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Embrace wellness at Mermaid Beach's dreamy new Soak Bathhouse
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Embrace wellness at Mermaid Beach’s dreamy new Soak Bathhouse

Hands up if you are guilty of glorifying 'busy' and often find yourself frantically rushing here, there and everywhere. We see you, frazzled friends (heck, we are you). If you are keen to free yourself from the burden of busy and make 2021 the year you slow down, reconnect and value wellness, there's a dreamy new communal bathhouse in Mermaid Beach that you need to know about. It's called Soak Bathhouse and it's here to help you hit the reset button. more

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Support independent local music with a dig in the crates at Southport's new Vinnies Record Store
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Support independent local music with a dig in the crates at Southport’s new Vinnies Record Store

There's something inherently satisfying about settling into a chair with a wine in hand and listening to a record from start to finish. The unmistakable crackle of the vinyl, the mild inconvenience of having to get up to change sides, the sense that time is merely a construct – it becomes an experience in itself rather than just background noise. If you too possess an appreciation for the ritual, Vinnies Dive Bar in Southport has unveiled a new privately-owned space that is dedicated exclusively to wax. It's called Vinnies Record Store (fitting) and it officially opened its doors on Tuesday December 8. more

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The round-up: poolside sips to hinterland hideaways – the best Gold Coast staycations for a local escape
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The round-up: poolside sips to hinterland hideaways – the best Gold Coast staycations for a local escape

Every now and then (let's be honest, this happens a few times a year) we all need to stop, get away and press reset. International and interstate travel is up in the air, so you know what that means? Staycay, baby! That's right, it's time to explore your own backyard. From sparkling beaches to tropical resorts and dreamy hinterland hideaways, there is plenty of goodness right on our doorstep so you can rejuvenate and soak up those holiday vibes without leaving town. Here are a few of our favourite Gold Coast staycation spots so you can relax to the max. more

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Netflix, but make it fancy – Palace Home Cinema is bringing you fine films on demand
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Netflix, but make it fancy – Palace Home Cinema is bringing you fine films on demand

As grateful as we are to streaming services for helping us through the cataclysmic void that 2020 has been, we’ve really been missing the thrill of catching fresh new film releases. One particular movie mecca that true cinephiles have been very keen to return to in the post-COVID world is Palace Cinemas, a beloved beacon of premium indie films and limited-release flicks that you really can’t catch anywhere else in Australia. Well, the clever team at Palace has come up with a brand-new business model that allows movie buffs to get their fix of the latest releases without leaving the house – enter Palace Home Cinema. more

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Pawdicures and doggy dinners – treat your fur baby to a luxe sleepover at QT Hotels & Resorts
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Pawdicures and doggy dinners – treat your fur baby to a luxe sleepover at QT Hotels & Resorts

One of the hardest things about pet ownership is that you can't just pack a bag on a whim and escape for the weekend. Logistics of feeding and dog-sitting aside, you know deep down that you are powerless to resist the look – you know the one, the 'please don't leave me' look. If you've put weekends away on the back burner because you can't bear to leave your little mate behind, we have some news that may pique your interest – QT has gone to the dogs (literally) with the introduction of Pup Yeah! fur-friendly stays at its hotels across Australia and New Zealand.  more

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Need an escape? Gather around the fire pit at the new O’Reilly’s hinterland campground
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Need an escape? Gather around the fire pit at the new O’Reilly’s hinterland campground

The idea throwing some clothes in a bag and escaping the city for a few days in the mountains sounds pretty great right about now. Fresh air, freedom and reconnecting with nature – what's not to love? Unless you are a seasoned camper and have a full suite of gear ready to go when you are, it can quickly turn from a budget-friendly getaway or family holiday into something far more costly and overwhelming. Well, fellow nature lovers, there's now a brand-new campground at O'Reilly's that is perfect for seasoned campers as well as total novices. The benefits of camping minus the hassle? We're in! more

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Catch all of the cuteness of Phillip Island's Penguin Parade via the park's live stream
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Catch all of the cuteness of Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade via the park’s live stream

Things are feeling pretty heavy right about now so if you're in need of a little light-hearted awwww moment, we highly suggest you set a reminder for 6:00 pm AEST to tune in to Phillip Island's livestream of its world-famous Penguin Parade. Live Penguin TV officially launched on Tuesday August 25 to a modest audience of 771,000 viewers who simply couldn't get enough of the adorable seabirds. more

