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Cultural Concierge A CURATED COLLECTION OF THE GOLD COAST


While the Gold Coast has cemented itself as a tourist destination that’s famous for fun and well known for its theme parks and Meter Maids, the city flows on an undercurrent of creativity fueled by local creative minds and entrepreneurial spirits. Generations of cultural pioneers have made their mark on the heart of this city and continue to do so today.


Cultural Concierge This guidebook is for those who seek to be immersed in the true creative spirit of a place. It’s for culture lovers wanting to explore the small makerspaces, artistrun galleries, intimate eateries and serious coffee haunts.

Divided into eleven precincts, this guidebook uncovers the defining personalities of unique Gold Coast neighbourhoods. Each precinct is curated by a Cultural Concierge; a creative practitioner who has their finger on the city’s pulse, guiding readers to their area’s best cultural offerings and hidden gems. As fellow cultural practitioners, editor’s picks are also offered throughout ensuring no colourful experiences are left off the canvas. This guidebook is a cultural compass for discovering the Coast’s lesser known creative gems hidden amongst its seaside streets, filled with tips from passionate locals. Please enjoy exploring ‘Cultural Concierge’ as much the team did creating it. Laura, Claudio & Paul Art-Work Agency With special thanks to Sarah Huston, Richie Edmiston, Katie Ford and Charlie Strong.

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Northern Gold Coast

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Brandon Els

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Surfers Paradise and surrounds

Dr Sally Breen

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Rebecca Ross

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Robina, Varsity and surrounds

Chris Knapp

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Burleigh Heads and surrounds

Sean Scott

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Tim Baker

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Flashback – A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE GOLD COAST

It’s hard to imagine that the city we know today only began to take shape just over 50 years ago, but the city’s cultural history dates back long before then. Since the very beginning, the Gold Coast has been a city built around beach culture, harnessing the surrounding natural wonders to pioneer a progressive city with an enviable lifestyle. Archaeological evidence suggests that the Gold Coast has been inhabited by the Aboriginal people for over 23,000 years. The Aboriginal word ‘Iluka’, meaning ‘near the sea’, was used in the days when they reveled in all that the coastline offered. The Gombemberri tribe (of the Yugambeh people) enjoyed this paradise with an abundance of food and unspoilt landscapes. Captain James Cook first sighted the Gold Coast in 1770 and although he didn’t set foot on the land, he did name Mt Warning and Point Danger – names that suggest he thought the coast to be more dangerous than it was worth. The Aboriginal name for Mt Warning ‘Wollumbin’ which translates as ‘the cloud catcher’ paints a far more

attractive picture. For the Indigenous population, this mountain was a place of law, initiation and spiritual healing. The Gold Coast saw its first tourism boom in the 1880s when the rise of guest houses and hotels signalled the beginnings of a ‘resort town’ reputation. Step forward to 1935 and much of the coastline had been developed with housing estates and hotels. This economic growth continued during the 1970s and by the time the Gold Coast Airport terminal opened in Coolangatta in 1981, the region had become one of Australia’s best known holiday destinations for families and fun seekers alike. The Gold Coast isn’t just a destination for families as some may think; its prime point breaks and warm waters attract surfers from around the world. Though many credit the Hawaiian surf champion Duke Kahanamoku as being the person to introduce surfing to Australia on his trip to Manly in 1914, there exists a photo in the Gold Coast Local Studies Library of a young girl holding a small timber bellyboard at Greenmount captioned, ‘Surfer Girl 1912’. There’s also evidence that suggests early Indigenous people navigated the waves with great skill when fishing, canoeing and bodysurfing.


The impact of life by the beach runs deeper than the suntanned skin of the locals; it courses through their very veins. The Gold Coast is laid back but not lazy. Its coastal location has been the fuel to ignite a rich culture built by creative practitioners who’ve established their lives and careers around the inspiring beach landscape. When crossing paths with the many local creatives, one starts to believe that the salty air and warm sunshine are the natural catalysts crystallising a vibrantly creative community. As sure as the tide comes in daily, the Gold Coast continues to grow as an urban epicentre on the shores of the Pacific. A coastal beach town perhaps; but also an ambitious city making its mark on the world stage. One thing’s for sure though. As it evolves with all things metropolitan, the lifestyle and culture forever remain connected to golden beaches and rolling waves.

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Northern Gold Coast CURATED BY EMILY WURRAMARA – SINGER, SONGWRITER AND CULTURAL HERITAGE ENTHUSIAST


As the city’s production epicentre, the Northern Gold Coast is where the magic happens. Here lies a goldmine of innovation, from movie making and beer brewing to the production of the iconic Frosty Boy ice cream. EMILY SAYS This precinct... tastes like a buffet; smells like hot buttered popcorn with a hint of eucalyptus. Did you know... one of the area’s suburbs, Coomera, adopted its Aboriginal name derived from the pattern of veins and blood – a spiritual representation of the area’s natural features. Other Gold Coast creatives on the ‘gram… Hayden Jones, actor/director @shocktherapyproductions

In spite of being perceived as a somewhat industrial area, the northern end has a softer side evident in its cane field filled suburbs and bayside villages. It’s also home to Emily Wurramara, a singer/songwriter whose music tells stories of the country and contemporary life from an ageless perspective. Inspired by the Northern Gold Coast’s waterways and abundance of wildlife, Emily finds this area provides fertile material for her songwriting. Having toured the country and abroad, Emily is carving herself a well-deserved place in the music industry. She sings in both English and Anindilyakwa (annendillyyarkwah), the traditional language of her home on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, connecting with her cultural heritage through music. Catch live music at the NightQuarter Markets, spend a nostalgic evening at the drive-in theatre, seek out quirky coffee joints tucked in between warehouses or explore the abundant natural treasures on offer. It’s all available in the Northern region. Learn more about Emily and her work: web: emilywurramara.com.au instagram: @emilywurramara_official

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EMILY SHARES HER FAVOURITE EXPERIENCES AROUND THE NORTHERN GOLD COAST PRECINCT

JACOB’S WELL JETTY Bayside village

YATALA DRIVE-IN THEATRE Drive-in theatre and diner

This quaint, bayside village offers great fishing and is the perfect launch spot for boaties keen to explore the estuaries. Cast a line off the jetty and try to land a flathead, tailor, whiting or bream – all plentiful in the area. Alternatively, just kick back, relax and enjoy the fresh air and wonderful water views from the park. Visit Pimpama Jacobs Well Rd, Jacobs Well. (visitgoldcoast.com).

Travel back in time for an evening at this iconic drive-in theatre. The region was once home to over 20 drive-in’s, yet today there are less than 20 operating Australia wide. Park the car, grab some popcorn and enjoy movies old and new. Be immersed in a moment of nostalgia from a bygone era. Visit 100 Stapylton Jacobs Well Rd, Stapylton. (+61 3287 2930 yataladrive-in.com.au).

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The NightQuarter offers cuisine from over 60 specialty food trucks

DONALD JAMES WATERS Art studio Waters is an Australian contemporary artist, art therapy educator and activist. Donald captures the life and colour of the Gold Coast in playful scenes and loves welcoming visitors to his studio to watch him work and reminisce to classic tunes playing on his 1950s jukebox. (Appointments essential. +61 7 5546 1272 djwaters.com.au).

THE OLD DANUBE Traditional Hungarian treats Where coffee and cake becomes an art form. Grab a slice of Hungarian culture; this quaint cake shop serves delectable creations including the traditional Dobos Cake sponge, chocolate cream and toffee. Visit Helensvale Plaza, 12 Sir John Overall Dr, Helensvale. (+61 7 5502 6759 theolddanube.com.au). Emily’s brew: Chai latte.


IF HEADING FURTHER NORTH FOR THE DAY STOP BY THE YUGAMBEH MUSEUM. IT’S LOCATED JUST PAST THE ALBERT RIVER IN BEENLEIGH. LEARN ABOUT THE COAST’S TRADITIONAL ABORIGINAL YUGAMBEH PEOPLE INCLUDING CULTURE, LANGUAGE, LANDSCAPES, PLACE AND OBJECTS. VISIT 2 PLANTATION RD, BEENLEIGH. (+ 61 7 3807 6155 YUGAMBEH.COM).

HARRIGAN’S DRIFT INN Traditional Irish pub A warm, bayside Irish pub complete with toe-tapping live music. This authentic slice of Ireland offers Broadwater views, hearty meals, an emporium of fine wines and of course, friendly Irish hospitality. Bands feature every weekend playing everything from jazz and blues to pop and rock. Visit Harrigan’s Ln, Jacobs Well. (+61 7 5546 1997 harrigansdriftinn. com.au). Emily’s tip: Visit on a Sunday afternoon for some of the Coast’s best live music of the week.

Famous Yatala Pies have been a Gold Coast icon for over 130 years

GOLD COAST MARINE AQUACULTURE (GCMA) Award-winning fresh prawns One of Australia’s largest prawn farms. Call ahead to place your fresh order for collection at the farm gates. Visit 148 Marks Rd, Woongoolba. (+61 7 5546 1361 gctigerprawns.com.au). YATALA PIE SHOP Famous pies with 130 years of local heritage Visit 48 Old Pacific Hwy, Yatala. (+61 7 3287 2468 yatalapies.com.au). COOMBABAH LAKELANDS CONSERVATION AREA Nature reserve walking trails Visit Coombabah Lakelands. (+61 7 5546 1361 goldcoast.qld.gov.au). EDITOR’S PICKS

NIGHTQUARTER Night markets with 60+ food stalls and live entertainment Visit 1 Town Centre Dr, Helensvale. (1800 264 448 nightquarter.com.au). THE PRESS CAFE New York style eatery Visit 25/19 Harbour Village Pde, Coomera. (+ 61 420 940 577 facebook.com/thepresscafecoomera).

