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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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Celebrate producers, growers and flavour-makers at this year's Scenic Rim Eat Local Week
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Celebrate producers, growers and flavour-makers at this year’s Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

A self-guided tour of the Scenic Rim is one of our favourite ways to spend a spare weekend, but a visit becomes essential when Scenic Rim Eat Local Week rolls around. There's simply no better time to cruise inland and take in the natural splendour of the region, as that's when the growers, artisans and culinary wizards put on a show for the entire state to enjoy. This year's program boasts everything, from bush tucker cooking workshops, cocktails with camels and long lunches to paddock feasts, beer- and banter-filled brunches, and wintertime harvest festivals. The 11th annual Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is running from Saturday June 25 to Sunday July 3 – here's what's on the cards ... more

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Let's taco'bout the Mexican feast happening at Frenzy's Buffet in May
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Let’s taco’bout the Mexican feast happening at Frenzy’s Buffet in May

"I hate Mexican food", said no one, ever. If, like us, you spend your Tuesdays sniffing out the best taco deal and are constantly dreaming of your next embrace with a margarita, then get excited. All of your taco-filled dreams will transpire as Frenzy’s Buffet at the Southport Sharks hosts Mexicana in May. Pack your sombrero and get ready to set those taste buds alight as the buffet comes alive with a myriad of delicious Mexican morsels just waiting for you to enjoy. more

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Hyde Paradiso Beachside Brunch
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European summer-inspired brunches – add this scenic event to your Autumn calendar

Surfers Paradise is iconic for many reasons - the sun, the sand, Cavill Mall and the myriad of characters that call the city home. While we love this iconic strip just as much as the next person, sometimes we crave a respite from the summer heat and bustling waves of tourists. Bonus points if you can still peep a panorama of the beach, sip on a tipple or two and enjoy a delicious meal. Enter Hyde Paradiso. This vibrant venue provides a European summer-themed oasis above the crowds of Surfers Paradise and is the perfect place to soak up some of the city's best views, bites and events during May and June.  more

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Garden Kitchen and Bar Wine Tasting
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Prosecco paired pizza feasts, eclectic dance beats and Mexican cocktails – add these unmissable May events to your calendar

Somehow we blinked and have wound up in May. A month renowned for stunning sunsets, warm days and nights that start to foreshadow the cooler weather heading our way. These perfect mid-autumn evenings demand to be enjoyed and, luckily for you, The Star Gold Coast has packed its May schedule with plenty of events that will keep you off the couch and out dancing, eating and living your best life. From platinum-selling artists playing live on The Lawn, to tequila-soaked feasts, Saturdays spent sipping prosecco by the pool, musical tributes and sporting events, here are some happenings to schedule into your calendar for May ... more

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Cucina Vivo The Star
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Italian feasts, rooftop seafood and bubbles galore – The Star has your Mother’s Day plans sorted

Gone are the days when we could rely on the annual Mother's Day market at school to buy mum a truly heartfelt gift. Sure lavender-infused soap, a scented candle, fresh pyjamas or, of course, a brand-new coffee mug may seem like a great gift idea, but it might finally be time to broaden your scope. While gifts are lovely, it appears that all most mums want is to spend some quality time with their children. Luckily for you, The Star Gold Coast is hosting the adult version of your school's Mother's Day market, where restaurants like Cucina Vivo and Garden Kitchen & Bar are helping you ditch the candle and treat mum to a delicious meal, some wine and, most importantly, a few hours of uninterrupted time with the ones she loves most.  more

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Fine dining delights, midday munches and wine-filled wonder – Dine BNE City is back with an impressive line-up of Brisbane City’s best bars and restaurants
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Fine dining delights, midday munches and wine-filled wonder – Dine BNE City is back with an impressive line-up of Brisbane City’s best bars and restaurants

Despite the tumultuous nature of the past two years, Brisbane’s dining scene has continued to leap from strength to strength. Our glorious city is saturated with curious epicurean delights, boasting a truly delightful palette of bars, restaurants and cafes that can, quite frankly, rival our southern counterparts (we’re coming for you, Melbourne). What better way to celebrate our cracking culinary offerings than with a month-long festival dedicated to highlighting the delectable offerings of our foodie scene? After incredible success last year, we are thrilled to announce that Dine BNE City is back with more than 100 exclusive offers and dining experiences scattered across the heart of our humble river city. This May 1–29, leave your leftovers at home, forget about the groceries and dive into delicious splendour as you indulge in the very best Brisbane City has on offer. more

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Become a culinary wizard in no time with help from Regional Flavours' mouth-watering masterclasses
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Become a culinary wizard in no time with help from Regional Flavours’ mouth-watering masterclasses

We hope you're hungry, fellow gourmands! Everyone’s favourite food-and-drink festival Regional Flavours is returning to South Bank Parklands from May 13–15, with an excellent array of Australia’s most celebrated chefs and local producers. Plus, this year's tantalising event is jam-packed with culinary masterclasses that are just waiting to be dived in to. From French-cheese tastings to gin-filled workshops, here's a sneak peek of what's to come this May ... more