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Shopping on James Street, Truck Picnic, Best Spots for cocktails and drinks

With a relaxing holiday in mind, there is no better place to stay than Burleigh Heads. With one of the best beaches on the coast, a thriving dining and shopping precinct and nearby to popular travel destinations – why go Beautiful Burleigh Headsanywhere else? Whether you want to shop for gifts (or for yourself), wine and dine to your hearts content, or explore the local national park, laze by the beach, or venture north to the theme parks, you’ll want to make Burleigh your home base.

While Burleigh is quickly becoming famous for its range of boutique fashion houses dotted along James Street, there are a range of lifestyle and design boutiques, and dining options as well, which often get overlooked.

book lovers, check out Big ‘B’ Books,If you’re looking for some new pieces for your home, why not check out Village Stores, with a wonderful collection of pieces – you’ll have something to take home that will always remind you of your holiday.

For the book lovers, you’ll want to check out Big ‘B’ Books, there is nothing like a quiet afternoon sipping on a coffee, browsing a good book shop.

Feeling peckish? Check out The Fruit Shop for the best smoothies and juices in town, and a great selection of fresh produce, or Helen’s Heavenly Bulk Foods to get your healthy food fix and grab an Acai Bowl while you’re there!

Food Truck PicnicIn August, the Gold Coast was lucky to host the GC Show, the ever popular Broadbeach Jazz festival, the Gold Coast Eisteddfod and the QLD Junior Surfing titles. All were incredibly popular events attended by locals and visitors a like.

Everyone loves a food truck, and so hopefully you didn’t miss the Food Truck Picnic. The event was at tbe Pizzey Skate Park on the 24th of September between 11am-6pm for a day of food and fun. Whether you want to eat American, South American, European, Asian or Aussie cuisine, prefer something a little healthier or want to satisfy your sweet tooth – there will be something for everyone.

Plus the Pro Scooter series will be having an international Scooter Competition so you can watch the contestants battle it out, while enjoying a the best meals our food trucks have to offer.Rick Shores Burleigh

After a big day of exploring, or lazing by the beach, there is no better way to relax than with a cocktail soaking up the fresh, sea breeze.

If you’re wanting ocean views, Rick Shores is the place to be, with glass windows overlooking the northern end of the coast, it’s one of the best places in town. If you’re wanting something a little low-key, but still want those views you’ll want to head to the Burleigh Heads Hotel.

Harvest Moon or Finders Keepers Great RestaurantsOther popular options include Harvest Moon or Finders Keepers, both of which are Tapas Bars on James Street.
Bin 12, Ze Pickle and Justin Lane also offer a diverse range of dining experiences. From the delicious burgers of Ze Pickle, to gourmet pizzas at Justin Lane, to fine dining at Bin 12 – you have more than enough options to try a new place every night. And better still, each place has a unique range of cocktails for you to enjoy.

To book a short stay at Gemini Court, located in the heart of Burleigh, or to book accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5576 0300, or check out our website.


Gold Coast Marathon – Viva Surfers Paradise – Metricon Stadium – The Kokoda Challenge, Gold Coast

There is no better place to spend your next holiday than in the heart of Burleigh. You’ve got one of the most beautiful coast beaches on your door step, dozens of delicious restaurants and cafes to explore, boutique stores to shop. Plus you’re close to everything else the Gold Coast has to offer, with the airport, theme parks, Surfers Paradise and the hinterland just a short drive away.The Gold Coast Marathon

Perhaps you are competing in the Gold Coast Marathon, and want to make the most of the competition and have someone to recover when you’re done? The marathon is held on the 1st-2nd of July – with races for every level of fitness. There is the junior dash, a 5.7km challenge, 10km run, the 21km half marathon and finally the 42km marathon.


Depending on which race you decide to participate in you’ll potentially be running through Runaway Bay, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and even through Burleigh Heads!

