Category Archives: Surfing Queensland

Winter Escape – Queensland Junior Surfing Titles – Gold Coast from the waterways – Opera by the Beach

The Gold Coast is the best place to book your next getaway – whether you’re looking for a Winter escape or you’re already planning for your Summer holiday. You can cruise the waterways, watch the Opera by the Beach, dine to your hearts content or get your adrenaline pumping at the local theme parks. There is no better holiday destination.

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If you are already over the cold weather, it’s not too late to book in a Winter escape. We have a number of last minute winter deals, check put our website for great last minute deals.

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The Queensland Junior Titles is the second surfing event of the year for the Under 18 and Under 16 divisions. jnr surf titlesThis event is an important qualification for selection into the Queensland State Junior Surfing Team – so excitement and talent will be at their peak. This event is held on the 9th and 10th of September and could be held anywhere between The Southport Spit all the way down to Duranbah. You’ll need to call the event hotline on (07) 30303 6388 each morning to find the exact location as the location will move dependant on conditions.

 
If you’re looking for something different why not make the most of the Gold Coast waterways and estuaries and hire a boat or a BBQ pontoon boat? There are a number of vendors that hire boats, the closest being on the Tweed River. bbq pontoonIt makes for a wonderful day out cruising the water and will allow you to see a different side of the Gold Coast.

 
A BBQ pontoon boat is another excellent choice and you’ll create some wonderful memories cruising along, jumping in for a quick dip whenever you find a nice spot and BBQing to your hearts content.

 

For a cultural night out you can’t miss Opera on the Beach held between the 21st and 30th of September. Coolangatta Beach will be transformed into an Egyptian wonderland for a production of Aida. The story covers a royal love triangle and even our local surf life savers will be getting involved.

 

opera on the beach

Image: https://opera.org.au/whatson/events/aida-on-the-beach

 

There are only 6 performances each starting at 6:30pm right on the beach. Prices start at $35 per person for C Reserve and if you want the best seats in the house, tickets are going for $90 each. You’ll want to be quick to make sure you get a good spot.

 
This month the Gold Coast is lucky enough to host Cooly Rocks On and the Broadbeach Country Music Festival. These are just two of the events on this month – the coast always has dozens of things to do and see while you are here. And there is no better place to stay than in the heart of Burleigh. Close to everything, and offers a more relaxing vibe, plus you’ll love the dining options that are all within walking distance.

 

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.

 

 

Christmas Lights – Fireworks – Shopping – Surfing

If you want to stay in one of the best parts of the Gold Coast, Burleigh is for you. Whether you want a beachside holiday, or want to enjoy the local atmosphere, dine in a variety of restaurants and shop in wonderful boutiques. Burleigh has it all. When it comes to Christmas and New Year – they certainly put on a show as well. Plus, if you’re a surfing fan, you can’t miss the Burleigh Pro that is being held in January 2017.

 

Christmas Lights
A wonderful thing about Christmas is the amount of effort people put into decorating their houses in lights. They truly create a wonderland in their own backyards.

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Some of the best located in Burleigh as voted by the Gold Coast Bulletin are:

Burleigh Waters 49 Dipper Drive

Burleigh Waters 98 Dipper Drive

Burleigh Waters 244 Christine Avenue

Burleigh Waters 104 Dipper Drive

Burleigh Waters 16 Dabchick Drive

 

And if you want to see all the locations the Gold Coast has to offer there is a Christmas Lights bus tour departing from the Gold Coast Art Centre – you can book tickets here: http://www.murrays.com.au/GoldcoastChristmasLightsTour.aspx

 

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Fireworks
If you’re visiting Burleigh over New Years, you won’t want to miss the fireworks displays. You could wander down to Burleigh Beach and watch the Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise fireworks from the coastline, however if you really want to get into the atmosphere and watch them up close here are your Firework Options: (Broadbeach and Currumbin Creek will be your closest options if you’re staying in Burleigh)

 

 

 

 

Broadbeach – 8pm and Midnight

Currumbin Creek – Midnight

North Kirra – 7:30pm

Coolangatta – 9pm and Midnight

Surfers Paradise – 8pm, 10pm and Midnight

 

Keep an eye on MORE Gold Coast in case there are any changes to these times.

