobile: 0427 441 290


Businesses for sale

Due to the increase in boat sales activity Peter & Jackie Kennedy are reluctantly offering the Soldiers Point Boat Hire and General Store for sale. This is a great cash flow business with 1st class Hire Drive vessels and a simply magic location for a shop front with loads of growth potential. Ideal for a couple/partnership looking for a fair dinkum sea change.

Phone: (02) 4919 1234
Mobile: 0427 441 290



The Boat Shed & General Store

Located right on the waters edge this floating shop has all your daily needs including bread, milk ice, soft drinks, snack foods and fresh fruit. There are also many gourmet products to choose from. Peter, Jackie and Matt also stock a range of fishing gear as well as bait and will happily talk to you about the area's amazing fishing hot spots.

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


Additional Courtesy Vehicle for the Marina

For guests staying at Soldiers Point Marina a Mercedes Benz B Class courtesy vehicle joins the Nissan Twin Cab in providing an opportunity to pop down to the shops for supplies, visit our spectacular beaches etc in absolute comfort and free of charge.

Both vehicles are available to all guests for local travel on a first come, first serve basis.

Contact the Marina Office on (02) 4982 7445 to make your booking.


Flagship Undercover Boat Storage & Valet Service

Located only one kilometre to the nearest boat ramp and the pristine waters of Port Stephens is the seven day a week Flagship Undercover Boat Storage facility. If you prefer, the helpful marina staff can help you hitch and unhitch your boat and/or also take your boat to the marina ready for you to step on board without any hassles.

Click here for all the details


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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