The race attracts over 43,000 visitors from outside the Gold Coast, is shown in 129 countries, and will have 27,000 plus participants. It is Australia’s premier road race, and is known for being one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world. If you haven’t registered yet, or want to find out more simply visit their website:

If a marathon isn’t for you – then Viva Surfers Paradise will have your entertainment needs met. This event is held from the 7th-16th of July and is a free event! It’s a tribute to the greatest music legends in the heart of Surfers. There will be live shows, rock ’n’ roll dancing, a car show Viva Surfers Paradisefor the vintage car-lovers and the always popular Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.
Image: Viva Surfers Paradise

The Elvis tribute contest is not to be missed. The competition gives Elvis tribute artists the change to battle it out, and judging is based on vocals, style and stage presence. With $5,000 and a place in the Ultimate Elvis Contest in Memphis up for grabs – it’s serious business, and great fun to watch.

For the North Melbourne fans, you won’t want to miss Gold Coast Suns V North Melbourne held on the 1st of July. The game is held at Metricon stadium and tickets are on sale now from
Those in possession of a valid event ticket will also receive free public transport to and from the
event through TransLink – so getting to the venue is easy no matter where you are. Just make sure you have your ticket on hand.Metricon stadium

Whether the Kokoda Challenge has always been on your bucket list, or you are the kind of person up for a challenge – registrations are now open for the Kokoda Challenge held of the 15-16th of July on the Gold Coast. Often referred to as the toughest team endurance even in Australia, with 96kms of winding tracks, 5,000m of vertical elevations and 13 check points, prove to yourself that you can go crash through your limits and do something extraordinary. This is truly a team event, so you want to make sure you’ve got a good group of people on this journey with you.

There is also a 48km challenge for those who aren’t quite ready for the full 96km challenge but still want to test themselves and push their limits. For more information or to register you can visit the website here:

In addition the the amazing events already mentioned, the Gold Coast always has so much to offer, did you get to check out Bleach Festival, the sand sculpting festiv
al or the Gold Coast Relay for life that were on recently? They were loved by locals and visitors alike.

Kokoda ChallengeNo matter your interests there is always something for everyone and there is no better place to enjoy it than from Burleigh. To book a short stay at Gemini Court, located in the heart of Burleigh, or to book accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5576 0300, or check out our website.

Swell Sculpture Festival – Coolangatta Whale Watching – Gold Coast Multisport Festival

Burleigh Heads even stunning in WinterAs the weather starts to warm, the Gold Coast is truly one of the most beautiful places in Australia to visit. In addition to the gorgeous beachers, we are lucky enough to star as one of the best whale watching locations in the world. Plus there is always a wide range of events on; September features the Swell Sculpture Festival, or if you’re a sports fan you can’t miss the Gold Coast Multisport Festival in late August. Of course you also won’t want to miss our ever-popular theme parks, nightlife and dining precincts.



Gold Coast Multisport Festival,   –   August 29 to 30
Multisports on the Gold CoastWhether you are an athlete or a fan, it’s well worth checking out the Gold Coast Multisport Festival, held from August 29 to 30. Held in conjunction with the existing Challenge Gold Coast event, this festival hosts a Supersprint Triathlon, a Kids Aquathon and a Twilight Fun Run.

Compete, or cheer on your favourite athlete, and with competitor numbers expected to exceed 2,500 – it’s guaranteed to be an exciting event! For more information or to register you can check out their website at – Keep checking back, the website will be going live shortly!


Swell Sculpture Festival Currumbin   –  September 11 to 20
Swell Sculpture Festival  Currumbin BeachIf you’re visiting the Gold Coast in September, make sure you’re around to visit the Swell Sculpture Festival held on Currumbin Beach from September 11 to 20. Experience an incredible display of over 50 sculptures from local, national and international artists. Held along the spectacular Currumbin coastline you can visit the art installations at all hours of the day – it’s highly recommended you visit at sunrise or sunset as the lighting adds to the wonder of the displays.  Some of the sculptures are even lit which adds to the nighttime experience!

In addition to the sculptures, you can also take part in adult or children’s workshops, vote in the art competition, enjoy the musical acts and even meet with some of the artists.  Enjoy a wonderful stroll along the beach while taking in the art, and if you have kids, you can let them play in the sand while you admire the sculptures.


Coolangatta Whale Watching
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Coolangatta Whale WatchingThe Gold Coast is also one of the best whale watching destinations in the nation, with one of the longer whale watching seasons stretching all the way from May to November.  Whether it’s a bucket list item, or your yearly tradition, it’s really worth your while to head whale watching on your next Gold Coast trip. These majestic but monstrous creatures are awe-inspiring to witness in their natural habit.