 

Shopping on James Street
While Burleigh is best known for its beaches, it’s also well known for it’s shopping precinct on James Street. With dozens of boutiques, restaurants and quirky shops – you could spend a day just exploring the hidden alleys. Some favourites to check out:

 

Emte Boutique: Focusing on accessories first rather than as a second through to your outfit. They stock a wide range of bags, jewellery, accessories and high fashion clothing.  Owner Emma has created a beautiful environment and you’ll love looking around.

 

Photo: Burleigh Tourism

Photo: Burleigh Tourism

Dragonfly Baby & Kids Clothing: This original concept store focuses on unique and exclusive products for your little ones. If you like the eclectic feel, want something organic and environmentally friendly or are just looking for something different, you definitely want to check this place out.

 

Golosi Food Emporium: Everyone will find something to love in this store. They focus on sourcing the finest local products as well as providing the best from around the world – your taste buds will thank you.

 

Bikini and Me: It’s not a trip to the Gold Coast without stepping on to a beach, and if you’ve left behind your swimmers or just want something new – this is the place to go. Plus they also stock a range of clothing and home wares.

 

2017 Burleigh Pro
The 2017 Burleigh Pro is a world famous surfing event. If you’re on the Gold Coast between the 26th-29th of January, it’s definitely worth checking out.  Burleigh Heads is a natural amphitheatre and the perfect place to watch the competition as the best surfers from around the world battle it out.

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As always there was so much to see and do in Burleigh and on the Gold Coast this month. If you were around did you get a chance to take a photo with Santa or watch the Burleigh Christmas Concert? Or perhaps you were in town to check out Harold Varner III take out the Australian PGA Championships?

 

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.

Mt Tamborine – Quicksilver & Roxy Pro

Burleigh Heads is on of the best spots on the Gold Coast. With beautiful beaches, funky cafés and restaurants and its own national park. No matter what kind of getaway you have planned Burleigh is the perfect place to visit.  There is always something to do, with plenty of local events, restaurants to try, Mt Tamborine is just a short drive away and with events such as the Quicksilver & Roxy Pro in town – you’ll never be bored.

 

While the Gold Coast is famous for its iconic beaches, but don’t forget the green behind the gold on your next holiday. While most people stick to the beaches and tourist attractions, you’ll see a different side of the coast if you head up into the mountains.

 

Mt Tamborine Skywalk

Mt Tamborine Skywalk

 

Mt Tamborine Skywalk
For a truly spectacular view, why not walk the Mt Tamborine Skywalk. It’ll take you around 45 mins for this easy walk featuring 300 meters of steel bridges through the highest parts of the canopy, a 40 metre lookout that soars a breathtaking 30 metres above the creek and forest. The walk is 1.5kms and also features sections along the forest floor – it’s a fairly easy stroll through the forest so will suit most fitness levels.

 

 

 

 

Mt Tamborine Lookouts
There are dozens of lookouts along the mountain range, some simply require a short stroll, others are a more intense – both kinds offer a diverse range of scenery from waterfalls to caves, rainforest foliage to the more quintessential Australian forest.

 

Mt Tamborine Lookouts

Mt Tamborine Lookouts

Why not go for a stroll through Mt. Tamborine, eat some freshly made fudge, and wander through quirky shops and cafes. When you’re done go for a walk through the rainforest. There are so many different tracks to walk, you can have a lazy stroll to a look out, or enjoy a full hike. There is something to suit everyone.

 

Glow Worms
While you’re up in the mountains why not check out the Glow Worms? There are two options, you can view them in their natural habitat at Natural Bridge – you’ll want to bring a torch and sturdy shoes as it gets very dark and there are plenty of stairs. You’ll need to visit at night and there are tours that can take you.

 

Glow Worm Caves in Mt Tamborine

Glow Worm Caves in Mt Tamborine

 

 

Alternatively, you can check out the Glow Worm Caves at Mt. Tamborine – although they are housed – this is the easiest way to see them, and you can visit during the day. For an added bonus you can find them here all year round – unlike at Natural Bridge where they are only visible during certain seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

Quicksilver & Roxy Pro
If you’re a surfing fan mark your diary for 9th-20th of March for the Quicksilver & Roxy Pro. This is an event not to be missed as the world’s best male and female surfers compete for the title. Held at the iconic Snapper Rocks in Coolangatta, you’ll love the atmosphere and watching the competition from the shore. You may even be lucky enough to meet your surfing idol. Official dates, details and booking information is due to be released soon – keep an eye on their website here: https://www.quiksilver.com.au/progoldcoast for updates.

