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REVEL in Byron Bay's unique food and culture at this delicious new festival
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REVEL in Byron Bay’s unique food and culture at this delicious new festival

Byron Bay and the surrounding Northern Rivers region are home to some impeccable food and unique cultural experiences. Whether you're keen to indulge in beachside gourmet delights, sip on native botanical gin in the hinterland or succumb your senses to the culturally diverse art on display, there is no shortage of experiences to surprise and delight even the most seasoned traveller on a trip down to Byron. After a rough few years that saw a pandemic and destructive floods, this vibrant region is ready to wow once more, celebrating the melting pot of talent, taste and diversity with the inaugural REVEL Byron Bay Food and Culture Festival. more

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Big City Lights
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Late-night lights, Barossa drops and comfort food – things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend

After 11 long months of waiting, tax time is finally here again! Here's to a little injection of cash – perfect for nabbing a ticket to that festival you've been eyeing, treating yourself to a nice meal out, or, you know, buying iceberg lettuce. As we all eagerly await our return (or hide from the tax man in denial over this year's tax bill), the Gold Coast is serving up a bounty of events to keep you occupied. The best bit? Plenty of them are free to attend! So, rug up and hit the streets, ready to explore everything our humble little city has on offer from Thursday July 7 until Sunday July 10. Oh, and don't hide from the tax man (or woman). That tactic never ends well. more

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Underground HOTA
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Explore big ideas with homegrown artists at HOTA’s intimate UNDERGROUND Festival

In a world viewed through the lens of social media and filters, many of us are often left contemplating the human experience. HOTA's new UNDERGROUND Festival is giving artists, creatives and audiences the chance to take risks, explore ideas and consider what makes us human. Over three days in July, audiences will have the opportunity to occupy HOTA's intimate spaces and explore the obscurity of life and raw emotion, seeking to understand what enrages and liberates us. Fuelled by big ideas and homegrown contemporary artists, here is a peek at what you can expect at UNDERGROUND from Thursday July 14 until Saturday July 16. more

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BLEACH* Festival 2022
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Culture-soaked creativity and expert storytellers bring BLEACH* Festival’s 2022 program to life

Unless you're new to the coast or have been living under a rock, you're probably well familiar with BLEACH* Festival. For those who aren't, well, allow us – BLEACH* is the Gold Coast's premier arts and cultural festival that proudly and passionately champions the incredible artists and performers that make up the tapestry of our shining city. BLEACH* has been no stranger to COVID-related cancellations and, much to the dismay of everyone on the Gold Coast, last year's festival took a hit. Luckily for us, BLEACH* is back, better than ever and is here to celebrate its 11-year milestone by transforming beachside esplanades, botanic gardens and hinterland hideaways into backdrops for spine-tingling and thought-provoking experiences from August 11-21. We recommend clearing your calendar because the 11-day program has just been released and is packed with a bounty of events and… more

Food
Sign us up – Hazelwood Estate’s chef-hatted The Paddock restaurant is hosting salumi masterclasses this July
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Sign us up – Hazelwood Estate’s chef-hatted The Paddock restaurant is hosting salumi masterclasses this July

For the uninitiated, salumi are Italian cured meats made predominantly from pork. Some of our salumi favourites include the likes of prosciutto, pancetta, lardo, lonza and perhaps our most-devoured meaty treat, mortadella. If you're keen to learn more about the ancient craft of salumi, you're in luck – The Paddock at Beechmont's Hazelwood Estate is hosting two days of intimate, hands-on classes where guests can learn their bresaola from their coppacolla. more

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Take advantage of your last chance to wine and dine at Eagle Street Pier
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Take advantage of your last chance to wine and dine at Eagle Street Pier

Unless you've been living under quite a large rock, you're probably well aware that Brisbane City dining and entertainment precinct Eagle Street Pier is set to close in mid-July. With mere weeks left to go until some of our favourite eateries shutter, it's now or never to feast, frolic and say farewell to The Pier in style. Here's some of the final dining deals that you can experience at Eagle Street Pier ... more

