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A modern website for a Hawkesbury River tourism veteran

Luxury Afloat

A stylish, mobile-friendly website with an easy-to-use CMS to enable rapid updates in response to restrictions and market demand.

  • In this project
  • Visual design

  • Craft CMS

  • Web development

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Luxury Afloat houseboats have operated on the Hawkesbury River since the 1950s. This family-owned and operated tourism business offers a fleet of unique houseboats and cottages from Brooklyn, a piece of paradise less than 1-hour drive from Sydney CBD.

Their old website, which Art of Multimedia maintained, was long past its lifespan, so despite suffering from the shutdown of tourism during multiple COVID-induced lockdowns, Luxury Afloat asked us to create a new website.

The new site needed to reflect the established brand identity, while bringing a fresh design for an improved brand positioning. It needed to deliver a mobile-optimised and visitor-focused experience and an easy-to-use, low-maintenance Content Management System (CMS).

Already understanding Luxury Afloat's content publishing needs and pain points of the old website, AOM conducted a brief discovery and UX design, then created a concept, wireframes and prototypes to help our client see and experience the website's functionality before commencing development.

We utilised CRAFT, a modern CMS that allows great flexibility in design and rapid development. As such, it enables us to develop bespoke websites in less time and requires much less ongoing technical maintenance than larger open-source CMS systems. This makes it a great option for clients looking for quality, bespoke websites on a modest budget.

"Our new website has performed beyond our expectations. Users feedback has been unanimous in praise in its simplicity and user-friendliness. Our analytics show thousands of users visiting. This is culminating an increase sales and wonderful marketing reach.

As a result we have commissioned new marketing videos and photography that will soon modernise the site even more. I am particularly grateful that Beata and her team has given us simple backend functions that enable us to make alternations and uploads immediately as required by our in-house team."

Kerry Jones, Director

We invite you to visit the website, explore the houseboats fleet and cottages and enjoy your escape to paradise on the Hawkesbury.

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