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.
Over 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”.
This 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.
The 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.