What's On

  • Written by Emily Comer Coordinator - Communications Gold Coast Tourism Corporation

In this latest destination update, read about the Gold Coast’s first on-beach cycling experience with Gold Coast Bike Tours; The
new unique boutique beachfront apartments at Burleigh Heads, built in the 1930’s the original Queenslander character has been maintained in the redevelopment; Chinatown’s new vibrant street food markets and Jupiters Hotel and Casino appoints Steven Forrester as new Executive Sous Chef. This, plus plenty more to see and do in the destination as listed below:

  • Gold Coast Bike Tours launches on the Gold Coast

  • Jupiters Hotel & Casino appoints Steven Forrester as new Executive Sous Chef

  • Chinatown Street Markets

  • New Boutique Beachfront Apartments at Burleigh Heads


  • Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival (21 May - 24 May, 2015)

  • Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (21 May – 24 May, 2015 )

  • Focus on Toxins Specialty Weekend at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (22 May – 24 May)

  • Cooly Rocks On ( 29 May – 8 June, 2015)

  • Monster Machinery Day (31 May, 2015)


Gold Coast Bike Tours launches on the Gold Coast A new and exciting bicycle tour business called Gold Coast Bike Tours has just started operations on the Gold Coast with the coast’s first on-beach cycling experience. The tour can cater for up to 13 persons and showcases the natural beauty the Gold Coast has to offer in this healthy, active and eco-friendly bicycle experience. The tour provides hotel pick up service and operates between Main Beach Pavilion and the Gold Coast Seaway. It is a comfortable ride exploring the coastal shrub tracks, Broadwater, Seaway Jetty and of course, the highlight of the tour, riding on our beautiful golden beaches. Guests also learn some interesting history of the area and little known facts about the Gold Coast and the local marine life before finishing with some snacks overlooking the luxury marina. www.goldcoastbiketours.com.au

Jupiters Hotel & Casino appoints Steven Forrester as new Executive Sous Chef Jupiters Hotel & Casino is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Forrester as Executive Sous Chef at the iconic Gold Coast property. Steven takes on the position with 17 years’ experience in the hospitality industry having worked all over the world including UK, France and Australia. Before joining the Jupiters culinary team, Steven was the Executive Chef at Parliament House Canberra and Stamford Plaza Brisbane. Within these roles he had the opportunity to cook for Prime Ministers, Presidents, Kings and Queens, along with celebrities including Katy Perry and the late Patrick Swayze. In addition to an impressive portfolio of clientele, Steven has many industry accolades to his name including President of the Australian Culinary Federation ACT and Vice President of the Australian Culinary Federation QLD. Steven has also won multiple awards including the Lexus Young Chef of the Year, Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat finalist and State Winner, Chef of the Year Victoria and Accor’s Golden Plate, just to name a few. www.jupitersgoldcoast.com.au

Chinatown Street Markets Taste your way through Asia without leaving the Gold Coast in a free monthly event. On the first Saturday of the month from 4pm to 10pm Chinatown will transform into a vibrant street food and entertainment scene as the first Asian inspired food market takes over the streets of Southport. Merchandise stalls as well as live entertainment will be rotating monthly to invigorate the culture, creativity and energy of Gold Coast Chinatown. The first market commenced 2 May and will be followed by markets on the 6 June and 4 July. Free public parking is available at the Athol Paterson, Mal Burke and Carey Park car parks. www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au

New Boutique Beachfront Apartments at Burleigh Heads Located directly opposite the famous rolling surf of Burleigh Beach, Bujerum Apartments on Burleigh officially opened its doors in November 2014. Bujerum’s owners, Alison and John Hutton, first moved to Burleigh Heads in 1992 when John was drafted to play with the AFL team Brisbane Bears and said they ‘absolutely fell in love with the coast and its lifestyle’. They bought the apartment block, now Bujerum, which at the time was very run down in 2012. The property was purchased for its magnificent location and the structure itself. Originally built in the 1930s, it has shown spirited resilience to natural and manmade forces and stands as a grand example of historic Burleigh Heads architecture. In 2013 the building was completely renovated and a third storey was added. The original Queenslander character was maintained as it was transformed into the modern apartments guests now enjoy. www.bujerum.com.au


Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival (21 May - 24 May, 2015) Broadbeach on the Gold Coast is proving it has rhythm in its veins with a huge line-up of incredible artists assembling for the free annual Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival. There is something for everyone whether you are a soulful Blues fan, or a lover of great entertainment. Don’t miss some of the biggest names in the industry including international superstar Andrew Strong “The Commitments Tour”, Ash Grunwald, James Morrison, The Black Sorrows, Tijuana Cartel, Jeff Lang, Ray Beadle and over 55 more artists. Blues on Broadbeach features four massive days of non-stop entertainment on outdoor stages and throughout fantastic Broadbeach venues. www.bluesonbroadbeach.com

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (21 May – 24 May, 2015) Attracting over 40,000 visitors every year, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is one of the most anticipated events on the Asia-Pacific boat show calendar. Located at Sanctuary Cove, the world-class waterfront marine village on the famous Gold Coast, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show mixes serious boating business with high-end glamour and a selection of lifestyle and entertainment events. www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au

Focus on Toxins Specialty Weekend at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (22 May – 24 May, 2015) Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in Queensland has released another Australian first with a specialty weekend dedicated to uncovering the truth about toxins and living a low exposure lifestyle. The new package, Wellness in a Toxic World is designed to help guests learn more about toxic chemicals and how to take a proactive approach to improve their health and wellbeing. www.gwinganna.com

Cooly Rocks On (29 May – 8 June, 2015) Fans of rock’n’roll, rockabilly, classic cars, hot rods and the fashions of the 50s and 60s will converge on the Southern Gold Coast and Tweed for Cooly Rocks On, Australia’s number one Nostalgia Festival. For 11 action-packed days, the border towns of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads will be fuelled with party atmosphere. Pre-1970 cars, nightly cruises, music, dancing and family fun are all trademarks of this annual, much-loved festival. www.coolyrockson.com

Monster Machinery Day (31 May, 2015) Check out everything that digs, scoops, cleans and beeps at the 12th annual City of Gold Coast Monster Machinery Day. This hugely successful event showcases the extensive array of vehicles, trucks and machines that the City of Gold Coast (City) uses to provide essential services. This action-packed family fun-filled day allows kids and adults alike to get up close and hands on with the City’s fleet of equipment, see them in action and meet the ‘behind the scene’ operators. More than 30 City vehicles will be on show, including excavators, graders, loaders, tip trucks, road sweepers, beach tractors, water vehicles and more. Non-stop entertainment includes vehicle demonstrations, stage shows, rides, food stalls, interactive games, with great prizes and giveaways on offer for all ages. www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au

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