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When it comes to culture, the Gold Coast gets a pretty bad rap. Mainly because some people are of the opinion that we are lacking considerably in that area. I beg to differ. Many a heated argument has been had with out-of-towners and I am embarrassed to say, a few locals, about the lack of substance our seaside city emits. It has always been our goal at Gold Coast Magazine to showcase the very best our region has to offer; this city brimming with cultural vibrancy, a hub of creativity if you like. We want you to discover for yourself what many of the locals have known for years; the café nooks, festivals, boutiques, markets, art galleries, community initiatives and restaurants that form a very important part of what is essentially the Gold Coast’s own cultural flavour. It is the very essence of what makes our city tick, it’s our identity, our history and an indication of where we are going in the future. I found four locals who are just as passionate about this issue as I am. See what they had to say in The Cultural Commentary on page 16. Also in this issue, we have everything you need to get ready for Spring including the latest looks from Robina Town Centre featuring model of the moment, Krystal Ford (see page 32). There is also the Melbourne Cup Venues Guide (see page 100) incase you haven’t secured your seat for the big day, and a slimming and spa feature (see page 64) so you can indulge in a little rejuvenation and pampering. You will not want to miss the exciting competitions we have up for grabs in this issue either, including a weekend away at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, a $1000 Spring wardrobe from No. 1 at Island Emporium and a Melbourne Cup package for the big event at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa.

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Finally, it is with a heavy heart that I hang up my editor’s hat this issue. After six years with the publication and 25 issues as editor, I am leaving my position to embark on my next journey, motherhood. I have loved every minute of my time with GCM and feel truly privileged to have been instrumental in the creation of what it is today. Enjoy,

and the GCM team Aimee Ley, editor.

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b ehind the scenes This issue of GCM has been one of our favourites to put together, mainly because we had the pleasure of being on set for the two fabulous shoots gracing the pages.They couldn’t have been more different; the urban art precinct of Rabbit + Cocoon in Miami provided the perfect setting for The Cultural Commentary shoot, whereas mother nature gave us an exquisite canvas for our Spring cover and fashion shoot on a stunning property at Mooball. The group we had assembled to comment on the state of culture on the Gold Coast was amazing. Each is an individual with unique ideas about what makes our city great. Their musings can be found on page 16.Thank you to the team at Rabbit + Cocoon for allowing us to utilise their truly unique space. With the arrival of a new season we wanted to inspire you with a cover that evoked feelings of euphoria and excitement. It took hours of searching to find the perfect location however, we finally found a rural vista lined with purple blooming trees on the long stretch of road to Byron Bay.With the sun on our backs and the beautiful landscape before us, we knew we had found the ideal place to showcase the stunning Krystal Ford and the new season collections from Robina Town Centre. See more on page 32.

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This week-long annual international youth football tournament is held at Carrara Sports Complex, running to October 5. Be involved in a tournament dedicated to promoting cultural understanding and friendships through sport. Visit

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As Australia’s largest annual multi-sport event, the University games is renowned for providing a fun, friendly and competitive environment for its athletes. Held throughout the Gold Coast, this event runs through to October 4. To see how you can get involved in this incredible event visit


You have never seen sculptures like this. View this incredible display of 50 sculptures designed and built by local and international artists. This free event is celebrating its 11th annual festival. See for yourself along Currumbin Beach until September 22. Visit

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For all the animal lovers, here is an event you just can’t miss! The largest animal expo in Australia is coming to the Gold Coast for two unforgettable days. Bring your pet and your family along to this free event and view the wildlife, demonstrations, show-only specials and meet celebrities. Visit


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Photography: Jess McDonald from Hair and makeup: Brie Stevenson from Styling: Alina Pedko. Interviews: Aimee Ley and Melanie Aisher. Shot at Rabbit + Cocoon Cultural Precinct, Miami.

What is our cultural identity? GCM asked four Gold Coasters to impart their knowledge, experience and advice on where the Gold Coast cultural scene is at and what we locals can do to show our support.

Emily Holler Producer of Kirra Kite Festival. Bookings Manager for The Lamplights. What is your perception of culture on the Gold Coast? When you take the concept of culture, there’s a lot of different types on the Gold Coast and a lot of those ‘cultures’ are quite disparate. There’s a strong beach culture obviously, a restaurant culture, a nightclub culture, a tourism culture, but I guess my personal interest is in the arts and music culture. I moved here from Sydney 15 years ago and in those 15 years I have watched it grow. I have been involved in different parts of that culture. I started in music and expanded into the wider arts community with events and festivals. In both of these areas I have seen it grow dramatically. I am proud to have been part of that growth. Reflecting back on when I arrived to the Gold Coast, many of the musicians I met were some of the most talented musicians that I had ever come across, so the Gold Coast was a bit of a dark horse in that sense. The Gold Coast presents itself as a city that has a flashy, glitzy, beachy kind of culture but lurking beneath is an amazing little crop of really talented individuals. In some ways, it seems like an unlikely place to find a thriving arts culture, but it definitely does exist and it’s a definite reality now and its still growing all the time. It has a lot of growth still to do and a lot of potential for growth, but it’s well and truly here. Music and arts culture on the Gold Coast is definitely becoming a greater focus for the city. There have been some barriers along the way, but slowly and surely they are getting chipped away. As they say, you can’t stop progress. We have a unique culture in this city which we should all take pride in and continually seek opportunities to promote the strengths and overcome the weaknesses.

Louise Bezzina Director of Bleach* Festival. What importance do you think culture plays in a community like the Gold Coast? The Gold Coast is such a wonderfully diverse community, which naturally lends itself to a very unique culture. There is such a growth in the cultural scene and the demand for more arts experiences. The Coast has a great grassroots cultural industry, and that will continue to evolve over time. It is so important for any community to have a rich cultural identity and the Gold Coast has an incredible foundation that is growing all the time. What is so amazing about the Gold Coast is that there really is no city like it anywhere else in Australia, providing such an incredible inspiration for so many stories and unique cultural offerings. We shouldn’t shy away from what the city stands for. I think we need to really embrace it and promote the Gold Coast culture. The many festivals that happen across the Coast, the Commonwealth Games cultural program that will develop over the next few years and the cultural precinct are all major indications of how important culture is to the Gold Coast community and that they can see the value it brings to the vibrancy and richness of the city. Next year, Bleach* Festival will be co-presenting with Opera Australia, an Australian exclusive production of the Magic Flute with an event spectacular, Opera on the Beach. We have purposefully set this production on the beach giving it a real coastal feel. We are excited to be presenting such an incredible production offering the community of the Gold Coast cultural experiences accessible to major cities worldwide. In saying that, not every city has world-class beaches to stage such productions.

Rob Bare Founder of R&B Creative and Soundlounge. What do you think locals can do to sustain a more cultural community? People can sustain culture on the Gold Coast just by owning it and sharing it. See it as their city and their home and have pride in their place and enjoying it for what it is. It is a really amazing part of the world. The small villages we have dotted around the stretch of coast South of Burleigh give that part of the Gold Coast a certain amount of uniqueness and make it a bit more niche from a cultural perspective. I’ve always felt strongly from a Gold Coast branding and marketing perspective, that each of the villages should be marketed and themed in a certain way; I think it would be much more interesting from a tourism perspective if they could encourage people to visit precincts to enjoy particular things. If they put economic development behind it to evolve Burleigh into becoming a food and bar precinct for example, they could really promote the businesses there and create a real draw from a tourism, and even city-wide perspective. You could do the same for all the various places around the Coast, from Southport down. I think you can see the little villages taking on their different identities and the Bleach* Festival helped crystallise that for me. When Louise (Bezzina) was planning the different things and different areas, I started to see a theme that could be applied to a certain place and understanding what the locals would get behind and what would they want to be known for and what defined their culture.

Salvador Cantellano Filmmaker and Director at Digital CinematiX HD. What is your perception of culture on the Gold Coast? There has been more momentum to see cultural activities. A lot of Gold Coast artists and arts workers and cultural workers are creating more cultural activities. Five to 10 years ago we were sheltered from having any cultural infrastructure and now we have young artists and cultural workers who have to fight to create their own space in a very entrepreneurial way and are now getting more professional about what they do. They’re able to connect with other entities like Gold Coast City Council or creating their own initiatives like Rabbit + Cocoon. Everyone on the Gold Coast is on a roll and there’s a real vibe that things are really steam-rolling ahead. Having festivals such as Swell Sculpture Festival, Bleach* Festival and the Surfers Paradise Festival have all really added momentum. I think one of the other ones that was really big for me was the In The Bin Short Film Festival. As a filmmaker it was really encouraging for me to be able to see 5000 people come on one night, bring their bean bags and come together and watch stories. Rabbit + Cocoon is representative of the potential we have as a city. I think what is really evident at Rabbit + Cocoon is that families need a space to come together and celebrate. For too long the Gold Coast has focused on either youth culture or an economic culture to define itself, but I think we need to cater more for our families because when the children of the families feel connected, its only going to create a stronger culture.

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19Karen St. Thomas Studio marks the beginning of the Gold Coast Arts District with a new destination for contemporary art. This is a living, thriving, creative hub that hosts exhibitions, pop-up shows and events with artists including artist in residence, Claudio Kirac. To find out more about the studio calendar visit the website or follow on Facebook and Instagram. Priding itself on providing opportunities for emerging artists, 19Karen is the largest art space on the Gold Coast. Exhibitions rotate on a six-week basis, with content ranging from pop culture, surrealism, realism, street art, abstraction to the ‘still undefined’. August 31, 2013 sees the opening of new solo shows by Carole King, Guim Tió Zarraluki, Rebecca Murphy and Sarah Beetson.

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The Village Markets If discovering new, local fashion is your thing, then you can’t go past The Village Markets (TVM). TVM showcases up to 100 fashion, arts and creative stalls as well as live local music and delicious gourmet food. This market provides a valuable platform for talented, emerging designers and creatives to showcase their wares.

Gold Coast Arts Centre, THE BASEMEnT Every Friday at 8pm, the Coast’s most celebrated comedy and jazz venue brings you a raucous evening of local, national and international performers, plus appearances from popular TV and radio personalities. The gigs are strictly 18+ and you can enjoy a drink at the bar from 6:30pm. Check the website for upcoming special events.

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D-Bar Family-owned and operated business, D’bar is a combination of art, food and views all in one destination. Showing sculpture, mixed media, paintings and Indigenous work from over 30 emerging and established local artists, each month D’bar gallery features an artist’s exhibition of their latest work in their main gallery area.

Gold Coast Little Theatre Born of a group of Gold Coasters lamenting the lack of culture on the Coast, the Gold Coast Little Theatre has subsequently been operating since 1950. Offering a full playbill of productions year round, the Gold Coast Little Theatre provides an intimate and authentic night out of entertainment for theatre lovers.

Swingin Safari Swingin Safari takes you back to the vintage Surfers Paradise nightlife of the 70s, hosting a raft of weekly events ranging from the Tango Club to Saturday night house parties. Aiming to facilitate the emergence of a rich, vibrant culture on the Coast, this iconic shack aims to please with an ever-changing food and entertainment menu.

The Gold Coast has a vibrant cultural landscape just waiting for you to discover. Here are a few of our favourites to get you started. Naturally GC Program Go green with NaturallyGC. The City of Gold Coast’s NaturallyGC Program has great activities running throughout the year, with free workshops designed to educate people interested in exploring our unique and diverse Gold Coast environment. The workshops cover a range of topics including sustainable gardening and guided bushwalks to learn about local wildlife.

Rabbit Radio If Rabbit + Cocoon is the heart of culture on the Gold Coast, then Rabbit Radio is most certainly the pulse. Broadcasting local and international music live from the art’s precinct, Rabbit Radio is the Gold Coast’s first independent progressive radio station connecting the Coast’s thriving cultural community via a cross-platform media portal.

Yoga by the Sea There’s something to be said about connecting with fellow community members through an energising hatha yoga session on the banks of one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. This class is suitable for all ability levels, as well as those wanting the opportunity to appreciate how lucky we are to live in this slice of paradise. Go along to Justins Park, The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads every Saturday from 8am.

Gold Coast Organic Growers Market This market is the area’s first and only truly organic growers market selling top quality and nutritious produce. This unique market runs from 6am until 11:30am every Sunday, and provides an extensive and complete range of the freshest, straight from the farm, guaranteed certified organic seasonal (and interstate) vegetables and fruit.

Open Mic Nights at Coast Acoustics Coast Acoustics is an independent live music club located just outside of Nerang. An intimate venue with a cosy vibe and a friendly atmosphere, Coast Acoustics hosts regular open mic night’s for aspiring vocalists. Coast Acoustics is fast becoming known as the spot on the Gold Coast for folk, roots, bluegrass and singer/songwriter music.

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The Voice of Australia, Harrison Craig, has won hearts young and old across the country with his soulful brand of ‘popera’. Chloe Warne caught up with Harrison to discuss his newfound fame and upcoming national live concert tour, ‘More Than A Dream’. You’re about to embark on a national tour, the name of which is an original song of yours. Is it all still surreal? Yeah, it’s great for me to be going on this incredible journey and this tour is only the start. What have you been up to since the finale of The Voice? I’ve been touring the country for the past 10 days doing a Westfield promo tour. I’m currently on the last leg and it’s just been great, so yeah I’ve just been flying around and cruising on. A little bit tired, definitely. Tell us a bit about the tour. What can we expect? For the tour I’ll be performing all of the tracks from The Voice plus four new tracks from the album as well. We’ve heard there will be some special guests. Can you give us any hints? I can say that they’re all high profile people that everyone knows. But that’s all I can say (laughs). What have you enjoyed most about your journey so far? Definitely I think for me, just getting around to all these places and getting to do what I love to do. Singing around the country, that’s just great. I couldn’t ask for more. And getting to talk on radio and in a publication about how everything is travelling – it’s great. I’m really enjoying it. So you don’t mind the popularity and the press? No, it’s great, I love it (laughs). It’s a lot of fun. What are your plans for after the tour? Are you thinking that far ahead yet? Definitely, I mean in between now and the actual tour I’ll be writing and recording and getting some new material for the end of the year.The next album will be a collection of originals and rearranged covers. I’m really looking forward to that. I’ve got some killer ideas so it’ll be fantastic. Harrison Craig’s debut album More Than A Dream is out now. The More Than A Dream tour begins September 27. You can see Harrison at Jupiters Hotel and Casino on September 28. Book via



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The iconic musical, Grease has rocked its way into Brisbane. Set in the 1950’s, Grease is the adaptation of young love amidst the exhilarating turmoil of social circles, most famously the “Pink Ladies” and “Greasers”. Gold Coast DO YOU WANT THEM TO LOOK LIKE THIS? After treatment actress Gretel Scarlett has landed the lead role of Sandy. Logan Smith chatted to Gretel about her starring role in the highly anticipated musical. This is your first lead role, what does that feel like? It’s always wonderful stuff when you get the opportunity to do a lead role, especially in Australia. Our musical community is big, but with not a lot of musicals. So the opportunities to do that are rare. This is a very special, very grateful opportunity. I’m looking forward to doing it. It’s going to be great. What is your favourite scene in this musical? It’s difficult to know my favourite scene. To know which one I resonate with the most is hard, but I do love the last scene. With Sandy’s transformation and the black outfit, I think that’s a bit fun for everyone.There TREATMENT AVAILABLE be a Heads lot of excitement around it, and then bam, here she is. atwill Tweed

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have a quiet audience and you have to play something a little bit different, than if you have a really loud and rowdy one. Anything can happen every night. It depends what the person opposite you wants to throw at you. They can throw you a line totally different and you can’t do the same thing because it’s not going to make sense. As much as the lines stay the  same the intentions can change at any second in front of 2000 people, which can be scary.


