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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.

 

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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.

 

 

Countdown to Commonwealth Games – Sanctuary Cove Boat Show – Family group getaways

If you’re planning on heading to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, it’s time to start getting organised. It may be a year away, but tickets and accomodation will book up quickly. And while you’re booking in, why not check out the rest of what the coast has to offer? With the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show coming up quickly, plus the gorgeous beaches and hinterland, it really is the perfect place for your next holiday.

 

The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is almost here. Held on the 25th-29th of May it’ll be open 9am-5pm daily. Whether you are already out on the water regularly or just want to dream and admire the luxury and fun, it’s the perfect day out for the whole family.

sanctuary cove boat show

There are over 200 exhibitors on display showcasing luxury and super yachts, fishing equipment, boat builders and sellers, jetties, inflatables and every piece of marine equipment you would ever need – all in one place.

 

For the fishing fans there is even a Live Bream Shootout, where the winner takes all and the fish are released at the end. There is $3,000 up for grab for the team who catches the most in fish weight over the two days.

 

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games are just over a year away, but tickets are already available and going fast. With the opening ceremony being held on the 4th of April and the closing ceremony on the 15th, it’s going to be an action packed 11 days. Over 6,600 International athletes are expected from 70 nations and territories so you know that tickets and accomodation options won’t last.

 

commonwealth games trackSo, if you’re planning on attending – it’s best to start organising now. With sports like athletics, basketball, boxing, cycling, diving, gymnastics, lawn bowls, shooting, swimming and weight lifting on display – you’re bound to find something you love so you can support our incredible athletes.

 

While the games are held primarily on the Gold Coast, a few select events will be held in Brisbane and Townsville, so make sure you check event dates and locations carefully when selecting your accommodation and booking flights.

 

The Gold Coast is the perfect place for your next family getaway. Whether you want to explore the hinterland, go for a walk or a hike and explore the local rainforest, spend your day lazing on the beach, kicking a ball around and playing in the surf, or check out the range of entertainment options – the coast has it all.

 
If you (and the kids) want a little more action sandcastlesyou can head to any of the local theme parks, or check out Infinity or the Escape Rooms to boggle your brains and challenge your perceptions with optical illusions and puzzles to solve. Plus, there are so many dining options your biggest problem will be deciding where to go first!

 

If you’re lucky enough to be on the Gold Coast this month hopefully you were lucky enough to check out the Film Festival, the Supa Nova Pop Culture Expo and the Australian Street Extravaganza. The coast is lucky to have such a variety of events, and to have the hinterland and picture perfect beaches at our doorstep.

 

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.

Vroom, vroom at Gemini Court!

Well, actually, one of the many reasons why we choose to stay at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments at Burleigh Heads during the Armor All Gold Coast 600 is that after a day of hearing engines roar past us, it is so pleasant to relax on our ocean-view balcony far from the madding crowd.  So the only roar we hear at Gemini Court is the sound of waves crashing on the shore and it’s so relaxing to listen to! 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