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Best Non-Gaming Club has even more in store for members in 2024

Nestled along the serene shores of Manly Boat Harbour, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) stands as a beacon of maritime tradition and community spirit. Boasting a membership exceeding 3,800 passionate enthusiasts, 597 marina berths, and a legacy of accolades, the Squadron continues to elevate the standard of excellence in Queensland’s yachting community.

Building upon a history punctuated by numerous awards, including the prestigious 2024 Club of the Year Non-Gaming accolade at the recent Clubs Queensland’s Awards for Excellence, the Squadron has consistently demonstrated its commitment to innovation. Prior acknowledgments such as the 2023 Marina of the Year award from the Marina Industry Awards and the title of Best Sports Club by Clubs Queensland in 2022 and 2021 attest to the Squadron’s unwavering dedication to providing unparalleled experiences for its members and visitors alike.

As the Squadron embarks on its latest venture—the comprehensive refurbishment of its iconic clubhouse—it does so with a legacy of achievement as its guiding beacon. In response to the evolving needs and aspirations of its esteemed membership, the decision to modernise and revitalise the clubhouse was met with resounding support and enthusiasm.

With renovations already underway, built by Clarke Constructions and guided by the expertise of resident architect, Fraser Spencer, from Robin Spencer Architects, the renovation project looks to redefine the standards of luxury and sophistication within the maritime community. 

From the introduction of a state-of-the-art bar and coolrooms to the creation of inviting lounge spaces and accessible amenities, every aspect of the renovation has been meticulously planned to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of all patrons.

Set against the backdrop of its illustrious history and a string of accolades, including the esteemed Club of the Year and Marina of the Year titles, the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron remains steadfast in its commitment to excellence. As the final touches are applied and the clubhouse undergoes its stunning transformation, anticipation builds within the yachting community for the unveiling of a new chapter in the illustrious saga of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.


Club CEO, Karen Baldwin, reported that the renovations are due to be complete by the end of August, with an expected grand opening on Saturday September 7, to align with the Club’s Annual Opening Day of the Sailing Season.

Concept video from The Waves Caloundra Facebook Page, developed by BSPN Architecture

QLD’s 2024 Best Club (Small) The Waves Caloundra Unveils Exciting Redevelopment Plans

In partnership with BSPN Architecture, the team at The Waves Caloundra have embarked on a multi-million dollar renovation of the Club’s exterior and internal areas.


The Waves Caloundra, formerly known as the Caloundra Bowls, is undergoing a transformative overhaul spearheaded by BSPN Architecture.


 Brendan Royal, General Manager of the Waves Group, shared the Club’s exciting plans for a comprehensive rebuild, set to be completed within twelve months. The project encompasses the entire Club, promising state-of-the-art dining areas, a new central bar, expansive outdoor dining spaces, and a revamped gaming room. Additionally, the redevelopment entails the establishment of modern kitchen and administrative facilities. These enhancements build upon recent renovations, including the construction of a new covered car park. Upon completion, The Waves Caloundra is poised to emerge as the premier boutique community Club on the Sunshine Coast. Notably, the club secured the prestigious 2024 Clubs Queensland Award for Excellence in the Club of the Year (Small) category.

Images courtesty of BSPN Architecture

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