Do you have any advice to give about becoming an actor/actress? Finding yourself as an artist and growing up as an artist are as different as people who walk into the industry and people who have studied to do it.You have just got to keep going, and know your niche. Listen to your tutors, take criticism and work hard.

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Must Visit: The Swell Smalls Gallery September 7 – 22


This is your chance to explore the smaller works of the Swell Sculpture Festival’s exhibiting artists.The gallery is located along Currumbin Beach, opposite the main information hub. While you are there don’t forget to stroll along the beachfront and experience the 50 sculptures built by local, national and international artists. For more information visit

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FEMININE EMBRACE: Lace, metallic, pastel and neon indicate the return of romance. Shop the trends and inspirations for Spring straight from the Resort 2014 runway. Image: red, blue and pale pink embroidered printed guipure dress with knitted metallic cotton underwear, Christian Dior, Resort 2014 Collection. Phone 07 3210 1055 or visit



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Spring fashion is in full bloom

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Cleanse your Winter palate. Head-totoe white is one of the biggest trends for Spring. As seen on the Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Burberry Prorsum and Chanel runways, all white looks are timeless and fresh. Extend the trend to footwear if you’re prepared go all the way this Spring.

Lace details, splashes of neon and sports-style pieces were used in a number of the Resort shows. Dior contrasts ethereal lace with a bright yellow, sports style crop-top.This entire collection is the epitome of Spring fashion for 2013.

Glossy greens and pretty pinks are what this season is all about. Burberry’s Resort collection has the perfect inspiration pieces to fall in love with.

Lily Crepe Enmeshed Polo Mini by Carla Zampatti $729. Visit carlazampatti.

Trending Monochrome is here to stay! This trend has been fierce through Winter and has been given a nip, tuck and hoist for the warmer months. This Rachel Zoe Resort 2014 mini is a perfect way to take black and white sophistication into the new season. The shorter length makes this dress perfect for day or night. Team with a pair of brightly coloured stilettos or a clutch. Ecru/Black Tweed Bryant Dress, $450 USD. Rachel Zoe Resort 2014, visit

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Yellow and pastel lace and silk dress with knitted metallic cotton underwear. Christian Dior, phone 07 3210 1055 or 02 9229 4600 or visit

Pale lilac cotton floral lace fitted shirt, light green opal technical silk wool blend double duchess embossed pencil skirt, peach deerskin medium knot detail tote, natural white leather peep-toe ankle boots. Burberry Prorsum, phone 02 8296 8588 or visit


Flat Tassel sandal $260. Zimmermann, Marina Mirage. Phone 07 5503 1700 or visit

Sammy bag, $99.95. Witchery, Marina Mirage. Phone 07 5528 6806 or visit

Local designer... Amber Rein earrings $39.95. Nat Kent Jewellery. Visit


Sun basking Spring fashion is white hot with a pop of print. Layer white on white or team with a bold print for immediate fashion cred. Krystal Ford from Photography: Jess McDonald from Hair and makeup: Brie Stevenson from Styling: Lauren Coulter from Location: Cowell Park, Mooball. Fashion available at Robina Town Centre

Jumpsuit by Bardot $119.95. Rings by Sportsgirl (2 sets) $14.95 and $9.95. Shoes, stylist’s own.

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Dress by Shakuhachi at Designer Forum $260. ‘Mia’Tee (worn over dress) by Thurley at David Jones $139.99. Rings by Sportsgirl (2 sets) $14.95 and $9.95. Necklace, stylist’s own.

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Neon Bot Jacket by Thurley at David Jones $349. Neon Bot Pant by Thurley at David Jones $269. Bra by Fluxus at Designer Forum $69. Rings by Sportsgirl $14.95 and $9.95.


Pearl Georgette Cleopatra Gown $949 by Carla Zampatti. Underwater stack ring by Mimco $129. Rings by Sportsgirl $14.95 and $9.95.

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Robina Town Centre is preparing to welcome some of Australia’s most notable names in fashion this September as the centre embraces its inner sartorialist with a pop-up fashion precinct dubbed Street Style. As part of the celebrations, renowned fashion bloggers Elle Ferguson and Tash Sefton from They All Hate Us ( and Carmen Hamilton from The Chronicles of Her ( will be special guests at a street party in the precinct hosted by the stunning Carissa Walford from Channel V. GCM caught up with the ladies in the know to decipher the upcoming season’s trends. 1. What is your favourite trend for Spring/Summer 13/14? Elle: I am loving all white everything. Nothing screams summer in Australia like fabulous white clothes and a great tan. Tash: I’m loving white too, and the head to toe look does look really cool. I also love the new print direction for the season. Carmen: I can’t choose just one! I love all white, sheer and motif tees. If all else fails, whip your hair into a topknot and put on a bright lip.

Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson

2. H  ow will you be incorporating this trend into your existing wardrobe? Elle: Buying some new white t-shirts! I especially like to buy a men’s oversized white shirt and I’m hoping to find the perfect white short to go with that shirt. Tash: I love white denim, clean or distressed, boyfriend-styles or skinny. And instead of wearing it back with white, I like it with chambray slouchy shirts or stripes. I also like white footwear, especially in a sandal. Carmen: I’ll be swapping my black denim and leather for white and investing in a solid collection of motif tees. Next on my hit list is the Givenchy men’s Bambi t-shirt.

3. What pieces do you think are essential to emulating this trend? Elle: New white t-shirts, a crisp white men’s shirt, white denim shorts, a wide leg man-style pant in white, some amazing white heels and of course a great tan! Tash:

Denim and footwear.

Carmen: White boyfriend jeans, a well-cut white t-shirt and definitely one of the cult designer tees.

4. What is your favourite fashion item to purchase? Elle:

Denim shorts, black ankle boots and white t-shirts.


Handbags and I do love a denim jean.

Carmen: I’m a total sucker for blazers. I have myriad shapes by different designers – mostly black, white, cream or grey. Second to that are shoes, lingerie and lipstick. Carmen Hamilton

Street Style launches on September 19. Visit au for more information, phone Customer Service on 07 5575 0480 or email customerservice@

5. Where do you get your fashion inspiration from? Elle:

Of course, They All Hate Us.

Tash: I get inspired from a lot of things, people and places mainly. I’m always travelling all over the world and love seeing how different fashion is interpreted on the street. Carmen: Everywhere. I love reading and collecting magazines but I find I’m most inspired by people I see on the street. It’s the little details that really make people unique, and usually that’s only something you can admire in real life, up-close. My job also requires me to be across all the international shows every season, so that always helps, of course! 37 September/October 2013

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At Oscar Oscar, Pacific Fair,wearing star print knit from Melbourne, skirt from Bardot and boots by Windsor Smith.

From Joy Hysteric Boutique at Koi Lounge + Dining, wearing outfit by Karla Spetic from Joy Hysteric Boutique and Shoes by Alexander Wang.



At Palazzo Versace, wearing outfit and shoes from Zara, purse by Oroton.

From Pablo Pablo at Koi Lounge + Dining, wearing jacket from Zara.

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At Koi Lounge + Dining, wearing dress by Alexis and shoes by Burberry.

Alicia Rose is an expert in fashion and editorial styling, personal styling, wardrobe editing, corporate styling, personal shopping, special occasions and etiquette and grooming. For more information on Alicia Rose Fashion Styling phone 0423 394 222 or email You can find Alicia, the face behind GC Trend and Gold Coast Blogger on Facebook and Instagram.

John Forsyth for Men is now in a spacious new location on level one, up the escalators, at Marina Mirage.

To celebrate the opening get 25% off all Hugo Boss suits from now until Christmas. Phone 5532 0411.

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1. Land of the Free dress, $650. Sass & Bide available at Adrenalin Boutique, Shop 106 Marina Mirage 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Phone 07 5591 6355 or visit 2. Amethyst and diamond earrings in 18ct white gold, P.O.A. Osborne+Grace Gallery, Shop 120 Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Phone 07 5532 2282 or visit 3. Cowhide document wallet, $110. SaltĂŠ , 2 Hibiscus Haven, Miami. Phone 07 5576 1167 or visit 4. White/silver sweater $180 and embellished print jean $189. Platinum and Enchanted available at Denae Boutique, Shop 12 Level 1 Oasis Shopping Centre. Phone 07 5538 2235. 5. Printed mesh Tahitian pareo, $40. Mrs Eaves available at Togs Swimwear, Shop 17B Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, 3240 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise. Phone 0426 864 875 or visit 6. Geezup Heel, $129.95. Nine West at Robina Town Centre, 19 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina. Phone 07 5575 9528 or visit 7. Multi flower headband, $49.95. Morgan and Taylor available at David Jones and Myer at Robina Town Centre, 19 Robina Town Centre Dr, Robina. David Jones Phone 07 5585 2999 and Myer phone 07 5585 2222 or visit 40 September/October 2013


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now on the Top Level With 50 years spent specialising in menswear, John Forsyth certainly knows what his customers want and the promise of these expectations lie in his exciting new venture. The iconic Gold Coast retailer has found a new home on Level One of the prestigious Marina Mirage shopping complex, moving from his ground floor location after 22 years. Boldly taking over three shop fronts in what promises to deliver the next level in menswear retailing, no expense has been spared with the refurbishment of the prime space. The fit out incorporates luxurious leather bench seats, abundant glass counters and Terrazzo flooring delivering customers a decadent shopping experience. Not only can customers expect a prestige shopping location, but they can expect first-class service from the dedicated sales staff. Ahead of the September 5 opening date, the team at John Forsyth For Men are busy familiarising themselves with the new ranges set to be stocked in the leading menswear store. With their staff possessing thorough knowledge of the stocked brands and styling, every customer can look forward to receiving service that offers genuine assistance in bringing corporate, black tie and casual wardrobes together. This specialised service is particularly important for a store such as John Forsyth For Men that prides itself on stocking handcrafted and high-quality goods. In addition to stocking leading European labels such as German brand Hugo Boss, which is the number one menswear label in Europe, Brax and Bugatti and Italian labels Paul & Shark and Armani Jeans, John has just added a slew of new labels to his books after recent shows in Italy.

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“When I went to the menswear shows in Florence, Italy this year, I set out to buy the best new clothing brand on the market. I selected Hackett as the new up and coming brand, it’s the label that everyone is talking about. John Forsyth For Men will be one of only three boutiques stocking the label in Australia. I believe the Hackett label is the perfect label to compliment what we already stock at John Forsyth,” he says. Hackett London has recently named Pierce Brosnan as the face of the label, in the ‘Leading Man’ campaign. The prestigious brand has recently been honoured by the Queen of England, with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Hackett London stands alongside Fabi Shoes and Stefano Corsini belts - both of which are handcrafted in Italy - as the new labels to grace the shelves and racks at John Forsyth. Able to include the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Bart Cummings and Rod Stewart on his impressive clientele list, John Forsyth is sure to cement his new location as the first port of call for discerning shoppers seeking stylish and high-quality clothing. Experience John Forsyth for Men firsthand at Level One Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Phone 07 5532 0411.

Trending Colours – bright, pastel colours. Apple greens, coral, sky blue and a new blue they are calling dark sky. Tone on tone is also very popular for example, blues paired with blues. Linen – a great natural, breathable fabric that keeps you cool. Stretch cotton – perfect for our Gold Coast weather as it is light, comfortable and machine washable Accessories – belts and shoes that are matching colours. Be bold with colours but if you prefer to stay safe, tan always provides a great base. Pocket handkerchiefs are making an amazing comeback. You can do a chief without a tie for a very European look. In addition to stocking leading European labels such as German brand Hugo Boss, which is the number one menswear label in Europe, Brax and Bugatti and Italian labels Paul & Shark and Armani Jeans, John has just added a slew of new labels to his books after recent shows in Italy.

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No. 1 Island Emporium is now stocking international fashion label Paula Ryan, and to celebrate GCM have a shopping spree to give away valued at $1000. Paula Ryan is the quintessential staple for any fashionista’s wardrobe. Each season her collections showcase garments that are not only stylish, but flattering for women of all shapes stocking sizes from 8 to 18. As the winner of this prize you will be invited to No. 1 Island Emporium to shop the divine Spring/Summer collection from this coveted designer. To be in the running visit and follow the links to the giveaway page. No. 1 Island Emporium is located at Island Emporium, corner of Bundall and Ashmore Road, Ashmore. For more information about Paula Ryan’s collection phone 07 5538 1114 or visit

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Sticky jams, zesty cordials, fiery sauces, spicy pickles and seasonings make up just some of the Murrumbooee range. Why Murrumbooee? “It’s the Aboriginal name for a magical, pristine and cascading water area near Grafton in northern NSW where my husband and I found lemon myrtle, bay trees and fragrant herbs growing wild,” says creator Kim Vincent. Murrumbooee has also recently launched in 250 Williams-Sonoma stores internationally. Thankfully they’re available locally, too.

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Be bold this Spring. See the musthave colours and styles for your hair this season on page 52. Image: Hair by Lorna Evans for Redken 5th Avenue NYC. Photography by Ben Valla at Shoot Everything.



