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About Events on Gold Coast

Over the years, I have noticed that events on the Gold Coast seem to come and go. Some move from one month to another, just to confuse everyone.

Some events are held regularly every week, every month, every year or every two years. Others are held as once only events and others still are based on the Gold Coast from time to time. This is especially true of sporting events such as the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, which may move between locations with the Gold Coast sometimes being the venue.

On this page, I have focussed on the main events that are generally on the Gold Coast and the ones that may affect your holiday plans. On the month by month pages, you will find some of the smaller events that may be of interest to you.

You may plan your trip to coincide with an event you'd like to see or be a part of on the Gold Coast.

Or, you may want to avoid the Gold Coast during a certain event.

For example, you probably want to avoid staying in Surfers Paradise during Schoolies week or when the GC600 Motorsport event is on.

Some events only visit the Gold Coast every two years, such as the bi-annual Pan Pacific Masters games. It is in the Gold Coast on even years.

The Gold Coast Marathon is an annual event, which disrupts traffic over a weekend around the coastal highway area.

Gold Coast Turf club has race days during each month, some are quite large events, others fairly standard and of couse there are the weekly, monthly and bi-monthly Gold Coast Markets.

Below, you will find some of the larger events in and around the Gold Coast and a month by month round up.

What Are The Main Gold Coast Events?

As well as these events, there are other events that run weekly or monthly including Gold Coast Markets & Horse Racing at Gold Coast Turf Club.

Attend or avoid, either way, it's best to know in advance!

For specific Gold Coast events follow the links for more detailed information and dates.

Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to provide correct information, the information about Gold Coast events, festivals, shows and other activities shown on this and other pages within this website is a guide only. Dates are subject to change without notice. Please check with individual event organisers before planning your trip around these dates.

Gold Coast hosts Pan Pacific Masters Games in November in even years.
Pacific Masters Games Runs Every 2 years
(even years only).

Events by Month on Gold Coast

Major Gold Coast Events - January & February

January is the height of Summer school holidays. It is mostly a time for beach and theme park fun holidays. Events such as Magic Millions run and there's Australia Day celebrations later in the month. Sometimes Chinese New Year falls in January, but it can fall in February too.

February is a quieter month on the Gold Coast with the start of the school year. There are however, some fairly major sporting events.

Magic Millions Horse Carnival in January On Gold Coast

Dates

Early January for 12 Days

Location

Magic Millions Sales Complex & Gold Coast Race Course, Bundall

Carnival and horse sales. The first few days there are viewings of the horses for sale and then the sales of Yearlings starts - that is the main part of the sales. Towards the end there are the racehorse sales.

Magic Millions Race Day is usually run on the last Saturday.

During this time there is also the Gold Coast Turf Club Ladies Raceday - Metropolitan Raceday usually on the first Saturday, where the ladies get free entry!

Magic Millions Open Day is usually the first Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm with an invitation to find out more about Magic Millions. This is a big event and highly promoted and you will often find one of the local radio stations there with a promo team. There are lots of other interesting stalls, marquees and of couse the Magic Millions yearlings! This is a free event and there is fee parking onsite.

There are lots of other events, but these are a few of the options. You can check out the website for more information.

Australia Day Gold Coast

Date

26 January

Location

Locations all over Gold Coast and Australia!

Australia Day celebrations around the country on this day. You will find many Australian flags, BBQs in parks, picnics on the beach and general Aussie good natured celebration of all it means to be Australian.

There will be lots of locals out and about, it will be a busy day and some shops and restaurants may be closed.

If Australia Day falls on a weekend, then the Australia Day Public Holiday is the next working day.

More information about Australia Day.

Chinese New Year

Dates

Variable Dates in January or February

Chinese New Year falls in either January or February.

Gold Coast Chinatown is the centre of any celebrations. Chinatown is a relatively new zone to the Gold Coast and is found in Southport just a short trip on the new G:Link Trams from Surfers Paradise. It is located on Young and Davenport Streets.