It’s an incredible privilege to be able to get up close and personal with these beautiful animals. If you’re lucky you might even see a calf and mother, a pod of dolphins or even a turtle. Before you book be sure to check out our site or ask at reception for more information, as we often have special offers and discounts available.Whale watching season May to November

No matter what your plans are for your next Gold Coast holiday, there’s no place better to stay than at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, located in beautiful Burleigh Heads. It’s walking distance to the local’s favourite beach, a wonderful range of cafes and the Burleigh National Park. It’s also central to everything you’ll need to make your holiday one to remember. To book a short stay at Gemini Court, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5576 0300, or check out our website.

Gold Coast Show – Gold Coast Multicultural Festival – Wedding Groups Accommodation

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, or just looking to kick back and relax, Gold Coast offers a spectacular holiday escape this winter.

Best of all: You won’t even know it’s winter! In fact, unlike our southern city cousins, the Gold Coast offers balmy, sunny days throughout the majority of the season. Many locals still opt for a dip here or there at this time of year, so the water’s definitely not off limits.

Wedding Groups at Gemini Court
Burleigh Beach WeddingsGemini Court Holiday Apartments situated at Burleigh Heads also offers exceptional accommodation packages for groups visiting for a range of special occasions. Our tour desk can help you with theme park tickets, transport, dinner shows and more. We also work closely with Gold Coast marriage consultants to ensure our brides experience the most perfect day possible!

Our lovely Burleigh Heads apartments feature huge living areas and a large bathroom, perfect for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready together. Each apartment hosts a balcony with amazing views across the ocean all the way to Surfers Paradise, providing a wonderful opportunity for wedding shots.

I do Wedding Days on the Gold CoastBefore and after the wedding, you and your guests can enjoy our fabulous resort facilities, including heated pool, spa, sauna and covered bbq area where your families can gather to spend time together.

A short stroll from Gemini Court you’ll find famous, ocean-front Oskars on Burleigh, known for it’s fine cuisine, beautiful surroundings and amazing service. It’s a favourite reception venue offering elegance and style.

Also an easy stroll is Burleigh Heads Surf Life Saving Club, which features a fabulous function room, complete with separate bar and enormous deck where the bridal party and guests can enjoy wonderful ocean views.

Many brides adore getting married on Burleigh Point, having their wedding photos taken on the sand, and then stepping into their perfect reception at either Oskars or Burleigh Heads SLSC.

We are here to help, please call or visit our Burleigh Heads accommodation to discuss how we can make your wedding day one to remember.

Gold Coast Show – August 26 to 28
Meanwhile, if you’re planning on staying at Gemini Court in August, you might want to check out the 110th annual Gold Coast Show, held from August 26 to 28, or the Gold Coast Multicultural Festival, set for August 7.Gold Coast Show

Both massive events in the coast’s cultural calendar, the Gold Coast Show’s milestone 110th birthday is sure to be celebrated in style! Featuring a traditional country carnival experience, accompanied by all the modern facilities you’d expect of a metro show, organisers are already lining up a huge entertainment extravaganza – expect whip-crackers, sheep-shearers, fire twirlers, buskers, musicians, drummers and bongo players, bands, dancers and dancing groups and performers from primary and tertiary schools.
But that’s not all. Show organisers have issued a call for talented stilt walkers, acrobats, flash mobs, martial arts demonstrators, street artists, graffiti artists, DJ’s, hip-hop dance crews, beat boxers, singers, cultural performers, traditional performers, roving entertainers, poets and just about every performer in between!

You’ll also find the regular show fare – always popular, always a whole lot of fun – including food and drink stalls, games of chance and skill, rides and animal pavilions, arena shows and the usual agricultural competitions.

The show regularly draws more than 60,000 patrons and is one of the biggest agricultural shows in the southern hemisphere. Located just a short drive from Gemini Court, it’s well worth a day trip.

The Gold Coast Show will be held at the Gold Coast Showgrounds, Race Course Drive, Bundall, from 9am to 9pm across the three days.

Visit for more information.

