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Akuna Bay Boating & Leisure Festival

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Luxurious vessels, vehicles and motorcycles at Akuna Bay
Entering The Kuring-gai Chase National Park, after paying the $11 entry fee it won't be long till you get a glimpse of the majestic view, of Coal and Candle Creek and Akuna Bay. The tranquil, glass sheeted, protected Akuna Bay Waters are just so still, but not for the next few days. The 27th, 28th and 29th of September, Akuna Bay will be more alive than ever.

Akuna Bay - courtesy of

The Akuna Bay, Boating and Leisure Festival is unique as luxury boats and leisure vessels and vehicles meet together for a 3 day event.

Three days of cruising yatchs, boats, cars and motorbikes and many more interesting and exciting Luxury Boats and Vehicles to have your own adventure. A day of dreaming, a day of owning or just an opportunity to have a family day out. Water and Terra-Firma, explore it all. The kids are entertained on the free jumping castle, allowing you the opportunity to board luxury crusiers from various makes and models. Informative talks on boating will be held in the Upper Deck Room from 11am to midday on Saturday and Sunday, be sure not to miss these talks if you are into boating.

All photos are only an example of the make and model of these luxurious vessels and vehicles.

Luxury vessels from Maritimo, Bill Barry-Cotter is Australia's most awarded boat builder. The Maritimo Crusing Motor yacht range showcases sleek designs, large walk round decks and enclosed flybridges and its famous internal stair case. Bill is known to have a joke that it takes 40 years to build a Maritimo. Perfect for that weekend escape or long distance cruising on the seas.

Maritino - courtesy of

Would you prefer the Riviera?

Riviera is the largest Luxury Boat Building Company in the Southern Hemisphere at Coomera on QLD's Gold Coast. Luxury boats from 36 to 85 feet in length, Open and Enclosed Flybridge, Sport Yacht and SUV models.

Interior of the Riviera - courtesy of

The Prestige range might be more suitable for your boating requirements. French builder Jeanneau has outdone itself with this new addition to their range, creating a four-berth yacht in a 55-foot hull. The master suite has its own stairs from the saloon with large windows, large everything. nothing has been missed.

Prestige 550 Cruiser - courtesy of

Then we come to the Halvorsen. Carl Halvorsen managed the Bobbin Head facility. The last of the great wooden boats and the Halvorsen's were known for their design of the Successful Dragon and 5.5m class boats. Carl refurbished Kathleen Gillett, Norweigan's gift for the 1988 Bicentenary, now at the Australian Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour. Carl is legendary because he was made a Knight, First Class of the Royal Order of Merit bestowed by the King of Norway and Norweigian and Australian relations began.

Just a taste of your adventurous day, so many vessels to board, some might like a Gilligan Island type vessel, some more luxurious, maybe a leisure vessel is more your style, either way a luxurious, leisure, big, small, by the end of the day everyone is going to have dreamt, bought, planned to buy or just awe struck by these impressive boats of the sea and a perfect view to match. This should keep boat enthusiast going until next year, oh and don't forget the camera, so you can brag to your friends.

What would the Luxury Boat and Leisure Festival be without the appearance of The Rescue Boat from Cottage Point. The children will be tugging at you to explore the vessel. The Rescue Boat as the name suggests, assists in Maritime Rescue Operations. I have a feeling this will be a big hit with all. It's wonderful to see every operational unit assisting each other, especially on the water.

One of the Marine Rescue courtesy of Marine Rescue

Back on Terra-Firma, boat talk here.

Ever wanted to be in the Drivers Seat of the Supercharged Lotus Exige S, now your dream can come true. The Lotus Exige is a two door, two seat sports car made by Lotus since 2000. A coupe version of the Lotus Elise.

Lotus Exige S courtesy of wikipedia

Would you rather the comfort of the Lexus LX570, its slick shape and style for SUV a Luxury Sport Utility Vehicle. Based on the LandCruiser series, the LX570, is not offered to the Japanese market, and is not available in all countries. A V8 engine powertrain, welded steel unibody shell and capacity of 8 passengers. A top end luxury SUV and most expensive range.

Lexus LX570 -courtesy of

For bike enthusiast Harley Davidson of Blacktown will be showing of the Softail that has been fully customised and spick and span for the weekend only. The 2014 limited production factory custom Softail, has revamped the Dyna Fat Bob model, adding ABS, allowing Harley Davidson to retain its position as America's leading motorcycle manufacturer.

Guess what, the Rural Fire Service want in too, as its their Open Day on Saturday, a Vintage Fire Truck, will be on display against a Modern Fire Truck and yes, another attraction for the kids - who will clamper in and out and around the fire trucks Adults won't be able to resist either.

Cottage Point Fireys courtesy of Cottage Point RFS

Dine in The Driftwood Cafe, order a coffee or something delicious from their a la carte menu.

Driftwood Cafe - courtesy of

Formal Dining may be more your style, then venture upstairs to Cielo for a buffet lunch between midday and 3pm on the weekend only. Dinner commences at 6pm on Saturday with a Live DJ playing old favourites from the 60's, 70's and 80's.

Dining alongside the tranquil still waters of Coal and Candle Creek, with Pristine views of Akuna Bay and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park may be more to your liking.

Coal and Candle Creek courtesy of wikipedia

During the Luxury Boat and Leisure Festival, you will be entranced in all things big, fast and powerful. You will be swept away and won't want to leave such a beautiful area like Akuna Bay and the d'Albora Marinas, I used to visit the Marina a lot when I was living on the North Shore, and I promise you, its all and more. Pack the camera and binoculars too, picnic lunch if you so desire or enjoy the comforts of the Marina, grab the kids and head to Akuna Bay.

Thank you d'Albora Marinas, Akuna Bay for allowing us to see you at your finest.
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Why? Luxury Boat and Leisure Festival
When: Friday 27th till Sunday 29th September 2013
Phone: Eileen Rawlinson (02) 9486 3000
Where: Liberator Genereal San Martin Drive, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Terrey Hills NSW 2084
Cost: Free except for $11 National Park Entry Fee and Dining
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