Each Saturday there are now Chinese Markets in this area too.

Usually there are also celebrations in Surfers Paradise including dragon dancing, cultural displays, traditional music and dance plus delicious chinese foods to eat. They are usually on the weekends closest to the actual date of Chinese New Year.

Sometimes the theme parks put on special parades or events, but they are just part of normal admission.

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Brisbane

The biggest celebrations for Chinese New Year are in Brisbane as it has a larger, more established and vibrant Chinese district - Chinatown Mall in The Valley in Brisbane.

The events are very structured in Brisbane, with events usually starting on the Friday and Saturday evenings (5pm to 10pm) stepping through the rituals of saying goodbye to the old year and then welcoming the new year in.

Sunday celebrations are in the afternoon usually from noon through to 5pm. It's a great experience for all ages, and you get plenty of opportunity to be entertained or enjoy some Chinese food.

Valentines Day

Dates

14 February

Location

All over Gold Coast and the world!

Valentines Day is a day for lovers all over the world! Show your loved one how much you care. There will be lots of ideas for romantic dinners around such as Salt at Surfers Paradise Hilton or Oscars on the beach at Burleigh is a very romantic location.

Or you could be adventurous...

Why not woo your valentine with an adventure never to be forgotten, such as hot air ballooning, day trip to idyllic Tangalooma, diving or snorkelling adventures or even a day trip the Great Barrier Reef!

Check out a selection of Valentines Day activities and ideas...

Quiksilver & Roxy Pro Gold Coast

Dates

End of February to Early March

Location

Southern Gold Coast or Northern NSW Beaches depending on surf conditions

The Quiksilver Pro surfing competition on the Gold Coast is the first leg of the Men's ASP World Tour. Locations for the competition depend upon weather and surf conditions during the event.

The Roxy Pro surfing competition on the Gold Coast is the first leg of the Women's ASP World Tour. As with the men's comp, locations for the competition depend upon weather and surf conditions during the event. Most surfing spots used in the past in these competitions are in the southern Gold Coast. Snapper Rocks is a favourite.

If you want to be near the action, it is best to stay in suburbs such as Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach, Currumbin, Tugun, Bilinga, Kirra or Coolangatta.

Accommodation suggestions

  1. In the heart of the action:
  2. Further north but not too far from the action:
  3. You can check out each of the areas individually or see below for some other featured selections:

Here's a teaser video... the highlights of this 2015 Quicksilver & Roxy Pro events on Gold Coast....

RACV Australian Ladies Masters Golf Tournament

Dates

Can be in February or March

Location

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Ashmore, Gold Coast

This event has run on the Gold Coast for more than 25 years. Dates move around a bit and can fall in either February or March.

It is a well established event. Expect a full program of golf. Great to watch, and always a good range of top players. Or even better score a spot in the Pro-Am Tournament on the first Wednesday.

The resort hotel is RACV Royal Pines Resort (formerly Crown Plaza Royal Pines Resort, it is on Ross Street, Ashmore but is close to Carrara Stadium.

Another alternative close by is Mercure Gold Coast Resort (formerly Radisson Palm Meadows).

Plenty of alternate accommodation can be found in Broadbeach or Surfers Paradise both approximately 20 to 25 minute drive.

More information www.ladiesmasters.com

Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to provide correct information, the information about Gold Coast events, festivals, shows and other activities shown on this and other pages within this website is a guide only. Dates are subject to change without notice. Please check with individual event organisers before planning your trip around these dates.



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Gold Coast Events - March & April

March and April are popular times to visit the Gold Coast because there are the end of Term 1 school holidays and Easter Holidays.

There are a range of sporting, entertainment and cultural events over these months.

Easter

Dates

Good Friday
Easter Saturday
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday

Location

Across Australia

Easter falls usually within March or April. In Queensland, end of Term 1 school holidays usually include Easter. Check dates in either March or April.