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival – August 7
Another big drawcard on the Gold Coast’s packed event calendar is our annual Multicultural Festival, located at Southport Broadwater Parklands, right on the water, and just a short roadtrip away from Gemini Court.

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival 1A staggering 29% of Gold Coast residents were born overseas, and if you add to that the descendants of those born overseas, this figure increases to above 40%, so the festival attracts a large crowd.
The Gold Coast Multicultural Festival celebrates and showcases the skills and talents of our city’s diverse cultural communities through a variety of exciting and educational multicultural activities, culminating in the main Festival Day.

The festival has been running since 2008 and it’s a low-cost, family-friendly event, which includes multicultural performances, stalls, workshops and much more.

For more information about the festival as it comes to light visit

To book a short stay at Gemini Court, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5576 0300, or check out our website.


Broadbeach Jazz Weekend – Seniors Week on the Gold Coast – Gemini Court Loyal Key Restaurant List

If you’re looking to beat the winter chill this August, we’ve got the perfect solution! The Gold Coast boasts balmy, subtropical conditions year round. Many days are still warm enough for a refreshing dip. Seriously! The region is world renown for its unique and beautiful beaches, stretching from the southern end at Rainbow Bay to South Stradbroke Island in the north. Plus, we’ve got heaps more on offerscattered across our sunny The gorgeous seaside town of Burleigh Headsshores: From fine dining, to Australia’s best amusement parks, a vibrant nightlife and interesting entertainment on offer throughout the year.

Stay at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments in the gorgeous seaside town of Burleigh Heads, and you’ll experience the best the coast has to offer, right on your doorstep.

Broadbeach Jazz Weekend August 20-21
If you’re staying locally this August, you might want to book with consideration to the annual Broadbeach Jazz Weekend, held from August 20 to 21, or Seniors Week, held from August 13 to 21 (and featuring an exciting range of attractions at many locations).

Held a short drive from Gemini Court, Broadbeach Jazz Weekend offers an awesome entry point to the smooth tunes of modern day jazz. However, you’ll also get a chance to delve into traditional methods, and family oriented gigs, if that’s your cup of tea.Broadbeach Jazz Weekend

The reinvigorated event will incorporate a number of new elements, including expanding the entertainment offering for a more eclectic festival feel. The weekend will feature outdoor stages and venues, a host of roving street entertainers, street markets and much more. Best of all, Broadbeach Jazz Weekend is a completely free event.

Broadbeach Jazz Weekend visit lineup of artists is yet to be announced, but if previous events are any indication, the jazz extravaganza should be well worth a visit.

For more information about Broadbeach Jazz Weekend visit

Seniors Week on the Gold Coast August 13 to 21
Starting a little earlier in the month, Seniors Week on the Gold Coast will feature a great array of activities and events, which vary year on year in an expansive fashion. In 2016, expect indoor bowls tournaments, Zumba, Senior Sailing, Yoga, Tai Chi, Art and Fashion displays, New Seniors Week on the Gold CoastVogue Dancing, Woodturning Classes, and even a spot of croquet. Seniors Week will also likely host range of trade shows and expos, helpful internet and computer classes, the annual Vietnam Veteran’s ceremony and a range of health and wellbeing classes, conferences and information sessions. It’s expected to be a diverse offering, as always, and one aimed at promoting healthy, active and dignified aging.

Gemini Court Loyal Key Restaurant List
Now, okay, brace yourself: I’m going to let you in on a little secret to finish this off. There’s more than 40 restaurants, ranging from cafes to five star restaurants all within a few minutes stroll of Gemini Court Holiday Apartments. And we happen to have a secret list shared only with our valuable customers – Anna’s top ten that we recommend and share a loyal key program with.

Show your key at any of the participating restaurants for a 10% discount on your bill. But shhhhhh…this is a secret!!

To find out more about our loyal key program, or to book a short stay at Gemini Court, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5576 0300, or check out our website.

Three night Winter Breaks From Only $139 pn – Gemini Court Holiday Apartments

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Escape the winter blues and book a three night winter break at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments from only $139 per night (Min 3 Nights).

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Stay in one of our Oceanview Apartments and enjoy a perfect relaxing break with the gorgeous sunshine from your private balcony with views all the way to Surfers Paradise.