Quicksilver & Roxy Pro

Quicksilver & Roxy Pro

What happened in October
If you were lucky enough to be on the Gold Coast this month hopefully you were able to check out some of the events that were on. There were the V8 Supercars for the GC600, Opera in the Park, the Coolangatta Gold, Buskers by the Creek and many more events.

 

There is always something happening while you’re on the Gold Coast, and Burleigh Heads is the place to stay. With it’s perfect beaches and nearby creek, it’s national park, an abundance of restaurants and Sunday nights at Justin’s Park where the locals come out to play and showcase their artistic and musical talents there really is no better place to stay.

 

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.

Food & Wine Expo – Iconic Surf – Magic Millions

As summer gets underway, Burleigh Heads really starts to shine – it’s the perfect place to visit as you enjoy the sun, sand and surf. Whether you want to enjoy some fine dining at the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo, or give surfing a go. Burleigh is host to an incredible range of dining options, has its own national park, and is close to the highway to reach other iconic Gold Coast hotspots.

 

Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo

Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo

 

Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo
If fine dining, and wine are loves of yours – you cannot miss the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo held from the 20th-22nd of January. For connoisseurs of fine food, to those with an appreciation of the simpler things, you’ll find something to enjoy. There are over 100 exhibitors showcasing their food, wine, kitchenware and home wares and there will be plenty of FREE tastings so you can sample and taste your way through the show.

 

 

 

 

Clover Hill Oyster Bar
There are also a range of food, wine, beer and cheese classes presented by keynote speakers and exhibitors. Plus, if you’re a lover of oysters you’ll have to stop by the Clover Hill Oyster Bar – have a glass of sparkling wine, enjoy some local oysters and watch the celebrity chefs and the hustle and bustle of the show.

Clover Hill Oyster Bar

Clover Hill Oyster Bar

 

For the keen cooks you will want to be around for the celebrity master classes, watch your favourite chefs in action and learn a few new tricks! For more information and the schedule of events – check out their website here: http://foodandwineexpo.com.au/shows/gold-coast/

 

 

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Burleigh Headland
The Burleigh Headland is an iconic surf beach, with a number of internationally recognised surf events taking place at this location. It’s the place youngsters learn to surf, and the pro’s go to catch a wave or two. If you’ve wanted to try surfing there is no better place to catch your first wave. There are a number of surf skills that operate – so be sure to check at reception to see if we have any specials running when you come to visit. There is also a surf shop or two if you need your surfing fix and you want to hire a board.

 

 

Magic Millions
The Magic Millions Gold Coast horse race carnival is on again this year and if you’re coming to watch or race take advantage of making this a weekend getaway and book now……

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.

Olympic Success – Gold Coast 600 – Coolangatta Gold

Burleigh is one of the most popular Gold Coast destinations, for visitors and locals alike. Whether you want to wine and dine, laze on a beach, or go for a walk through nature. Burleigh has it all, and best of all, it’s only a short drive to the big theme parks, and other local attractions. With events like the Coolangatta Gold, Saltfest and Swell Festival nearby, it’s the perfect place to stay!

 

Rio Olympic Success
We want to take a moment to celebrate the achievements of those local Gold Coasters who competed at the recent Rio Games. There were a number of Gold Coast athletes competing in the recent Rio Olympic Games – here is a list of their accomplishments.

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Mat Belcher, with his team mate Will Ryan won silver in Sailing – Men’s 470 (dinghy), Ken Wallace, with his team mate Lachlan Tame won bronze in the K2 1000m (Kayak), Cameron McEvoy won two bronze medals in Swimming – Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay and Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay. Dani Samuels (Discuss), Emma Moffatt (Triathlon), Samantha Stosur (Tennis) and Thomas Fraser-Holmes (swimming) also competed and did the Gold Coast, and Australia proud with their efforts!

 

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The Castrol Gold Coast 600 is a must see Gold Coast event, on the 21-23rd of October – however, you may not want to be surrounded by the excitement and atmosphere your entire trip, especially if you are looking for a more relaxing holiday. Staying at Gemini Court in Burleigh is an excellent choice; you’re close to the action – but far enough away to enjoy some peace and quiet.

 

While you’re checking out the action – be sure to watch the test races, as well as the main events! Soak up the atmosphere, watch one of the many music acts (The Living End, Birds of Tokyo, Peking Duck and The Rubens are all playing),

and when you’re done head back to the beautiful Burleigh Beach

for some R&R and some time on the beach.