Even if you don’t want to brave a chop, GCM suggests you consider giving your daily styling an extreme makeover. Here Suyin Charlton for Oscar Oscar Salons at Palazzo Versace gives us a run down on one of our favourite Spring styles. Loose, wavy hair is very on-trend at the moment, you don’t want a visible curl in the hair, it’s all about the wave.To achieve this look follow the steps below: 1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light volumising product such as Aveda Volumising Tonic. Spray all over the hair to help give the hair a little bit of grip and hold and to help the look last longer. 2.  Start at the nape of your hair and take large sections (approximately two to three centimetres) and twist your

GHD styler horizontally to create a curl. I recommend the new GHD Eclipse styler as it has rounded edges, perfect for waves. Repeat this until all of your hair is curled. 3. Using a fine-toothed comb create a deep side-part directly from above one temple to the back of your head and flip the hair to one side. 4. Now, to create the beautiful s-bend wave you want gently brush out the curl using a GHD oval bristle brush. You can use the brush to mould the hair into a beautiful wave. 5.To finish the look spray your hair with a finishing spray such as the Kerastase Laque Substansive to hold your style without stiffness. For more information visit

Colour Me Pretty Got the itch to do something different with your hair this Spring? What about a fresh colour? Multi-award winning local hairdresser Donna Sullivan says blondes are turning to softer, honey colours this Spring with ash tones on their way out. For brunettes, the balayage trend of darker roots and lighter ends is still very popular, allowing brunettes to have lighter ends without having to touch up too often. For brunettes looking for a solid colour, Donna suggests mocha browns which are softer than the look of very dark hair. For red heads, auburn is particularly stunning, especially for those with pale or olive skin tones. Donna says the key to the upcoming season’s colour trends is simplicity as they are all easy to maintain. For information on Donna Sullivan contact her on 0422 400 932.You will find Donna at Level 55 Hair Studio on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Phone 07 5580 9419.

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One Spa Set to Launch The latest addition to RACV Royal Pines Resort, One Spa is set to reveal its new location and revamped look this November. Featuring a private lounge, hair salon, four dry treatment rooms, two wet rooms and two couples rooms, One Spa will provide visitors and guests to the resort with a truly luxurious experience. Stay tuned for more details or visit racv.

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gcm PLASTIC SURGERY with Dr Terrence Scamp

If the sun is peeking through your window and waking you before 6am these days it’s because Summer is on its way and it’s time to think of saving your skin! Most of us are fair skinned and our ancestors evolved in the colder parts of the far North. Our skins were never meant for these subtropical climates we live in. So to help your skin survive in this part of the world you will need a “skin survival kit”. 1.  Sunblock - You need two sunblocks. A great one is a makeup-style sunblock that works as well as your favourite makeup but a product strong enough to protect your skin. The GloMinerals range is a good example of this. It can be selected to match your skin like any other cosmetic makeup but at the same time you are getting some protection from incidental sun exposure. For men, a sunblock moisturiser to apply post-shaving is ideal. However, for days when you are on the beach, on the boat, the golf course or anywhere you are going to get significant exposure, you need a more robust sunblock. Something with zinc in it is ideal as this will block both UVA and UVB. UVB is the ray that causes your sunburn but UVA actually does a lot of harm to the elastic network of your skin and tends to make your skin age. Most sunblocks don’t block UVA well, therefore look for something with zinc. Skinmedica Environmental Defence ($55 available at a good example. 2. Antioxidants - Because sunblocks are never perfect you need a second line of defense. Many of the faults with sunblocks is that they don’t have a broad enough spectrum (i.e. not zincbased to block out UVA) but more commonly it is because we don’t put enough on and we turn a SPF 30 into a SPF of 5! And of course, there is the old dictum that you need to reapply your sunblock every two hours and unfortunately the facts of life are that this almost never happens! Antioxidants can help mop up the harmful particles that UV light form in the skin. These free radicals damage the DNA of your cells and the elastic network of your skin.The nice thing about antioxidants is once they saturate the skin it takes several days for them to “wash out” so you get some ongoing protection. Plus they can stimulate cells in your skin to produce collagen. 3.  Growth factors and peptides - You get half the sun exposure of your life by the time you are 15-years-old so by the time you are reading this most of the harm has already been done. However, you can fight a rearguard action to improve your skin. Research into growth factors and peptides in the skin has shown that they are capable of improving skin texture and repairing the fine lines in the skin. These are the very

features of the skin that sun damage can worsen so it is well worth your while to see if you can turn back the clock on your skin. 4.  Retinoids - These vitamin A derivatives were originally developed in the 70s as a treatment for acne. However, over the years it has become clear that they are much more potent than for treating acne alone.While they do decrease the oil gland activity in the skin and help to unblock your pores and alleviate acne, they also improve the texture of the skin, correct pigmentation disturbances and alleviate fine lines. Great for your skin. 5. Pigment faders - One of the more obvious features of the ageing skin is disturbances to the colouration. Brown patches appear and these are easy to see and make the skin look old and tired. Even darker skin types are prone to this problem.  Pigment faders help to remove these discolourations and give the skin a healthier sheen. They are usually used in combinations to be most effective. Rentinoids and antioxidants also help with this process and of course, using a sunblock to stop the sun from turning the darkening process on is a necessary step. 6. Intense Pulse Light (IPL) - Another hallmark of ageing skin is the formation of red discolourations and prominent blood vessels on the face. These are effectively treated by use of light-based devices such as Intense Pulse Light.This is usually done as a series of three or more ‘no-down time’ procedures.  If the blood vessels are larger or higher in flow then the combination of IPL with a vascular laser will be recommended. Here the cooling tip of the laser helps to numb the skin and ease discomfort while the laser seals off these prominent blood vessels. Sometimes one treatment is enough, but two or three may be required. And of course, don’t forget simple smart things like a hat and protective clothing. These days there are a lot of lightweight clothing options around that protect your skin very effectively without making you sweat too much and can safely see you through your trip to the beach, your journey on the boat or your battle around the golf course! So get your skin survival kit and get out there and enjoy the beautiful Gold Coast.

Dr Terrence Scamp is located at Esteem Medi Spa Level 1, Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Phone 07 5539 1000 or visit

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For many women, painful, irregular periods are part of life. Here, obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Gary Swift, demystifies and explains some common complaints. Painful periods may be due to Primary Dysmenorrhea (sensitivity to prostaglandin hormones produced in the endometrial lining) or sometimes medical conditions such as Endometriosis. Heavy periods (Menorrhagia) in young women may be hereditary, associated with infections, endocrine disturbance, or occasionally related to disorders in the clotting system such as Von Willebrand’s disease or Haemophilias. In older women fibroids, adenomyosis and cancers and precancerous conditions need to be considered. Many women endure such symptoms until they are prescribed the oral contraceptive pill. Thereafter, bleeds will tend to be light and predictable hence the attraction as well as the prevention of unwanted pregnancy. The pill does not deplete egg supply, alter egg quality or change fertility in any way.

PERIODS: THE FACTS Fibroids are benign tumours which grow in the uterine muscle. They are common in the 30s, with 40 per cent of women over 40 having at least one fibroid (with or without symptoms). Some women experience symptoms of heavy bleeding or pelvic pressure and require surgery to remove them. Adenomyosis is the other condition which causes increasingly painful and heavy periods from mid 30s onwards. The endometrial lining cells get buried in the deeper layers of the uterine muscle so each month there is bleeding into the muscle which causes pain and distortion of the shape of the uterus. This disease may respond to the progesterone containing IUD (Mirena) or oral progesterone therapy but may require hysterectomy if symptoms are impacting on quality of life. Ultimately, periods cease when a woman passes through the menopause. This means she has effectively run out of eggs, and this occurs at an average age of 51.7 years in Australia. As a general rule any symptoms of concern should be directed to your GP and appropriate treatment, discussion or referral may be arranged. Dr Gary Swift is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who has been in private practice at Pindara Hospital since 2000 and is a highly qualified laparoscopic surgeon. Visit or phone 07 5564 6017.

Free yourself from painful periods.

The OMG Shot Did you know that sexual dysfunction, often considered worse in women than in men, can lead to a lowered sense of wellbeing that negatively affects the relationships with our sex partners and can contribute to the disintegration of the family? Sexual disorders not only take the fun out of sex, but better sex also leads to greater energy, more creativity, increased confidence, less depression and improved overall health. Dr Soraya Felix from Masterderm is the only doctor in Australia currently administering the OMG shot, an injection that is set to change the sex lives of women all over Australia. The OMG Shot involves injecting a woman’s own blood platelets near her cervix to increase her sexual pleasure.The results vary depending on the woman’s health and last for eight to 12 months. For more information visit

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gcm Male Grooming with Darren Smeath

MAN Vs AGEING Peptides: part TWO After countless hours of researching peptides online and speaking with industry leaders, I realised a couple of basic things about peptides. Firstly, peptides are not illegal! So here I am thinking I’m being a bit of a bad boy for contemplating using peptides, turns out, I’m not. Peptides are legal and prescribed as a private script from any doctor. The ‘storm in a tea cup’ surrounding peptides is all to do with their use in sport and performance enhancing by professional athletes. Speaking with the resident doctor from it became apparent that the general use of peptides is aimed at 30 to 50-year-old males and females that have had a decline in energy or hormone levels, are recovering from injury, or want to lose weight. So the day had come. A small Esky turned up from the compounding pharmacy containing my two peptide products. The doctor had prescribed me both CJC1295 and GHRP6 for use in recovery, lean muscle growth and weight loss. Here’s the product snapshot: CJC1295 is a 30 amino acid peptide which primarily functions as a growth hormone releasing hormone analogue, which helps improve the strength of internal organs on a cellular level. Other benefits include increased bone density, stronger immunity and faster recovery from injuries. GHRP6 is a potent stimulator of your natural growth hormone production. Potentially, GHRP6 will improve overall wellbeing, build lean muscle mass, plus other anti-ageing benefits. Both peptides were prescribed as a 10-week course, but at the time of this article, I am only six weeks in. Over the 10 weeks I have committed to four gym sessions per week and a calorie controlled diet of 1700 calories per day. My only stipulation is that I’m not going to give up the Saturday beers with the boys! Here is a week by week break down of my journey so far: Week 1: After day four, I started to see a difference in gym sessions. Where I knew my repetition limit may be eight on a certain exercise, I was now pushing out to 10 and even 12. I also started to have fantastic sleeps at night. CJC1295 improves slow sleep waves and by the end of the first week I was sleeping a full seven to eight hours at night while dreaming the most amazing life-like dreams. Week 2 – 3: Over this period I noticed my recovery from fair dinkum gym sessions was overnight. I could almost exercise the same body part the very next day with no soreness at all! I also noticed my first negative result. GHRP6 has some effect on releasing the hormone Ghrelin which stimulates hunger; I’m not talking small hunger pains for a snack. This was mind-controlling hunger and I often found myself cooking up steak and eggs at 10pm! 60 September/October 2013

Weeks 4 – 5: The doctor has now taken me off GHRP6 as I couldn’t control my eating. Attempting to schedule the dose post exercise just didn’t work with my busy work schedule. So, I’m now on CJC1295 by itself. My sleeping patterns are great and I’m waking up with so much energy. My mental alertness is on fire! I can multi-task (yes ladies, it is possible for men to multi-task!) and I find the work goals are being kicked all over the show! I’m not sure this is a result of the peptide itself or the fact that I am getting a great night’s sleep every night. Week 6: I have lost 3.5 kilograms plus, I have toned up considerably on my upper body. I am still sleeping fantastically. I look forward to bedtime as that’s when I take the peptide. I also associate taking my peptide dose and an almost euphoric feeling which gives me butterflies in my stomach. I’ve cut down my alcohol intake due to an overall feeling of wellbeing and visual results from exercise and diet. My brain is functioning better than ever and business is flourishing because of it. The last thing I should report is a little personal but I am happy to share. As a 39-year-old man, I have noticed a slight loss in libido over the past few years. Something very common in 35+ males. Well I’m here to tell you, I’m back! After around six weeks on CJC1295 I experienced a massive increase in sex drive. With four weeks to go I am very interested in the health benefits of peptide’s over the physical benefits. Next issue, I will complete my peptide journey and get the results of the post-pathology report.

Secret Men’s Business at Esteem Medi Spa Phone 07 5539 1000 or visit Level 1, Waterfront, Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach.

We all experience womanhood differently... And while we pride ourselves on just ‘getting on with it’, there’s one thing you should know. If you suffer with painful or heavy periods on a regular basis, it could be a sign of endometriosis or other pelvic problems - which can affect your fertility or quality of life. Dr Gary Swift is a leading specialist in women’s health and fertility - he can provide you with easy to understand expert information as well as solutions.

Don’t just ‘get on with it’... Book a consultation today Suite 4, Level 1 Pindara Place 13 Carrara Street, Benowa, 4217 Ph: (07) 5564 6017 Fax: (07) 5564 7940

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SPRING READS: It’s a self-help bookfest! All is Well

by Louise L. Hay and Mona Lisa Shulz. Published by Hay House $24.95. All is Well, the new book by celebrated authors Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz, not only explores the medical science behind the affirmations in Louise Hay’s international bestseller, You Can Heal Your Life, but also offers stories and practical advice for personal healing. Structured around seven emotional centres which mirror our chakra system, Louise and Mona Lisa examine the connections between these centres and the body. This is a must-read addition to your Hay collection.

Well, Hello Fresh! If you love cooking but hate the preparation required like working out what you are going to cook, sourcing recipes and making the trip to the grocery store for supplies, then you are going to love Hello Fresh.This handy service has everything you need to make your own nutritious, delicious meals delivered to your doorstep.All ingredients are locally sourced and meals only take 30-minutes for you to cook at home. The meals are yummy, healthy and far from boring, providing the perfect weeknight cooking solution. Hello Fresh boxes are available in the classic or vege box varieties and you also have the option of selecting how many different meals you would like provided for how many people. Once you have selected your box it is as simple as waiting for delivery before you can get cooking! For more information visit

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The Happiness Trap pocketbook by Dr Russ Harris & Bev Aisbett. Published by Exisle $19.99.

We love this illustrated guide about how to stop struggling and start living from medical practitioner, psychotherapist and bestselling author, Dr Russ Harris. Dr Russ reveals that many of us are unwillingly caught in the happiness trap and he provides an effective means of escape based on the principles of mindfulness.

The Good Life by Hugh Mackay. Published by Pan Macmillan Australia $29.99.

Are you spending your life in the pursuit of happiness? Hugh Mackay has spent his life to date asking Australian’s about their values, motivations, ambitions, hopes and fears. Now, in The Good Life he asks the question, what makes a life worth living? His conclusion is provocative. It may even change your life.

Mindfulness at Work

by Dr Stephen McKenzie. Published by Exisle $24.99. Do you leave work feeling exhausted, high-wired and stressed? Dr Stephen McKenzie can help. In his latest book, Dr McKenzie acknowledges the importance of mindfulness to allow us to work more productively, reduce stress, create strong leadership skills and improve decision making.

