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Gold Coast Marathon – Viva Surfers Paradise – Metricon Stadium – The Kokoda Challenge, Gold Coast

There is no better place to spend your next holiday than in the heart of Burleigh. You’ve got one of the most beautiful coast beaches on your door step, dozens of delicious restaurants and cafes to explore, boutique stores to shop. Plus you’re close to everything else the Gold Coast has to offer, with the airport, theme parks, Surfers Paradise and the hinterland just a short drive away.The Gold Coast Marathon

Perhaps you are competing in the Gold Coast Marathon, and want to make the most of the competition and have someone to recover when you’re done? The marathon is held on the 1st-2nd of July – with races for every level of fitness. There is the junior dash, a 5.7km challenge, 10km run, the 21km half marathon and finally the 42km marathon.

Image: https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/

Depending on which race you decide to participate in you’ll potentially be running through Runaway Bay, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and even through Burleigh Heads!

The race attracts over 43,000 visitors from outside the Gold Coast, is shown in 129 countries, and will have 27,000 plus participants. It is Australia’s premier road race, and is known for being one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world. If you haven’t registered yet, or want to find out more simply visit their website: http://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/

If a marathon isn’t for you – then Viva Surfers Paradise will have your entertainment needs met. This event is held from the 7th-16th of July and is a free event! It’s a tribute to the greatest music legends in the heart of Surfers. There will be live shows, rock ’n’ roll dancing, a car show Viva Surfers Paradisefor the vintage car-lovers and the always popular Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.
Image: SurfersParadise.com Viva Surfers Paradise

The Elvis tribute contest is not to be missed. The competition gives Elvis tribute artists the change to battle it out, and judging is based on vocals, style and stage presence. With $5,000 and a place in the Ultimate Elvis Contest in Memphis up for grabs – it’s serious business, and great fun to watch.

For the North Melbourne fans, you won’t want to miss Gold Coast Suns V North Melbourne held on the 1st of July. The game is held at Metricon stadium and tickets are on sale now from http://www.afl.com.au/match-centre/2017/15/gcfc-v-nmfc
Those in possession of a valid event ticket will also receive free public transport to and from the
event through TransLink – so getting to the venue is easy no matter where you are. Just make sure you have your ticket on hand.Metricon stadium

Whether the Kokoda Challenge has always been on your bucket list, or you are the kind of person up for a challenge – registrations are now open for the Kokoda Challenge held of the 15-16th of July on the Gold Coast. Often referred to as the toughest team endurance even in Australia, with 96kms of winding tracks, 5,000m of vertical elevations and 13 check points, prove to yourself that you can go crash through your limits and do something extraordinary. This is truly a team event, so you want to make sure you’ve got a good group of people on this journey with you.

There is also a 48km challenge for those who aren’t quite ready for the full 96km challenge but still want to test themselves and push their limits. For more information or to register you can visit the website here: https://www.kokodachallengeevents.com

In addition the the amazing events already mentioned, the Gold Coast always has so much to offer, did you get to check out Bleach Festival, the sand sculpting festiv
al or the Gold Coast Relay for life that were on recently? They were loved by locals and visitors alike.

Kokoda ChallengeNo matter your interests there is always something for everyone and there is no better place to enjoy it than from Burleigh. 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.

Tallebudgera Creek – Australian PGA – Valentines Day Package

There is always so much to do on the beautiful Gold Coast, and summer is almost here. Perhaps you are the sporting type and are here for the PGA Championships, or just have a competitive spirit and want to challenge your friends and family to a game of Barefoot Bowls. Maybe you want to enjoy a peaceful holiday beach side and want to spend your time on the beach and enjoy the variety of food on offer – there is something for everyone in Burleigh Heads. With it’s own national park, stunning beach and estuary, plus it’s close to the airport and the city centre – you’ll never be bored.

 

Tallebudgera Creek
While you’re staying in Burleigh you won’t want to miss the beauty that is Tallebudgera creek. Whether you stop by for a picnic or a BBQ, go for a swim, or hire a stand up paddleboard. It’s a beautiful spot with plenty of options activities available depending on your interests. As this estuary hooks up directly to the ocean occasionally you’ll be lucky enough to spot a dolphin or two! It’s also the perfect place to take the kids for a swim as there are no waves, so you can have a much gentler swim – just make sure keep to the patrolled zones.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding on Tallebudgera Creek

There are also a couple of places you can hire stand up paddleboards from, so check in with reception before you go in case we have a special offer on or so we can suggest a company.