Offer includes:

•          Complimentary bottle of wine and box of Chocolates in your room upon arrival

•          Complimentary Wi-Fi access in your apartment – Limits apply

•          Free VIP access, entitling you to a premium discount at an array of local restaurant and cafes.

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•          Complimentary access to tennis court and racket hire

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Gold Coast SUNS v St Kilda, Metricon Stadium – The Kokoda Challenge – Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

Ah, the gorgeous Gold Coast! From happening hipster hangouts to sandy golden beaches and a distinctly chilled coastal Queensland vibe, it’s the holiday haven you’ve been waiting for!

Case in point: Burleigh Heads – home to Gemini Court Holiday Apartments – a vibrant beachside mecca, boasting some of the best surf in Australia, a friendly local atmosphere, and pristine views to boot.

The best views on the coast - Gemini Court Holiday ApartmentsPlus, this July there’s a bunch of interesting events happening within a short drive of our stellar location, including the inspirational Kokoda Challenge and acclaimed Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase. You’ll also have the opportunity to catch an AFL match at Metricon Stadium, as our hometown heroes, Gold Coast SUNS, take on St Kilda on July 2.

Firstly, starting a short drive up the road from Burleigh Heads at Mudgeeraba, The Kokoda Challenge will storm into the city on July 16, from 7am.  Hailed as Australia’s toughest team endurance event, it measures in at more than 96km and is often recognised as Australia’s toughest team endurance event. The challenge is a gruelling, cross country team hike over 96km – but with a 39 hour time limit.

Organiser say these numbers hold special significance in Kokoda history, as 96km is the exact length of the Kokoda Track in PNG and the time limit of 39 hours stands in honour of the 39th Militia, who were the first Australian force to engage with the Japanese in Papua New Guinea in World War Two.

Each team of four participants (with a Support Crew) trek the course along fire trails, crossing 12 creeks and climbing summits of 5000m of vertical elevation. The goal is to finish as a complete team of four in honour of the spirit forged on the Kokoda Track in 1942: courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice.The Kokoda Challenge

Money raised by the challenge goes towards The Kokoda Challenge Youth Program, which helps disenfranchised teenagers improve their lot in life, while giving back to their communities.

To register for the life-changing event, visit

Meanwhile, if you’re staying locally later in the month, the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase will be performing at Paradise Showroom, at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on July 31.

This will be the fourth year in a row the festival will be bringing the ‘crème de la crème’ of the Festival right to the Gold Coast, and it’s looking like the most exciting showing yet.Comedy Festival Showcase at The Arts Centre Gold Coast

Organisers say the Comedy Festival Showcase will boast a line-up of the best local and international comics, while also showcasing some of the freshest emerging talents. The 2015 Showcase Tour put smiles on the faces of 20,000 people in more than 45 regional and metro centres over a huge five month tour, performing many sold out shows.

To book your tickets, ranging from $32 to $35, visit

Early in July, on the 2nd, local AFL fans will take some time out to enjoy a match-up between Gold Coast SUNS and St Kilda. Top tip: You should too, footy fan or not.

Even if you’ve only got a passing interest in the sport, our great local facilities make spectating a pretty pleasurable experience. The buzzing atmosphere alone is enough to encourage a visit.

Fan reviews for Metricon Stadium stand at about 4/5 on Ticketmaster, indicating a viewing experience well above average, and a perfect spot to experience your first taste of the Australian game.

AFL footy on the Gold Coast

AFL footy on the Gold Coast

But, honestly, if you ARE in fact an AFL fan, you’ll probably need very little convincing. Book in, rock up, and enjoy the spectacle, just a short drive up the road from Gemini Court Holiday Apartments.

To find out more about short stays at Gemini Court, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5576 0300, or check out our website.

Gold Coast Marathon – Go Golfing Sanctuary Cove 4Ball Challenge – Viva Surfers Paradise

If you’d like to escape the winter chill this July, why not check out the gorgeous Gold Coast?

Boasting perfect swimming weather year-round, awesome family attractions, bustling nightlife and the nation’s best theme parks, it’s no wonder the region is often lauded as Australia’s top tourism destination.