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WeightLoss Solutions Australia Suite 1101, Lakeside 2, Bermuda Point, 1 Lake Orr Drive, Varsity Lakes. Phone 07 5598 0500 or visit Even our favourite celebs are turning to WeightLoss Solutions for a helping hand. After 14 years, having assisted over 5000 people, WeightLoss Solutions Australia is helping Gold Coast ‘Neighbour’, Melissa Bell reach her weight loss goals well before her much anticipated guest return to the show later this year. Thanks to a non-surgically inserted silicone balloon and WLSA’s medically supervised weight loss program, our new ‘Neighbour’ has shed 15 kilograms in just nine weeks. Melissa Bell is looking fab at 40, thanks to WLSA.

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Palazzo Versace 94 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Phone 07 5509 8000 or email Palazzo Versace Fitness & Wellbeing Centre’s 12-week body and lifestyle transformation challenge creates a ‘real’ workout program, personalised to the individual, providing support at every turn and access to the latest fitness facilities and nutritional guidance. The program includes personal training sessions, dietician consultations, tailored progress book, access to Palazzo Versace Fitness & Wellbeing Centre and weekly Pilates, yoga and boxing classes. Start your body and lifestyle transformation today from only $95 per week.

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Hypoxi BodyZone Upstairs 50 James St, Burleigh Heads and Upstairs 49 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island. Phone 07 5561 0600 or visit Hypoxi is the first training concept to combine alternating high and low pressure with exercise to help target fat and cellulite. The 30-minute workout is safe, pain-free and completely natural – helping your body to tap into stubborn fat stores while you work out. In just 12 sessions – the recommended amount for optimal results – clients can lose anywhere from 20 to 40 centimetres from their problem areas. The expert staff at Hypoxi Bodyzone assess each individuals body type before recommending treatment.

Call Caroline or Jennifer for more information on this revolutionary workout.

Bikram Yoga Southport 1/1 Pirelli St, Southport. Phone 07 5531 4049 or visit Bikram Yoga is excellent for weight loss.Your digestive system and metabolism will improve, normalising your appetite and diminishing unhealthy cravings.Your fat will turn into muscle as you develop muscle tone and strength. Warm muscles burn fat more easily as the heat flushes and detoxifies the body. Bikram yoga is known for burning anywhere from 500 to 1000 calories a session. The harder you work in class the more calories you will burn. Your cardiovascular system is worked and strengthened therefore, the more weight loss benefits you will receive.You may see and feel immediate results.

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28b Geissmann Street, North Tamborine. Phone 07 5545 4577 or visit High in the trees, secluded from the outside world in a pristine rainforest is the magical Pethers Rainforest Retreat. A luxurious boutique retreat with just 10 secluded, individual Tree Houses offering a magnificent sub-tropical rainforest vista. Each Tree House offers a private spa, fireplace, king-size bedroom, entertainment system, lounge and dining areas with five-metre high glass windows leading to an outdoor balcony. Pethers Main Lodge also boasts beautiful architectural elements, which overlook untouched, ancient rainforest.

Level One, Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Phone 07 5539 1000 or visit Set in the idyllic location overlooking the Broadwater at Marina Mirage, Esteem Medi Spa provides the perfect retreat for the mind, body and soul. Indulge in their signature Vichy Shower Experience – a heavenly threestep treatment to balance the mind and leave the body feeling rejuvenated. Relax as your therapist gently exfoliates your body to reveal new, glowing and hydrated skin followed by time under the Vichy Shower which replicates basking under a gentle waterfall in an exotic rainforest.

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423 Ruffles Road, Willow Vale. Phone 07 5546 7411 or visit Guests of Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Day Spa are invited to be pampered and swept away. Situated on 50-acres of eucalypt forest and placed at the heart of the retreat, the Day Spa is well positioned to catch the soft breezes and take in the breathtaking views of the Gold Coast. The perfect place to escape, relax and unwind. Their spa treatments are designed to assist in rebalancing the subtle energies of the mind and body. A range of seasonal spa packages for both men and women are also available.

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Meet Mr David Handel and learn what he has to do with some of the world’s biggest mines across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Read more on page 68.

gcm BUSINESS with Jason Murakami

What is the DNA of the

GOLDCOAST? This question was recently the topic of discussion with a number of my colleagues at Griffith University. Yes, the Gold Coast is known for all the things that glitter but surely there exists a base, a level of substance beyond the obvious. When I pondered the question of what gives the Gold Coast its substance many things came to mind but one particular thing stood out – its people and their resilience. And when I started to think about a Gold Coaster with resilience, I thought of Mr David Handel. Mr Handel’s name may not be well-known in Gold Coast business circles, but his name is very well known to the mining managers of some of the world’s biggest mines across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.

“I wasn’t much good at school. Being dyslexic I found learning the traditional way very challenging. Consequently, I pursued a trade and became a carpenter,” Mr Handel said. “It’s funny how things just click when you leave school. I did my trade as a carpenter then completed night courses to obtain my clerk of works certificate and building certificate, so I could receive my builder’s licence. “As a builder in Sydney, I had experienced all facets of construction, except for high-rise, which is what brought me to the Gold Coast.”

And they know his name because it is his company’s products and systems that were designed and created on the Gold Coast, that keeps those multi-billion dollar enterprises operating on a daily basis.

Being a tradesman in his early 20s, Mr Handel landed in Surfers Paradise in March 1988 and was fortunate to get a job as a construction manager in high-rise construction.

Born in Sydney, Mr Handel spent most of his childhood at the family farm just outside Gloucester, a town near Taree and he went on to finish high school at Newington College in Sydney in the early 80s. Though raised in Sydney, Mr Handel is an example of the thousands of interstate migrants who have been drawn to the Gold Coast and embraced this city’s resilient and entrepreneurial spirit.

“I was 24 and thought, ‘this can’t be that hard’, so I agreed to be the project manager and I finished all of the projects,” Mr Handel said.

“The Gold Coast has been very good to me and my family,” Mr Handel said. “It all started here.This is where my family lives.This is where my business is based. I have a lot to be thankful for.” When Mr Handel refers to his business he is referring to Reynolds Soil Technologies, a company based at Burleigh Heads that specialises in the niche market of total mine site dust management. “If a mine does not control and manage its dust emissions it can be shut down for days, weeks and even months resulting in 10’s to 100’s of millions of dollars in lost revenue,” Mr Handel said. “The products and systems my company develop and produce, manage this very distinct problem.” Today Mr Handel’s company’s suite of dust suppressant products is used by mining companies in countries all over the world and has helped Reynolds Soil Technologies become a world leader in its field together with a multi-million dollar turnover. Mr Handel fondly recalls how he came to develop his original dust suppressant technology in his Surfers Paradise garage in the early 1990’s.

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One of the construction companies he was working for went into liquidation and the owner of the buildings asked Mr Handel if he could finish the buildings.

Six months later, Mr Handel had completed his first high-rise at Surfers Paradise called Nautilus. Twelve months later he had completed his second high-rise called Montgomery at Main Beach. It was also at this time he met his wife Veronique at the famous Meeting Place cocktail bar in Surfers Paradise. “They were very exciting times,” he said. “I was carving a successful construction business in a very challenging market and I met my future wife which was also challenging given she had just immigrated from France and didn’t speak a word of English. “During this time however, I was introduced to an imported chemical soil stabiliser which interested me a great deal, and so I decided to leave the construction industry in pursuit of this new business opportunity. “They were difficult times, trying to set up a business from scratch in a completely new field, but they were happy times. “We didn’t have much but we made ends meet and we always remained positive. My early success in the construction industry on the Gold Coast taught me to look for opportunities in everything.”

Mr Handel travelled throughout mine sites across Australia selling the road stabilisation product and it was during this time he identified a gap in the mark for dust suppressant technology. “I was essentially a travelling salesman, selling this road stabilisation product and it was during this time I kept getting asked whether I had any products for dust suppression. After making enquiries I soon realised there was a hole in the market.” This realisation was the catalyst for Mr Handel to start experimenting with bio-friendly chemicals in a bid to produce his own dust suppressant. “It was very much trial and error but I was persistent,” Mr Handel said. Ultimately after 12 months of trials Mr Handel developed a formula that achieved effective and durable results. “I had a product. I knew there was a market. I just had to find it,” he said. That find came in the way of a three-year contract in 1997 with a BHP mine in Western Australia. “Getting BHP on board changed everything for the product and the company,” Mr Handel said. “BHP Billiton are still with us today.” Today Mr Handel has the same vitality and enthusiasm in relation to his business as he did when he created his product more than 20 years ago. “Creating, innovating and finding solutions to problems is what gets me excited,” he said. “I think that’s why it’s so exciting for me that my two eldest children are studying engineering at Griffith University. We have already begun working together and solving many mining related problems.” Mr Handel’s innovative thinking has also led the company to win numerous Gold Coast business awards and manufacturing awards for a variety of their products and systems. Now that’s a Gold Coaster with resilience.

“If a mine does not control and manage its dust emissions it can be shut down for days, weeks and even months resulting in 10’s to 100’s of millions of dollars in lost revenue”.

Jason Murakami is the Director of Commercial and Family Disputes at Nyst Lawyers. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Griffith University and one of the country’s leading advisors in defamation law having been a journalist for the past 25 years.


Q&A: Pat Mesiti Self-made millionaire, author and financial advisor, Pat Mesiti, has recently released his latest best-selling novel Pathway to Prosperity:The 12 Steps to Financial Freedom. Logan Smith talked to Pat about his novel, his career accomplishments and his advice on achieving financial freedom.

these two is a lot more expensive than the other. It’s important to invest in a mentor. Mentors also give us accountability for our actions.They make us accountable for our laziness and accountable for what can actually be achieved. If you look at anyone who is successful you will find a mentor behind them.

How did you get started in this line of business?

When searching for a financial advisor, what advice do you have?

My career propelled into motivational speaking after I was asked to speak at a networking marketing business conference. I soon found a passion in the financial sector, after I realised people really needed help developing financial strategies. What is one of the greatest accomplishments for you to date? One of my greatest accomplishments was taking the drug rehabilitation centre, Teen Challenge, out of bankruptcy. I was able to turn the lives around of over 400 young men who had addiction problems and damaging lifestyles. I had an 86 percent graduation success rate. Selling over 700,000 books has certainly been rewarding, and of course, being the father to three beautiful daughters with four awesome grandchildren is certainly a reward everyday. Tell me about your plan to make 10,000 millionaires? It’s about helping people create wealth with a purpose. I focus on people being millionaires from the inside out. Prosperity is more than just money; it is the way we think. We can create great amounts of money, but if you don’t have the right mindset you are almost certain to lose it. I am already half way to achieving my goal of creating 10,000 millionaires. What is the most important step for someone with long-term financial goals? You must have a mentor. You have to be around the right people to rise to a higher level. A mentor sees what you can’t see. They see a potential, they certainly see the dangers and they can also see coming opposition and coming challenges that everyone has faced. In life you will either learn from two ways; mistakes or mentors. One of

Look for someone who is making money, and who has invested money in the same things they are asking you to invest in. It’s easy to give advice from a distance. However, if you find someone actually doing it and creating wealth, they will be able to show you strategically and simply how wealth can be created. What was your motivation behind this novel?

My book of principles explains that your financial life can be predictable if you follow certain steps. Wealth is created step by step not in one big leap. The 12 steps I have proposed in this book can help people secure financial success. There are also great stories and analogies that are relatable. My motto is simple: building wealth isn’t about quick fix solutions, it’s about re-aligning your thoughts and beliefs so that you can position yourself on the right path towards a prosperous future. What are the future plans for you and your career? My future plans for my career are to be an awesome grandfather, a celebrated author and international speaker. I also want to increase the amount I am giving to charity. So far, I have donated close to half a million dollars and I really want to continue to help those in financial need. For more information on Pat Mesiti visit


Gold Coast University Hospital – Community Open Day – Saturday September 7 Keep up-to-date on the latest business and architecture achievement for the Gold Coast, the Gold Coast University Hospital. It is officially opening for patient services in late September, but prior to this the hospital is open for their Community Open Day. This will include interactive information stalls, guided tours, as well as activities such as face painting, an obstacle course, food outlets, live entertainment and more. Celebrate the day, and be informed. For more information and to register your interest visit

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How much do you need to retire? Australian retirees will need to spend slightly more than this time last year to fund a “comfortable” and “modest” standard of retirement, according to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA). Released quarterly by the ASFA, the Retirement Standard indicates the annual budget needed by Australian individuals and couples to fund either a modest or comfortable standard of living in their post-work years. Modest retirement savings will place you in a better financial position than if you were solely receiving the Age Pension, however you will still only able to afford fairly basic activities and make minimal purchases. A comfortable retirement on the other hand will allow you to be involved in a broad range of leisure and recreational activities, and have a good standard of living through the purchase of such things as household goods, private health insurance, a reasonable car, good clothes, a range of electronic equipment, and economy travel.

How much will you need to fund your desired retirement lifestyle? The below table shows how much you will need to spend each year to achieve your desired lifestyle during retirement, according to recent figures. When compared to December quarter 2011 figures, the cost of living for couples has increased up to 2.8 percent, and up to 3.0 percent for individuals. “The reason that the increase in the costs of retirement at the modest and comfortable levels differed from the increase in the All Groups CPI is that retiree households on average have somewhat different spending patterns to the rest of the population,” ASFA said.Along with typically owning their own home outright, retirees on average spend a negligible amount on education. The main contributors to the increase in costs over the quarter were price rises in domestic holiday travel and accommodation and automotive fuel, which are likely to affect retirees living at a comfortable level. Conversely, the most significant price falls were in vegetables, audio, visual and computing equipment, pharmaceutical products as well as international holiday travel and accommodation. Below is a table with budgets for various households and living standards reported by the ASFA: Retirement Living Expenses Per Year



Modest Lifestyle 22,585 32,555 Comfortable Lifestyle



*The figures in each case assume that the retirees own their own home and relate to expenditure by the household. This can be greater than household income after income tax where there is a drawdown on capital over the period of retirement. Single calculations are based on female figures. All calculations are weekly unless otherwise stated.

