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From bendy archers to sandy sundowners – five unmissable events at BLEACH* 2020!
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From bendy archers to sandy sundowners – five unmissable events at BLEACH* 2020!

BLEACH* is set to make a triumphant return to the Gold Coast – hurrah! Kicking off on Thursday November 12, the annual arts and cultural event will run for 11 action-packed days, with audiences invited to experience the best of the city through one-of-a-kind contemporary art, live music, cabaret, theatre, dance and storytelling, with the magic to unfold across three key precincts – Burleigh Heads, Chevron Island and the Botanic Gardens in Benowa. While the entire festival program is well and truly worthy of the spotlight, we’ve cherry-picked our top five events for your viewing pleasure. From parties at an abandoned block of houses to acrobatic archers – go ahead and clear your calendar because you definitely won't want to miss these. more

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Sophisticated feasts to dreamy picnics – The Star's multi-event New Year's Eve soiree is set to dazzle
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Sophisticated feasts to dreamy picnics – The Star’s multi-event New Year’s Eve soiree is set to dazzle

Okay, let's get serious for just one moment – New Year's Eve is just around the corner, and we all know that failing to plan is planning to fail. This year, The Star Gold Coast is, in true style, going all out to welcome the arrival of 2020! This is where you'll find some of the city's most glamorous events and delicious feasts – and it's all happening under one roof! There's a lot of choice, so here's a rundown of what's on at The Star this New Year's Eve to give you a helping hand. more

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Get your freak on – five killer Halloween events happening on the Gold Coast this year
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Get your freak on – five killer Halloween events happening on the Gold Coast this year

Pals, it's that time of year again – Halloween is upon us! This year it falls on Thursday October 31, which means if you don't have a cool boss like ours, then you probably won't be able to wear your zombie-bride outfit to work. Luckily there are plenty of spooky soirees happening after dark to satisfy your creepy side! Need a hand planning your night of freaky fun? Here are five killer Halloween events to hit across the Gold Coast. more

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Enjoy bottomless booze and spooky snacks at Aviary's ‘Til Death Do Us Party Halloween bash
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Enjoy bottomless booze and spooky snacks at Aviary’s ‘Til Death Do Us Party Halloween bash

While we've borrowed the tradition from our American friends (thanks guys), Halloween is a truly great time of year – and it's not just the trick-or-treating kids that get to have all of the fun. If you're looking to get into the spooky spirit(s) this year, then gather your ghouls and head to 'Til Death Do Us Party – a killer Halloween bash that's taking over Aviary Rooftop Bar in Southport on Thursday October 31. more

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‘Tis (almost) the season – voco Gold Coast's Christmas soirees are here to help spread the festive cheer
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‘Tis (almost) the season – voco Gold Coast’s Christmas soirees are here to help spread the festive cheer

We don't want to make you panic (actually, we do – it's time to hustle) but just so you know, Christmas is quite literally around the corner. If you've been allocated the task of organising the Christmas party for your work family, real-life family or extended group of friends, and are quivering under the pressure of delivering something memorable, fun and delicious, we're here to help. Well, actually the team at voco Gold Coast are the ones helping you – we're just here to give you a heads up so you can nail it. more

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Behold, The Fountain of Goose – a vodka fountain is popping up on the Gold Coast this October
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Behold, The Fountain of Goose – a vodka fountain is popping up on the Gold Coast this October

Sitting around the edge of a glorious marble fountain, tossing a coin in for good luck and sipping spritzes in the street is the kind of situation reserved for dreamy European holidays. So, what if we told you that you could be sitting on a deck chair in the sunshine sipping cocktails in a French Riviera-themed setting right here on the Gold Coast? Plus, what if we told you that cocktail was free and was being served to you from a vodka bar within a giant, custom-built fountain? We're not pulling your leg, this is actually happening. more

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Roots festivals to pop-up dance parties – HOTA drops a summer series of 20 events over 15 days
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Roots festivals to pop-up dance parties – HOTA drops a summer series of 20 events over 15 days

When summer rolls around, an air of excitement always hits. There's a little extra spring in your step and the cheer stretches from ear to ear – and it's all in anticipation of the year's end and being able to spend time with family and friends. From December 1–15, HOTA is capturing the thrill of spending summer 'at home' on the Gold Coast by hosting one of the biggest event series' the arts and culture precinct has ever seen. Staying put this summer? You'll be glad you did. more

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Beers, bites and beats – venture south to Stone & Wood's annual brewery party, Festival of the Stone
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Beers, bites and beats – venture south to Stone & Wood’s annual brewery party, Festival of the Stone

Fresh beer, food trucks and live music – is there a better combination? We think not. If you're keen to get stuck into all three, then make sure you've got Saturday June 8 in your diary – because Byron Bay's Festival of the Stone is back and you need to be there! The wildly popular festival, put on by craft-beer wizards Stone & Wood, is set to be bigger and better in 2019, with the sell-out event to be held for the first time at the newly opened Stone & Wood brewery in Byron Bay. more


