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BLEACH* Festival 2022
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BLEACH*, Carla from Bankstown and free live music – things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend

After a two-year hiatus, BLEACH* Festival is set to make a triumphant return this Thursday, ready to kickstart 11 days of live music, dance, culinary experiences, performance and art. If you've never been to BLEACH* before, let this be the year you embrace this homegrown festival and soak up everything it has to offer. If you're still looking for something to fill up your calendar this weekend, there is a bounty of events, including the Lifeline Bookfest, La Fiesta South American festival, cocktail classes, live music, vegan markets and AFL clashes. There's a lot to see, do and explore, so let's not waste time chatting about it, hey? Diaries at the ready - here's everything you should be doing this weekend from Thursday August 11 to Sunday August 14. more

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The Star Fire Pits
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When a fire starts to burn – warm up with your mates around a fire pit this winter

While we may only have one month left of winter, the cold is showing no signs of easing up. Don't let the weather keep you from having a good time, though. Instead, gather your pals for a cosy afternoon spent sipping cocktails around a fire at The Star. For the next two months, Garden Kitchen & Bar is serving the ultimate winter-warming delight, with cracking fire pits, live entertainment, cheeseboards and mouth-watering bites beckoning you off the couch and out into the crisp winter air. Sound good? Grab a scarf and prepare to savour the last couple of cooler months in style. more

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The Star Carla from Bankstown
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Drag queen glow-ups, mouth-watering meals and crackling fire pits – add these unmissable events to your calendar

After battling through the rain and chilly temps of the past few months, we are happy to report that we are on the home stretch of winter! As the beginning of August laps at our shores, the cooler days are expected to linger for a little longer. Luckily for us, The Star Gold Coast has a super-charged event schedule planned for August and September and is prepping for a cracking few weeks of music, comedy, food and sport. From super drag spectaculars to laughs around the fire pit with your pals and Saturdays spent sipping Bellinis, here are some happenings to schedule into your calendar for the next few months ... more

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Indie electronic group Mansionair is bringing sick beats to Live on The Lawn this August
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Indie electronic group Mansionair is bringing sick beats to Live on The Lawn this August

If there's one sure-fire way to turn up the heat this winter, it's with live tunes, tantalising eats and whistle-wetting cocktails. You're guaranteed to find all of this and more at Garden Kitchen & Bar, which continues to host its free Live on The Lawn series this winter. Pop Saturday August 13 in your diary, keen revellers, as that's when you can boogie to some DJ-spun beats courtesy of Australian indie electronic trio Mansionair. more

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Pipit
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Pop by Pipit to feast on hyper-local produce by award-winning chefs this August

Voted Australia's Best Regional Restaurant in 2020, Pipit in Pottsville is no stranger to damn good food. Inspired by the bounty of fresh produce coming out of the Northern Rivers and a passion for wood-fired cooking, Pipit has become a regular eating haunt for Gold Coast locals seeking out prime dining delight. Throughout August, the talented team at Pipit is inviting Gold Coast and Brisbane locals down for a range of tasty pop-up events that feature guest chefs, hyper-local menus and elevated Monday night bistros. Here's everything you need to know. more

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Bring your Esky and stock up on fresh produce at this weekend's Scenic Rim's Farm Gate Trail
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Bring your Esky and stock up on fresh produce at this weekend’s Scenic Rim’s Farm Gate Trail

Our thirst for adventure is at an all-time high, so now is the perfect time to explore our own backyard. If you’re itching to get out and about, then we suggest hopping in your car and taking a picturesque drive to the Scenic Rim on Sunday July 13. Why this date, specifically? It's when Scenic Rim's Farm Gate Trail showcases a smorgasbord of delicious produce and farm-fresh eats from the area's local makers. more

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Cape Byron Whisky
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Cape Byron Distillery has a brand new whisky – here’s your invite to the exclusive launch event