 

 

Australian PGA Championships

Australian PGA Championships
If you happen to be on the Gold Coast December 1-4th you’ll want to attend the Australian PGA Championships held at the Royal Pines on the Gold Coast. This 4 day golfing event is a world renowned 72 Hole Stroke Play Event. Will Nathan Holman be able to defend his title? Be there to witness the action and be one of the first to know.

 

The event runs from 6am-7pm Thursday and Friday, and from 6:30am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. The event has multiple catering options so you won’t go hungry! Keep in mind you don’t have to attend all four days, you can buy a one-day, two-day or season pass.

 

 

 

You can also visit on the 28th and 29th of November to watch the practise days, or watch the Pro-Am competition on the 30th of November. Both of these events are free to the general public.

 

Valentines Day Packages

Valentines Day Packages

 

Valentines Day Packages
It’s never too early to start planning a romantic Valentines Day getaway. We have a couple of packages with Wine and Chocolates, so there is one less thing you need to think about to spoil your partner. Whether you spend your time on the balcony watching the ocean and drinking champagne, or go for a romantic stroll along the beach at sunset – you’ll have a Valentines Day to remember. To find out more or to book simply visit our website:  http://geminicourt.com.au/

 

 

 

Barefoot Bowls
Why not add a unique experience to your next Burleigh holiday and get your friends and family together for a game of Barefoot Bowls. Although the name suggests you can go barefoot you are in fact required to wear thongs or flat shoes, but starting at $5 per person, and with live entertainment from 2-6pm – you’ll have a ball.

Barefoot Bowls

Barefoot Bowls

Barefoot Bowls is on every Sunday from 12pm-5pm and bookings are essential. For more information and to book, check out the website here: http://www.burleighbowls.org.au/lawn-bowls/barefoot-bowls/

 

 

What’s On in November:
If you are on the Gold Coast in November, hopefully you’ll have had a chance to check out some of the fantastic events that have been on. From the various celebrations of Melbourne Cup to the Pan Pacific Masters Games and the Gold Coast Multicultural Festival, these events are always a big hit.Don’t forget Schoolies is on in Surfers Paradise as well, with the 19th-26th of November being QLD Schoolies, and 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.

 

 

Christmas is fast approaching, but why not book a getaway before the Christmas rush begins. We still have some spaces left – but you’ll need to book in quickly to avoid missing out.

 

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.

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.

Christmas Shopping – Christmas Carols – Burleigh Heads

If you’re aching to escape from the daily grind, you can’t go past the Gold Coast this December. Featuring some of the world’s best beaches, and a huge array of awesome activities, the sun-soaked tourist mecca offers a slice of paradise for your summer escape.

Even better, the Gold Coast stretches beyond its postcard-perfect beaches – venture into the Gold Coast Hinterland for stunning views and a fascinating look at ancient remnant rainforest.

And I haven’t even touched on the region’s booming number of top-notch restaurants, cafes, trendy bars and excellent shopping venues.

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Really, the Gold Coast has got it all – and with a decidedly laid back atmosphere.

The top-rated Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, located in beautiful Burleigh Heads, offers easy access to all the Gold Coast has to offer. Whether you’re booking your annual family holiday, organising a romantic escape or envisioning your next surf safari, you’ll find it hard to scope out a comfier homebase.

Christmas Shopping at Harbour Town  
If you do decide to stay locally (smart idea!) you’ll probably want to check out the Christmas deals at Harbour Town at Biggera Waters. Not far from Gemini Court, the shopping centre features a huge array of factory direct outlets and specialty stores, as well as your expected shopping centre staples, the sizeable outdoor locale is always a popular destination for price-concious locals, and tourists alike.

Harbour Town

Whether it’s half-price shoes and clothing, the coolest new gadgets, or something special for your partner, there’s always a great selection of stuff to browse through at Harbour Town.

As a bonus, if you want to stop for a spot of lunch while shopping, there’s heaps of great restaurants serving a huge array of dishes. You’re bound to find something tasty to tuck into.

