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8 of the best Sports Bars on the Coast

Where sports fanatics unite!

The Star Sports Bar (image supplied)
The Star Sports Bar (image supplied)

Picture the scene: it’s your team’s game night, and you and your crew are more than keen to catch the action in a location with full coverage, the coldest of beers, and a sprinkling of outstanding food options. Anything less would be a colossal failure, right? Seeking down such establishments that are solely devoted to delivering these things is not always the most straightforward task. But at the same time, neither is it impossible! Luckily for you, we’ve done our homework and compiled a list of the best sports bars on the Gold Coast to enjoy the action while adequately showing your support for your team. Shouting at screens may or may not be included.

The Star Sports Bar
Many would say this place is in pole position as the Gold Coast’s premier sports bar venue, and we think that’s rightly deserved. If the 23 large screens, private (pre-bookable) booths and a gigantic 10.5-metre screen aren’t impressive enough, you should be swayed by the coldest beer around and a multitude of nearby food outlets for you to fuel up pre-game or celebrate your team’s victory.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Main Gaming Floor, 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Crafty’s Sports Bar
Aptly positioned at the northern Gold Coast’s prime shopping outlet Harbour Town, Crafty’s gives you the option of mixing shopping with seeing whatever sporting event you might be into. Or, if it’s better suited, the chance for you or your partner to do so whilst the other takes their time with over 200 stores. Make plans to grab some essentials and then settle in with some fantastic food and craft beers. Score!
Where: Harbour Town Eats – 147/189 Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters

Crafty's Sport Bar (Image: © 2018 Inside Gold Coast)
Crafty's Sport Bar (Image: © 2018 Inside Gold Coast)

The Sporting Globe Bar and Grill
Part of a sizeable chain of sporting bars across the country, these guys certainly know how to look after sporting fans. Apart from expansive coverage of all the action, there are food specials every day of the week, and if you’re seeing the Gold Coast Titans game at the Cbus Stadium, come in beforehand for a drink, and these guys will even take you there and back. How good is that?
Where: Robina Town Centre, 19 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina

Burleigh Town Hotel
This one is a real showstopper, boasting a zhuzhed up modern bistro and the sports bar to end all sports bars. The newly renovated Burleigh Town Hotel is the ideal destination to catch all of the sports action. Featuring a state-of-the-art 11-metre mega screen… It’s the biggest pub screen in the southern hemisphere and if you think that’s impressive, have a go of the suspended cylinder screen promising perfect viewing from every vantage point #jawdrop.
Where: Tsipura Drive, Burleigh Heads

Sports Bar, Burleigh Town Hotel (image provided)
Sports Bar, Burleigh Town Hotel (image provided)

The Avenue
This hotspot is more renowned as the place you head to take the night up a gear with vibrant music, entertainment, and drinks specials. And that’s a fair comment. However, should you want a great place to catch the next big fight with eating options and the ever so easy decision of sticking around and partying till the small hours, it’s a slam dunk!
Where: 3-15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Coolangatta Hotel
On the southern end of the Coast, The Coolangatta Hotel is the prime location to catch any sporting activities and be assured of a buoyant and passionate atmosphere. Pair it with a splash and lounge on one of Coolangatta’s famous golden beaches, and then be sure to stick around for the post-game live music, and you are onto a hole in one.
Where: Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Fat Freddy's (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Fat Freddy's (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Fat Freddy’s
How does an American-style sports bar with a Gold Coast twist sound? Too good to be true, right? Wrong. Because you need to look no further than Fat Freddy’s on Broadbeach’s Surf Parade. Grab a highchair at the bar and enjoy unhampered views of seven screens overhead as bartenders look after you with libations galore and a polished bar snacks menu which should make getting up to leave your seat an arduous feat if you ask us!
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Ashmore Tavern
If you’ve driven past the good ‘ole Ashmore Tavern recently, you’ll have noticed it’s looking anything but ‘ole these days. Undergoing an extreme makeover, we’re not just talking a lick of paint and a few trusty Kmart prints, but an epic $5 million reno sporting some serious a la mode flex. There are sleek new indoor and outdoor dining spaces and a large sports bar with an adjoining balcony. With big screens showing sports daily you’ll never miss a moment of the biggest sporting events at the Sports Bar.
Where: 161 Cotlew Street, Ashmore

Words by Alex Mitcheson & Belinda Symons.

Ashmore Tavern Sports Bar (image supplied)
Ashmore Tavern Sports Bar (image supplied)

12 places to catch the footy finals

The Star Sports Bar (image supplied)
The Star Sports Bar (image supplied)

No matter if you’re team AFL or NRL, for the footy fanatics among us, the pointy end of the season also means it’s time to prepare ourselves to bid a bittersweet adieu to our beloved code yet again.

Though this year we’ll be saying an extra fond farewell, with both codes’ clashes slated for the very same weekend – oh yes, sports fans, it’s a Grand finale double-header #braceyourselves. We might as well also say goodbye to our voices while we’re at it.

A dual GF showdown means many things: namely an over indulgence in beer, party pies, mates and cheering till we’re hoarse… but mostly the requirement to dig deep and back up in a way we haven’t since our 20’s.

Whether you’re an AFL fan chomping at the bit for the sound of that sweet siren at 2.30pm on Saturday 30 September, or a League fanatic counting down till Sunday 1 October, the GC has you sorted. Clear the calendar and gather the buds for double the fun, nail-biting action and… hangover, lbh.

Go ale out to say farewell (or good riddance, depending on your footy fanatic status) to another glorious footy szn in style. Here are 12 local haunts getting into the game day spirit, so you don’t have to worry about your crew drinking your fridge dry.

Robina Pavilion (image supplied)
Robina Pavilion (image supplied)

Robina Pavilion
Avoid your digs undergoing a Mojo Dojo Casa House transformation this GF weekend, and divert the crew to an electric atmosphere made for tackling that fever pitch finale energy. The spruce-up Robina Pav was treated to a few years back make this destination and its myriad of pozzy’s at which to perch, a delight for begrudging tag-alongs and those set to have their eyes glued for every second of the action.
Where: 229 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina  

Ashmore Tavern
We’re not sure how we got so lucky with the calibre of mighty fine pubs, clubs and establishments us Gold Coasters get to frequent, but here’s another Grand Final worthy watering hole that’s looking better than ever following a full-blown face lift for Ashmore’s beloved tav #heygoodlookin’

Round up your posse this Saturday, Sunday, or both – and tune in to watch the top teams tousle in the schmick as surrounds of the Ashmore Tav Sports Bar. The talented chefs will be slinging stellar food specials straight out of the venue’s gourmet new-look kitchen, and the bartenders will ensure our thirsts remain quenched at all times. Count us in!
Where: 161 Cotlew Street, Ashmore

Ashmore Tavern Sports Bar (image supplied)
Ashmore Tavern Sports Bar (image supplied)

The Cavill Hotel
What could be more fitting for a supersized GF weekend than a supersized screen? Look no further than The Cavill, sporting the biggest screen in Surfers, bc this is absolutely one of those occasions where #BiggerIsBetter! For the savviest of sports fans, book yourself a table to support your code in style. Plus, this year there’s the chance to score yourself the best seats in the house, just spend at the venue for a chance to win VIP luxury couch seating for three, complete with food and some bevvies to boot. How good.
Where: 46 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Burleigh Town Hotel
Following its recent spruce up, the Burleigh old faithful is back, with the Southern GC staple sporting a very fresh new lewk. No doubt this sprawling spot will be a popular choice come game day, boasting a massive wrap-around TV and a multitude of screens to scream at. And of course more ice-cold bevvy’s on tap than you’d need to fuel a Mad Monday sesh.

Get down and get amongst the GF action, and you’ll be rewarded with complimentary half-time snacks, with a bunch of prizes and giveaways to score!
Where: Tsipura Drive, Burleigh Heads

Sports Bar, Burleigh Town Hotel (image provided)
Sports Bar, Burleigh Town Hotel (image provided)

Currumbin RSL
Southern folk flock to Currumbin RSL in droves for footy final weekends, and 2023 will be no exception. Grab your mates and get creekside to catch all the action of both finals clashes, live and loud on their colossal plasma screens.

Alternatively, there’s the very primo option to upgrade to your own exclusive GF par-tay – with a #mancave or #ladylair vibing private room (all packing 85” sweet inches, thank you very much) for you and up to 8 mates to kick back and catch all the action. Throw in some tasty extras like two beer towers and four large pizzas to keep the stamina up (this spectating business is very strenuous stuff, after all) and this sweet as $300 Sporting Den package quickly becomes a real #score.
Where: 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin

The Club at Parkwood Village
Fun fact: The Sports Bar at The Club has over 40 (that’s 4-0) HD TVs, which this is bound to speak to any sports fan…and a particularly pertinent tidbit to bear in mind when a super-charged GF weekend rolls around.

They’re also comin’ in hot with a sweet deal to get in the swing of the NRL festivities come GF day, with the chance to lay claim on your own Topgolf Swing Suite for 4 hours of finale fun for up to 12 peeps. Have a hit with your mates while you wait for kick off, then watch your team duke it out on one of the private projector screens with a $300 food and bev credit to spend as you please. Come as us!
Where: 76-122 Napper Road, Parkwood

Footy Finals Fever at Crafty's (image supplied)
Footy Finals Fever at Crafty's (image supplied)

Crafty’s Sports Bar
Footy finals, refreshments a-plenty, and darn good footy grub await at Harbour Town’s epic sports bar, Crafty’s. This place has become quite the icon on the northern GC, and is the perfect spot to perch up and catch all the edge of your seat AFL and NRL Grand Final action. If you happen to have the ankle biters in tow, no worries because kids and cool folk unite at this crowd fave.
Where: Harbour Town Premium Outlets, Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters

Southport Sharks
No matter your preferred code (and no shade if that’s AFL, we’re all allowed to be wrong sometimes), beloved Southport Sharks is welcoming the whole fam to get in on the festivities for this epic finals double-header. Don the lucky team socks and head on down – the kiddos will be delighted to discover there’s free face painting, and the 50c wings, free half-time bites and drink specials will be met with similar levels of glee for the adults.

The big game(s) will of course be broadcast live on all 5.25m2 of the Mackenzie’s Beer Garden goliath big screen, plus the slew of tactically placed big screens throughout the club.. so you couldn’t miss a minute even if you try.
Where: Corner of Musgrave and Olsen Avenue, Southport

Burleigh Bears Leagues Club
If you can’t make it to the actual finals, don’t fret as Burleigh Bears Leagues Club is known as the ultimate destination for every sporting event #TrueStory. Whether you catch the games in the Lounge or Sports Bar, sit back, relax and pair the good times with a couple of cold ones. With friendly staff at every turn, you can see why this one is a finals venue of choice.
Where: 80 Pacific Avenue, Miami

Burleigh Bears Leagues Club | LinkedInBurleigh Bears Leagues Club (image supplied)
Burleigh Bears Leagues Club | LinkedInBurleigh Bears Leagues Club (image supplied)

The Coolangatta Hotel
Are you ready to watch the finals Cooly Hotel style (translation; with the trifecta of vibes, authentic footy eats and of course, booze)? Opting to cheer on our team at the Southern GC’s go-to entertainment HQ is akin to leaving a sideline conversion in JT’s hands aka, a sure thing.

This year they’re busting out the ultimate game-day duo: beer and chicken wings. With an incredible special going during the first half of ANY footy final matches, so y’know, a sneaky little pre-GF practice run could be on the cards. Good times incoming!
Where: The Strand, Marine Parade, Coolangatta

The Sporting Globe Bar & Grill
Boasting over 50 screens, we challenge you to miss a moment of the action #MissionImpossible. There’s free entry for general viewing, but why not totally level up your #gameday and book you and the crew a VIP booth for either (or both!) finals?

There’s also a $129pp VIP package including share wings and a selection of beer, house wine or soft drink, as well as a burger, bowl, wrap, or parma of your choosing – and obviously we’ll take the parma, pls and ty! (some conditions apply). Umm, sign us up!
Where: The Promenade, Robina Town CentreRobina

The Sporting Globe (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
The Sporting Globe (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

The Star Gold Coast
Just try to stop The Star from putting on a massive weekend of footy finals fun, our fave recreation destination does this stuff with their eyes closed. Catch every bounce, tackle, try and goal on the on the mega screens from the electric atmosphere of the Sports Bar, or for some unbeatable alfresco vibes, Live on The Lawn. And as if a back-to-back weekend of footy fever isn’t entertainment enough, there’s also the chance to meet legends of the game face-to-face and hearing their thoughts throughout the match, so yeah, we’re about to be very Star struck indeed.

Word has it that the hardcore footy fans should guarantee themselves a prime possy to perch up at by booking one of The Lawn at Garden Kitchen & Bar picnic tables. Oh, and it would also be a #rookieerror to not tackle one of those delish footy burg specials while you’re at it.
Where: 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Words by Kellie Leader.

Sports Bar, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Sports Bar, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

15 of the Gold Coast’s best brews

Burleigh Brewing Co. (image supplied)
Burleigh Brewing Co. (image supplied)

International Beer Day – don’t mind if we do

Fan of a frothy? Us too. And it turns out it’s not just us, the beverage that really does need no introduction officially has its own day of honour – well overdue if you ask us. On Friday 4th August we’ll be cracking open a coldy to celebrate International Beer Day, and in honour we’ve penned a list of the top breweries that the Gold Coast has to offer.

