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Barefoot bowls – Swell Festival – Gold Coast Summer Style

Have you started planning your next Gold Coast holiday? If you have, why not booking in an afternoon of Barefoot Bowls, schedule time to visit Swell Festival down in Currumbin, or get your friends together for an afternoon of shopping along James Street!

 

Bowls often has a reputation for being only for the older generations, barefoot bowlsbut it’s actually a fun sport – especially if you can get a group of friends together – and Barefoot Bowls is where you want to be.

 

The Burleigh Heads Bowls Club puts on Barefoot Bowls every Sunday afternoon from 12-5pm with live music for most of the afternoon. Please note, that although it’s called ‘barefoot’ bowls, you’ll still need thongs or flat shoes to play. For bookings simply call them on 5535 1023.

 

Swell Festival is celebrating its 15th year, and will be held from the 8th-17th of September. This unique event showcases a range of art, right on the beach.swell festival With photography and art workshops, musicians, yoga, claymation – it’s not an event to be missed.

Image: www.swellsculpture.com.au/

 

Whether you want to visit in the initial days and vote for your favourite pieces, or you want to go for a twilight or night time stroll on the beach and take in the sights. You’ll want to go back more than once. Most pieces are lit up so the experience changes drastically between day and night.

 

Swell was launched in 2003 with 23 sculptures in their first festival. 15 years later the festival is seen by 265,000 visitors and showcases work from up to 55 artists, with up to $1 million of art on display. You don’t want to miss it, so start planning you next holiday now.

 

The Gold Coast is well known for it’s unique fashion and style, so why not make the most of the boutiques in Burleigh and treat yourself.

 

Bikini’s and swimsuits are a must to make the most of the coast lifestyle,burleigh fashion check out Bikini & Me on James street for the best selection in town. Plus they have a range of stylish basics for your holidays including jeans and casual wear.

 

If you’re looking for the unique and trendy boutiques, emte. and A Little Birdie Told Me are worth checking out. Both have a wonderful selection of jewellery, accessories and clothing. With a true boutique feel, you’ll love checking out what local designers have to offer.

 

For the little ones in your life, you’ll want to visit dragonfly. Showcasing an incredible range of trendy baby & kids clothes, toys and accessories sourced from around the world.

 

When you’re done shopping, head to The Fruit Shop Burleigh for one of their famous juices – you’ll see them as you’re walking the streets of Burleigh – they are topped with fresh slices of fruit!

 

There is no better place to soak up the Gold Coast atmosphere than along Burleigh Beach, burleigh headland viewit’s one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast, has an amazing range of restaurants and shops and is close to the highway if you want to head north to the theme parks or south to Byron Bay.

 

 

 

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.

 

Historical Burleigh – Escape Schoolies – Free activities at Gemini Court

    There is no better place for your next Gold Coast getaway than the picturesque Burleigh Beach. Set roughly half way between Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise you are central to everything you’d like to do while on holidays. Plus you’re on one of the most gorgeous beaches the coast has to offer and can enjoy the huge variety of dining experiences. From cute cafes, fish n chips shops, to tapas bars and 5 star dining – the choice is yours.

Say you’re coming to visit and stay in Burleigh Heads, what do you know about the history of this beautiful spot?

It was originally observed by white settlers in 1770 when Sir Joseph Banks witnessed some Aboriginal activity on the headland while onboard the Endeavour. While the original inhabitants have called Burleigh home for at least 5,000 years as a tribe known as the Gombemberri Tribe or ‘The Salt Water People’. The headland was named Burly Head by surveyor J. R. Warner in 1840 because of the headlands large appearance and was later renamed Burleigh. For the local Aborigines Big Burleigh was Jellurgul and Little Burleigh was called Jebbribillum.

old burleigh beach

Burleigh in the 1930’s

 

The iconic surf life savers began their first patrols in the summer of 1918/19 and Burleigh Heads Surf Lifesaving Club was officially established in 1921. Since those days it as become a popular coastline tourist destination and a favourite spot amongst locals.
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For the beer and cider lovers, why not check out Crafted, the first beer and cider festival on the Gold Coast. This event will showcase local breweries from the Gold Coast, South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Get your mates together and enjoy the atmosphere, the beer and the music. Located at Pratten Park in Broadbeach, this one of a kind even is held on Saturday the 4th of November between 1:30-8:30pm and is open to all ages.