Quiksilver & Roxy Pro Gold Coast

Dates

End of February to Early March

Location

Southern Gold Coast or Northern NSW Beaches depending on surf conditions

See listing in February for details.

Bleach Festival Gold Coast

Dates

Usually starts on a Friday early in March, runs for just over two weeks to a Sunday

Location

Various Locations around Gold Coast, main events from Currumbin to Coolangatta

Bleach Festival on the Gold Coast is a surfing, arts and music festival with many events held over the festival period.

Festivities run right along the coast from Paradise Point, Burleigh and Palm Beach.

Most of the main festival will be found in Currumbin, Tugun, Kirra and Coolangatta. The main hub is at Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta.

During the festival the Eco Challenge Gold Coast is usually held on one of the Sundays and it co-incides with the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro surfing events.

For the main festival check out Bleach Festival for more details - way too many for me to list and try to keep up with here ;-)

St Patrick's Day in Gold Coast

Dates

17 March

Location

Various

St Patrick's Day (17 March each year) is celebrated by Irish and non-Irish all over the Gold Coast. You will find revellers drinking Guinness! A Monday St Pats day won't be stopping the die hards, but remember there will be no time to sleep it off before heading back to work!

I am sure you will find lots of fun at places like Waxy's Irish Pub which is part of the Circle on Cavill Complex in Surfers Paradise, McGintys in Oasis at Broadbeach or Harrigans Irish Pub in Jacobs Well to name a couple.

There are many other non-Irish bars and venues hosting St Pat's Day celebrations and plenty of the blarney going around for sure!

Another great spot for some rather more up market St Patrick's Day celebrations is at Canungra Valley Vineyards. They are part of the O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat and Spa group.

Previously they hosted a two course Irish Lunch and vertical tasting of 3 vintages of their Shane Shiraz. I have to admit I have no idea what a vertical tasting is... maybe it is the tasting you do before you have too much which then becomes a horizontal tasting!

Let me know if you spot any Leprachauns! Lots of green will be seen!

Cooly Classic Ocean Swim at Coolangatta

Dates

A Sunday in Late March or Early April

Location

Around Coolangatta, Snapper Point and Kirra SLSC, Kirra Beach

The Cooly Classic Coolangatta Ocean Swim is renowned for ocean swimmers as you get to swim across 3 famous surf breaks - Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta and Kirra.

This is a great event for spectators too as you can watch the swimmers from along the beaches. There are now three races.

Cooly Clasic 2.0 for the ironmen amongst you is a 2km swim that starts at Snapper Rocks and is usually the first race - times change slightly each year.

The Cooly 1000 is a shorter course with a 1km swim which starts at Coolangatta Beach about an hour or so later.

The 300m Kid's Surf Dash for the little nippers starts at Kirra Beach and is the last race usally around midday (but please check for exact times) for swimmers aged 10 and over and parents are encouraged to swim along with them.

All presentations are at the Kirra Surf Club around noon. More information about the races, entries and times at the event website.

Surfers Paradise Easter & School Holidays Festivities

Dates

Around Easter & School Holidays in March or April

Location

Various Venues around Surfers Paradise

The "festival" is made up of different events and provides visitors with an opportunity to enjoy the best things about our city. Events run at various times and usually cover the Easter school holidays with a program of events intended to create a vibrant atmosphere within Surfers Paradise.

The format changes and may include some or all of the following:

SIPFest (Shorts In Paradise Festival) short film festival is part of the Gold Coast Film Festival and runs on a Sunday on Surfers Paradise beach.

Australian Street Entertainment Championships have been running for a few years over the Easter Weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday. It's carnival gone crazy! Clowns, mimes, puppeteers, jugglers, acrobats, magicians and more...

Most events are free but you will need to check the festival website for final details and ticketing information. www.surfersparadisefestival.com

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 - Pre-Anniversary!

