Day Trip To Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island, Gold Coast, Queensland. Australia
Every day comes with all the way new hopes, new plans and new opportunities. We all get new challenges with every new day. Starting a day with a smile on the face and positive attitude towards all the people can surely make our day better.
In the Ute early we hit the Pacific Highway and headed north to Sanctuary Cove for some shopping for Kim and Lunch. Situated on the Coomera River surrounded by native Australia bushland, Sanctuary Cove is home to four man-made harbours and offers direct access to the Pacific Ocean and Broadwater.
Sanctuary Cove was an adventurous vision to develop a community focused on the boating lifestyle, surrounded by nature and leisure facilities. We first took a sticky-beak along the Sanctuary Cove marina berths and pretended we owned one of the fancy yachts (it’s good to have dreams, right?).
We then headed to the exclusive fashion boutiques with the finest Australian and International labels to trendsetting homeware stores. Kim lusted effortlessly over the elegant pieces from Calypso and tried on the latest European trends at Eev Fashion. The Marine Village hosts 80 specialty retailers including designer fashion labels, the latest homewares and gifts, bespoke custom jewellery and more.
We then headed up to Quay Street Cafe and Bar to enjoy some lunch and company from some fellow bloggers from South East Queensland & Tweed Coast Travel Blogger Group. Quay Street Café and Bar is a place you can enjoy the sunshine with your coffee in the alfresco patio. The cafe also serves a selection of enticing cakes, quiches, cookies and muffins from the cabinet or you can ponder the menu for a lazy breakfast or lunch. The food, service and company were great and Shari enjoyed all the attention. The café is dog friendly and the staffs are totally helpful to accommodate fury friends.
After lunch we walk around some more shops and stumbled on a film crew.
They seemed to be filming a couple walking the shopping predicts, but no idea who they were.
Just as we were leaving we saw everyone heading into Sunsets by Sanctuary Cove. Sunsets by Sanctuary Cove was a new event celebrating good food, wine, beer and cider. Everyone was lining up to celebrate the season’s finest drops at Sunsets. The front section of the venue people wandered through the cobbled streets of the picturesque Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove tasting crisp whites, big reds and creamy champagnes from 40 renowned local, national and international wineries. With entry you could sample the best of brews at Sunsets, with 15 of Australia’s top breweries and cideries on hand to serve their goods by the taster, glass or can and world-class restaurants and gourmet food trucks will dish up fine seasonal eats We had Shari but the event we would have liked to kick back and take in the spectacular Sanctuary Cove sunset with an ice-cold brew and live entertainment from solo artists and bands on the big stage.
Things to do at Sanctuary Cove
Coffee & Cocktails
Settle in for a glam AF afternoon at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s High Coffee experience and enjoy a modern take on the classic high tea. Think tiers and tiers of tasty sandwiches, warm savouries and all of the sweets, including their signature éclair with coffee custard and life-changing yuzu cheesecake. If you’re after something other than coffee to wash it all down, opt for the Espresso Martini (a no-brainer) or the Smoking Hot Chocolate cocktails.
She’s A Stunner
Hire a yacht or boat and get out on the sparkling open water to explore the natural beauty of Sanctuary Cove and some of the Gold Coast’s best beaches and coastline. Keep an eye out for dolphins and fish, but don’t forget the sunscreen!
Feast on slow cooked ribs, meatballs, garlic prawns and a succulent selection of Angus and Wagyu beef options at Black Angus Bar and Grill. This restaurant’s enormous menu has something for everyone (even your vegetarian pals will be left unbuttoning their jeans after devouring the hearty black truffle gnocchi).
Give into your shopping addiction with a wander through Sanctuary Cove’s promenade and Quay Street. Lust over effortlessly elegant pieces from Calypso or try on the latest European trends at Eev Fashion.
There’s A Wholefoods Heaven
Taste test one of the many smoothie bowls at new Pier B. As well as being a health-conscious haven full of healthy salads, raw treats and brunch options galore, the breezy Hamptons-inspired interiors are the perfect setting for a nautical themed feast. Hot tip: make sure you pick up a jar of their house-made granola with your takeaway activated charcoal latte. You won’t regret it.
Indulge in a pamper day at one of the many beauty salons at Sanctuary Cove. Book in a manicure, a facial or haircut at Champions Hair Beauty Day Spa, or completely unwind with a dreamy massage at Massage Rejuvenation.
French Foodie Flair
Devour a menu of seasonal ingredients and ultra-fresh seafood cooked with a classical French technique at Jonez on Food. Sit back with a glass of bubbles and take in the harbour views with your gang as you feast on expertly prepared seafood, meats and fresh salads. How’s the serenity?
Take The Scenic Route
Take the many paths along the Sanctuary Cove marina berths and pretend you own one of the fancy yachts. Even better, take a picnic blanket, plenty of cheese and watch the sun go down in style.
Bring The Doggo, Too
Treat yourself and your four-legged BFF to a meal at the chic Anchor Buoy Cafe. With locally roasted coffee and a variety of seasonal breakfast, lunch and tapas options, this dog-friendly waterfront eatery is up there with the best of the best.