Expectation versus reality – The true cost of retirement In order for you to know if your pool of savings will be enough to fund the type of lifestyle you want to enjoy in retirement, you need to understand how much it will actually cost to fund your desired retirement lifestyle. Over half of respondents of a recent REST survey said they have a basic understanding of how much savings they would need to fund the retirement they wanted. A third said they have a clear understanding of this, and the remaining said they have no idea. However, the REST survey also shows that many respondents are underestimating the amount of income they will need for a comfortable lifestyle in retirement. The data provided by ASFA and REST indicate that, particularly with baby boomers, annual expenses are being underestimated by up to $11,000 for couples, and $5,000 for individuals. The average life expectancy at age 65 is 20 years, so if you were to retire at 65 years, the gap could potentially be: $11,000 x 20 years = $220,000 for couples $5,000 x 20 years = $100,000 for singles

Seek advice to close the gap There is a poor level of understanding among Australians about the level of annual income they will need in order to live a comfortable lifestyle during their retirement. As a financial advisor, it is our key challenge to educate our clients and communities about these requirements. Specifically, to lift awareness levels in the community, especially for those who are nearing retirement. Seeking the right advice to help you close the gap is critical to ensuring you have enough savings once you reach retirement to fund your desired lifestyle.

Carmel Gardner is a Financial Advisor with Crowe Horwath. For an appointment phone 07 5644 6100.

While all reasonable care is taken in preparation of this article, to the extent allowed by legislation, Crowe Horwath Financial Advice Pty Ltd (AFSL 238244) accepts no liability whatsoever for reliance on it.

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GCM chats to local style gurus Andrea Horvatt and Courtney Scott, the masterminds behind homewares delight

lessons and inspirations from our travels when creating new Dos Ombré products. You could say it’s the backbone of our designs.

How would you describe your decorating style in What draws you to the style of goods we see on Dos your own home? Ombré? Every product is a work of art and has a beautiful story to tell about where it originated from and the artisan who created it. We also work closely with the artisans ourselves to re-create something different, practical and above all beautiful for your home.

Both our tastes and home styles are quite similar. Our homes are blank canvases from which we style with eclectic and colourful soft-furnishings, our favourite artworks and of course, lots of Dos Ombré and other meaningful pieces from our travels.

Who do you have in mind when you are selecting How do you think the goods reflect the culture and goods for the website? lifestyle of the places they are sourced from? Most of the items we source have been hand-crafted by local artisans using traditional techniques of that region or country. The colours, patterns and fabrics all tell a story and explain the origin of the product. For instance, our ‘Next Treasure’ kantha quilts are made in India from vintage women’s saris that have been hand sewn together in traditional kantha stitch. So much time and love has gone into each piece, no two are exactly the same.

We normally just consult with each other, but try to find a happy medium of styles that all age groups and home decors would enjoy. Both our mothers are well travelled and have exceptionally good taste, so their opinions and advice also means a lot to us. Check out their facebook page to stay in the loop about their next pop-up shop location.

What compelled you to start this business? It was a natural progression really.We are both quietly passionate about designing our own collections and use our experiences,

Breathe new life into your living spaces with vibrant colour splashes.

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Uno Combination AQ, $990. Available at King Furniture. Phone 07 5656 0366.

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The change of materials was used to delineate the different zones of the house.

Large undercover external living areas and blue-lit lap pool highlights the family’s enjoyment of the active Gold Coast lifestyle.

This riverfront home, known as CSV House was designed for a young couple with three energetic young boys. The couple commissioned architect Shane Denman to design a contemporary two-storey house with an industrial feel. Shane achieved this through a palette of polished concrete floors, off-form concrete ceilings and face block work walls. Shane says ‘the contemporary style provides a dramatic look, while being low in maintenance’. The riverfront block is shaped like a slice of pie with a large 28m street frontage and 13.5m river frontage on the western side. Shane took into consideration the nature of the existing site which was home to a mature jacaranda, silky oak and elm tree.“The existing trees were retained and the house and landscape were designed around these established elements” says Shane.Their size is eye catching and they provide an additional level of shading to the house and large lawn area adjacent to the river. The two-storey entry leads past the striking off-form concrete stair through to the spacious kitchen and dining areas. The upper level of the house consists of three zones; the children’s zone the guest zone and the parent’s zone. The children’s zone consists of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study, play area and library.A concrete bridge leads through the entry space into a fully equipped guest suite. The parent’s zone has a library, master bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite overlooking the Nerang River.

Warmth is added to the main living space through the use of rich chocolate joinery.

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The exterior of the building is a blend of materials which includes stackbond face blockwork, Hardies Matrix Board and spotted gum vertical

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An industrial feel has been achieved through a finishes palette of polished concrete floors, off-form concrete ceilings and face block work walls.

The riverfront block is shaped like a slice of pie with a large 28m street frontage and 13.5m river frontage on the western side. Shane took into consideration the nature of the existing site which was home to a mature jacaranda, silky oak and elm tree. shiplap cladding. The change in materials was used to delineate the different zones of the house. Shane noted “the spotted gum and Matrix Board were seamlessly brought from the external to the internal and really tie the feeling of outdoor and indoor living together as one’’. The house was designed to take advantage of the prevailing elements in order to reduce its environmental footprint. Substantial roof overhangs and the use of a large glass skylight allows light to penetrate the floor plan in a controlled manner. This is complimented by excellent cross ventilation achieved through large banks of strategically placed glass louvres. This ensures minimal heat gain in summer and reduces the reliance on air-conditioning. Rainwater harvesting tanks are incorporated and used for non-potable water in the house and garden.The driveway was designed to allow permeability of overland flow back into the soil. This was achieved by breaking the driveway into panels and treating the surface with different colours and textures.

A rich colour palette has been used throughout the bathrooms.

The exterior of the building is a blend of materials which includes stackbond face blockwork, Hardies Matrix Board and spotted gum vertical shiplap cladding.

External materials seamlessly flow through to internal spaces helping to link internal and external zones.

Large undercover external living areas and a blue-lit 25m lap pool highlight the family’s enjoyment of the active Gold Coast lifestyle. The owners have noted that “the house has been a complete joy to live in for all our family”. The clients and Gino Pase from Pase Builders were committed to the integrity of the final project, which enabled the CSV House to be completed on time and on budget. To view more images of this project or other works by Shane Denman

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1. Emerson wingback chair, $1199. Alfresco Emporium located at Island Emporium, corner Ashmore and Bundall Road, Bundall. Phone 07 5527 6566 or visit 2. Assorted handmade Indian cushions, from $169. Ayana, 2 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads. Phone 07 5576 1167 or visit 3. Cheeky boy blue trestle desk, $699. By Plank & Trestle available at 4. Nespresso UMilk, $299. Nespresso at Robina Town Centre, 19 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina. Phone 1800 623 033 or visit 5. Tuscon dining table with glass lazy susan, from $2199 with Tuscon dining chairs, from $349. Design Initial, 76 Upton Street, Bundall. Phone 07 5592 0910 or visit 6. In Rainbows Blanket, $119 and Kaleidoscope cushions, from $89. Available at 7. Handmade ball shell lamp, $395. Hemisphere Living, Shop 27, Homeworld Helensvale, 502 Hope Island Road, Helensvale. Phone 07 5556 0693 or visit 8. Henwick Cupboard, $2799. Rococo Design, 93 Ashmore Road, Bundall. Phone 07 5538 0830 or visit 80 September/October 2013


PRESTIGE HOME MARKET IMPROVING Leading Gold Coast home builder, Jim Taylor believes the market for prestige new homes is improving. Mr Taylor, managing director of Gold Coast Unique Homes, says the rate of enquiry for his company’s custom-designed homes has increased markedly since the federal elections were called. He says his sales team, based at the company’s Pimpama display home, is busier now than at any time over the past 18 months. “Most of our clients are leading business people,” he said. “For many, the decision to build a new home is more dependent on their confidence in the economy and trading conditions for their businesses in the foreseeable future, than their borrowing ability or prevailing interest rates.” “While prices for established homes have been steadily increasing, reduced demand for vacant land has seen prices become more realistic.We’ve now reached the point where it can be less expensive to build a new luxury home than it would be to purchase an existing dwelling in a comparable location,” he said. “Serious enquiries from new clients are well up and importantly, a significant number of clients who have been holding off are now signing contracts to start building. These clients have had their plans ready to submit for council approval but until now, lacked the confidence to proceed.”

Luxury Gold Coast display home at ‘The Meadows’ village, Pimpama

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Mr Taylor stressed that there are many advantages to designing and building a new home from scratch. “It means the owners can incorporate the special features they consider important. It might be a gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, self-contained accommodation for senior family members, a luxury spa in the master ensuite or secure parking for additional vehicles. It also allows the owners to incorporate the latest architectural designs and environmentally friendly building ideas. In addition to creating a more enjoyable living environment, the home often delivers significant savings in heating and air-conditioning expenses.” Gold Coast Unique Homes’ recently completed luxury twostorey display home at ‘The Meadows’ display village at Pimpama showcases many of these ideas. While the flexible floor plan for this innovative contemporary home sits comfortably on an average suburban block, it will also suit waterfront or acreage locations. It can also be easily adapted to suit a sloping site. Mr Taylor says now is a very opportune time to consider building a new home. “Astute clients are aware that the falling Australian dollar is impacting on the cost of virtually every building material. “Luxury items like stove tops, ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, light fittings and a host of other inclusions are nearly all fully


imported and are tipped to increase in price in the near future,” he said. “This is being compounded by increasing costs for building materials and specialist trades costs. With building activity increasing, predicted skill shortages are beginning to emerge, placing additional upward pressure on new home building costs,” he said. Gold Coast Unique Homes has been building prestige, award-winning, custom designed homes for over 25 years. The family-owned, financially sound company is a member of the Queensland Master Builders Association and provides an unconditional 25-year structural guarantee with every home. It offers free design and free interior decorating assistance with every home it builds. For more information phone Gold Coast Unique Homes (BSA 78053) on 07 5549 2345 or visit

Mr Taylor stressed that there are many advantages to designing and building a new

Pool & spa surround ground floor living area of this Gold Coast home.

home from scratch. “It means the owners can incorporate the special features they consider important. It might be a gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, self-contained accommodation for senior family members, a luxury spa in the master ensuite or secure parking for additional vehicles. It also allows the owners to incorporate the latest architectural designs and environmentally friendly

Gourmet kitchen with adjoining butler’s pantry at Coomera

building ideas. In addition to creating a more enjoyable living environment, the home often delivers significant savings in heating and air-conditioning expenses.” SEE


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Comfort Plus Footwear Look no further than Comfort Plus Footwear when seeking the perfect pair of shoes that offer long-wearing comfort in seasonal styles and colours.The friendly staff at Comfort Plus Footwear are specially trained to help you find a shoe that not only provides an optimum orthotic fit but is an on-trend wardrobe addition as well. Stocking brands such as Ziera, Naot, Merrel and many more. If you’re on your feet all day, suffer from foot or back pain or are simply looking for a shoe that feels as good as it looks, stop by and let the team help you. Comfort Plus Footwear is located at Brickworks Annex 19 Warehouse Road, Southport. Phone 07 5561 1264 or visit

Inspirations Paint Times have certainly changed with women working in the paint industry and no longer is it about slogging it out in dirty barns selling paint can after paint can! Thanks in part to the spate of renovation shows gracing our small screens, we have seen an emergence of new ideas, techniques and finishes, all enhancing the beauty of our living environments. With wall art, murals, wallpaper and specialty finishes becoming huge hits, Inspirations Paint spends their days exploring colour, texture and solutions for just about whatever creative design their customers suggest. Painting can be a dirty job (leave it to the men!) but these new innovations have given back that feminine touch to the redecorating industry. Inspirations Paint stores are located at 1/138 Spender Road, Nerang (Phone 07 5578 4388) and 3/161 Old Pacific Highway, Oxenford (Phone 07 5573 2100) or visit

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Luxe Hair and Body Culture Have you always wanted youthful, beautiful, shiny, healthy hair but never seem able to achieve it? At Luxe Hair and Body Culture, we have the tools and the know-how to help you achieve enviable tresses. Our hair suffers through a lot these days, from chemical treatments, over-use of heating and styling equipment to environmental nasties. We have the key however, to beautiful, healthy hair – hydration. Come in to discuss a Keratin treatment with us, a procedure than can provide up to five months of calm, shiny and stylable hair. We also have a full range of Keratin home care products available. Visit the friendly Luxe Hair and Body Culture team for a personalised consultation. Luxe Hair and Body Culture is located at 56A Thomas Drive, Chevron Island. Phone 07 5538 2555 or visit 90 September/October 2013

Just West of Surfers Paradise lies one of the Gold Coast’s hidden gems. Venture over the bridge to Chevron Island and discover this gorgeous shopping village, home to a community of 1500 residents and over 150 businesses. Chevron Island is a stylish, one-stop shopping precinct at the heart of the Gold Coast. Boasting everything you need from fashion and shoe boutiques, cafes, bars, beauty services and much more, Chevron Island offers a unique alternative from the hustle and bustle of mall shopping. With the island’s recent renovations you’ll find it the perfect destination for a great day shopping, pampering or night out. Visit or see page 86.

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We love your projects; your big paint projects, your little paint projects. And we want to help. Exteriors, interiors, kitchens, bathrooms, boats, cars, wallpaper, decks – you name it, if you have a project we have a gazillion ideas we just want to give away.

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food news Annabel Langbein – Lightly Grilled Annabel Langbein is a culinary icon in New Zealand who is gathering appreciative Australian audiences since the release of her cookbook and TV Series, The Free Range Cook: Simple Pleasures. GCM chatted to Annabel about the series and her love for cooking.

What are some of your favourite Australian flavours and produce? There are so many amazing foods that are grown and produced here. Like the One Sea Rottnest Island scallops from Western Australia, Flinders Island Meat milk-fed lamb, Otway Forest shitake mushrooms, biodynamic French-style green lentils from Mount Zero Olives in Victoria, spanner crabs from Noosa and all-natural yoghurt from Barambah Organics in Queensland. I could go on and on. It’s a foodies paradise!

What have been some of the most challenging aspects of creating your book and TV series? We always want to ensure that whatever we present is authentic and not a construct. But it makes for such a complex grid between the garden and the kitchen and where we decide to head off on a field adventure. I think the biggest challenge has been to ensure that the things we have planted are actually ready and ripe for harvest when we come to film. For the last series we planted 67 different types of seeds, and everything we showed both in the book and the series (with the exception of citrus and avocados) came from the garden. It’s a massive undertaking but incredibly satisfying.

Where do you find the inspiration for your new recipes? I get so much inspiration from my garden, whatever is ready is the cue for our dinners. I also love to eat out and often find myself eating something delicious and thinking “How could I make this really simply at home”. I’m also interested in food being nourishing and healthy without shoving health down peoples’ throats, so the challenge is to make food that is quite light but has a real WOW factor.