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The Logies
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Enjoy Aussie television’s night of nights at the TV WEEK Logies Live Site

Do you spend your nights glued to the couch, keeping up to date with the happenings on Ramsay Street and Summer Bay? Are you entirely across the MAFS drama and a deep understanding of the ins and outs of every 'Mystery Box' challenge that has aired in this season of Masterchef? If you're a fan of the Aussie silver screen, then get excited because the 62nd TV WEEK Logie Awards is happening on Sunday June 19, right here on the Gold Coast. If you're keen to watch all of your favourite dolled-up Australian celebrities and personalities celebrate another year of Aussie television, we know just the place to do so. more


The Locals Next week: a Goldie local

Shaun Davies
Indigenous communities engaging with modern technology is key to giving their language and culture the rightful place they deserve in the modern age ... ~ Shaun Davies more
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Eat Local Week
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Our top picks for your taste buds at this year’s Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and cushioned by World Heritage-listed national parks is a gastronomic wonderland, bursting with freshly grown produce and artful chefs highly skilled in the craft of making damn good food. The Scenic Rim is the sparkling gem in Queensland's crown of homegrown culinary goodness. With friendly farmers aplenty, a myriad of wineries, eclectic rural communities and good, old-fashioned country charm, you can't go wrong with a trip anywhere in this region. As if we didn't need another excuse to pop in the car for a winter road trip, the Scenic Rim is enticing Gold Coast and Brisbane locals to come and taste the best the region has on offer during the 11th Eat Local Week. From June 25 to July 3, snuggle up and prepare to breathe in the fresh country air as you taste, sip, nibble and delight in a bounty of events courtesy of some of… more

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A bittersweet farewell – champagne, fireworks and dynamite entertainment awaits at Eagle Street Pier's last hurrah
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A bittersweet farewell – champagne, fireworks and dynamite entertainment awaits at Eagle Street Pier’s last hurrah

We're sure you've heard by now that Brisbane's premier riverfront dining complex, Eagle Street Pier, will soon close to make way for the construction of the $2.1-billion Waterfront Brisbane development. In true Eagle Street Pier style, the precinct is set to go out with a bang – and a pop of the champagne bottle. Before you don your best cocktail attire, read on for the low-down on the farewell festivities ... more

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The Island Function Spaces
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Level up your EOFY shindig at one of The Island’s luxe function and event spaces

Ah, the end of the financial year. Like Christmas for accountants, this frantic time can bring out the best and worst in people as they push to close off accounts and hit the goals they have feverishly been working towards for the past 12 months. With many people working from home and enjoying more flexible arrangements, EOFY also offers a rare opportunity to gather your team of employees, catch up and celebrate the financial year that was. With just more than three weeks until the EOFY deadline, many bosses and PR employees are frantically searching for the perfect place to host a team get together beyond just 'drinks at the local'. Luckily for you, The Island Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise has a slew of suave function spaces that are the perfect setting for your EOFY shindig.  more

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Buskers by the lake
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Buskers by the Lake is bringing three days of adrenaline, creativity and sword swallowing to Lake Kawana

Creativity and personal expression come in many forms. Some of us sing, some dance, some may participate in adrenaline sports and others, well, they play with fire and swallow swords. The Australian and international busking community is rich with incredibly talented individuals that thrive on doing what they love in the hopes that it will entertain others. Buskers by the Lake is a Sunshine Coast festival that gives renowned and up-and-coming buskers the chance to show off their skills as part of a wider project, entertaining audiences over three days in one giant, lakeside extravaganza. The festival theme is 'Fantasyland', so get ready to soak up the sunshine and experience a whole new world of mystique, magic and marvel.  more

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Caloundra
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Laneways, laughs and local gems – spend a long weekend in Caloundra for the hilarious That’s Not My Dog! festival