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Left: the iconic Frosty Boy logo; right: hand-painted signage at Jacob’s Well


The Islands CURATED BY ROBBY X – SINGER, SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER


The Islands are the gateway to a majestic seaside playground. Living on its sparkling canals is self-confessed water baby, Robby X. ROBBY SAYS This precinct... tastes like a fine champagne; smells fresh and invigorating. Did you know... a large portion of this area was a dairy farm before being developed into a residential community in the early 1980s. Other Gold Coast creatives on the ‘gram… John Calleija, jeweller @calleijajewels Lee Kernaghan, Australian music artist @leekernaghan

Robby X, a Universal Music artist, finds this part of the Coast an inspiring place to create. While Robby regularly finds herself in Europe to write new material and stay in-tune with the latest music trends, she says coming home to the Gold Coast is always a highlight. She loves the relaxed vibe and the energy that exudes from a vibrant city so close to the ocean yet surrounded by rainforest, national parks and waterfalls. Robby likes to go with the flow so she’s always ready when inspiration strikes. Most days she spends time in the studio working on various music projects, and when time permits, Robby loves to embrace the lifestyle that the Islands has to offer. Be dazzled by a magic show at The Village Theatre, explore the up-market boutiques and eateries at the Sanctuary Cove Marine Village or be spoilt with a stay at the chic InterContinental Resort. Whatever the choice, time spent on and around The Islands is sure to make one feel, well, a little more fabulous! Learn more about Robby X and her work: web: robbyx.com instagram: @robby_x

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PARADISE POINT PARKLANDS Multi-purpose outdoor oasis Water views make this one of the most beautiful parks on the Coast. Packed with options, it’s an ideal spot for a picnic, some fun in the playground with the kids or simply relaxing overlooking the Broadwater. The Parklands hosts markets and cinema nights throughout the year. Visit The Esplanade, Paradise Point. (goldcoast.qld.gov.au).

Paradise Point Parklands is packed with entertainment options for the whole family

Robby’s tip: Dine at one of the many cafes that line the nearby Esplanade. THE BOARDWALK TAVERN Bar, dining, entertainment Positioned over the water in the Hope Island Marina, The Boardwalk Tavern offers picturesque views from its decks, with casual dining and live music offered most nights of the week. Visit Hope Island Shopping Centre, 8 Santa Barbara Rd, Hope Island. (+61 7 5510 8022 boardwalktavern.com.au). 21


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ECKERSLEY’S ART AND CRAFT Arts and crafts supplies

VILLAGE THEATRE Movie and performance theatre

Step inside this wonderland of art supplies and be inspired to start the creative juices flowing. Eckersley’s stock a huge range of products and also exhibit original works from local artists – some offered for sale. Visit 2/142 Brisbane Rd, Labrador. (+61 7 5528 8388 eckersleys. com.au).

This nostalgically themed venue opened in 1988 and houses a quaint cinema and production theatre. The weekly movie bill screens new releases and classics, while weekends see spellbinding illusionist, Matt Hollywood, amaze audiences with his spectacular show. Visit Masthead Way, Hope Island, Sanctuary Cove. (+61 7 5577 8999 thevillagetheatre.com.au).

Robby’s tip: Regular art classes are taught in store so book a lesson and embrace your inner creative.

Located within the Marine Shopping Village, Sanctuary Cove Village Theatre has been operating since the 80s


CHASING A LUXURY ESCAPE? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE INTERCONTINENTAL SANCTUARY COVE RESORT. THIS SUBTROPICAL, WATERFRONT RESORT REFLECTS THE GRAND AND GRACEFUL ARCHITECTURE OF A QUEENSLAND ESTATE. THE NEIGHBOURING SANCTUARY COVE MARINE VILLAGE OFFERS GREAT DINING AND QUALITY BOUTIQUES. DON’T MISS A VISIT TO THE BEACHSTYLE SWIMMING POOL; TRULY SPECIAL AND A GREAT PLACE TO RELAX.

QUAY STREET CAFE & BAR Alfresco cafe and casual bar Top menu pick? The corn and zucchini fritters. Visit Shop 48A Quay St, Hope Island, Sanctuary Cove. (+61 7 5514 8008). Robby’s brew: Decaf flat white or a delicious smoothie. MASALA ISLAND INDIAN Creatively refined Indian cuisine Visit 5/331 Hope Island Rd, Hope Island. (+61 7 5514 0090 masalaisland.com.au).

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JONEZ ON FOOD Seafood restaurant Get ready to experience exceptional dining with service to match. JoneZ on Food uses the finest seasonal ingredients and French techniques to handcraft a contemporary Australian menu served with picturesque harbour views. Internationally acclaimed chef, Gary Jones, is a ‘Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year Winner’ so be prepared for a culinary sensation. Visit 39D Masthead Way, Hope Island, Sanctuary Cove. (+61 7 5577 8500 jonezonfood.com.au).

DALOZZO ART GALLERY Family operated gallery offering a broad collection of works Visit 39A The Promenade, Marine Village, Hope Island. (+61 7 5577 9902 dalozzoart.com). ANZAC PLACE MEMORIAL Steel sculpture by David Yardley Reflecting on the sacrifices made by the armed and civilian services. Visit 9 Lae Pl, Runaway Bay. CAN THO KITCHEN BAR Authentic Vietnamese cuisine While dining, check out the mural of the owner’s family story created by artists Frank and Mimi. Visit 5/465 Oxley Dr, Runaway Bay. (+61 7 5529 0098 canthokitchen.com.au). 23


Creations by Marloe Morgan Ceramics, one of the many young entrepreneurs enjoying all the Coast offers


Movers and makers – THE GOLD COAST’S' 'HAVE A GO' SPIRIT

Golden sunshine, the ocean, endless beaches and a laid-back lifestyle all have Gold Coaster’s questioning the nine-to-five grind, instead embracing a work/life balance through the opportunities the city offers. The byproduct is a ‘have a go’ spirit that grows ever stronger on the Coast. Entrepreneurial individuals shape the city, stamping their unique cultural mark on what is a relatively new surfside society. These culture promoters don’t just reside in one coastal pocket, they’re dotted all over the city transforming unconventional spaces into hubs of creativity.

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Co-Spaces1 in Southport (pg 33) is a good example of this, and an unlikely environment to find in the CBD. Within its walls hums the ingenuity of creatives innovating and collaborating. Brands like Black Sheep Cycling 6, whose art-based cycling gear collections sell out within hours of going live online, got their start here. The Coast’s central areas of Mermaid, Miami and Nobby Beach continue this creative trend. A visit to Kira & Kira 2 embraces the notions of thoughtful and sustainable design. Owners Grayson and Simone Kira craft bespoke, mid-century inspired furniture, showcased in a space as beautiful as the pieces themselves. Nearby is the rootsy Harvey Surf 3, a beach shack studio/gallery where Richard’s surfboard creations come to life. It’s local pioneers like Grayson, Simone and Richard that shape more than just objects; they shape a city’s aesthetic legacy. Travelling south, innovation continues at Burleigh’s WAREHOUSE No.5 4 (pg 79), a unique venue space that hosts a huge variety of thought-provoking creative workshops and cultural events. Reaching Currumbin, the ‘maker revolution’ is in full force led by progressive brands such as Marloe Morgan Ceramics 7. Situated in the creative space of Dust Temple 5, Marloe occupies the intersection of traditional and contemporary crafts, preferring to embrace a hands-on approach in an age of disposable mass production.

It’s practically impossible to capture the breadth of creative entrepreneurship that is exploding on the Gold Coast; a booming city experiencing a modernday cultural renaissance. As its creative undercurrents rise to the surface with the development of a designated Cultural Precinct in its destiny, this kinetically creative community will have a home to thrive in for generations to come. VISIT 1 CO-SPACES Visit 1/45 Nerang St, Southport. (+61 1300 011 750 cospaces.com.au). 2 KIRA & KIRA Visit 2017 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami. (+61 449 509 989 kiraandkira.com.au). 3 HARVEY SURF Visit 3/10 Pacific Ave, Miami. (+61 414 557 624 harveysurf.com). 4 WAREHOUSE NO.5 Visit 5/87 W Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads. (+61 402 833 313 warehouseno5. com.au). 5 DUST TEMPLE Visit 54 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters. (+61 424 694 153 dusttemple.com.au). LOOK UP 6 BLACK SHEEP CYCLING (au.blacksheepcycling.cc). 7 MARLOE MORGAN CERAMICS (marloemorganceramics.com.au).


Kira & Kira embraces the notions of thoughtful and sustainable design

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CBD and surrounds

CURATED BY BRANDON ELS – 40/40 CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND POP CULTURE ENTHUSIAST


This CBD isn’t just all about meetings and suits. Interwoven between its buildings and street art adorned alleyways are emerging businesses adding new layers to the city heart. BRANDON SAYS This precinct... tastes like a cream cheese and salmon bagel (an acquired taste, but once you get used to it, you love it); smells like a mix of fresh paint and green grass. Did you know... The town was named ‘Southport’ on account of its position as the most southern possible port of the Queensland Colony. Other Gold Coast creatives on the ‘gram…

It’s the ever-evolving side of the CBD and Surrounds that inspires local designer, Brandon Els. From spending his youth with a pencil in hand, to now working as a Creative Director, Brandon’s craft truly blossomed when working in the CBD meaning it holds a special place in his creative heart. The area’s rich history appeals to Brandon. As a collector of old comic books, art prints and vinyl records, he feels that the more history something has, the more interesting it is. While the heritage of Southport acts as a constant inspiration for Brandon, it’s the area’s bright future that he’s most excited about. Take some time out to devour dumplings in Chinatown, seek out street art in laneways or have a stroll along the shores of the Broadwater. In the CBD and Surrounds, inspired living is serious business. Learn more about Brandon and his love for all things pop culture: web: 4040creative.com.au instagram: @theblindkid

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BUTTER BEATS Music and collectibles Inspired by a passion for music and street art, Butter Beats has been trading in all things music and pop paraphernalia since 1998. It’s a jam-packed visual feast upon entering, with records, posters and memorabilia spilling off the shelves. While they specialise in rare Australian records, they’re also the Coast’s largest stockist of street art supplies. Visit 1/21 Davenport St, Southport. (+61 7 5532 3822 butterbeatsrecordstore.com) Brandon’s tip: The record hunting doesn’t stop here, check out Atlantis Music around the corner too. DAARK ESPRESSO Popular cafe Serving up single origin coffee from Yatala’s Supreme Roasters, Daark Espresso is a serious player when it comes to the Coast’s coffee scene. The space is modern and cozy, with a front deck overlooking the Chirn Park bustle and whitewashed walls showcasing contemporary prints by local artists. Visit 2/41 Musgrave Ave, Labrador. (+61 7 5667 9339 facebook.com/DaarkEspresso). Brandon’s brew: Latte with two sugars. Butter Beats is jam-packed with records and more

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MARUYA JAPANESE Traditional Japanese cuisine Discover this indoor-outdoor Japanese eatery with a Mt Fuji sized menu offering bento boxes, donburi, sushi and sashimi all served from an open bar. The food authenticity is spot-on and the decor a little slice of Tokyo pop culture with a large collection of quirky figurines displayed wall-to-wall. Visit 15 Davenport St, Southport. (+61 7 5527 1199).

