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Island time: A look at the Gold Coast’s island real estate options

Who hasn’t dreamed of living on an island? And whilst we all technically reside on the island continent, we’re talking island life on a smaller, more experiential scale. Predictably, Australia is spoilt with options, so what better place than the glorious Gold Coast to begin our search.

The Gold Coast is a popular destination for those looking to purchase island real estate, thanks to its beautiful beaches, theme parks, and laid-back lifestyle.

One option for those considering island real estate on the Gold Coast are the mainland islands. These islands are connected to the mainland by bridges or causeways, making them easily accessible by car or foot. Popular mainland islands on the Gold Coast include Chevron Island, Isle of Capri, Paradise Island off the Nerang River, as well as the more prestigious Ephraim Island and The Sovereign Islands. These islands offer a mix of residential and commercial properties and a range of amenities such as parks, shopping centres, and restaurants.



Moreton Island and Moreton Bay


Another option for island real estate on the Gold Coast is Moreton Island. Located just a short ferry ride from the mainland. The 186 km² island is home to holiday rentals, Airbnb’s, and permanent homes and is perfect for snorkelling, fishing, and just getting away from it all.

In addition to these options, there are several smaller islands on the Gold Coast that may be of interest to potential buyers. These include Coochiemudlo Island, Russell Island, and Macleay Island, all located in Moreton Bay. These islands offer a more secluded and peaceful island lifestyle, with a mix of holiday rentals and permanent homes available.


Stradbroke Island


At 275.2 km², Stradbroke Island is the largest option in the Gold Coast and may be the perfect choice for those looking for an even more laid-back island lifestyle (if that’s even possible). Located just off the coast of Brisbane, Stradbroke Island is accessible by ferry, water taxi or private boat. It is home to many holiday rentals, permanent homes, and several beaches and national parks.


Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia
Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia, Coutesy of Unsplash

Ephraim Island and Sovereign Islands


At the more exclusive end of the Island life are the Gold Coast’s Ephraim Island and the Sovereign Islands.

Where everyone has a waterfront property, Ephraim Island is home to a mix of residential and holiday homes, as well as a range of amenities, including a marina, spa and gym, and several restaurants and cafes. Ephraim Island is accessed by a private bridge and is known for its exclusivity and luxury.


Ephraim Island bridge
Ephraim Island bridge
A photo in Sovereign Islands Gold Coast Australia
Waterfront Homes in Sovereign Islands

The Sovereign Islands are a group of artificial islands sheltered and located on the Gold Coast Broadwater. The islands offer a unique waterfront lifestyle, with several waterways and canals fed by the Broadwater running throughout the area.

A photo of a bridge in Sovereign Islands Gold Coast Australia
A bridge in Sovereign Islands Gold Coast Australia

Consider your options and the real estate market


When it comes to purchasing island real estate on the Gold Coast, it’s important to consider your budget and what type of ‘laidback lifestyle’ you’re looking for. Mainland islands offer the convenience of easy access to the mainland. In contrast, more distant islands like Moreton Island and Stradbroke Island offer a idyllic island lifestyle – but with fewer comforts and conveniences.

In addition to the island real estate options mentioned above, it’s also essential to consider the local real estate market and the potential for growth in property values. The Gold Coast has a strong and growing economy, a diverse range of industries and a thriving tourism sector. 

Overall, the Gold Coast offers a range of island real estate options for potential buyers to choose from. From mainland islands with easy access to the mainland to more remote destinations like Moreton Island and Stradbroke Island, there’s something for everyone on the Gold Coast. You can find the perfect island real estate option on the Gold Coast by considering your budget, lifestyle preferences, and the local real estate market.


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