So ‘hop’ on down to one this weekend. And next weekend. And the one after…

Fortitude Brewing Co
Froth fanatics, Fortitude Brewing Company sees you! This hinterland spot has 15 taps, each pouring something different from the range of Fortitude and Noisy Minor beers – all brewed on site! Visitors can nom their way through a variety of made-to-order pizzas whilst sinking a tasting paddle…or two, or… Enjoy the venue’s rugged exteriors and soft-hearted interiors and on weekends, soak up the beats from talented muso’s.
Beer to sip: Fortitude Pacer — the perfect session pale ale.
Where: 165 Long Road, Eagle Heights

Fortitude Brewing Co. (image supplied)
Fortitude Brewing Co. (image supplied)

Laughing Lizard Brewery
The good times keep on keeping on at Laughing Lizard with over 150 different beers! The best part, however, is that none contain any nasty chemicals or preservatives (yay, no hangover…well, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it…), and there’s even a gluten-free option #CeliacsRejoice! Here you’ll find a micro-brewery, beer and spirits shop, and every party planner’s besty – a keg hire service!
Beer to sip: You can’t go wrong with the Skini – light bodied, low carb, but full flavour.
Where: 27 Sinclair Street, Arundel

Hound & Stag
Who said the north side wasn’t the place to be? Guarantee you’ll have a ‘beery’ good time at one of the newest breweries on the block, the old barn-style joint is the largest taproom on the Northern GC with 28 beer taps and an epic kitchen serving up Modern Australian food daily.
Beer to sip: Struggling to pick the perfect pint from the huge range on offer? You can’t go wrong with the award-winning Red Baron for a spritzy and refreshing brew.
Where: 13 Wrights Place, Arundel

Hound & Stag Brewing Co, Arundel (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Hound & Stag Brewing Co, Arundel (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

SOPO Brewing Co
A hidden gem on the beer scene here on the Gold Coast, we reckon SOPO Brewing Co is one of the suburbs best kept secrets. They’ve got house brews as well as monthly releases to keep those tastebuds on their toes, with the microbrewery delivering a tasty range of craft beers, lagers and ciders exclusive to the venue.
Beer to sip: When in SOPO one must drink the SOPO IPA of course!
Where: 146 Scarborough St, Southport

Madocke Beer Brewing Company
The ultimate Belgian beer experience awaits at Ashmore’s Madocke! Starting their commercial brewery in a tiny garage, proud owners Jimmy and Annelies are a bona fide local success story! Enjoy the complex flavours and richness of their brewskis at free Thursday trivia nights, and pair your pitcher with some belly laughs at live comedy night every Friday. Skohl!
Beer to sip: The creamy and refreshing White IPA Celebration is the perfect night starter – see you on the d floor.
Where: 286 Southport Nerang Road, Ashmore

BOB's Beers, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
BOB's Beers, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

BOB’s Beer
Beers near the beachfront – you’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend your International Beer Day, wouldn’t you? Whether you’re a local or playing tourist, BOB’s Beer is one of the best joints in Surfers for a cheeky brew, with a seriously swanky fit-out with high ceilings and most importantly those glistening copper pipes delivering that expertly brewed amber nectar straight to our glasses.
Beer to sip: The Surfers XPA of course – a deliciously easy drinking pale ale brewed entirely out of local malt, perfect!
Where: 10/2 Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise

The Lucky Squire
In case you haven’t put two and two together, this brewhouse brings to life the story of Australia’s first brewer, the rogue swindler James Squire (cue ‘aha’ moment). Celebrating quality craft beers and modern pub grub, the custom-designed full-functioning microbrewery pumps out small, exclusive batch brews, and it’s a cracking spot to round up your crew for an arvo sesh.
Beer to sip: Check out their limited-release small batch brews rotating the taps. Our current fave is Chivalry – because of course it’s not dead.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

The Lucky Squire, Broadbeach (image supplied)
The Lucky Squire, Broadbeach (image supplied)

Lost Palms Brewing
This pink and mint icon is a short stroll from the hot spots in Nobby’s and a ‘hop’, skip and a jump from Miami Marketta. Pull up a pew outside, sink some unique and refreshing brews, and make sure you grab some sweet snaps for your socials. Roll up for $1 Wings on Thursday nights and live music on Sunday arvo’s, and see why this wicked brewery is a must-visit!
Beer to sip: Lost Palms Talle Daze Hazy Pale — one of their core range beers, named after the local Tallebudgera Creek.
Where: 11 Oak Avenue, Miami

Precinct Brewing
Bursting onto the Miami arts precinct scene with a rapacious welcome, Precinct Brewing now has solid status as the place to grab a freshly made beer, pull up a stool and forget all of life’s woes. They make matters much more bearable with the tastiest of pizzas, stand-up comedy, and some captivating, limited releases like their recent Big If True, Hazy IPA — yummy!
Beer to sip: Check out their weekly Friday releases for exclusive flavours!
Where: 17 Christine Avenue, Miami

Precinct Brewing Co. entrance (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Precinct Brewing Co. entrance (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

SOBAH
If you love a social brew but you don’t love the idea of a potential hangover, then Australia’s first non-alcoholic brewery – SOBAH – is going to be for you. Tucked away in Burleigh, the brewery and café will have their range of full-flavour brews on offer, bringing that real craft beer flavour you know and love without the sore head. We’ll have more of the inside scoop for you when the brewhouse opens Monday 7th August.
Beer to sip: The Pepperberry IPA or Davidson Plum GF Ale are our regulars, celebrating the best of our native Australian ingredients.
Where: Unit 1, 314 Burleigh Connection Road, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Brewing Co. (image supplied)
Burleigh Brewing Co. (image supplied)

Burleigh Brewing Co.
With gold medals for days from the World Beer Championships, you know you’re in for a good ale here! Famous for their paddle boards, relaxed atmosphere, big smiles and super friendly service, it’s the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday arvo (or Friyay / Saturday sesh). There’s even awesome live music to set the mood while you quench your thirst. Cheers!
Beer to sip: Burleigh Brewing Burleigh Bighead — No carb, no-fuss big flavoured thirst quencher.
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads

Black Hops beer (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Hops beer (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Black Hops HQ & Black Hops II
The runaway success of the original Black Hops in Burleigh spurred the creation of its spacious and upscale sibling, Black Hops II in Biggera Waters. Both serve up 16 beers on tap and have popular food trucks on site to feed hungry punters. So whether you’re north or southside, round up your mates, the fam and even your pooch for some award-winning amber ales.
Beer to sip: Black Hops Send It Session Ale — light, fruity, and not too strong
Where: 15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads and 671 Pine Ridge Road, Biggera Waters

Aardvark & Arrow Brewery
This Varsity based microbrewery may produce ‘petite’ batches, but their list of return customers is anything but small! Consistently producing and supplying chemical and preservative free beer and cider that exceeds expectations, the boutique beers here are on point. The staff are uber friendly and knowledgeable and the prices will blow ya mind (in a good way).
Beer to sip: For something fresh, opt for the GC Crisp – a seriously refreshing light coloured, crisp beer perfect for a brewery sesh.
Where: 13 John Duncan Court, Varsity Lakes

Balter Brewing (image supplied)
Balter Brewing (image supplied)

Balter Brewing Company
Another one with awards up the wazoo, the newly renovated Balter never disappoints. Its line-up of founders includes some seriously famous sporting legends, and it just oozes chillax and cool in equal measure. Whether it’s from the tap or can, there’s a variety of styles to get your tastebuds singing. Kick back in the new beer garden and enjoy live beats with your brew, along with food truck goodness.
Beer to sip: Balter XPA — Balter’s most awarded beer can be yours fresh from the production line.
Where: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin

4 Pines Coolangatta
Another beachfront favourite of ours, but this time nestled on the Cooly shoreline is 4 Pines Coolangatta. The relaxed Southern Gold Coast vibe makes this little brew spot the perfect place stop in for a session. With six taps of their finest beers and 2 Keller door taps pumping out fresh flavours, as well as a dedicated Doggos of 4 Pines polaroid wall, it’s loved by locals for a reason.
Beer to sip: Nothing says 4 Pines like their Pacific Ale – fresh, fruity and floral, it’s impossible not to love.
Where: The Strand, 28/72 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Words by Bianca Trathen & Jacqueline Bojanowski.

4 Pines Coolangatta (image supplied)
4 Pines Coolangatta (image supplied)

The Inside Scoop

Bird Royale, Southport, now offers catering (imager supplied)
Bird Royale, Southport, now offers catering (imager supplied)
THE GOLD COAST’S FANCIEST CHARCOAL CHICKEN VENUE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES BIRD ROYALE CATERING WITH AN IMPRESSIVE MENU!

16.4.24
Bird Royale, the purveyors of crispy, succulent, juicy charcoal chicken, salads, burgers, roasts as well as being Gluten Free specialists, has gained a cult following since opening in late 2022. Due to so many requests for private and corporate catering, Bird Royale has announced today that a full catering menu is now available, cooked fresh daily from their Brickworks location on Ferry Road. Exceptional flavours for every occasion.

Fresh wholesome salads brimming with locally sourced produce, crispy gluten-free and halal certified fried chicken, made-to-order sandwiches, hunger-busting burgers and their signature charcoal chicken are now all available for private or corporate catering. There are plenty of vibrant and delicious options, including gluten-free for 10 to 300 people, ideal for office lunches, meetings, corporate / special events, parties and Christmas parties!


Kirra Point (image by Elise Hassey)
Kirra Point (image by Elise Hassey)
Kirra Point Holiday Apartments invite you to ‘stay a while’ in the lap of luxury

10.4.24
Developed by KTQ Group, the creators of award-winning Elements of Byron, Kirra Point Holiday Apartments open on 12th April, as part of Kirra Point’s buzzy new lifestyle Precinct. The high-end rental apartments are set to usher in a new era of luxury accommodation for the coastal region.

Located just a short five-minute drive from Gold Coast airport, Kirra Point Holiday Apartments cleverly balance hotel-like comforts with the ultimate in elevated modern apartment living. The generous, elegant, and well-appointed apartments are designed to suit families, couples and larger groups alike, and offer a mix of one, two and three-bedroom iterations. Decorated in effortless contemporary style, the apartments boast expansive ocean views of Kirra Beach

Kirra Point Holiday Apartments are located mere metres from the beach and within the highly anticipated Kirra Point Precinct, allowing travellers direct access to the recently unveiled Kirra Beach House and Kirra Beach Hotel — both superb spots to enjoy a cold beer or cocktail and casual meal overlooking the beach.


Basq House Hotel, Byron Bay render (image supplied)
Basq House Hotel, Byron Bay render (image supplied)
BASQ HOUSE TO OPEN IN BYRON BAY

8.4.24
Located in idyllic Byron Bay, and on Bundjalung Country, Basq House is a 32-room boutique hotel set to open in Autumn 2024. A discrete haven for travellers, Basq House will be a hideaway in the heart of Byron’s village centre, offering guests an oasis of calm and sophistication, and a hotel from where you can explore the hinterland, vibrant restaurant scene and renowned beach-culture.

Much like a house, and with a distinct indoor-outdoor aesthetic, the floor plan of the hotel consists of a reception area, that doubles as a bar, a generous, speakeasy-style Lounge Room, which flows through to the outdoors, and a Library, which will feature bespoke floor-to-ceiling bookcases and shelves filled with an eclectic collection of books, low-slung sofas and a large open fireplace for an extra cozy vibe in the cooler months. Landscaped greenery will frame the jewel in Basq House’s crown, the central swimming pool, to create a welcoming sanctuary with custom cabanas and sun loungers.

With Byron Bay being the wellbeing capital of Australia, Basq House will have a holistic approach to health and wellness. The hotel’s rooftop will be a space to retreat to for reflection, relaxation and rejuvenation. During the day there will be zones for yoga, meditation and personal training sessions. Come sunset, it will transform into a chilled place for sunset drinks and star gazing for hotel guests only. The hotel will also have and a multi-level wellness destination with infrared saunas, ice plunges, flotation tanks, massages and more.


Tallebudgera Creek boardwalk render (image supplied)
Tallebudgera Creek boardwalk render (image supplied)
‘Final piece of the puzzle’ in Tallebudgera Creek upgrades

3.4.24
The Tallebudgera Creek glow-up continues with the boardwalk undergoing a $3.4 million upgrade. The boardwalk follows other improvements in the popular beachfront location including upgrades on the nearby training wall and Tallebudgera Creek Park, which was completed in February.

“A new and improved boardwalk will be the final piece of the puzzle in our Tallebudgera Creek upgrades,” said Mayor Tom Tate.

“Tallebudgera Creek is one of the coast’s most popular spots for locals and visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of our city.”

“The improvements are crucial to accommodate a growing number of people and improving safety and aesthetics, as well as reducing future maintenance and boosting protection against erosion impacts from floods, storms and king tides.”

A new 4-metre-wide deck will replace the existing 2 metre boardwalk and new features will include seating, lighting and a viewing platform. The upgrade also includes new landscaping with 30 new trees being planted alongside a range of coastal vegetation. There will be new support piers constructed and a small rock wall added to provide erosion protection.

The boardwalk renewal and upgrade is supported by an Australian Government grant totalling $2,473,650 through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

Work on the boardwalk is taking place Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm with access along the boardwalk and beach between Tallebudgera Creek Park and dog off leash area temporarily closed. A temporary detour via the Gold Coast Highway and nearby surf club is available during construction.

The Tallebudgera Creek boardwalk project is expected to be completed in August this year.


Italian Renaissance Alive, HOTA (image supplied)
Italian Renaissance Alive, HOTA (image supplied)
HOTA has today unveiled the Australian premiere of Italian Renaissance Alive created and produced by Grande Experiences, opening March 30 at HOTA Gallery.

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From this weekend, HOTA Gallery’s expansive 1000m2 exhibition space transforms into a vibrant symphony of light, colour and sound with Italian Renaissance Alive, the next major exhibition from the contemporary arts and cultural precinct.

Audiences can prepare to be captivated by the beauty and brilliance from arguably the most significant artistic period in history, as they explore some of the most notable masterpieces from famed historic artists including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Caravaggio.

From the creators and producers of the most visited multisensory experience in the world – Van Gogh Alive – Grande Experiences brings to life this interactive experience featuring stunning Renaissance art as an immersive digital experience.

Visitors can treat themselves to an exclusive Italian Renaissance Feast by Palette Restaurant, featuring renowned Italian television personality and author, Silvia Colloca, kicking off the evening with a Q&A and drink on arrival, with tickets on sale in the coming weeks.

Crocosaurus Cove, Tourism Australia (image supplied)
Crocosaurus Cove, Tourism Australia (image supplied)
Bonza launches new route from Top End to Glitter Strip with flights from $89* each way

20.3.24
It’s time to croc ’n’ roll as Bonza’s new Gold Coast to Darwin route delivers a bright purple streak from the Top End to the Glitter Strip. The inaugural flight from the Goldie touched down at Darwin Airport just after midnight before returning with customers travelling from the NT to Gold Coast arriving early this morning.

To mark the first flight, over the next five days more than 5,000 seats on all flights to/from Gold Coast to Darwin are on sale and can be snapped up from $89 per person (one way) for travel until the end of May 2024.*

The new twice-weekly (Tuesdays/Wednesdays and Fridays/Saturdays) Gold Coast to Darwin route complements Bonza’s other routes in and out of the NT with the Sunshine Coast-Darwin and Melbourne-Alice Springs routes providing affordable air travel to Territorians with regular fares starting from $149 (one way per person).

Gold Coast Airport Master Plan Aerial Plaza (image supplied)
Gold Coast Airport Master Plan Aerial Plaza (image supplied)
New Master Plan unveils airport of the future

18.3.24
Gold Coast Airport today unveiled plans to deliver a future-focused precinct with the addition of a retail village, health and wellness hub and conference and tech centre as proposed in its 2024 Preliminary Draft Master Plan.

The document outlines the strategic vision and sustainable growth objectives of the airport and surrounding precinct over the next twenty years, with a more detailed focus on the initial eight years leading up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Under the plan, Gold Coast Airport will reinvent itself as a destination within its own right – delivering a reimagined precinct that serves the communities of the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Amelia Evans said the Master Plan vision is to deliver an airport of the future.

“We want to be more than an airport, we’re committed to creating a mixed-use precinct that would further benefit the local community, with the addition of a retail village, health and wellness hub and a conference and tech centre,” she said.

Gold Coast Airport’s 2024 Preliminary Draft Master Plan is open for public consultation and community feedback until 14 June 2024. It is available to download on the website www.goldcoastairport.com.au/masterplan

Zirque La La, The Pink Flamingo, Broadbeach (image supplied)
Zirque La La, The Pink Flamingo, Broadbeach (image supplied)
Get ready to party because the Pink Flamingo Gold Coast is BACK and BETTER than ever!

