The latest food, drink & event news on the GC served up in bite-sized scoops!
The latest food, drink & event news on the GC served up in bite-sized scoops!
The latest food, drink & event news on the GC served up in bite-sized scoops!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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
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:
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
Read full story here.
Where: 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
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.
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
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.
Well well well, what do we have here?
If it isn’t our mate Currumbin collecting trendy new haunts like they don’t already have dibs on the coolest creek in the whole of the GC.
It’s okay though, we’re not mad about it, because in case you haven’t caught the hottest news in town, a cult-flavourite on the GC scene has branched out to bring us a BRAND NEW VENUE (and yes we feel the shouty caps are warranted, as will anyone who has tasted one of their mouth-watering pastries) because we are talking about our beloved, one and only Tarte Bakery here.
We are so bready for the great Tarte takeover, with Currumbin officially welcoming its sister venue Tarte Beach House this week and, while we want to say it’s every bit as good as you’d expect – it’s not.
It’s even better (how is that even possible?!)
Taking up residence under the palms lazily swaying by the picturesque Currumbin Creek foreshore, this Hamptons meets Parisian style stunner ticks all the boxes – and with owner and culinary mastermind Chloe Watts at the helm, we certainly don’t think this new venue will be living in the shadow of its big sister for long.
Somewhere between her duties as #supermum and running one of the GC’s most popular artisan bakeries, Chloe apparently manages to squeeze in the odd The Block binge, because the new Tarte Beach House beach shack glow up was a reno of epic proportions.
She well and truly uncovered the true potential of this creekside gem, which has been treated to a full facade makeover with some stunning new joinery to frame those knockout views.
Also of note are the painstakingly sourced vintage fixtures, with tables, counters and beach umbrellas turned lamp shades direct from France clocking in at a mere century old #oohlala.
Complete with chic monochrome checkerboard floors and elegant brass fixtures to round out the whole elevated space, it’s no longer just the glistening outlook that’s insta-worthy.
No how matter how ‘in’, the mullet may claim to be, we are loathe to use such a term to describe the ‘party in the bottom, business in the top’ functionality of this gorg new multi-level space (but we did it anyway).
Downstairs has been designed to be the more casual of the two spaces, welcoming us to saunter in post-dip and pull up stumps, or perhaps grab a New York style bagel (or any of your usual Tarte flaky faves) to-go #we’rejusthereforthecruellers.
Upstairs boasts the more formal style restaurant, which of course is fully licensed (which means Tarte cocktails, huzzah!).
Coupled with all-day faves such as Chilli eggs – Crispy ‘fried’ eggs, sauteed asparagus and broccolini with Aunty TT’s crispy chilli and fresh shallots on white sourdough and slightly more boujee brunch options such as the Lobster Roll made with Southern rock lobster in hot butter, celery, chives and lettuce served in a toasted housemade brioche. Shut up and take all our money!
With plans to eventually extend the Tarte Beach House offering to arvos and evenings, Europe called and said we should definitely stay home for creek hangs this summer.
When: Downstairs officially opens Thursday 10th August, upstairs opens this weekend from 6.30am-3pm daily.
Where: 2 Thrower Dr, Currumbin
Words by Kellie Leader.
Images by Carly King.
Something grill-iant has been a ‘cookin in Broadbeach, with the eagerly anticipated arrival of kōst Bar & Grill set to swing open its swanky new digs this Saturday.
A brand new spot for sophisticated sips taking up residence in the Oracle Blvd precinct will lure us in with the hypnotising aroma of flame-grilled food and an equally enticing facade.
A contemporary bar & grill concept, boasting one of the city’s only charcoal wood-fire grills, this mammoth new space is set to redefine the way we meet and eat in Broadbeach.
Along with seafood towers, roving champagne and caviar trolleys, and a purpose-built dry aged cool room that can be seen (drooled over) from Oracle Boulevard, our wining and dining game is about to cop a serious upgrade.
A meticulous project three years in the making for hospitality honcho Dave Galvin, kōst is the ultimate culmination of 25 years of hospitality experience all poured into one shiny, sleek and sexy venue.
The brief was to deliver a coastal inspired, design led space with a sensory immersion through food, wine, cocktails and live fuel cooking methods — with the first two-metre Mibrasa charcoal grill and oven in Australia the venue’s crowning jewel.
Dave adds “I have always been a huge fan of charcoal and live fuel cooking and dining in a beautifully designed venue. These are just two of my passions that were part of the inspiration for creating Kōst. After an extensive search, we finally managed to find the perfect location where we could bring this concept to life.”
Seizing the opportunity to snap up three previous tenancies, kōst has amalgamated the sites into one sprawling super-venue.
The luxurious space boasts an impressive 130-seat restaurant, in addition to private dining room, bar dining and outdoor pavilion spaces.
Though the space is just as pretty as it is functional, with cascading greenery, marble surfaces, chic lighting and arches a-plenty.
Returning to Australia this year to oversee the culinary direction for kōst, Executive Chef Sebbie Keynon developed the entire menu, bringing inspiration from restaurants across the globe in Paris, London, Moscow and Jakarta.
The trademark theme of relaxed luxury is also carried through the menu, with top shelf produce elevated with a little help from the signature wood-fire treatment.