Dates

4 to 15 April 2018

Location

Various Venues around Gold Coast & Brisbane

Getting closer all the time! Things are starting to shape up. Gold Coast will be hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Claim these dates and make sure you are here to compete, watch and enjoy this amazing once in a lifetime event for the Gold Coast.

Preparations are taking shape and you can already swim in the new Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, which was built for the games.

More details to come as we get closer...

Luke Harrop Memorial Gold Coast Triathlon

Dates

Sunday in April

Location

Broadwater Parklands, Southport

Three categories of events including Queensland Tri Series, Enticer Tri Series and Superkidz Tri Series.

World class triathletes compete in the ITU World Triathlon Series Round 3 on the Saturday. Expect there to be some disruption in the area across the weekend.

There are road closures in the areas of Southport, Labrador and Biggera Waters along the Gold Coast highway from Ada Bell Way in Southport through to Burrows Street at Biggera Waters.

Events start and end at Southport Broadwater Parklands, there is some accommodation in Southport which would be the closest option. You can also find accommodation in Main Beach or Surfers Paradise to the south of the event.

More information at www.usmevents.com.au

Gold Coast Film Festival

Dates

Thursday to Sunday. Approximately 10 days in mid to late April

Location

Various Locations

Did you know that the Gold Coast accounts for 75% of film production in Queensland? The Gold Coast film festival aims to raise the profile of film making in the area, as well as bring a diverse range of feature and short films to the region.

An expanding range of venues for these films - it's worth having a look at the website for more details if you like your film festivals.

Film makers can submit their films for consideration. Check the website for more details and film program www.gcfilmfestival.com.

ANZAC Day Services

Dates

ANZAC DAY 25 April

Location

Various locations and times around Gold Coast

Across the Gold Coast there will be ANZAC Day services including the famous dawn service at Burleigh Heads.

ANZAC day is also the only day of the year you are allowed to play Two-Up - but you can try ANZAC biscuits any day of the year!

For more details about ANZAC day services around the Gold Coast, please check the GCCC website

Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to provide correct information, the information about Gold Coast events, festivals, shows and other activities shown on this and other pages within this website is a guide only. Dates are subject to change without notice. Please check with individual event organisers before planning your trip around these dates.



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Gold Coast Events - May & June

May and June have a variety of events and are usually quiet outside of school holidays and the major Gold Coast Event - Sanctuary Cover Boat Show.

Prime Ministers Cup

Dates

First Saturday in May

Location

Gold Coast Racecourse, Bundall

The Prime Ministers Cup is a great excuse to dress up and go to the races! Bundall is located just behind Surfers Paradise a little south of Chevron Island bridge, which makes Surfers Paradise probably the closest place to stay.

Alternatives include Broadbeach accommodation options and resorts such as RACV Royal Pines Resort or Radisson Palm Meadows.

Mothers Day Australia

Dates

Second Sunday in May

Mothers Day in Australia is a different date to other countries. If you are visiting, be aware that restaurants are particularly busy for breakfast, lunch and dinner on this Sunday! Bookings are essential!

A big family day with many extended family outings to celebrate wonderful mums in Australia!

Why not head to Canungra Valley Winery on Saturday or Sunday and treat Mum to a fantastic picnic by the creek or a lunch on the verandah in their restaurant.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Dates

Thursday to Sunday around 3rd week of May

Location

Sanctuary Cove

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has been an icon on the Gold Coast events calendar for over 25 years. Each year it just gets better and better.

If you get in and book early you might get a spot in Sanctuary Cove!

Hope Island is the next closest, after that you are best to stay around Southport, Labrador or Surfers Paradise for relatively easy access.

There is a park and ride service that runs from Parklands Showgrounds in Southport, which is why I suggest these areas as alternatives.

