(5/2/2014) RALLY Australia will again have its headquarters at Opal Cove Resort when the FIA World Rally Championship round returns to the New South Wales Coffs Coast on 11-14 September.
The ocean-front resort, seven kilometres north of the Coffs Harbour city centre, was home to the event also in 2011 and 2013.
Event Manager David Catchpole said the resort would play a central part in the rally, hosting not only the sporting and administration operations, but also accommodating many of the international drivers and team members.
“Opal Cove Resort fits our requirements ideally as a venue that provides not only superb working facilities for sporting officials, management, police and emergency services and government representatives, but also superior guest accommodation and a beautiful sub-tropical setting,” Mr Catchpole said.
“Rally Australia is delighted to be returning to Opal Cove Resort for a third time.”
Opal Cove General Manager Guy Perotti said the resort was very proud to have again been appointed Rally HQ.
“The increased business, excitement and entertainment value this International event brings to the Coffs Harbour region is second to none and we are pleased to have our resort associated with this event,” Mr Perotti said.
“We at Opal Cove find it a great platform for us to showcase our establishment to both local and international visitors and to potentially attract some follow on business for not only Coffs Harbour, but on the international visitor side, Australia as a whole.”
Opal Cove Resort commands an absolute beachfront position on beautiful Korora Bay and offers guests a chance to unwind amid sub-tropical scenery of banana plantations and rainforest-covered hills. A full range of recreati0nal facilities includes a par-3 nine-hole golf course, while many other tourist attractions, including wineries, are within an easy drive.