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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.

 

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.

 

 

Family escapes in Burleigh – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Burleigh is the perfect place for your next getaway. With events like Cooly Rocks On, the Broadbeach Country Music Festival and the Gold Coast Show, you’ll never be bored. Plus with places to visit like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the many restaurants and stunning coastline there is plenty to see as well.

 

The Gold Coast show started in the 1950’s, although it was previously named The Southport Show before its name was changed in 1959. The show will be held on between the 1st-3rd of September at the Gold Coast Turf club.

 

Gold Coasters love this event, and not just because it comes with its own public holiday. The three days are packed full of rides, attractions, live entertainment, competitions, and show bags. Whether you want to battle it out for a giant stuffed teddy bear, get an adrenaline rush on the rides or eat your body weight in ‘show food’ you’ll have a ball.gold coast show clown

Image Source: www.goldcoastshow.com.au

As with all shows there are a range of competitions on during the show. There are arts and crafts competitions for the artistically minded, woodchopping events and a range of best in show events for the animal lovers. With dogs, goats, poultry, cattle, horses and even rodents battling it out for the coveted title of ‘Best in Show’.

 

Family Escapes in Burleigh gemini court balcony

If you have a larger family or want to holiday with other family members our 2 ½ BEDROOM FAMILY SUPERIOR OCEANVIEW apartments are perfect for the larger family!

 

Self-Rated 4 ½ star fully self-contained and spacious 2 bedroom + kids bunk room superior apartment with stunning ocean and beach views! Located throughout the building with spectacular views, this apartment is a great choice if you need a few extra beds! With a Queen bed in the master, Queen bed in the second bedroom and single bunk beds in the kids room (Bedding configuration may vary between apartments) – this apartment has room for family and friends. Check out this room type http://geminicourt.com.au/apartments/two-and-12-bedroom-family-superior-ocean-view/ Of course if you want a larger and more spacious stay we also have our four bedroom Penthouse Oceanview – perfect for two families who want to holiday together!gemini court wine view

 

This 4 bedroom /4 bathroom Penthouse on the top floor of Gemini Court features two levels to take in the breathtaking views of Burleigh Heads and along 40kms of Gold Coast coastline. The penthouse offers a Master bedroom with King bed, a second bedroom with a Queen bed, third bedroom with 2 single beds and a loft bedroom with a queen bed. With two ensuites and two extra bathroom areas, this space is sure to please every large family or group.  With a separate laundry, fully equipped kitchen, large living area and wrap around balconies with coastal and ocean views, this penthouse is set to astound you and your guests. The large roof top entertaining area tops off the large space and is perfect for relaxing in the sun in privacy or having a BBQ with friends and family.  This apartment is of the highest standard on the coast and is perfect for that family getaway.  (Please note that this penthouse has a strict no party policy in place). Rates are for 8 people. Will accommodate up to 10 comfortably.

 

Currumbin Sanctuary is another must see location when you’re travelling to the coast. currumbin sanctuaryWell known for its wildlife encounters where you can feed a kangaroo and hug a koala – there is actually much more to see and do.

Image source: www.cws.org.au

 

Why not take a Segway tour through the sanctuary, for 40 mins you’ll be guided through the bush land and rainforest habitats. For the bird lovers, you must check out the Free Flight Bird Show. You’ll meet some of Australia’s most incredible bird species, from the pelican, our largest bird in flight, currumbin sanctuary 1to our colourful parrots, endangered species, and the wedge-tailed eagle. Plus, if you hang around at the end of the show you can also have your photo taken with a bird of prey.

Image source: www.cws.org.au

 

For the more adventurous, you’ll want to check out the Tree Top Challenge. The course features 80 challenges, including 11 ziplines (one where you zipline over crocodiles!), you’ll hang in the trees, climb ladders, balance on suspended bridges and much more. The course takes around 3.5 hours to complete, with 5 courses in total. If you’re lucky you may even see a Tassie devil, or hear the dingos howl

 

For more information or to book in a spot for the Tree Top Challenge head to their website
www.cws.org.au.

 

No matter how you want to spend your next getaway, Burleigh Heads is the perfect place to make your home base. With pristine coastline, its own national park and a delicious range of restaurants and cafes – you’ll have an amazing time. 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 Festival in Currumbin – Coolangatta Whale Watching – Best Markets in Burleigh/Gold Coast

                                                

There is so much to do on the Gold Coast, and there is no place better to make your home base than Burleigh Beach. With its own national parkland, stunning beaches and a thriving dining scene it’s the perfect place to stay. From there you can check out Swell Festival, go whale watching or head south to check out the Kingscliff Lantern Markets. However you want to spend your holiday, Burleigh is the perfect place to be.

 

If you are lucky enough to be visiting the Gold Coast between the 8th and the 17th of September you won’t want to miss Swell Festival in Currumbin. Celebrating its 15th year, this event showcases an impressive art collection, right on the beach. swell sculpturePlus there are a range of photography and art workshops, live music and yoga classes to take part in.

Image: www.swellsculpture.com.au/
In the initial days of the festival you can vote for your favourite pieces, and you can visit at dusk or in the evening for a different experience (most pieces are lit and look spectacular at night).

