9 spots to celebrate Chinese New Year

Good news Gold Coasters, it’s almost Chinese New Year again and guess what, 2020 is the Year of the Rat.

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
Southport Sharks are celebrating the Chinese New Year with a range of activities including a Chinese Lion Dance on Saturday 25th January from 7.15pm and Frenzy’s Chinese-inspired buffet on Tuesday 28th January to Tuesday 4th February.
The celebrations continue in Frenzy’s, with Chinese-inspired buffet dishes, in addition to your usual buffet favourites, between Tuesday 28th January and Tuesday 4th February.
Where: Cnr Musgrave and Olsen Aves, Southport

Bring in the Year of the Rat in Gold Coast Chinatown with delicious Asian street food, live music, cultural entertainment, a pop up laneway bar, children’s activities and an outdoor movie screening of Ratatouille at 7pm. Everyone is invited, so come along with your family and friends to help celebrate the Gold Coast’s largest Lunar New Year Celebration.
Where: Davenport and Young Streets, Southport

Bazaar Interactive Marketplace
Indulge in a specially created menu featuring sumptuous Asian flavours. Executive Chef Greg Benney and his team have created a special Chinese-inspired feast to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The Marketplace will be overflowing with Peking Duk, dumplings, long life noodles, Chinese BBQ pork, sea scallops and more with a feast of everyone’s favourites. From Thursday 23rd January to Saturday 25th January. Valid for dinner only from 5:30pm.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise 

CHOP CHOP at Cavill Lane will be putting on a three day extravaganza from Jan 31 to Feb 2, filling the alleyways of CHOP with live entertainment, workshops, family-fun activities, performers and giveaways. For the adults CHOP CHOP is holding sushi making classes where locals can get immersed in the Japanese culture, even making their own mayonnaise, as well as holding free tea leaf readings to predict the fortunes of even the biggest sceptics and have created a Soju tasting exclusively for the weekend to display the popular cultural drink. For the family the precinct will have kids activities on the weekend, a fortune forest were you can pick your fortune and every evening from 5pm – 8pm the precinct with culminate with acrobats, musicians, lion dancer, face painters.
Where: 3113 Surfers Paradise Blvd, 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 Rat with a stunning lion dance at 10:45am from January 22nd and 1:00pm on February 2nd. Treat yourself to an exceptional Chinese feast while you’re there. 
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Surf Pde, Broadbeach

Gold Coast Turf Club
You’re invited to a feast of good fortune to celebrate the Chinese year of the Rat at Aquis Park, Gold Coast Turf Club. Enjoy traditional entertainment and an exciting lineup of live racing. Savour the day and dine in style in the trackside restaurants from just $75 p/p (members discounts apply) with winning views and specially themed dining options on the day.
Where: Racecourse Drive, Bundall

Carrara Markets
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Night Markets at Carrara Markets with two spectacular Chinese Night Parades – Friday 31st January from 6.30pm and Saturday 1st February from 6.30pm. Bring the kids to see the magnificent dance troupe of Chinese lions and dragons as they rove throughout the Night Markets.
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
    Celebrate Lunar New Year at Harvest Buffet with an abundance of the finest dishes from around the world. During Lunar New Year, the feast will be enriched with traditional Asian favourites until February 9th.
  • 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 cakes for just $8.00. Enjoy three traditional flavours from January 25th to February 9th.
  • 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 Rat on Saturday January 25th. Enjoy delicious, Chinese-inspired dishes from our $60 Lunar New Year Banquet Menu. Each dish specifically chosen to provide you with good luck and good fortune for this coming year.
Where: 1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads



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