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Full steam ahead – Australia’s first fully submersible hybrid tourist submarine launches on the Sunshine Coast
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Full steam ahead – Australia’s first fully submersible hybrid tourist submarine launches on the Sunshine Coast

Whether it was The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou or just a general passion for the deep sea that first piqued your interest, you're not alone in your desire to jump aboard a submarine. If you harbour an affection for oceanic adventures, you’ll love this next piece of news – Australia’s first fully submersible hybrid tourist submarine has launched on the Sunshine Coast! more

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Cannibalistic high schoolers and the return of Carrie Bradshaw  – what to watch in isolation this summer
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Cannibalistic high schoolers and the return of Carrie Bradshaw – what to watch in isolation this summer

When we dreamt of summer 2022, we conjured up images of long days spent soaking up the sun at the beach, balmy nights where the only agenda is bar hopping and trips to far-flung places. However, a couple of factors are blocking us on our path to summer happiness and freedom (we're talking about a certain infectious variant and La Niña), so that means a fair chunk of our time is, once again, spent at home. Never fear, dear readers, as we have your back and have compiled a list of must-watch summer television series. Now, all you have to do is grab the snacks, sit back and relax ... more

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Tame your tresses, spoil your skin and master your make-up at Sanctuary Cove
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Tame your tresses, spoil your skin and master your make-up at Sanctuary Cove

Summer has undeniably arrived, friends, which means there's no longer an excuse to stay at home happily wrapped in trackies. The days are long, the nights are balmy and it's the silly season – it's the perfect opportunity to show off your fresh new look, not to worry about regrowth. Luckily for us, the good people at Sanctuary Cove have rounded up the ultimate beauty spots in the luxe locale, saving you the hassle of trawling the web for recommendations. more

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The Christmas gift guide: what to buy the ones who have everything this year
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The Christmas gift guide: what to buy the ones who have everything this year

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us. Christmas brings festive fun, holidays, some seriously good food and of course – presents! If you'd rather not be stuck at your local shopping centre on Christmas eve scrambling for last-minute gifts, then we have a few ideas on what you can get your loved ones, mates and colleagues – no matter what they are into. more

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Gather your pals and roll out the rugs – here are some of the top picnic spots across the Gold Coast
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Gather your pals and roll out the rugs – here are some of the top picnic spots across the Gold Coast

There's a reason people flock to Burleigh Heads – it's breathtakingly beautiful and provides the perfect backdrop to roll out a rug and while the day away with a portable grazing platter and excellent company. The only real downside is that everyone on the coast has the same idea, so it can be hard to find some space to spread out. We thought we'd take a look at a few alternatives that are a little more off-the-beaten track for your summer holiday explorations. Here are some sensational picnic spots (that aren't Burleigh Hill) that are worth a look. more

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Kingy's beloved Stone Studio has opened in Miami for clay play and coffee dates
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Kingy’s beloved Stone Studio has opened in Miami for clay play and coffee dates

Anyone who has rolled up their sleeves to play with clay can attest to its transcending powers. Regardless of ability (or, in our case inability), there's something inherently mesmerising, grounding, and purposeful about the process. It's mindfulness wrapped in creativity, resulting in something tangible you can take home to appreciate over and over. Given its magical meditative power, it’s little wonder why the art of pottery has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years. One such place that is pioneering the new era of pottery is Kingscliff’s Stone Studio, a hub of creativity and community that has ventured north to open a second studio here in Miami. more

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Support border businesses and get more bang for your buck with Play Money Rewards vouchers
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Support border businesses and get more bang for your buck with Play Money Rewards vouchers

Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch was probably right, but we think we've found the next best thing. Destination Gold Coast has just launched its Play Money Rewards vouchers, which are designed to stimulate the local economy while giving you a little more bang for your buck – or a free lunch, so to speak. What's the deal, you ask? Boy, we're glad you did! All you have to do is head to the Destination Gold Coast website, select your desired retailer or restaurant, and you can purchase a $100 Play Money Reward voucher for only $50! The only hard part is trying to decide where to spend your free money. Lucky for you, we're here to help ... more


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The GoodsTube helps hard-hit regional businesses this Christmas with Goodsmas gift hampers
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The GoodsTube helps hard-hit regional businesses this Christmas with Goodsmas gift hampers

When it comes to gift giving at Christmas, it can sometimes seem like the list is endless. There's family, friends and corporate chums to think about – plus you might even be in charge of your work’s presents to other businesses. Remove the headaches and give festive corporate gifts with a conscience this year courtesy of gift-hamper company The GoodsTube. The crew is getting into the Christmas spirit by sending much-needed support directly to Australian regions that have been hardest hit by COVID-19 thanks to its Goodmas initiative. more

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Take a look at the blooming beautiful Bud Club
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Take a look at the blooming beautiful Bud Club

For keen observers of the Gold Coast's latest new openings, something exciting is probably becoming apparent: there's so much creativity coming out of this little corner of the world at the moment. Far from the previous perception of the coast as a brash and – dare we say – tacky seaside holiday destination, the coastal vibes still remain but have infused the local creative scene with a carefree sense of fun and playfulness. One such example is the Bud Club, a dreamy floral haven that's curating some truly different bouquets from its brand-new home in Mermaid Beach. more