ICHIBAN LANE Street art laneway Check out the huge ‘Feline Fantasy’ piece on the laneway wall. 40/40 Creative was commissioned to beautify this alley and enlisted artist SOFLES to collaborate with in-house talent, Lachlan Hansen; both improvising this work in just one day. Directly opposite is a refined piece by renowned artists, TwoOne and Shida. Visit 85 Scarborough St, Southport.

‘Feline Fantasy’ by SOFLES and Lachlan Hansen painted in a single day


SMALLROOM WRITERS COLLECTIVE IS A STUDENT-RUN INITIATIVE OPERATING FROM THE GROUNDS OF NEARBY GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY (THE CAMPUS IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE VIA THE G:LINK). IF THE WRITING BUG HAS BITTEN THEN TURN UP HERE TO HONE THOSE LITERARY SKILLS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, SEARCH FOR THE GROUP ON FACEBOOK.

EDITOR’S PICKS

RANDY WALLHOLE Quirky cafe and gallery This wackily named cafe, a mash-up of the famous artist Andy Warhol, serves an eclectic range of snack-style dishes with a healthy accompaniment of retro furniture and vintage toys on the side. They’ve brought bagels back in a big way and their takeaway cups of cereal favourites like Coco Pops and Fruit Loops are a cute snack to grab when on the go! Visit 21 Nind St, Southport. (+61 7 5679 8189 randywallhole.com.au). NOT TONIGHT Casual bar and dining Check out the Shida mural at the bar’s rear laneway. Visit 50B Nerang St, Southport. (+61 7 5532 5000 nottonight.com.au). BROADWATER PARKLANDS Interactive park spaces This family friendly outdoor hub offers loads of entertainment options. Find interactive sculpture ‘Nervous System’ by John Tonkin featuring light and sound emitting poles that react to surroundings. Visit Marine Pde, Southport. (goldcoast.qld.gov.au).

FORMER TOWN HALL Heritage-listed architectural icon This example of Art Deco design was built in 1935 and sits alongside the Gold Coast’s first ambulance station – now a co-working space featuring Percy’s Corner coffee at its entrance. Just down the street sits the ‘HOME’ mural created for Bleach* Festival by artists Claudio Kirac and Laura Strange. Visit 45 Nerang St, Southport. 40/40 CREATIVE HEADQUARTERS Creative agency Stop by during business hours to check out the ever-growing art that fills the HQ walls or purchase some of their sweet merchandise. Visit 5/13–15 Ereton Dr Biggera Waters. (+61 7 5500 6731 4040creative.com.au). SWANNIE’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE BAR Tapas bar with live music Visit 34 Nerang St, Southport. (+61 7 5503 1180 swannies.com.au).

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Left: Ambulance Station, now Co-Spaces; right: Randy Wallhole

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Surfers Paradise and surrounds

CURATED BY DR SALLY BREEN – AWARD WINNING AUTHOR


A little kitsch with a hint of grandeur, the Surfers Paradise and surrounds precinct is a unique mix of 20th and 21st century architecture interwoven with the natural world. SALLY SAYS This precinct... tastes like a margarita with lashings of salt – tangy, yet fresh all at once; smells like a plate of freshly shucked oysters – decadent and like the sea. Did you know... Surfers Paradise was originally known as Elston until 1933 when local entrepreneur, Jim Cavill, lobbied for a more glamorous name with the support of locals. Other Gold Coast creatives on the ‘gram… Virginia Rigney, curator @virginia_rigney

World famous for its pumping party persona, throughout this area find buzzing cafes, a cultural haven in Evandale Parklands (future Cultural Precinct) and island suburbs where laid back suburban chic meets the epitome of sophistication. Nestled in the precinct’s heart is Surfers Paradise, famous for its happening party atmosphere. While this entertainment playground may seem like an unlikely burrow for an author, Dr Sally Breen has found Surfers Paradise to be surprisingly diverse and inspiring. Living on the Esplanade, Sally enjoys being amongst the action and draws inspiration from the area for her writing which includes her debut book, ‘Atomic City’. With a non-stop calendar of events including the Gold Coast 600 and Fashion Week, there’s no time to rest unless it’s for a gelato on the Surfers foreshore. The future for the area is exciting boasting an insatiable appetite for attention. It’s all about taking risks, thinking big and creating a Cultural Precinct for locals and visitors from around the globe to enjoy. Learn more about Sally and her writing: web: facebook.com/AuthorSallyBreen

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SALLY SHARES HER FAVOURITE EXPERIENCES AROUND THE SURFERS PARADISE AND SURROUNDS PRECINCT

THE ARTS CENTRE GOLD COAST Arts and cultural venue This multipurpose precinct is home to the Gold Coast City Gallery alongside a cinema, theatre and sculpture walk. One of the best regional art galleries in Australia, its programming showcases a strong local connection to the history and culture of the Coast while still looking beyond with an international context. Visit 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise. (+61 7 5588 4000 theartscentregc.com.au). Sally’s tip: Attend an exhibition opening – always an interesting mix of art and people plus a great party! PARADOX COFFEE ROASTERS Cafe and roastery One of the many quality providores situated in the 4217 retail hub, the signature offering at Paradox is the fresh coffee roasted in-house daily. The modern industrial fit out will satisfy any design guru with service delivered by a passionate team donning cool leather aprons. While here, don’t miss the large-format public art pieces throughout the centre. Visit 10 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise. (+61 7 5538 3235 paradoxroasters.com).

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THE LOFT French-Asian food and live music

FIX BAR AT THE HILTON Modern bar serving exquisite cocktails

This iconic venue is a well-kept local secret. At the top of a narrow staircase opens The Loft – an intimate dining and music space that’s retro in nature. A tasty French-Asian fusion menu offers the perfect accompaniment for enjoying Australian and international acts as they perform live. Visit 54A Thomas Dr, Surfers Paradise. (+61 406 258 102 theloftchevron.com.au).

Step into Fix Bar for cocktails and tantalising dishes. Sink into plush leather lounges and take in an atmosphere that brings urban sophistication to the local nightlife scene. Visit 6 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise. (+61 7 5680 8000 hiltonsurfersparadise.com.au).

BETTY’S BURGERS Classic burgers and shakes Home of the best burgers on the Gold Coast as voted by the people in 2016. Named after the owner’s late grandmother, Betty Anderson, the love she instilled in her famous home-made burgers still lives on here. Apparently they’re so good they even cure hangovers! Visit 12–14 Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre. (+61 7 07 55386565 bettysburgers.com.au). Sally’s tip: The caramel thickshakes are lifesavers.

Sally’s tip: For a Great Gatsby style treat try the Rose Lychee Martini. WIDELY KNOWN AS THE ‘SUNTAN MAN’, AL BALDWIN SPENT THREE DECADES ON SURFERS PARADISE BEACH SPRAYING VISITORS WITH SUNTAN LOTION. WHEN HE PASSED AWAY, HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS IN BATHING SUITS GATHERED AT HIS LOCAL BEACH. TO HONOUR HIS MEMORY, THEY SET UP A BEACH CHAIR BEARING HIS SUNGLASSES, CAP AND SUNTAN LOTION MACHINE. THIS SCENE WENT ON TO INSPIRE THE BRONZE FIGURE THAT NOW SITS PRIDE OF PLACE ON SURFERS PARADISE BEACH, CREATED BY FREDERIC BERJOT. VISIT CNR THE ESPLANADE AND VIEW AVE, SURFERS PARADISE.


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ANTHEA POLSON ART Contemporary art gallery Specialising in contemporary Australian art and sculpture. Visit Marina Mirage, Seaworld Dr, Main Beach. (+61 7 5561 1166 antheapolsonart.com.au). SANDBAR Esplanade dining Visit 52 Esplanade, Surfers Paradise. (+61 7 5526 9994 facebook.com/sandbargc). CAPRI ON VIA ROMA Waterfront boutiques and dining Visit 15 Via Roma, Isle of Capri. (+61 7 5538 7227 caprionviaroma. com.au).

ELSEWHERE Avant-garde nightclub Visit 1/23 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise. (+61 7 5592 6880 elsewherebar.com). QT GOLD COAST Boutique retro beach hotel Stay the night or just visit to check out Stingray Lounge Bar, Bazaar Restaurant or Yamagen Japanese BBQ. Visit 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise. (+61 7 5584 1200 qthotelsandresorts.com.au).

Elsewhere has been a Gold Coast institution for almost 15 years. The layers of unique details up on the walls illustrate the club’s long-standing history


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CURATED BY MARK DUCKWORTH – FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, PRODUCER AND COMIC BOOK FAN


As the city’s unofficial entertainment precinct Broadbeach is home to a calendar of world-class events and a myriad of dining and shopping options; the perfect ideal home for festival director and producer, Mark Duckworth. MARK SAYS This precinct... tastes like an espresso martini; smells like a crispy lager and salty sea air. Did you know... the carousel in Broadbeach Mall was built by Haus Bauer of Hamburg, Germany Circa 1900 – a true vintage merry-go-round of the day. Other Gold Coast creatives on the ‘gram… Paul Blakey, mastering engineer @paul.rat.blakey The Sea Shall Not Have Them, band @tssnhtband

Mark has been working in the music industry for 15 years and is well acquainted with the area through his personal affiliation. In the late 1990s, he started playing music in Broadbeach bars and iconic venues such as The Playroom. Broadbeach continues to provide a fruitful platform for Mark’s work, seeing him stage some of his favourite events here. For Mark, Broadbeach possesses a retro appeal that constantly drives his creative passion while grounding him at the same time. Wandering this precinct is a world tour of taste with culinary surprises from Asia to Italy. The same can be said for the diverse events Broadbeach hosts from Supanova and international music acts at the Gold Convention and Exhibition Centre to the iconic Blues on Broadbeach festival that takes over the streets annually. Amongst all the activity one thing’s for sure; Broadbeach doesn’t hold back when it comes to showing the world what the Gold Coast has to offer on the entertainment stage. Learn more about Mark and read his musings: web: markduckworth.tumblr.com 43


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VICTORIA PARK Public park

BEATNIKS RECORDS Pre-owned and new vinyl

This oasis of greenery lives right in the heart of Broadbeach. Lining the park’s outskirts is a range of dining establishments including Cardamon Pod, MooMoo and Gemelli Italian.

