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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.

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.

surfers beach
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.



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.



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 bluesonbroadbeach.com.

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.

Family time at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments

Sometimes you want to visit the Gold Coast but avoid all the tourist mayhem.  The roar of the V8 Supercars has dimmed but the next party, schoolies, is about to hit town.

Burleigh Heads accommodationCome stay at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments at beautiful Burleigh Heads for a relaxing family getaway far from the madding crowd!

At Gemini Court we specialise in making your holiday as relaxing as possible with our fantastic accommodation and all sorts of added extras and suggestions for guests who stay with kids. Continue reading