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Slap on a snazzy Ken Done bandage – Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is encouraging Australians to roll up their sleeves
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Slap on a snazzy Ken Done bandage – Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is encouraging Australians to roll up their sleeves

Fun fact time – did you know that one in three Australians will need blood or blood products in their lifetime? And, in another alarming truth, a new blood donor is needed every four minutes! These alarming realities are the driving force behind Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, which is encouraging Australians to roll up their sleeves and donate some much-needed juice. The organisation has just launched its True Colours campaign – a fun way of motivating new and existing donors to give blood before November 14 to get their hands on a limited-edition artist-designed bandage and do good at the same time. more

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Spread some local love thanks to Destination Gold Coast's Play Money Rewards
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Spread some local love thanks to Destination Gold Coast’s Play Money Rewards

We know we said this last year, but hear us out – it has been a year. It's been the kind of rollercoaster that makes you want to escape your responsibilities for a while, let your hair down and chill out. Well, frazzled friends, we have just the excuse you need to unwind, and it's kind of like a 'choose your own adventure' scenario – with an irresistible discount to boot. The good people at Destination Gold Coast are once again running their immensely popular Play Money Rewards scheme, and this time it's providing targeted support for our small business friends on the southern Gold Coast. Read on for a few of our favourite offers ... more

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Cruise between cities with W Brisbane and JW Marriott Gold Coast's luxe accommodation package
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Cruise between cities with W Brisbane and JW Marriott Gold Coast’s luxe accommodation package

Feeling yourself cracking underneath the end-of-year pressure? Craving a couple of days off to soak up some sunshine and cocktails by the pool? Us too, friend. Combining the best of a staycay with a getaway are hotel giants W Brisbane and JW Marriott Gold Coast, which have teamed up for the ultimate travel package – complete with transfers between the two destinations in a Jaguar. Vroom vroom. more

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World's first carbon-positive beauty brand Emma Lewisham unveils its new 100-percent circular-designed product range
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World’s first carbon-positive beauty brand Emma Lewisham unveils its new 100-percent circular-designed product range

We love our skincare – so much so that our bathroom cupboards are lined to the edge with cleansers, exfoliators, serums and moisturisers. Sure, these products might make a difference when it comes to how dewy our complexion appears, but what about their effect on the planet? If you're keen on adding some more sustainable products into your skincare routine, let us introduce you to Emma Lewisham, the world's first carbon-positive beauty brand. more

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Perfect your peepers with a trip to Varsity's lush The Lash Spa
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Perfect your peepers with a trip to Varsity’s lush The Lash Spa

William Shakespeare once mused that eyes are the windows to your soul – so it stands to reason that you should want your pretty peepers to look their best. And if 'the best' is the benchmark, then you're going to want to book an appointment at The Lash Spa in Varsity Lakes, stat. The stunning salon has been given a gorgeous makeover complete with a floral-adorned telephone booth for snapping selfies, marble reception desk and bar cart stocked with sparkling rosé, chilled cucumber water and sweet treats. You don't need to tell us twice ... more

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Nōskin is the new PETA-approved brand slinging high-quality vegan shoes and garments
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Nōskin is the new PETA-approved brand slinging high-quality vegan shoes and garments

Spring has sprung, friends, and you know what that calls for – a wardrobe refresh. A decluttering of the closet is good for the soul and once you've dropped those bags of unwanted clothes to your local op-shop, you may get the urge to replace what has been Marie Kondo'd. To reduce your carbon footprint this time around, it would be wise to shop a bit more sustainably and choose to buy ethical where you can. Helping you to do just that is vegan, PETA-approved clothing brand Nōskin, which is selling everything from Japanese selvedge denim to hemp clothing and leather-alternative shoes. more

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Rent a party-perfect tablescape from The Box/d Society
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Rent a party-perfect tablescape from The Box/d Society

Perhaps one of the more obvious calling cards of becoming a 'proper' adult is when you start to host dinner parties. Food, drinks and good friends usually make for a perfect combination for a dinner party but perhaps the most special ingredient is the table setting. Woefully, this can also be the most time-consuming and difficult aspect to perfect – and that's where The Box/d Society comes in. This fresh-faced company is taking the stress out of party planning with gatho-ready tablescapes delivered straight to your door. more

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Discover sustainable creations at Currumbin Valley's @ The Curated Space
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Discover sustainable creations at Currumbin Valley’s @ The Curated Space

There's no doubt that the last couple of years have caused some serious upheaval in our daily lives, but many people have used this as an inspiration to change paths and follow their hearts – because who knows what could be around the corner? This was the case for Sally Wood, who alongside co-owner Jo Hetherington, decided to forge a new path away from the corporate ladder and towards something she was passionate about. Joining forces with talented crafter Jo, the duo created @ The Curated Space – a shop allowing inspiration to flourish with a focus on fun, sustainability and community connection. more