This gem is hidden in Niecon Plaza just off Broadbeach Mall. Beatniks specialise in pre-owned and new vinyl catering to all music tastes and budgets. Drop in to thumb through the record range or check out the turntables, posters, t-shirts and memorabilia. Visit Niecon Plaza, 19 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach. (+61 7 5538 7665 facebook.com/ beatniksmusic).

Within the park is Andy Scott’s steel sculpture ‘Arabesque’, a powerful horse standing 3.5 metres tall, created as a response to erosion. Its form is made up of thousands of steel bars welded together. Visit Victoria Ave, Broadbeach.

In the heart of Victoria Park, Arabesque stands 3.5 metres tall

Mark’s tip: Nearby Niecon Plaza is a charming vintage carousel with over 120 years of history, now operated by Southport Rotary Club volunteers. Great for the kids and a photo!

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COMIC BOOK ‘Animals with Attitude’ sculpture, design by Kate Clark This colourful koala is wrapped in comic-inspired graphics bringing vibrancy to the seaside park. The sculpture also acts as a northern guardian to the park where the annual Supanova Superhero Parade commences. Visit Kurrawa Pratten Park, 155 Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach.

BROADBEACH LIBRARY Public library Broadbeach Library resides within one of the city’s most sustainable buildings. Its design principles reduce resource consumption while the striking walls that bookend the building pay homage to the Coast’s colourful history. Visit 61 Sunshine Blvd, Mermaid Waters. (+61 7 5581 1555 goldcoast.qld.gov.au). Mark’s tip: For comic lovers, the library has a great collection of illustrated novels to browse.

Above: The Lamb Shop’s specialty lamb shoulder with Greek sides


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BAVARIAN BIER CAFÉ Traditional German bar and restaurant The Oracle precinct is a global dining mecca serving up everything from Turkish to Japanese and of course, German fare at the Bavarian Bier Café. Beer from the homeland pours freely while schnitzels, sausages and pretzels fill tables for patrons craving hearty dishes cooked with classic German flavours. Visit Oracle Boulevard, 14 Charles Ave, Broadbeach. (+61 7 5512 0555 bavarianbiercafe.com). THREE BEANS CAFE Iconic local cafe One of the Coast’s longest standing cafes, Three Beans stands the test of time through consistency across quality coffee, food and service. Visit 13/90 Surf Pde Broadbeach. (+61 7 5538 8744 facebook. com/3beanscafe). Mark’s brew: double shot espresso. NOODLE BROADBEACH Asian noodle house Value is served in every bulging bowl of noodles at this bright and cheery Asian eatery. Visit Oracle Blvd, 6 Charles Ave, Broadbeach. (+61 7 5538 8787). Mark’s tip: Try the Satay Chicken Noodle Soup – or any of their soups really!

GOLD COAST CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE (GCCEC) Entertainment centre Synonymous with the area’s entertainment offering, GCCEC attracts a diverse mix of entertainers and events from Nick Cave through to the Supanova Pop Culture Expo. Visit 2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach. (+61 7 5504 4000 gccec.com.au). AT THE ENTRANCE OF GCCEC IS AN ICONIC GOLD COAST SEAL SCULPTURE THAT WAS ORIGINALLY LOCATED IN THE ONCE GRAND LENNONS BROADBEACH HOTEL. THE LAMB SHOP Traditional Greek souvlaki Book in advance and request their special lamb shoulder. Visit Oracle Boulevard, 14 Charles Ave, Broadbeach. (+61 7 5539 0973 thelambshop.com.au). HIDEAWAY KITCHEN AND BAR Southeast Asian eatery and bar Book a cozy booth inside lit by neon signage and graffiti filled walls painted by acclaimed artist, Jamie Cutpri. Visit 2657 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach. (+61 7 7 5679 0369 hideawaykitchen.com.au). 47


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A CELEBRATION OF THE COAST’S CULTURAL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

All year round the Gold Coast celebrates many exciting events that explore a broad brushstroke of arts and cultural endeavours from local maker-led markets to world-class entertainment acts and sporting spectacles.


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‘Tide Lines’ by Tessa Bergan created for SWELL Sculpture Festival 2015. Photo: Rowly Emmett Photography


The city’s unique cultural happenings are a reflection of its creative and innovative personality that moves to the beat of its own drum. From beach opera performances and sculptures emerging from buildings to free music festivals and sand sculpting championships, the diversity truly caters for all. As the city’s signature multi-arts event, the annual Bleach* Festival held in March/April uses natural landscapes and urban habitats as unconventional venues to present a sophisticated artistic program. It’s a powerhouse of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, outdoor events and much more, presenting the city in a new light to both local and international audiences. Also held annually in March is the outdoor In the Bin Film Festival featuring six short films, a feature film and student projects all screened under the stars at Currumbin. A mix of comedy, drama and action, this free event is a night of fun for all best enjoyed on a picnic blanket with some snacks for the show. The Currumbin-based SWELL Sculpture Festival is all about breaking down walls and placing large-scale sculpture in the coastal environment. Every September, 265,000 visitors descend on Currumbin Beach to soak up SWELL’s whimsical diversity and sharp comment amongst an outdoor gallery; all whilst flexing their creative muscle in artist talks and workshops.

One of the most iconic local music festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, stretches its soulful wings over four huge days and nights. Australian and international headline acts taking to stages in the streets of Broadbeach performing to over 100,000 fans who flock-in every May to enjoy this free, award-winning music celebration. The festival’s also a great springboard for homegrown talent to strut their stuff in front of larger audiences. Just like ‘Blues’, the wider Gold Coast community also supports a flourishing independent music scene that’s now officially recognised through the Gold Coast Music Awards. With prizes including performances at the hottest Aussie festivals and a winner’s trophy sculpted by local artist Dion Parker, uncovered acts such as PACES and Tijuana Cartel are now receiving international recognition out of a destination built on entertainment foundations. The daily inspiration that surrounds grassroots talent on the Coast and the support of a city that fuels a growing live music scene creates a fertile playing ground for passionate musicians pursuing their creative dreams.

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CULTURAL EVENTS TO ENJOY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

JAN A quieter month for the Coast with locals taking it easy and getting into the groove of the new year. FEB SAND SAFARI Surfers Paradise transforms through sand sculptures. MAR BLEACH* FESTIVAL The Gold Coast’s signature multi-arts festival. IN THE BIN FILM FESTIVAL Film festival featuring short and feature films alongside student projects screened under the stars at Currumbin. APR GLOW FESTIVAL Be illuminated by a myriad of lightbased installations and staged around Evandale Lake.

MAY BLUES ON BROADBEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL Australia’s largest, free blues music festival takes over the streets of Broadbeach. SUPANOVA POP CULTURE EXPO A celebration of all things pop culture. SURFERS PARADISE LIVE A diverse music festival showcasing an eclectic lineup of contemporary acts. JUN COOLY ROCKS ON Rockabilly and swing music, nostalgia stalls, hot rods and muscle cars. BROADBEACH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL Australian country talent performing on outdoor stages and in-venue. JUL VIVA SURFERS PARADISE Thousands o fans who idolise the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll dust off their blue suede shoes to enjoy this festival.


AUG GOLD COAST FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS A celebration of Chinese culture through light installations. SEP SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL Come face to face with awe-inspiring sculptures by local, national and international artists. COAST ACOUSTICS MUSIC FESTIVAL Enjoy folk, roots, bluegrass and singer/ songwriter music. OCT BUSKERS BY THE CREEK A mixed bag of sweet sounds and fabulous entertainment in an outdoor creek-side setting. OPERA IN THE PARK Spread your blanket and relax under the stars for an evening of opera and broadway performances. GLITTER FESTIVAL Arts festival that embraces diversity and encourages freedom of expression.

NOV RHYTHM OF THE BAY FESTIVAL An incredible lineup of the best talent in the Australian music industry set in the beautiful grounds at Harrigan’s Drift Inn (pg 15). GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE The doors of interesting, quirky and architecturally significant buildings and locations are opened to the public. SUNSHINE RENAULT BONJOUR FRENCH FESTIVAL Embrace all things French including cuisine, art, music, dancing and sports. DEC FESTIVE EVENTS A range of events take place throughout the city to celebrate the festive season. See moregoldcoast.com.au for more. THE GOLD COAST OFFERS AN ENDLESS VARIETY OF MARKETS THAT ARE GUARANTEED TO PLEASE. TO SEE WHAT'S ON VISIT MOREGOLDCOAST.COM.AU/ GOLD-COAST-MARKETS 53


The Mason Rack Band warming up the Surf Parade crowd at the annual Blues on Broadbeach Festival Image thanks to Broadbeach Alliance Gold Coast


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Mermaid to Nobby Beach CURATED BY REBECCA ROSS – ARTIST AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE WALLS ART SPACE


The community within Mermaid and Nobby Beach is flourishing. Hunkered down within its canals, side streets, fibro beach shacks and mega mansions is a creative hive buzzing with infectious activity. REBECCA SAYS This precinct... tastes like sea salt and icecold coconut water; smells like espresso and sunscreen. Did you know... Chairlift Avenue marks the site of the Nobby Beach chair lift that operated as part of the Magic Mountain amusement park during the 60s to 80s. Other Gold Coast creatives on the ‘gram… Michael Candy, artist @mcandy_

Curator and contemporary artist, Rebecca Ross, grew up in Mermaid Waters; its seaside streets holding many fond memories for her. The connection Rebecca has with the precinct made it the ideal place for her to establish and cultivate The Walls Art Space where she is Founder and Artistic Director. Through The Walls, she has the opportunity to influence positive changes to the Coast’s cultural scene by fostering local artist development while steadily perfecting her own practice. It’s safe to say that she has her finger firmly set on the pulse of the city’s cultural heart. From the communal energy of Miami Marketta to emerging gallery spaces and endless cafes, this diverse precinct offers a fresh breeze of daily inspiration. Rebecca likes to refer to the area as her ‘little haven of happiness’ and after spending some time here, it’s no secret as to why so many people aspire to live and play in this creatively driven community. Learn more about Rebecca and The Walls Art Space: web: thewalls.org.au instagram: @thewallsgc

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PROSE ART SPACE Emerging artist space Prose is a space designed by local artists, musicians, photographers, skaters, surfers and board shapers to develop and share their art. This rootsy hub is jam-packed with interesting areas including music recording zones and a showroom for locally shaped surfboards. See the Coast’s artistic culture in all its raw authenticity. Visit 6/18 Mountain View Ave, Miami. (+61 416 934 733 facebook.com/proseartspace). THE WALLS ART SPACE Contemporary art gallery The Walls Art Space exists as a hub of creative practice, critical dialogue and innovative thinking around contemporary art. A diverse annual events calendar includes curated exhibitions and works from the ‘artist in residence’ program. Visit 4/18 Mountain View Ave, Miami. (+61 405 103 255 thewalls.org.au).

