SET TO CAPTURE HEARTS, MINDS AND IMAGINATIONS
The Gold Coast’s premier arts and cultural festival, Bleach* Festival is returning for an 18-day city-wide celebration spanning major musical concerts, large contemporary dance productions, giant outdoor spectacles,travelling shows on kayaks and even an epic beach sleepover.
The expansive program of 140 genre-defying events and activities includes 10 world premieres, one Australian premiere and two Queensland premieres; with the majority, completely free to the public.
Five Things To Do Before Summer Ends
Looking for weekend activity inspo, or daydreaming about what you'll get up to on your next long weekend? The Coast is finally cooling down, and soon we'll be trading jumpsuits for jumpers and rugging up on the couch ready for Winter. If you're in total denial about Autumn arriving and want to make the most of the warm weather, check out our five activities to do before Summer leaves - They're total bucket-list items, and if you haven't done them all already you better get started!
Sip, Surf, Celebrate!
Sip, surf or socialise - There's plenty going on on the Coast this weekend, and you don't want to miss it. With Cuban festivals, sweet surf sessions and romantic rendezvous ready to entertain you all weekend, you'll be running around from dusk to dawn if you want to fit in everything the Gold Coast has in store. Grab your partner and head down to Burleigh Brewing Co for a romantic evening out, or grab a mate and go to Byron for a sick weekend in the surf. If you want to stay a little more local, check out Dreamworlds first Park After Dark for 2018!
Pete Murray & Benny Owen's Exclusive Wellness Retreat
Pete Murray and Benny Owen are excited to present their unprecedented joint venture Music and Movement Escapes, a four night exclusive wellness retreat, with a unique focus on fitness, wellbeing and the joys of music. The first retreat (which includes a beach front gig on Valentine’s Day) will take place from Monday February 12 to Friday February 16, 2018, and will be held at the enviable 5 star Byron Bay resort, Elements of Byron Resort and Spa.
Effortless Ways to Win Them Over
One of the greatest things about simple dates is that you go into them without expectations. You don’t imagine a quiet restaurant where you and your date stare across a candelit table, only to meet a crammed shoebox where you can’t catch the waitor’s eye, yet somehow can’t avoid the eye contact of a stranger at a table nearby.
Three weeks of eclectic music set to shake up the Gold Coast | 31 March - 16 April
Bleach* Festival showcases the best of the Gold Coast in a three-week celebration of all things arts and culture from 31 March - 16 April. This year Bleach* has curated an absolutely stellar music line-up that reflects the essence of the Coast, with events that are sure to pique the interest of every music lover.
Free Surf, Art & Fitness Pop-Ups with Julian Wilson + World Team
In the lead in to the WSL Championship Tour kicking off at Snapper Rocks, Hurley is bringing a ‘Surfer’s Paradise’ to Coolangatta next week – launching an interactive surf coaching, art and fitness pop-up at the Tweed Heads Greenmount SLSC, with a range of free activities and some of the biggest names in surf on-hand to inspire and educate.
With reigning world champion John John Florence along with Filipe Toledo, Julian Wilson, Kolohe Andino, Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson and Adrian ‘Ace’ Buchan all in Snapper to compete, some of the Hurley surfers will drop in on the Tweed Heads Greenmount SLSC throughout a jam-packed eight-day program of free surf, art and fitness activations from Friday March 10 to Saturday March 18.
Eleven Fascinating Facts
Most of us can barely remember what happened yesterday. Or if we ate breakfast this morning. Or the last book we finished (picture books don’t count). So how are we meant to keep track of things that happened hundreds of years ago? It’s difficult, we know. Nearly impossible. That’s why we’re here to fill you in on local history. Don’t worry, it’s not just boring dates and facts (apologies for the traumatic grade 8 history class flashbacks). The past may be in the past, but this is the stuff that made the Gold Coast the unique, vibrant city it is today. So strap in, and discover a whole new appreciation for your nest.
Paradise outside Surfers Paradise
The Gold Coast is defined by its stunning beaches: glistening gold sand, crashing waves, and crisp crowds, basking in the scenery. Whether it’s Broadbeach, Palm Beach, or Surfer’s Paradise, the clue is in the name: we’re a bit obsessed with our beaches. Sometimes, braving Burleigh Beach during tourist season is worth it – when something’s that popular, it has to be good (even if it’s only to get a glimpse of some hot beach bods). But, other times you need a quiet, relaxing spot, where you can go 10 seconds without someone blocking your sun (no one owns the sun, but this bit is definitely yours), seeing an unfortunate tan line, or having a tennis ball crash into your face from a game of beach cricket (always keep your eye on the ball!). With so many beaches and water holes, there are plenty of picturesque, secluded spots to enjoy!
Bucket list for alcohol-free fun
We champion anyone who can go a whole weekend without a glass of something bubbly. That's why we have made a bucket list for all those who are strong in will power. We salute you.
Best of Eat, Sip, Stay, Treat & Play
Mermaid Beach is the most happening suburb on the coast at the moment! There are new venues opening weekly and with a mix of the Southern Gold Coasts chill vibes and Northern Gold Coasts modern-buzzing side, it holds a unique character.All this topped off of course by the whimsical name, what isn't there to love? If you need more convincing though keep reading..
The Perfect Sunday Guide
We here at The Good Guide know the mixed feelings that Sundays can induce and have organised you a perfect Sunday Fun Day. An exploration of what the South of the Coast has to offer, we’ve balanced the naughty with the nice, the healthy with the indulgent, to ensure you make the most out of your last day of freedom (until next weekend, anyway).