Where does your passion for cooking stem from? My mother always said I came out of the womb with a wooden spoon! I think it’s in my DNA, just as some people paint and others make music, food is my creative essence. The realisation that you could get and give so much pleasure from such a simple thing as cooking has stayed with me and I found whenever I was out of sorts, being in the kitchen and cooking centered and anchored me again. The television series Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook: Simple Pleasures is airing on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD channel now and is published by ABC Books, $49.99.

A VISUAL FEAST: THE BOOKERY COOK Foodie sisters Jessica, Georgia and Maxine Thompson sought inspiration from their shared love of cooking, travel, culture and art to produce a visual feast for the eyes with their unique and elegant first cookbook, The Bookery Cook. The sisters approached artists from all over the world to help bring their beautiful vision to life and the end result is as much a work of art as it is a cookbook. The Bookery Cook. Published by Murdoch Books $39.99.

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MUST VISIT: ENTWINE Jupiters Hotel & Casino’s signature restaurant, Entwine, takes a contemporary approach to classic cuisine designed to be savoured with wine. Signature dishes include the crisp confit of Berkshire pork belly, Hervey Bay scallops and Asian greens with an accompanying Palliser Pencarrow Pinot Noir. Open for dinner Friday and Saturday from 6pm. Visit

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Salt Grill

Leading Australian chef, Luke Mangan’s inspired new cookbook Salt Grill marries some of his all time favourite recipes with a sampling of signature dishes from his restaurants around the globe. With a focus on dishes to share, Luke has captured the way Australians love to dine with his fresh and elegant creations. Recipe and images from Salt Grill by Luke Mangan. Published by Murdoch Books $59.99.

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Serves 4 Ingredients


160 g (5. oz/. cup) rock salt 100 g (3. oz/. cup) soft brown sugar 400 g (14 oz) piece of fresh salmon 50 ml (1. fl oz) cognac extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling cup dill, finely chopped 4 tablespoons goat’s curd asparagus & orange salad 2 oranges 100 ml (3. fl oz) extra virgin olive oil 16 asparagus spears, woody ends trimmed 50 g (1. oz/1⁄3 cup) roasted hazelnuts, peeled and roughly chopped cup parsley leaves, picked and washed 4 tablespoons tarragon leaves, picked and washed 250 g (9 oz) punnet baby chard or baby beetroot (beet) leaves

Method Mix the rock salt and sugar in a bowl. Skin the salmon, removing any brown skin on the sides, as well as any bones. Place the salmon on a flat tray, pour the cognac over and rub it into the flesh. Rub both sides of the salmon with the salt and sugar mix. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in the refrigerator for 2 hours to cure. Rinse the salmon with water, then pat dry with paper towels. Place the salmon on a clean tray and drizzle with a little olive oil. Scatter the dill over the fish and press it on with your fingers. Very thinly slice the salmon using a sharp knife and set aside.

For the asparagus and orange salad Remove the skins from the oranges using a sharp knife, also discarding the bitter white piths. Cut the oranges into segments, releasing them from their membranes, and removing the seeds as you go. For the dressing, squeeze any orange juice from the discarded piths and skin into a bowl, then whisk in the olive oil. If you don’t have enough juice, take one of the orange segments and squeeze the juice in. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside. Half-fill a saucepan with water and add a little sea salt. Bring to a simmer, add the asparagus and blanch for 2 minutes.Remove and cool in an iced-water bath, then drain on paper towels and pat dry. Add the asparagus to the orange segments, along with the hazelnuts and herbs. Add most of the orange dressing and toss well to combine.

To serve Lay the salmon slices on four serving plates. Add three dollops of the goat’s curd to each plate. Arrange the salad over the top, drizzle with the remaining orange dressing and serve.

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Tempura batter

12 large raw prawns (shrimp) ½ quantity Miso Mayo baby watercress leaves, to garnish carrot and daikon salad ½ carrot ¼ medium-sized daikon radish 30 g (1 oz) unsalted butter 2½ tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

vegetable oil, for deep-frying 150 g (5½ oz) rice flour, plus extra

For dusting the prawns 150 g (5½ oz) tapioca flour 2 ice cubes juice of 1 lime juice of 1 lemon 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) soda water

For the prawns Peel the prawns, leaving the heads and tails attached. Cut away the intestinal vein using a sharp knife, then insert a skewer lengthways through the middle of each prawn.

For the carrot and daikon salad Peel the carrot and daikon to remove the outer skin. Peel the carrot and daikon into strips, until you reach the core. Discard the cores. Heat the butter and honey in a frying pan until the butter froths. Add the vegetable strips and quickly cook over medium heat until softened. Remove from the heat, season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and add the sesame seeds. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to keep warm.

For the tempura batter Fill a deep-fryer or large heavy-based saucepan one-third full of vegetable oil and heat the oil to 170ºC (325ºF), or until a cube of bread dropped into the oil turns golden brown in 20 seconds. Meanwhile, place the rice flour and tapioca flour in a bowl. Add the ice, lime juice, lemon juice and soda water and mix with a fork to form a batter — a few little lumps are fine as they will crisp up in the deep-fryer. When the oil is ready, lightly flour the prawns in the rice flour, dusting off any excess. Lightly coat the prawns in the batter. Very slowly add half the prawns to the deep-fryer, to avoid any hot oil splashes. Cook for 4–5 minutes, or until the batter is golden and the prawns are just cooked through. Remove using a slotted spoon and briefly drain on paper towels. Reheat the oil and cook the remaining prawns in the same way. Season the prawns and remove the skewers.

To serve Place a dollop of miso mayo on four serving plates. Pile a little carrot and daikon salad on the side of each plate and garnish with watercress leaves. Lay three prawns on each plate and serve.

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Mixed fruits (seasonal)

4 free-range egg whites 65 g (2. oz) caster (superfine) sugar zest of orange

3 fresh figs, sliced 1 peach, flesh sliced 125 g (4. oz) strawberries, hulled and sliced 125 g (4. oz/1 cup) raspberries 125 g (4. oz) blueberries 2 oranges, segmented (see note) 2 ruby grapefruit, segmented (see note) pulp of 2 passionfruit

Crème anglaise 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) milk 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) thin (pouring) cream 100 g (3. oz) caster (superfine) sugar 6 free-range egg yolks Frangelico or other hazelnut liqueur, to taste

For the meringue Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks using electric beaters. Slowly add the sugar and continue beating until all the sugar has been added and the peaks are nice and firm. Fold in the orange zest. Evenly divide the mixture among six lightly oiled 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) ramekins and cook in a bain-marie for five minutes at 160ºC (320ºF), measured on a sugar thermometer. (If you don’t have a bain-marie, use a double-boiler, or a dish set over a saucepan of simmering water.)

For the crème anglaise In a saucepan, combine the milk, cream and half the sugar over medium–high heat. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and set aside. Mix the egg yolks and remaining sugar together in a metal bowl. Whisk half the hot milk and cream mixture into the egg yolks, then add the remaining hot milk and cream. Whisk well, then transfer to a clean saucepan and place back over the heat, cooking slowly to 75ºC (165ºF), taking care not to overcook or the eggs will scramble. Remove from the heat, strain into a clean metal bowl and allow to cool over an ice bath until the mixture is cold. Stir in a good splash of liqueur.

To serve De-mould the floating islands into six individual serving bowls. Arrange the fruit around the floating islands and drizzle with the creme anglaise. note: To segment citrus fruit, slice off the top and bottom so it sits flat on the bench. Holding the fruit over a bowl to capture any juices, cut away the peel and bitter white pith using a sharp knife. Now cut diagonally along both sides of each white membrane to remove each segment. Place in a bowl and use as needed.

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The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre 2684-2690 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach. Phone 07 5504 4181 or visit Proudly presented by 90.9 SEA FM, the Centre of Melbourne Cup is the most iconic race event outside of Flemington, serving up the best Spring carnival festivities on the Coast! Enjoy a glass of Moët & Chandon on arrival, four-course lunch, premium beverages, live entertainment and a fashion parade presented by Robina Town Centre plus more. Watch the race on the Coast’s biggest screen and party with 90.9 Sea FM’s Galey, Matt and Charli.

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

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Grand Ballroom, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Phone 07 5592 9740. Together with Gold Coast Magazine, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa will host an indulgent Melbourne Cup event to celebrate the race that stops the nation. This event increases in popularity every year and the 2013 event is set to be bigger and better than ever. Guests will enjoy a three-course luncheon, a premium beverage package plus a fashion parade from Marina Mirage, live entertainment, sweepstakes and prizes.

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Chill on Tedder 10/26-30 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach. Phone 07 5528 0388 or visit

Celebrate Melbourne Cup in style while lunching at Chill on Tedder in Main Beach on Tuesday November 5. Tickets are just $79 per person and include a glass of bubbly on arrival as well as a sumptuous a la carte three-course luncheon created by award-winning chef, Daran Glasgow. Cup enthusiasts can watch the big race on two wide-screen TV’s and Chill on Tedder is ideally located close to a TAB for all those last minute bets. To round off this special Melbourne Cup lunch, Chill will be giving away great prizes for best ladies hat and the best dressed gentleman. Tickets to this exciting event will sell fast.

Helm Bar & bistro 30-34 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Phone 07 5538 9677 or visit

Dress to impress for prizes as well as luck yd giveaw oor ays!

Helm Bar Surfers is hosting a cocktail-style extravaganza for the race that stops a nation. For $89 guests will enjoy a substantial canapé and beverage package, including beer, wine, sparkling and soft drink, or for just $10 more you can add basic spirits. Plasma and big screens will give everyone ample view of the action plus TAB facilities are available for all races. A live band from 3:30 – 7:30pm will keep the party humming into the evening. Promising a buzzing crowd, great entertainment and an unbeatable location smack on the water, Helm is the perfect place to celebrate this magnificent Australian tradition!

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$99pp include s Spendelove bevera ges & a three-co urse Shop 11, Ferry Road Market, Southport. lu n c h Phone 07 5527 0255 or visit Experience all the sumptuousness and sexiness of Flemington at Southport’s local Spendelove! To honour the race that stops the nation, Spendelove is inviting guests to enjoy a three-course lunch, using the best and freshest local ingredients they are famous for. Guests can experience the excitement of the Melbourne Cup race live on the big screens, place a bet using our WIFI and enter into the sweeps for an additional thrill. Dress in your best as there will be prizes galore for the finest fashion.

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Bazaar Interactive Marketplace at QT QT Gold Coast, Level 1, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Phone 07 5584 1200 or visit

From 12 noon on Tuesday November 5, Bazaar Interactive Marketplace is hosting Melbourne Cup at Bazaar! For $89 you’ll receive lunch including a welcome glass of bubbly. Big screen TV’s will be set up for your viewing pleasure and free WIFI is available for your betting accounts, just bring your iPad, smart phone or laptop to connect to your own online betting account for the most luxurious betting experience available. Sweeps and best dressed prizes will be up for grabs on the day as well as free entry into Stingray for the post-race celebration after party.

Videre RACV Royal Pines Resort, Ross Street, Benowa. Phone 07 5597 8700.

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Be part of the Melbourne Cup celebrations on Tuesday November 5 at one of the Gold Coast’s most exclusive venues. Enjoy a fabulous hosted event from midday to 3pm on Level 21 at Videre Restaurant, to celebrate Melbourne Cup. This event includes a Charlie Brown fashion parade, sweepstakes, lucky door prizes, raffles and of course, all the excitement of the biggest race day in Australia. Elevate your senses with a four-course menu and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

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Palazzo Versace 594 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Phone 07 5509 8000 or visit

Melbourne Cup blooms with an evergreen Garden Party at Palazzo Versace’s Vanitas Restaurant. Celebrate race day with an arrival glass of Champagne, decadent fashionista high tea buffet and all the race action on the big screens. Make sure you dress to the occasion with best hat and best dressed prizes, a stunning fashions on the field parade by Marina Mirage and live jazz entertainment by Velvet Martini in Le Jardin after the race. Only $99 per person. For bookings, email

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gcm REVIEW with Aimee Ley

dINING OUT Moo Moo The ll Wine Bar + Gri Nobody does a steak like Moo Moo. Ask anyone. GCM sent a vegetarian to the Gold Coast’s most famous steak restaurant with a carnivore in tow, for a different perspective on the local steaklovers delight. VISUAL FEAST: It’s almost 8pm on a Wednesday night and Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill is in full swing with not a spare seat in the house. This is the good fortune that a solid reputation brings. Now in their eighth year, Moo Moo has a rapport with the locals that most restaurants can only dream about. They get their fair share of the tourist trade too, drawn to the steakhouse concept with sex appeal. AURA OF THE SPACE: The 500kg Moo Moo bull greets diners at the front door giving a pretty clear indication of what the house specialty is. But that is where the beef gimmicks stop. Inside you will find a modern, sleek space with hints of black, red and grey. The atmosphere is spot on; sexy, ambient and refined. This is a fine dining establishment so you can expect table cloths, numerous cutlery changes throughout your evening and the most attentive of table service. TASTE JOURNEY: I perused the menu several times before stepping foot into Moo Moo as it is a lot to take in, especially for a non-meat eater. However, most diners who visit know exactly what they want, steak and as for the finer details, the staff are more than educated to help you decipher the Cape Grim from the Rangers Valley cuts available. First up for entrees, you have the privileged choice of a cold and hot selection consisting of a mixture of salads, steak served a variety of different ways inspired by many different origins plus a few Moo Moo favourites like 102 September/October 2013



the Crab and Green Mango Salad and the Belvedere Bloody Mary Vodka shooters. Variety is the spice of life here. We decided to try the Moo Moo Kilpatrick, Warm Tataki Wagyu Beef and the Brodetto of selected market fresh seafood. The brodetto was perfectly cooked and equally immaculately presented with chunks of fish, mussels still hanging from their shells and king prawns adorned with their tails. The broth, spiced gently with saffron and tomato was divine and every last drop was mopped up with the accompanying bread. On to the main event and my dining partner is anxiously licking his lips in anticipation for the highly-coveted Moo Moo steak experience.There are several varieties to choose from and we aren’t just talking cuts here, but origins too. Moo Moo sources their beef from all over Australia, and each source is on the menu for its own special reason.Tonight my dining partner is sampling the Greenham’s All Natural from Tasmania. This particular beef is produced in the Rogers River Feedlot and proudly has no hormones, antibiotics and is grown on clean, natural grass and the freshest water. At Moo Moo your specialty beef comes served solo so it is up to you to select a few of your favourites from the sides menu. You cannot go past the Glazed Maple Baby Carrots with hazelnuts, Broccolini with snow peas, chilli, garlic and shallots and of course, the Moo Moo Truffled parmesan shoestring fries. For my main I opt for the Moo Moo Szechuan glazed Mooloolaba Tiger Prawns with fennel angel hair pasta, a choice I certainly didn’t regret. The glaze was undeniably laced with honey, perhaps a trait from its Chinese heritage, and the prawns were top-notch, juicy, succulent and giant-sized with a slight crunch. I, of

course, also over indulged with lashings of sides, even though my stomach was practically splitting at the sides (just one more truffled fry!). As for the steak, well, it was as expected.An experience not to be forgotten. All I could get out of my dining partner were nods of affection and pure satisfaction until a great deal of his portion had been demolished. He then announced it as undoubtedly the best steak he had ever tasted. Mission accomplished Moo Moo. Even though said stomach was in danger of splitting, dessert was not to be skipped. And how could I when a hot fudge sundae was on offer. Served Moo Moo-style, this sundae was the king of all sundaes’ served with a rich chocolate brownie, decadent vanilla bean ice cream, lashings of hot fudge and finished with house made crunchy honeycomb. Divine. THE FINER DROP: Over 350 wines from Australia and abroad grace the menu including 50 available by the glass providing the perfect opportunity to sample a tipple that you have had your eye on. THE CARE FACTOR: The staff at Moo Moo are renowned for knowing their rib eyes from their sirloins and are more than happy to share their extensive knowledge with you to ensure you get the most out of your dining experience. If you are struggling with the menu, ask for their recommendations as they will recommend something suited perfectly to your tastes. Same goes for the wine list.

Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill is located at Broadbeach on the Park, 2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach. Phone 07 5539 9952 or visit


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In the heart of bustling Broadbeach, O-Sushi offers Coasties a place to relax in tranquil Japanese-inspired surroundings and enjoy the authentic culinary delights on offer. When GCM dropped in for a bite, we had the good fortune to meet head chef, Jun Suzuki who charmed us with his chef tales as well as his food! VISUAL FEAST: The walls are coloured a red that evokes a geisha’s pout, and subdued lighting complements the koi carp art gracing the walls. All eyes however, are on the mouthwatering dishes atop the train silently circumnavigating the chef’s prep station in the middle of the dining room. The chef’s working their magic in the centre of the train provide an excellent show for the solo diner as well as a neat distraction for groups. AURA OF THE SPACE: A steady stream of people come and go as we enjoy our lunch, some for a quick nutritious bite from the train while others linger in groups over ordered plates. What struck us was the variety of people dining at O-Sushi; young and old and everyone in between! Once we consulted the menu, it was easy to see why – there really is something for everyone. TASTE JOURNEY: Tempted as we were to grab the morsels flirting with us from the train, we ordered a selection from the menu including a Nabe (hot pot), Seafood Lover Sashimi and Sushi Plate and the Grilled Marinated Salmon with crispy lotus root. When the traditional, ceramic nabe was placed in front of us and the scent of hot ginger and nameless other exotic scents filled our nostrils, we were glad we’d ventured beyond the familiar! A Winter warmer, the Nabe consisted of seasonal vegetables alongside prawns

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and the most tender chicken morsels you’ll ever eat in a clear broth. Make sure you follow the server’s advice and dip or splash some of the accompanying dipping sauce into your bowl, the tart and salty mixture was simply divine! The Seafood Lovers Sashimi Plate did not let its moniker down as the plate arrived with a refreshing selection of bite-sized fresh seafood. All tastes are accounted for with the plate groaning under the weight of fresh tuna, scallop, prawn, salmon and kingfish sashimi and sushi bites, beautifully offset by a fresh, colourful salad. It provided the perfect palate cleanser and prepared us for the taste sensation of the upcoming Salmon Grill. The salmon was prepared perfectly; an expert hand had ensured an optimal medium-rare finish and the dressing that accompanied the fish was sensational, as were the hot grilled seasonal vegetables the salmon rested on. Simply mouth-watering!

has taken great pains to pay homage to authentic Japanese dining, yet there is an unmistakable modernity to the dishes we enjoyed. This lies in part with Jun Suzuki, head chef at O-Sushi Broadbeach. Jun is traditionally trained in Japanese cooking, where knife techniques and the preparation of fish are revered restaurant skills. His apprenticeship in his hometown restaurants at the foot of Mt Fuji saw him spending three years mastering the art of the kitchen knife alone before being allowed to graduate to dish preparation and working with fish.According to Jun, fish is the heart of Japanese cuisine and over the next three years, he became a master of its uses and preparation. The traditional aspects of Japanese cooking now mastered, Jun felt it was time to expand his repertoire and moved to a new restaurant that could be described as the definition of cultural collide; a Japanese/French/Chinese fusion restaurant.

THE FINER DROP: Japanese crowd favourites such as Asahi and Kirin feature on the well-rounded beer menu, as well as most other beer and wine staples found on standard menus.The real star of the beverage menu at O-Sushi however is the Japanese cocktail and sake menu. Who knew there was such a variety of the famous Japanese alcohol?! Warm or chilled, there is sake to suit any palate.

The fusion restaurant is where he mastered the art of cooking creatively, providing him with the challenge of working with ingredients he’d never used before and exotic flavor combinations. It was from this launch pad that Jun continued his culinary journey to Australia, to experience the local cuisine, and luckily for us, take up residence as the head chef at Broadbeach O-Sushi, where his meals are as much a treat for the eyes as they are for the taste buds!

THE CARE FACTOR: The food alone is testament to the standards strived for at O-Sushi. This same standard flows effortlessly through to the friendly wait staff, who were attentive and pleasantly conversational when seating us and taking our orders. I particularly enjoyed their recommendations on how best to enjoy the dishes, ensuring that we got an exemplary dining experience. Meet the Chef - Jun Suzuki: O-Sushi

O-Sushi Broadbeach is located at Shop 2, Oracle North, 12 Charles Avenue Broadbeach. Phone 07 5570 2166 or visit O-Sushi also has restaurant locations at Byron Bay, phone 02 6685 7103 and Coolangatta, phone 07 5536 5455




07 5545 3200 Places to see, Accommodation, Restaurants, Cafes Events and great local advice for Tamborine Mountain.



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Gold Coast residents and visitors are rediscovering the green behind the gold. Head for the hills and discover the captivating ambience of this Tuscan-style region less than an hour from the Coast. GCM chose three of the best destinations to review.

Cedar Creek Lodges – a retreat for all seasons Cedar Creek Lodges is one of the most popular wedding and conference destinations on Tamborine Mountain but this 112-hectare property is a delightful location for romantic escapes and family holidays. The range of accommodation styles includes architecturally designed two-bedroom Creek Lodges. Enjoy all the comforts of home under the rainforest canopy on the banks of tumbling Cedar Creek. Arrange a pampering treatment and relax in the double spa bath. Relax in the rainforest or enjoy an onsite adventure. Fossick for treasure filled thundereggs, take a horse trail ride, play laser skirmish or take the Adventure Parc high ropes challenge. Take a dip in the natural rock pools, explore the rainforest and enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast with the birds. Dine under the sun or the stars on Thunderbird Terrace or sample the elegant new menu in the Rainforest Restaurant and Lounge Bar. Dine by candlelight and stroll across the grounds to your lodge or arrange a private dinner on your creek-side balcony. Cedar Creek Lodges is located at the corner of Cedar Creek Falls Road. Visit cedarcreeklodges.

Skywalk – a scenic sensation The Rainforest Skywalk offers a breathtaking eco-adventure experience in a magnificent 30-acre rainforest setting alongside a tumbling creek and sparkling rock pools.Visitors can explore the beautiful rainforest from above and below. See the rainforest canopy and breathtaking flora and fauna along the longest canopy walk in South East Queensland. This unforgettable experience begins with a walk through the Rainforest Eco Gallery. Guests walk at their leisure, the 106 September/October 2013

tour is pram-friendly and the first 300 metres is wheelchair accessible. Stroll across the spectacular 300 metre elevated walkway.The safe and stable high-tech steel structure gives guests a bird’s eye view of the enchanting forest. Relax in the rest areas before moving on to the Cantilever, a 30-metre elevation above the valley. Enjoy the spectacular views over the creek and the rainforest canopy before returning along the rainforest floor to the Skywalk Centre. The centre features a comprehensive array of rainforest fauna and flora, information and displays. Complete the experience with a meal or a snack in Birdwing Café and find a keepsake in the gift shop. Visit Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk at 333 Geissmann Drive. Visit or phone 07 5545 2222.

Eat, drink and be impressed at Cedar Creek Estate Cedar Creek Estate Winery is one of Tamborine Mountain’s greatest success stories. The business began as a boutique winery with a cellar door and restaurant in 2000. Cedar Creek Estate now produces boutique quantities of superb wine and showcases the largest range of Queensland wines in one location.The Estate incorporates excellent dining, wedding and event facilities, cellar door, wine-making tours and the fascinating Glow Worm Caves. The Cedar Creek Estate team now works with Mark Thurbon to produce wine from the vineyard and show the best of Queensland wine. The Estate offers a great dining experience, romantic weddings in the Chapel and the Cedar Room, Reception Centre. The Estate also includes the Hamblin Art Gallery with Australia’s foremost outback artist Arthur Hamblin. Guests are invited to experience all facets of Cedar Creek Estate Winery with tastings, tours and a meal in the delightful Hamblin Restaurant. Diners can enjoy modern Australian cuisine with top quality wine and views of Wild Duck Lake from 10am to 4pm daily. The onsite Queensland Wine Centre gives people the opportunity to try a huge selection from the Sunshine State’s premier wineries. Cedar Creek Estate Winery is now at the forefront of wine tourism and is a showcase for ecological diversity. The Estate houses the famous Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves and Frog Hollow. Visitors can take daily guided tours to see the largest population of glow worms in the Gold Coast Hinterland and Tamborine Mountain’s native frogs. The Estate has plans to construct a large walk through Aviary, to house a collection of the native birds of Tamborine Mountain. The Aviary is expected to be completed within the next six months and the construction of such and the birds to be included are to be guided by the nationally acclaimed Bob Irwin, who has been retained as the Estate’s consultant. Visit Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery at 104 - 144 Hartley Road North Tamborine. For more information visit or phone 07 5545 1666. 107 September/October 2013

Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery Open daily 10am – 4pm 104 – 144 Hartley Road North Tamborine

Ph: (07) 5545 1666

Restaurant Premium Wines Lake views Functions Wedding Reception Wedding Chapel Vineyard & Winery Art Gallery Glow Worm Caves

Explore the beautiful Rainforest Canopies in a different and thrilling way... • Spectacular Elevated Rainforest Canopy Walk • Skywalk Cantilever • Rainforest Interpretive Gallery • Cafe • Gift Shop • Parking Open seven days a week from 9.30am with final walks at 4pm (closing at 5pm). TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN

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‘Your Retreat For All Seasons’

333 Geissmann Drive (off Tamborine Mountain Road), North Tamborine, Qld Ph: 07 5545 2222 or 07 5545 2333




Emporium Hotel Brisbane Style, opulence, sophistication. These are just three words that come to mind as you enter the extravagant reception area at Emporium Hotel. Dripping in red and gold, this boutique hot spot has become a highly recommended must-visit since its conception in 2007. GCM visited the Valley landmark to review for your reading pleasure.

Must-do: • Schedule in a few hours at the Emporium Cocktail Bar. When it comes to cocktails there are plenty of places that will herald themselves as the best in the biz. However, at the Emporium they know how to walk the cocktail talk and therefore are more than deserving of the ‘best’ title. We love the exquisite custom-designed furniture you will find in the cocktail bar including the grand onyx bar overlit by an antique German chandelier. Word has it that the chandelier was sourced from a castle in Europe which was home to elegant debutante balls and the like. Kick-start your evening with a Polish Princess (Zubrowka vodka, vanilla liqueur, cacao blanc finished off with pineapple juice and passionfruit) while you admire the finery. Seasonal menus are available, plus an extensive cocktail and wine list. • Spend time in your room. It’s not often that you leave the comforts of your own home to be ensured a good nights sleep but that is exactly the case at The Emporium. Here a king-sized bed dressed with superior thread count linen, down bedding, an ‘Exquisite Sleeps’ menu featuring a variety of pillow options, plus a divine ‘Pure Pamper Menu’ is all available in your room to ensure you have the best sleep ever.

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• Visit the Emporium Precinct.

Riddled with delicious dining options (if you have a hankering for dessert visit Freestyler Trout) unique homewares, jewellery and fashion designers, the Emporium Precinct is worth a wander. We love Jean Brown (phone 1800 253 882) where you can shop labels such as Christian Louboutin, Valentino and Alexander McQueen. We love this Celine Manchette Cuff (pictured). If you are looking for a top notch dinner venue book a table at Mecca Bah (phone 07 3252 5299) where you are encouraged to taste a range of flavours with share plates. Here Mezze are served in divine handmade serving dishes from Tunisia.Try their award-winning Turkish pizzas. If you are staying in Brisbane, book a room at Emporium Hotel located at 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley. Phone 07 3253 6999 or visit Celine Manchette Cuff from Jean Brown

One of our own, best in Australia The magnificent Sea Temple Surfers Paradise has taken out the top gong in Expedia’s 2013 Insiders’ Select ranking as a result of over a million guest reviews worldwide. The 77-level, five-star tower beat other well-known luxury hotels on the Select List including The Langham in Sydney, The Pullman Port Douglas and Sea Temple Resort in North Queensland. If you are yet to stay at Sea Temple, there is no time like the present. The onsite restaurant Seaduction is particularly memorable. See more at 109 September/October 2013

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4 things to do in

melbourne Need to get out of town? Immerse yourself in the cultural playground

that is Melbourne. Turns out now is the perfect time to visit.

1. Stay at The Como With a top location and all the lavish benefits that come along with a five-star property, you cannot go past The Como Melbourne as your pick of the bunch of top quality places to stay. Located on Chapel Street (if we were playing Monopoly, this would be Mayfair) the very best of Melbourne’s shopping and dining is literally on your doorstep. If the finer things in life are just your cup of tea then you will feel right at home at this prestigious hotel. Over its 23 years it has hosted the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Paris Hilton and Bon Jovi (just to mention a notable few) and is known for having impeccable, discreet staff. Upon entry to the grand lobby you will come to realise that The Como emulates everything you love about Melbourne; she is high-fashion, stylish and well-cultured. You will love the luxe fitout (hello purple carpet in the lobby!). If you can drag yourself away from the abundance of shopping and dining outside your door, take time to chill out by the naturally-lit pool (heated, of course) and private rooftop terrace.