Our luxury accomodation at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments in Burleigh Heads puts you in close proximity to the best the Gold Coast has to offer, right in the middle of one of the region’s most popular little beachside suburbs.

If you’re staying at Gemini Court over July 2 and 3, you won’t want to miss the 38th annual Gold Coast Marathon. It’s often described as Australia’s premier road race, attracting about 27,000 participants in recent years. It was the first marathon in the country to hold an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label.

Gold Coast Marathon

The marathon welcomes runners of all ages and abilities to compete in a number of events, including the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge and Junior Dash 4km and 2km races. The marathon’s many courses are a favourite for competitive runners and casual participants due to the courses’ fast, flat nature, excellent running conditions (low humidity, mild temperatures and manageable winds).

There’s also rewards for finishing the marathon, but simply conquering the difficult physical challenge will undoubtedly prove rewarding in and of itself. You’ll also be cheered over the line by thousands of spectators, delivering a taste of what organisers describe as “runspiration”.

The Gold Coast Marathon’s ambassadors include Australian running legends Rob de Castella, Steve Moneghetti, Lee Troop, Pat Carroll and Benita Willis, and there will be many opportunities to meet and greet them over the weekend.

For more information about the Gold Coast Marathon, or to register to run, visit

Coinciding with the marathon, the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove 4-Ball Challenge will be held from July 9 to 14 at The Pines – Australia’s only Arnold Palmer Signature golf course. It’s located just a short drive from Gemini Court in Burleigh Heads.

Selling out last year, the challenge combines ambrose, best ball and aggregate stableford competition. Morning shotgun starts will be followed by lunch and daily presentations.

Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club will host the event, nestled in 101 hectares of pine forest. The course was recently redesigned and its tricky greens are a true test of golfing skill.

Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country ClubThe tournament also includes a starlit gala dinner, nightly social and entertainment activities and a chance to meet and greet some of Australia’s eminent professional golfers.

Visit for more information about the  Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove 4-Ball Challenge.

Meanwhile, from July 10 to 19 the free Viva Surfers Paradise festival will roll into town, just up the road from Gemini Court.

Viva Surfers ParadiseViva Surfers Paradise pays tribute to some of the world’s greatest music legends, including performances by top-rated tribute artists, rock ‘roll’ dancing, classic cars and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition.

The winner of this popular concept will see best Elvis sent to compete in Memphis, Tennessee. Gracing the stage as 2016’s feature performers will be Viva favourite Chris Connor and new to Surfers Paradise, Dean Z!

renewing your wedding vowsAlways worth a watch, the Renewal of Vows Ceremony will be held this year on Saturday, July 9.

The Gold Coast’s own Elvis, Dean Vegas, returns to Viva Surfers Paradise to renew the vows of couples who want to show their love for each other, and Elvis. It’s free to participation but anyone interested will need to register.

For more information about Viva Surfers Paradise visit

To find out more about short stays at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5576 0300, or check out our website.




Blues on Broadbeach Festival – Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show – Cooly Rocks On – Broadbeach Country Music Festival

For a top holiday spot on the Gold Coast, you can’t go past beautiful Burleigh Heads.

The pretty beachside suburb boasts some of the region’s trendiest events and venues right on its doorstep, and it’s just a short drive from the best the coast has to offer.

Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, located in Hayle Street, features luxury accomodation right in the heart of all of the action.
Blues on Broadbeach Festival,                                               May 21 – 24

Firstly, let’s take a look at the biggest free music festival in Australia; Blues on Broadbeach, a popular, free event which has been running since May, 2002.

Blues on Broadbeach funThis year’s festival will be held from May 19 to 22 and it features an impressive line-up, including The Bamboos, Big Daddy Wilson, Alex Hahn & The Blue Riders, Chase the Sun, Three Kings and many more soulful acts jamming out over six varied stages in the middle of Broadbeach’s trendy leisure and dining district.

Blues on Broadbeach has proven to be a very safe and pleasant event year on year,  offering all the amenities you’d expect at a major music festival, all for free.

For more information about Blues on Broadbeach check out online.

Gold Coast International Marine Expo,                          May 21 – 24-May

If a day out by the water is more your style, the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, situated a short drive away from Gemini Court at Gold Coast Marine Precinct, Coomera, will likely fit the bill. The expo will be held from May 19 to 22, coinciding with Blues on Broadbeach.