More information about Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on Gold Coast

Blues on Broadbeach Festival

Dates

Thursday to Sunday around 3rd week of May (same as Boat Show)

Location

Broadbeach

Blues on Broadbeach has been running for over 15 years on the Gold Coast. The line up of acts is always impressive. It has aligned dates with Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, so is a great evening alternative for those visiting the Boat Show.

This annual festival is very popular with locals and visitors alike. The best place to stay is undoubtedly Broadbeach!

You will be able to find more details about the program as it comes to hand. If you like blues this is the place to be the last weekend in May on the Gold Coast!

Check out this video for Blues on Broadbeach. It might be from 2011, but it really gives you an idea what to expect.

Cooly Rocks On

Dates

Late May to Early June for about 10 days

Location

Coolangatta and Tweed Heads

Cooly Rocks On replaced Wintersun Festival, with Wintersun moving to Northern NSW.

It is a 50s and 60s nostalgia festival featuring Rock n Roll and Vintage Car classics. A HUGE amount of fun!

There are various events on over the first 8 days that build up to the Grand Finale weekend where you will see live entertainment and stalls and a packed program from sun up to sun down.

Check out the program and ticket details on their website. www.coolyrockson.com

Broadbeach Country Music Festival

Dates

Friday, Saturday & Sunday mid to late June

Location

Broadbeach

Dubbed as "where the Country meets the Coast", last year was the first time on the Gold Coast for this festival. This free event celebrates a range of country music from Australian and International country artists. The line ups usually have a range of country stars and up and commers.

This festival is free so everyone can enjoy three days and nights of entretainment around Broadbeach on outdoor stages and other venues. To get the most out of this festival, staying in Broadbeach would be awesome!

More information about the event at broadbeachcountry.com

Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to provide correct information, the information about Gold Coast events, festivals, shows and other activities shown on this and other pages within this website is a guide only. Dates are subject to change without notice. Please check with individual event organisers before planning your trip around these dates.



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Gold Coast Events - July & August

July has school holidays during the first half of the month. Whilst, August is a quieter month.

Gold Coast Marathon

Dates

Weekend early in July

Location

Gold Coast Highway, starts at Southport Broadwater Parklands opposite Australia Fair

Also known as the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, the full marathon goes down to the airport and back to Southport.

Events include full Marathon, half Marathon, 10km Run, 7.5km Walk and Junior Dash. Options for just about all ages and talents. Plenty to see and be involved in along the way. Local radio station broadcasts music to help keep everyone going! If you are staying along the route, you might end up with a fairly early wake up call!

Roads are generally closed off from around 4.30am. Reopenings are varied along the route.

Gold Coast Marathon course maps. Marathon extends from Coolangatta in the South to Northern Labrador in the North and the roads affected are those along the Gold Coast Highway and surrounding streets.

Best to stay near the start and finish! Southport, Labrador, Main Beach and Surfers Paradise are the best options.

Elvis - Viva Surfers Paradise

Dates

Mid July

Location

Surfers Paradise Foreshore, The Esplanade

Elvis Tribute Festival that recalls the great days of rock n roll. Expect to see jumpsuits, black leather, flared pants and blue suede shoes. There are tribute artists, beach cinema and lots of Elvis look alikes and wannabees. You've got to love the man who brought swaying hips to the world.

It usually runs over 2 weekends and includes an Elvis Tribute Artist contest where contenders battle it out for a spot in the Memphis Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contents in USA!

In addition to spotting Elvis, there are often shows and other tribute artists.

Stay close to the action in Surfers Paradise or if you prefer to keep away, choose Broadbeach - though I cannot guarantee you won't hear a little or see some stray Elvis's!

Brisbane EKKA Show

Dates

Mid August - Runs Over 2 weekends

Location

RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Brisbane

I went to the EKKA (Royal Queensland Show) for the first time in 2010 and I have to say, I was actually quite a convert afterwards.

The best way to get to the EKKA is by train, which you can take from Gold Coast stations to Roma Street Station and then you have to change to a train that goes to the Showgrounds. They run special trains to service the EKKA and the service is very good. It takes about an hour or just over depending upon your connections and which Gold Coast station you leave from.