14.3.24
After dazzling audiences at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Pink Flamingo Gold Coast has been RELOVED and will be REOPENING its doors on Friday 22nd of March.

Get ready to experience the glitz, glam, and pure entertainment that only the Pink Flamingo Spiegleclub can deliver. From electrifying performances to decadent cocktails, they’re bringing the heat back to the Gold Coast!

Don’t miss out on the ultimate night out! Secure your tickets to one of their three world-class productions and experience an unforgettable evening of spectacle and excitement. Let’s flockin’ go!

Fraser Isle Spanner Crab, native finger lime, green apple, coconut, chilli, Citrique Producer Spotlight (image by Markus Ravik)
Fraser Isle Spanner Crab, native finger lime, green apple, coconut, chilli, Citrique Producer Spotlight (image by Markus Ravik)
CITRIQUE PARTNERS WITH THE FISH GIRL TO TELL A STORY OF SUSTAINABILITY, RARITY AND CULINARY SPECIALTY

13.3.24
In the vast expanse of Australia’s local aquaculture and nearby oceans lies a treasure trove of undiscovered ocean produce, waiting to be brought into the limelight.

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant, Citrique, has partnered with fish provedore Umar Nguyen (@thefishgirl) to showcase the most unique sustainable seafood from Australian seas in a new six-course degustation menu that launched on 11th March 2024. The menu will bring underutilised species and produce to the forefront in an exquisite culinary odyssey curated by Paul Smart, Executive Chef.

“Our collaboration with Umar Nguyen is the first in a series of ‘Producer Spotlight’ menus set to launch over the coming year at Citrique as a demonstration of our commitment to celebrating the finest local produce. Each menu will showcase a unique new ingredient captivating diners to join us on a new culinary journey. This new launch heralds a new era for Citrique as we continue to champion Australia’s bountiful seafood produce and experimentative flavours with subtle nods to Asia”, said Executive Chef, Paul Smart.

Wagyu and Scampi, potato rosti, blue caviar,Citrique Producer Spotlight (image by Markus Ravik)
Wagyu and Scampi, potato rosti, blue caviar,Citrique Producer Spotlight (image by Markus Ravik)

The elegant ambiance of Citrique has always made it a favourite destination for locals, and the new Producer Spotlight Menu is a decadent way to experience a taste of the modern Australian cuisine Citrique is known for with a special homage to the bounties of our nearby seas.

The Producer Spotlight menu will be available at Citrique from 11th March on Mondays to Thursdays until the end of May 2024 for $129pp (additional $59pp for six-course wine pairing). Bookings can be made via www.citriquerestaurant.com

Highlights from the collaborative menu with Umar Nguyan are also available on Citrique’s new a la carte menu, available Mondays to Thursdays.

Heinemann Australia ribbon cutting at Gold Coast Airport’s domestic terminal (image supplied)
Heinemann Australia ribbon cutting at Gold Coast Airport’s domestic terminal (image supplied)
New Heinemann store in Gold Coast Airport creates world-class, seamless shopping experience for all travellers

8.3.24
Heinemann Australia has officially opened the doors to its new store in Gold Coast Airport’s domestic terminal. Commemorated by an elevated ribbon-cutting ceremony and launch event attended by senior partners, stakeholders and local media on Thursday 7th March, the landmark store formally opens ahead of the busy Easter travel period.

A first for the domestic terminal, and as part of ongoing upgrades to the precinct, the store brings a world-class luxury shopping experience to Gold Coast domestic travellers, now with a full beauty, fashion and accessories offer, exclusive to Heinemann. Featuring iconic brands such Tom Ford, Jo Malone, Clinique, Gucci, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Versace, the range mirrors Heinemann’s offering in its international equivalent, spoiling beauty enthusiasts for choice regardless of whether they are flying domestically or internationally.

On Thursday 7th March, the ribbon-cutting ceremony was presided over by Heinemann Asia Pacific Chief Operating Officer Johannes Sammann, Heinemann Australia Managing Director George Tsoukalas and Queensland Airports Limited’s CEO Amelia Evans and Chief Commercial Officer Adam Rowe.


The Restaurant launches at Kirra Beach House (image supplied)
The Restaurant launches at Kirra Beach House (image supplied)
THE RESTAURANT AT KIRRA BEACH HOUSE LAUNCHES THIS WEEK!

7.3.24
Kirra Beach House has announced that they will officially open their restaurant to the public today. Since opening, Kirra Beach House has become the Southern Gold Coast’s hottest seaside venue and now guests have the option of experiencing the restaurant with an elevated dining experience and table service, available for booking inside the restaurant at Kirra Beach House and ordering apps also available outside on the western terrace for the first time.

Dave Galvin, owner of Kirra Beach House explains,

“We wanted to open Kirra Beach House with our offering and see what the feedback was from locals. They are loving our bars, seaside menu, cabanas and our brand-new Sunday Beach Club, however the locals were asking for a more elevated dining experience complete with full table service. The Restaurant at Kirra Beach House was created and opens this Thursday with an amazing Mediterranean seaside menu and cocktail list.”

The Restaurant at Kirra Beach House, where every moment of the day carries a distinct ambiance. The menu has been curated by selection divided into three clear sections for a progressive experience.


DinoFest Gold Coast – Age of the Tyrannosaur (image supplied)
DinoFest Gold Coast – Age of the Tyrannosaur (image supplied)
Dinosaurs to roar into the Gold Coast!

4.3.24
Families on the Gold Coast are in for a roarsome experience when more than 30 of the most popular dinosaur species – including one with special ties to Queensland – stomp onto the grounds of Country Paradise Parklands, for the biggest outdoor dinosaur festival that has been taking Australia and New Zealand by storm.

With life-size, real walking and moving dinosaurs, DinoFest will show on the Gold Coast for the first time ever from Saturday 23 March and continue throughout (most days) of the Easter school holidays until 14 April 2024.

Enjoyed by thousands of families since its launch in New Zealand and its recent showings in other Australian states, DinoFest is a highly unique and interactive, outdoor experience-based event that is family friendly and especially designed for children aged eight and younger.

Specialising in Tyrannosaurs, DinoFest Gold Coast – Age of the Tyrannosaur tells the story of how Tyrannosaurs grew from small dog-sized dinosaurs to become the world’s most fearsome predators over the course of 100 million years.

While T. Rex is understandably ‘king of show’, DinoFest will also showcase a range of other popular dinosaurs that attendees can touch, pat, and interact with in a way that is deliberately designed to engage young children as a magical and life-long memorable experience.


The Langham, Gold Coast (image supplied)
The Langham, Gold Coast (image supplied)
The Langham, Gold Coast partner with Harper’s Bazaar Australia to giveaway a $100,000 luxury wedding

1.3.24
Australia’s newest luxury resort, The Langham, Gold Coast, has partnered with iconic fashion and lifestyle magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Australia to offer one lucky couple the ultimate wedding giveaway.

Valued at a staggering $104,775 this once-in-a-lifetime prize combines the very best in fashion, style and opulence for an unforgettable celebration of love with 50 of the couple’s nearest and dearest for a wedding ceremony and reception at the luxurious Langham, Gold Coast.

John O’Shea, General Manager of The Langham, Gold Coast said, “This luxury giveaway is the opportunity of a lifetime for one lucky couple, and we’re delighted to be able to bring it to life. Building memories is a key Langham pillar and a wedding at The Langham, Gold Coast is an exceptional memory to have. This is the perfect marriage of luxury brands coming together to create something momentous as we launch weddings at The Langham, Gold Coast, with our luxury partners.”

Enter here.


Gold Coast Airport Artist impression (image supplied)
Gold Coast Airport Artist impression (image supplied)
Uber smooth pick up for passengers at Gold Coast Airport

29.2.24
An all-new Uber pickup zone has landed at Gold Coast Airport, providing a seamless and comfortable experience for arriving passengers.

Uber riders now have access to a dedicated Waiting Lounge inside the arrivals area of the terminal, before meeting their driver directly in front of Gold Coast Airport, outside baggage reclaim. The lounge is the first of its kind globally, with the built-in space featuring lounge seating and amenities for arriving travellers.

Queensland Airports Limited’s Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the new partnership with Uber is about providing customers with an exceptional experience at Gold Coast Airport.

The construction of the new Uber pickup zone also provided an opportunity to enhance the safety and accessibility at the front of the terminal – including additional ramps and a dedicated accessible pickup bay.

The taxi zone at Gold Coast Airport has also been relocated to the front of the Southern Terminal Expansion, providing greater space and flexibility for drivers as the precinct extends. “For our customers who prefer to take a taxi, we’ve dedicated a brand-new area to them as well with seating and shade in front of our new terminal building,” Ms Charlton said.


Fred again.. (image supplied)
Fred again.. (image supplied)
Fred again.. announces surprise Australian tour including mystery Gold Coast pop up location.

28.2.24
Hold onto your glow sticks because British DJ Fred again.. is hitting the Aussie shores like a musical tsunami!

With his surprise arena tour about to kick off next week, it’s time to start practicing your dance moves and clearing your schedule. This electronic maestro is bringing his beats to seven epic shows across Australia, including a stop in the Gold Coast!

No pre-sales, no excuses—just pure, unadulterated ticket-grabbing action! Be sure to have your browser tabs ready and your refresh button at the ready because these tickets are gonna fly.

More information here.


Taylor Swift Eras Tour (image supplied)
Taylor Swift Eras Tour (image supplied)
Catch Taylor Swift The Eras Tour Concert Film on the Gold Coast this weekend!

22.2.24
Did you miss out on tickets to the Taylor Swift concert this weekend? The cultural phenomenon continues on the big screen at HOTA!

It’s been a long time coming, but Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour Concert Film lights up our cinema screens this weekend 24 and 25 February, only at HOTA.

Immerse yourself in this once-in-a-lifetime concert film experience with a breathtaking, cinematic view of the history-making tour. Taylor Swift Eras Tour attire and friendship bracelets are strongly encouraged!

Eight exclusive screenings on Saturday 24th (3pm and 7pm) and Sunday 25th February (2pm and 6pm).

More information here.


Joe’s Deli 5PM menu and beer range (image by Lucy Lumen)
Joe’s Deli 5PM menu and beer range (image by Lucy Lumen)
Grab your mates, Joe’s Deli has launched an exclusive 5PM menu and new beer range.

14.2.24
The O.G deli team from Joe’s are upping the sanga game with an exclusive menu available after 5PM to team up with the launch of Joe’s new canned Lager, Pale Ale and Ginger Beers.

The cheapest and best tasting beers on the block (from our very loose research), the range comes served the old fashion way in a frosted glass and will set you back only $6 from 5PM until 7PM so perfect for a few knockoffs or pre-gaming in the city!

Not all just about the cheap, happy hour booze, the exclusive 5PM dinner menu is one not to be missed and features the Cotoletta; a parmesan crumbed pork cutlet on the bone that boasts browned onion, coleslaw, roasted garlic aioli, salsa Verde and lemon wrapped up in a famous sesame bun ($24.90).

If you’re keen to share, The Italian Job is plenty for two or three and is packed with a chilli and garlic rope sausage, wild rocket, roasted red peppers, provolone, balsamic onion jam and chimichurri served on a toasted ciabatta ($44.00). Giving off an 80’s Budweiser vibe, the new brews have been created by the team at Range Brewing in Newstead, so you know they are going to hit the spot.

The 5PM menu and happy hour prices are available at Joe’s Deli Pacific Fair and Brisbane City daily from Friday 23rd February 2024.

The Homestead, wedding and events venue, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (image supplied)
The Homestead, wedding and events venue, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (image supplied)
Iconic New Venue ‘The Homestead’ Coming to the Gold Coast

14.2.24
A contemporary, new wedding and events venue, ‘The Homestead’ is now taking bookings. Nestled amongst the scenic backdrop of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the venue forms the signature feature of the award-winning attractions’ newest precinct.

Designed in collaboration with global leisure and entertainment company Pico Play, the 841sqm property draws inspiration from the famed ‘Queenslander’, complete with a wrap-around verandah, soaring ceilings and cosy sandstone fireplace. Now in its final stages of construction, bookings for The Homestead are now open ahead of the venue’s grand opening in May 2024.

The Homestead, wedding and events venue, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (image supplied)
The Homestead, wedding and events venue, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (image supplied)

The Homestead offers a uniquely Australian experience and can comfortably seat 200 people for private functions. A bespoke menu will be launched over the coming weeks which will feature a selection of unique dishes, inspired by the Australian Outback.

“The concept of paddock to plate is at the forefront of our dining experience at The Homestead, keeping in mind our heritage and the community to ensure our dishes are reflective of the region,” says Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary General Manager, Travis Couch.

Peter’s Fish Market renders, Southport Spit (image supplied)
Peter’s Fish Market renders, Southport Spit (image supplied)
Gold Coast seafood mainstay Peter’s Fish Market set for significant premises upgrade on the Southport Spit.

9.2.24
Following on from the major development currently underway at The Southport Spit, Gold Coast’s most loved Peter’s Fish Market has secured the plans for larger and upgraded premises. The permanent and enhanced establishment will serve to complement the newly refreshed Southport Spit as well as cement its place as a tourism destination.

The new build will feature an increased sales floor area, increased covered dining while maintaining the classic local “fish and chippie” that patrons have loved for over 30 years. The redevelopment will overlook the Broadwater, effectively showcasing the best that the Gold Coast has to offer. In doing so Peter’s Fish Market will continue to serve the local and tourist community, support local economic growth, and provide further job opportunities for the Gold Coast.

The existing business will continue to trade as usual, with the new build expected to be completed by Christmas 2025.

Bu Deli, plant based butter (image supplied)
Bu Deli, plant based butter (image supplied)
Bu Deli is poised to redefine Australia’s vegan spread market.

5.2.24
Hold onto your avocados because the plant-based butter game just got a glow-up! Claire Beard, Luke McCartin, and Hellenika owner Simon Gloftis have unveiled Bu Deli – a vegan butter that’s fancy and won’t break the bank. It looks like cow’s butter, comes in a foil packet that’s snazzier than your aunt’s Sunday hat and it hit selected stores in Brisbane and the Gold Coast last week.

Bu Deli is not your regular vegan spread – it’s a culinary high-five from the trio that knows their way around a kitchen. Their culinary expertise and commitment to quality are evident in every aspect of Bu Deli. This isn’t just a butter; it’s a statement. Bu Deli officially rocked the shelves last week and folks are already buzzing. Claire, Luke, and Simon are throwing a flavour party that’s got everyone from foodies to the casually curious ready to dive into the plant-based good times.

Don't Dairy (image supplied)
Don't Dairy (image supplied)
Don’t Dairy, an exciting new player in the drinks industry with a mission to shake things up!

1.2.24
Based in Coolangatta, Don’t Dairy officially launched on Monday, January 22nd, offering a product range that includes three ready-to-drink Oat Milk varieties, a Chilled Double Shot Coffee Latte and Mocha, and a Chilled Chocolate – all made in Murwillumbah, NSW. The entire Don’t Dairy range is dairy-free, with no added sugar or preservatives and can be stored at room temperature for up to 6 months (though best served chilled).

