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.
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...
During the show there are various presentations and industry events.
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.
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.
Park and Ride: In previous years this was from Parklands Gold Coast Showgrounds off Smith Street in Southport and for the last couple of years at MovieWorld. However, it is now near to Helensvale Train Station and is located at Millaroo Road, Helensvale. This is just south of the Westfield Helensvale. Exit the M1 at junction 62. The parking is free and so are the coaches that take you directly to the show. Express bus transfers usually start at 7.30am until 7pm on Thrusday and Sunday, and 9pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. These shuttles stop at the show, Helensvale Train Station and the Boat Show Car Park.
By Bus: Public buses go from Southport to Sanctuary Cove on Route 10.
By Train: Main train station for the Sanctuary Cove show is Helensvale. You can catch a boat show shuttle from there when you show your rail ticket. There is no parking for the show at Helensvale station.
Drop Offs: If you have prepurchased your tickets online you can be dropped off at the Casey Road car park and catch a shuttle bus from there. There is no public parking at this car park - it is for exhibitors only.
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 Water Taxi or Ferry: Water taxis can be taken to the Sanctuary Cove boat show from both Coomera Waters and Runaway Bay Marina and usually a ferry runs from Hope Harbour at Marina Quays Boykambil.
The Stradbroke Flyer offers a return service from Cleveland on the bay in Brisbane.
Please check as each year details change slightly, but these are the main ways to get to the show.
Sanctuary Cove 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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