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2052 The Cir­cle

4 bed­rooms; sleeps 10 | $$ From $4700 per week (min­i­mum seven nights) |

Did you know the Gold Coast has nine times more canals than Venice? While there are no his­toric bridges or ser­e­nad­ing gon­do­liers, there’s some­thing mar­vel­lous about a boat ride on these wind­ing wa­ter­ways. Set on one such canal in Sanc­tu­ary Cove – a gated com­mu­nity in Hope Is­land, about 30 min­utes from the city – is 2052 The Cir­cle, a four-bed­room house with wa­ter fea­tures and its own jetty. Gor­don Ram­say was once a guest here and ev­ery imag­in­able de­vice can be found in the cut­ting-edge kitchen. A pool wraps around the al­fresco area and the up­stairs mas­ter bed­room has canal views and a spa bath in the en­suite.


Two golf cour­ses (sanc­tu­arycove golf­ are within tee­ing dis­tance: the 18-hole Pines and the Ross Wat­son-de­signed Palms (above), which of­fers ac­cess to non-mem­bers. Hop into a buggy – there are two parked in the garage – and make your way past im­mac­u­late lawns and charm­ing vil­las un­til you reach the lake­dot­ted greens. Even the nearby shop­ping precinct of Marine Vil­lage (sanc­tu­ is ac­ces­si­ble via buggy. Soho Girl (so­ is ideal for re­laxed re­sort wear and dresses, while Lat­i­tude Cloth­ing Co. (41c Quay Street; 07 5577 9555) is the place to go for men’s fit­ted shirts in vi­brant prints.


Marine Vil­lage of­fers a mul­ti­tude of din­ing op­tions, from the twice­cooked pork-belly burg­ers at An­chor Buoy Cafe & Bar (an­chor to the wood­fired wheels topped with moz­zarella and pep­per­oni at Ge­orge’s Paragon Pizza Wine Bar (georges­paragon. com). But noth­ing beats the ca­sual el­e­gance and vibe of Jonez on Food (jone­zon­, where the walls are lined with books and the smoked salmon is paired with yuzu may­on­naise.

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