Tourist in my Town: Make a day of it at Sanctuary Cove

Craving a holiday experience? Northern Gold Coast precinct Sanctuary Cove is the perfect destination for that ‘getaway’ feeling.

Far enough from the hustle and bustle of everyday life on the coast but close enough to not have to take weeks off work, Sanctuary Cove is the smart and convenient choice when it comes to a quick trip away, whether it’s a day out with the girls or a long weekend with the fam.

Who needs a cruise ship? Make a day of it by taking up to eight friends out for a sail on your very own GoBoat. Equipped with a shade sail for sunny days and a central picnic table with bottle holders for your cheese platters and wine, you can sail your GoBoat out onto the Coomera River directly from the marina and go for a leisurely cruise along the waterways. Bring your own speaker and enjoy some tunes or just kick back and admire the lovely homes along the river. GoBoat is available for one ($99), two ($179) and three ($239) hour bookings throughout the day from Thursday to Sunday. Sunset cruise, anyone?

Once back on dry land and if you’re not too full of cheese, next you’ll want to pay a visit to George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant on the harbour for one of their tasty, Greek-inspired meals. Dine in and order a la carte from the extensive half price all day menu, or sit in the cocktail bar and graze on a variety of hot nibblies and bar snacks, as well as fresh woodfired pizzas. They even do breakfast, if you’re there early enough.

We had trouble deciding from the array of delectable items on our visit, so we enjoyed a Yiassou platter for two ($58), a divinely presented dish laden with haloumi, pita, dips, fresh and cooked seafood. Despite the size of the platter we just HAD to order George’s famous French fries with crumbled feta and oregano ($10) as a side as well. And let’s be honest – a few cheeky cocktails to finish things off!

We should mention here that there is no shortage of dining options throughout the marine village, with cafes and a Sushi restaurant operating alongside a Steakhouse, Thai and Modern Australian cuisine. There’s something to suit every palate and every budget.

Desperate to walk off some of our lunch, we took a leisurely stroll around the precinct, browsing the variety of clothing, shoes and homewares available at the Sanctuary Cove marine village shops. With dozens of specialty retailers tucked away in the Cove, there’s a surprise around every corner, including antiques, gifts and jewellery, and even massage chair and piano stores.

Now thoroughly wilting, it was time to head to one of the pool areas at the always-gorgeous InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. Nestled within 4.2 hectares of lush landscaping, the five star resort is home to a recently refreshed room collection, a Lagoon Beach, Queensland’s only High Coffee experience and superior service. The Lagoon Beach is the perfect place to lounge in the shade, grab some cocktails (and some snacks, if you can fit any more food in) and jump in and out of the lagoon to cool off. With a show-stopping one-acre space in which to swim, there will be no problem with social distancing. Sand not your thing? There is a great pool on the upper level, and even a family fun zone with giant chess board to keep the kids entertained.

Of course, (pun intended), InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is also celebrated as one of Australia’s most iconic golf holiday destinations, playing host to the critically-acclaimed The Palms and The Pines and Links Hope Island golf courses. Golf nuts are certainly spoilt for choice.

While we couldn’t fit in everything we wanted to do in just one day, all that means is we now have an excuse to return. Visit sanctuarycove.com to start planning your ‘holiday at home’ adventure.

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