 

Want to visit the Gold Coast in late November, but want to avoid the craziness that is Schoolies? Burleigh Heads is the perfect place to stay – out of the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise, you still get the perfect
coastline and that Gold Coast vibe you want without the drama. We have some great rates for this period please contact us directly book now.

 

Did you know that when you stay at Gemini monopolyCourt you have free use of board games, DVD’s? After all a holiday isn’t a holiday without a lazy afternoon playing video games or watching a movie when you’re exhausted from all of your adventures. Plus we also have boogie boards and pool noodles you can borrow. We know how much fun your kids will have playing in the water with them, and they are impossible to travel with, just ask at reception and we will be happy to help.

 

 

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.

Water sports – Whale Watching – Surfing – Gold Coast Eisteddfod – Theme Parks

Burleigh is the perfect place for your next Gold Coast adventure. With whale watching, surfing, the local theme parks and Gold Coast Eisteddfod all available – you’ll always have plenty to do. Plus Burleigh is home to a beautiful national park, a gorgeous stretch of beach and more dining options than you’ll know what to do with.

 

While the weather might still be on the cooler side, but it won’t be for too much longer, and now is the time to start booking for the warmer months. While you’re here on the coast, why not book in a Whale Watching tour or learn to surf?
Whale watchingThe annual migration of the humpback whale is happening right now until the end of October. There are a number of different tour companies – a number of them leave from the Gold Coast Spit. Alternatively you can head down to Byron for the day as there are a number of tours departing there regularly. Be sure to shop around as there are always deals on, and they offer a variety of experiences. Some will be more private on smaller vessels, others are on larger vessels and are full service with lunch provided, so you can choose an option that suits your family and budget best.

 

The Gold Coast is well known for its surfer lifestyle, so why not learn from some of the best and tick one more thing off your bucket list. surfingSurf lessons and board hire shops are located near almost every beach on the coast. It’s recommended that you book as the classes often fill up, especially as the weather heats up. It’s worth checking in at reception to see if we have any specials on offer while you’re staying, otherwise we can point you to the closest schools and hire shops.

 

The Gold Coast Eisteddfod was originally run in 1982. It was a part of Tropicarnival which was the coasts first festival. It is the largest competition of its kind in the country. Around 158 schools and over 70 dance studios take part competing in segments such as solo and group dance, piano, strings, brass and wind instrumental groups, orchestras, choral. Last year over 70,000 competitors took the stage over the seven weeks.gold coast eistedford

 

The competition is held at The Arts Centre and the Robina and Albert Waterways Community Centres. The eisteddfod runs from Friday the 28th of July – starting with the music events, and finishes on the 14th of September.

 

When most people think of the Gold Coast they think of the picture perfect beaches and the theme parks, but have you been to them all yet?
With Dreamworld and Movieworld being your more adrenaline fuelled parks, Dreamworld has its own water park, plus it’s home to tiger island where you can get up close and personal with the Bengal tiger. rollercoasterMovieworld is full of rides and attractions and as it’s a WarnerBros theme park you’ve got a range of movie entertainment and themed rides to enjoy. Wet’n’Wild is it’s own water park, and SeaWorld is the premier marine animal park in Australia. So you’ve got plenty of options to suit everyone.

 

 

Plus if you want to go to Movieworld, Wet’n’Wild or SeaWorld – they are owned by the same company so you can get an unlimited pass to the three for the duration of your holiday!

 

If you’re lucky enough to be on the coast at the moment, hopefully you had a chance to check out the Gold Coast Marathon, Viva Surfers Paradise, the Kokoda Challenge and the Sydney Comedy Festival.

 

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.

Parks in Burleigh – Broadbeach Music Events – Cooly Rocks On

Come and soak up some sunshine on the Gold Coast this winter. With music events, Cooly Rocks On, beautiful parks to explore and the big four theme parks, you’ll love soaking up the atmosphere and crystal clear days.

north burleigh beachOne of the best features of Burleigh, other than being one of the best beaches on the coast, is the range of parks nearby.