Make sure you go early, plan what you want to see, wear sensible shoes as you will do lots of walking and be prepared to go on rides, see shows and exhibitions and of course finish off with a stroll around the Show Bag Pavillion!

I went on the first day and there were quite a few school children and early on they were still judging the fresh produce so we had to wait to see that bit. Most days during the week you will find school parties going around and it is crazy busy on the weekends.

You can usually buy your tickets online before you go, or queue up when you arrive. I think you can even buy your entry ticket and train ticket together at the station. More information about ticketing and event programs at the official EKKA website: www.ekka.com.au

Broadbeach Jazz Festival

Dates

Usually Mid to Late August Over a Weekend

Location

Outdoor Stages and venues in Broadbeach

This music festival in Broadbeach features live Jazz performances on outdoor stages and in venues around Broadbeach. If you love jazz, sounds like lots of fun!

Broadbeach Jazz Festival is free to attend and the best bit is you don’t even need a ticket to enjoy this incredible weekend. More information at www.broadbeachjazz.com

Gold Coast Show

Dates

Late August or Early September 3 Days (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Location

Gold Coast Turf Club & Showgrounds, Bundall

Gold Coast Show is a bit of an institution in the Gold Coast. There are animals, shows, exhibits, stalls, rides and of course show bags. There is an entry fee to get in, but take lots of money with you because everything costs money inside!

This event previously was held at Parklands Showgrounds. The Friday of Gold Coast Show is theGold Coast Show Day- a local public holiday in the Gold Coast region.

Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to provide correct information, the information about Gold Coast events, festivals, shows and other activities shown on this and other pages within this website is a guide only. Dates are subject to change without notice. Please check with individual event organisers before planning your trip around these dates.



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Gold Coast Events - September & October

September is quiet at the beginning of the month with school holidays during the last half of the month. October is a busy month with school holidays, a public holiday and the major Gold Coast 600 event.

Swell Sculpture Festival

Dates

10 Days Mid-September (Friday to following Sunday)

Location

Pacific Parade, Currumbin

The Swell Sculpture Festival gets bigger and bigger each year. It is great to take the family for a stroll along the foreshore and take in the art along the beachfront. There are also indoor gallery of some of the more delicate pieces of work. It's a free event that is open 24 hours a day! In fact, going during the different lights will give you a totally different perspective.

The creativity of the artists never ceases to amaze me. This is well worth a visit - day, night or both so you get to see the different lights on the pieces of artwork.

Currumbin is near Burleigh Heads and a short drive north of Coolangatta or south from Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

More information about Swell Sculpture Festival at www.swellsculpture.com.au

Brisbane River Fire and River Festival

Dates

3 weeks in September starting on a Saturday early in the month.

Location

South Bank Parklands and Around Brisbane River, Brisbane

Until 2012 Riverfire marked the beginning of the Brisbane Festival festivities - however they are now using it to cap off the River Festival! Enjoy the festivities of the festival through September, especially around the South Bank area.

Riverfire, is a fabulous event of fireworks, music and entertainment. Worth the trip to Brisbane to watch. Catch a train from the Gold Coast right to the heart of South Bank and enjoy a balmy night of celebrations.

Riverfire is now, usually held on the last saturday of the festival. More information at www.brisbanefestival.com.au

Queen's Birthday Holiday

Dates

First Monday in October

This public holiday falls within school holidays for Queensland, allowing parents to enjoy a bit more holiday with their kids!

Accommodation will be busy from school holidays, but with this extra holiday I would definitely look to make my reservations nice and early to lock in a good spot.

Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercars Motorsport Event

Dates

Around last weekend in October - Friday to Sunday

Location

Surfers Paradise and Main Beach

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The Gold Coast Indy 300 was replaced in 2009 by SuperGP which was then replaced by the current Gold Coast 600 with V8 Supercars.

