Gold Coast Events October
Fright Nights at Movie World During October
During October in the lead up to Halloween on the 31st of the month, Movie World usually run a special event after hours in the theme park.
It's called Fright Nights. You need a separate ticket and you can enjoy lots of scary extras such as spooky movies, cobwebs, zombies and lots more.
You will need to get your tickets ahead of time, sometimes there are special deals that include VIP Passes and an entry to Fright Nights. Check here for Fright Nights Dates & Deals.
Queen's Birthday Holiday
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
Around last weekend in October - Friday to Sunday
Surfers Paradise and Main Beach
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.
Byron Bay Film Festival
Mid to late October (has previously run in March)
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
Byron can be expensive and books out quickly. So use the map view to check
out other options in the Byron Hinterland area. Not too far away is Bangalow,
Corrabel Creek, Brunswick Heads and Lennox Heads.
Festival website has all the details of screenings and films.
Over a Weekend late in October or Early November (dates moveable)
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.
31 October (some events run on closest Saturday Night)
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.
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.