Parties, Paintings & Performances!
We're all about the crazy, the wild and the little bit extra. We love our food, we love our shows, and most of all, we love our booze! The brilliant minds behind Blanc de Blanc are gracing our theatres with their newest show, Deluxe Deluxe, and restaurants and bars all over the coast are providing plenty of food and entertainment to keep us going all night long. Stuff your face full of Chinese food at Lupo, wind down with a watercolour class at Burleigh Brewing Co or get your glitter on for an incredible night of shows... The Coast has got it all!
Free Food, Fine Whiskey & Sake Feasts
With a plate of food in one hand and a glass of your favourite drink in the other, life looks pretty good. We're spoiled for choice when it comes to places to eat on the Coast, and some of our favourites are about to make the choice a whole lot sweeter, offering Whiskey tastings, Sake feasts and free food, filling our calendars and our bellies. Whether you're a foodie or just enjoy the finer things in life, there's something for everyone. So don't worry... Get hoppy!
Tunes, Tastes & Top Golf!
In the famous words of David Bowie... Make the best of every moment. The coast is full of new tastes, shows and venues to explore, with something for everyone popping up around every corner. We've got delicious new menus, explosive new theatre, exciting new festivals and an Australian-first Theme Park popping up this week... So what are you waiting for?
The Spirit Of Churaki
You may only know him from that incredible bass line in Blister in the Sun, but the Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie is so much more. On the days when he’s not pairing up with some of the best in Australian music, like his band The Break, full of members of Midnight Oil, Ritchie has lent his time as musical director to a new show on the Gold Coast called The Spirit of Churaki. Churaki was an Aboriginal man, and the first ever LifeSaver, performing daring rescues on the Gold Coast’s southern beaches in the 1900’s. His mostly forgotten story is being brought to life, with Ritchie forming the music with the help of a whole lot of others. We caught up with Brian to hear about the project and learn more about him.
Feasts, Concerts & Fireworks!
I hate to break it to you... But it's almost June already! The second half of the year is coming round pretty quickly, and if you haven't spent most of your time checking out the cool new cafe's, exhibitions and concerts that we've been throwing all year, now's your time to start. Head to HOTA or get down to Broadbeach, or if you're looking to finish your weekend with a bang (literally), get down to Surfers for SeaFire!
Art Fests, Sunday Sesh & Chevron Fest!
Between the Commonwealth Games, Festival 2018 and the many pop-up food and arts festivals, we're spoiled for options this weekend. Whether you're in Coomera, Surfers, Robina or anywhere in between, rest and relax and enjoy everything that the Coast has to offer. Watch as street artists transform Robina Town Centre or escape the games with Sanctuary Cove's chill Sunday Sesh. When it comes to food, music and fun, some things are worth travelling for.
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.
Let the good times be-gin
Look what the cat dragged in... Have you met Old Tom yet? The newest fine dining and classic London gin bar to hit the streets of Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
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.
NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD EATERY & BAR
On 21 December 2017, Tristan and Kassia Grier (Harvest Newrybar, Sparrow Coffee), Dan Wyllie (Flinders Lane NYC, Saxon + Parole NYC), and Chef Francisco Smoje (Francisco's Table) launch Barrio eatery and bar at Habitat in Byron Bay's Industrial Estate. Barrio meaning "neighbourhood" in Spanish is designed to feel like a home from home, bringing together the local community in a relaxed environment for all-day dining.
FOR A GREATER PURPOSE WITH St VdP
They say it's better to give than receive... give Vinnies any unwanted gifts and get not only a warm fuzzy feeling in return but a little somethin' somethin' that you will love - a cool experience! *wink wink
Sounds good? Read on my friends....
ONLINE gifting website Gift It Now has partnered with St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland (Vinnies) to give Gold Coast locals the opportunity to regift unwanted Christmas presents to those less fortunate with the launch of its ‘Gift Exchange’ program.
Locals are encouraged to get involved with Gift It Now’s Gift Exchange by visiting Vinnies shops at Burleigh, Nerang, Arundel, Tugun and Palm Beach with their unwanted or un-needed Christmas haul from Monday, January 8 to Sunday, January 14.
New Taphouse & Grill on the Broadwater Esplanade
4 Birds Local – Taphouse & Grill is the newest kid on the block. Located in the heart of Paradise Point, on the Broadwater Esplanade. This perfectly lit, cool, comfortable European-inspired neighbourhood boutique tavern allows its patrons to dine alfresco or sit up high and enjoy the stunning park and Broadwater views from the elevated inside viewing space. 4 Birds Local specialise in craft beer and share food and offer the option of full table service or bar food fare. How good is that!
The Hottest New Hotel On Main Beach
Standing proudly above the crowd on Beach Road in the centre of Surfers Paradise, The Island Boutique Hotel certainly lives up to its name. Recently renovated with a brand new facelift, this hotel has more style than Victoria Beckham and more glam than Kim Kardashian.
Vibrations, vistas, vintage!
Whether you’re a rage-moshing party animal or a cocktail-fuelled dance star, your weekend outlet awaits. Hit the bar and air guitar until Monday wraps her honeyed fingers back around you.
Shake it Off!
Winter is here, the flowers are growing (it's the GC), but still, no sign of boys in your yard. After last year’s disappointing harvest, you’re slightly worried. Will they ever bloom? Well, fear not, the Gold Coast is home to an array of sumptuous, satisfying milkshakes (damn right, they’re better than yours) that suit all tastes. Whether you’re seeking decadent delights, refreshing treats, or just a good old fashioned brain freeze (drinking slowly is for squares) the Gold Coast has you covered. Follow this guide, and your yard is sure to become a veritable hotspot in no time.