The journey began on an epic road trip through Western Australia when the founders of Don’t Dairy faced disappointment after disappointment while searching for a decent cuppa during a fourteen-hour drive. Frustrated with the lack of dairy-free options and tired of the same old sugary drinks, they decided to take matters into their own hands and create something better.

Mr. Messina Hot Tub (image supplied)
Mr. Messina Hot Tub, Gelato Messina (image supplied)
Order your limited edition hot tub and spoon with Mr Messina this Valentine’s Day

25.1.24
Prepare for some serious gelato spooning, whilst taking your Mr Messina relationship to the next level — he doesn’t mind.

Based on one of Gelato Messina’s most popular gelato specials, but way better, this ice cold one-litre tub has upped the romance and is decadently layered with fior di latte gelato, pretzel fudge, pretzel clusters, baked cheesecake, and cheesecake mousse, topped with red chocolate crack, and piped vanilla chantilly.

The ice-cold Valentine’s Day Hot Tub is available to order from their Surfers Paradise store now. Get in quick as they will sell out.

Cunnamulla Hot Springs (image supplied)
Cunnamulla Hot Springs (image supplied)
Peninsula Hot Springs Group to open new hot springs in Cunnamulla, Queensland

24.1.24
Award-winning, Peninsula Hot Springs Group has announced the opening of a brand-new hot spring wellness destination in Cunnamulla, Queensland offering state of the art relaxation experience with sweeping views over the Warrego River.

Scheduled to open February 1st, 2024 the Cunnamulla location will offer a wide range of therapeutic activities in the brand-new premium complex. Guests can enjoy the benefits of geothermal pools as they relax under the shade of the native trees, overlooking the natural beauty of the Warrego River.

The wellness experience will feature several geothermic free-flowing pools of various temperatures, rich with healing mineral water that is naturally heated by the artesian basin that lies below the facilities. With proven health benefits, the act of bathing in geothermic waters can reduce arthritic symptoms, ease muscle tension, improve mental health, sleep, boost circulation and aid in relaxation.

The unique location offers several opportunities for guests to embrace the brilliance of Cunnamulla region, with stunning boat tours, riverwalks, opal fields, national parks and indigenous cultural experiences on offer, guests are sure to depart with a bit of Cunnamulla in their hearts.

Jungle Rush Render, Dreamworld (image supplied)
Jungle Rush Render, Dreamworld (image supplied)
Construction begins on Dreamworld’s brand-new Rivertown precinct

23.1.24
Today marks a momentous occasion as Dreamworld officially begins construction on its highly anticipated Rivertown precinct, following months of demolition and site preparations. Rivertown is destined to become the most thematic and experiential land ever delivered by the iconic Gold Coast theme park.

Rivertown is set to redefine family entertainment with a spectacular array of attractions, featuring the centrepiece ride, Jungle Rush – a thrilling new family rollercoaster that promises to be an immersive adventure for visitors of all ages. This, along with a host of other attractions, contributes to Rivertown’s commitment to providing a brand-new theme park experience for families.

Jungle Rush, manufactured by rollercoaster giant, Vekoma, is set to be the first of its kind in Australia, with the ride design supporting multiple different cycle paths. This has never been seen before in Australia and is only the first of a series of ground-breaking features being offered in the new precinct.

Rivertown is expected to open to the public in late 2024.

The Cheshire Cat Boutique Motel, Palm Beach (image by Andy Macpherson)
The Cheshire Cat Boutique Motel, Palm Beach (image by Andy Macpherson)
The Cheshire Cat Boutique Motel is ready for her close-up with a brand new ‘luxe nostalgia’ refurbishment.

18.1.24
Next week the iconic ‘Cheshire Cat Motel’ in Palm Beach will flick the switch on its neon sign once again and reopen its doors as a newly renovated boutique 7-room accommodation destination, just a 2-minute stroll to the beach and amongst the numerous restaurants & bars ‘Palmy’ has to offer.

Bringing together an eclectic mix of nostalgic Australiana holiday and Palm Springs luxe, the new-look property is an ode to the bygone past of quintessential Motel culture.

Offering seven fully appointed queen rooms – each with individual flair – as well as a two-bedroom bungalow with an eclectically designed kitchen and living space, the Cheshire Cat Motel is the perfect new spot for a couple’s getaway, a group of friends coming to the GC for an event, or a luxe staycay.

The Cheshire Cat Boutique Motel, Palm Beach (image by Andy Macpherson)
The Cheshire Cat Boutique Motel, Palm Beach (image by Andy Macpherson)

The owners, Matty Roberts, manager of MasterChef judge Andy Allen, and his wife, interior designer Monique Luchterhand, felt like this was a calling for them. “It was so important not to knock the building down to make way for another apartment tower” says Roberts. “We wanted to keep the spirit of the Cheshire Cat alive in Palm Beach – it’s a building that has been around for such a long time here, with so many classic stories to tell of its bygone past…so now we’re focused on adding to that tapestry with a new chapter in the life of ‘the Cat’…”

IMAGINATOR is coming to Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
IMAGINATOR is coming to Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Hey Gold Coast, IMAGINATOR is coming, so ready your minds for March!!

16.1.24
On March 21 IMAGINATOR will open in spectacular style at 3241 Gold Coast Highway in Surfers Paradise, in the hub of the Gold Coast’s all-ages playground, bringing an all-new experience to the city. Importantly, this is the first time this site at Surfers has been used in 30 years.

Creative Director Nick Ennis said the IMAGINATOR experience was like being in a kaleidoscope of light, sound and wonder.

“The experience features 15 immersive experiences – five of which are brand new and exclusive to the Gold Coast – that bring together the creative talents of architects, authors, audio-visual artists, futurists, renderers and sound designers.”

“IMAGINATOR is a celebration of imagination, technology and immersive play and it’s something the whole family can do together, or … it’s the coolest date experience around!”

“IMAGINATOR has been at home in Brisbane for the past two years, and we always aimed to create a home for it on the Gold Coast, and now we have the site and the space, and we are more than excited to open in March!”

Passion Twist Ritacolada, El Camino Cantina (image supplied)
Passion Twist Ritacolada, El Camino Cantina (image supplied)
Cool For The Summer: El Camino Cantina launches new ‘Ritacolada’ frozen drinks range

8.1.24
Tex Mex wild child El Camino Cantina, which brought the biggest, most audacious Margaritas to Australia, has launched a new limited-edition frozen drinks range: the Ritacolada. Available for five weeks, from Monday 8th January until Sunday 11th February, the Ritacolada is a thirst-quenching, fantastic fusion of El Camino’s legendary frozen Ritas, and the tropical coconut notes of the famed, summer sensation, the Pina Colada.

There are nine fantastic flavours in the five-week, Cool For The Summer, Ritacolada range:

  • Loco Berry – Blueberry and Coconut
  • Green Crush – Green Apple & Coconut
  • Lychee Dream – Lychee & Coconut
  • Peachy Splash – Peach & Coconut
  • Watermelon Breeze – Watermelon & Coconut
  • Passion Twist – Passionfruit & Coconut
  • Mango Tango – Mango & Coconut
  • Strawberry Bash – Strawberry Coconut
  • Grape Bliss – Grape & Coconut
Pipi's Dining View (renders supplied by The Gambaro Group)
Pipi's Dining View (renders supplied by The Gambaro Group)
Brisbane’s Gambaro Group is set to open two showstopping new venues in Coolangatta

2.1.24
Brisbane’s renowned Gambaro Group is set to make waves on the Coolangatta coast with the much-anticipated openings of Pipi’s and Awaken Café. Known for iconic venues like Gambaro Seafood Restaurant, the group is venturing beyond Brisbane for the first time, securing the first two floors of the Awaken Residences in Coolangatta.

Promising a prime location with stunning views over Duranbah and Snapper, the ground floor will host Awaken Cafe, a relaxed bakery and cafe offering a health-conscious breakfast experience, featuring bakery delights and made-to-order items. Outdoor seating will enhance the experience, taking full advantage of the breathtaking sea views.

Awaken Cafe (renders supplied by The Gambaro Group)
Awaken Cafe (renders supplied by The Gambaro Group)

Upstairs, Pipi’s restaurant promises a fusion of Mediterranean products with Queensland/Australian produce. The venue invites patrons to savor locally caught seafood and top-quality steaks. The Gambaro family is thrilled to bring their heritage to this incredible venue, ensuring an unparalleled dining experience.

The Gambaro Group aims to unveil both Awaken Cafe and Pipi’s in mid-February 2024.

Donut King Launches Limited-Edition Range of “Mean Girls” Donuts (image supplied)
Donut King Launches Limited-Edition Range of “Mean Girls” Donuts (image supplied)
That’s So Fetch! Donut King Launches Limited-Edition Range of “Mean Girls” Donuts

2.1.24
Donut King has partnered with Paramount Pictures Australia to celebrate the upcoming release of the new film Mean Girls, with a limited-edition range of donuts inspired by the iconic characters and quotes.

The “GROOL” new donut range is available in all Donut King stores from today and each box pack purchased comes with an entry to win an all-inclusive trip for two to New York.

The donuts are a trip down memory lane for a generation of Mean Girls fans, with the range including a pink iced donut with gold crown sprinkles aptly called the “Re-sweet-a George”, a plaid-inspired strawberry iced donut called the “Gretchen Treaters” and of course, the “Glen Coco”, a chocolate donut covered in chocolate rice puffs and a vanilla drizzle.

As if that’s not enough nostalgia, the famous Burn Book is also making a re-appearance via partnership, with the box set of donuts coming in a custom “Burn Box”.

Marina Mirage Hotel rooftop renders (image supplied)
Marina Mirage Hotel rooftop renders (image supplied)
A NEW WORLD-CLASS DEVELOPMENT APPROVED FOR THE ICONIC MARINA MIRAGE

14.12.23
The wind is back in the rooftop shade sails of the waterfront Marina Mirage retail and dining precinct on the Gold Coast with plans for its $500-million redevelopment finally approved after extensive collaborative planning with the state and local government.

The project, by Makris Group, delivers a significant economic impact of 500 direct jobs during construction and 460 direct and indirect jobs during the operational phase, adding to the growth of the Gold Coast economy.

While adopting a style to align with the Spit Master Plan, the development proposes an innovative mix of elements to elevate the outdoor lifestyle which the Gold Coast is loved and renowned for.

Marina Mirage proposed redevelopment renders (image supplied)
Marina Mirage proposed redevelopment renders (image supplied)

Key features of the Marina Mirage redevelopment:

  • Makris Group is in the final stages of an agreement with one of the world’s largest boutique hotel brands to deliver more than 110 resort rooms that permeate a strong sense of place.
  • Building on the success of the waterfront dining experience at Marina Mirage, a selection of world-class restaurateurs has been carefully curated to further enhance the culinary offering.
  • Wellbeing and rejuvenation will be a central theme of the mixed-use development, complimented by a hand-picked selection of Australian retail boutiques.
  • For the first time, Marina Mirage will offer a limited collection of timeless residences and villas which combine understated luxury with contemporary Australian design.
Nautical Bowls (image supplied)
Nautical Bowls (image supplied)
NAUTICAL BOWLS AUSTRALIA GRAND OPENING SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER: 1000 FREE BOWLS TO BE GIVEN AWAY

14.12.23
Gold Coast locals can indulge in the magical taste of the very first Nautical Bowls store when the doors open at Q Super Centre, Mermaid Beach this Saturday 16 December.

Nautical Bowls is a superfood retail chain from USA with the mantra ‘Make happy customers products fast.’

Australian Area Developer and Master Franchise owner Dean Lightfoot who has had 30 years in the FMCG industry, will be opening 3 company stores before Christmas and customers are in for a real treat.

“I’ve worked for many successful brands over the years and am thrilled to be bringing Nautical Bowls to Australia.

“To celebrate the opening of our first store, we are giving away up to 1000 free bowls. From 11am until 3pm on Saturday visitors can visit our very first store and find out what makes our superfood bowls so different.

Nautical Bowls was built on fuelling your whole life. From superfood bowls to an uplifting, energising atmosphere, the brand’s mission continues to be rooted in providing a full meal and full-of-energy experience for everyone.

Nautical Bowls at Q Super Centre will open 7 days a week from 11am til late.


Suahi, Animal Welfare League Queensland (image supplied)
Suahi, Animal Welfare League Queensland (image supplied)
Make Santa’s Nice List: Adopt an Animal During AWLQ’s Christmas Sale

11.12.23
As the festive season draws near, Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) is calling on the community to open their hearts and homes for the annual “Home for Christmas” adoption campaign, running from 12 to 24 December 2023, across all AWLQ Animal Rehoming Centres.

Adoption prices will be drastically reduced throughout the 12 days, with cats from $29 and dogs from $99, making it more affordable for people to give the gift of a forever home to a furry friend in need.

AWLQ spokesperson Craig Montgomery said the adoption campaign aims to grant homeless animals the most precious gift they could receive this festive season – a place to call home.

“In the spirit of the season, AWLQ is decking the halls with barks and meows, aiming to find loving homes for over 200 animals in need. You could be the Santa Paws these adorable pets have been waiting for!”

“If you cannot adopt, AWLQ encourages the community to consider fostering an animal instead. Fostering saves lives, it is fun for those who do it, and your Christmas guests have never been so cute. So, if you have room in your heart and home to temporarily house an animal, AWLQ would love to hear from you.”

Visit awlqld.com.au/locations to find your nearest AWLQ Animal Rehoming Centre and hours.


House Down Under (image supplied)
House Down Under (image supplied)
GET READY TO FLIP YOUR WORLD UPSIDE DOWN AT HOUSE DOWN UNDER ON THE GOLD COAST!

11.12.23
Australia’s favourite inverted house photo experience, House Down Under is set to turn the Gold Coast upside down.

Opening its doors on Saturday, December 23 at Pacific Fair, this family-friendly funhouse offers a dizzying array of installations and activities, all of which are completely flipped. It’s the perfect backdrop for aspiring influencers to capture jaw-dropping photos, for kids to defy gravity by jumping off the ceiling, and for families to make unforgettable memories.

Stepping inside the topsy-turvy house, guests will feel on top of the world, walking (or dancing) on the ceilings, visiting a bathroom with an upside down toilet, exploring the inverted kids room, home office, entry way, lounge room, bedroom, kitchen area and more – all of which are upside down!

Guests can perfect their poses, while snapping away to their heart’s content for as long as they like as there’s no time limit inside the house. Plus, to keep things fun, the House Down Under team is always on hand to offer tips, advice, and help visitors capture the perfect shot.

Find out more and book here.


Flannerys, Miami (image supplied)
Flannerys, Miami (image supplied)
Flannerys $1 million Miami store opens at new site after 31 years

8.12.23
It was the first health food store of its kind to open on the Gold Coast in 1992 and now the iconic local establishment is set to open at a new location this month. Flannerys Organic Wholefood Market’s flagship Miami store will open its doors at its new Pacific Avenue site on 13 December following a redevelopment that took place over the last six months.

Flannery CEO Fergus Collins says the upgrade comes as part of the company’s continued commitment to providing an enhanced shopping experience for their customers and longstanding community.