Thankfully, the centre’s intelligent open design really cuts down on the Christmas shopping claustrophobia – it eases crowds and provides a great place to bag a bargain in the busiest time of the year for Gold Coast retailers.

Harbour Town’s located a short drive from Burleigh Heads and it’s easily accessible by public transport.

The Green Behind the Gold

Also close by, Burleigh Heads National Park and the Gold Coast Hinterland offer popular tourist destinations such as Purling Brook Falls, Best of All Lookout, Glow Worm Tours, the Natural Bridge and much more.Natural Arch

In and of itself, Burleigh National Park is a tempting proposition.

The park is a wild, native headland which features relaxed walks along rocky foreshores and relaxed rainforests, and the chance to see sea-eagles soaring along the coast. At Burleigh Head, where old volcanic columns meet the sea, the park boasts rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath and mangroves. And on its north side is one of Australia’s most famous surfing point breaks.Tallebudgera

Make sure to check out the Walk the Ocean view walk around the headland from Tallebudgera Creek and inspect the masses of six-sided basalt columns. Or you could picnic on Burleigh foreshore or relax on Echo Beach. The choices are endless, and the gorgeous Gold Coast Hinterland stretches on for kilometre after kilometre.Keep Calm Carols

Community Carols  

CHRISTMAS is fast approaching so now is the season to be jolly. If you’re staying at Gemini Court in early December, make sure you head along to the Community Christmas Carols happening up and down the coast. It’s a great event for the kids, and the night always features excellent local talent. It’s also likely Santa will stop-off to say g’day, and fireworks and laser shows may also feature this year.

Carols under the Stars – Robina
When: Sunday December 7, 4pm to 8pm
Where: CBUS Super Stadium, Centreline Place, Robina

The Kids Family Fun Fair will open at 4pm and includes kid’s activities, animal nursery, jumping castles, face painters, exhibitors and stage shows. Carols under the Stars kicks off at 6pm. There will also be a fireworks display and a visit by Santa. Free shuttle buses will be available from Burleigh Heads State School, Stockland Shopping Centre, Treetops and a park and ride shuttle from Robina Town Centre car park.

Broadbeach Christmas Carols – Broadbeach
When: Saturday December 13, starting at 3pm
Where: Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach

Family fun from 3pm with carols starting at 6pm featuring an amazing line up of performers including the incredible Marina Prior and the ever talented Denis Walter supported by The Boogie Woogies, the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and the Gold Coast Choir. There will be plenty of food stalls in the park and a spectacular fireworks display at the end of the concert.

Christmas by the Sea – Palm Beach
When: Monday December 15, 4pm to 9pm
Where: Palm Beach Parklands, 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Free family friendly Christmas carols with church and school choirs, fireworks, face painters and barn yard animals.

Alternatively, have a chat to Gemini Court’s friendly staff for further details.

Burleigh Heads - Centre of the Gold CoastAnd, while you’re in the region, why not take advantage of our sunny summer weather by learning to surf (or making the most of our famous breaks, if you already surf)?

If you’re new to surfing, most of our popular surf beaches feature accredited surf schools. For newbies who’d like to experience the iconic and much-loved water sport, they’re certainly a popular option. Many first-timers manage to stand first go, with the assistance of friendly, seasoned instructors.

Seasoned surfers will find a huge range of world-class surf beaches along the Gold and Tweed Coasts. Gemini Court boasts the barrels of Burleigh Heads right across the road, but there’s a huge range of beaches just a short drive away

The coast also boasts a wide range of scuba diving, surfing, wakeboarding, jet-skiing and other water sports. Combine the region’s pristine beaches, top-rated dining and leisure venues and our relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and you won’t find a more appealing holiday location.

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.

Summer holidays far from schoolie madness!

Thinking about a holiday?  Now is the time to book your accommodation at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments with summer definitely on its way.

Burleigh Heads accommodationBurleigh Heads is lucky to have weather rated amongst the best in the world with a sub-tropical climate guaranteeing loads of sunny days.

Summer temps are, on average, a lovely 20 – 28 C and everyone gets out and about.  For most that means heading to beautiful Burleigh beach, which stretches 2.5 kilometres from north to south. Continue reading