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
November 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.
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.
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, 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.