Manly tourism: the biggest sites are facing changes | Review of northern beaches
CHANGES are underway for some of Manly’s best-known tourist spots – the Old Aquarium, Q Station and Surf n Slide.
The sale of the Q Station lease hit the market this weekend, with the site expected to attract interest from international hotel chains.
Worth up to $ 20 million, the lease is for a 30-hectare site that includes a 105-room hotel, several food and beverage outlets, and expansive land with stunning harbor views. from Sydney.
In the past, Q Station has hosted Baz Luhrmann’s blockbuster Gatsby the magnificent and that of Mel Gibson Hacksaw ridge, and the acquisition of the site is a “once in a lifetime” opportunity, said the listing agent, CBRE Hotels Director Tom Gibson.
“We anticipate a deep and broad interest from sophisticated investors and operators seeking to enter the Sydney tourism and leisure market in Sydney Harbor,” he said.
A decision regarding the abandoned Manly Aquarium, which closed in January 2018, is also looming, with the council calling for the site to be demolished and transformed into an open public space.
In its Manly West Esplanade heritage activation plan, the council said “the demolition will unlock the view of the state heritage lodge building” and improve security in the area at night.
The former Sea Life attraction is owned by the NSW government, and Manly MP James Griffin said remediation work had been carried out to prepare the site for its next stage of life.
The MP said that with bids for the site to open soon, its future remains to be determined and it could become a new tourist attraction.
“If there are appropriate reuses for the building, this is something that will be taken into account,” he said. “My personal preference is for open spaces and parks, we rarely get the opportunity to create open spaces and parks on the best harbor in the world.”
Transport for NSW (Maritime) executive director Mark Hutchings said the old aquarium and Manly Wharf 3 were included in the government’s $ 205 million for marine infrastructure and safety improvements.
“This funding will be used to modernize and improve accessibility at Manly Wharf 3 and to prepare the former Manly Sea Life site, owned by Transport for NSW, for future use,” he said.
“Transport for NSW is currently discussing this work with stakeholders and will invite the community to comment on proposed designs for this work later this year. “
Meanwhile, the Manly Surf n Slide sale drew 30 inquiries from Australia and overseas, said listing agent Steve Finn of The Finn Group.
“It was difficult for them to put themselves in a position to make a decision,” he said. “At the moment, we are still responding to inquiries from potential investors, and I hope that we will soon have a clearer idea of the future of the site.”
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