Blues on Broadbeach festival – GC Marine Expo – Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

As we power through the May on the gorgeous Gold Coast, Queensland, we’d be amiss not to mention the slew of exciting events just around the corner. Accompanying our sandy beaches, pleasant climate and friendly atmosphere, there’s something for everyone.

This month brings the upbeat sounds of Blues on Broadbeach – a popular free event which brings some of Australia’s best blues and roots artists to the centre of Broadbeach’s acclaimed dining and nightlife hub. It’ll be held from the 21st to 24th of May.

Fittingly, the Gold Coast’s picturesque seaside will also play host to the Gold Coast International Marine Expo and Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, also from the 21st to 24th of May. It’s a real must for keen boaties in the family and it also offers hours of entertainment for the kids. It’s quite a wide-ranging event and there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Conveniently, a room at The Grand Apartments in Labrador offers the perfect headquarters for those keen to soak up the sights and sounds of the Gold Coast and its premier attractions and events.

Firstly, let’s take a closer look at the biggest free music festival in Australia, which certainly won’t have you singing the blues – although you’ll definitely get an earful of it.

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival features an absolutely massive line up this year, complete with James Morrison, Andrew Strong, The Black Sorrows, Tijuana Cartel and many more stellar artists over six eclectic stages. The Broadbeach Mall stage offers enough performances to sate the appetite of even the most hardcore blues aficionado, and  it offers just a sample of the extensive list of entertaining acts. Importantly, the bustling event is very safe, well organised and offers all the amenities you’d expect at a major music festival, and perhaps more. It’s also just a short drive away from The Grand.

Gold Coast International Marine Expo

Gold Coast International Marine Expo

If you’re after something completely different, the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, located about 20 minutes drive from The Grand, might be right up your alley.

‘The Boat Show With So Much More’ is Australia’s only “working boat show” and it attracts visitors from across the country, and across the globe. Whether you’re a boating enthusiast, or just curious about marine craft, it’s well worth a look. As a bonus, the show strongly supports local charities, with its widespread donations exceeding $68,000 to date.

Plus, this year there’s a raft of new exhibits for the whole family and some interesting interactive exhibits for the kids.

One of the quirkier exhibits is the Notorious Pirate Ship, which is a painstaking, rare replica of a 15th century Portuguese caravel. It’s one-of-a-kind in the Southern Hemisphere and it will be an undeniable thrill for the young and young-at-heart to step aboard this unique vessel.

There’s also the Supertank Fishing Show and Super 60s Multihull Showcase to look forward to. While the Fishing Show provides 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 have also been confirmed as exhibits at the show. To top it off, the Southport Yacht Club Funsail offers kids the opportunity to hit the water and test out their sea legs in a safe environment.

The Gold Coast International Marine Expo is held at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct, located on Waterway Drive, Coomera. Tickets, available online, are only $10 for adults and $7 for seniors/pensioners, while kids under 15 enter for free. You can also pay at the gate. Its date was changed this year to align with the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

The Sanctuary Cove show, also 20 mins drive from The Grand, showcases over 500 boats at Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove, including the latest lines. It also features a large array of exclusive conferences, boating demonstrations and more.

At the gate, a day pass for an adult is $25, while concession is $20 and kids under 18 enter free.

If you’re in the market for a boat, or simply want to daydream, it’s a top day out for the family, or the discerning solo traveller. If you’re one of the many industry delegates attending the show, check out The Grand for a top quality room in a convenient location.

For more information about short stays, or accommodation for your annual holiday, or business trip, call The Grand Apartments on 07 5552 6000, or email

Photo credits: Blues on Broadbeach photo by Blues on Broadbeach, Aerial shot of the Gold Coast by Gold Coast International Marine Expo, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show photo by Camper Trailer Travels