 

surfingCoates Hire Coolangatta Gold
For the sporting and surf life saving fans, why not check out the Coates Hire Coolangatta Gold – with most of the action taking place around Burleigh, you can view the action from your balcony. Depending on your room at Gemini Court you might be able to see the ski, swim, run or board section of the competition before they head back to Coolangatta for the finish line! This event is held on the 15th of 16th October, so if you’re in town on those dates – try and get a room with ocean views so you can watch the action!

 

 

 

Swell & Saltfest
This month the Gold Coast was host to the Swell Sculpture Festival on Currumbin Beach – It’s a series of incredible art installations on the beach, and Saltfest, which was a community event catering to surf lovers. With surfboard shapers, surf artists and photographers, yoga classes, food trucks, surf gear and apparel! Keep these two brilliant events in mind for your next Gold Coast adventure.

 

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.

Surf – Buskers – Freemans

Burleigh is one of the most popular travel destinations for visitors to the Gold Coast, with one of the most beautiful beaches, an abundance of dining options and so much to do! Whether you want to learn to surf, check out a local event, go for a farm tour, or just enjoy wonderful food and time by the beach – Burleigh has it all. Plus, it’s close to the highway which means everything you want to see and do is just a short drive away.

 

Learn to Surf
You really can’t visit the Gold Coast and not give surfing a go! Luckily, there are many places around that offer lessons, or for board hire if you’re already a keen surfer.  There are lessons available almost everyday, and they provide all the equipment you will need to try your hand at this iconic sport.

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Whether learning to surf has been on your bucket list for years, or your kids want to give it a go – make sure you add it to your itinerary for your next coast adventure. There are a number of learn to surf companies around, so be sure to ask at reception if we have any special deals at the time of your visit.

 

Buskers by the Creek
If you’re on the coast the weekend of the 15-16th of October, and you’re looking for a laid back afternoon – check out Buskers by the Creek. Held on Currumbin Creek, which is just a short drive from Burleigh, it’s a brilliant event. Try foods from around the world, at various market stalls, listen to the buskers as they show off and share a variety of music styles.

 

There will also be acrobatics, a contortionist, Adam Brand and many other performers – they’ll all have their hats and suitcases out, so make sure you bring your change, it’s Buskers by the Creek after all. This is truly a fabulous event, enjoyable for all ages. For more information visit their website here: http://www.buskersbythecreek.com.au/

 

Freemans Organic Farm
If you’ve got curious kids, why not take them to Freemans Organic Farm for a tour? Not only will you learn more about where your food comes from, but the kids can pick their own seasonal vegetables. With most kids being used to bought food and ingredients, it can be fun to show them where it all really comes from, in a hands on environment.

 

Image from freemansorganicfarm.com.au

 

 

It’s a beautiful location, and there is a lovely café for breakfast or lunch. It’s best to call and book in your tour advance, which you can do at their website here: http://www.freemansorganicfarm.com.au/

 

Keep in mind they are only open for tours Friday-Sunday, unless prior arrangements are made.

 

 

 

 

 

Cold Rock Ice Cream

Cold Rock Ice Cream

 

Cold Rock Ice Cream
There is nothing better after a long day at the beach than a nice cold ice cream, and Cold Rock Burleigh has one of the best views of any ice cream shop. Pick out your favourite flavour ice cream, then pick a few ‘mix-ins’, and watch them smash your concoction together. The kids will love coming up with their favourite combos and you’ll love the variety of fresh fruit and confectionary! 

 

 

 

 

Elephant Rock Cafe
If you’re looking for a unique dining experience you can’t go past Elephant Rock café, just a short drive from Burleigh this café has spectacular views over Currumbin Beach and Elephant Rock. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner they offer fresh and healthy modern Australian cuisine – or you can just stop in for a drink and some hot chips and take in the scenery. If you can, book a table in advance to ensure you get a seat with a view!

Elephant Rock Cafe

Elephant Rock Cafe

They are located at 776 Pacific Parade, Currumbin – and when you’re done go for a walk down the beach, climb the lookout near the surf life saving club, and wander down to watch Elephant Rock as the sun sets – you won’t regret it!

 

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.

 

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 bluesonbroadbeach.com 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 sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au 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 www.coolyrockson.com, 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 broadbeachcountry.com.