 

Burleigh Head National Park is one of the most popular, it has a beautiful lookout and a number of walks for a variety of fitness levels. Whether you want to go for a stroll through the forest, or you want challenge yourself a little with a more intense walk, this is the place to be. One of the highlights is the Tumgun Lookout, which has spectacular views of the coast. Although it takes a little more effort to get to the lookout, it’s easy enough for most if you go slow and steady – just note there are some stairs to get to the top.

 

Justin’s Park is another popular spot, it has a great playground for the kids, an open space area for kicking a ball around, and is next to some amazing shops if you want an ice cream or some fish and chips on the beach. burleigh headland walkPlus, on a Sunday night the bongos and flame throwers come out to play, so it’s worth hanging around to be a part of the atmosphere.

 

At the other end of the beach is the Mick Schamburg park which is on the boarder of Burleigh and Miami. Another spectacular lookout that gives you the full view of the Gold Coast coastline, with also has a smaller playground.

 

Plus, for all the fitness fans, dotted along the coastline between the National Park and the Mick Schamburg park are a selection of fitness stations. From chin up bars, to balance beams to leg press machines – this walk has it all. Or you can simply enjoy the sand between your toes and go for a stroll on the beach.

 

Broadbeach is well known for its music events. With two iconic events you won’t want to miss:

Blues on Broadbeach is held this month from the 18th-21st of May and will feature headline artists Bonnie Tyler, Ian Moss, the Slim Jim Phantom Trio and Harts.

Image: bluesonbroadbeach.com

blues on broadbeachThe Broadbeach Country Music Festival is held a little later in the year from the 28th-30th of July and features artists like Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley and The Wolfe Brothers.

The best part of both these events is that they are completely free. The atmosphere is always amazing as the crowds gather to enjoy their favourite bands and artists. Whether you choose to dine in one of the restaurants and take in the atmosphere or grab an ice cream or coffee and stroll the streets taking it all in – you’ll have a wonderful weekend.

 

Cooly Rocks On is another popular Gold Coast event packed full of music, cars, dancing and old-fashioned fun. Plus, the daytime entertainment is completely free. Held on the 7th-11th of June in Coolangatta you can take part in the dance championships, cooly rocks on street dancingor enjoy a dance class, watch the street parade or admire the cars in the show ’n’ shine or cuddle up for the Drive in Movies – however you spend the event, you are destined to have a ball.

Image: www.coolyrockson.com

Some of the events do require registrations as numbers are limited so make sure you check out the official website for more info: http://www.coolyrockson.com/event-guide/drive-in-movies/

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.

Retirees love Gemini Court Holiday Apartments

During the winter months, Burleigh Heads is a wonderful place for retirees to spend time relaxing in the mild, Gold Coast clime.
 
Burleigh Heads accommodation
 
Gemini Court Holiday Apartments is the chosen Burleigh Heads accommodation for retirees due to our spectacular views, convenient self-contained kitchens and location, close to golf courses, shopping, cafes and lovely walks.
 
Let’s have a look at some of the great things our retiree visitors love to do.
 
Gold Coast Golf courses
 
Fancy a game of golf?  Burleigh Heads and surrounding suburbs are home to a large number of golf courses merely kilometres from the beach.  Choices range from championship courses, including Burleigh Golf Club and The Colonial, to local lower rated courses.
 
Burleigh Heads walking trails
 
Did you know you can walk from one end of the Coast to the other following pathways that travel through Burleigh Heads!  But most of our Gemini Court Holiday Apartment guests are inclined to stay local, walking the easy pathway through Burleigh Heads National Park and taking in spectacular views, native legends and wandering wildlife.  The well-maintained pathways, both beachfront and through the national park, attract people keen to get out in the sunshine, all day every day.
 
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Burleigh Heads is close to many friendly clubs
 
If you’re planning a longer stay, the Gold Coast is home to many amazing clubs.  You don’t have to miss out on bridge or even art.  Burleigh Heads also has beachfront surf clubs serving great meals at reasonable prices with fabulous views.  Just ask the friendly reception staff at Gemini Court about all the many wonderful clubs perfect for retirees in the Burleigh area.
 
Burleigh Heads shopping and cafes
 
Burleigh Heads is famous for its village atmosphere, and the James Street shopping precinct, a mere stroll from Gemini Court, exudes a bohemian feel of chic shops combined with laid-back cafes and hip bars.  But sometimes our guests yearn for larger shopping centres, in which case we are a 15 minute drive or on the bus route to both Pacific Fair and Robina Town Centre.  Both huge centres with a great array of mainstream and stylish shops.
 
