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Manor Circle

Sanctuary Cove, QLD 4212

Australia


Reservations:
1 800 669 562

Front Desk:
61-7-55301234

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voco Gold Coast

City Centre, 10.65 mi

4.6/5

31 Hamilton Avenue

Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217

Australia


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1 800 669 562

Front Desk:
61-7-55888333

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Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise

City Centre, 11.4 mi

4.5/5

2807 Gold Coast Highway

Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217

Australia


Reservations:
1 800 669 562

Front Desk:
61-7-55929900

Visiting Sanctuary Cove – A City Guide

Sanctuary Cove combines the laid-back Australian lifestyle with all the advantages of an exclusive waterfront community. You can browse the fashion stores of The Marine Village, take a relaxing walk through lush gardens, dine overlooking the marina and enjoy the tropical climate over 18 holes at one of two world-class golf courses. And of course, the legendary beaches and nightlife of the Gold Coast’s Surfers Paradise are only half an hour away by car.

Sanctuary Cove: city layout

Forming part of the suburb of Hope Island, Sanctuary Cove is a private residential resort on Australia’s east coast, surrounded by the waterways of the Coomera River. It’s only 30-minutes’ drive north of the celebrated Gold Coast, where the theme parks, sandy beaches and year-round warm weather put the region at the heart of Queensland’s popular tourist scene.

Accessible by car, boat, or even helicopter, The Marine Village forms the heart of the resort. Its restaurants, galleries and fashion boutiques overlook a marina full of gleaming superyachts and luxury boats.

Lined with quaint boutiques, Masthead Way is the village’s main street, leading east towards The Promenade on the water. Just north of the village, you’ll find the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, where you can hire a golf cart to ferry you between the golf courses, swimming pool and tennis courts of the Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club.

Top attractions in Sanctuary Cove

It’s easy to while away an afternoon reclining on a daybed by the resort’s saltwater lagoon pool. The soft, white sand is perfect for sunbathing while your children build sandcastles or splash in the water.

Golfers should make sure to leave plenty of time to play the The Pines and The Palms courses, where you’re likely to spot kangaroos, rare birds and other Australian wildlife as you enjoy a leisurely 18 holes.

If you’re feeling adventurous, some of Australia’s biggest and best theme parks are within 20-minutes’ drive. You can choose between Warner Bros. Movie World, Dreamworld and the Wet‘n’Wild water park, or take the family to see the dolphin show at Sea World.

The concierge recommends…

● Renting an electric Duffy Boat to explore the Gold Coast’s labyrinth of waterways. You can choose to drive yourself, or hire a skipper and settle back to enjoy a picnic on the water.
● A gentle stroll along The Promenade in The Marine Village, where you can admire the yachts bobbing in the multimillion-dollar marina.
● Do as the locals do and zip around town in a golf cart. You can shuttle between the cafés and boutiques in the morning, and play a round in the afternoon.

Hotels in Sanctuary Cove

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is the dedicated Sanctuary Cove hotel, with rooms and suites set among the resort’s tropical gardens and fountains. It’s a leisurely stroll from The Marine Village, where you’ll find everything from speciality chocolate and coffee shops to waterfront fine dining and cafés.

The larger Hope Island area offers additional waterfront accommodation and dining options south of Sanctuary Cove via the Coomera River and Hope Island Canal.

Slightly further afield, you can book hotels in Surfers Paradise to take in the evening Beachfront Markets, restaurants, nightclubs and shopping that make it the Gold Coast’s most picturesque (and photographed) stretch of beach.

Eating Out in Sanctuary Cove

Australia is known for its innovative, multicultural cuisine, with menus combining bold, Pan-Asian flavours and traditional European staples. Seafood is key on the Queensland coast, and Moreton Bay Bugs (think delicious, miniature lobster) are a particular local favourite.

When you’re in the mood to indulge, Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s The Fireplace restaurant evokes the grandeur of a private dining room in an old-style manor house, with a rich, decadent interior and a seasonal à la carte menu made with locally-sourced ingredients.

Within The Marine Village, you can enjoy a Greek-inspired menu at George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant on The Promenade, or savour a late breakfast of crushed avocado, caramelised onion and feta cheese outside on the deck with views of the water at RAW Kitchen and Espresso.

The chef recommends...

Whole Lobster Mornay: Creamy, hot and delicious, this local favourite is cooked with butter and parmesan cheese and goes perfectly with a chilled glass or two of dry white wine.
Linguine Alle Cicale is an Italian pasta dish served with a tomato and brandy cream sauce at Ioesco’s, and yet another great way to enjoy the local Moreton Bay Bugs.
Chimney Grilled Victorian Lamb Backstrap: This delicious red meat dish with cucumber yoghurt and baby turnips is one of the chef’s picks at The Fireplace, and is cooked right in front of you in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven.

 

Shopping in Sanctuary Cove

In Sanctuary Cove’s open-air Marine Village you can browse boutique art and sculpture galleries, shopping for fashion, antiques and jewellery between leisurely stops for lunch, coffee and cake. At the Sanctuary Cove Chocolate Shop you can sample handmade artisan chocolates and your favourite sweets from around the world.

If you’re looking for a designer bargain, the Harbour Town Gold Coast outlet, less than 20-minutes’ drive away, has more than 200 brand direct and clearance stores. The outlet runs a free daily shuttle service to Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise, where surf shops and souvenir stores are easy to find, and designer stores like Gucci and Louis Vuitton sit metres from the beach on Elkhorn and Orchid Avenues.