Lovers of whisky and hinterland sips, listen up! The gin masters at Cape Byron Distillery decided that a delicious range of dry gin, Davidson plum-infused 'Byron Slow Gin' and macadamia liqueur was simply not enough to quench the thirst of parched punters and have been toiling away in the background on a very tasty new tipple. After calling in one of the industry big guns, Jim McEwan, the distillery is ready to launch its first single malt whisky release to the Australian public. As you can expect, bottles of this liquid gold will be incredibly hard to come by. Luckily for you, we've got the inside scoop on how to score one for yourself.   more

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Comedy superstar Joel Creasey is bringing the (free) laughs to Atrium Bar
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Comedy superstar Joel Creasey is bringing the (free) laughs to Atrium Bar

Are you in desperate need of an endorphin hit, love supporting local talent and enjoy stand-up comedy? If you answered yes to any of the above, then boy, oh boy, do we have some good news for you! Let off some steam with a good belly laugh, as comedy superstar Joel Creasey is swinging by The Star on Wednesday August 3, inviting local rising LGBTQIA+ stand-up stars to claim their time in the spotlight while auditioning for his Camp Comedy show in 2023. more


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Grab your gumboots and glitter – here's our pick of the mind-blowing activations coming to this year's Splendour in the Grass
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Grab your gumboots and glitter – here’s our pick of the mind-blowing activations coming to this year’s Splendour in the Grass

We hope you've got your gumboots ready – Australia's biggest music festival Splendour in the Grass is finally kicking off this weekend after a two-year hiatus! We know you're probably up to speed on the massive line-up of killer acts coming together (Gorillaz, we're coming for you!), but we have the lowdown on all of the other glitter-soaked and fun-filled activations amping up the good vibes from Friday July 22 to Sunday July 24. Before you start packing your Byron best, read on to learn more about the exciting bars and areas you can check out at this year's Splendour ... more

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Jack Botts
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Surf some sweet melodies and soak up the summer vibes at Road Trip Festival

In news that will delight everyone – we have officially passed the halfway point of winter. As you slowly begin to thaw out and emerge from your blanket cocoon, it's time to start making some summer plans. If you're a fan of the indie-folk lifestyle, then Road Trip Music Festival is the perfect way to ease you back into the warm summer months ahead. Hosted across two days at NightQuarter and Miami Marketta, Road Trip is set to bring together a community of alluring acts to celebrate freedom, surfing, the outdoors and those summer vibes we have all been missing. more

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Crystalbrook Wine Series
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Crystalbrook Byron is hosting a cellar door series this winter with some of Australia’s finest wineries

While it's easy to hole up at home during the chilly season, we're always looking for reasons to throw off the blankets and go explore. During the month of August, Crystalbrook Byron's Forest Byron Bay is joining forces with some of the best wineries in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales for a month-long series of long lunches and cellar door pop-ups. If this isn't an excuse to pack up the car for a roadtrip south, we don't know what is. more

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High Cheese Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
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Cheese the day at this luxe high cheese experience filled with Kenilworth Dairies delights

Do your knees go weak at the mention of a charcuterie board? Have you ever noticed a slight acceleration of your heart rate as you stroll down the cheese aisle in the supermarket? If you have answered yes to either of these questions, then curd your loins because Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is hosting a high cheese experience that is bound to set your soul alight. This afternoon delight is on offer at Pearls Bar for a limited time only, and is set to be the gooey, decadent and oh-so-luxe answer to all of your cheese-filled dreams. more

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Crafted Beer and Cider Festival
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Tinnies at the ready! Crafted Beer & Cider Festival is back for two days of froth-filled fun

If you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be? Would you play it safe with a lager or pale ale, or live on the wild side with a fruity IPA? Luckily for you, Crafted Beer & Cider Festival is back for another year, so instead of limiting yourself to just one beer, you can take your pick from more than 300 unique brews from 58 brewers. The 2022 edition brings not one but two days of beachside, froth-filled festivities, as Crafted takes over Kurrawa Park in Broadbeach on August 27 and 28. Aside from the many, many tinnies just waiting to be sampled, revellers are also set to sip on seltzers, ginger beers, cider, gin, wine and alcoholic kombucha – all while soaking in the picturesque beachside location. When you're not drinking, chow down on some tasty treats and prepare to be entertained by a packed line-up of musicians and activities. Let's pop the top… more