REBECCA’S TIP: OPENING NIGHTS AT THE WALLS ARE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO MIX IT WITH EXHIBITING ARTISTS AND LOCAL CREATIVES. CHECK ONLINE FOR EXHIBITION DATES.

Detail of exhibition ‘All the Worlds’ by Ree Hegh at the Walls Art Space


MERMAID TO NOBBY BEACH ALFRED’S APARTMENT Menswear boutique, barber and courtyard diner Alfred’s is a one-stop-shop for all style savvy guys with a menswear boutique, barber and diner conveniently rolled into one. Grab a fresh cut then head outside to the alfresco diner for some brunch under the umbrellas. Be sure to check out the hand painted sign writing by creative duo Frank and Mimi. Visit 2389 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach. (+61 7 5575 2001 alfredsapartment.com).

AS COLOUR LOCATED NEXT DOOR TO ALLTIME COFFEE CO. IS A GREAT SPOT TO GRAB SOME BASIC THREADS WHILE ADMIRING THE IN-STORE MURAL BY LOCAL ARTIST KIEL TILLMAN.

ALL-TIME COFFEE CO. Coffee and doughnuts A bustling coffee shop that’s truly ‘all-time’. Tasty doughnuts are baked fresh daily (featuring flavours like fairy bread and salted caramel), with baristas brewing some of Mermaid’s smoothest coffee. The mural by artist Steen Jones is a vibrant throwback to old-skool tattoo art. Visit 1/2478 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach. (alltimecoffee.com.au). Rebecca’s brew: Cappuccino on coconut milk.

All-Time doughnuts are baked fresh daily including vegan editions


THE FARMHOUSE Workshops and theatre group A welcoming performance space inhabited by The Farm and Shock Therapy Productions. Both groups hold regular workshops and performances here. Visit 7/18 Mountain View Ave, Miami. (+61 7 5525 6468 thefarm.company). THE CAMBUS WALLACE Nautical themed bar Named after a historic ship that sank off the nearby coast in 1894, this rum bar follows a nautical theme encapsulated in a stormy mural painted by local artist, Dylan Quirk. Visit 14/2237 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach. (+61 7 5575 3240. thecambuswallace.com.au). ETSU IZAKAYA Modern Japanese izakya bar Grab a seat alongside the satirical comic book mural by local artist, Mark Wilson. Visit 2440 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach. (+61 7 5526 0944 etsu.com.au). EASY STREET DINER Classic American diner Try the ‘Royale with Cheese’, a humble cheeseburger that shines through its simplicity. Visit 12/2563 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach. (+61 7 5554 6542 easystreetdiner.com).

Situated between factories off the Gold Coast Hwy is 19 Karen, the Coast’s largest independent art gallery

EDITOR’S PICKS 19 KAREN CONTEMPORARY ARTSPACE Independent art gallery Visit 19 Karen Ave, Mermaid Beach. (+61 7 5554 5019 19karen.com.au). MIAMI MARKETTA Night markets, food and live music Visit 23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami. (+61 488 590 599 miamimarketta.com). HOLIDAY SNAP: HI (MIAMI HIGH) MIAMI STATE HIGH SCHOOL IS HOME TO A HERITAGE-LISTED, ICONIC SIGN BUILT IN 1979. THIS STRUCTURE IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE ‘FUN AND FANTASY’ PHASE OF GOLD COAST HISTORY. VISIBLE FROM THE GOLD COAST HWY AT MIAMI, CHECK IT OUT AND GRAB A SELFIE IN FRONT OF THE GIANT LETTERS.

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EXPERIENCE THE CITY’S BEST CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS ALL IN ONE DAY

FOR THE FAMILY 7AM THE SALT MILL The acai bowls come highly recommended. (+61 7 5525 7198) 8AM CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Get up close and personal with Australian wildlife. (cws.org.au) 11AM THE DUST TEMPLE Grab a coffee and check out the latest exhibition. (dusttemple.com.au) 12PM JAMES STREET, BURLEIGH HEADS This buzzing precinct hosts a range of cafes; plenty of family-friendly options. 1PM JELLURGAL CULTURAL CENTRE Kids will love having a go on a didgeridoo! (jellurgal.com.au)

4PM BROADWATER PARKLANDS Play on the bouncing pillow or check out public art pieces ‘Maddy and Mike’ (John Cox) and ‘Nervous System’ (John Tonkin); a sound/light emitting interactive sculpture. (moregoldcoast. com.au/lifestyle/fun-playgrounds) 6PM CHINATOWN Take your pick from restaurants on Davenport St and Nerang St. Adults and kids will love the Icy Snowflakes at Izakaya Ichi made from shaved frozen milk. (moregoldcoast.com.au/lifestyle/ chinatown-restaurants) 7PM G:LINK Kids will enjoy riding the G:link, it’s a fun way to see the Coast. Hop on at Nerang St station and snap a family photo by the nearby ‘Home’ mural. (ridetheg.com.au) Many thanks to local creative mums, Tess Guinery and Sharna Martorella, for their contributions to this fun-filled day out.


Left: Coffee and art at The Dust Temple; right ‘Maddy and Mike’ sculpture; bottom: ‘Home’ mural behind G:link station

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FOR THE CULTURE SEEKER

7AM CAFE D’BAR Enjoy a combination of art, views and breakfast in this restaurant come gallery and gift shop. (cafedbar.co) 9AM RETRO COOLANGATTA Find souvenirs at 20th Century Antiques and Collectables (pg 102) or embrace your inner rockabilly at RetroSheila, a store brimming with mid-century style clothing. (+61 488 075 879) 11AM MAVERICK HAIR & ART SPACE Check out the latest exhibition in this multipurpose space housing a gallery and hair salon (pg 101). 12PM THE PADDOCK BAKERY Graze from an enticing menu packed with freshly baked delights. (paddockbakery.com) 1PM MOUNTAIN VIEW AVE Discover The Walls Art Space, Prose Art Space and The Farmhouse clustered in warehouses along this culture-packed avenue (pg 59–61).

3PM THE BORROWED NURSERY A beautiful garden adventure awaits in this cool green space housing all kinds of plants and bespoke homewares. (theborrowednursery.com.au) 4PM 19 KAREN CONTEMPORARY ARTSPACE Browse the Coast’s biggest independent art gallery featuring works from emerging and established artists. (19karen.com.au) 5PM SANDBAR Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Sandbar is the ideal people watching spot for an afternoon drink. (facebook.com/sandbargc) 7PM NIGHTQUARTER Wrap up the day by enjoying food, drink and music with 60+ specialty vendors to choose from. (nightquarter.com.au) Many thanks to Virgina Rigney for her valuable input into creating this wonderful itinerary.

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Robina, Varsity and surrounds CURATED BY CHRIS KNAPP – ARCHITECT, MAKER AND EDUCATOR


Welcome to the Gold Coast’s hub of entrepreneurship and education where the coastline, concrete and greenery intersect. CHRIS SAYS This precinct... tastes like strong coffee with a hint of melaleuca; smells like a blend of summer heat, freshwater lakes and teen spirit. Did you know... Varsity Lakes and Robina are commonly referred to as the Silicon Valley of the Gold Coast; an evolving hub of innovation. Other Gold Coast creatives on the ‘gram… Kody Rankin, film-maker @roamfilms Anne Mossman, ceramic artist @annemossman

With the tremendous opportunities and an excellent lifestyle offered here, architect and educator, Chris Knapp, feels anything is possible in this innovative precinct. Chris wears many hats but is best known for his role as a Director of Studio Workshop (a design and fabrication studio based in Mermaid Beach) and for his work as Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Bond University Abedian School of Architecture. Whatever he’s working on, Chris is guided by an altruistic motivation to improve the collective environment. Chris suggests starting the morning in this pretty, lakeside precinct with a locally roasted coffee. When the sun goes down, laugh the night away with stand-up comedians. In the Robina, Varsity and surrounds precinct, the innovative spirit the Gold Coast is alive and well for culture enthusiasts to behold. Learn more about Chris and Studio Workshop: web: studioworkshop.com.au instagram: @studioworkshop

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CHRIS SHARES HIS FAVOURITE EXPERIENCES AROUND THE ROBINA, VARSITY AND SURROUNDS PRECINCT

ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES Free public lectures Be inspired by leading local and international practitioners and academics from the architectural world. These regular lectures are free and held in the Abedian School of Architecture building, an inspiration in itself. Designed by renowned architects CRAB Studios, it features a floating mezzanine, spiral staircases and internal ‘streets’ designed to stimulate contemporary learning. Visit 14 University Dr, Robina. (+61 7 5595 2196 architecture.bond.edu.au). Chris’ tip: Also held at the university is ‘Live at Bond’ featuring a delicious selection of street food, ice-cold beverages and free live music from the afternoon into the twilight hours. (facebook.com/LiveatBond). CARRARA MARKETS Huge outdoor marketplace On the hunt for some last minute gifts? With over 400 stalls, Carrara Markets has all bases covered. Held every weekend, it’s a treasure trove of handmade, imported and second-hand goods that meander through alleyways as far as the eye can see. Visit Cnr Gooding Dr and Manchester Rd, Carrara. (+61 7 5579 9388 carraramarkets.com.au).

The Abedian School of Architecture building was designed to stimulate contemporary learning

Chris’ tip: Bargain hunters should plan to visit on the first or third Sunday of the month to rummage through the car boot sale.

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The Blackboard Specialty Coffee logo is well-known amongst Gold Coast locals

THE SPOTLIGHT THEATRICAL COMPANY Live theatre company The Spotlight Theatrical Company has been producing shows for over 60 years and continues to entertain sold out audiences weekly. One of the Coast’s best kept secrets, the company is proud to act as a launching pad for youth and community talent looking to hone their performance skills. Visit 185-187 Ashmore Rd, Benowa. (Tickets: +61 7 5539 4255 spotlighttheatre.com.au).

BLACKBOARD SPECIALTY COFFEE Premium coffee and cafe Blackboard Specialty Coffee exists because of a simple wish to start the day with a good coffee – and how that wish has grown! Since opening, Blackboard has expanded their open-plan cafe into neighbouring premises and recently collaborated with the Coast’s (and Chris’) own Studio Workshop to give the space a new look. Visit 7/240 Varsity Pde, Varsity Lakes. (+61 7 5575 7538 blackboardcoffee.com.au). Chris’ brew: Large soy flat white.


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BASED COMEDY OPEN MIC NIGHTS Free comedy night The Dog and Parrot is a popular watering hole with Robina locals who love a good laugh at their open mic comedy nights. Some of Australia’s best amateur and professional standup comedians take to the stage to get audiences’ sides splitting. Visit 2–6 Scottsdale Dr, Robina. (+61 7 5575 7955 dogandparrot.com.au). Chris’ tip: There’s always an eclectic mix of comedic styles, so check the weekly line up on Facebook to see what’s on offer. THE LOTT URBAN DINING AND ESPRESSO BAR Industrial style coffee bar

Visit 4/217 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina. (+61 7 5593 0388). TABOON MODERN MIDDLE EASTERN CAFE Traditional Middle Eastern cuisine

Visit 514 Christine Ave, Robina. (+61 7 5562 5005 taboon.com.au). Chris’ tip: Call ahead to enjoy the ‘create your own banquet’ experience.

EDITOR’S PICKS

GOLD COAST POTTERS ASSOCIATION Pottery classes and events

Visit 173 Ashmore Rd, Benowa. (+61 7 5539 2502 goldcoastpotters.com). THE KITCHENS Food marketplace at Robina Town Centre

Visit Robina Town Centre Dr, Robina. (+61 7 5575 0481 robinatowncentre. com.au/the-kitchens). ROBINA COMMUNITY CENTRE Community centre and gallery Look up the gallery’s annual exhibition program or try a class at the community centre such as belly dancing or Krav Maga. Visit 196 Robina Town Centre Dr, Robina. (+61 7 5567 5986 goldcoast.qld.gov.au).

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Burleigh Heads and Surrounds CURATED BY SEAN SCOTT – PHOTOGRAPHER AND EXPLORER


Both energetic and relaxed; buzzing cafes, bars and stores contrast with the serene walking tracks that wrap the headland and iconic surf break. This is Burleigh Heads and surrounds. SEAN SAYS This precinct... tastes like grilled fish with parsley and lemon; smells like salty air and neoprene. Did you know... Aboriginal people refer to Burleigh Headland as Jellurgul with its rock formations created by Jabreen, an important ancestral figure. Other Gold Coast creatives on the ‘gram… Michael Crawley, director @valleyeyewear Claudio Kirac, artist @claudiokirac

For one of Australia’s most prolific nature and landscape photographers, Sean Scott, Burleigh’s landscape provides picturesque backdrops for his image making. Sean’s a self-taught photographer whose career began on a family holiday to Tasmania where he bought a basic second hand camera and began experimenting. For Sean, being able to capture a moment the way he experienced it and then share it with the world was truly exhilarating. Nature continually inspires Sean to explore locations around the globe, but lucky for him, he doesn’t have to venture too far with some of the greatest landscapes right on his doorstep. Of all its wonders, Burleigh’s most famous for its pumping waves and in more recent times, its growing reputation as an entertainment and culinary hotspot. Buzzing right off the beach is a diverse selection of cafes and dining establishments to suit all tastes. After sampling some of the local fare, walk it off on the stunning headland trail. Take a note out of Sean’s book and don’t forget the camera! Learn more about Sean and his photography: web: seanscottphotography.com.au instagram: @seanscottphotography 77


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WAREHOUSE NO.5 Creative events and workshops Inconspicuously located at the back of a Burleigh Heads industrial complex sits a modern venue where creative types connect and workshop. Known as an epicentre for professional development and creative exploration, WAREHOUSE No.5 has an awesome calendar of happenings all year round. Keep an eye on their website for more. Visit 5/87 W Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads. (+61 402 833 313 warehouseno5.com.au). NOOK ESPRESSO Hole-in-the-wall espresso bar This aptly-named espresso bar is a hit with the locals. Minimal seating is hardly an issue here as the grassy knolls are just perfect to sit and sip while watching local surfers tear it up! Visit 43 Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads. (+61 7 5508 2327 nookespresso.com.au).

WAREHOUSE NO.5’s relaxed feel makes it an ideal space for creative events

Sean’s brew: Soy latte. NEARBY IS A MURAL OF MP (MICHAEL PETERSON), ONE OF THE GREAT SURFERS OF THE 70s. APPEARING AFTER HIS DEATH, IT CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF A FRAGILE YET BRILLIANT MAN. 79


BURLEIGH HEADS AND SURROUNDS JUSTIN LANE ESTABLISHMENT Modern Italian restaurant and rooftop bar From a quiet arcade to one of the city’s most popular venues, Justin Lane is now an Italian favourite. The restaurant and rooftop bar gives patrons a variety of atmospheres to choose from – beach views are complimentary. Find fun signage throughout designed by local artist Claudio Kirac. Visit 1708 – 1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads. (+61 7 5576 8517 justinlane.com.au).

Diners enjoy an Italian feast and ocean views on the Justin Lane rooftop (image thanks to Janaka Photography)

THE LITTLE PLATE Multinational share plate restaurant Indulge in a fusion of fresh cuisine from around the globe with menu options and flavours as diverse as the dishes’ authentic origins. Social dining done well. Visit 3 Deodar Dr, Burleigh Heads. (+61 499 724 303).

SEAN SCOTT GALLERY Ocean inspired photographic gallery A shrine to the ocean, Sean’s gallery showcases his photographic work alongside a range of ocean-centric surf goodies. Visit 21C James St, Burleigh Heads. (+61 7 5659 1212 seanscottphotography.com.au).

PICNIC TIME! BURLEIGH POINT OFFERS ONE OF THE COAST’S BEST OCEAN LOOKOUTS AND PLAYS HOST AS A POPULAR PICNIC SPOT. GRAB A FRESH CATCH OF FISH ’N’ CHIPS FROM THE FISHMONGER (EST. 1948). HANG AROUND TILL DARK ON A SUNDAY TO GET A GROOVE ON WITH BONGO DRUMMERS AND FIRE TWIRLERS WHO CONGREGATE HERE WEEKLY TO CREATE BURLEIGH’S TRIBAL BEATS.


The Village Markets is a treasure trove of goods from Gold Coast makers and labels

EDITOR’S PICKS JIMMY WAHS Modern Vietnamese cuisine While here, view a detailed mural of Jimmy Wah hand-painted by local artist, Mark Wilson. Visit 1724 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads. (+61 7 5659 1180 jimmywahs.com.au).

MORE BEER? NEARBY BURLEIGH BREWING CO. OFFERS A GREAT SELECTION OF BEERS BREWED FROM THEIR TAPHOUSE AT 2 ERN HARLEY DR, BURLEIGH HEADS. BREEZEBLOCK LONGBOARD Sculpture by Mike Taylor

Visit 750 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads. (Dates: thevillagemarkets.co).

Featured in Sydney’s Sculpture by the Sea, this piece speaks of Australia’s love of surf and beach culture coexisting with urban life. Visit Mowbray Park, Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads.

BLACK HOPS BREWING Craft brewery and bar

COMMUNE CAFE Vintage-style organic cafe

Visit 15 Gardenia Gr, Burleigh Heads (blackhops.com.au).

Visit 1844 Lower Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads. (+61 7 5520 3377).

THE VILLAGE MARKETS Fashion and lifestyle markets

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Palm Beach to Currumbin

CURATED BY HEIDI BARTHOLOMEW – INSPIRED GOLD COAST SPIRIT AND FOUNDER OF THE SUNLOUNGE


Some places just ooze soul effortlessly. This precinct is a seamless integration between natural beauty and urban ‘nowness’ invoking one to slow down, take a breath and realise that life’s pretty good. HEIDI SAYS This precinct... tastes like a salty lime margarita; smells like the cool sea breeze with a smack of sunshine. Did you know... Word has it, the iconic Elephant Rock peeled off a right hand wave ‘back in the day’ before the groyne was built. Other Gold Coast creatives on the ‘gram… Sharna Martorella, designer @pen_friend Louise Bezzina, artistic director @bleachfestival

Sprawling beaches, grassy foreshores and crystal waterways weave a picturesque tapestry here that’s complemented by a thriving creative community and an eclectic cafe, dining and festival scene; an amazing surf break too! The area is also home to local product designer, Heidi Bartholomew, who spends her days alongside the shores of the Pacific searching for coastal inspiration to fuel her creative flame. Growing up on the Gold Coast has shaped Heidi’s fresh creative approach. After working for homegrown surf icon Billabong for over 18 years, Heidi and partner Jim Pierce established The SunLounge, an eclectic treasure trove of vintage and modern coastal-themed home decor. Although it’s possible to spend your time immersed in all of the natural wonders offered by the area, there’s so much more to see and do. From crafts workshops to live music and the annual SWELL Sculpture Festival (pg 50–51), the Palm Beach to Currumbin precinct is sure to bring out the culture lover in everyone. Learn more about Heidi and The SunLounge:: web: sunloungecollection.com.au instagram: @thesunlounge 83


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DUST TEMPLE Creative hub, gallery, cafe

SPIKEXX ESPRESSO Cafe featuring great artwork

Everyone likes a place that makes them feel like they’re sitting on the fringe of contemporary cool. Such is the vibe at Dust Temple, a warehouse space that’s home to Hinge Gallery, a cafe and an artist in residence studio. Visit 54 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters. (+61 424 694 153 dusttemple.com.au).