The previous location which fronts the Gold Coast Highway and served the Miami community for 31 years closed its doors on 5 December to make way for the new space. The launch coincides with the company’s celebration of 50 years since its inception in 1973. ‘Celebrating our 50th anniversary has been a moment of immense pride for all of us at Flannerys,’ says Collins.

‘Our journey from a small family business to where we are today is a testament to our dedication to health and wellness and speaks volumes about the loyalty of our customers and the dedication of our team.’

Flannerys, now with nine stores across Queensland and two in New South Wales, stands as a beacon of holistic wellness, promoting the power of nutrition and the significance of organic living.


Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, Mt Tamborine (image supplied)
Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, Mt Tamborine (image supplied)
Australia’s Top 25 Favourite Picnic Spots Revealed

7.12.23
Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens in Mt Tamborine was chosen as the top picnic location in QLD and 4th in Australia!

In a nation boasting over 30,000 enchanting picnic locations, Food Box Mate has curated a list of Australia’s top 25 picnic spots based on an in-depth analysis of over 12,500 crowd-sourced reviews from the past two years.

The research has delved beyond the most obvious picnic locations, revealing hidden gems and cherished spots that Australians love to enjoy.

Their investigation has led to a ranking of Australia’s top 25 picnic spots, which are spread across 4 different states. Queensland had 7 locations in the top 25, with Mt Tamborine ranked 4th overall.

Keen on some picnic action? Check out our list of 10 of the best picnic spots on the Gold Coast.


World-class Surf Resort at Parkwood Village (image supplied)
World-class Surf Resort at Parkwood Village (image supplied)
PARKWOOD VILLAGE APPROVED TO DELIVER WORLD CLASS
GOLF AND SURF RESORT

4.12.23
Parkwood Village is set to be transformed into a world-class integrated golf and surf village after the mixed-use development received Development Approval today.

The project, which will be anchored by the Gold Coast’s first surf park, will also include an upgraded 18-hole golf course, as well as residential, hotel, retail, medical, entertainment and dining facilities.

“The Endless Surf Wave Pool, Childcare, Retail, Food and Beverage, Commercial and Medical tenancies will dovetail into the existing uses at Parkwood Village to become a readily walkable precinct,” Managing Director of Parkwood Village, Luke Altschwager said.

“There is nothing more quintessentially Australian than surfing and, complemented by the upgraded golf course and Titans training facilities, we want to make sure Parkwood becomes the heart of sport here on the Gold Coast.”

With a proposed completion date of late 2026, Mr Altschwager said the road ahead will be a busy one.

The Endless Surf lagoon at Parkwood Village is intentionally designed with world class surfing as well as efficiency in mind, the surf park technology offers near limitless wave customization and industry leading operating flexibility. All in all, Endless Surf at Parkwood Village will offer up world-class surf for all skill levels, for newcomers to the Australian pastime to seasoned Gold Coast surfers alike.

World-class Surf Resort at Parkwood Village (image supplied)
World-class Surf Resort at Parkwood Village (image supplied)
Drew Wilson, Ash Graetz, Dave Galvin, Adam Keane at Kirra Beach House (image supplied)
Drew Wilson, Ash Graetz, Dave Galvin, Adam Keane in front of Kirra Beach House (image supplied)
KIRRA BEACH HOUSE OPENS NEXT WEEK FOR A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER ON THE COAST

1.12.23
The countdown is officially on to the launch of one of the most highly sought after venue openings in Queensland this summer. Kirra Beach House will open its doors from 11am on Friday 8 December, welcoming everyone to experience a new standard of hospitality on the Southern Gold Coast and an unbeatable beachfront rooftop location featuring a mix of jaw-dropping indoor and outdoor spaces, chic cabanas, wine and cocktail bars, and high-end event spaces for all group sizes.

Bookings are now open to secure your spot to soak it all in – perfect for Christmas parties, end of year celebrations with friends and the hottest new spot for New Year’s Eve (more details to be announced soon) and New Year’s Day where Bag Raiders has just been announced as the headline act for the ultimate party celebration to ring in the new year.

Kirra Beach House is a 1200 sqm elevated, chic beachfront dining, drinking destination that sits a level above the iconic Kirra Beach Hotel which reopened this week in the new Kirra Point Precinct. Inspired by beautiful beach bars from around the world, the new venue is unlike anything else on the Southern Gold Coast and is set to become this summer’s ultimate destination for good times, beautiful cocktails, incredible food and a weekly rotation of DJs and percussionists to soundtrack the coastal experience.


BIG CITY LIGHTS*, Southport (image supplied)
BIG CITY LIGHTS*, Southport (image supplied)
Big City Lights* is back bigger & better in 2024!

29.11.23
Following an extremely successful pilot program in 2022, BIG CITY LIGHTS* is back in winter 2024.

Experience Gold Coast has announced today that BIG CITY LIGHTS* will take place in Southport every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 21 June – 7 July 2024.

The cutting-edge self-guided program will feature immersive audio-visual experiences, large-scale digital works, 3D-mapping and unexpected projection sites that will transform the Gold Coast’s everyday urban spaces.

BIG CITY LIGHTS* will also feature live music and performances in venues and at outdoor sites across the Southport CBD, adding to the appeal of the free, family-friendly festival to a wide demographic of locals and drive-market visitors.

BIG CITY LIGHTS* is driven by innovation and will deliver plenty of Instagram-able moments for all who experience this family-friendly and free festival, a place where creativity and technology collide.


Italian Renaissance Alive, Grande Experiences, coming to HOTA (image supplied)
Italian Renaissance Alive, Grande Experiences, coming to HOTA (image supplied)
HOTA unveils a sneak peek into its 2024 program.

28.11.23
The 2024 program promises another year filled with captivating exhibits, contemporary art, breathtaking performances both indoors and out, and family-fun experiences.

From 29 March to 4 August, HOTA Gallery will feature its next major exhibition for the year, the immersive Italian Renaissance Alive by Grande Experiences. This unique and sensory arts experience will offer exploration of the Italian Renaissance. Set to be a visual and intellectual delight for visitors, the exhibition will take audiences on a journey through history and art.

With a bill of shows and exhibitions already locked in on the 2024 calendar, Gold Coast audiences can expect the following program highlights.

The highly anticipated, Australian exclusive exhibition at HOTA Gallery, Sneakers Unboxed: From Studio to Street officially opened to the public this month and runs through until early 2024.

Prepare to be transported back in time and witness the magic and music of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll when musical extravaganza, Elvis: A Musical Revolution, takes to the stage for a mammoth season from 22 June 2024.

Featuring timeless hits set to resonate with all generations, Queensland Symphony Orchestra: Classic Favourites graces HOTA’s Outdoor Stage for one-night only in a special performance on 26 October.

Queensland Ballet returns to HOTA in 2024, when love and mayhem collide in the airy, light-hearted ballet with Australian flair, Coppélia, taking to the stage on 1 and 2 November.


Festive Telstra Phone Boxes, Free Calls to Santa until Christmas Eve (image supplied)
Festive Telstra Phone Boxes, Free Calls to Santa until Christmas Eve (image supplied)
Make free calls to Santa’s Workshop from any Telstra payphone until Christmas Eve

28.11.23
Telstra has officially switched on Australia’s direct line to the North Pole, inviting all Aussie kids to visit their nearest payphone ahead of Christmas to call Santa for free with this year’s wish list.

Nearly 2,000 of our 14,500 payphones have decorative decals on them to show that Santa can be called, including around the Gold Coast. You can find your nearest one here – https://tel.st/festive-payphone-map
Until Christmas eve on 24 December, kids can dial # HO HO HO from any Telstra payphone and speak directly with Santa. Free Calls to Santa offer an easy and cost-free activity for Aussie families to get time in with Santa. It is also a great way to teach children about the use of payphones in case of emergency.

  1. Head to any Telstra payphone around the country until December 24.
  2. Dial #HO HO HO (#464646)
  3. Make sure you’re ready with a few questions for Santa, and to tell him what’s at the top of your wish list!


Messina x SP Sunscreen (image supplied)
Messina x SP Sunscreen (image supplied)
Lick, slop slap. Your new favourite sunscreen has landed

22.11.23
Smelling like tropical Mango, Pineapple and a hint of Vanilla, you won’t be disappointed. Messina x Standard Procedure SPF 50+ Scented Sunscreen lotion includes Australian Super Fruits and offers the highest protection from broad spectrum UVA/UVB rays. It moisturises but is non greasy, no white cast and 4 hour water resistant sunscreen. Made for the harsh sun down under, Messina and Standard Procedure have you covered and smelling like Summer!

At the moment, the product is available online only here at Sephora, Standard Procedure and Qantas Marketplace. The sunscreen will soon be available at all Messina and Sephora stores, so keep your eyes peeled.

As delicious as it smells, this product can not be eaten!


Bonza’s debut flight from the Gold Coast to Launceston (image supplied)
Bonza’s debut flight from the Gold Coast to Launceston (image supplied)
‘Gateway to Tasmania’: Bonza gets wheels up Gold Coast to Launceston

21.11.23
Bonza’s debut into Tasmania starts today with the first flight from the Gold Coast to Launceston. The three times weekly service is a welcome boost for tourism in both directions as Bonza continues its mission of stimulating new domestic tourism markets.

The new service will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays with fares starting from just $79 per person (one way).

“As Bonza’s gateway to Tasmania, we know there’s strong demand for locals on the Gold Coast, Northern NSW and South Brisbane to fly direct to Launceston. In fact, the route is proving one of our most popular from the Gold Coast so far,” said Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza.


Heinemann Australia Gold Coast Airport domestic store (image supplied)
Heinemann Australia Gold Coast Airport domestic store (image supplied)
Heinemann Australia opens new Gold Coast Airport domestic store

20.11.23
With more than 1.2 million passengers expected to travel through Gold Coast Airport over the December and January festive period, Heinemann Australia has opened the doors to its new 200 sqm store in the airport’s domestic terminal, creating an enhanced retail experience for those transiting Australia during the holidays.

Building on its existing footprint in the international terminal, Heinemann’s full Fashion and Accessories range is now available at Gold Coast Airport’s domestic terminal, including 22 brands from international luxury to uniquely Australian products, with a full Beauty line-up joining the offer soon.

Products and brand highlights include local brands All Kinds, PE Nation, The Upside and Frank Green, all new to domestic travel retail and giving a unique Australian touch. Heinemann also brings iconic Australian luxury resortwear brand Camilla to Gold Coast Airport for the first time, following the brand’s launch into international duty-free in Heinemann’s Sydney store.


Rick Shores, Burleigh (image by Mathilde Bouby)
Rick Shores, Burleigh (image by Mathilde Bouby)
Queensland’s top restaurants revealed in OpenTable’s Top 50 list… and three of them are on the Gold Coast

17.11.23
OpenTable has announced the Top 50 Restaurants in the country, with 15 venues from Queensland making the list. Venues which received nods included Palette Restaurant in Surfers Paradise, Rick Shores in Burleigh Heads and Etsu Izakaya in Mermaid Beach.

Additionally, OpenTable has unveiled brand new insights from its network of diners that unpack how we wined and dined in 2023. Key insights include:

  • Table for one? Solo dining saw a 14% year-on-year increase.
  • Regional restaurants make up over half of the venues on OpenTable’s Top 50 Restaurants list, with QLD having the most restaurants making the list.
  • Modern Australian cuisine was the most prevalent cuisine in this year’s Top 50 list, and international flavours gained traction. Trending cuisines – those seeing the largest YoY increase – include Afghan (+73%), Scandinavian (+62%) and Irish (+38%).
  • Dining demand remains steady. Despite the rising cost of living, national dining demand remained flat year-on-year, while the average spend per person per meal slightly increased from $59 to $61.
Ready-to-Drink (RTD) alcoholic beverage, CHETTI Little Cherry (image supplied)
Ready-to-Drink (RTD) alcoholic beverage, CHETTI Little Cherry (image supplied)
Introducing CHETTI: The first of its kind amaretto and cola premix with an aspiration to own the afternoon

13.11.23
Two local friends from the Gold Coast are thrilled to introduce their ground-breaking Ready-to-Drink (RTD) alcoholic beverage, CHETTI Little Cherry. This Italian inspired RTD is the first of its kind blending amaretto and cola, and is set to revolutionise the way we enjoy our sunset afternoons.

Founded by two best friends, Lachlan Yarwood and Max Gutjahr-Holland, CHETTI is the first of its kind and is derived from the Italian suffix ‘etti’ meaning little fused with cherry to form CHETTI, otherwise known as Little Cherry.

Inspired by the afternoon aperitif culture of Italy, Lachie and Max sought to create a drink that encapsulated those sun-drenched Australian afternoons that they have come to love on the Gold Coast, combined with their love for the afternoon aperitif culture of Italy. The result is a delicious and original RTD with 4% alcohol content that captures the nostalgic taste of cherry flavoured cola, with only 1.3 grams of sugar and gluten free.

CHETTI will be available at select retailers.

Streetscape render of Kirra Beach House & Kirra Beach Hotel (image supplied)
Streetscape render of Kirra Beach House & Kirra Beach Hotel (image supplied)
The much-loved Kirra Beach Hotel is back

13.11.23
The wait is over – the much-loved Kirra Beach Hotel will swing open its doors and the first beers will be poured from 10am on Monday 27 November, welcoming locals back to their favourite watering hole for a summer like no other.

Having stood proudly as a local icon and community landmark since 1956, the pub is the anchor and soul of the new Kirra Point precinct and will continue its legacy as a friendly, no-fuss favourite, honouring the fabric of its past and keeping the locals at its heart.

The Kirra Beach Hotel is the first piece of the new Kirra Point precinct, with Kirra Beach House set to open in December on the level above the pub. The magnificent, 1200 sqm elevated beachfront dining, drinking and event destination will feature a mix of impressive indoor and outdoor spaces, wine and cocktail bars, and high-end event spaces perfect for weddings, parties and galas. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

AirAsia X announces return of Gold Coast-Auckland service (image supplied)
AirAsia X announces return of Gold Coast-Auckland service (image supplied)
AirAsia X announces return of Gold Coast-Auckland service

7.11.23
Asia’s leading great value medium haul airline AirAsia X today announces the resumption of the popular Gold Coast – Auckland route from 3 February 2024 in response to strong demand.

At the same time the airline will be suspending services on the Auckland – Sydney route from 31 January 2024 to facilitate the new services to and from the Gold Coast.

Queensland Airports Limited Chief Commercial Officer Adam Rowe said the return of AirAsia X’s Gold Coast to Auckland connection would provide more options for travellers.

“The addition of AirAsia X’s Auckland service will give our customers more choice to connect with loved ones across the Tasman, while also creating more competition and helping to put downward pressure on airfares.”

Three weekly flights from Auckland to Gold Coast take flight from 3 February connecting seamlessly to Kuala Lumpur and adding an additional 6,786 visitor seats weekly through Gold Coast airport. Fares are on sale today from 3pm Gold Coast/5pm NZ time, starting from just AUD199/NZ179* for travel between Auckland and the Gold Coast commencing 3 February 2024.