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.

Bleach Festive – Burleigh, Roxy & Quiksilver Pro

Bleach* Festival                                                                                      March, 2016

If you’re looking for the perfect romantic getaway, family jaunt or solo journey, we’re betting the Gold Coast will fit the bill. Visit the region in early 2016 and you’ll be fortunate enough to discover the region’s largest arts and cultural celebration first hand – Bleach* Festival. This year part of the Bleach* Festival 2016, is a huge, free, outdoor concert at the iconic Bleach at BurleighBurleigh Headland March 20, 2016 – 1.30pm check it out and come along as it promises to be an unforgettable afternoon of entertainment with
1.30pm – Black Rabbit George
2.30pm – We All Want To
3.30pm – Sahara Beck
4.30pm – Ben Lee

The iconic southern Gold Coast arts and culture celebration, held in March over three weekends, features contemporary live music (ranging from local talent to international superstars) outdoor and indoor art exhibitions, various film events, street parties, theatre and heaps more. It’s an offbeat, eclectic (and very popular!) event, which has attracted well over 140,000 attendees and about 1000 artists over it’s three year history.

Burleigh Pro                                              29 – 31 Jan, 2016
Roxy & Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast,      28 Feb  – 11 Mar. 2016

Burleigh ProAs a bonus, Bleach* Festival coexists with the annual launch of the World Surfing Tour, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro. In its own right, the WSL competitions offers more than enough of an incentive to stay locally. Bleach* is the irresistible icing on the cake, really.

If the coast’s world-class events and attractions sound pretty appealing, why not check out  Gemini Court in beautiful Burleigh Heads?

Bleach

(Photo Credit: Bleach* Festival Facebook)

You’ll be situated a short drive from all of the best Bleach* events and, of course, an extensive array of other great attractions, including Australia’s best theme parks, world-class dining and leisure precincts and a distinctly laid back ambience you’ll struggle to find anywhere else.

Really, Bleach* Festival is a great example of this casual atmosphere in action.

A chaotic affair, the annual event impresses year on year with its thought-provoking displays and off-the-wall acts. It’s something different entirely, and an experience well worth undertaking, whether you’ve got the kids in tow, or you’re taking in the sights solo. The festival’s organisers describe Bleach* as a travelling road show, a festival and a canvas for Gold Coast culture. Honestly, the description rings true.

As a welcome bonus, many of the festival’s activities, musical acts and art installations are located outdoors, along Currumbin Beach and other waterside locations scattered across the Gold Coast’s sunny shores. You couldn’t ask for a better backdrop, really.

Bleach Ted Grambeau

(Photo Credit: Ted Grambeau Photography)

As an example of what’s in store for Bleach* 2016, let’s take a quick look back at last year’s offering, which was extensive, to say the least.

Held from March 6, and opened with a cracker launch at Coolangatta and Kirra, complete with a huge costumed mullet meet and greet (yes, you heard right…), a show by THE ANTS and a striking Indigenous performance, recognising the Aboriginal owners of the Gold Coast.

Also held across the weekends were silent film nights, public picnics, complete with live entertainment, and Sequins and Sinew; a sensational combination of acrobatics, aerial arts and dance.

Additionally, art exhibitions are an integral part of Bleach*, with first-class examples of local talent, and works from farther afield, available to peruse largely at your leisure. As mentioned, a number of the installations are located outdoors, taking advantage of breathtaking scenery.

Meanwhile, just up the road at Tugun (near Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary) the Tooloona Street Festival served up a storm in 2015. The street festival featured food stalls, live music, cooking demonstrations, local restaurants and an array of cool kid’s workshops to keep the little ones happy.

Bleach Darcy Grant

(Photo Credit: Darcy Grant Photography)

Really though, it’s difficult to highlight what could and should be on at Bleach* 2016 – the event evolves year on year and its likely March will host a number of exciting new surprises.

Check www.bleachfestival.com.au for more information about the festival, which is an initiative of Connecting Southern Gold Coast.

While staying in the region, why not dive into the scuba diving, wakeboarding, jetskiing and other waterborne adventures found just a stone’s throw from your accommodation? Combine Australia’s best beaches, top-rated dining and leisure venues and our famous laid-back atmosphere, and you won’t find a more appealing holiday location than the Gold Coast.

For more information about short stays at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call 1800 636 036, or visit www.geminicourt.com.au.