The Gold Coast delivers gold medal performances from the newest athletes (products) set to take centerstage this month. To eateries shaking and stirring the dining scene, theme park fueled fun and a five-star wellness centre, there's no doubt that everything the Coast touches, turns to gold!
Seal of protection
Become a seal guardian at the new Sea World edutainment presentations to teach the young (and young at heart) about reducing our pollution footprint on the ocean. With more than 260,940 tonnes of litter (or the weight of 1,300 blue whales) floating in our oceans, Sea World is on a mission is to teach guests to 'reduce, reuse and recycle' through interactive performances from finned and feathered friends (including three different species of seal) and digital technologies. The 'Seal Guardians' presentations run daily with costs included in the admission fee.
Big kids rejoice! Let your little ones take a spin with their favourite characters on the new Play School Ferris wheel in ABC KIDS World at Dreamworld. Perfect for those from preschool to primary school, kids will love swirling around in the colorful carriage while singing to their favourite ABC songs. The Play School Ferris wheel is open seven days a week from 10am-5pm, suitable for those two years old and up.
The Star Gold Coast has further cemented its reputation as a destination hotel with the arrival of its new health and wellness facility, Azure Spa & Fitness. Designed to reflect the Gold Coast's beachside lifestyle with a crisp light interior, the day spa offers guests a luxurious menu of treatments and services as well as a swanky fitness centre; the first in Queensland to offer Technogym facilities, the official athlete training equipment for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Azure Spa & Fitness is now open on the Pool Level at The Star Gold Coast seven days a week (Monday to Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm) including public holidays.
Count(ry) on paradise
Escape to the great outdoors these school holidays with Village Roadshow's Paradise Country new farm stay. Perfect for city slickers or nature natives, enjoy quality family time in the secluded bush on the theme park grounds in your choice of caravan, motor home or eco tent. For a true-blue farm stay experience, enjoy an a la carte menu at the new Farmhouse Bar serving up your favourite Aussie classics. The farm stay prices range from $50 to $600 with availability offered seven days a week.
Surfers really will be paradise for the palate with an authentic Asian street food alleyway on Cavill Lane within your reach. The new hawker-style food market, 8 Street, will serve everything from Japanese to Vietnamese and will cover 2,000 square meters with seating for over 1,000 foodies. Featuring six permanent Asian restaurants and 30+ street food stalls (including an Asian beer and sake bar), 8 Street will trade for 24-hours during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games so even Borobi can grab a bite too!
A Vegan Affair
The plant-based movement on the Gold Coast is set to soar to delicious new heights with a new two-storey food and retail precinct dedicated entirely to plant-based and cruelty-free businesses in Miami. Coined the Love Child Market Place, the new 1000-sqm permanent markets will see five new vegan and plant-based eateries open by April (prior to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games) with more retailers added to the (salad) mix later in the year. Foodie haunts like Sydney's popular Italian eatery Gigi Pizzeria, Helensvale's renowned all-vegan bakery Flour of Life and Greenhouse Canteen + Bar are some of the confirmed feeds to set up shop with more to come. Love Child Market Place will operate seven days a week initially opening during the day with plans to expand to night time trading down the track.
Love Child Market Place
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Authors: Isabella Quaid
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