Whether you’re keen to soak up the sights at Metricon Stadium, or you’d rather check out a huge range of the newest powercraft, there’s heaps to do on the Gold Coast in the coming months. From the Gold Coast Suns versus Essendon AFL clash, to the Gold Coast International Marine Expo and Blues on Broadbeach free music festival, there’s sure to be something to entertain the whole family. Plus, you’ll also find a simply staggering range of leisure and dining attractions, theme parks, pubs and clubs and sporting venues scattered within walking distance of Sandcastles on the Broadwater.

Blues on Broadbeach Festival –                                         May 19 to 22 Blues on Broadbeach
First off, let’s take a look at the biggest free music festival in Australia; Blues on Broadbeach – recognised as a true blue Gold Coast institution since its first showing 14 years ago, back in May, 2002. This year’s festival will be held from May 19 to 22. This year’s festival features a really impressive line-up, starring The Bamboos, Big Daddy Wilson, Alex Hahn & The Blue Riders, Chase the Sun, Three Kings and many more acts jamming out over six colourful, varied stages in the middle of Broadbeach’s fashionable leisure and dining district. Simply the Broadbeach Mall stage offers more than enough performances to keep even the fussiest Blues fan satisfied, but it’s really just the beginning when it comes to packed line-up organised for this year’s festival. Importantly, Blues on Broadbeach has proven to be a very safe and pleasant event year on year,  offering all the amenities you’d expect at a major music festival, all for free. Just a short trip up the road from Blues on Broadbeach you’ll find Sandcastles on the Broadwater – perfectly placed to soak up the sights and sounds of the best the Gold Coast has to offer. For more information about Blues on Broadbeach check out bluesonbroadbeach.com online.

Gold Coast International Marine Expo & Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show – May 19 to 22

The Gold Coast International Marine ExpoIf you’re after something a little different, the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, situated a short drive away from Sandcastles, may be just the ticket. It will be held from May 19 to 22, coinciding with Blues on Broadbeach. This year’s event will introduce indoor Shell Scheme Booths, housed within a large 10m x 20m marquee, for exhibitors requiring full indoor protection. Also new will be the Sea Trial Berths, offering an exclusive area for exhibitors to undertake sea trials during Expo. New precincts are also being planned to showcase like-minded exhibitors, such as engines and fishing equipment. These precincts will feature strong signage and placement on the site map and within the official event program The Gold Coast International Marine Expo 1‘The Boat Show With So Much More’ is Australia’s only ‘working boat show’ and it attracts large crowds of enthusiastic visitors from across the country, and across the world. Whether you’re a boating enthusiast, or just curious about marine craft, the expo will definitely be worth a look. As a bonus, the expo is a big supporter of local charities, with its widespread donations topping well over $68,000 to date. This year there’s expected to be a raft of new exhibits for the whole family and some interesting interactive exhibits for the kids. While organisation is still underway for this year’s event, we can get a pretty good idea of what’s in store by taking a look at last year’s event. One of the more curious stop-offs at the 2015 boat show was the Notorious Pirate Ship, a painstaking, rare replica of a 15th century Portuguese caravel. It’s one-of-a-kind in the Southern Hemisphere and it was a thrill for the young and young-at-heart to take a look at the quirky vessel. Last year also featured the Supertank Fishing Show and Super 60s Multihull Showcase, while the Fishing Show provided a unique fisheye look at underwater life (and a glimpse at the latest fishing gear). The Multihull Showcase features the world’s latest and greatest multihull boats, ranging from 55 to 65 feet. The latest luxury models from leading brands were exhibitors at the show. To top it off, the Southport Yacht Club Funsail offered kids the opportunity to hit the water and test out their sea legs in a safe environment. The Gold Coast International Marine Expo will be held at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct, located on Waterway Drive, Coomera. Tickets are available online, but you can also pay at the gate. Coinciding with the Expo will be the Marine Sanctuary Cove show, showcasing over 500 boats at Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove, including the latest lines. It will feature an array of exclusive conferences, boating demonstrations and more. Visit sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au online for more information.

Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon – Metricon Stadium,                   March 26,

Metricon Stadium Aussie rules If you’re visiting the Gold Coast a little earlier in the year, around the end of March, you can catch the Gold Coast Suns taking on Essendon at Carrara’s Metricon Stadium on March 26. The stadium is located just a short drive from Sandcastles. Visit www.ticketmaster.com.au to book your tickets online.


Gold Coast, Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre. 

Sandcastles on the Broadwater is also conveniently located near Runaway Bay’s Sport Super Centre – a training base for Runaway-Bay-Sports_02athletes from all over the world! The centre includes almost all sports under one roof, and a gym, pool, track, sauna and spa. Open to the public and featuring excellent personal training packages, the Sports Super Centre may just give you the edge before an upcoming competition or tournament. If you’re looking for some accommodation a little more comfortable than lodge accommodation and want your own kitchen. bathroom and private space Sandcastles on the Broadwater is your perfect location. Super sports centre gymAll this and lots more is located just a short stroll from Sandcastles on the Broadwater. Why not escape the rat race for a few days to enjoy what the Gold Coast and Broadwater has to offer? Sandcastles is located just 10 minutes to the centre of Surfers Paradise, 15 minutes to any of the Gold Coast’s major theme parks and 5 minutes from internationally renowned shopping outlets and supermarkets. The beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland is also within easy reach. For more information about short stays at Sandcastles on the Broadwater, or accommodation (07) 5537 0000 or email info@sandcastles.com.au for enquiries, or to book.