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Forget traffic jams and rainy weekends away – Sanctuary Cove is your one-stop-shop for Easter fun. Their jam-packed schedule of activities is running all Easter weekend long, and will keep the kids busy (and us adults happy, too!).

The waterside collective of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues is the ultimate place to spend the long weekend. With dozens of places to eat, shop and explore, all on the beautiful Gold Coast waterways, at Sanctuary Cove’s Marine Village, you’ll never run out of things to do.

Here’s what’s on offer…

Meet the Easter Bunny
On Saturday April 3 and Sunday April 4:

  • 10:00am – 10:40am at Anchor Buoy
  • 11:00am – 11:45am at Cabana Kids
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Live Music

Or enjoy a waterfront brunch with him!
Start the weekend right with a family brunch at Anchor Buoy. Their waterfront view is served up with a side of anything from a classic bacon and egg roll to smoked salmon croquettes – yep, there’s something for everyone! Be there at 10am when the Easter Bunny pays a visit with chocolates for the kids in hand (and maybe the big kids, too!). If you can’t make it on Saturday, Anchor Buoy is also open on Easter Sunday and the Easter Bunny will be visiting then as well!

Shop for Easter goodies at Cabana Kids
After brunch, head to Cabana Kids to stock up on some last minute Easter presents. Their collection of beautifully bespoke gifts includes gold detailed bunny ornaments, delicately painted Easter themed mugs, bunny cot mobiles and books like the beloved Ruby Red Shoes. The Easter Bunny will be paying a visit to Cabana Kids at 11am, so time your visit to say hello!

Free live music
Get your groove on from 12pm until 3pm on Saturday and Sunday with some fantastic live music – there will even be free Easter eggs for the kids! But don’t feel left out, parents: the lineup of artists will have you laying back with a wine and relishing in your long weekend.

Saturday on The Village Green: Wes Taylor
From Jazzy instrumental dinner music to party time favourites, Wes will surprise you with his virtuosic skills on the guitar, and enthral you with his transportive voice.

Sunday on The Docks: Rob McMullen
Rob is without doubt one of Queensland’s finest Jazz and Spanish guitarists. He performs everything from smooth Jazz, Pop and South American classics; to fiery, passionate Spanish Flamenco pieces.

Seafood lunch
It wouldn’t be an Easter celebration without a long lunch of delicious, fresh seafood, and there are a number of Sanctuary Cove restaurants getting in on the tradition. For a fine dining experience or special occasion, Artichoke Restaurant’s three course set menu is full of seafood delights like Northern Territory Barramundi, Yellow Fin Tuna and line caught Red Throat Emperor Fish. For a kid-friendly or more casual setting, George’s Seafood Restaurant or Cove Tavern are our picks. All of their menus feature fresh, local seafood that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

And don’t forget about the fresh local prawn trawler! Stop by to say hello to the team and pick up a bunch of fresh prawns, bugs and crabs – we recommend going in the morning and picking up supplies for a wonderful family picnic lunch to avoid missing out. You can fill the rest of your picnic basket at IGA, and sneak a few extra Easter chocolates while you’re at it. You’ll go into the draw to win a family Easter Hamper!

Make a weekend of it
With so much happening over the long weekend, why not make a weekend of it and book into the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort? You’ll be walking distance from all of the Easter excitement, and can always head back to lay by the pool, enjoy a cocktail or order room service whenever you feel like it!

Don’t forget, spend $100 in one transaction at any Sanctuary Cove retailer to go in the running to win a VIP experience at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. More information about this promotion can be found on www.sanctuarycove.com.

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