With June upon us and the middle of the year nigh, many of us will be craving a little escape. While an extended holiday may not be possible until Christmas, a long weekend here and there is definitely on the cards. That's Not My Dog! comedy festival is serving you with the perfect excuse to apply for some leave – or chuck a sneaky sickie – and head up north to enjoy three days of laughs, good food and plenty of sunshine in Caloundra. While we're sure you don't need any convincing, we've gone to the trouble of curating the perfect long weekend itinerary so that you can soak up the sun, sample the local brews and bites, take in the scenery and enjoy some classic Aussie comedy. more

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Maleny Wedding Festival
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Say “I do” to the wedding of your dreams at the Maleny Wedding Festival

Have you spent your entire life daydreaming about the day you walk down the aisle? Perhaps you spend your spare time curating the perfect wedding playlist and perusing Pinterest on the hunt for bespoke and picturesque wedding inspo. If you've recently acquired a rather sparkly new ring, have been planning your big day for a while or just love all things weddings, we recommend blocking off Sunday July 31 in your calendar. The Maleny Wedding Festival is back to help inspire couples and take the stress out of wedding planning. With more than 150 vendors dotted along a trail of nine venues, this superb festival in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland will have you sipping on champers and saying cheers to a day you will remember forever.  more

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Lunar Electric
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Splendour, Spilt Milk and Sandstorm – add these unmissable festivals to your calendar, stat

Is it just us or is this year hurtling past at breakneck speed? If you're yet to come to terms with the fact that it's already somehow June, you might be missing out on a whole bunch of exciting events that are coming our way including the return of international acts, some of our all-time favourite music festivals and some dazzling light displays. Here's our round-up of the most anticipated events set to hit our shores in the latter half of 2022 ... more

Food
Rally your crew and roll out a rug for HOTA's Hawker Night Markets
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Rally your crew and roll out a rug for HOTA’s Hawker Night Markets

It's Saturday afternoon and the conversation, as it does every day, drifts towards what you feel like for dinner. One person fancies Italian, but the other wants Asian. Finding a cuisine that suits everyone is a nigh-impossible daily battle, times that by 1000 if you have little humans to feed. If this situation feels all too familiar, we have the perfect solution – on Saturday June 18, you're invited to feast your way around the globe at HOTA's hawker-inspired night markets. The twilight event is celebrating gourmet flavours, live music, and bespoke wares from artisan markers. Read on for all of the delicious details ... more

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Strap in for fireworks and fantastical festivities – Brisbane Festival is back with four weekends of wonder
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Strap in for fireworks and fantastical festivities – Brisbane Festival is back with four weekends of wonder

The city might be slightly more chilly than usual, but our event's calendar is well and truly warming up. Perhaps the most sizzling happening of the whole year has just been unveiled – Brisbane Festival is back! Our favourite city-wide fiesta will set the town alight from September 2–24 with a thrilling three-week program that is shaping up to be the brightest party yet. We're talking giant glowing globes, standout stage shows, a disco wonderland, awe-inspiring pyrotechnic displays and the return of everyone's favourite floating art exhibition. more

Spend your Sunday sipping Chandon at this lavish long lunch in Currumbin Valley
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Spend your Sunday sipping Chandon at this lavish long lunch in Currumbin Valley

A spectacular manor set amongst a lush valley, copious amounts of champagne and a taste bud-tantalising long lunch curated by a renowned chef. If you were to ask us to conjure up our idea of a perfect feast, we think that the aforementioned scene would be pretty darn close. Well dreams do come true, folks, as the Chandon Garden Spritz Long Lunch at The Valley Estate has all of this and more. more

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Prosecco Long Lunch Cucinca Vivo
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Sip and savour in style at the hugely popular Prosecco Long Lunch

Italy is famous for many things – luxury cars, Renaissance art, leaning towers and opera are among a few. However, if we were to pick just one thing that Italy does best, it would definitely be the food and the ability to devote hours to feasting in style. The long lunch is perhaps the best example of this decadent cultural habit, and we are ecstatic to announce the Italian folk at Cucina Vivo are hosting another mouth-watering affair. After completely selling out in May, the Prosecco Long Lunch is back and ready to treat you to the ultimate afternoon of grazing and sipping in sun-soaked delight.  more