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Let the rosé flow – enjoy bottomless sips at Blush Sundays at The Collective
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Let the rosé flow – enjoy bottomless sips at Blush Sundays at The Collective

We're all about Sunday sessions – it's how you cap off the weekend in style while temporarily avoiding the fact that Monday is looming. Sure, summer might be over, but things are just starting to heat up down at The Collective in Palm Beach, with the popular multi-level venue launching its new pink-hued weekly Sunday session, Blush Sundays. We have one word for you – bottomless. more

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Say au revoir to 2018 at QT's lavish French-themed New Year's Eve soiree
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Say au revoir to 2018 at QT’s lavish French-themed New Year’s Eve soiree

When you spend New Year's Eve in Paris, there's a wondrous sense of magic in the air. This year, boutique hotel QT is bringing the magic and style of witnessing the clock strike midnight under the Eiffel Tower back to the Gold Coast with a spectacular French-themed soiree, spanning across three (yes, three!) lavish events. From fine feasts to real bubbles, this is set to be the ultimate Parisian affair. more

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Start '19 at Nineteen – splash and sip in the sunshine at Nineteen's New Year's Day poolside affair
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Start ’19 at Nineteen – splash and sip in the sunshine at Nineteen’s New Year’s Day poolside affair

The end of 2018 is near, and while we're all firming up plans for our New Year's Eve celebrations, we're going to throw another must-do soiree at you – Nineteen at The Star's Riviera New Year's Day event. That's right, New Year's Day. If you're up for something a little different this year, then why not carry on the celebrations and ring in 2019 in the sunshine at Nineteen. more

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Step outside the square – the coast's best events and foodie experiences to fill your weekends with
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Step outside the square – the coast’s best events and foodie experiences to fill your weekends with

Live your best life. Now, that's a set of words that are thrown around a lot these days, but how many of us actually do live our best lives? When the time comes that you stumble across your significant other, you're kind of expected to settle down, buy a house, save whatever little money is left after mortgage repayments and, you know, just generally scale back our lives completely to prepare for the future. Sound familiar? Well, the folks at Smith Collective, the coast's revolutionary new rental community, want to flip the script on 'adulting' for couples. We're in the know (it's our job), so Smith Collective teamed up with yours truly to let you know all about the best upcoming events and must-do foodie experiences across the Gold Coast. Forget Netflix and toasties on the couch – this is how you do it. more

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Get hot and heavy every Friday night with Stingray's all-new Rumba Caliente sessions
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Get hot and heavy every Friday night with Stingray’s all-new Rumba Caliente sessions

How great are Friday nights? There's really no better way to welcome the weekend than with a couple of knock-off cocktails sided with some tasty snacks. Though, sometimes it's good to spice things up and you know, really let your hair down. Enter Stingray Lounge and its new Latin-inspired Friday night session, Rumba Caliente. Prepare to get a little, uh, hot under the collar. more

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From live bongos to tropical cocktails – jazz up your New Year's Eve at Cabana Bar's lively Cuban bash
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From live bongos to tropical cocktails – jazz up your New Year’s Eve at Cabana Bar’s lively Cuban bash

If spending New Year's Eve in the Caribbean seems a little out of reach this year, then we've found the next best thing. Cabana Bar & Lounge is being transformed into a tropical paradise for a massive New Year's bash, and you're invited. Get your dancing shoes on, let your hair down and find a spot in the conga line – this is going to be one jazzy cocktail-filled affair. more

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The Island saddles up in spectacular style for its first Melbourne Cup bash
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The Island saddles up in spectacular style for its first Melbourne Cup bash

Ladies and gents, it's time to don your finest frocks and suit up in style – Melbourne Cup is fast approaching. It's the one day of the year where we all have a legitimate excuse to wag work for the afternoon, dress to the nines, drink champagne and indulge in fine fare. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro punter or if you only really go for the food (we’re definitely not judging), the race that stops the nation is certainly worth celebrating. The coast's newest boutique hotel, The Island, is saddling up in spectacular fashion for its very first Melbourne Cup bash, with a series of elegant events spread across three levels. It's time to rally up your fillies and stallions and get set for some spring-racing revelry. more

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The world's first Sand Hostel is coming to the Gold Coast beachfront!
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The world’s first Sand Hostel is coming to the Gold Coast beachfront!

Pals, take a breath, because this is big. The world's first-ever Sand Hostel is coming to the Gold Coast. That's right – a hostel made from sand. Around 24 tonnes of sand to be exact. The unique one-off event, held on the Broadbeach beachfront from September 20-22, will see the Sand Hostel open to the public offering exclusive accomodation, activities, food trucks, live music and ... wait for it ... a beachfront bar. Want to stay? Here's what you need to know. more