Trinity Point – luxury living on Lake Mac

The Trinity Point residential community on Lake Macquarie has gained momentum following the recent launch of its marina facilities writes real estate expert JONATHAN CHANCELLOR.

The 23 hectare precinct, set 30 minutes from Newcastle and around an hour-and-a-half from Sydney, is sailing towards having 189 residential properties and 250 luxury apartments on the waterfront with a mix of residential and short stay units, along with a boutique hotel. It is easily accessible via the M1 motorway (Morisset turnoff). Johnson Property Group managing director Keith Johnson has always envisaged the project will offer a combination of the vibrancy of somewhere like Noosa or Port Douglas. Designed with both local residents and visitors in mind, Johnson is expecting Trinity Point to also become a weekend hotspot – another Palm Beach type day trip destination but with more of a marina-lifestyle resort focus. The initial 88 berth infrastructure has been installed as stage one of the Trinity Point Marina. Nestled on the shores of Lake Macquarie, Australia’s largest saltwater lake, the Trinity Point master-planned community saw a ribbon cutting ceremony by Greg Piper, the State Member for Lake Macquarie, in April. Mr Piper hailed the marina as “first class.”

Not surprisingly, there were quickly more than 25 boats arriving from various clubs around Newcastle and Sydney. The marina is set in a deep water harbour and comprises five marina arms that hold vessels predominately up to 20 metres in length with options for vessels of up to 30 metres. Casual, short term and long term vessel berths are also provided alongside refuelling and sewerage pump out facilities. Johnson Property Group commissioned international marina builder Bellingham Marine to help with its design and construction including wave protection technology. “To be a high performing marina, you need more than aesthetics,” says John Spragg, Bellingham Marine’s President of Australasia & Middle East. “The opening of the marina is a big step forward. It was critical that we did the marina right. Marina layout, ease of access from the entrance to individual berths, ample power, and amenities on the docks are the things that will put Trinity Point Marina on top.” Stage two will see an additional 100 berths, making it one of the largest marinas in NSW. Johnson said he has been enthused by the “live-and-play lifestyle younger generation” who will find Trinity Point very appealing. The project’s 2014 launch saw the former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins as the face and brand ambassador of the $388 million Trinity Point project “

As a local girl, I think Trinity Point is going to be really special,” Hawkins, who grew up nearby at Holmesville, said at the time. Her parents had bought in the area in the early 1970s and she had spent time on the shores of Lake Macquarie where her Pop had kept a house on the lake in her youth. “Growing up around the beautiful Lake Macquarie created some cherished childhood memories. Trinity Point is going to be top notch,” Hawkins said.

Full steam ahead

The Morisset Park project sits on the site formerly occupied by the St John of God order with Johnson Property Group commissioning architectural practice Squillace to work on the initial masterplan concept. This summer will see the opening of a 200-seat waterfront restaurant (“Restaurant 8”) with a breathtaking view over Barden’s Bay. The next construction phase centres on a waterfront apartment complex with stylish two and three bedroom apartments and luxury penthouses. Private construction continues by owners who have secured their own building lots, with eight luxury townhouses completed in 2017. A Hills district buyer set an early record at Trinity Point, paying over $1 million in 2016 for a double block lot with plans to build a dream holiday home including extensive garaging for his jet ski collection. Former Australian Test cricket captain and now ambassador for Trinity Point, Michael Clarke, was the first to purchase a brand new four bedroom, three storey luxury terrace. There have been more recent house sales within the estate at more than $1.4 million. Plans for Trinity Point include a five-star hotel with a 300-seat function room. The five-star resort facilities are set to include a luxury day spa, pool and gymnasium. Construction has commenced on a public foreshore boardwalk surrounding the entire development.