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What's happening on The Gold Coast

In This latest destination update, read about the healthy and gourmet Indonesian cooking classes offered at Tenteram Fine Foods in Currumbin Valley; A new and exhilarating 12 metre ‘SkyFall’ above Cedar Creek at Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain; exciting street art forming part of the newly created Chevron Lane in Surfers Paradise and Mercure Gold Coast Resorts completes multimillion dollar upgrade. This, plus plenty more to see and do in the destination as listed below:


  • Jupiters Reveals New Japanese Restaurant – Kiyomi

  • Mercure Gold Coast Resort Completes Multimillion Dollar Update

  • Street Art Hits Chevron Lane in Surfers Paradise

  • New Tree Top Challenges at Thunderbird Park, Tamborine Mountain

  • Unique Indonesian Cooking Class in the Currumbin Valley

  • Gwinganna Best in Queensland for Health and Wellbeing

  • Tangalooma Dolphin’s New Joy After Sadness

  • Sounds of Summer – Live Music Returns to Hard Rock Cafe


  • Gold Coast Theatre Alliance Inc. Brings Live Community Performances (Ongoing)

  • Laugh Your Pants Off at Jupiters (23 January, 2015)

  • RACV Ladies Masters (12-15 February, 2015)

  • Surfers Paradise Sand Safari (13 February – 1 March, 2015)

  • Gold Coast Film Festival Ushers in Exciting Changes for 2015 (9-19 April, 2015)


Jupiters Reveals New Japanese Restaurant – Kiyomi

Jupiters Hotel & Casino will open the doors to Kiyomi, its newest restaurant and bar in mid-December. The new venue will serve a modern, yet distinctly Japanese menu created by internationally recognised Executive Head Chef Chase Kojima. Chase Kojima specialises in cutting-edge Japanese cuisine using unique combinations to create exciting and surprising dishes. After leading kitchens for Nobu in Las Vegas, Dubai, London, Los Angeles and the Bahamas, Chase founded Sokyo restaurant at The Star, Sydney in 2011. In its short history, Sokyo has built an enviable reputation culminating in the award of One Chef's Hat at the 2014 The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards. Dishes created by Chase for his second Australian restaurant Kiyomi at Jupiters include Scampi with Foie Gras, White Soy, Apple and Mizuna Salad, as well as Binchotan Duck Breast with Beetroot, Sansho Pepper and Wasabi, and Salmon Robata with Ssamjang Miso and Watercress.

Mercure Gold Coast Resort Completes Multimillion Dollar Update

One of Australia’s original prestige golf-resort addresses, the Mercure Gold Coast Resort, is set for a major renaissance following the completion of a dramatic multimillion dollar hotel upgrade. The extensive redesign and upgrade is the first major renovation at the property since it opened its doors almost 17 years ago amidst the Gold Coast’s “Green Belt” and five affiliated championship golf courses – Lakelands, Palm Meadows, Robina Woods, Colonial and The Glades. The dramatic transformation of the Mercure Gold Coast Resort was completed in consultation with one of the country’s leading hotel refurbishment interior design teams In Design International, led by designer Penny del Castillo. The redesign extends to major central facilities and guest rooms, and soft furnishings and AV in the conference space. The concept theme development was strongly influenced by the geographical location and surrounding golf course, both of which played a major part in determining the approach to design and finishes to achieve casual yet chic interiors. Renovations in rooms and suites include all furnishings and fittings, and for a contemporary and relaxed resort vibe, boast a modern colour palette with hints of en trend orange in trimmed scatter cushions and designer, deck-chair style fabrics adorning bedheads. The use of natural timber with local Queensland-style horizontal groove and slim line furnishings adds a laid-back yet sophisticated appeal for guests.

Street Art Hits Surfers Paradise

The street art urban vibe has hit Surfers Paradise. 50 cans of spray paint and 15 hours later, renowned street artist John Kaye has just completed two large panels of street art along the Surfers Paradise Boulevard side of Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre which form part of the newly created Melbourne styled laneway precinct, ‘Chevron Lane’. And the street art doesn’t stop there; during the first few days of December, John will be back at Chevron Renaissance with another 100 cans of paint to complete 8 more panels of street art within Chevron Lane. The creation of Chevron Lane is just one component of the Centre’s multi-million dollar transformation that is due to be complete within the next couple of weeks. The restaurant precinct has also received a complete makeover with a new shade sail making the area completely weather protectant, the alteration of the water fountain that will now be leased as a food and beverage kiosk, new garden beds to be installed and large rustic beams being mounted around the façades of the restaurants with corten shop signs on top.

New Tree Top Challenges at Thunderbird Park, Tamborine Mountain

Enjoy a big day out or a longer holiday at Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain, its Australia’s number one adventure playground.Go horse riding, find treasure filled thundereggs formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth, play laser skirmish in a jungle village or take adventure to the top on the Tree Top Challenge ropes course. The ropes course challenge in now bigger, higher and even more exciting. Choose your challenge; courses are tailored to suit different fitness levels and age groups. Ride a flying fox way above the ground, climb rope ladders and tumble through tunnels. Tree Top Challenge will soon reveal the blue course. This new adventure is more challenging than the red courses but not quite as strenuous at the black course. Try all the new games including the cart. Hop in, kneel down and pull yourself along, it’s a sure way to get the adrenalin pumping. Brave adventurers flock to SkyFall, this 12 metre freefall from high above Cedar Creek makes bungy jumping look tame. It is the first outdoor ride in Australia to use high tech magnetic braking technology. Freefall with a rapid descent and sail to earth at your own pace. It’s a tummy flipping thrill.

Unique Indonesian Cooking Class in the Currumbin Valley

Tenteram Fine Foods Cooking Classes are a unique cooking and dining experience where you will learn about the healing properties of fresh Asian ingredients and how to cook easy tasty dishes incorporating Tenteram Fine Food products without using salts, refined sugars, shrimp paste, fish sauce or white, starchy rices. Kay and Justin are the creators, designers and producers of Tenteram Fine Foods, an amazing range of Healthy Gourmet Indonesian Hand Made Products. They will pass on all their passion and love of flavoursome healthy cooking in the peace and serenity of the Currumbin Valley and you will be transported back to a peaceful part of Bali. Enjoy an amazing day out with friends or family or simply come and join in and meet new people in the beautiful Currumbin Valley the home of Tenteram Fine Foods.

Gwinganna Best in Queensland for Health and Wellbeing

Gwinganna were honoured to receive their third consecutive win in Health and Wellbeing Tourism at the 2014 Queensland Tourism Awards. Judged by a panel of leading industry experts, this win also marks the health retreats induction into the prestigious Hall of Fame. Gwinganna was also recognised with a win at the 2014 Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards in the category of Health and Wellbeing.

Tangalooma Dolphin’s New Joy After Sadness

Tangalooma wild dolphin Silhouette has given birth to a healthy calf just one year after tragically losing her first baby for reason unknown. The 10-year old new mum last Friday night appeared in rough water with her new offspring in tow. Tangalooma ranger Susan Hassard said she was over the moon about the birth and already noticing how protective Silhouette was over her little one. “Silhouette is very emotionally connected and displaying strong protective instincts, keeping her baby well back from the other dolphins and out of harm’s way,” Mrs Hassard said. “We are also delighted because the calf is the first fourth-generation dolphin to be introduced into the Tangalooma wild dolphin family.” Silhouette was born is 2004 to Shadow, who was the offspring of Beauty – the original Tangalooma dolphin that started the resort’s successful wild dolphin provisional feeding program in 1992. “This calf comes from wonderful ancestry and is showing all the signs of being a little fighter,” Mrs Hassard said. “The north-westerlies were blowing hard at the end of last week and the water was very choppy. “The baby needed all its strength to swim through those rough seas and keep up with its mother – it certainly would have been a hard start to life.”As its newest member, the baby now joins the family of 10 other wild dolphins that comes to shore each night to be fed by guests of Tangalooma Island Resort.

Sounds of Summer – Live Music Returns to Hard Rock Café

Hard Rock Cafe Surfers Paradise proudly announces that live music is to return to their venue which has established itself as an iconic entertainment venue throughout its eighteen years plus tenure in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Sounds of Sunday will kick off on the Surfers Paradise Boulevard Terrace at Hard Rock’s Queensland venue on Sunday 14 December and take place each Sunday throughout summer, a return of the Sunday Session. Hard Rock’s weekly event will feature local performers showcasing the ‘talent rich’ local musicianship that our city is proud to claim ownership of. Josh Shelton is to be the first performer to appear on the Surfers Paradise Boulevard Terrace for Sounds of Sunday. Singer/Songwriter Josh Shelton has been a regular player in the Australian Blues & Roots scene for over ten years. His celebrated music has explored traditional genres such as blues, alt-country, outlaw country, bluegrass and rock n roll; all flavored with Shelton’s unique approach to composition and arrangement.


Gold Coast Theatre Alliance Inc. Brings Live Community Performances (Ongoing)

The Pajama Game: The Musical – Gold Coast Little Theatre, Southport

Five Women Wearing The Same Dress: Javeenbah Theatre, Nerang.

Christmas Cabaret & Party: Neptune Musical Productions & Kirra Dance, Coolangatta

Gold Coast City Choir: Christmas Concert - Church of the Good Shepherd, Mudgeeraba

Cinderella: A traditional Pantomime - Spotlight Theatre, Benowa

Jack and The Beanstalk: Queensland Theatre of Puppetry, Surfers Paradise

Accomplice: by Rupert Holmes - Javeenbah Theatre, Nerang

Signal Driver: by Patrick White - Gold Coast Little Theatre, Southport

Galapagos Duck: Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club - The Paradise Showroom, The Arts Centre, Gold Coast

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Laugh Your Pants Off at Jupiters (23 January, 2015)

Jupiters Hotel & Casino will kick start the Australia Day long weekend in 2015 in cracking style with another hilarious Laugh Your Pants Off bill confirmed for Friday January 23. What better way to celebrate our Aussie joker culture than with a bumper line-up of home-grown comedy masters taking to the Jupiters Theatre stage for a night of non-stop laugher. The seventh instalment in the series will feature Judith Lucy, Peter Rowsthorn, Lawrence Mooney, Troy Kinne, Ellen Briggs, Tahir, Ronny Chieng, Steve Allison and Jennifer Burke. Tickets to Laugh Your Pants Off are $49 with dinner and show packages from $59, and are on sale now through Ticketek at, on 132 849 or from the Jupiters Box Office.

RACV Ladies Masters (12-15 February, 2015)

The Sisters of Swing return to the Gold Coast for the Annual RACV Ladies Masters. The world’s best female golfers take on the RACV Royal Pines Resort layout over four days of scintillating golf. The 2014 event saw Cheyenne Woods take out the title.

Surfers Paradise Sand Safari (13 February – 1 March, 2015)

Surfers Paradise Beach will be transformed into a golden gallery of the curious and beautiful during the Sand Safari. Bringing together the best in art and culture, the event is a delight for all ages. A new theme for creations is presented every year as talented artists push themselves to new extremes to present their interpretation.

Gold Coast Film Festival Ushers in Exciting Changes for 2015 (9-19 April, 2015)

The Gold Coast’s biggest public film event, The Gold Coast Film Festival, will bring film lovers a more diverse range of films, events and seminars, from a new central location in 2015. For the first time, the city’s major film festival will be based at The Arts Centre for the ten-day event, running 9-19 April 2015 and will introduce a special social hub ‘The GCFF Lounge’ for local film lovers to mingle and meet filmmakers between screenings and seminars. In addition to the main location change, the Festival will also be offering screenings at locations across the Gold Coast, ensuring that no matter where film fans live, they can catch a film as part of the Festival. Now entering its 13th year, The Gold Coast Film Festival is broadening its appeal by showcasing emerging and established local filmmakers and bringing a wide range of international films for all audiences to the Gold Coast, under the guidance of new Festival director Kylie Pascoe.