Lots of exciting new developments over the last few years as they move to improve the format and entice International drivers to sample racing in Australia.

This year, they are packaging a whole lot of other events under the banner and calling it V8 SuperFest. There's a range of activities around Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast under this banner, from art exhibitions, expos, motorsport memorabilia, opera and concerts.

Most of the actual motorsport related start around the week before including the Race of Stars go karting at Pimpama and the V8 Superfest Gold Coast Parade.

More details for the events, accommodation, maps and dates can be found on my pages about GC 600 event.

Coolangatta Gold

Dates

Over a Weekend late in October or Early November (dates moveable)

Location

Coolangatta and Kirra Beaches

The Coolangatta Gold is an iconic endurance race for those ironmen amongst us!

A 46 kilometre test of endurance including ocean swim, surf-ski, board paddle and run. I didn't realise it is the longest race of its kind in the world - I thought the Hawaiian Ironman was but I stand corrected as that is triathlon (swim, bike and run).

You will see a range of competitors from U19s right through to masters. Worth checking out and it is a great spot on a Sunday by the beach, pop into the Kurrawa Surf Club if you can get it, it will be busy or pop across the road to Broadbeach Mall and lots of restaurants and cafes there.

More event information on the SLSA website.

Halloween

Dates

31 October (some events run on closest Saturday Night)

Location

All over the World!

Pumpkins, witches outfits and trick or treating. Yes, we still do this on the Gold Coast! Some of the theme parks run special nights, so keep an eye out for those events.

Byron Bay Film Festival

Dates

Mid to late October (has previously run in March)

Location

Various Venues around Byron Bay Area

This independent film festival has grown from showing 100 films in 2006 to over 220. Films are usually screened at 5 venues in the Byron Bay area including Byron Bay Community Centre as the main venue and the The Regent Murwillumbah, Pighouse Flicks in Byron Bay as a satellite venues as well as The Star Court Theatre in Lismore and Free Full Moon Cinema in Byron Bay near the Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club.

You will need to check the program details for locations, times and more information about each film. Some of the films will be Australian Premieres and a few will be premiering for the first time anywhere in the World.

Byron Bay is about an hour and half drive from Coolangatta in southern Gold Coast so you can easily drive down for the festival.

By far the best option, is to stay right in the thick of it in Byron Bay. Here are a great selections of options in and around Byron Bay

Or if you are looking for some peace and quiet away from it all, but not too far! Why not check out Peppers Corrabell Retreat for something rather special in the Byron Hinterland area.

Festival website has all the details of screenings and films.

Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to provide correct information, the information about Gold Coast events, festivals, shows and other activities shown on this and other pages within this website is a guide only. Dates are subject to change without notice. Please check with individual event organisers before planning your trip around these dates.



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Gold Coast Events - November & December

Early in November is a great time to visit, before it gets busy with schoolies! December is also quiet as we wind up for Christmas, New Year and the big Summer holidays.

Melbourne Cup Lunches On Gold Coast

Dates

First Tuesday of November

Location

Various Locations Around Gold Coast

Melbourne Cup is the horse race that stops the nation on the first Tuesday of November every year. There are quite a few different venues including hotels and restaurants that host Melbourne Cup events.

For example the Gold Coast Turf Club hosts a Melbourne Cup Raceday at the Bundall racetrack, whilst many of the major hotels host large events and this year there is a big event at Oracle in Broadbeach as well as one at the Convention centre.

Pan Pacific Masters Games

Dates

Biennial Event - Every 2 Years Even Years for around 10 days early in November (Thurs to following Sunday)

Location

Venues across Gold Coast depending upon the sport

Held every two years in the Gold Coast, Pan Pacific Masters is due back in 2016 and I guess they'll get to try out some of the new venues being built for the 2018 Commonwealth Games :D

More information on their website: Masters Games.

Other related pages on this website:

Will Masters Games Affect Family Holiday?

