I would have thought an extended haul out
(maybe a week) followed by a marina berth would have been the most economical, especially if yous end up being away from the boat for a while.
In the grand scheme of things in Oz $1400 (including haul & splash) is not that expensive. For a convenient place the savings could outweigh the costs.
That said we were in Yamba last year and the haulout was not exactly buzzing and there were a few boats there that didn't move. They may give a good price
And if you just want to come out on a weekend for repairs I've found Noakes to be quite co-operative. Do tie up details there first.
I thought about leaving the boat on the hard
over last summer and actually got the lowest quote from Tin Can Bay but we ran out of time and stopped in Mooloolaba.
Big mistake. Mooloolaba has to be the most comfortable place to stop on all of the east coast
. I think we're developing "marina fever".