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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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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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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

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Hire a hot tub and screen movies in your backyard with help from Tubflix
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Hire a hot tub and screen movies in your backyard with help from Tubflix

After a particularly dry spell of theatrical releases in 2020, we are welcoming the return of the cinema experience in 2021. How we watch our movies has slightly changed though, with many of us preferring to stream films from the comfort of the couch or even going through our old DVD collections to rewatch classics of times past. If you're looking to spice up your viewing escapades, we have stumbled upon an entirely new film experience called Tubflix. Far from your average movie outing, this hot-tub cinema gets delivered straight to your backyard. more


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Murder mysteries, rib-tickling rom coms and mischievous villains – the best tv shows to binge in lockdown
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Murder mysteries, rib-tickling rom coms and mischievous villains – the best tv shows to binge in lockdown

Well, well, well. Another lockdown, another opportunity to kick up our feet and binge some sweet, sweet content. The forecasted dreary weather coupled with stay-at-home restrictions are perfect conditions for a solid sofa session, if you ask us! Thankfully, our favourite streaming services have just released a heap of exciting new shows. From romantic comedies that will transport you to cities afar to edge-of-your-seat thrillers with Oscar winners, here are a few streaming gems that are worth binging during lockdown. more

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Unleash your inner artist at Burleigh's saucy new paint and sip studio, Paint Juicy
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Unleash your inner artist at Burleigh’s saucy new paint and sip studio, Paint Juicy

Pablo Picasso once mused that every child is an artist. We'd like to think that there's a little bit of childlike enthusiasm and unbridled artistic talent hiding inside each and every grown-up too – yes, even you. Especially you. If your inner creative needs a little coaxing out of hibernation, Paint Juicy is here to help. Based in Burleigh Heads, Paint Juicy is a paint and sip studio, but not as you know it.  more

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Calling all gamers – Journey of Something is now offering an annual subscription
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Calling all gamers – Journey of Something is now offering an annual subscription

Puzzles made a huge comeback in 2020, with lockdowns aplenty and more or less very little to do. It was a good year for Aussie puzzle company Journey of Something, with its unique puzzles and games becoming a centrepiece on coffee tables across the country. Now the brand is stepping up its game, so to say, with a new quarterly subscription service that allows eager players to get their hands on any two puzzles, kits or games every three months. You'll never be bored again. more

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Queensland's first dedicated gin caravan is now taking bookings so get ready to hit the road, Jack
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Queensland’s first dedicated gin caravan is now taking bookings so get ready to hit the road, Jack

With our limited travel options nowadays, it seems like we are all hitting the road in search of a cure for our travel bug. If you count yourself as one of these so-called adventure-seekers, then we know of one super-cute way of travelling that also allows you to enjoy the finer things in life. The spirit slingers at The Botanist Gin and caravan, campervan and motorhome rental platform Camplify have teamed up to launch Queensland's first dedicated gin caravan, offering cocktail lovers the ultimate gin-infused accommodation experience. We'll cheers to that. more

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Long-weekend bingeing – grab the popcorn and watch these Netflix picks
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Long-weekend bingeing – grab the popcorn and watch these Netflix picks

The Easter long weekend is here and, thanks to forecasted rain and cancelled plans due to an impending lockdown extension, most of us will be spending a lot of time indoors over the next few days. Perfect conditions for a couch session, if you ask us! Luckily for us, Netflix has just released a bunch of exciting new content, just in time. From wholesome family viewing to female-forward flicks, here are a few Netflix gems that are worth binging. more

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Hop on a hump and have sunset cocktails with camels at Summer Land Farm
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Hop on a hump and have sunset cocktails with camels at Summer Land Farm

Referred to as 'ships of the desert', camels are the long-eyelashed companion that we make friends with on the occasional show day or beach holiday. Unbeknownst to us – until now, that is – there's a whole farm full of these intelligent beauties just a short excursion from the city. It's called Summer Land Farm and it makes for one fun-filled day trip. more

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Sail away – all aboard Amaroo for a luxurious private charter
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Sail away – all aboard Amaroo for a luxurious private charter

Sipping champagne aboard a luxury yacht is the kind of life experience that is traditionally reserved for a fortunate few (read: rich people and Insta-celebs). Thankfully, Amaroo's luxury skippered yacht charters are here to give you a little taste of the high life with its incredible half- and full-day voyages. The stunning Hanse 575 can accomodate ten people in total, so go ahead and rally your mates and set sail, captain. more

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Peloton is bringing its bougie workout bikes to Australia so get ready to ride like the wind, Bullseye
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Peloton is bringing its bougie workout bikes to Australia so get ready to ride like the wind, Bullseye

When it comes to workouts, we will try just about anything. Sunset pilates in the park, hot (read: sweaty) yoga classes and even cycling classes where the room resembles more of a nightclub than a gym. Those who enjoy hopping on a spin bike have probably heard of American fitness company Peloton, which has a cult-following of riders (4.4 million of them, to be exact) that prefer to get their gym fix without leaving the house. In exciting news for fitness fanatics, the cycle-centric workout platform has just announced that it's making its way to our shores this year. Goodbye, savings, hellloooo abs! more

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Escape to Eden – the renowned five-star health retreat reopens in Currumbin Valley
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Escape to Eden – the renowned five-star health retreat reopens in Currumbin Valley

Did you know that on average, we spend almost four hours every day on our phones? From the moment we open our eyes to the moment we sleep – we are connected. Even now, you are reading this on a device. Eden is the digital detox you didn't know you needed, but definitely do. The boutique retreat, nestled in the heart of Currumbin Valley's majestic hinterland, has reopened for bookings after an eight-month long hiatus for renovations. Whilst it might look shiny and new, the prized health retreat is actually Australia's longest running and is here to help you disconnect from your screen and reconnect with a calmer, more productive version of yourself.  more