Hope Island, Queensland
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Gold Coast, Queensland
|Population||5,396 (2006 census)|
|LGA(s)||Gold Coast City|
Hope Island is a suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 Census, Hope Island had a population of 5,396. Hope Island is popular due to its close proximity to both the Gold Coast beaches and Brisbane city. The area was named after colonial aristocrat Captain Louis Hope, who was granted approximately 1,800 acres (7.3 km2) of land at the mouth of the Coomera River in recognition of his contribution in developing the sugar industry in Queensland.
After arriving in Moreton Bay in 1848, Hope spent the next 20 years building sugar plantations on the edge of Moreton Bay. The development of a sugar plantation called ‘Rockholm’ on the Island was largely undertaken by the Grimes Family. By the twentieth century, the sugar and arrowroot plantation had passed into the hands of the Sheehan and Davidson families. Hope himself never actually lived in the suburb of Hope Island, preferring to live in Ormiston on the edge of Moreton Bay.
Hope Island is positioned on the northern Gold Coast and only minutes away to the M1, providing access to both Brisbane and Coolangatta Airports which are approximately 50 minutes away. Surfers Paradise is just 15 minutes away with its world famous beaches, shopping, dining and entertainment offerings. Hope Island has a marina, shops, restaurants, theme parks, schools and three internationally acclaimed golf courses within close proximity. Hope Island is home to the upmarket Hope Island Resort and Sanctuary Cove. Community facilities include a harbour front dining/shopping precinct, deep water mooring facilities and luxury housing.
Hope Island is currently undergoing major strategic planning by developers, together with the Gold Coast City Council. Development and urban planning in the area is based around mixed use, commercial and residential developments.
Hope Island Resort
A large portion of Hope Island is home to the Hope Island Resort, a gated community with facilities such as marina, half-Olympic pool, golf course, tennis and 24-hour security. A wide variety of housing stock and land is also on offer, and Hope Island Resort continues to grow with subsequent land releases.
Hope Island and its environs is considered to comprise Gold Coast's 'North Shore' (i.e. Hope Island Resort, Sanctuary Cove, Sovereign Islands and Ephraim Island).
Hope Island is serviced by many transport options for both local and inter-city commuting. It is located adjacent to the M1 motorway connecting it with the rest of the Gold Coast and Brisbane, as well as 5 minutes from Coomera railway station with regular direct services to Brisbane city and airport. The Brisbane and Gold Coast airports are both within a 50-minute drive.
Sport and recreation
Recreation areas include Robert Dalley Park, Pat Cash Tennis Academy and courts, and numerous golf courses. Marina services are also available.
Hope Island Marina Shopping Village is a tropical style, waterfront, open-air shopping and dining centre located on the Hope Island Resort Marina. Its major tenant is Coles, along with numerous specialty stores providing liquor, newsagency services, bakery, etc., as well as waterfront cafes and restaurants. There is also a large medical centre and pharmacy. There are smaller shopping areas at Hope Island Central and along Hope Island Road including veterinary clinics, convenience shopping, and services. The Sanctuary Cove shopping and dining precinct is 2–3 minutes away.
Links Hope Island
Links Hope Island (part of Hope Island Resort) is home to an 18-hole championship course designed by five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson.