Gold Coast Multicultural Festival / Best spots for cocktails and sundowners around Burleigh

 If you’re thinking about visiting the gorgeous Gold Coast, November is as good a time as any to rest and relax along our sunny shores.

In the midst of spring, the region’s abundance of top-notch swimming spots, combined with our usual sought after attractions – Australia’s best theme parks, leisure and dining venues and the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland – are sure to impress.

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival – November 1

Gold Coast Multicultural FestivalNovember also brings the popular Gold Coast Multicultural Festival to the fore on the first day of the month. A comfy room at Burleigh Head’s Gemini Court Holiday Apartments offers easy access to the festival, which is just a short drive away.

With 29% of Gold Coast residents born overseas, and 40% born to international descendants, the festival is an important celebration of the heritage of many locals. The festival, to be held at Evandale Parklands, Bundall, is a free, family friendly event showcasing the skills and talent of southern Queensland’s diverse cultural communities.
Running since 2008, Gold Coast Multicultural Festival has improved year on year, and the 2015 festival is set to be no different. Organisers aim to unite the different cultural groups across the region, promote a stronger sense of community and provide a fun distraction for residents and visitors.

This year, expect to see a large variety of arts and craft displays, world food stalls, international music dance and other performances and children’s rides and activities.

However, that’s certainly not all Gold Coast Multicultural Festival has to offer.

You’ll also find poetry, story telling and readings, promotional and community stalls, a visit by the Gold Coast Suns AFL team, school competitions, a Citizenship Ceremony and various prize giveaways.Gold Coast Multicultural Festival Food, Food and more food

On the main stage, planned performances likely to return from last year’s festival include a traditional Japanese drum performance, Bollywood dance, Chinese Harps, Serbian dance, Hawaiian Hula Dance, Latin dance and more.

For more information about Gold Coast Multicultural Festival visit www.goldcoastculturalfestival.org. A 2015 program will appear on the site soon.

 

Best spots for cocktails and sundowners around Burleigh

 

Meanwhile, if you’re staying at Gemini Courts Holiday Apartments, you’ll find yourself in the midst of one the Gold Coast’s coolest leisure and dining precincts at Burleigh Heads.

Located between Surfers Paradise to the north and Coolangatta to the south, Burleigh is a popular surfing destination and host to some of the coast’s trendiest destinations.

In the area you’ll find Justin Lane, a popular pizza and cocktail bar with a distinctly Melbourne hipster vibe, Willow Dining Room, which mixes Mediterranean décor and cuisine with some of the coast’s best cocktails, and Govindas, which is likely one of the best vegetarian restaurants in southern Queensland. These venues are just the tip of the iceberg – Burleigh features over 50 restaurants and bars, with many receiving acclaim and accolades from locals, and domestic and international visitors.

Burleigh features over 50 restaurants and bars, with many receiving acclaim and accolades from locals, and domestic and international visitors

If you’re looking for a relaxed spot to enjoy a few drinks with a stellar view, stop by Burleigh Heads Hotel. Staff are welcoming and friendly, and the locals will surely make you feel at home.

Otherwise, maybe Pointbreak Bar and Grill is more your style. Located on the beachfront on Goodwin Terrace, the venue offers 180 degree views from Burleigh to Surfers Paradise, and some of the best cocktails around.

While you’re in town, you’d be mad to miss the eclectic fair at Wahoo’s Fish Tacos. Somewhat of a local institution, world tour surfers and other Gold Coast identities are often found munching down on the Gold Coast Highway eateries’ brilliant (and very cheap) Tex-Mex inspired munchies.

It’s certainly not fancy, but the impressive food means it’s a must try. Located metres from the beach, why not order takeaway and enjoy the view while you get your fill?

While you could enjoy your Gold Coast holiday without ever leaving brilliant Burleigh Heads

While you could enjoy your Gold Coast holiday without ever leaving brilliant Burleigh Heads, you’ll find hundreds of other dining and leisure venues just out of town, easily accessible from Gemini Court. Ask reception for more information about local attractions.

For more information about short stays at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call 1800 636 036, or visit www.geminicourt.com.au.

(Photo credit: Gold Coast Multicultural Festival)

Australian SUP Titles / V8 Supercars / Russian Ballet Swan Lake

From ballet to burn-outs, the sunny Gold Coast offers a wide variety of interesting activities this October.Beautiful Burleigh Heads

Whether you’re looking to catch the V8 Supercars tackling one of the world’s toughest street circuits as part of the Castrol Gold Coast 600, or you’d rather kick back to take in the superb talents of The Russian National Ballet’s production of Swan Lake, we’ve got you covered.

Or perhaps premier water sport is more your speed? In that case, you’d be mad to miss the Australian SUP (stand up paddleboarding) Titles.

Either way, Gemini Court Holiday Apartments in Burleigh Heads, which has attracted top-tier ratings on many leading booking sites, offers the perfect centralised hub for holidaymakers of all persuasions.

 

V8 Supercars – October 23 to 25V8 Supercar Championship

The Castrol Gold Coast 600 has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the region over the years, and this year’s October 23 to 25 event promises to be no different.

Featuring the PIRTEK Enduro Cup final, in which V8 Supercar Championship drivers hit the bitumen, the event also includes the SEA FM Friday Night Drags, the world renowned Stadium Super Trucks, the Porsche Carrera Cup, V8 Utes and much more.

V8s Action SaturdayAs well as the action on the track, the Gold Coast 600 also plays host to a variety of entertainment options, including a gig by Australian rock legends Cold Chisel.

Also expect to find the Club 600 day-club, the Miss V8 Supercars competition, the Jim Beam 600 Sounds stage and a whole lot more to keep you busy throughout the three day event.

There’ll also be free public transport provided by Surfside Buses, G Link and Q Rail.

Visit ticketek.com.au and search ‘Castrol Gold Coast 600’ to book your ticket to the hotly anticipated motoring festival.

 

Russian Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake  – October 20

The Russian National Ballet Theatre’s production of Swan LakeIf you prefer style and grace over the Gold Coast’s premier race, The Russian National Ballet Theatre’s production of Swan Lake will be well worth the price of admission.

Showcasing more than 50 ballet dancers on October 20, the Arts Centre Gold Coast gig will combine the classical tunes of Tchaikovsky with one of the most loved stories in ballet history. A traditional tale of good versus evil, Swan Lake will be told over three acts, following the original storyline with the happy ending decreed by Soviet rule in the 1930s (during the reign of former Russian leader Stalin). While subtle revisions and variations have been introduced by artistic director Gediminas Taranda, the production of Swan Lake remains true to the historic original.

Mustering brilliant reviews nationally and internationally, Swan Lake promises a must-see experience in an ideal venue.

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit www.theartscentregc.com.au.

 While you’re in town, the Australian SUP Titles (stand up paddle boarding), to be held from October 15 to 19, would be well worth a visit.

 

Australian SUP Titles – October 15 to 19 

Hosted by Surfing Queensland at Currumbin Alley, the event celebrates stand up paddleboarding and offers a chance for the nation’s best to show off their waterborne skills.

Stand up paddleboarding originated in Hawaii as an offshoot of traditional surfing and has grown exponentially in recent years. It involves much of the traditional skills of surfing, but enables surfers to paddle farther into the ocean than is typical, or to paddle standing up as a sport unto itself.

Divisions at the titles will include paddleboard surfing, technical and marathon, as well as the newly introduced SUP Community Challenge – a short course and marathon event for the public.Australian SUP Titles  - stand up paddleboarding

Combining exciting spectating, the opportunity to get involved and time spent on the Gold Coast’s pristine beaches, it’s an excellent chance to experience the region’s relaxed beachside lifestyle at its best.

To find out more about the Australian SUP Titles visit www.australiansuptitles.com.

For more information about short stays at Gemini Court, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call 1800 636 036, or visit Gemini Court Holiday Apartments

So many events and activities in the up and coming months

In the coming months the Gold Coast serves up it’s constant colourful array of fresh events and activities, from thought-provoking sculpture festivals, to screaming jet boat journeys. Whether you’re looking to escape the rat race to kick back and relax, or keen to keep active and soak up the atmosphere, it’s got you covered.