Gold Coast International Marine ExpoThis year’s event will introduce indoor Shell Scheme Booths, housed within a large 10m x 20m marquee, for exhibitors requiring full indoor protection. Also new will be the Sea Trial Berths, offering an exclusive area for exhibitors to undertake sea trials during Expo.

New precincts are also being planned to showcase like-minded exhibitors, such as engines and fishing equipment.

‘The Boat Show With So Much More’ is Australia’s only ‘working boat show’ and it attracts large crowds of enthusiastic visitors from across the country, and across the world. Whether you’re a boating enthusiast, or just curious about marine craft, the expo will definitely be worth a look. As a bonus, the expo is a big supporter of local charities, with its widespread donations topping well over $68,000 to date.

The Boat Show With So Much More'While organisation is still underway for this year’s event, we can get a pretty good idea of what’s in store by taking a look at last year’s event. One of the more curious stop-offs at the 2015 boat show was the Notorious Pirate Ship, a painstaking, rare replica of a 15th century Portuguese caravel. It’s one-of-a-kind in the Southern Hemisphere and it was a thrill for the young and young-at-heart to take a look at the quirky vessel.

Last year also featured the Supertank Fishing Show and Super 60s Multihull Showcase, while the Fishing Show provided a unique fisheye look at underwater life (and a glimpse at the latest fishing gear).

The Southport Yacht Club Funsail also offers kids the opportunity to hit the water and test out their sea legs in a safe environment.

Tickets to the Gold Coast Marine Expo are available online, but you can also pay at the gate.

Coinciding with the Expo will be the Marine Sanctuary Cove show, showcasing over 500 boats at Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove, including the latest lines.

It will feature an array of exclusive conferences, boating demonstrations and more.

Visit online for more information.

 Cooly Rocks On,                                                                          May 29 – June 8

While holidaying in Burleigh Heads, you might be lucky enough to catch the Cooly Rocks On 50s and 60s nostalgia festival, which features as the biggest event of its kind in Australia. It will be held from June 3 to 13, a short drive down the Pacific Motorway in the border town of Coolangatta. Last year about 100,000 people attended the free event and organisers expect numbers could surpass that this year.

Cooly Rock on

Attractions at the festival include an impressive car show, comprising more than 1300 hot rods and other classic and custom cars. You’ll also discover lots of vintage and modern day motorbikes, ranging from choppers to sports bikes.

The festival also includes a variety of rock and roll, rockabilly and swing-based entertainment, from official stages, to loosely organised street dances and fancy dress parties. More than 50 local, national and international bands are expected to perform and the streets come alive with 50s and 60s dancers taking advantage of the occasion.

Attendees can expect numerous shows, displays, competitions, parades, carnival rides and Gold Coast Cooly Rocks Oncompetitions. The star of the show is usually the 1300-strong Grand Finale Parade – always an awe-inspiring sight, and one children in particular won’t soon forget. Cooly Rocks On 2016 will also include a surf themed market and heaps of other great entertainment at the Kirra Surf Precinct, just north of the main proceedings in Coolangatta and Tweed Heads (northern New South Wales, just south of the border).

Cooly Rocks On coincides with the QLD Mal Festival, which promotes longboard surfing, and the precinct features a Show n Shine, with a selection of the finest iconic surf vehicles, including Kombis, panel vans, Woodies and utes, entertainment at the precinct’s Kirra Surf stage and rides operating for the kids. There’s also a Family Precinct located in Jack Evans Boat Harbour in Tweed Heads, which will keep kids occupied with a range of events throughout Cooly Rocks On.

QLD Mal Festival  longboard surfingMany participants in the car show and dance aspects of the festival tend to get heavily into the nostalgia-driven spirit, with vintage costumes the order of the day.

And if all that wasn’t quite enough, there’ll also be an array of vintage-styled food and drink on offer, as well as over 200 retro market and craft stalls.

Cooly Rocks On is generally free, but tickets to indoor shows will be available at, where you can also find more information.