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The Weekend Series: relax to the max – treat yourself at these roadtrip-worthy day spas
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The Weekend Series: relax to the max – treat yourself at these roadtrip-worthy day spas

Let’s just all agree that this year has been a pretty wild ride, which has probably (definitely) taken a toll on your soul and left your skin looking and feeling a little bit ordinary. The importance of carving out time for self care during times of increased stress cannot be understated – it’s not only good for your physical wellbeing but it’s imperative to keep your emotional and mental health in check. Sure, there are an abundance of day spas and salons within close proximity to your house but sometimes the very act of getting in the car and driving out of town for the day can be relaxing in itself. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some excellent day spas in Southeast Queensland and beyond so you can truly make a day (or night) of it – massages, facials, treatments, coffee, and most importantly, time to yourself – sounds pretty darn great to us! more


The Locals Next week: a Goldie local

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As he paddled off into the line-up, I stood up – and surfing changed my life ... ~ James McMillan more
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Discover a whole new world at Australia's first underwater museum
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Discover a whole new world at Australia’s first underwater museum

Life on land is feeling pretty overwhelming right about now so consider this your official invitation to dive deep and live out your mermaid dreams whilst exploring the newest exhibition at Museum of Underwater Art (MoUA). From August 1, Coral Greenhouse is officially open to visitors giving recreational divers and snorkelers the first peek at the colossal installation. Weighing in at more than 58 tonnes, Coral Greenhouse is the first-ever underwater building created by world-famous underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor as a means to open debate about our relationship to our seas and highlight the importance of conserving them. more

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Grow your own produce (and a green thumb) with airgarden
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Grow your own produce (and a green thumb) with airgarden

If you jumped on the gardening bandwagon during the last few months, you likely learned the saying that 'it ain't all sunshine and roses' rings very true. With the knowledge that growing your own greenery isn’t as easy as it looks, brother and sister team Tom and Prue Bauer decided to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by horticulturist-approved technology, the pair nurtured and grew a leaf-covered solution – airgarden – an easy-to-use aeroponic garden that will help prospective fresh-produce growers to sprout up to 150 fruits and vegetables in less than one square metre of space. more

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Treat your dashing hound to a taste of the good life with botanical shampoo bars and calming pet-friendly candles
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Treat your dashing hound to a taste of the good life with botanical shampoo bars and calming pet-friendly candles

If your four-legged friend is a little on the nose or your pupper pal sadly suffers from skin sensitivities, Cider & Basil is here to help. The pet-centric lifestyle brand was founded by Henrietta Lau in 2016 after her own dog, a 56 kg Maremma named Cider broke out in full-body welts after a bath with a pet-shop bought dog shampoo. The reaction was so severe that Henrietta took matters into her own hands and set out to create an all-natural, cleansing dog wash that not only smells delightful but is kind to irritated skin. more

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Make up for lost time and missed celebrations with The Star's 2020 RE-DO packages
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Make up for lost time and missed celebrations with The Star’s 2020 RE-DO packages

2020 has been pretty weird so far. Toilet paper became a hot commodity, 'han-san' and 'sanny' became a thing, panic buying caused actual brawls in supermarkets, restaurants were forced to closed and for reasons that are not abundantly clear, banana bread rose to its peak popularity since its inception. In amongst all of the COVID-19 chaos, people were forced to cancel celebrations left, right and centre, which means, dear friends, we have a lot of catching up to do! Thankfully, restrictions have begun to ease in Queensland and The Star Gold Coast is giving you the chance to make up for lost time and re-do all of those missed milestones, but better. more

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The Weekly Special: The Weekend Edition team's top picks for the week
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The Weekly Special: The Weekend Edition team’s top picks for the week

What a year, huh? Today is the last day of June and we feel like we can't believe half the year is over already, but we're also surprised it's not December. Ah 2020, the shortest, longest year of our lives. A lot has happened already this year (and continues to be happening) and it's pretty easy to become overwhelmed with the constant influx of news and information. The Weekend Edition has been with you every step of the way and we're not going anywhere – we're here to guide you through our new normal as well. One thing is for certain – 2020 has been a time to pause and reflect. We are embracing this time of reflection and using it to discover and engage with new things – and we're taking you on that journey with us. Each week we're sharing with you the books, music, TV shows, podcasts, food and more that The Weekend Edition team is enjoying and learning from, to take them from… more

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The Weekly Special: The Weekend Edition team's top picks for the week
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The Weekly Special: The Weekend Edition team’s top picks for the week