O'Reilly's Annual Bird Week

Dates

Sunday to Sunday Early in November

Location

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Canungra

These bird weeks are popular and sound like lots of fun for ornithologists! They always seem to be finding some rare species whilst enjoying the relaxing environment at O'Reilly's.

Bird Weeks at O'Reilly's started back in the late 1970's - so these are a huge tradition. Each year they seem to have sightings of over 200 species at O'Reilly's. You are bound to see some amazing birds during the week.

Bird Week is an internationally acclaimed festival of birds with talks from key ornithologists and guest lecturers from around Australia. Guided walks, 4WD excursions, lectures, spotlighting, bird counts and audio visual presentations.

If birds or rainforests are your thing, check out a stay at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat.

Schoolies Week

Dates

Saturday to Saturday last week of November - Main Qld Week

Location

Surfers Paradise

The official week for schoolies formal entertainment and activities in the Gold Coast.

However, there are other schoolies who visit the Gold Coast in the two weeks after these dates for more information check out Gold Coast Schoolies Dates

If you have come here seeking general information on schoolies I direct you to the Queensland Government website information about Schoolies. If you are looking for accommodation check out Book Schoolies for dedicated schoolies travel agent.

Australian PGA Championship Gold Coast

Dates

Thursday to Sunday In Early December

Location

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Ashmore, Gold Coast

This season ending championship on the PGA Tour of Australiasia is a great way to finish off the year, with the intent of giving the players and families an opportunity to celebrate the end of the season in style and fun surroundings!

If you are heading up to watch or play, then here's what you need to know about visiting.

Places to Stay: The resort hotel is RACV Royal Pines Resort (formerly Crown Plaza Royal Pines Resort, it is on Ross Street, Ashmore but is close to Carrara Stadium.

Another alternative close by is Mercure Gold Coast Resort (formerly Radisson Palm Meadows).

Plenty of alternate accommodation can be found in Broadbeach or Surfers Paradise both approximately 20 to 25 minute drive.

Ticket sales through Ticketek and more information PGA Website

Christmas Celebrations

Dates

Various Throughout Month - Christmas Day 25 December

Location

Various Locations

You cannot miss Christmas in the Gold Coast. The shopping centres are decorated and the streets too. Some suburbs have competitions for the best Christmas lights. The European influences are strong, and although the weather is warm, the images of snow and santa in boots and red suit are everywhere!

Various Christmas carols and events will be posted on the Gold Coast Christmas page and I try to keep the Christmas Lights information up to date as it comes to hand during December.

Another area that is useful for locals and visitors is the rundown of places to get Christmas lunch or Christmas dinner around the Gold Coast.

In Australia Christmas celebrations start earlier and earlier, but Christmas Eve is 24 December and most people finish work early that day. Shops stay open late in the run up to Christmas but are closed Christmas Day 25 December.

The day after Christmas is Boxing Day (usually the 26 December) and this is when the Boxing Day sales start. If any of these days fall on a weekend day there is usually a public holiday in lieu on the next working day.

New Years Eve Celebrations

Dates

31 December

Location

Various locations around the Gold Coast

There are plenty of parties and celebrations, including family friendly fireworks at several Gold Coast locations.

More information about New Years Eve celebration ideas.

Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to provide correct information, the information about Gold Coast events, festivals, shows and other activities shown on this and other pages within this website is a guide only. Dates are subject to change without notice. Please check with individual event organisers before planning your trip around these dates.



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Gold Coast Turf Club Racing Calendar

Dates

Varies Each Month - Saturdays and Occassional Weekdays

Location

Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Road, Bundall

Gold Coast Turf Club holds horse racing race days most Saturdays throughout the year. The dates above are for Gold Coast Turf Club racedays January. These are the dates I know about, check the GC Turf Club website for more details.

This can be a great day out, gates usually open around 10am and the gate entry fee for standard racedays is about $12.



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