The Waterfront, Shell Cove picks up major accolades

03 June 2022


The Waterfront, Shell Cove is going to need a bigger trophy cabinet.

The vibrant masterplanned community and new regional destination by Shellharbour City Council with Frasers Property Australia won two high-profile industry awards last week, adding to a growing collection of accolades for the project 30 years in the making.

At the Local Government Professionals Awards, the project won the Partnership and Collaboration category, while on the same night at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) National Awards for Excellence, The Waterfront, Shell Cove won the National Design Excellence award for the Nautilus apartments.

Shellharbour City Council officers and members of the Frasers Property project team gathered on site today to celebrate the award wins.


Chris Homer, Mayor of Shellharbour City Council says The Waterfront, Shell Cove, is one of the largest ever projects to be undertaken by a local government authority in Australia and has unlocked significant economic, employment and tourism opportunities.

“The Shell Cove project has already generated significant economic benefits to the community while maintaining over 85% local employment directly engaged throughout the project’s delivery,” says Mayor Homer.

“The success of the Shell Cove project, made possible via the collaboration across Council teams and with Frasers Property is demonstrated by the new clientele and visitors that are now being drawn to The Waterfront, with a 75% uplift in visitation already experienced since the October 2021 opening of the marina and boat harbour,” he says.

The UDIA Award-winning Nautilus is designed by award-winning architectural firm Smart Design Studio and comprises 116 apartments in a mix of one, two and three-bedroom layouts, with water views from most of the apartments.


Mathew Gulliver, Development Director, Frasers Property Australia, says Nautilus is set to become The Waterfront, Shell Cove’s undisputed architectural statement.

“Nautilus enjoys the absolute harbourfront position and its crescent shape was thoughtfully designed to frame the water’s edge and maximise views across the marina and out to the Pacific Ocean,” says Mr Gulliver.

“Arching around the promontory of the marina, the rhythm and repetition of the curved façade recalls the grandeur of sweeping Georgian terraces. In sun-bleached tones of driftwood and champagne, the residences form a study of shaped blades against curved lanes, reflecting the craft of framing timber yacht hulls.

“Nautilus enhances the architectural credentials of the community and it’s a privilege to be recognised by the UDIA NSW alongside so many other fantastic projects,” says Mr Gulliver.

Construction of Nautilus commenced in mid-2021 with completion scheduled for late 2023.


The Waterfront, Shell Cove is a vibrant new masterplanned community taking shape around the new 270-birth Shellharbour Marina and boat harbour, which was officially opened in October 2021.

Located within a picturesque natural coastal setting surrounded by beaches, parks, and wetlands but close to schools, transport and major centres, the community includes a lively Town Centre featuring a retail precinct anchored by a Woolworths supermarket and specialty shops, restaurants on the marina’s edge, Waterfront Tavern, hotel, children’s beach, water play areas, library, and community centre.

The Waterfront, Shell Cove Sales Centre is in The Waterfront Town Centre at Shops 1 and 2, 100 Cove Boulevard, Shell Cove. It is open seven days from 10.30am to 5pm.

Call Frasers Property on 13 38 38 or visit for more information.

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