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Embark on a food-filled Sunny Coast getaway with The Curated (side) Plate
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Embark on a food-filled Sunny Coast getaway with The Curated (side) Plate

In our humble opinion, it is not love that makes the world go round, but food. Like a drug, it pulls us from plate to plate, across the countryside, down dark alleys and into new environments as we hunt for the next flavour high. If, like us, food is your love language, then we can almost guarantee that you'll reach a new level of taste nirvana at the Sunshine Coast's latest festival, The Curated (side) Plate. Hosted over ten days from July 29 until August 7, The Curated (side) Plate promises a 2022-sized serving of local produce, fresh seafood and curated taste experiences against the backdrop of the Sunshine Coast's sprawling coastlines and rolling hinterland hills. Tuck that napkin into your collar, folks, things are about to get tasty ... more

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See diversity, creativity and sustainability shine at the Sunshine Coast's brand new The Rangebow Festival
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See diversity, creativity and sustainability shine at the Sunshine Coast’s brand new The Rangebow Festival

At a time when the news can leave us recoiling at current events, it's so important to find moments of light to serve as an anchor for our happiness. Events like festivals tend to bring out the best in people as they gather to celebrate, sing, dance and enjoy life as part of a collective. The Sunshine Coast's newest festival is focused on doing that and more, championing inclusivity, sustainability, diversity and reconciliation. The inaugural The Rangebow Festival is gearing up to take the Sunny Coast Hinterland by storm with four days of music, workshops, art and conversations. In order to make the most of your time up north, we've put together a guide not only for the The Rangebow Festival but the very best places to stay, play and eat during a long weekend nestled in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. more

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(Beer) paddle your way across the Sunshine Coast's breweries for the ultimate froth-filled long weekend
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(Beer) paddle your way across the Sunshine Coast’s breweries for the ultimate froth-filled long weekend

In Australia, we don't shy away from the fact that we love a good beer. Over the last few years – much to the delight of fans of froth – we have been treated to an ever-expanding craft-beer scene. The Sunshine Coast is no stranger to this rapidly growing industry, with a tidy 21 craft breweries calling the region home. Not only does this keep locals very well hydrated, but it crowns the Sunshine Coast as the Craft Beer Capital of Australia. Now, 21 breweries are no mean feat, and in the spirit of inclusivity, it's essential to (responsibly) sample a tipple from each.  more

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Celebrate cultural connections and homegrown artists at Horizon Festival on the Sunshine Coast
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Celebrate cultural connections and homegrown artists at Horizon Festival on the Sunshine Coast

Over ten days in August, the Sunshine Coast is playing host to a contemporary multi-arts festival. More than just your average collection of visual art, music, theatre, dance, words, film and creative workshops, Horizon Festival is rooted in celebrating the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast with a program that thoughtfully honours and highlights the Traditional Custodians of the land in which it operates – the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Peoples. If you relish in celebrating art in all of its forms, have a thirst for the knowledge shared by our First Nations Peoples and are craving a northern escape, then head up to the Sunshine Coast from August 26 until September 4 and immerse yourself in ten days of spectacular creativity and culture-rich performances. more

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BLEACH* Festival 2022
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From First Nations feasts to late-night secrets and sonic Sunday soirees – our top picks for BLEACH* Festival in 2022

After almost two years of waiting, BLEACH* Festival is preparing to light up the Gold Coast with carefully curated creativity and performances over 11 days in August. From August 11-21, Gold Coast locals are encouraged to celebrate and support an ever-talented collective of artists, singers, performers and musicians as they take over beachside esplanades, botanic gardens and hinterland hideaways. With more than 233 artists, 94 performances and 36 events lined up on the program, there is bound to be something to satisfy every creative appetite. If you're a little stuck on what to attend, fear not! We have combed through the program and plucked out a few highlights worthy of pencilling into your calendar for BLEACH* in 2022.  more

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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