Brodie Green, Buoy Cafe, The Oxley1823, Nobby Beach (image supplied)
Brodie Green, Buoy Cafe, The Oxley1823, Nobby Beach (image supplied)
Buoy is Coming to “The Oxley” – The Brain Child of Seadog is Bringing a Whole New Concept to the Nobby’s Community

31.10.23
A new breakfast hotspot is set to open in Nobby Beach’s most anticipated new retail and dining village, with Buoy (pronounce boo-ee) to call The Oxley home from late November.

From the brains behind Burleigh Heads institution Seadog, Buoy will introduce a whole new concept based on the premise of serving locals and beyond with a range of elevated breakfast favourites, focusing on quality produce curated from a hand-selected assortment of suppliers.

Founder Brodie Green was firm on ensuring Buoy took things back to basics, paring back the menu to be less on frills but big on flavour.

“Breakfasts have gotten too complicated because of Instagram, and we think people are over it. Gold Coasters want their classic breakfasts back. We’ll be doing an all day breakfast menu from 5am-5pm.,” said Brodie.

Whether you are after a grab-and-go experience or a full dine-in, Buoy has a hole-in-the-wall section as an ode to the original Seadog that hailed from a vacant ATM space, while also offering a cosy and intimate dine-in space with comfortability at the core of it.

Buoy has been designed to enhance community within Nobby Beach, celebrating coffee and food with the people who care. Buoy’s official launch date will be announced in the coming weeks, along with The Oxley’s opening date.

Buoy will be open daily from 5am to 5.30pm for coffee. The kitchen will be open for all day breakfast from 6.30am to 2pm.

Santa's Putt Putt at The Club, Parkwood Village (image by Greg Sullavan)
Santa's Putt Putt at The Club, Parkwood Village (image by Greg Sullavan)
Putt Putt into Christmas at Parkwood

31.10.23
Christmas is nearly upon us, and Parkwood Village is inviting budding mini golfers to celebrate with them as its Boulder’s and Badlands Mini Golf course is transformed into the ultimate Christmas wonderland.

Each hole has its own unique Christmas theme, with flashing lights, sparkly decorations, snow, bubbles, music and more.

Santa’s Putt Putt launches at The Club at Parkwood Village on 10 November and will run through to the 2 January 2024.

Opening nights on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November will include a visit from Santa himself, Christmas face painting, balloons, popcorn, fairy floss and slushies.

Joe's Deli Catering boxes (image by Lucy Lumen)
Joe's Deli Catering boxes (image by Lucy Lumen)
Office Christmas Parties Never Tasted So Good with Joe’s Deli Catering Now Available

25.10.23
Joe’s Deli launches catering just in time for the silly season!

Just in time for Melbourne Cup and the silly season, Joe’s Deli has launched its catering packs so now you can get the best sangas in bulk to feed the office troops and score that ‘best boss’ Chrissy card this year!

With catering for everyone taken care of including veggo, vegan and gluten-free peeps, there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you’ve got your favourite sanga picked out, want to mix a box yourself or happy with Joe’s Favourite Combos which includes all the best sellers, boxes start from $186 and can feed 12-18 people per box!

Not just sangas, Joe’s Deli also offers an epic range of its sides to accompany your favourite sangas including crisps and pickles or for those with a sweet tooth the Hollywood two tone cheesecake is perfect to replace the store-bought mud cake.

You can even throw in a few bottles of Lofi Wines to wash it all down!

Reach out to the team at [email protected] and really impress your guests. Pick-up is free from the Joe’s Deli Brisbane City or Gold Coast location and only requires 24- 28 hours notice, so start planning your Friday office lunches or mess free weekend picnics and parties!

Amy Hembrow, Emilee Hembrow, Tammy Hembrow, Star Hembrow, Kwila Lodge (April Werz Photography)
Amy Hembrow, Emilee Hembrow, Tammy Hembrow, Star Hembrow, Kwila Lodge (April Werz Photography)
For the first and last time in Australia, rare pieces from Coco Chanel’s private collection of Chanel haute couture & artworks will feature at two exclusive events at Kwila Lodge.

25.10.23
Cable International Fine Art and Kwila Lodge have announced today that rare pieces from Coco Chanel’s private collection of Chanel haute couture and artworks will be on display for two exclusive events this November. The unique collection has been previously exhibited in London, Milan, Paris and across the US and has recently been expanded to include never-seen- before portraits of Coco Chanel.

A selection of Chanel haute couture including garments and jewellery, all drawn from Coco’s private wardrobe, will be modelled one final time by the Hembrow sisters on 18 November at the COCO CHANEL: l’art de vivre exclusive event.

COCO CHANEL: l’art de vivre is the first of the special events which will feature the very best of French fine dining by Daniel Ridgeway, vintage Chanel haute couture and world-class artworks painted in the CHANEL atelier and the finest entertainment. Internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning violinist, Yena Choi will perform at the exclusive evening and Queensland Ballet will perform a pas de deux, choregraphed especially for the evening by Artistic Director, Li Cunxin AO.

“This is an extremely rare opportunity to see this impeccable museum-quality exhibition, the first chance for the public to see this collection and the last.” said Mrs Karen Nash, Curator of the collection, Cable International Fine Art.

Whilst guests dine on delicious French cuisine by award-winning chef, Daniel Ridgeway, they will be treated to a 1968 inspired runway, featuring the Hembrow sisters, showcasing the clothing and jewellery drawn from Coco’s private wardrobe.

Tickets for both exclusive events are now available.
COCO CHANEL: l’art de vivre
COCO CHANEL: l’art de vivre Evening Soirée

The Oxley 1823, Nobby Beach, Render by BDA (image supplied)
The Oxley 1823, Nobby Beach, Render by BDA (image supplied)
Introducing “The Oxley” – Nobby Beach’s Premier High-End Dining and Lifestyle Destination

24.10.23
The Gold Coast’s newest dining and lifestyle destination – The Oxley – is set to open its doors next month, with the precinct announcing completion of the project expected in November 2023.

One of the city’s most anticipated new arrivals, The Oxley will introduce a vibrant and luxurious food and shopping experience to the heart of Nobby Beach.

Named in homage to the rich history of the beachside suburb, The Oxley will become a gastronomic and lifestyle haven, featuring a carefully curated collection of hand-selected restaurants and shopping experiences bringing a new world of convenience for locals and visitors.

The first element of the precinct will be The Oxley Village Grocer, an expansive 1,000sqm grocery shopping experience with previous tenant Steve of Gourmet Meats returning to the precinct to bring the community a butcher, while additional offerings such as a juice bar and gelato shop round out the grocer’s shopping experience.

The Oxley is set to be a celebration of culture, food, and community, all under one roof – it’s not just a precinct; it’s an experience. The Oxley’s official launch date will be announced in coming weeks, along with the key retailers that will take residence within the city’s newest culinary and lifestyle gem.

Gold Coast Prize Home, Draw 411, RSL Art Union (image supplied)
Gold Coast Prize Home, Draw 411, RSL Art Union (image supplied)
Australia’s BIGGEST prize home lottery is here!

18.10.23
RSL Art Union is giving one lucky Australian the ultimate Christmas present with a $12.6 million beachfront apartment complex up for grabs thanks to Australia’s largest ever prize home lottery. Drawn just days before Christmas, the luxury apartment complex boasts a location right on the Gold Coast with never-to-be-built out views, ensuring a lifetime of waking up to beachside sunrises and watching waves lap the shore right outside your window.

The apartment complex is comprised of four luxury residences, including a double-storey penthouse with panoramic ocean views of Tugun Beach. One lucky winner could win the entire five-level apartment complex simply by purchasing a $10 ticket to Draw 411 before 8pm on 20 December 2023.

With proceeds going back to the charity, each ticket sale for RSL Art Union’s Draw 411 works to support veterans and families. Every ticket sold delivers critical funding to support returned soldiers in need and assists in funding programs for veterans.

Draw 411 opens on Wednesday 18 October 2023 and will close at 8pm AEST on Wednesday 20 December with the winner drawn at 10am AEST on Friday 22 December 2023

Donut King x HARIBO Halloween Donuts (image supplied)
Donut King x HARIBO Halloween Donuts (image supplied)
Donut King Partners with HARIBO to Launch Limited-Edition Range of SPOOKTACULAR Halloween Donuts

18.10.23
Iconic Australian brand Donut King has partnered with international market leader HARIBO to launch a new and limited edition range of donuts just in time for Halloween*.

The “spooktacular” Halloween range is a creepy sweet and sour flavour combination and each donut is topped with HARIBO’s popular Sour S’ghetti or Vulcano Fizz lollies.

The spooktacular new, limited edition donuts are:

  • HARIBO Spookberry Sour S’ghetti Ring
  • HARIBO S’lime Sour S’ghetti Ring
  • Spookberry & Custard Spider Ball w/HARIBO Vulcano Fizz
  • S’lime & Custard Spider Ball w/HARIBO Vulcano Fizz
  • Spookberry Spider Ring w/HARIBO Vulcano Fizz
  • S’lime Spider Ring w/HARIBO Vulcano Fizz

The Donut King x HARIBO donuts are available in all Donut King stores around Australia from Monday October 9th for three weeks only and can be purchased individually, or in 4, 6 or 12 packs.

The Langham Gold Coast (image supplied)
The Langham Gold Coast (image supplied)
The Langham, Gold Coast celebrates first birthday with the ultimate prize experience

17.10.23
The Langham, Gold Coast, the city’s first beachfront hotel in 30 years, is proudly celebrating its one-year anniversary since its grand opening in October 2022 with the ultimate overnight prize experience, available to any guest staying or dining at the property’s venues on Saturday, 21st October.

Guests will have the chance to experience the luxury of The Langham first-hand with the chance to win an overnight stay in the Presidential Suite, while indulging in an epicurean adventure throughout The Langham’s highly acclaimed dining destinations, including: T’ang Court dinner for two (Dry-Aged Duck set menu with wine pairing), long lunch at Akoya, two Grand Jewel cocktails at the picturesque Lobby Bar, an Afternoon Tea for two at Palm Court, valet parking and $50 to spend at beachside café, 26 & Sunny.

As part of the first anniversary celebrations, The Langham, Gold Coast invites you to join the festivities and stand a chance to win the ultimate overnight experience. Dine with them on Saturday, 21st October (excluding breakfast), and let them indulge you with Langham’s signature hospitality, while experiencing the epitome of luxury and a celebration of a year filled with opulence and grandeur at The Langham, Gold Coast.

Everybody Love Everybody (E.L.E) Bar, Burleigh Heads (image by Always Adventure Photography)
Everybody Love Everybody (E.L.E), Burleigh Heads (image by Always Adventure Photography)
Everybody Love Everybody (E.L.E) opens in Burleigh

11.10.23
Everybody Love Everybody (E.L.E) is newly opened bar in Burleigh Heads with a punchy, sophisticated and fun drinks menu. You can order food from their sister venue next door Oi Izakaya.

The E.L.E mission statement:
One demographic we have thought for the longest time that is overlooked in the Gold Coast is the LGBTIQA+ community. This community is the inspiration for our space and we hope they will welcome us with open arms. Our goal is to be a safe-space for this community, and anyone else that feels like an outsider.

Certainly calling ourselves a “gay bar” doesn’t make us a gay bar – the community will decide. All we’d ask is an open mind and to give us a chance. To further break the mould, our goal first and foremost is to be a really cool bar that anyone would love to be in. For those looking for a traditional gay bar vibe this may not be it. We just want to be a safe space for this community and anyone else that can approach others without judgement.

So – to the mould breakers, outsiders and weirdos – make this your space. To the community at large who want a space to just be yourself.- make this your home.
To the LGBTIQA+ community especially – thank you for inspiring us to create the venue, and we hope you can find a home here too. Love whoever you want.

Elvis, A Musical Revolution (image by Ken Leanfore)
Elvis, A Musical Revolution (image by Ken Leanfore)
Smash hit show, Elvis: A Musical Revolution is coming to HOTA

10.10.23
Get your blue suede shoes ready! The brand new Elvis musical authorised by Elvis Presley Enterprises is coming to the Gold Coast!

Due to incredible demand, David Venn Enterprises (Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical, The Wedding Singer, Bring It On: The Musical) is thrilled to announce a return to Sydney’s State Theatre from 4 February 2024, followed by a national tour for Elvis: A Musical Revolution, an all new bio-musical authorised by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Following Sydney’s return season, the smash hit show will tour to Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide from 3 April, Perth’s Crown Theatre from 11 May and Gold Coast’s Home of the Arts (HOTA) from 22 June. Tickets for the Sydney return will go on sale this Thursday 12 October via Ticketmaster. All other cities should join the priority waitlist for first access to tickets when they’re released.

Chuan Spa, The Langham Gold Coast (image supplied)
Chuan Spa, The Langham Gold Coast (image supplied)
Australia’s Chuan Spa at the Langham, Gold Coast claims industry accolades at the 2023 World Spa Awards

5.10.23
Australia’s newest luxury destination, The Langham, Gold Coast – is thrilled to announce that its acclaimed Chuan Spa, has been honoured with two esteemed titles at the recent 2023 World Spa Awards – “Oceania’s Best Hotel Spa” and “Australia’s Best Hotel Spa.”

Emma Sirett, Director of Spa & Leisure, The Langham, Gold Coast said, “we are incredibly honoured to receive these prestigious awards, as they acknowledge the dedication and commitment of our entire team who strive to create world-class wellness experiences for our guests.”

Chuan Spa offers a diverse range of treatments, including the Chuan Harmony Massage, a fusion of acupressure and relaxation techniques, and the 2.5-hour Chuan Ritual, allowing guests to customise their own treatment experience. Notably, Chuan Spa boasts an exclusive Australian partnership with AMRA Skincare, introducing advanced serums, oils and 24kt gold treatments. Other esteemed partners include Qi Beauty and Biologique Recherche.

Blowfish Alfresco renders, Broadbeach (image supplied)
Blowfish Alfresco renders, Broadbeach (image supplied)
New Broadbeach Restaurant, BLOWFISH Ocean Grill + Bar starts to take shape

4.10.23
Four weeks in and you’d be hard pressed to recognise the previous venue. Walls have come down, the bar has been demolished, the venue has been extended and the builders now have a clean canvas to work with.

When it came to choosing the right design studio to help them create their first world class Seafood Restaurant -BLOWFISH Ocean Grill + Bar, Steve & Autumn didn’t think twice – they knew it had to be Gold Coast based SPACE CUBED DESIGN STUDIO.

SPACE CUBED Associate Interior Designer Jill Chilton has been the lead on this project and has created an immersive coastal dining experience.

“The interior concept takes a romantic approach to the idea that – “We are all of the sea”. The clients wanted to create an immersive dining experience for their guests, and this narrative is carried throughout the venue through the expression of materials and details that all share a coastal sensibility. Our decisions were largely inspired by the mythical tales of the seductively beautiful creatures that lured mariners with their siren songs, resulting in a serene, yet whimsical dining experience,” said Jill.

One of the unique features of the restaurant is the private dining space – The Ripple Room which is located on the upper floor. In contrast to the sea green, pearly white and sun-bleached timber that adorns the downstairs area, the design The Ripple Room embraces the darker colours of the ocean depths, and the qualities of iridescent fish scales.