This spot is a tribute to Jimi Hendrix and killer coffee, evident in its epic mural of Jimi gracing the wall. Visit 1063 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach. (+61 7 5534 7009 spikexx.com).

Heidi’s tip: Check out the Alternator Poetry Nights, they’re pretty special.

Heidi’s brew: Soy flat white with honey.

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OPPOSITE THE CRAFT PARLOUR IS THE COLLECTIVE, A HAPPENING DINING PLAYGROUND OFFERING FIVE RESTAURANTS, ROOFTOP BAR, COOL MURALS AND POP UP VENDORS. VISIT WITH A GROUP AS EVERYONE CAN ORDER THEIR CUISINE PREFERENCE FROM ONE OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS AND ALL EAT AT THE SAME TABLE - PRETTY COOL! VISIT 1128 GOLD COAST HWY, PALM BEACH (+61 7 5613 0045).

LESTER & EARL American style dining Smoked meats and craft beers transport diners to America’s deep south in this 50s saloon style eatery. An authentic fit out makes for a memorable experience, right down to the Marlboro Man mural greeting guests on arrival. Visit 1097 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach. (+61 7 5598 2889 facebook.com/ LesterandEarl).

HIDDEN BY GROOVE CAFE 1920s style bar This ‘hidden’ bar is very 1920s in theme with Banksy inspired art also thrown in the mix. Enjoy modern dishes, an extensive wine list and local live music. Visit 455 Golden Four Dr, Tugun. (+61 7 5534 1190 hiddengroove.com). THE CRAFT PARLOUR Craft workshop space Unleash the imagination in craftiness classes. Try knitting, leather work, chalkboard typography and more. Regular classes – book ahead. Visit 1059 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach. (Bookings required +61 422 700 941 thecraftparlour.com.au).

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8TH AVE TERRACE Hampton-style restaurant 31/1176 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach (+61 7 5534 6912 8thaveterrace.com.au). ELEPHANT ROCK CAFE Casual Modern Australian dining Visit 776 Pacific Pde, Currumbin. (+61 7 5598 2133 elephantrock.com.au). GOODNESS GRACIAS Mexican kitchen Visit 1a/1114–1116 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach. (+61 7 5598 3128 goodnessgracias.com.au). SUN SPIRIT Bronze sculpture by Frank Miles Visit Currumbin beachfront. PELICANS Sculpture by Richard Moffat Visit Winders Park, Currumbin.

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Currumbin Valley and Surrounds CURATED BY TIM BAKER – WRITER AND LOVER OF THE NATURAL WORLD


With its rugged and spectacular terrains, the hinterland is an unspoilt labyrinth of adventure. For a nature-loving writer like Tim Baker, the area is also an ideal place to call home. TIM SAYS This precinct... tastes like the first bite of a crisp green apple; smells like a combination of pine needles and wild flowers. Did you know... The Gold Coast is one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia. Other Gold Coast creatives on the ‘gram… Ted Grambeau, photographer @tedgrambeau

Although Tim had intended to study forestry and agricultural science, he decided to pursue a writing career inspired by the accolades he received for his writing during high school. Now residing in Currumbin Valley, what he believes to be the best the Coast has to offer is easily accessible; rolling waves to the east and the majestic rainforest to the west. As a best-selling author of eight surfrelated books including ‘Bustin’ Down The Door’, Tim has been awarded the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Culture Award – not once or twice, but three times! Looking to the future, he’s planning exciting collaborations with Bleach* Festival while continuing to write books that encapsulate the surf culture he knows so well. Take time out here and allow yourself to be inspired by a mixture of history and natural treasures at their best. Learn more about Tim and read his writing: web: bytimbaker.com

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TIM SHARES HIS FAVOURITE EXPERIENCES AROUND THE CURRUMBIN VALLEY AND SURROUNDS PRECINCT

GREENBIRD GALLERY Crafty gift shop Uncover a unique collection of locally crafted products made using sustainable methods. A haven for botanically-inspired gifts, cast your eyes over funky jewellery, ceramics, leather goods, candles, condiments and more. Visit 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley. (+61 402 304 770). Tim’s tip: The gallery is located within The Three Figs Cafe, a great pit-stop for a snack, coffee and a chat.

CURRUMBIN VALLEY ROCK POOL CAFÉ AND GALLERY Cafe and art gallery This quaint cafe is a real gem, hidden amongst the deep green of Currumbin Valley. Enjoy coffee and simple meals that offers a welcoming break from hiking the tracks or bathing in the cool rock pools nearby. An ever-changing collection of local artworks rotates within the cafe making for a fresh experience for those who like to visit often. Visit 1206 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley. (+61 7 5534 0464 facebook.com/ currumbinvalleyrockpoolcafe). Tim’s brew: Golden Milky – turmeric and almond milk.

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FREEMAN’S ORGANIC FARM Organic farm experience, food and entertainment Arthur Freeman was a pioneer of the Australian banana industry, establishing this farm in 1915. A visit here provides the opportunity to purchase farm-fresh seasonal produce. On weekends, Farmer David conducts guided tours for guests to sample their organic food with the added bonus of relaxing ‘ranch style’ to the smooth sounds of local musicians. Visit 618 Tomewin Mountain Rd, Currumbin Valley. (+61 7 438 777 763 freemansorganicfarm.com.au). Tim’s tip: Foodies may also like to drop by the nearby farm, Currumbin Valley Harvest, for a tea break by the banks of the creek.

The Natural Bridge situated within Springbrook National Park. Photo by Samuel Lindsay for City of Gold Coast


MOUNT COUGAL NATIONAL PARK Pristine rainforest

SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK World Heritage Listed National Park

Retreat from the city hustle and bustle and enjoy a picnic at the scenic Cougal Cascades. Take a scenic walk along the track to the rock pools or admire the restored historical 1940s sawmill. Visit Springbrook Rd, Springbrook. (137 468 visitgoldcoast.com.au).

Spectacular waterfalls, cascading rock pools, rainforest walks, scenic lookouts and an abundance of wildlife are all on offer in this World Heritage Listed National Park. Check out the Natural Bridge and Purling Brook Falls. Visit Springbrook Rd, Springbrook. (137 468 visitgoldcoast.com.au).

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ONE ROOF EATERY Progressive cafe Sample a spontaneous menu featuring seasonal produce. Local produce and crafts are also on sale. Visit Cnr Railway St and Swan Ln, Mudgeeraba. (+61 7 5530 7762 facebook.com/oneroofeatery). THE OUTPOST CAFE Legendary homemade pies Now famous for hearty meat pies cooked daily, the site was originally built in 1946 as a small outpost to service the Canungra Army Barracks. Visit 44 Christie St, Canungra (+ 61 7 5543 5283 theoutpostcafe.com.au). VENTURE TO THE SCENIC RIM AND DISCOVER GOAT TRACK THEATRE. BOOK A SHOW AND BE IMMERSED IN A DARING THEATRE EXPERIENCE.

GOLD COAST HINTERLAND HERITAGE MUSEUM INC. 19–20th Century historic artifacts, furniture and memorabilia. Visit 238 Mudgeeraba Rd, Mudgeeraba. (+61 7 5559 1457 gchheritagemuseum.org.au). WALLABY HOTEL Heritage listed hotel A taste of Gold Coast history boasting a large bar, family friendly bistro and live music. Visit 45 Railway St, Mudgeeraba. (+61 7 5530 5600 wallabyhotel.com.au). LIGHT HORSE MUSEUM Museum dedicated to the history of the Australian Light Horse Regiment

Visit 8 Worongary Rd, Mudgeeraba. (+61 418 157 230 mlhmuseum.com.au).

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Tugun to Coolangatta CURATED BY BYRON COATHUP – MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST AND LOVER OF ALL THINGS ‘SURF’


Tucked away on the south-east end of the Gold Coast, the Tugun to Coolangatta (Cooly) precinct serves as an iconic gateway between QLD and NSW. BYRON SAYS This precinct... tastes like a zesty lemon, lime and bitters; smells like fresh summer fruits and salty air. Did you know... Coolangatta was the set location for the Australian movie blockbuster ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ with the screen title of Porpoise Spit. Other Gold Coast creatives on the ‘gram… Leah Bartholomew, artist @leahbartholomew Spencer Shakespeare, artist @spencershakespeare

A surfing mecca and cultural honeypot, this eclectic precinct is home to dynamic Coast entrepreneur, Byron Coathup. Having studied visual art at the Queensland College of Art and pursing further design studies, Byron’s in his element when he’s fusing art, design and business; something he does well in his creative venture, Maverick Hair & Art Space. He feels most at home among the Norfolk Pine lined beaches of Cooly, where he enjoys living creatively among a flourishing community of young professionals. In addition to hosting many world class events such as the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro’s, the area is known as the birthplace for the city’s iconic Bleach* Festival. It was also the original Gold Coast holiday destination back in the 1800s with its old-school nostalgic charm still remaining today, even as the city evolves. Spend a day in this relaxed area rummaging through vintage stores, enjoying the sounds of local musicians in cool bars or simply watching the waves roll into the legendary Superbank and Kirra Groyne. You may even catch a glimpse of some surfing legends. Learn more about Byron and Maverick Hair & Art Space: web: www.maverick.net.au instagram: @maverick.gc 99


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BYRON SHARES HIS FAVOURITE EXPERIENCES AROUND THE TUGUN TO COOLANGATTA PRECINCT

FOUND FURNITURE Quality Danish goods

MAVERICK HAIR & ART SPACE Hair salon and art gallery

A total interior design fix: retro furniture, funky lamps, prints and more fill this retail space, most of which of which has been restored to original condition. Visit 2/471 Golden Four Dr, Tugun. (+ 61 7 5534 7628 foundfurniture.com.au).

