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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Annual international marine show held in Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia every year around mid to late May.

It is the largest on water show for boats, yachts and other marine accessories in Asia Pacific!

Each year Sanctuary Cove Village and Marina hosts the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

The entire marina and village is dedicated to the show and they even build large pavillions as extra room for exhibiting marine products.

Some of the products can be quite bizzare and it isn't all about boats, you will find products related to being in, on or around the water.

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In previous years they have showcased an inflatable surfboard that rolled up into an over the shoulder bag and a trailer caravan that transformed into a high speed house boat!

And this year's list of showcased products looks equally "interesting"!

Nonetheless it's a great excuse to check out what is new in boats, luxury cruisers and yachts and all the sailing and boating accessories.

Or you can just hang out around the boats and enjoy the atmosphere, especially at the wonderful restaurants in Sanctuary Cove Marine Village. It's a bit French Riviera...

Exhibitors come from Europe, USA and Asia as well as New Zealand and of course our local Australian manufacturers are also represented.

During the show there are various presentations and industry events.

Where to Stay for Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show?

Closest accommodation is at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort (formerly the Hyatt Sanctuary Cove Resort). You can walk to the village and marina and be in the heart of all the action. Other accommodation can be found locally in Sanctuary Cove such as private holiday villa rentals or Hope Island.

The Gold Coast gets busy during this week. As well as the visitors there are many exhibitors, staff and trade buyers that need accommodation.

Bookings for accommodation closest to the Sanctuary Cove show are often booked out a year or more in advance, because they have been taken up by the major exhibitors and trade visitors.

However, you can easily stay in Surfers Paradise accommodation or Main Beach and use one of the many ways to get to the show. See below.

A popular place to eat after a day at the show is Cav's Steakhouse in Labrador. You will need to book ahead as these days are some of their busiest of the year, but their food is worth it! So plan ahead.

How To Get To Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show?

By Taxi or Limo: Take a taxi or book a limousine. They can drop you off directly at the entrance to the show.

By Air: You can really make a statement by arriving by helicopter! It is a really decadent way to make an entrance! Helicopter transfers to the boat show go from:

  • Marina Mirage
  • Jupiters Casino (now known as The Star Gold Coast) in Broadbeach,
  • Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta
  • Brisbane Airport

Park and Ride FREE: This is first come first serve, free parking at MovieWorld. Exit the M1 at junction 60. The parking is free but limited. There are shuttle buses that take you directly to the show. Bus transfers usually start at 7.30am until 7pm on Thrusday and Sunday, and 9pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Park and Ride Paid: There is limited onsite parking with shuttle bus transfers to the show. It is extremely popular and can be advanced purchased online -something to sort out in February when you buy your tickets.

By Bus: Public buses go from Southport to Sanctuary Cove on Route 10.

By Train: Closest train station for the Sanctuary Cove International Boar Show is Helensvale.  There is no parking for the show at Helensvale station.

Taxi, Limousine & Uber Drop Offs: There is a specific drop off area near the entrance for these services.

By Boat: You cannot bring your own boat into the marina but you can anchor in Coomera River. Usually the Volunteer Marine Rescue is offers a ferry pick up to marina entrance for gold coin donation. Please check as this may change year to year.

By Ferry: There is usually a ferry service from Coomera - details change each year.

Please check as each year details change slightly, but these are the main ways to get to the show.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show Sneek Peeks

If you are not sure what sort of things you will see at Sanctuary Cove, here is a video by a Greg, a charter boat operator from Mackay further north than the Gold Cost in Queensland. He takes you inside some of the large cruisers and other boats. It really gives you a taste for what you can expect.


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