Souvenirs in Sanctuary Cove

● Pick up a Caramello Koala or a strawberry flavoured Freddo Frog at Sanctuary Cove Chocolate Shop.
Décorum Gifts’ ornamental maps, compasses and nautical-themed curios are a memorable reminder of life beside the sea.
● The pop-up Mummy Tree Markets are held at weekends along Masthead Way. You can browse the colourful stalls for children’s and baby clothes, and stop to enjoy family entertainment like fairies and bouncy castles along the way.
● If you’re heading home to somewhere colder, don’t leave without a pair of authentic Australian-made Ugg Boots, lined with the finest sheep’s wool from local and interstate farms.

Culture & Nightlife in Sanctuary Cove

Queensland’s nightlife is centred around Surfers Paradise. Whether you prefer a sleek cocktail bar or a club where you can dance into the early hours of the morning, the iconic ‘Glitter Strip’ has it all. Try Elsewhere Bar for the best dancing and DJs, or Central Lounge Bar & Dining for its impressive cocktail menu and delicious seafood like Oysters Kilpatrick and Garlic Tiger Prawns.

For a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the coast, head to Skypoint, where you’ll find the 77th-floor Seventy7 Cafe + Bar. The Skypoint Observation Deck has 360-degree views of the coast and you can enjoy a glass of Australian wine and live local music there on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Local Sanctuary Cove gallery Dalozzo Art is an independent, family-run hub of original art and prints. The family have exhibited widely around Australia and the world, and work with their own distinctive styles painting Australian landscapes and abstract icons.

Best live music and comedy around Sanctuary Cove

● Every second Friday of the month, Hope Island Tavern hosts a free stand-up comedy show featuring the best comedians from around Australia.
Soundlounge, in Currumbin, is the premier live music venue on the Gold Coast, presenting local, national and international bands and DJs all year round.
● The Arts Centre Gold Coast is home to a diverse programme of theatre, film, comedy and art, and also hosts a free farmer’s market every Sunday morning.

Leisure in Sanctuary Cove

The Pines and The Palms are Sanctuary Cove’s championship golf courses. Set within a fragrant pine forest, The Pines is home to an array of native wildlife, and is recognised as one of Australia’s most challenging courses. Although it’s a members-only course, guests of Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort can book to play through the concierge.

If you’re looking to improve your game, The Palms is designed for players of all levels, and offers on-course coaching and state-of-the-art swing diagnoses by appointment.

Held annually since 1988, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show brings tens of thousands of visitors, buyers and exhibitors to the area each May. Join the crowds in and around The Marine Village to discover the latest trends in sailing culture.

Best water activities in Sanctuary Cove

● July to November is whale watching season on the Queensland coast. Book a cruise to catch majestic Humpback Whales as they leap out of the water, and keep your eyes peeled for Migaloo, the elusive White Whale first spotted in 1991.
Wet’n’Wild’s bO Zone is a must for thrill seekers, with high-speed water slides as well as plenty of gentler slides and tubing options for younger members of the family.
Papillon is a luxury yacht available for charter on the Gold Coast waterways. You can get your hands dirty on the ropes, or just sit back and soak up some sun while your skipper takes care of everything for you.

Latest Sanctuary Cove Hotel Reviews


Great View and comfortable bed
By Nats8
The Hotel has a great view and is within easy walking distance of both the beach and beautiful gardens. The tram stops just outside the hotel giving easy access to a variety of shopping and [More] restaurant locations. [Less]
Great service
By Amylea
Stay at the Crowne surfers all the time luv it staff r wonderful well mannered no rudeness here!!buffet breakfast is to die for we had late coffee downstairs on the Saturday night young man there was [More] so nice couldn’t remember my room number no worries looked it up bed was so comfortable and quiet slept so well check out from effortless would highly recommend the Crowne [Less]
Worth the money
By Ant79
Great service all round from staff to the quality of the food amazing [Less]
Some much to offer at a fair price
By Justyk
Just had an overnight stay at voco. It was so good I will be making in it my usual escape go to place. It provides exceptional value for money and room wise I have stayed in many hotels with price [More] tags of 500 per night this room coming in at under 200 left everything else looking over priced. [Less]
Comfortable stay
By Sunny fields
We visit Voco (previously Watermark)each winter to partake Easter Buffett lunch. We had our Easter Buffett lunch in a venue in Surfers as Voco no longer have it! Our stay at Voco was as good as it [More] always has been. Very friendly staff and comfortable room! [Less]
great place to stay
By william
great room lovely and clean great bed my only thing I did not like there was no drinking water in the room, but only for that it was great [Less]
Great Service and Facilities !
By RamiZac
My family and I had a wonderful stay. I would highly recommend it to anyone. I already have ! We cannot wait to come back, we felt like we were VIP the whole time. The transport to and from [More] restaurants and the bags being taken to rooms was very much appreciated. The staff are professional and friendly. The facilities and environment is fantastic, I felt like I was overseas. [Less]
Wedding Anniversary
By Craigss88
Had an awesome time, Staff were brilliant and went out of their way to make sure our celebration was perfect [Less]
Excellent hotel - magical
By diksue
Superb - good value for money. The hotel is in a class of its own - truly fabulous stay. Beds, rooms, bathroom - clean, clean and tip top. Good choice of food and sooooooo yummie. [Less]

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