Northern Gold Coast - Hope Island, Sanctuary Cove & Runaway Bay

Hope Island is an island suburb of the Gold Coast that is largely made up of gated communities, including Sanctuary Cove. The canal system that surrounds the island makes for beautiful waterfront homes secluded from the rest of the Gold Coast and creates a thriving boating community centred at the Hope Island Marina. Hundreds of boats dock here and make use of the access to tranquil waters throughout the canals and out to Broadwater and the sea.

The two main gated communities on the island are Sanctuary Cove and Hope Island Resort, both of which contain amazing houses and first-class facilities with the protection of regular security patrols. Sanctuary Cove Resort is well known as a tourist destination for its waterways, parklands, harbours and golf courses.

Runaway Bay is a calm little hide-away at the Northern end of the Gold Coast. The Bay has its own marina that offers open waters access but is sheltered from the rough seas by Stradbroke Island.  The area is a boat lover’s dream, with amply boating opportunities and some parts of the suburb having no bridges, allowing high mast access to Broadwater and the Seaway.

Though secluded, Runaway Bay is incredibly close to major beaches, shopping and dining districts of the Gold Coast’s more touristy areas and only a short drive from the big 4 theme parks; Movie World, Dreamworld, Wet’n’Wild and Sea World.

Things To Do

The Hope Island Resort has a public championship 18-hole golf course designed by British Open Champion Peter Thompson. Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club boasts two outstanding championship courses, practice facilities and a Clubhouse with several world class facilities. The Country Club is more resort than golf club, with day spa, pool, sports facilities, restaurants, bars and function areas.

Protected by South Stradbroke Island, Runaway Bay Marina is an easy to manage marina with access to open water through the Gold Coast Seaway. The facilities include both wet and dry berths and is located close enough to enjoy the waters of the ocean, Gold Coast shoreline and the canal systems.

There are many deep sea fishing charters that regularly leave out of Runaway Bay. Take your pick of small or large vessels and groups, and several fishing locations to choose from.

The Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre is a new, leading training facility that caters to athletes and the public. It is home to several sporting matches and also has accommodation and dining facilities along with function capabilities.

There are several parks, walkways and tracks for you to enjoy by foot or bike so you can enjoy the bay views and greenery of Runaway Bay.

Dining & Entertainment

Hope Island Marina is a beautiful spot for al fresco dining with views over the water. The Boardwalk Tavern is located here and is a great spot for live jazz music on the weekends.

Marina Quays Tavern on Broadwater Ave is a child friendly venue with kids play areas, lounge and cocktail bars as well as indoor and outdoor dining. If you’re after a hearty meal and a good time then go no further than the Runaway Bay Tavern, right next to the Runaway Bay Shopping Village.


Hope Island Resort Marina Shopping Village easily provides all basic living necessities, boutique stores and boating provisions. If you’re here for a boating holiday you really don’t need to leave the island and the waters that surround it.

Marine Village in the heart of Sanctuary Cove sits on the edge of the harbour and has many men’s and women’s fashion labels, swimwear, as well as a theatre and several cafes and restaurants to choose from. Runaway Bay Shopping Village has a variety of fashion, food, beauty and boutique stores to satisfy the avid shopper. Only a short drive away is Harbour Town, a shopping centre full of factory outlets. Here you can browse some big name brands to score some great savings on fashion, bedding, electronics and much more.

Events on the Northern Gold Coast

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is an annual 4 day event held in May at Sanctuary Cove. The show is a must for marine enthusiasts as it displays a wide selection of yachts, power cruisers, multihulls, kayaks, jetskis and all kinds of marine accessories. The show in 2013 will mark its 25th anniversary and is going to be celebrating past achievements and welcome in the future of boating.


Northern Gold Coast Map - Interactive Version