Gated communities are rare in continental Europe and Japan.
Some gated communities are secure enough to resemble fortresses and are intended as such.
Although gated communities have been rare in Australia, since the 1980s, a few have been built.
The most well-known are those at Hope Island, in particular Sanctuary Cove, on the Gold Coast of Queensland.
After threat levels have increased since the late 1990s against foreigners in general and U. citizens in particular gates have become armed, sometimes heavily, and all vehicles have been inspected.
Marksmen and Saudi Arabian National Guard armored vehicles appeared in certain times, markedly after recent terrorist attacks in areas near-by, targeting people from European or North American countries.
Amenities available in a gated community depend on a number of factors including geographical location, demographic composition, community structure, and community fees collected.