This multi-purpose space fuses a love of artwork, books and hairdressing. More than just a cut, clients get the added bonus of a gallery experience to encourage visitors to embrace their creative inner maverick. Visit First Floor, 1/17 Griffith St, Coolangatta. (+61 7 5599 3366 www.maverick.net.au).

Byron’s tip: Drop by Tugun Fruit and Flowers next door and surprise a loved one.

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The vibrant work of local artist, Leah Bartholomew greets visitors on arrival at Maverick Hair & Art Space

20TH CENTURY ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES Dance hall turned antiques store

GOOD DAY COFFEE Highway cafe/great pitstop

A maze of collectibles including homewares, jewellery, fashion, toys, art, vintage surf and hot rod paraphernalia all crammed into this spectacular visual feast! A great souvenir can be found here Gold Coast nostalgia pieces scattered throughout the masses of stock.

A good day starts with a great coffee! The modern and minimalist fit out is reflective of the simple sincerity of the coffee brewed and light meals served. Visit 2/476 Gold Coast Hwy, Tugun. (+61 411 059 334 instagram. com/gooddaycoffee).

In a previous life, the store was known as the Jazzland Dance Hall and played a major role in the social life of the area. It opened in 1933 and operated as a ballroom until 1951, proving to be popular with locals and American soldiers based at Tweed Heads during World War II. Visit 33 McLean St, Coolangatta. (+61 7 5536 8848 facebook. com/20thCenturyAntiques). Byron’s tip: Check out Archer & Archer’s cube.

Byron’s brew: Latte with honey.


ACCORDING TO GOLD COAST CHIEF LIFEGUARD, WARREN YOUNG, THERE’S A WELL KNOWN BOULDER THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN RECOGNISED AS BEING FROG-SHAPED. LOCALS CALL IT ‘FROGGY’S’ AND IT WAS FIRST PAINTED AS ONE IN THE 80S BY BILLY RACK; A WELL KNOWN LOCAL WHO RAN GREENMOUNT BEACH HIRE.

CAFE D’BAR Cafe, art gallery and gift store What was once a humble fish’n’chips shop atop Point Danger is now a happening restaurant, gallery, gift store and events venue. Situated in a 1920s Queenslander home, this scenic gem offers seaside inspired pieces and premium homewares crafted by both locals and acclaimed designers. Visit 275 Boundary St, Coolangatta. (+61 7 5599 2031 cafedbar.com.au). Byron’s tip : Grab a seat in the top dining area and enjoy some whale watching at the right time of the year.

ROCKLEIGH CAFÉ Modern cafe with a homely feel Named after a local dairy farm this cafe uses the freshest produce and supports local suppliers. Visit 112 Griffith St, Coolangatta. (+61 7 5599 1745 rockleighcafe.com). EDDIE’S GRUB HOUSE Rock ‘n’ roll bar and burgers 171 Griffith St, Coolangatta. (+61 7 5599 2177 eddiesgrubhouse.com). CAFE 28 AT BOARDRIDERS Beachside cafe, bar and music Catch live performances by local musicians on weekends. Visit 72–80 Marine Pde, Coolangatta. (+61 7 5599 2356 quiksilver.com.au/blog/ boardriders-coolangatta). TUPE-ALOHA Hawaiian/Caribbean bar Visit 1/1 Cnr Musgrave St and Douglas St, Coolangatta. (+61 7 5536 4870 facebook.com/ TupeAloha). Byron’s tip: Beware the Zombie Cocktail, it’s dangerously delicious! LA COSTA MOTEL Classic beachside motel Visit 127 Golden Four Dr, Bilinga. (+61 7 5599 2149 lacostamotel.com.au).

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Left: Craig Medson’s Kirra Sea Eagle; right: Coolangatta’s Rainbow Bay

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More?

Looking for more local culture to check out? The following spots are well worth a visit.

NORTHERN GOLD COAST WHISTLE STOP Restaurant and meeting place Visit 88 Old Pacific Hwy, Pimpama (+61 7 5547 5255). THE ISLANDS BLACK SHEEP BISTRO Thoughtful, sustainable food Visit Shop 2/108 Old Pacific Hwy, Oxenford (+61 7 5556 0909). CBD & SURROUNDS LEFT BANK GALLERY Picture framer and gallery space Visit 32/19 Warehouse Rd, Southport (+61 7 5532 0788). SURFERS PARADISE & SURROUNDS THE ISLAND ROOFTOP Rooftop bar Visit 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise (+61 7 5538 8000).

BROADBEACH ELK ESPRESSO Food in an arty space Visit 16 Chelsea Ave, Broadbeach (+61 7 5592 2888). SOCIETY OF FLORIDA Relaxed cafe Visit 1/1 Naranga Ave, Broadbeach Waters (+61 7 5570 1645). MERMAID TO NOBBY BEACH THE BORROWED NURSERY Garden adventure Visit 42–44 Cronulla Ave, Mermaid Beach (+61 402 603 430). KOKO COFFEE ROASTERS Small batch boutique coffee roaster Visit 17 Karen Ave, Mermaid Beach (+61 7 400 205 096). PRECINCT SKATE SHOP Skateboards, apparel and more Visit 2/252–2533 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach (+61 7 5526 1919). SKULL & BONES ESPRESSO Epic bagels Visit 2577 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach (+61 414 187 711).


ROBINA, VARSITY LAKES & SURROUNDS EUPHORIA ESPRESSO Coffee and delish doughnuts Visit 105/137 Laver Dr, Robina (+61 7 5562 5388). BEAR ESPRESSO Speciality coffee and fancy eats Visit 6 Energy Cct, Robina (+61 7 5613 0045). BURLEIGH HEADS & SURROUNDS CANTEEN COFFEE AND KITCHEN Coffee and Middle Eastern meals Visit 23 Park Ave, Burleigh Heads (+61 7 5534 3877). LOCKWOOD BAR Speakeasy inspired bar (hint: red door) Visit Justin Ln, Burleigh Heads. VILLAGE STORE Homewares and interior inspiration Visit 1/50 James St, Burleigh Heads (+61 7 5520 3222). PALM BEACH TO CURRUMBIN BALTER BREWING COMPANY Beer tasting and brew house Visit 14 Traders Way, Currumbin (+61 7 5525 6916). BALBOA ITALIAN Italy on the Gold Coast Visit 1069 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach (+61 7 5659 2282).

IRON AND RESIN GARAGE Motorcycle lifestyle goods Visit 6 Stewart Rd, Currumbin Waters (+61 7 5659 2166). MR BENGEL Light, bright cafe Visit 1099 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach. CURRUMBIN VALLEY & SURROUNDS ADVANCETOWN HOTEL Bar, restaurant and entertainment Visit 402 Nerang Murwillumbah Rd, Advancetown (+61 7 5533 2222). TUGUN TO COOLANGATTA BACKBONE BAR AND KITCHEN Craft Beer, Bao and Dumplings Visit 489 Gold Coast Hwy, Tugun (walk-ins only). CAPTAIN HOOK’S SEAFOOD Best calamari on the Coast Visit 451A Golden Four Dr, Tugun (+61 7 5534 7600). MERVYN ROY’S Winner of the Australian Good Food Guide Readers’ Choice for best coffee Visit 169 Golden Four Dr, Bilinga (+61 7 5599 4550). SUNSHINE THAI Traditional Thai restaurant Visit 152 Griffith St, Coolangatta (+61 7 5599 444).

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Left: detail at Kira & Kira featuring artwork by Tania Blanchard; right: detail of mural at Balter Brewing Company by Frank & Mimi


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Left: detail at Mermaid Beach; right: detail of original artwork by Marty Baptist at Precinct Skate Shop


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Online –

A handful of useful links to help plan cultural adventures throughout the Gold Coast.

EXPLORE

TRANSPORT

MORE GOLD COAST An insider’s guide to the Coast moregoldcoast.com.au

G:LINK Gold Coast light rail system ridetheg.com.au

METROPOLIST GOLD COAST Food, drink, design and travel metropolist.com.au/goldcoast

TRANSLINK Public transport including bus routes translink.com.au

THE WEEKEND EDITION GOLD COAST Latest openings, what’s on and more theweekendedition.com.au/gold-coast/

GOLD COAST AIRPORT Arrivals and departures goldcoastairport.com.au

BLANK MAGAZINE Cultural street press blankgc.com.au

CYCLING AND BIKE PATHS Information on the city’s bikeways goldcoast.qld.gov.au/thegoldcoast/ cycling-bikeways-312.html

EVENTS AND VENUES BLEACH FESTIVAL Multi-arts festival bleachfestival.com.au SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL Beachside sculpture festival swellsculpture.com.au EVENTS moregoldcoast.com.au/events MARKETS moregoldcoast.com.au/markets

INFORMATION THE ARTS CENTRE GOLD COAST The Gold Coast’s premier culture centre theartscentregc.com.au CITY OF GOLD COAST The city’s official website goldcoast.qld.gov.au VISIT GOLD COAST Information on accommodation, deals and attractions visitgoldcoast.com


Original City of Gold Coast boundary sign located on the QLD and NSW border

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The sun setting over the picturesque Gold Coast Hinterland


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Credits – This guidebook is proudly presented by Art-Work Agency, a multidisciplinary creative agency that calls the Gold Coast home. A massive thanks to the many people who made this project possible.

Proudly supported by City of Gold Coast. Cultural Concierges for sharing their unique insight. Thanks to Emily, Robby X, Brandon, Sally, Mark, Rebecca, Chris, Sean, Heidi, Tim and Byron. Art-Work Agency team for their dedication and hard work. Claudio Kirac Creative direction and photography. Laura Strange Design, content and project management. Paul Bow Accounts and hustling. Sarah Huston Content and copywriting. Richard Edmiston Copywriting. Katie Ford and Charlie Strong Design support. Local community advocates for being a sounding board for ideas. Thanks to Mitchell McCluskey, Peta Fielding and Kate McDonald.

Information is correct at time of printing and is subject to change. If you’re planning a visit to a spot mentioned within this book, call ahead to avoid disappointment.


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Cultural Concierge – a curated collection of the Gold Coast  

Cultural Concierge – a curated collection of the Gold Coast