BLOWFISH OCEAN GRILL + BAR is located at 2 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach and will open on Friday 24 November, 2023.

Amy Shark (image supplied)
Amy Shark (image supplied)
Amy Shark to Perform at Westfield Coomera

3.10.23
Westfield Coomera is excited to announce a special LIVE acoustic performance by Amy Shark on Saturday 7 October at 3pm. Fans will be treated to a special performance by 8 x ARIA Award winning Shark, featuring tracks from her #1 ARIA albums CRY FOREVER and LOVE MONSTER.

Location: Stage on Coomera Courts in The Village dining precinct near Beach House Bar & Grill.

The Smoking Camel partners with Brookie’s Gin to create a Turkish Delight Gin (image supplied)
The Smoking Camel partners with Brookie’s Gin to create a Turkish Delight Gin (image supplied)
The Smoking Camel partners with Brookie’s Gin to create a Turkish Delight Gin

26.09.23
Byron Bay’s newest Middle Eastern restaurant, The Smoking Camel, has partnered with Brookie’s Gin to create a Turkish Delight Gin. A passion project between the two brands and owners Kim Stephen (The Smoking Camel) and Eddie Brook (Brookie’s Gin), the gin is emblematic of the close-knit Byron Bay community, and combines The Smoking Camel’s signature Middle Eastern flavours with Brookie’s expertise in gin making.

The Turkish Delight Gin is made by infusing Brookie’s Gin with the perfect balance of fragrant rose, orange blossom, delicate Meyer lemon and balanced with a touch of sweetness. Harvested from the Cape Byron Distillery rainforest, the fragrant white aspen (which tastes like lemon gelato) and native raspberries are distilled into Brookie’s gin, and paired with the rose, sweet lemon and orange blossom to create a unique and special Turkish Delight Gin.

The Smoking Camel x Brookie’s Turkish Delight Gin is exclusively available in The Smoking Camel, Light Years Asian Diner, and Moonlight Japanese, and through the Cape Byron Distillery website (www.capebyrondistillery.com), the Cellar Door in Byron and local bottle shops. It is recommended to enjoy it on the rocks, elevate your next G&T, or shake it up in a cocktail.

The team behind the Smoking Camel will also be holding multiple launch parties for Brookie’s Turkish Delight Gin.

 

AUSTRALIAN EXCLUSIVE - SNEAKERS UNBOXED: STUDIO TO STREET (image supplied)
AUSTRALIAN EXCLUSIVE - SNEAKERS UNBOXED: STUDIO TO STREET (image supplied)
Australian exclusive Sneaker Unboxed: Studio to Street

25.09.23
Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has today announced the Australian premiere of Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street, opening 25 November 2023.

First unveiled by The Design Museum, London, Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street explores one of the most universal design objects, bought and worn by millions of people worldwide every day. 

An Australian exclusive, the blockbuster summer exhibition at HOTA Gallery will present over 400 objects, including over 200 shoes, process material, photography, posters, videos and artworks, charting the design and cultural journey of sneakers. 

EXHIBITION DETAILS: Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street

From 25 November 2023 
HOTA Gallery, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise Gold Coast
Open 10am-4pm daily

Tickets starting from $10 here

 

Gareth Jacobs, Hayley Martin, Shubshri Kandiah, Rohan Browne and the company of Disney's Beauty and The Beast the Musical - performing Be Our Guest - Photo by Daniel Boud (image supplied)
Gareth Jacobs, Hayley Martin, Shubshri Kandiah, Rohan Browne and the company of Disney's Beauty and The Beast the Musical - performing Be Our Guest - Photo by Daniel Boud (image supplied)
Be our guest when brand new Beauty and the Beast opens in Brisbane

22.09.23
Brisbane audiences will experience the romance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast when the much-anticipated respective seasons of the hit musical opens in Brisbane in February 2024. This will be the first time the show has ever played in Brisbane!

A waitlist to be first in line for tickets is now open at www.beautyandthebeastmusical.com.au

This enchanting and timeless tale has been brought to life in a reimagined production boasting all the spectacle and grandeur audiences know and love. The incredible new production from the producers of The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Aladdin and Frozen will play at Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

Havana Brown is set to play at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 (image supplied)
Havana Brown is set to play at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 (image supplied)
Three nights of music returns for Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500

20.09.23
Off track entertainmnet for October’s Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 has been confirmed, with seven of Australia’s best live acts to perform over three nights within the track precinct, thansk to a new strategic partnership between Mushrrom Group and Supercars.

The Presets, Client Liaison, Illy, Havana Brown, Mashd N Kutcher, John Course and DJ Total Eclipse will all light up the stage within the race precinct from 27-29 October 2023, as world-class entertainment returns for Queensland’s biggest annual sporting event.

Supercars CEO Shane Howard said: “We saw over 200 thousand fans walk through the gates at last year’s event and we want to break that record in 2023.

“The Club 500 stage will come alive with seven major acts over all three nights of the event, and we can’t wait to get back to our famous Gold Coast street track in October to get the party started.”

All entertainment is included as part of a same day event ticket to the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.

The music acts join a packed on-track schedule for the 2023 event, which includes the first ever Gold Coast outing of the Gen3 Chevrolet Camaros and Ford Mustangs, Porsche Carrera Cup, V8 SuperUtes and Sports Sedans.

Tickets are now available through Supercars.com and Ticketek.

Soak Bondi - Curved Pools (image supplied)
Soak Bondi - Curved Pools (image supplied)
Soak Bathhouse to open in Bondi Junction

19.09.23
The secret is out. Soak Bathhouse is getting ready to open it’s third bathhouse and this urban oasis is set to be the biggest and most exciting one yet.

Nestled in the heart of Bondi Junction as part of the new Verdical development, the new bathhouse expects to welcome guests in late 2024, offering a new type of social wellness and relaxation for Sydney-siders.

True to Soak Bathhouse’s style, the Bondi Junction location will be a fusion of urban convenience and natural serenity, boasting an array of amenities, including two large mineral pools, three hot springs inspired thermal spas, sauna, steam room, cold plunge pool and an invigorating cold bucket.

Guests will also have the option of enjoying additional features including two state-of-the-art infrared saunas, captivating LED facials, and full body massage.

The Bondi Junction location is poised to elevate Soak Bathhouse’s legacy, delivering an experience that effortlessly marries luxury with accessibility. The indoor facility, seamlessly connected to the urban surroundings, offers a fresh take on social wellness that’s poised to redefine the Sydney spa landscape.

Following the unprecedented success of its pioneer location on the Gold Coast and subsequent location in West End in Brisbane, Soak Bathhouse owners Alexis and Niki Dean said Soak Bathhouse will offer something never before seen in Sydney.

Streetscape render of Kirra Beach House & Kirra Beach Hotel (image supplied)
Streetscape render of Kirra Beach House & Kirra Beach Hotel (image supplied)
Kirra Beach Hotel and Kirra Beach House to open this November

13.09.23
KTQ Group have unveiled plans for the first stage of its spectacular and highly anticipated Kirra Point Precinct, launching two of the most exciting hospitality destinations to ever hit the Southern Gold Coast just in time for summer. Located directly opposite the beach, Kirra Beach Hotel and Kirra Beach House will both open this November and are set to become major draw cards for both locals and visitors who are keen to drink in the magic of Kirra.

KIRRA BEACH HOTEL
Wednesday 8 November will see the doors swing open to the revitalised Kirra Beach Hotel, a quintessential Australian pub that is a celebration of life by the coast for all to enjoy 7-days a week. Having stood proudly as a local icon and community landmark since 1956, the pub is the anchor and soul of Kirra Point and will continue to be a friendly, no-fuss favourite, honouring the fabric of its past and keeping the locals at its heart.

Holding the ground floor, corner position on Marine Parade and Miles Street, the new 1300 sqm Kirra Beach Hotel will be a beachside haven with something for everyone including an expansive, sun-drenched beer garden positioned directly across the road from the surf and is unlike anything else that exists on the Coast, a vibrant family-friendly bistro, kids area, public bar, sports bar with large-screen TVs, and a boutique bottle shop stocked with all the local faves. There will also be 130 parking spaces in a new underground car park, making it easy for guests to pop in any time of the day.

KIRRA BEACH HOUSE
Opening mid-November, Kirra Beach House will sit directly above Kirra Beach Hotel on the second level, a magnificent, 1200 sqm elevated beachfront dining, drinking and event destination with an unparalleled and unobstructed view of the shimmering blue horizon of ocean and sky from every vantage point in the venue.

The venue will be operated by hospitality entrepreneur from SITE Hospitality, Dave Galvin (Kōst, Mozza Mozza), who has spent four years developing the concept for his dream venue. The stunning design and interior décor is a stylish yet quietly understated ode to coastal living and will feature a mix of impressive indoor and outdoor spaces, wine and cocktail bars, and high-end event spaces perfect for weddings, parties and galas.

An expansive terrace will wrap around the whole venue giving guests front row seats to the stunning Kirra Beach and city skyline of Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise. The space will have three bars – a wine bar, terrace cocktail bar and Preston’s, an intimate cocktail bar that can also be booked out for events.


Papa Salt Coastal Gin by Margot Robbie and friends (image supplied)
Papa Salt Coastal Gin by Margot Robbie and friends (image supplied)
Papa Salt Coastal Gin, from Margot Robbie and friends, is back!

11.09.23
Initially a passion project between five friends, Papa Salt’s final iteration – after five years and 59 variations – is an award-winning ode to the laid-back Australian lifestyle.

Papa Salt is an Australian coastal gin brand made by five friends; Josey McNamara, Tom Ackerley, Margot Robbie, Charlie Maas and Regan Riskas Maas. The brand launched exclusively in the Australian market on May 12, 2023, with its first product run selling out within 48 hours.

Initially united through their work in film, the founders share an equal passion for gin and began working together to formulate their own gin in 2018.

Distilled at the award-winning Lord Byron Distillery, Papa Salt is crafted in a 100% zero waste facility powered entirely by renewable energy. Byron Bay was the natural choice for the brand’s production due to the region’s abundant botanical offerings and Robbie’s Gold Coast upbringing.

Revealing subtle notes from native Australian botanicals – roasted wattleseed and pink peppercorn, wax flower, hibiscus and citrus peel, finished with just a hint of minerality from
oyster shell – Papa Salt has been formulated to pair perfectly with soda, or in any gin cocktail of choice.

Papa Salt won a Platinum Medal and Best Gin at the LA Spirits Awards, and is available in Australia through select venues, and is distributed through Iconic Beverages. Find stockists here.

Logan Martin (image by Luke Marsden Photo)
Logan Martin in his backyard (image by Luke Marsden Photo)
Australia’s BMX Gold Medallist Opens the Doors to his Gold Coast Home for the Ultimate Action-Packed School Holiday Getaway

06.09.23
Olympic gold medalist Logan Martin is becoming an Airbnb Host, offering one group of four guests an unforgettable getaway at his Gold Coast pad complete with backyard skatepark, expansive swimming pool and putting green.

The BMX champion is also taking time out of his demanding training regime to treat his guests to a money-can’t-buy BMX session in his meticulously designed skatepark. Logan created history by becoming the first ever Olympic champion in the BMX freestyle event at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

This gold medal stay takes place from Saturday 30 September to Tuesday 3 October 2023. The three night stay can be booked for just *$16 AUD per night for a group of four guests.

The stay will be available to book on Tuesday 12 September at 9am AEST via airbnb.com/loganmartin and will include:

● Three bedrooms and two bathrooms overlooking the lush Gold Coast hinterland
● An up-close look at Logan’s impressive display of memorabilia, with trophies and medals from his triumphant BMX achievements
● Access to the Olympic-sized skatepark, manicured putting green, sandpit and slide have the sports enthusiasts and kids covered
● Spectacular views from the pool

Tiny Tamborine, Wongawallen (image supplied)
Tiny Tamborine, Wongawallen (image supplied)
Tiny Away has launched a series of new houses across Queensland

31.08.23
Tiny Away, the tiny house company that’s all about experiencing nature in comfort, has grown its network of rural getaways in Queensland. Boasting a range of stunning designs and state-of-the-art features both inside and outside, these impressively self-sufficient “compact homes on wheels” are made with sustainable materials and include waterless compost toilets, rainwater collection tanks for showers, and solar panels.

Spend a weekend getaway at Tiny Tamborine, Wongawallan, overlooking a valley of ferns and vast mountain views across the Gold Coast hinterland. The two sites (Tamborine 1 and Tamborine 2) both have sprawling balconies and offer the perfect gateway to explore the nearby Tamborine National Park, home to basalt columns, cliffs, rocky outcrops, numerous waterfalls and lush rainforest.

Explore some of the park’s walking tracks that lead to scenic views, beautiful waterfalls, forests of large red cedars and groves of tall piccabeen palms. And when you return to your tiny abode, sit around the fire pit, sharing stories all while admiring nature’s beauty.

Netflix and chill, Coles (image supplied)
Netflix and chill, Coles (image supplied)
NOW STREAMING: COLES BRINGS NETFLIX FAVOURITES TO THE FREEZER

31.08.23
Coles is bringing a taste of two of the most watched Netflix shows to customers, with a range of frozen products inspired by Stranger Things and Squid Game now available to purchase in Australia for the first time.

Freezers across the country are about to get a whole a lot cooler, with nine unique products exclusive to Coles available that draw on inspiration from the popular franchises, allowing customers to experience the shows at home in a fun new way.

Straight from Starcourt Mall, customers can scoop up a nautical treat from the iconic Stranger Things ice cream parlour Scoops Ahoy. The 1L tubs are available in three fun flavours, U.S.S Butterscotch, Cinnamon Buns and Vanilla and Cookie Pieces and will have fans setting sail on an ocean of flavour.

Squid Game fans can create their own dinner table game with Coles launching a 9 pack of BBQ Chicken Nuggets in the shape of triangles, circles and squares taking inspiration from the iconic guard masks, alongside a 12 pack of Stuffed Potato Mashies with a red and green filling, playing on the red light, green light game from the show.

Gelatissimo's newest collaboration with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (image supplied)
Gelatissimo's newest collaboration with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (image supplied)
COWABUNGA! Gelatissimo introduces a Turtally Awesome gelato range in partnership with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: Mutant Mayhem

24.08.23
Join in on the fun with Gelatissimo’s newest collaboration to celebrate the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, in cinemas September 7. From August 25, Gelatissimo are unleashing an army of flavour obsession to celebrate with 5 awesome flavours: the all new ‘Mutant Madness’, ‘Donatello’s Dragonfruit and Lychee’, ‘Leonardo’s Lolly Wonderland’, ‘Raphael’s Raspberry’ and ‘Michelangelo’s Mango’.

Get ready to unleash a taste sensation that will awaken your inner hero with their limited-edition Mutant Madness gelato. Brace yourself for a mouth-watering adventure as you dive into a  (non) ‘radioactive’ sour green apple gelato, oozing with turtally awesome sprinkles. It’s bound to be a hit among lean, mean and green ninjas and their human friends alike.