And despite the winter chill setting in across much of Australia, you’ll find moderate temperatures await – some locals (and tourists!) can’t resist a refreshing dip. The Gold Coast boasts 52 kilometres of coastline, so there’s no shortage of picturesque locations at their disposal, after all. A stay at Gemini Court in the heart of the Gold Coast provides an enjoyable hub, right in the middle of all the action.

While you’re on the coast, you’ll want to check out the eclectic Swell Sculpture Festival, which will be held along Currumbin Beach from September 11 to 20. This year’s free display, the festival’s 13th, will feature more than 50 sculptures constructed by local and international artists.

Swell FestivalOver the 10 days there’ll be opportunities to take part in interesting talks by a variety of artists, artist master classes and kids workshops. There’s also the Swell Smalls Gallery, which will be an intimate exhibition of smaller works by exhibiting artists, and Twilight Sculpture Walks, hosted by the festival’s curators.

A variety of international, national and local talent has also signed up for the Swell Sounds stage. The line-up’s yet to be confirmed, but organisers have promised “outstanding musicians and bands to complement your afternoon”.

Swell Festival1This year’s festival will be the fourth in which local kids from Palm Beach Currumbin High School contribute – their Claymation display will be a head turner, that’s for sure. Animated narratives inspired by the festival’s sculptures, they’re bound to showcase imaginative new perspectives on the event’s striking drawcards.

Based at Pacific Parade, Currumbin, the exhibition is open 24 hours, so there’s a chance to catch the sculptures under a variety of different conditions, giving new perspective on some particularly strange and thoughtful designs.

Food options include Currumbin Vikings Surf Life Saving Club, Elephant Rock Cafe, The Beach Shack Cafe, or you could even drop into Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s cafe for a bite or two, with a curious view.

More information on Swell Sculpture Festival is available at www.swellsculpturefestival.com.au.

Swell Sculpture Festival’s certainly an interesting diversion, but perhaps you’re looking to get the blood pumping during your Gold Coast getaway? Gold Coast Jet X, Australia’s largest jet boat company, probably has you covered.

The popular tourist attraction, located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, boasts one of the country’s fastest jet boat adventure rides. The beastly boats’ powerful turbo motors launch the vessels to speeds exceeding 80kmh, complete with a thrilling combination of spins, powerslides and tricky turns.

Gold Coast JetxThe ride takes you through the Gold Coast Broadwater, the Seaway, to Wavebreak and South Stradbroke Island – you’ll be surprised at just how little water these impressive boats need to operate on. And this is despite them chewing through 30,000 litres of water per minute. That’s enough to empty an average backyard swimming pool in 55 seconds.

Jet X is very popular with tourists and has a strong safety record, to complement its healthy serve of thrillseeking waterborne madness.

For more information about Jet X, including pricing and pick-up location, visit www.goldcoastjetx.com.au.

If you’re after another hit of adrenaline make sure Dreamworld , Movie World or Seaworld theme parks grace your Gold Coast itinerary. They’re located a short drive from Burleigh Heads Gemini Court Holiday Apartments.

For more information about short stays at Gemini Court, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5576 0300, or email info@geminicourt.com.au

 

Retirees love Gemini Court Holiday Apartments

During the winter months, Burleigh Heads is a wonderful place for retirees to spend time relaxing in the mild, Gold Coast clime.
 
Burleigh Heads accommodation
 
Gemini Court Holiday Apartments is the chosen Burleigh Heads accommodation for retirees due to our spectacular views, convenient self-contained kitchens and location, close to golf courses, shopping, cafes and lovely walks.
 
Let’s have a look at some of the great things our retiree visitors love to do.
 
Gold Coast Golf courses
 
Fancy a game of golf?  Burleigh Heads and surrounding suburbs are home to a large number of golf courses merely kilometres from the beach.  Choices range from championship courses, including Burleigh Golf Club and The Colonial, to local lower rated courses.
 
Burleigh Heads walking trails
 
Did you know you can walk from one end of the Coast to the other following pathways that travel through Burleigh Heads!  But most of our Gemini Court Holiday Apartment guests are inclined to stay local, walking the easy pathway through Burleigh Heads National Park and taking in spectacular views, native legends and wandering wildlife.  The well-maintained pathways, both beachfront and through the national park, attract people keen to get out in the sunshine, all day every day.
 
Burleigh Heads accommodation
 
Burleigh Heads is close to many friendly clubs
 
If you’re planning a longer stay, the Gold Coast is home to many amazing clubs.  You don’t have to miss out on bridge or even art.  Burleigh Heads also has beachfront surf clubs serving great meals at reasonable prices with fabulous views.  Just ask the friendly reception staff at Gemini Court about all the many wonderful clubs perfect for retirees in the Burleigh area.
 
Burleigh Heads shopping and cafes
 
Burleigh Heads is famous for its village atmosphere, and the James Street shopping precinct, a mere stroll from Gemini Court, exudes a bohemian feel of chic shops combined with laid-back cafes and hip bars.  But sometimes our guests yearn for larger shopping centres, in which case we are a 15 minute drive or on the bus route to both Pacific Fair and Robina Town Centre.  Both huge centres with a great array of mainstream and stylish shops.
 
Fine dining and a quiet drink at beautiful Burleigh
 
Burleigh Heads on Australia’s Gold Coast is a beach location with a difference.  Burleigh is home to an award-winning selection of restaurants and bars.  Treat yourself to a gourmet experience at Oskars, or sit back with a glass of wine and take in the wonderful ocean views from any of a number of beachfront bars and clubs just a stroll from your Gemini Court Burleigh Heads accommodation.
 
Lynn Ephgrave
 
Gold Coast art and theatre
 
The Gold Coast is a great location to enjoy the arts.  Burleigh Heads is close to many community theatres as well as the Gold Coast Arts Centre.  Also home to hidden artists and galleries, if you love your entertainment, you won’t be bored.
 
Gemini Court Holiday Apartments at beautiful Burleigh Heads
 
Our guests love enjoying a home-cooked breakfast and later watching the sunset from their ocean-view balcony.  Many take a picnic lunch down to the headland and sit under the Norfolk pines watching the locals pass by.
 
Gemini Court Holiday Apartments are a favourite amongst retirees looking to escape the winter chills and book beautiful Burleigh Heads accommodation.
 
Come and find out why!  Book now and secure some fabulous winter specials.

Plan for exciting August events with Gemini Court!

Seniors Week on the Gold Coast
 
At Gemini Court we are used to southern retirees or freezing New Zealanders escaping the cold for a few months jaunt on the sunny Gold Coast. To celebrate, the City of Gold Coast puts on a stack of activities for any considered a ‘senior’ (you may or may not think you fall into this category ;) from 15 to 23 August.
 

seniors-week

 
A calendar of activities is currently being put together, but we’ll keep you posted. And, anyway, an absolute definite is the ever-popular Mayor’s Seniors Week Variety Concert.
 
For extra info before we put up all the details you can also email seniorsweek@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.
 

Book your accommodation today and get ready for some August fun!

 
Broadbeach Jazz Festival
 
Don’t you just love all that jazz! Well, here it is for another year when groove and rhythm hit the Gold Coast. The festival features outdoor stages with wonderful artists performing for FREE as well as other indoor venues throughout Broadbeach, only a short journey from your beachfront Burleigh Heads accommodation.
 

Jazz Gemini Court Holiday Apartments

 
For more information or very special accommodation deals, contact our friendly reception staff at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments.
 
Gemini Court Loyal Key Restaurant List
 
Okay, going to let you in on a little secret. There are more than 40 restaurants from cafe to five star status all within a few minutes stroll of Gemini Court Holiday Apartments. And we happen to have a secret list shared only with our valuable customers – Anna’s top ten that we recommend and share a loyal key program with. Show your key at any of the participating restaurants for a 10% discount on your bill, but shhhhhh…..this is a secret!
 

The Best Accommodation on the Gold Coast
Gemini Court Holiday Apartments Burleigh Heads


 

Burleigh Heads coffee culture

Some coffee tips from one of our guests…
 
I have to say that my best friend and I really enjoyed our weekend at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments.  Of course, we chose the best Burleigh Heads accommodation we could find with an amazing view.  Really unbelievable!  But what we really got out of our stay was the great array of coffee shops we could hang out at and chat.
 
Coffee shops Burleigh Heads
 
So here are three of our favs.
 
The Nook
 
We strolled down the hill from Gemini Court Holiday Apartments and right there on the beach was this cute little coffee nook, called ‘The Nook’!!  The coffee was really delicious, piping hot, perfect for warming us whilst we watched the morning surfers carving up the waves.
 
Quest Coffee Roasters
 
Definitely our James Street favourite.  Only a short walk from our Burleigh Heads accommodation, the two of us squeezed onto the bench out the front and chatted endlessly as a steady stream of Burleigh Heads locals cruised by.  The owner, Paul, is a master roaster so the coffee had a great flavour.  Clearly, we weren’t the only ones impressed as the cafe was always full.
 
Gemini Court Holiday Apartments
 
Borough Barista
 
Just opposite the beach, Borough is a tiny cafe with wonderfully fresh food and great coffee.  A bit of a breakfast hang for us during our short stay as it was so close to our Burleigh Heads accommodation.  We loved seeing all the fresh ingredients in crates on the workbench or on top of display cabinets, no artificial additives here.
 
I’ve only mentioned a few, but, seriously, Burleigh Heads is full of wonderful cafes and restaurants, not to mention stylish boutiques.  We didn’t really need to venture anywhere else, as everything was walking distance from our Gemini Court Holiday Apartment.  We’ll definitely be back again as soon as we can get another weekend free.
 

For more information on short stays or Burleigh Heads accommodation for your annual holiday contact us today!

 

May Gold Coast Events brought to you by Gemini Court Holiday Apartments

Feeling the blues?

Well it’s that time of the year again when the Blues Festival returns to the Gold Coast and if you’re after last minute accommodation close to the event, you’re in luck!

Blues Festival Gold Coast

This year the Blues festival will feature Andrew Strong and The Commitments Tour, James Morrison, The Black Sorrows and Charlie Parr direct from the USA, Tijuana Cartel, The Backsliders and Jeff Lang. Continue reading

Do you love to shop?

Burleigh Heads is a magnet for the discerning shopper.  Affectionately known as ‘the Village’, James Street and the surrounding area, a mere stroll from Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, is a fascinating mix of cool shops, gorgeous homeware and decor products, plus chic boutiques for men, women and children!

the-village-markets

Add into the mix lovely cafes and restaurants, plus hip tapas bars, and you’ve got the perfect day out for a bit of serious shopping, long lunch, more shopping, finishing with sharing a cool beverage and small plates with your partner, family or friends. Continue reading

Whale watching at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments

Every year in May, people flock to Gemini Court Holiday Apartments Burleigh Heads accommodation to take advantage of the wonderful, balmy sun-filled days and the gorgeous ocean-view balconies from which it’s not uncommon to see whales swim by.
 
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Congratulations Gemini Court

Booking.com, Priceline and Agoda

Award of Excellence for 2014


 
Booking.com is one of the leading world hotel search and hotel price comparison website, has awarded Gemini Court Holiday Apartments with an Award of Excellence for 2014. The award which recognises excellence in the hospitality industry is presented to Hotels and Serviced Apartments that regularly get raving reviews on Booking.com through their websites such as Booking.com, Priceline and Agoda.
 
On receiving the award Anna Racette, Manager of Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, said that, “We have put a lot of hard work into establishing Gemini Court Holiday Apartments as one of the best destinations on the Gold Coast. We are immensely proud to receive this award and would like to thank all our guests who have given great feedback and allowed us to win this award.”
 
To book directly please call 07 5576 0300 or toll free 1800 636 036 or you can book online.