Treat yourself to everything from boujee ‘bar snacks’ like coal roasted potato, labne, smoked roe, through to the roll of the moment, bay lobster roll, gem lettuce, kōst signature sauce, and the premium Australian wood-fired lobster where 24 hours notice is required #worththewait.
There’s a full suite of premium seafood with options like the Raw Bar, and dishes such as kōst ceviche, citrus rressing and a prawn cocktail, kōst signature sauce revival, through to the seafood platter and seafood tower when it’s truly time to indulge.
Though, how coal-d you skip the kōst specialty ‘Over Embers’ offering, with a full selection of ocean, land and earth delights to spark a whole lot of culinary joy?
Even the drinks get the grill treatment, with a Mahalorita, 1800 coconut Tequila, Cointreau, charred pineapple, toasted coconut, lime, smoked salt we’d be tempted to walk over hot coals to get our hands on.
Though it might come at great kōst to our social budgets and waistlines — we’re tipping that pretty soon, reflecting on Broadbeach’s eats scene will be defined as a whole new era: before-kōst and after-kōst, with this impressive new venue set to steal the show.
Where: 3 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach
When: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday 11:30 am–9 pm, Wednesday, Thursday 11:30 am–9:30 pm and Friday, Saturday 11:30 am–11 pm
Hola, fellow Mexican food (.. and drink, lbh) enthusiasts – aka absolutely anyone with a tastebud or two rattling around in their noggin’ – ‘tis is an extremely excellente day indeed.
With an all new Mexican eatery and margarita bar, Nude Amigos, sauntering into the Broadbeach eats scene for our feasting, frolicking and, er.. fiesta(-ing) pleasure.
For a newcomer with a name like Nude Amigos, it’s certainly easy enough for the imagination to get carried away, though thanks to the inclusion of an ‘unmatched Margarita Bar’, we’re verrrry happy to confirm this is indeed the kind of establishment where all the spicy action is of the culinary variety #notthatkindofplace #sendfoods.
For owners and passionate nudies foodies Darren and Sara, of Kin acclaim, the aim was to create a vibrant culinary playground where food enthusiasts (#itus) and margarita aficionados (#alsous) gather.
Sara adds “nestled by the park, this airy Broadbeach gem offers an oasis for sipping tequila cocktails, savouring fresh, authentic Mexican delights, and simply kicking back with your buddies.”
Umm, that gets a big sí from us!
The interiors are somewhat of a Gold Coast style ode to Cancún.
At the heart stands the sprawling venue-length bar, complete with beach-hut style thatched roof – though the glittering collection of exotic tequilas and mezcals adorning the shelves beyond do their very best to steal the show.
The breezy space has opted for an otherwise light and bright colour scheme to complement the rustic, natural elements such as travertine tiling and sea grass feature lighting, making it all too easy to forget you’re not actually on a Caribbean island vaycay (esp. after a few sneaky samples of those aforementioned sips).
The arrival of Nude Amigos to the Broady strip also officially provides some much-needed closure for the wholesome eats shaped hole left in our hearts, following the departure of Cardamom Pod and its impressive 10+ year prior reign in the spot.
Though, to the delight of our plant-based brethren, its predecessor also boasts an extensive and considered vegan and vego selection #kaleyeah.
Fresh, local produce takes centre stage for the entire lineup of enticing eats – in the form of next-level authentic Mexican fare.
“We believe in celebrating the richness of Queensland’s produce,” Sara shares.
“It’s our way of infusing the essence of Mexico into every bite and sip.”
The menu ranges from bites that will perfectly pair with any of the signature margi’s, to a full blown banquet option (and look, we’re still gonna pair it with a marg, even if that means farewell to our trusty top buttons).
Brimming with fare as instagrammable as it is flavour packed, both the Elote, Char-grilled Corn with coriander mayo, tajin and queso fresco cheese (or vegan upon request) or the show stopping Seafood Pineapple – Half a Pineapple filled with King Prawns, sautéed capsicum, red onion, coconut cream, coriander, chipotle chili, topped with melted cheese and served with warm flour tortillas will wow in more ways than one.
Of course the trusty faves are all accounted for, with Queso fundido, Enchiladas, Quesadillas all on offer as well as a stacked Taco lineup we’d happily nom our way through hungry caterpillar style every day of the week (honourable mention to the Crispy fried tempura fish – White Fish, shredded cabbage, Jalapeño mayo, Pico de Gallo and queso fresco, tho).
And if you haven’t yet gauc enough, the delectable desserts are sure to do the trick, though choosing between the Mango Margarita Cheesecake, Traditional Tres Leches Cake or Peach Cream Chimichanga may prove to be quite the impossible feat.
Might we suggest a sneaky round of piedra papel o tijera, aka scissors-paper-rock (or is it rock paper scissors?! #controversial) to settle this conundrum once and for all.
And for the hottest tip of all, because what’s hotter than a spicy marg? Several!
Where: Lot 1, 70 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
When: Lunch 12 pm – 3 pm – Wednesday to Sunday, Dinner 5 pm – 12 am – 7 Days a week
Words by Kellie Leader.
Images by Belinda Symons.