With so many families heading to the Gold Coast on vacation, there is always plenty to do in the fun-filled holiday hotspot. The Gold Coast is home to a number of free, low-cost, family-friendly events, but also has lots to offer the adventurous or relaxation-seeking visitor.
Here’s a look at what’s happening on the Gold Coast in the coming months:
Journeys to Sugaropolis exhibition – August 2013 – February 2014
‘Journeys to Sugaropolis’ is a historical look at the relationship between the Gold Coast and the Australian South Sea Islander. Once referred to as “Sugaropolis”, Australia’s sugar industry began on the Gold Coast and is an important part of Australia’s history.
The Gold Coast is Australia’s premier holiday playground and when you see the long list of things to do in the area, it’s not hard to see why. From great restaurants and boutique shopping to the thrills and spills of the fun-packed theme parks, there is always something to do on the Gold Coast.
Here are a few of the highlights:
One of the biggest pulls to the Gold Coast is the theme parks on offer – four to be precise. Take your pick from Dreamworld & Whitewater World, Seaworld, Movie World or Wet N Wild, or visit them all with a combination pass!
Sydney’s gourmet dining scene is fast becoming one of the best in the world, with some of the city’s chefs leaving their mark on the world’s best restaurant lists. If you love great food and wine, you are in for a treat when visiting Sydney.
Sydney is home to more than 40 chef hatted restaurants, with some of the best being:
Marque: 4/5/355 Crown St, Surry Hills
Led by head chef Mark Best, Marque was named The Australian Gourmet Traveller Best Restaurant of 2012 and with its classic French menu that includes some of the best Australian produce, it’s not hard to see why. Marque pushes the boundaries when it comes to cuisine, ensuring you are in for a memorable meal.
Apartment complex development company, Meriton, has bought a prime site on Sydney’s northern beaches.
According to The Australian, more than $50 million is believed to have been paid for the Dee Why Town Centre site, which it plans to turn into a $340 million apartment, retail and office complex.
Serviced apartments offer a wide variety of amenities and advantages that hotel rooms lack. These advantages make travel more comfortable while helping travellers save money.
The biggest advantages that serviced apartments offer travellers include:
Sea World’s ambitious program to breed polar bears on the Gold Coast has been documented in a recent documentary.
The current star of the breeding program is Henry, a delightfully cute male polar bear cub, born in May last year at Sea World.
Summer holidays with kids can be tough even in a great destination like Brisbane. Fortunately, there are lots of great, fun activities for kids in Brisbane. Some of the wonderful activities planned for children over this year’s summer holiday in Brisbane include:
- The Summer Solstice Light Spectacle. This natural spectacle is timed to occur in the middle of the Christmas holiday. If you plan to attend this spectacle, book ahead because it is popular. This great family attraction includes a cave tour as well.
- Flying Box Studios. If Mum and Dad need a break from the kids, Flying Box Studios provides 90-minute art workshops for kids for $22. All the materials are included in the price, and siblings and friends can attend together.
- Young kids can enjoy a day with their favourite tank engine, Thomas, at a Day Out with Thomas at the Workshops Rail Museum. Thomas will be there from Boxing Day to January 29.
These are just a few of the fun activities in Brisbane this holiday season. If you want to spend some time away from home, Brisbane is where to go.
There is always something happening in Sydney and you can always find an event to suit your mood. From candle making classes to theatre and film presentations, you’ll never be bored on a visit to Sydney.
Here’s a look at what you can expect in the coming months:
The Magic Flute – Mozart: January – March
Julie Taymor has brought Mozart’s classic opera The Magic Flute, along with its colourful moving set, to the Opera House for various dates throughout January, February and March. With an impressive line up of Australian opera singers, as well as giant puppets, spectacular costumes and flying children, this is an opera not to be missed.
Queensland is experiencing its best start to the summer holiday season in almost ten years. According to the Courier Mail, tourist numbers are way up on the last few years. It seems to be all thanks to consistently good weather and a low Aussie dollar, making domestic holidays more attractive than going overseas.
Coastal hot spots such as the Sunshine and Gold Coasts are really humming, with accommodation fully booked and restaurants and tour operators reaping the rewards of TV advertising targeting the southern states.
Many families dread school holidays because they can quickly become one of the most stressful times of the year. Fortunately, that stress is easy to avoid according to Professor Bob Montgomery, the president of the Australian Psychological Society.
Montgomery believes that most of that stress is caused by parents’ failure to properly calm children. He thinks that calming strategies can make school holidays the relaxing experience they’re supposed to be.