Each turtle has carefully chosen their favourite gelato flavour to help unleash their turtle powers. Get ready to go turtally wild for Raphael’s Raspberry or embrace the powers of Michelangelo’s Mango.  Donatello has wisdom… and Dragonfruit and Lychee sorbet! Or step into Leonardo’s Lolly Wonderland, where sweetness meets ninja skills… All served up in limited edition Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cups and cone holders (whilst stocks last).

Colour Your Imagination, HOTA Children's Gallery (image supplied)
Colour Your Imagination, HOTA Children's Gallery (image supplied)
HOTA Gallery launches children’s exhibition: Colour Your Imagination – Just Add Books

18.08.23
HOTA, Home of the Arts announces its upcoming Children’s Gallery exhibition, Colour Your Imagination – Just add book, officially opening to the public on Saturday 19th August in line with National Book Week.

This free exhibition offers a vibrant and immersive experience springing from the vivid imagination of Gold Coast artist Victoria Reichelt, one of Australia’s leading realist painters.

In collaboration with HOTA for the Children’s Gallery, Colour Your Imagination – Just add books invites children and adults alike to rediscover the enchanting beauty of libraries and their treasured contents.

Picture a colourful collection of giant books in an immersive library-inspired space. With places to climb and explore, or comfy places to settle in with a book in hand from the reading trolley, this exhibition has been carefully curated to let your imagination run free.

Coinciding with the start of National Book Week on the Gold Coast and celebrating the links between art and books, the exhibition offers a range of interactive activities to engage children and foster their love of art and reading.

 

Bonza to name its next plane Matilda (image supplied)
Bonza to name its next plane Matilda (image supplied)
BONZA to name its next aircraft Matilda

17.08.23
In celebration of the Matildas’ World Cup success, Australia’s newest airline Bonza has promised to name its next aircraft ‘Matilda’. The airline so far has four aircraft named Shazza, Bazza, Sheila and Malc. The fifth plane, due to arrive next year after the Gold Coast base launch, will take pride of place in the Aussie skies with Matilda proudly painted on its side.

“Like the rest of the nation, our team of legends have been gripped by Matilda Mania thanks to their sportsmanship, mateship with one another and their pride in wearing the green and gold. As an airline that is solely focussed on Australia, it seemed fitting to name our next aircraft Matilda,” said Carly Povey, Chief Commercial Officer at Bonza.

Bonza’s route map includes 17 destinations and 33 routes with flights sold through the Fly Bonza app or local travel agents. The airline made headlines last year when it asked to ‘nick the nicknames’ for its existing fleet. Povey says naming the planes has personified the aircraft and given them all unique personalities amongst Bonza’s team and customers.

Soccer image via unsplash
Matilda’s live site announced on the Gold Coast

14.08.23
Never fear Gold Coasters, we officially have a live site to watch the Matilda’s take on England in the Women’s World Cup semifinal on Wednesday night! 

Mayor Tom Tate announced that large screens will be set up at the end of Cavill Mall in Surfers Paradise to broadcast the big match.

The site will open from 5pm ahead of the game starting at 8pm.

If you’d prefer to catch the action at a Sports Bar check out our list here.

Good & Fugly (image supplied)
Good & Fugly (image supplied)
Food waste startup Good & Fugly lands on the Gold Coast

10.08.23
Sustainable foodies, rejoice! Food waste startup Good & Fugly has made its eagerly awaited debut on the Gold Coast. The fresh produce delivery service – serving up quirky but tasty seasonal fruit and veg boxes straight to consumers’ doors – has just launched Gold Coast deliveries.

With 25% of all Australian produce not even leaving the farm, Good & Fugly launched its offering in Sydney in 2020 to help fight Australia’s food waste epidemic. The team have since delivered over 620,000 kgs of quirky fruit & veg to consumers, helping save perfectly imperfect produce deemed cosmetically unsuitable for supermarkets from going to waste.

With boxes and delivery being roughly 20% below the supermarkets, it’s an easy way to combat the rising cost of living while doing good for the planet.

Every box will be filled with fresh, seasonal produce direct from farmers, bundled with loving care and delivered direct to consumers’ doors for a small delivery fee. The team also includes tasty recipe cards into fruit & veg boxes to inspire consumers to utilise the produce in new and exciting ways

Juicy Watermelon Vodka Cruiser Rita, El Camino Cantina (image supplied)
Juicy Watermelon Vodka Cruiser Rita, El Camino Cantina (image supplied)
El Camino Cantina has Gone Cruisin’ with new Vodka Cruiser Ritas

10.08.23
Think you’ve tried all El Camino Cantina‘s extraordinary Margarita flavours? Think again! Nine new limited-edition frozen flavours are cruisin’ your way.

Cult followers of El Camino’s legendary Ritas can cruise into the evening, the weekend, or the approaching spring season with the new Gone Cruisin’ Vodka Cruiser Ritas, which hit the bar from Monday 14th August until Saturday 30th September.

Enjoy twice the lip-smacking action with the queen of tequila cocktails – the Margarita, topped with the refreshing fruitiness of the iconic Vodka Cruiser. Flavours available include Summer Peach, Lush Guava, Pure Pineapple, Wild Raspberry, Ripe Strawberry, Sunny Orange Passionfruit, Bold Berry, Juicy Watermelon and Zesy Lime.

Palazzo Versace transforms into the Imperial Hotel (image supplied)
Lobby, Palazzo Versace transforms into the Imperial Hotel (image supplied)
Palazzo Versace transforms into the Imperial Hotel

01.08.23
From today, Tuesday August 1, Palazzo Versace is now known as the Imperial Hotel, marking the start of a new chapter for the renowned, luxury five-star resort.

While the iconic exterior, and Imperial Suites will remain unchanged, the hotel’s 200 rooms will undergo some refurbishment, to reflect its new beginnings. The iconic, antique chandelier will continue to greet guests upon their arrival, while the lobby’s rich furnishings and bespoke tableware will also remain.

With the evolution into the Imperial Hotel, the iconic property will continue to transcend expectations, offering guests exceptional service, and delectable cuisine.

This exciting new era will continue to build on the Hotel’s legacy of luxurious accommodation and exquisite dining experiences for guests.

The Hotel’s dining outlets will be introducing new menus within the coming weeks but will continue to offer incomparable culinary creations and flawless service delivered by highly trained Chefs.

Bonza to operate from the Gold Coast (image supplied)
Bonza to operate from the Gold Coast (image supplied)
Bonza reveals its third base as Gold Coast Airport

01.08.23
Bonza has today revealed its third base will be Gold Coast Airport with two aircraft confirmed to operate from the iconic holiday spot to 11 existing Bonza destinations: Albury, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne Avalon, Melbourne Tullamarine, Mildura, Rockhampton, Townsville and the Whitsunday Coast.

Flights will be on sale very soon, through the airline’s app, which is the only place to book direct. Starting fares will range from $49 to $79 per person one way. Travellers are urged to sign up in the Fly Bonza app today to be the first to know when the new routes are on sale.

The airline says there will be additional and new destinations that will connect with the Gold Coast and those will be revealed when the time is right: “We’ll be adding new destinations to our route map that will fly from the Gold Coast and we continue to welcome conversations with airports around the country as we fulfil our mission to connect communities. Our focus continues to be on unserved and underserved markets that we know would benefit from low cost flights,” said Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Amelia Evans said the new partnership between Gold Coast Airport and Bonza will provide a big boost to the local economy.

KOST renders, Broadbeach (image supplied)
KOST renders, Broadbeach (image supplied)
The Gold Coast’s brand-new coastal inspired, contemporary bar & grill is about to be unveiled.

19.07.23
Kōst will open in the heart of Broadbeach in August!

A slick, brand-new venue is set to open on the Gold Coast in a matter of weeks! A place where sensory meets the sea. Rustic meets refined. A contemporary bar & grill concept, boasting one of the city’s only charcoal wood-fire grills. Kōst has been meticulously designed to provided top-notch dining and beverage experiences in a relaxed coastal environment. Kōst will open mid-August and is located on Oracle Boulevard, right in the heart of Broadbeach. 

Kōst has taken over three previous tenancies on Oracle Boulevard and amalgamated the space to create one venue. The exquisite venue will offer a 130-seat restaurant, with an additional 50 seats for cocktail drinking and bar dining in the restaurant or outside on the brand-new impressive outdoor pavilion. Pull up a bar stool and watch the world go by, right in the heart of the busy Broadbeach precinct. 

“Think fire-kissed food, immersive drinks, killer cocktails, impressive wine list and impeccable service in a space we have created, led by the best in architectural design. This is 25-years of my hospitality experience all poured into one shiny, sleek and sexy venue. We cannot wait to welcome you all to Kōst next month!” said Dave Galvin, owner of Kōst. 

Casamigos, Splendour in the Grass (image supplied)
Casamigos, Splendour in the Grass (image supplied)
George Clooney’s award-winning tequila brings margaritas to Splendour for the first time

18.07.23
Calling all margarita fans! Get ready because Casamigos has arrived at Splendour In The Grass in a big way with the Casamigos Tequila Oasis debuting coastal-inspired margaritas and tantalising tequila cocktails for the first time in the festival’s history.

And if ice-cold margaritas weren’t enough, Peking Duk’s Adam Hyde is descending onto the Casamigos Tequila Oasis for a surprise ‘House of Friends’ DJ set to ignite the atmosphere on Friday 22 July.

Alongside Adam Hyde and an incredible lineup of live DJ sets and background beats, visit the epic bar or take a load off on the Casamigos couches. The latest edition to Splendour In The Grass has plenty of vibe and VIP guests to keep things fresh, so grab your mates, raise your glasses and embrace the essence of Californian chic as Casamigos paints the town teal!

Read more here.

Smirnoff Seltzer Springs, Splendour in the Grass (image supplied)
Smirnoff Seltzer Springs, Splendour in the Grass (image supplied)
Smirnoff Seltzer brings the vibes back to Splendour In The Grass with Smirnoff Seltzer Springs

18.07.23
Smirnoff returns to Splendour in the Grass this July taking festival-goers to sunny Palm Springs via its immersive experience Smirnoff Seltzer Springs.

Located close to the main stage, Smirnoff’s sensational two-storey mega-marquee is the ultimate haven in the heart of the festival grounds and was the place to be seen last year. Evoking tranquil Palm Springs vibes by day with an aura reminiscent of Las Vegas by night, Smirnoff Seltzer Springs is an idyllic sanctuary for those seeking to unwind and immerse themselves in the best new music from emerging artists and internationally acclaimed DJs, while enjoying Smirnoff’s delicious Seltzer flavours.

Read more here.

Kwila Lodge, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)
Kwila Lodge, Mudgeeraba (image supplied)
Kwila Lodge, the Gold Coast’s most prestigious wedding & events venue is opening soon

13.07.23
Restored, reimagined and redefined.

Tucked away in Mudgeeraba, a short drive from the Gold Coast coastline, the Gold Coast now boasts a spectacular wedding and events venue, Kwila Lodge.  Located on Boomerang Road, the 5.5-acre property houses one of the Gold Coast’s original dwellings which dates back to 1923.  The formidable team behind The Bower Estate and hospitality powerhouse, Daniel and Ruggie Ridgeway, have united.

Kwila Lodge can cater for wedding and corporate/private events for 160 sit down or up to 200 cocktail style.

Kwila was born from a passion shared between our two families, to extend our specialty of creating stunning venues that incorporate and nurture our natural surroundings. It was important to us to honour the history of the property and provide the Gold Coast with a beautiful option to celebrate in a heritage style setting.” Said co-owner Amanda Appel.

Opens August 2023.
Where: 5 Boomerang Road, Mudgeeraba

Spa by JW - Signature Treatment Room (image supplied)
Spa by JW - Signature Treatment Room (image supplied)
JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa unveils an unrivaled world of balance and tranquility

12.07.23
Experience the art of unwinding at JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa’s, newly launched Spa by JW from Wednesday, July 12, 2023.

The new spa complements the $35 million hotel transformation, providing both local and discerning travellers a sanctuary dedicated to fostering mental and physical balance.

Spa by JW delivers tailored treatments focused on delivering on one of our four distinctive benefits our guests wish to achieve – calm, indulge, invigorate and renew. Featuring six treatment rooms, a signature couple’s room including relaxation lounge, ensuite stone bath and twin showers, traditional saunas, showers, tranquil pods and an alfresco outdoor garden terrace, Spa by JW aims to create an effortless and intuitive experience that leaves a lasting experience.

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Where: 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Joe's Deli, Free Hot Dog Day (image supplied)
Joe's Deli, Free Hot Dog Day (image supplied)
Score FREE Hot Dogs at Joe’s Deli and celebrate National Hot Dog Day

11.07.23
We know there is a day for everything now, but why not celebrate National Hot Dog Day when Joe’s Deli is doing the cooking and picking up the bill? Head to Joe’s Deli at Pacific Fair on Wednesday 19th July 2023 and celebrate the day of the dog.

Kicking off at 11AM, the team at Joe’s Deli will be slinging hundreds of free hot dogs for lunch to mark the day, and knowing their flavourful creations you can expect more than just a snag and some Tommy T sauce on Wonder White.

Known for its New York style street food vibes, Joe’s Deli will be giving away hundreds of Brooklyn Dogs which is the ultimate twist on the classic. Served in a hot buttered mini milk loaf bun, the Brooklyn Dog is packed with Sauerkraut, a pork and cheese Kransky and topped with spicy tomato ketchup, garlic aioli, vintage cheddar cheese, hot seeded mustard, onion and cucumber pickles.

When: 11am – 12pm Wednesday 19th July 2023
Where: Joe’s Deli, Patio Dining Precinct, Pacific Fair.

Hot Pot Wednesdays at Suzy BBQ, Burleigh (image by Christian Nimri, @photosbynims)
Hot Pot Wednesdays at Suzy BBQ, Burleigh (image by Christian Nimri, @photosbynims)
Suzy BBQ launches a new winter warmer special of Korean Hot Pot!

11.07.23
Suzy BBQ is making the winter months on the Gold Coast a lot more enjoyable with Hot Pot Wednesdays! Think deconstructed ramen meets Korean bbq, simmering bone broth (spicy available for those that like it hot), veggies, thinly sliced beef, noodles and all your favourite Suzy dipping sauces for $29pp. Mouths drooling yet?

This special is only running for the remaining winter months so you better get in quick! Available every Wednesday from 4.30pm until sold out.

When: Wednesdays through winter
Where: 1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Horizon Sky Dining, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise (image by Markus Ravik)
Horizon Sky Dining, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise (image by Markus Ravik)
A beloved Gold Coast icon is reborn as Horizon Sky Dining

30.06.23
With 360-degree views of the stunning Gold Coast skyline that revolve as you dine, a beloved Gold Coast icon is being reborn as Horizon Sky Dining on Friday, 30 June, in a nod to the breathtaking views atop the newly refurbished Crowne Plaza, Surfers Paradise.

With a vast spread of fresh seafood and glistening ocean views – Horizon Sky Dining is the pinnacle of Crowne Plaza’s multimillion-dollar refurbishment – sitting sky-high above the hotel’s 26th floor.

Formerly the iconic Four Winds 360 Revolving Restaurant, the impressively renovated space, which caters to 126 diners, offers the only rotating view of the Gold Coast, changing in beauty and aspect as you dine.

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