11 spots to celebrate Chinese New Year

Good news Gold Coasters, it’s almost Chinese New Year again and guess what, 2019 is the Year of the Pig and, if we have a spirit animal, the pig is it. Because they eat whatever they want and generally just chill out 24 hours a day.

Anyway. Chinese (or Lunar) New Year is a big, beautiful celebration filled with colour and dancing and all of the food and the Coast is the perfect place to get involved.

Here’s a list of spots (from north to south) you can do exactly that and if you’ve never experienced the extravagant festival, we highly recommend it.

Southport Sharks
Enjoy delicious, Chinese-inspired dishes at Frenzy’s Food Court and, in true Chinese style, catch a Lion Dance on Tuesday, 5th February from 7pm. The Lions will be dancing throughout the club, bringing in the New Year with bright colours and exciting music. Voice & Congas will hit the main stage from 7.30pm on Tuesday the 5th too.
Where: Cnr Musgrave and Olsen Aves, Southport

It’s a celebration of epic proportions in Southport on February 9th with Asian street food market stalls, live music and cultural entertainment, activities for the kids, a popup laneway bar and fireworks from 9pm. It’s a free event running from 4pm until 9pm and always a good time. BYO water bottle to fill up from the stations because bottled water won’t be sold because environment first friends.
Where: Davenport and Young Streets, Southport

Bazaar Interactive Marketplace
QT Gold Coast’s famed marketplace restaurant BAZAAR is leaping into the Chinese New Year of the Pig with reckless abandon on Tuesday February 5th. Among the popular foodie favourites, QT’s Executive Chef Greg Benney will also be dishing-out a plethora of Chinese-inspired dishes including Char Siu pork, Chinese five spiced chicken, chow mein noodles and Chinese spice roasted pork belly. For the seafood lovers, there will be a trawler-load of fresh prawns, scallops and oysters along with whole baked Red Snapper. And don’t forget the Asian Wok and Dumpling Stations! Once you’re feeling positively piglike, sit back and enjoy the spectacular Chinese Lion Dancers perform from 6 – 7pm.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise 

Grand Dynasty Chinese Restaurant
Grand Dynasty brings the buzz of downtown Hong Kong to The Oasis arcade in Broadbeach to celebrate the prosperous year of The Pig on Saturday February 9th. Indulge in a vibrant spread of the most mouth-watering Yum Cha and raise your prawn toast to the year ahead with a Chinese Parade for Prosperity. The performance at 1.30pm, will feature a rhythmic Lion Dance and an astounding Fire Cracker display to scare away any evil spirits that are so last year! Gong Hey Fat Choy!
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Surf Pde, Broadbeach

Gold Coast Turf Club
Experience a Chinese cultural extravaganza at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday February 9th with Chinese-inspired entertainment, lion dancing, pig racing, Oriental food trucks and live entertainment. Gates open at 10am and admission is free. It’s set to be a hot one so treat yourself to a few frosty beverages while you’re at it.
Where: Racecourse Drive, Bundall

Carrara Markets
Bring the kids to enjoy an unforgettable Chinese New Year celebration. The spectacular Chinese lions and dragons will parade through the markets to celebrate. Bring your lucky Chinese red envelopes filled with a small donation to attract good luck and prosperity for the year ahead. Parade starts at 11am on February 9th.
Where: Cnr Gooding Drive and Manchester Rd, Carrara

The Star Gold Coast
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of Asia as The Star Gold Coast celebrates Lunar New Year, with special menus and live entertainment throughout the venue from February 1st. There’ll be a parade and fire crackers on February 4th, 5th and 6th at 7.30pm and the addition of stilt walkers on the 8th, 9th and 15th.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach 

  • Harvest Buffet
    Indulge in a Chinese buffet feast of traditional Asian favourites at The Star Gold Coast’s latest addition, Harvest Buffet. Open for lunch and dinner throughout February.
  • Imperial at The Star
    Expect traditional recipes of the highest quality at The Star Gold Coast’s own exceptional Chinese restaurant. It’ll be a feast worthy of a New Year celebration. From February 1st to 20th, 12pm until 2.15pm.
  • Mei Wei Dumplings
    Mei Wei Dumplings is celebrating Lunar New Year with delicious Lunar New Year Cakes for just $8.00. Enjoy three traditional flavours including Nian Gao, (caramel glutinous rice cake) Ma Ti Gao (chestnut cake) and Luobo Gao, (radish cake). Yes please.
  • Kiyomi
    Prepare to get fancy at Kiyomi this Chinese New Year with the restaurant’s incredible creation, $888 Golden Lobster. It’s sashimi lobster and 10grams of Siberian Blackpearl Caviar. Treat yourself.

Mr Hizolas
Where else would you want to be but Mr Hizola’s to celebrate the Year Of The Pig on Tuesday the 5th of February. There’s a $45 Chinese banquet available with dishes specifically chosen to provide you with good luck and good fortune. Thanks team.
Where: 1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads