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classes & workshops
From now until 02 Jun 2024 (Annual)
Gold Coast Beach Parade
COST: 30 - 250 AUDGold Coast Beach Parade is a world record attempt for the greatest number of people in koala ear visors in a beach parade. It is a fun event for everyone and it celebrates the Gold Coast’s famous beach lifestyle, shining a spotlight on this safe, healthy holiday destination, highlighting great community spirit, while promoting a cause that’s close to their hearts – saving endangered Koalas. Gold Coast Beach parade is a 3-kilometre walk along the beach of beautiful Burleigh Heads.
30 Nov 2023
Sneakers Unboxed | Drawing for Life with Sarah Huston
Sneakers Unboxed | Drawing for Life with Sarah HustonEach month we invite leading artists and performers to curate poses, subjects and performances for you to draw, with all materials provided. Relax and unwind with short, guided drawing warm-ups, followed by long and sustained poses or still life subjects, with help from our guest artist and team of artist educators. Whether you’re new to drawing or one of the greats, all abilities are welcome to enjoy this unique and artful experience. The next two sessions, inspired by Gallery 1 exhibition Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street will have a sporty flavour and will be facilitated by Sarah Huston! Artist Bio Sarah Huston’s career spans many mediums and industries. Her professional background includes working as a creative director, designer, curator, event producer, artist, and founder of the women’s skateboarding media platform, Yeah Girl. These days you’ll mostly find Sarah working as an actor, a stunt performer, or consulting for organisations and brands on all things skateboarding.
From now until 11 Apr 2024
Cauldron Distillery Interactive Gin Blending Class
Get your creative juices flowing during an informative and interactive Gin Blending Class at Tamborine Mountain’s very own Cauldron Distillery. Do you enjoy creating recipes in the kitchen? How good is your palate at detecting flavours? During this one hour experience, you will learn everything there is to know about gin and then you are set free to create your own gin masterpiece to take home. Set in their world-class distillery and guided by their distilling team, you will select from a multitude of individually distilled botanicals and skilfully blend them together to create a balanced gin that suits your palate and taste. How does a gin with orange, sage, and anise sound to you? Maybe you prefer rose petals, strawberry, and cocoa nibs? Perhaps your preference is lemon myrtle, macadamia nuts and honey? The choice will be yours because your gin blend can be as unique as you are! Here’s what is included in this unique experience: Complementary G and T on arrival from our signature Five-To-Five Range A guided 45-minute gin blending class A 200 ml bottle of your very own gin to take home A G&T made from your very own gin at the completion of the course Free Cauldron Club membership with $10 on us to spend at the tasting room bar or bottle shop.
From now until 08 Nov 2024
Twilight Tour at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
See Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary like you’ve never seen it before – after dark! Take a very special guided tour through Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary getting up close with their nocturnal residents, such as the cheeky Tasmanian Devils, who are most active when the sun goes down. Learn more about the history of the Gold Coast’s traditional custodians with two unique tours: Biyuhl Tour - Biyuhl meaning hill or mountain. Gunanggay Tour - Gunanggay meaning flat country. Immerse yourself in a spectacular light display, where you will embrace Dreamings and spirit of the Yugambeh people. Go on a spotlight adventure searching for some Aussie native wildlife, and finish off with some traditional bush tea. Due to the popularity of the Twilight Tours, this experience often books out, so make sure you reserve your place now before it’s too late!
From now until 22 Dec 2024
Kids and Families Fishing Lesson - Currumbin
Do your kids want to go fishing but you're not sure what to do? Want to learn how to fish, but feel uncomfortable about it? Send them along to this award-winning program and they will take care of all the tangles, they've had plenty of experience with flying hooks over the past 18 years. They will ease everyone into fishing with this fun and educational activity. Classes are very hands-on, everyone will be shown how to use the equipment and receive help to correct their technique. Squeals of delight (maybe fear) can be heard echoing down the beach when the kids pump up yabbies. You and your family will have a ball learning an awesome life skill, bond and make wonderful memories for the day. Kids and families will learn to read the beach, catch bait with yabby pumps and a bait net, tie a fishing knot, cast a rod and hopefully land a fish. They will pick up plenty of tips to help make their next fishing adventure more successful. This class is for both kids and families. All bait and fishing equipment provided. All staff have blue cards for working with children. Bookings are essential.
02 Dec 2023
Mayor's Christmas Carols presented by Village Roadshow Theme Parks
Every time you cry, save up all your tears…the Mayor’s Christmas Carols is almost here! In its twelfth year, City of Gold Coast’s Mayor’s Christmas Carols is being staged at the HOTA Outdoor Stage and HOTA Parklands on Saturday 2 December and you guessed it, will be headlined by none other than Human Nature! The ticket allocation is now exhausted for the Outdoor Stage. Don’t despair if you missed out on tickets, we’re activating the HOTA Parklands with screens on the lake broadcasting the event live, lots of free family entertainment and a delicious assortment of food trucks! No tickets required for this area, which opens from 4pm. Supporting our ARIA Hall of Fame headliner, the festive celebration will feature: The Gold Coast’s very own, Lily Grace The Brisbane City Gospel Choir Warner Bros. Movie World’s Looney Tunes Christmas Show Santa & more! Hosted by 7NEWS Gold Coast presenters Amanda Abate and Steve Titmus and 1029 Hot Tomato’s Emily Jade O’Keeffe and Galey, the evening will commence at 6pm and conclude at 9pm with a fireworks finale that will undoubtedly light up your night! Ride the G, hop on the Hopo Ferry, or make your journey active and walk, ride, scoot or skate to this joyous celebration.
06 Dec 2023 (Monthly)
Life Drawing Tutored Workshop
Bring a friend or come solo to our tutored life drawing classes for beginners. A beautiful, creative evening ahead awaits you. Their life drawing sessions are about being expressive and allowing your sketches to freely flow. What to remember: Your fave bottle of vino (or beer, cider, spritz etc). A plate of your fave nibbles. An open mind and a willingness to learn and creatively explore. No experience necessary! What they will have for you: Wine glasses (they’re clean although a little covered in paint). Full sized fridge to keep the essentials fresh and cool. All art material such as aprons, drawing boards, easels and charcoal. Guide you in creating various, guided charcoal sketches of our nude, life model. A warm, inviting, professional and friendly artist hosting your session. Get in touch if you’re looking for a private life drawing experience whether it be at the studio or a mobile booking where they come to you. They have been hosting hens parties, team building events, birthdays and more since 2018 so if you’re looking for things to do in the Gold Coast you’ve come to the right place!
From now until 29 Sep 2024
Kids and Families Fishing Lesson – Paradise Point
Do your kids want to go fishing but you’re not sure what to do? Want to learn how to fish, but feel uncomfortable about it? Send them along and they will take care of all the tangles, while they learn alongside other kids or families in the same boat. 2 Bent Rods will ease everyone into fishing with this fun and educational activity. Classes are very hands-on, everyone will be shown how to use the equipment and receive help to correct their technique. Kids and families will learn to read the beach, catch bait with yabby pumps and a bait net, tie a fishing knot, cast a rod and hopefully land a fish. They will pick up plenty of tips to help make their next fishing adventure more successful. This class is for both kids and families. All bait and fishing equipment provided. Bookings are essential.
09 Dec 2023
Summer on the Lake
Discover Sailing Day: Set sail for free and embark on an adventure. Ages six and up are welcome. Register now. Giveaway: Sign up for the course on that day and get a chance to win a 4-hour private adventure on a short marine boat for up to 6 people. The lucky winner will also receive a grazing box and a bottle of sparkling! The day kicks off at 9am sharp, and the café opens at 5:30am for early birds. Mark your calendars for 9th December and join them here for a day of lakeside fun! Here's what you can look forward to: enjoy refreshing drinks and indulge in mouthwatering bites, live music, sailing, SUP's, giveaways, associates raffle. Don't miss out on the action-packed schedule: Sailing: 9am-3:30pm Lakeside Bar: 10am-5:30pm Food (SYC): 10am-4pm Get ready for a summer escape you won't forget! See you there!
10 Dec 2023
Tis’ the sea-sun to be jolly! The iconic Cooly Carols will once again be oceanside at Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday 10 December from 5:30pm. Gather your nearest and dearest for a memorable evening with an all-Aussie cast of singers and dancers performing the Christmas carols we all know and love (to sing along to!). There’ll be a delicious assortment of savoury and sweet food trucks, the big man in red (Santa) will be dropping in and we’ll finish the night with a shimmering fireworks finale! Make your journey active and walk, ride, scoot or skate to the event (Santa has his parachute packed). Have yourself a merry little Christmas at Cooly Carols presented by City of Gold Coast and supported by McDonald’s and 92.5 Triple M. For more information visit the website.
12 Dec 2023
Christmas Lunch @ The Island 2023
Please join us for our Christmas lunch at The Island, Surfers Paradise for a delicious 3 course meal. Tuesday 12 December 2023 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (UTC+10)
From now until 11 Sep 2024
Sovereign Islands & Surrounds Monthly Community Luncheon
Hosted by Mother & Daughter duo, Marilyn West & Joanne Rahn, the Sovereign Islands & Surrounds Monthly Community Luncheon is held on the second Wednesday of each month at a fabulous Northern-end restaurant. All welcome regardless of where you live! The luncheon has been established for guests to connect and engage in a relaxed and non-pretentious environment - so please come along, meet and socialise with new and old friends whilst supporting a worthwhile cause.
13 Dec 2023
Sovereign Islands and Surrounds Monthly Community Luncheon
Hosted by Mother and Daughter duo, Marilyn West and Joanne Rahn, the Sovereign Islands and Surrounds Monthly Community Luncheon is held on the second Wednesday of each month at a fabulous Northern-end restaurant. All welcome regardless of where you live! The luncheon has been established for guests to connect and engage in a relaxed and non-pretentious environment - so please come along, meet, and socialise with new and old friends whilst supporting a worthwhile cause.
14 Dec 2023 - 14 Jan 2024
Live on The Lawn at Garden Kitchen & Bar
If you’re a lover of live music, flowing drinks, crisp evenings on the dance floor and a delicious snack or two, then pencil Garden Kitchen & Bar’s Live on The Lawn series into your calendar. Live on The Lawn is returning for another unmissable season, featuring a line-up packed with Australian music stars. Brought to you live and free, these gifted musicians are ready to turn up the vibes and grace your ears with their sweet beats. Keep an eye out here as the summer entertainment schedule is coming soon!
16 Dec 2023
Soy Candle Making Class: Crystals and Botanicals
Looking for fun indoor activities? Learn how to make gorgeous soy candles adorned with crystals and botanicals at this fun experience in Mount Tamborine. They’ll provide you with everything you'll need to make your candles and you'll be led through the process of creating your own masterpieces. For double the fun, bring along a lovely friend to craft and catch up with. Soy candle making is also a great idea for laidback hens parties, birthday parties or even fun team building activities. At the end of this hands-on class, you'll have made beautiful candles to enjoy at home, decorated with gorgeous crystals and botanicals. The weather can change very quickly and you are advised to layer your clothing.
16 Dec 2023
Christmas Candle Making Class
Looking for fun indoor activities? Learn how to make gorgeous Christmas scented soy candles at this fun experience in Mount Tamborine. They'll provide you with everything you'll need to make your candles and you'll be led through the process of creating your own masterpieces. For double the fun, bring along a lovely friend to craft and catch up with. Soy candle making is also a great idea for laidback hens parties, birthday parties or even fun team building activities. At the end of this hands-on class, you'll have made beautiful candles to enjoy at home or to give as gifts. The weather can change very quickly we advise to layer your clothing.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Destination Gold Coast acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout Southeast Queensland.