Broadbeach Country Music Festival,                                           June 17 – June 19

A little later in the month, from June 17 to 19, the Broadbeach Country Music Festival will be held, of course, in the heart of Broadbeach. The festival began in 2013 and last year’s event attracted more than 35,000 visitors. It’s a rather unique affair, blending stetsons and steel guitars with surfboard and boardshorts in typical Gold Coast fashion.

This year’s festival headliner will be Adam Brand & The Outlaws, backed up by The Sunny Cowgirls, Jasmine Rae, Adam Eckersley Band, Deep Creek Road, Bill Chambers and Caitlyn Shadbolt, among many others. For more information about Broadbeach Country Music Festival visit

To find out more about short stays at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5576 0300, or check out our website.

Australian Street Entertainment Championships – Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

If you’re looking for a top holiday spot for the family this Easter why not check out Burleigh Heads on the gorgeous Gold Coast? Found just north of the world famous surfing breaks of Coolangatta and Kirra, and a short drive south from the bustling Broadbeach crowds, it’s the perfect destination, located right amongst the best things to see and do on the Gold Coast.

Australian Street Entertainment ChampionshipsGemini Court Holiday Apartments offers luxurious accomodation right in the middle of town, a short walk from Burleigh Beach, Burleigh Head National Park and a wide selection of great shopping and dining destinations.

While you’re staying in the area, you might want to check out the popular Australian Street Entertainment Championships at Surfers Paradise, a short drive from Gemini Court.

Australian Street Entertainment Championships               March 25-28
This March and April you’ll find crowds of clowns, mimes, magicians, jugglers, dancers and performers keeping the crowds enthralled during the popular event, the competitions will be held from March 25 to 28.

The championships arrives soon before Blues on Broadbeach, which rolls into town on May 19, featuring world renown artists such as Tex Perkins, Diesel, Bondi Cigars, Felicity Lawless,The James Street Preachers and many more acclaimed acts. The top-rated free festival is always popular, and, like the Street Entertainment Championships, it’s located a hop, skip and a jump from Gemini Court.

If the Street Entertainment Championships take your fancy, head into the streets of Surfers Paradise to catch a range of performers spruiking their skills, based around four stages.

Each zone includes unique theme and without the help of a captive audience, performers will be putting it all on the line to intrigue and impress the passing crowds.

People choice awards - Australian Street Entertainment ChampionshipsYou’ll also be able to join in the fun and vote for your favourite act in the People’s Choice Award. Artists compete to be crowned the 2016 Australian Street Entertainment Champion. A list of performers at the championships will be provided here closer to the date.

Organisers are also on the lookout for talented performers, so if you’ve got what it takes, get your expression of interest form in as soon as possible.

Again, the Australian Street Entertainment Championships, a free event, will be held from March 25 to 28.

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival                                          May 19-22, 2016

Now, let’s take a look at the biggest free music festival in Australia; Blues on Broadbeach, which has often been described as a Gold Coast institution since it first started 14 years ago, back in May, 2002.

Blues on Broadbeach
This year’s festival features a particularly impressive line-up, complete with The Bamboos, Big Daddy Wilson, Alex Hahn & The Blue Riders, Chase the Sun, Three Kings and many more great acts jamming out over six colourful stages in the middle of Broadbeach’s fashionable leisure and dining district.

The Broadbeach Mall stage offers enough performances to keep even the fussiest Blues fan satisfied, and it’s just the beginning when it comes to the long list of entertaining acts.

Importantly, the busy event has proven very safe and well-organised year on year, and it offers all the amenities you’d expect at a major music festival, all for free.

A short jaunt down the highway from Blues on Broadbeach, you’ll find Gemini Court – the perfect base to soak up the sights and sounds of our sunny region.

For more information about Blues on Broadbeach , which will be held May 19 to 22, visit

As a bonus, when you’re staying in the region over the Easter period, a huge range of surfing, scuba diving, wakeboarding, jet skiing and other waterborne experiences will still be available at your leisure. Our mild Autumn weather means swimming remains a very popular pastime during April and May.

Beautiful Burleigh - Heart of the Gold CoastWith our world-renown beaches, top-rated dining and leisure venues and our famous laid-back atmosphere, you won’t find a more appealing holiday location than the Gold

Coast, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, family escape or solo stay.

For more information about short stays at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5576 0300, or check out our website.