New Boathaven beach delivered to Airlie Beach

New Boathaven beach delivered to Airlie Beach. Meridien Civil Projects trucks have been delivering 58,000 tonnes of sand through much of 2008 for the newly created Boathaven Beach at the eastern end of the township of Airlie Beach. The new public beach is part of the Port of Airlie construction. Meridien say the new beach will be open by Christmas 2008.

Boathaven Beach Location

Boathaven Beach, the Christmas present for Airlie Beach, is located on the northern side of the Port of Airlie Marina, facing Pioneer Bay. The new beach consists of 58,000 tonnes of washed, treated and ground sand from Ten Mile Creek, halfway to Bowen. The beach sand will be two metres deep when complete, which is expected just prior to Xmas 2008.

Meridien say there will be a landscaped public promenade leading to the new beach. The beach was built by civil works contractor Goldings. There will also be a new public park on the Port of Airlie headland. There may also be stinger nets, to provide year round beach access. The promenade is also the location for 15 new waterfront residential lots, already sold off the plan. The Beachside Apartments and Oceanview Apartments will also overlook the new beach, once they are built on the reclaimed sea bed.

Dump Trucks Deliver Beach

I told you that the golden sand comes in dump trucks!

Beach Opening Delayed

Opening of the 240 metre beach containing 34,000 cubic metres of sand has been delayed. Landscaping (instant palm trees) has arrived. Road works including entry and exit points are still to be completed. Opening is now expected in September 2009, following Whitsunday Regional Council inspection.

Although the Xmas 2008 deadline was missed, landscaping was done on the end of the public beach area by May 2009. I hope the palm trees survive. Port of Airlie Development Director John Warlow said in June 2009 the beach may be accessible in August 2009. The access road may also provide some desperately needed parking for the Airlie Beach markets. In December 2010, Boathaven Beach was said to be opening by Christmas 2010. In March 2011, the Whitsunday Times noted that the new beach was still closed. In May 2011, the closed signs were gone, but this is because someone stole them. The beach was not open to the public. Newspaper headlines in June 2011 said the Boathaven Beach would be open in July 2011.