Fine dining and a quiet drink at beautiful Burleigh
 
Burleigh Heads on Australia’s Gold Coast is a beach location with a difference.  Burleigh is home to an award-winning selection of restaurants and bars.  Treat yourself to a gourmet experience at Oskars, or sit back with a glass of wine and take in the wonderful ocean views from any of a number of beachfront bars and clubs just a stroll from your Gemini Court Burleigh Heads accommodation.
 
Lynn Ephgrave
 
Gold Coast art and theatre
 
The Gold Coast is a great location to enjoy the arts.  Burleigh Heads is close to many community theatres as well as the Gold Coast Arts Centre.  Also home to hidden artists and galleries, if you love your entertainment, you won’t be bored.
 
Gemini Court Holiday Apartments at beautiful Burleigh Heads
 
Our guests love enjoying a home-cooked breakfast and later watching the sunset from their ocean-view balcony.  Many take a picnic lunch down to the headland and sit under the Norfolk pines watching the locals pass by.
 
Gemini Court Holiday Apartments are a favourite amongst retirees looking to escape the winter chills and book beautiful Burleigh Heads accommodation.
 
Come and find out why!  Book now and secure some fabulous winter specials.

School holiday fun at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments!

On holiday with your kids and looking for a few tips on what to do. At Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, the number 1 Burleigh Heads accommodation for families, we love to help out so here are a few suggestions.
 
Of course, there is family-safe, patrolled Burleigh Beach, always a hit. Even in winter the temperature of the sea remains warm enough to swim. Look out from your ocean-view Gemini Court balcony and check if the surf’s up!
 
Close by there’s loads more fun!
 
You’re always on a winner with the free or low-cost activities offered by GC Parks in their Activity and Healthy School Holiday Program. The September program will be available here soon and there are guaranteed to be loads of great activities to choose from.
 

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Runners gather at Gemini Court

It’s on again! Entries for the 2014 Gold Coast Airport Marathon are now open, so time to take on a personal challenge and join thousands across a number of events suitable for all ages and abilities on 5 – 6 July 2014.

This year more than 28,000 participants are expected to run in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon with many choosing to stay at Gemini Court’s beautiful Burleigh Heads accommodation.

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Jabbawockeez entertainment & Gemini Court

On the suggestion of the helpful reception staff at our Burleigh Heads accommodation, Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, we decided to book a dinner and show package to Jabbawockeez at the newly refurbished Jupiters Casino.

Burleigh Heads accommodation

It was pretty easy to get to Broadbeach, only 15 minutes drive from our Burleigh Heads holiday apartment, and really easy to find a park.  The dinner was prebooked as part of our show package so we made our way to Zen and were pleasantly surprised by it’s Chinese ambience and delicious cuisine. Continue reading

A whale watching adventure we’ll never forget!

After checking into our lovely Gemini Court Burleigh Heads accommodation, my husband and I immediately gravitated to the balcony with its sweeping views from Burleigh Heads to Surfers Paradise.

Burleigh Heads accommodation

But it wasn’t Surfers that caught our attention, just off Burleigh Headland we could see the distinct outline of two humpback whales putting on a great display.  There were quite a few people gathered on the headland but no-one had a better view than us from our wonderful Burleigh Heads holiday apartment balcony! Continue reading

Riding along on my pushbike, honey….

Well, spring is definitely here at gorgeous Burleigh Heads where Gemini Court Holiday Apartments is the only place to stay when you are looking for Burleigh Heads accommodation.  Every morning or evening gaze out from your private ocean view balcony and you will see hundreds of walkers out for a stroll along the beach or footpath, but we have another suggestion for a great way to get around at a very pleasant pace.

Why not hire a bike?

Gemini Court Holiday ApartmentsWe know you will love your amazing Gemini Court Burleigh Heads accommodation and never want to leave, but when you do feel like stepping out enjoy a leisurely coffee at the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Club or The Bluff Cafe then head on over to Burleigh Heads Bike Hire on the corner of Second Avenue.  They’ve got a whole range of funky cruisers for you to hire, all complete with basket, helmet and chain. Continue reading