 

Founded in 2003 Swell has grown drastically from its initial 23 sculptures, they now showcase work from over 55 artists, are visited by 265,000 people and have up to $1 million worth of art on show.

 

Whale watching season is here, and the Gold Coast is one of the best places to enjoy their annual migration. Whether you want to visit one of the local headlands and hope you catch a glimpse of these incredible creatures, or you want to get up close and personal on a charter boat – you won’t want to miss them.

 

The season starts mid May and ends in the first weeks of November. And the first whales are already making their way past. A number of the local charter companies offer a sighting guarantee so you won’t miss out if it’s a quiet day. whaleAs a bonus you may be lucky enough to see additional marine life such as dolphins and turtles.

 

It can be difficult picking a company when there are so many options so make sure you find out what boat they use. Some are smaller and others are larger – the difference depends on whether you prefer an intimate setting or whether you want more facilities and space on board. Make sure you check in with reception as we often have specials running and can point you in the right direction depending on your preferences.

 

The Kingscliff Night Markets (or the Kingscliff Lantern Markets as they are often called) are held on the first Friday of every month. kingscliff beachThey are located next to the Cudgen Surf Life Saving Club right along the beach and run from 5pm-9pm. With a range of food and drink stalls, fashion, art and crafts on display and live entertainment it’s a great night out for locals and visitors alike.

 

If you’re looking for a market closer to home, check out the Village Markets. Held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 8:30am-1pm on the Burleigh Heads State School oval. These markets offer a range of live entertainment, boutique fashion and accessories, second hand stalls and a selection of incredible food choices.

 

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.

Fishing – Taco’s – Bike Hire – Valentines Day

Burleigh Beach is one of the most loved areas of the Gold Coast, with an abundance of dining options, spectacular coastline and dozens of attractions. It’s the perfect place for your next holiday, whether you are looking for a romantic Valentines getaway, want a weekend away fishing, or are simply after a nice relaxing holiday, Burleigh is the perfect place to make your home base.

 

 

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Deep Sea FIshing

Deep Sea Fishing 
Add some excitement and adventure to your holiday with a deep-sea fishing trip. There are numerous charter boat options available, so be sure to check in with reception to see what we recommend and if we have any specials at the time of your trip.

Not only will you be catching fish, some of which you can keep (if you choose), you’re also likely to see whales and dolphins on your way out. Most companies offer all the fishing equipment you would require, some offer light refreshments, others offer full lunch and snacks, and a few will even cook up your catch for you!

 

 

 

California Taco

California Taco Burleigh

California Taco Burleigh

 

For those who would rather stay on land, everyone always talks about having Fish and Chips on the beach, and while it’s certainly a classic option, why not be a little different and have Taco’s on the beach instead? California Taco in Burleigh is one of the best taco/Mexican places on the Gold Coast, and it’s just across the road from the beach. So grab your favourite taco, and head over to the park for a seat, or pull up a towel on the sand and eat a delicious taco while watching the waves crash at Burleigh Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

Valentines Day
Why not surprise your loved one with a romantic getaway for Valentines Day – it’s never too early to start planning and with our Wine and Chocolates Package you can’t go wrong. Enjoy the beautiful Burleigh coastline, go for a walk along the beach or have a romantic picnic in the park watching the sunset. It’ll be a Valentines Day to remember. For more information on this special visit our website: geminicourt.com.au

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

 

Bike Hire

Bike Hire

 

 

Bike Hire
The Gold Coast coastline is one of the best in Australia, but most people never truly get to see it all. So why not hire a bike and ride up and down the coastline? Apart from a few small stretches, you can travel along the beachfront almost from north to south of the Gold Coast. You can make a day of it, or just go for a casual cruise until you decide to turn around and head back to your hotel. There a number of places where you can hire a bike, so make sure you check in at reception to see if we have any special, otherwise we can point you in the right direction.

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas
Have you booked your Christmas Party yet? Why not let your team make the most of the party and stay the night at Gemini Court? We can do corporate packages and have a number of options available so be sure to give us a call to find out more.

 

 

What happened this month:
If you were lucky enough to be on the Gold Coast this month hopefully you made the time to check out some of the wonderful events that were on.  There were dozens of Melbourne Cup celebrations, the Pan Pacific Masters Games and The Gold Coast Multicultural Festival.

 

Keep in mind that Schoolies is on in Surfers Paradise as well, the 19th-26th of November is QLD Schoolies, while the 26th of November – 10th of December is Schoolies for NSW and VIC students. So just keep those dates in mind while planning your holidays.

 

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.

learn-to-surf

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.

 

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 goldcoastmultisportfestival.com.au – 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.

Theme park thrills!

Burleigh Heads accommodationSchool holidays are always a jam-packed fun time on the Gold Coast with a never-ending choice of things to do when you visit Gemini Court Holiday Apartments at beautiful, Burleigh Heads.

And what would a visit to the Gold Coast be without spending a day at one of our awesome theme parks? Gemini Court at Burleigh Heads is on a direct bus route to the parks, or a very short, easy drive.

With so many to choose from, we thought we’d fill you in on the main four. Continue reading