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Unleash Your Inner Chef

Five Cooking Classes Perfect For Unleashing Your Inner Chef

Unleash Your Inner Chef

Cooking. Some of us were born to cook, and some of us are allergic to the kitchen and could probably set fire to the stove top given half the chance. It's a skill that not everyone is born with, but cooking classes are popping up all over the Coast and are opening their hearts and kitchens to teach us all the secrets behind cooking totally drool-worthy dishes in our own homes. Whether it's Vegan and Vegetarian food or Pizza and Pasta feasts, you'll find a cooking class to suit all of your foodie desires - And with the weather less than perfect, is there any better time to cuddle up to a big plate of Pizza than now?

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Champagne, Sens Coffee & Secret Dinners!

GC Word on the Street #102

Sometimes all you need to do in life is treat yo'self. Whether that's a pamper day, a brunch date with your gal pals or a night indulging in bubbles, we could all use a little TLC sometimes. If you're well over-due for a gals brunch, the new Sens Coffee Co in Broadbeach has your caffeine needs covered - But if you're after an evening out (and you can afford to splash out a bit), why not check out Byron's Champagne Dinner or the ever-mysterious Diner en Blanc?

Rainy Day Cures

Ten Activities To Save For A Rainy Day

Rainy Day Cures

Welcome to Australian Summer - When it's either scorching hot or pouring rain. Luckily on our end of the Coast we're generally blessed with long days full of sunshine, but when the Heaven's open and it starts pouring we're often at a loss for things to do - And when it pours for more than a day, we tend to get a little stir-crazy. We may not be able to go on long hikes or work on perfecting our Summer tans, but that doesn't mean that we can't still have a little fun on the Coast with these ten wet weather boredom busting activities!

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Arts, Entertainment and Shopping!

GC Word on the Street #101

Just in case you weren't aware yet - There's some seriously cool stuff going down on the Coast this week! We've got events from Coomera to Cooly, with the revival of Buskers by the Creek back for yet another year and the grand opening of Coomera Westfield this Thursday. Grab your gal pals and shop to your hearts content with a huge range of sales in just about every store in Westfield, or head down to Cooly Tavern for two days of art, music and entertainment in Australia's biggest busking Festival! Not a fan of art and music? Don't worry, Westfield has plenty of food too!

Top Race Day Picks

Top 10 Spots For Lunch This Melbourne Cup

Top Race Day Picks

It's the race that stops the nation, and it's time to celebrate! 2018 Melbourne Cup is right around the corner and restaurants, bars and hotels all around the Coast are throwing open their doors and preparing their kitchen's to host the biggest parties of the year. Kicking off in just a month, it's time to pull out your fanciest frock and book your tickets to some of the biggest parties in town - And we know exactly where you should go.

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German, Gourmet & Gold Coast Fashion Week!

GC Word on the Street #100

October is one of our favourite months of the year. Not only is it warm enough to go outside again, but every other restaurant is gearing up for Halloween and Oktoberfest! Beer and Bratwurst are around every corner, while the more fashion-forward of us are hitting the shops to check out all of the newest trends for the Melbourne Cup and Gold Coast Fashion Week! Of course, shopping is hard (and hungry) work - So why not hit up Crafted Festival next weekend before you go?

Holiday Boredom Busters

7 Boredom Busters For All Of Your Kids These Holidays

Holiday Boredom Busters

Remember when we used to love school holidays because we could sleep in late and do whatever we wanted whenever we wanted to? Now it's our kids' turn... And we have to find something for them to do! Sleeping until 11am and watching movies all day is great, but if you're looking for a way to occupy your kids these holidays that doesn't involve PJ's, junk food and TV screens, we've got all of your prayers answered - And you'll even be able to have some fun too!

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Crust, Cinemas & Fast Cars!

GC Word on the Street #99

We've got 99 problems, but boredom ain't one of them. Now that Winter has come and gone the Coast is full of things for the kids, the cats and the neighbours to do, with car shows, Openair Cinemas and Chinese theatre popping up right in time for the holidays. Grab your kids and take them to movies under the stars or hire a babysitter and treat yourself to a day out, then finish it off with Pizza at the Coast's newest gourmet Pizza Bar! Whether you're a car lover, a movie critic or just looking for a good stuffed crust, we've got you covered - And trust us, you won't be disappointed!

Smooth Spring Sipping

7 Sweet Spots to Sip This Spring

Smooth Spring Sipping

Ah, Summer. The days of swimming, sun bathing and sipping cocktails as we watch the sunset. The Coast is full of places to sip and stay, and with plenty of talented bar-tenders around there's no shortage of cool and creative cocktails to sip on your Sunday off. Head to your local restaurant, or find the nearest rooftop bar to sit and watch the sunset from. Cocktails in the warm Spring sun? Um, yes please.

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Food, Fire & Fu Manchu!

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New season, new you! Now that we can actually get out of bed before 9am without freezing, going out with your gal pals for brunch isn't such a bad idea. Cafe's and restaurants right around the Coast are breaking out their Spring menu's, with Waffles and Pancakes being swapped for Acai Bowls and Avo on Toast as we shake off the Winter blues and move back into the days of blue skies. There's nothing better than a day out with your gal pals - So why not hit up a cafe for their new Spring menu then head to NightQuarter for a show afterwards?

Get Your Shop On

Ten Must-Visit Gold Coast Markets

Get Your Shop On

In case you didn't know, the Gold Coast has some seriously cool markets. Whether you're after a cool gift for your sister, a cute trinket for your house or you're just down for the food, our markets have something for absolutely everyone. With the days warming up and the sun shining again, there's no better time to grab the gals and head out to one of the Coast's many markets - And what better way to wind down after a hard week than with some retail therapy?

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Clubs, Carnivals & Craft Beer!

GC Word on the Street #97

Can you smell the food trucks yet? We certainly can... Because the Broadwater Parklands will be full of them next weekend! If you're a fan of food you'll want to make your way down to Southport, but if you're a fan of booze you'll want to keep your eye on Kurrawa Park, because there's a Crafted Beer Festival going on down there soon too! Pick between Burgers, Bao, BBQ meats and Booze with two fabulous weekends of feasting, then make your way down to Surfers for the biggest 80's Club Reunion on the Coast, hitting off in neon style!

Hinterland's Hottest Hikes

6 Must-Try Hikes This Spring

Hinterland's Hottest Hikes

We all love the sparkling beaches and bright city lights, but travel just a little away from the bustling city streets and you'll discover a whole other world, of vibrant colour and rushing waterfalls just outside our front doors. The Coast and the Hinterland are full of lush rainforests, colourful creatures and rushing waterfalls, and with the cold finally creeping away there's no better time to grab your friends, some walking shoes and go explore everything that our gorgeous Hinterland has to offer.

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Pooches, Performances & Parties!

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Well, we've done it. We've survived Winter! The cold is officially over, which means we can throw off our comfy blankets and re-emerge into the world ready whatever the Coast has in store. Celebrate (almost) the end of the working week at The Island and Longboards, or treat yourself to a cheeky session with Infamous The Show. Sanctuary Cove is also hosting their annual Paws and Pizzazz event this weekend, so if you're looking to cuddle some cute creatures this weekend, we know exactly where to find them...

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Sculptures, Shows & Feasts Fit For A King!

GC Word on the Street #95

The Coast is iconic for its glitter strip, with enough surprises around every corner for you to find something different every night of the week. Whether it's dragalicious shows, #FlashbackFriday's or a new art installment, there's more glitter and glam than in Hollywood! Come on down... You won't be disappointed!