This year has been a wild ride so far. Between fires, floods, a global pandemic and the #BlackLivesMatter movement – it's pretty easy to become overwhelmed with the constant influx of news and information. As we begin to step out of isolation and find our new normal, The Weekend Edition is continuing to help you through these crazy times, whether you need a quick update on the COVID19 situation, or resources to continue your journey of becoming an anti-racist ally. We are embracing this time of reflection and using it to discover and engage with new things – and we'd love to take you on that journey with us. Each week we'll share with you the books, music, TV shows, podcasts, food and more that The Weekend Edition team is enjoying and learning from, to take them from our homes to yours. Here is volume two of The Weekly Special – The Weekend Edition team's top picks for the week. more

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Pack your bags – Jetstar is selling $19 domestic flights
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Pack your bags – Jetstar is selling $19 domestic flights

Look, 2020 hasn't been a great year for travelling. Feelings of wanderlust have been dimmed by government-enforced travel bans and globe-trotting holidays seem a distant memory. To help us start to live life a little more normally again and to lend a helping hand to Australia’s struggling tourism industry, JetStar is hawking a massive list of discounted domestic flights and special deals. The best part? You can lock these flights into your travel itinerary right now. more

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The Weekly Special: The Weekend Edition team's top picks for the week
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The Weekly Special: The Weekend Edition team’s top picks for the week

It's ok to feel a little lost at the moment. There is a lot going on in the world, plus we're trying to adapt to our new 'normal' as we slowly emerge from self-isolation. The Weekend Edition is continuing to help you through these crazy times, whether you need assistance dissecting what on Earth our Prime Minister is trying to say, or a starting point to educate yourself in becoming an anti-racist ally. We are embracing this time of reflection and using it to discover and engage with new things – and we'd love to take you on that journey with us. Each week we'll share with you the books, music, TV shows, podcasts, food and more that The Weekend Edition team is enjoying and learning from, to take them from our homes to yours. Here is volume two of The Weekly Special – The Weekend Edition team's top picks for the week. more

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Explore our sunny state with your mates and hit the road in a Little Camper Co. van
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Explore our sunny state with your mates and hit the road in a Little Camper Co. van

Well, it's safe to say that 2020 hasn't gone to plan. While interstate and international travel is off the cards – don't let your sense of adventure dwindle! If you're searching for a cheap, fun and fuss-free way to explore your state (while supporting a local business), Gold Coast-born outfit Little Camper Co. has a fleet of decked out vans ready to take you on a laid-back Aussie road trip. more

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The Weekly Special: The Weekend Edition team's top picks for the week
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The Weekly Special: The Weekend Edition team’s top picks for the week

It's been a wild couple of months staying indoors, with the world around us in a state that we've never seen in our lifetime. The Weekend Edition has been with you every step of the way, from dissecting confusing restriction advice to telling you just how many 80s-style aerobic workouts you can do from your lounge room. As Queensland starts to reopen to Queenslanders, we're in a bit of a state of limbo – we're allowed out, we're starting to regain a bit of the life we used to live, but with restrictions around us. For us, our mandatory slow down has been a bit of a blessing in disguise – it's encouraged us to stop and reflect on things we've perhaps been too busy to notice or do in the past. We've had more 'me time', which has allowed us to discover and engage with new things. This is something we are making an effort to continue to do as we slowly reemerge into the outside… more

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Make the most of Queensland's easing restrictions and frolic with alpacas through the vineyards
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Make the most of Queensland’s easing restrictions and frolic with alpacas through the vineyards

As a result of coronavirus, we've been confined to our homes and suburbs for longer than we'd care to think about but as of June 1, Queensland is open to Queenslanders! Yes, friends, we can officially bust out of isolation and explore this great state and what better way to do that than with a picnic with a couple of cheeky alpacas? That was rhetorical, obviously, because there is literally no better way to celebrate the easing restrictions. more

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Work that couch groove – the best new streaming shows to see you through winter
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Work that couch groove – the best new streaming shows to see you through winter

We're not going to beat around the bush here – it's cold outside and there's a global pandemic going on, so that's more than enough reason for us to get cosy, crack a red, order food from our favourite restaurant(s) and settle in for a solid session of TV time. Sounds pretty excellent doesn't it? The only problem with that plan is that with so many different streaming services available, just finding something good to watch can be half the battle. Plus, iso means we're reallllyyyy churning through those series faster than ever before. Well friends, good news. There are a bunch of new streaming shows and movies on their way to your screens very soon – and we've picked the best ones for you. more