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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.

Gold Coast SUNS v St Kilda, Metricon Stadium – The Kokoda Challenge – Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

Ah, the gorgeous Gold Coast! From happening hipster hangouts to sandy golden beaches and a distinctly chilled coastal Queensland vibe, it’s the holiday haven you’ve been waiting for!

Case in point: Burleigh Heads – home to Gemini Court Holiday Apartments – a vibrant beachside mecca, boasting some of the best surf in Australia, a friendly local atmosphere, and pristine views to boot.

The best views on the coast - Gemini Court Holiday ApartmentsPlus, this July there’s a bunch of interesting events happening within a short drive of our stellar location, including the inspirational Kokoda Challenge and acclaimed Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase. You’ll also have the opportunity to catch an AFL match at Metricon Stadium, as our hometown heroes, Gold Coast SUNS, take on St Kilda on July 2.

Firstly, starting a short drive up the road from Burleigh Heads at Mudgeeraba, The Kokoda Challenge will storm into the city on July 16, from 7am.  Hailed as Australia’s toughest team endurance event, it measures in at more than 96km and is often recognised as Australia’s toughest team endurance event. The challenge is a gruelling, cross country team hike over 96km – but with a 39 hour time limit.

Organiser say these numbers hold special significance in Kokoda history, as 96km is the exact length of the Kokoda Track in PNG and the time limit of 39 hours stands in honour of the 39th Militia, who were the first Australian force to engage with the Japanese in Papua New Guinea in World War Two.

Each team of four participants (with a Support Crew) trek the course along fire trails, crossing 12 creeks and climbing summits of 5000m of vertical elevation. The goal is to finish as a complete team of four in honour of the spirit forged on the Kokoda Track in 1942: courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice.The Kokoda Challenge

Money raised by the challenge goes towards The Kokoda Challenge Youth Program, which helps disenfranchised teenagers improve their lot in life, while giving back to their communities.

To register for the life-changing event, visit www.kokodachallengeevents.com.

Meanwhile, if you’re staying locally later in the month, the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase will be performing at Paradise Showroom, at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on July 31.

This will be the fourth year in a row the festival will be bringing the ‘crème de la crème’ of the Festival right to the Gold Coast, and it’s looking like the most exciting showing yet.Comedy Festival Showcase at The Arts Centre Gold Coast

Organisers say the Comedy Festival Showcase will boast a line-up of the best local and international comics, while also showcasing some of the freshest emerging talents. The 2015 Showcase Tour put smiles on the faces of 20,000 people in more than 45 regional and metro centres over a huge five month tour, performing many sold out shows.

To book your tickets, ranging from $32 to $35, visit theartscentregc.com.au.

Early in July, on the 2nd, local AFL fans will take some time out to enjoy a match-up between Gold Coast SUNS and St Kilda. Top tip: You should too, footy fan or not.

Even if you’ve only got a passing interest in the sport, our great local facilities make spectating a pretty pleasurable experience. The buzzing atmosphere alone is enough to encourage a visit.

Fan reviews for Metricon Stadium stand at about 4/5 on Ticketmaster, indicating a viewing experience well above average, and a perfect spot to experience your first taste of the Australian game.

AFL footy on the Gold Coast

AFL footy on the Gold Coast

But, honestly, if you ARE in fact an AFL fan, you’ll probably need very little convincing. Book in, rock up, and enjoy the spectacle, just a short drive up the road from Gemini Court Holiday Apartments.

To find out more about short stays at Gemini Court, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5576 0300, or check out our website.