13 Oct Hope Island – A Gateway to Boating Paradise
Hope Island lies at the gateway to boating paradise. With only the Coomera River and the Broad water between you and the open waters of the Pacific Ocean, this waterfront hamlet allows you to enjoy everything from exploring secluded sandy beaches to offshore fishing trips and international ocean-going adventures.
Turn left to the untouched nature reserve of South Stradbroke Island and then weave your way through the calm and protected waters of Southern Moreton Bay Islands National Park to the hustle and bustle of Brisbane or out to the Pacific Ocean. Turn right and enjoy the aquatic wonderland of the Gold Coast’s iconic Broad water and the post-card perfect waterways that lay just beyond Surfers Paradise.
Wind all the way to Jupiters Hotel and Casino at Broadbeach for lunch and a spot of shopping at the nearby Pacific Fair or simply cast anchor in a quiet coveon the Broadwater for a relaxing morning fishing with mates.And there’s no reason why you can’t throw your clubs in the boat and just cast off for a round at two of the nearby golf courses that are accessible by water.
Getting Around The Broadwater
The Broad water lies at the southern end of Moreton Bay Marine Park and is a popular boating destination because of the protection it is offered by North and South Stradbroke Islands. That means that there are plenty of sheltered spots for picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating and other water sports. Cruising the waterways of the Broad water also opens up the possibilities of seeing dugongs, dolphins, stingrays, turtles, eagles and pelicans.
Wave Break Island
Spot dolphins while snorkeling the protected waters of Wave Break Island. This man made island is popular with boaties, stand-up paddle boarders and swimmers because of its shallow water and sparkling beach. It features two designated boat anchorages – one on the northern end and one in the southwestern corner. There is also a canyon off the northeastern corner of the island that is ideal for beginner snorkeling and diving adventures.
Located just south of the Gold Coast Seaway on The Spit, Marine Stadium is a protected anchorage that is popular with cruising yachts in transit. The cosy cove makes a good base for boaties to the explore the shore based attractions of the Gold Coast, especially Surfers Paradise.
Jumpinpin is a perfect destination for a day-trip but you can also stay for a few nights to completely unwind and get away from the pressures of home life.While it does get busy on weekends, if you can get away for a couple of night’s mid-week you will almost have the pick of the place to drop anchor. And you don’t need an overnight boat to stay at Jumpinpin. Open and day boats can find safe anchorage along the western shore where there are many camping areas available for use.
South Stradbroke Island
You can take a water taxi or local ferry to South Stradbroke Island, where you can camp, surf or explore the dunes and distant beach.The perfect island escape also awaits you at Couran Cove Island Resort. The island resort offers guests a peaceful getaway just a 15-minute boat ride from Hope Island. Indulge in award-winning accommodation, gourmet dining, luxurious day spa treatments and a range of fun outdoor activities.
Brisbane and Moreton Bay
Discover the true treasures of the Gold Coast waterways and head north through the Southern Moreton Bay Islands National Parktowards Brisbane. Leave the heavily populated coastal strip south of the Seaway in search of secluded anchorages concealed within the mangroves. Just don’t forget to pick up fuel and supplies at the old-fashioned waterfront village of Stieglitz before taking off to further explore the out-of-the-way waterways.
The Broadwater contains at least 20 commercial marinas and yacht clubs, but here is a list of just a few that can be easily accessed via Hope Island:
Hope Island Marina
Hope Island Marina is the focal point of Hope Island Resort, and is surrounded by quality restaurants, bars, boutique shops and a local supermarket. It is centrally located so you don’t spend all day trying to get to the Broadwater or offshore. The marina is also sheltered, which means strong winds are not a problem when docking your boat in unfavorable weather conditions.
Sanctuary Cove Marina
With personal berthing assistance and premier facilities, the Sanctuary Cove Marina offers more than 226 moorings for all vessels including superyachts. It has been awarded five gold anchors for the category of residential harbor-estate marinas along with a level three Clean Marina accreditation.Disembark directly into Sanctuary Cove’s Marine Village, where specialty stores, restaurants and cafes line the water’s edge.
Hope Harbour Marina
Hope Harbour Marina is ideally located on the easternmost point of Hope Island just 2 km from the Broadwater and next to south Stradbroke Island. The marina offers berthing for long or short term stays with 280 marina berths available for sail or power boats (including multi-hulls between 6 and 40 meters).
Marina Oceanus is located in a prime position at Marina Mirage, and comprises of 87 configured berths inclusive of ski and transit berths and a helipad. The marina features five piers with pontoons that provide flexible accommodation for various sized boats. An Ezi Dock System is also provided.
Hope Island’s unique combination of waterfront lifestyle and upmarket sensibility also puts events such as The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on your doorstep. The region also plays host annually to the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and the Indy Gold Coast 600.
- Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race (July)
- Gold Coast Airport Marathon (July)
- Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May)
- Indy Gold Coast 600 (October)