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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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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

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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

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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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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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Harbour Town
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Shop, drop and roll – we have the first peek at Harbour Town’s Get Outlet deals

There are a few key shopping outings pencilled into our calendars. While Boxing Day, Black Friday and the end of financial year sales are nationwide events, the Gold Coast is treated to an extra few days of cash-splashing mayhem. From June 3–5 Harbour Town Premium Outlets is offering shoppers three days of massive savings at the Get Outlet Sale. To help with your pre-shopping plan of attack, Harbour Town has given us the inside scoop on some of the best offers you can expect to see during this monster sales event.  more

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Big City Lights
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See Southport transform into a kaleidoscopic cocoon of colour in July

One of our favourite Christmas pastimes is driving through the streets, hunting for the best light submissions suburbia has to offer. Something about the dazzling display of creativity ignites a spark in our brain, fostering a sense of communal wonder at the sea of colour before us. While Christmas is still half a year away, BIG CITY LIGHTS* invites you to ignite that same feeling of rainbow-inspired joy. Delivered by Placemakers* Gold Coast, this inaugural festival will transform Southport into an immersive audio-visual wonderland from July 7 to 10. more

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Pacific Fair Rooftop Wellness
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Scenic sweats – Pacific Fair is hosting free fitness classes at its Wellness Studio

As the days get a little colder and the darkness lingers in the morning, it gets a lot harder to drag ourselves out of bed for a morning workout. Of course, we know that we'll feel better after the exercise and we agree that endorphin hit is the perfect way to start your day, but you know what else is nice? Staying in bed. The wellness warriors over at Pacific Fair heard the muffled sounds of the Gold Coast collectively snoozing their morning alarm and are enticing our activewear-clad bodies out into the world on the premise of scenic sunrise fitness on the rooftop. They also know the one thing that motivates us more than endorphins – freebies. Where do we sign up? more

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Rocking the suburbs – Burleigh bEATS is bringing tunes and street eats to the beachside
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Rocking the suburbs – Burleigh bEATS is bringing tunes and street eats to the beachside

Spending an afternoon meandering around Burleigh Heads eating and drinking, popping in and out of boutiques and soaking in the sunshine (hopefully) before retiring to the hill with a picnic has to be one of our all-time favourite ways to spend a day. If that also sounds like your ideal weekend activity, Burleigh bEATS street festival is here to facilitate all of that and more on Saturday May 28. There will be street food, entertainment and good vibes galore ... more

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Green thumbs up for this plant-filled weekend on the Sunshine Coast
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Green thumbs up for this plant-filled weekend on the Sunshine Coast

If you've spent the last two years fostering a healthy obsession with plants and all things gardening, then boy, do we have some news for you. From July 8–10, the Sunshine Coast is playing host to the who's-who of Aussie gardening at the Queensland Garden Expo! To help you get your green thumb ready for three plant-packed days of soil-enriched gardening goodness, we've curated a jam-packed itinerary that will tantalise your taste buds and give you a much-needed breath of fresh air as you escape the city and let Mother Nature give you some love. more

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Strut your stuff – the Australian Wearable Art Festival is back in all its avant-garde trashion glory
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Strut your stuff – the Australian Wearable Art Festival is back in all its avant-garde trashion glory

Have you ever looked at a floral arrangement or a solitary piece of rubbish floating in the breeze and thought, "Wow, that would make a stunning outfit"? Perhaps you are just captivated by all things fashion, from the humble little black dress to the Met Gala's over-the-top extravagance. Either way, if you feel divinely inspired at the thought of throwing together a creative ensemble and crave the opportunity to sit front row at a catwalk, get excited because the Australian Wearable Art Festival is coming to the Sunshine Coast on May 21. more

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The Strand
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The Strand has published your ultimate guide to dining and shopping in Coolangatta

Do you ever find yourself aimlessly meandering around the shops, searching for the perfect outfit while pondering what snack will stop that persistent rumbling in your tummy? Perhaps you're contemplating the changing seasons and concerned your current wardrobe isn't going to make the cut for winter? If you need a little retail therapy and are gearing up to visit the shops, we recommend taking a squiz at The Strand's latest magazine. This nifty little number is packed full of colourful pages to serve as your ultimate guide to a day out in Coolangatta. A copy of The Strand's new mag is a must-have for any day out, offering seasonal shopping hacks, local tips and tricks, and plenty of hot offers. more

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From backpacking alpacas to wilderness navigation festivals – here are our top five picks for Escape in the Scenic Rim
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From backpacking alpacas to wilderness navigation festivals – here are our top five picks for Escape in the Scenic Rim

If you love the great outdoors and jump at the thought of an adventure, then your next wild journey awaits with ESCAPE in the Scenic Rim. This month-long festival is kicking off on April 29 and packs quite the adventurous punch with more than 100 nature and adventure-based experiences just waiting for you to enjoy. We've combed through their program and picked our top five happenings that will give you a good ol' dose of adrenaline and provide some high-quality snaps for the 'gram. We recommend nabbing your tickets to these events quick smart, as they are bound to sell out faster than you can say World-Heritage Listed Rainforest.  more

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Explore your own backyard with ESCAPE in the Scenic Rim's program of nature-based adventures
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Explore your own backyard with ESCAPE in the Scenic Rim’s program of nature-based adventures

Most of us have spent time in the Scenic Rim, but how many of us can say we've truly gone off the beaten track and enjoyed the region's true, natural splendour? If you, like us, are itching to exchange the hustle of the city for Southeast Queensland's wow-worthy vistas, national parks and local produce, we suggest having a look at ESCAPE in the Scenic Rim's month-long celebration of eco-friendly experiences, which includes everything from hikes and hot-air ballooning to luxury camping packages and picnic lunches with alpacas. more

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Be spellbound by BIG CITY LIGHTS* – an immersive visual spectacle coming to the Gold Coast this July
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Be spellbound by BIG CITY LIGHTS* – an immersive visual spectacle coming to the Gold Coast this July

You might find it hard to believe, but there was once a time the Gold Coast was considered void of culture. Crazy, right?! Thankfully, the times have changed, perceptions have been challenged and the Gold Coast is continuing to thrive, attracting events from all around the world. The latest large-scale event to announce its impending arrival in this fine city of ours is BIG CITY LIGHTS* – an immersive festival that brings together light, design, installation and live performance. Here's everything you need to know ... more

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Save the date – Kalbar Sunflower Festival is returning with blooms, bites and artistic delights
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Save the date – Kalbar Sunflower Festival is returning with blooms, bites and artistic delights

When life deals you a drought, grow sunflowers and they will come. This is what a farming family in Kalbar did in 2021, and the result was a one-day celebration of flowers and family-friendly fun. Now, the annual Kalbar Sunflower Festival is back for another year so gather your gang and get ready to go road-tripping from March 25–27, and make sure to stop and smell the, uh, sunflowers. more