2. Enjoy the Spring Racing Carnival Dust off your binoculars, get your outfit sorted and source a fancy new fascinator because Melbourne is celebrating the Spring Racing Carnival. Just because you are not going to be there for the big event on November 5 (or maybe you will splurge on tickets to one of the marquees) doesn’t mean you can’t get in the racing spirit. The celebrated carnival runs for the good part of two months with special race days every weekend and even a few midweek. We think the Sofitel Girl’s Day Out sounds like a winner. Held on September 8, this ticketed race day is the perfect way to celebrate the start of Spring and get you warmed up for the rest of the carnival. The Panorama Restaurant is the place to be with tips on new season racing fashions, competitions, and giveaways, plus much more on the day.

4. Immerse yourself in the culture at Melbourne Festival Melbourne is known to be the cultural hub of Australia so it makes sense to get amongst it when you are in town. Lucky for you, the Melbourne Festival is on until October and the city is putting on one big cultural show. The festival is known as one of Australia’s flagship international arts festivals and one of the major multi-arts festivals of the world. Here you can enjoy dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from both renowned and upcoming Australian and international companies and artists.

3. See what’s hot at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

This year’s event promises to be more extravagant than ever, with over 70 events and activities including contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film, forums, conversation and encounters. Highlights include a Welcome to Country and free concert, Tanderrum, a performance by Gurrumul accompanied by an orchestra at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and a dedicated Kid’s Weekend for children and families using the spaces in and around Fed Square. You also won’t want to miss Disarm by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes, which uses parts from the thousands of guns confiscated by the Mexican government in the war on drugs to create 47 ingenious instruments. Melbourne Festival has also invited some of the city’s most talented and diverse musicians to improvise live as part of the Disarm exhibition.

See what’s hot and who’s in Vogue at the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.The Festival is in its 19th year and provides a valuable platform for local designers, brands and retailers to showcase their work and new-season stock.There are plenty of ticketed events to look into, however the fashionista in the know will be checking out the long list of free events the festival hosts. Head to the MSFW Hub where you can watch free fashion shows every day of the week from fashion houses such as Sportscraft, David Jones, Ben Sherman and Elwood. The hub will also host beauty and hair workshops from the team at Kevin Murphy plus a nail bar from Mecca Maxima. If you are particularly interested in supporting up and coming talent, head to Emerging the Exhibition at Melbourne Town Hall where you can get up-close and personal with the work of fashion students and upcoming design talent.There is also a New Designer Market, a unique pop-up market at the MSFW Hub, where new fashion mavericks will present their range of pieces including full capsule collections, samples, one-off’s and never seen before marvels. For a little bit of fashion fun, check out the Darrel Lea Emerging Designer Exhibit where designers are asked to create a spectacular red carpet creation using Darrel Lea confectionary as their inspiration.


The Como Melbourne. Located at 630 Chapel Street, South Yarra. Phone 03 9825 2222 or visit

MUST-SEE: Melbourne Spring Fashion Week,August 31- September 8.Visit

Spring Racing Carnival, September 22- November 25. Visit

Melbourne Festival, October 11- 27. Visit





Couran Cove Island Resort is back in business following the takeover by Brisbane business man, Craig Dowling in December, 2012. A refurbishment program has been underway since this time and the resort is being restored to its former glory and is now starting to sparkle. As part of the Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort will be well recognised under the Ramada brand. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific is the region’s largest vacation ownership business with a network of 24 resorts across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, and more than 46,000 owners in the WorldMark South Pacific Club. In May, 2013 the property announced the release of the first stage of free-hold apartments for sale to investors. All these apartments are on the water and have access to the resort’s facilities and have the option of being included in the letting pool of the resort. Local interior designer, Rochelle Meehl has created an easy and comfortable resort-feel to the rooms using textiles and designs from well-known international fabric house, Lulu Fabrics. Rochelle has decorated with raffles-style furniture and introduced bold colours of tangerine and chartreuse from the Silverhead Collection, framed by a collection of resort images photographed by Craig Dowling’s wife, Nicky. On June 30, 2013, the resort welcomed its first guests, launching 30 rooms, with a grand opening scheduled for October 5, 2013. All rooms included in the letting pool are being refurbished with the refurbishment program. Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort is a Gold Coast destination with a difference. Situated on South Stradbroke Island, the resort is an experience of peaceful seclusion – yet only a 15-minute ferry ride away from Runaway Bay Marina. Nature and culture blend harmoniously together to create a truly Australian-styled resort with accommodation, dining options, recreational facilities, magical rainforest and indigenous animal wildlife. The resort is where your perfect escape awaits you. From couples to families, nature enthusiasts to conference and event organisers, this island resort promises a unique natural getaway with endless opportunities. The tranquil

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setting enveloping Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort is an exceptional backdrop setting for special wedding ceremonies, amazing honeymoons and renewing of vows in the Mango Chapel. Just two kilometres from the hub of the resort is the surf beach where you will find the Surf Club perched atop on the sand dunes with views as breathtaking as the food. From June through to October you may also catch a glimpse of the majestic humpback whales migrating North to breed. Here you will also find a deliberately soft footprint of one of the world’s largest sand islands, adjoined by pristine white sandy beaches. Immediately East of this area is the rainforest, filled with Australian wildlife, flora and fauna and further East again is bushland in which the Eco Cabins have been developed. Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort fits into the bush setting with ocean all around. It has many types of native bushland including mangrove swamp, rainforest, Melaleuca wetlands, eucalypt woodlands and coastal protected sand dunes. This supports a diversity of wildlife. On the lawns of the resort, and in nearby bushland and sometimes on the sprint track, you will find agile wallabies and the golden swamp wallaby. You may even spot a reptile with six species of turtles and 17 species of lizards inhabiting the island. The largest lizard on the island, the lace monitor or goanna, can be found in bushland and up trees. The rich diversity of habitats on the island also supports over 205 species of birds. At the mouth of the resort sits a 102 berth marina, catering for vessels up to 100 feet.The marina is for the use of marina members and owners, however casual berthing is welcome. Marina fees apply. Members benefit from several exclusive privileges reserved for special guests of Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort. Full memberships are honoured with the services of a traditional marina and a dedicated harbourmaster plus members are entitled to unlimited complimentary daily

berthing and overnight berthing upon request. Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort provides waterfront dining at its best with three dining options available to guests. Boardwalk Bar & Café (BBC) is ideal for light snacks and cocktails with the views of the Marina, while Poolside Café on Spa Island is a hot spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Adjacent to the BBC is ‘The Restaurant’ which also overlooks the Marina. Here you will find the best local seafood and produce complemented with a superb selection of wines and a magical sunset view. The marina apartment accommodation rooms are spacious (62-75 square metres) and offer stunning lagoon or marina views.Two-bedroom lodges and four-bedroom villas are also available to accommodate larger groups and families. Recreational facilities are superb with a heated 25-metre lap pool and wading pool, sports centre with tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, gymnasium, running track, kids club, indoor cricket, games centre, put-putt golf, nature walk and cycling tracks. During Summer, a full range of water sports are available including, kayaks, jetskis and catamarans. Future plans for Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort include the expansion of the existing conference facilities, an additional 198 two-bedroom forest villas, resort rock pool with waterfall, pool bar and up to 12 exclusive six- star villas with private infinity pools. For more information on Ramada Couran Cove visit, email reservations@couran. com. Phone 07 5597 9999.

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With its sporty good looks, practicality and host of features, the Range Rover Evoque has established itself as Land Rover’s most desirable model selling in excess of 100,000 vehicles in its first full year. Plus, sales have continued to show rapid growth worldwide. After experiencing such a warm welcome, it is no surprise that Land Rover have released a Limited Edition version of the Evoque. GCM gave it a run to see what’s new.

First impressions: The first thing you will notice about the Limited Edition model is the colour options. Although already available in a host of quality colours, the new model comes in a striking Sicilian Yellow body colour with Santorini Black contrast roof or, Santorini Black body colour with Sicilian Yellow contrast roof and door mirrors. Either option has the head-turner factor. Inside, interior finishes match the exterior with yellow contrast stitching on seats, central storage area, door trims and fascia mid-section, plus an anodised yellow horizontal finisher.

Under the bonnet: The Range Rover Evoque is powered by a choice of engines. Land Rover’s powerful, efficient and lightweight 2.2-litre diesel engine, in both TD4 110kW and SD4 140kW guise, combined with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.The two-wheel drive eD4 is powered by the 110 kW TD4 version of the engine combined with a sixspeed manual gearbox and produces just 129g/km CO2. The lightweight Land Rover Si4 petrol engine delivers 177kW and is combined with a six-speed automatic transmission and fourwheel drive.

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IN REVIEW: Limited Edition Range Rover Evoque The extras: The Black Pack Design is now available independently of the Limited Edition model but exclusively on Dynamic models. This pack includes rear sport spoiler, darkened front headlights and fog lamps, black Range Rover lettering, clear rear lamps, 20-inch gloss black forged wheels, Santorini Black painted bumper sections and dark exhaust finishers. The Limited Edition Range Rover Evoque is available in coupé and five-door varieties. Take a test drive at Bruce Lynton Land Rover located at 96-100 Minnie Street Southport. Phone 07 5571 1011 or visit

What’s NeW The Range Rover Evoque Limited Edition is: • Available in two colour options • Kitted out with matching interior finishes • Available with Black Pack Design

Have your favourite tunes playing throughout your home without your stereo blasting thanks to the Pure Jongo multi-room music system.The portable, wireless speakers are equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 360-degree sound, so your entire home can be filled with music, or perhaps just your living room. To use, simply access your playlists through the Pure Connect APP on your phone or iPad. A battery pack is included as standard and provides up to 10-hours of listening per charge. Pure Jongo S3 portable, rechargeable wireless speaker is available at Myer for $399.




*Driveaway prices for Jaguar XF, XJ and F-Type 2013 models include on-road costs. While stocks last. Call Sunshine Jaguar General Manager Mr Paul Hewitt on 0425 001 964.

179 Nerang Rd, Southport Queensland 4215 Phone: 5582 7888. DL 1303030

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Jaguar Rarely does a concept vehicle hold form when it finally moves into production. Jaguar’s all new F-Type is the exception to that rule. The stunning new two-door convertible from Jaguar shifts the design of sports cars to a whole new level.

There is literally no angle that doesn’t do the F-Type justice. Behind the wheel, you will catch yourself hunting for shop windows to steal another glance of the flawless design. The same goes for everybody you pass on the street. People fall over themselves as you drive past — respect is almost a given behind the wheel of the F-Type. Launched in Australia with three engine offerings (all supercharged for good measure), Jaguar offers the F-Type with a configuration to suit everybody’s needs. At the entry level, the F-Type V6 is powered by a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine that produces a healthy 250kW and 450Nm of torque. That configuration is good for a 0-100km/h dash of just 5.3 seconds. The F-Type V6 S winds the wick up further, producing an extra 30kW and 10Nm of torque. The result is a quicker 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds. If you go all-in for the F-Type V8 S, the engine size jumps to a 5.0-litre supercharged V8. In addition to two extra exhaust pipes, the monstrous V8 produces 364kW and a staggering 625Nm of torque. The 0-100km/h time drops further to 4.3 seconds, making it one of the fastest two-door convertibles on the market. Priced from $138,645 for the F-Type V6, the V6 S costs an additional $32,400 at $171,045. The all out V8 S tips the scales at $201,945, lining up squarely with the Porsche 911 Carrera in terms of pricing. Fuel economy across the range is reasonable, with the V6 consuming 9.0L/100km, the V6 S sipping through 9.1L/100km and the V8 S churning through 11.1L/100km. Step inside the cabin and the authenticity of Jaguar’s latest effort begins to show true. Driver-centric controls and a focus on simplicity have opened up the Jaguar brand to a new group of buyers. Flawless build quality and cool features, such as the rising air vents and an adjustable spoiler make the F-Type a unique and

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appealing alternative to the tried competition (a la Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW). If the design, interior and style aren’t quite enough to persuade you, just wait until you have a drive.Turn the F-Type over and an immediate crackle and idle thrum heighten the senses. Slot the eight-speed automatic gearbox into gear and the fun begins. The inherent nature of a supercharged engine means that throttle response is razor sharp. For day-to-day driving, the eight-speed automatic works very well with the engine to move the F-Type with brilliant pace and elegance.

For added spice, slide the gear lever into Sport and prepare to hand your license over. In Sport mode the gearbox will hold gears for longer and forces sounds through the exhaust that are more race car than they are road car. On the overrun the exhaust crackles and pops, add to that the engine note and you have yourself a bona fide sports car.

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F-Type V6 S For added spice, slide the gear lever into Sport and prepare to hand your license over. In Sport mode the gearbox will hold gears for longer and forces sounds through the exhaust that are more race car than they are road car.

On the overrun the exhaust crackles and pops, add to that the engine note and you have yourself a bona fide sports car. While steering feel isn’t quite as lively as a Porsche, the level of feedback and resistance through the wheel is very impressive. The same goes for ride and handling through bends. The chassis is incredibly strong and doesn’t flex as you push through corners ad infinitum. Brake pedal feel is very good, inspiring confidence when the car is pushed. In manual mode, the driver can manually shift gears using the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The drive is very rewarding and places the F-Type in an all new league for Jaguar.

F-Type pricing is well within the realm of its competitors. But, options pricing is quite extensive, so make sure you wisely select options if you end up deciding on the F-Type. It’s not often that I fall in love with a car before I’ve even had the chance to drive it. The Jaguar F-Type was one of those cars. Driving it simply confirmed what I thought — this is one of the best new sports cars on the market, hands down. If it were my money, I would be buying the F-Type V6 S. It’s the perfect mix between power, noise and practicality. Before you even consider anything else in this segment, get behind the wheel and have a drive. You will not regret it. To drive the F-Type visit Paul Hewitt at Sunshine Jaguar located at 79 Nerang Street, Southport. Phone 07 5582 7888 or 0425 001 964. For more information visit

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Videre High Tea Take the high tea experience to a new level with Videre Restaurant high tea on level 21 of RACV Royal Pines Reosrt. Boasting panoramic views of the Gold Coast it has an atmosphere like no other. This unique 3-tier high tea will amaze your eyes and taste buds with our in-house Chef de Patisserie, Joel Helot’s, wonderful creations. The experience includes a glass of Moët & Chandon, along with freshly baked scones, macarons, French pastries and gourmet sandwiches, plus your choice of an espresso coffee or loose leaf tea*, endless soft drink and orange juice. It doesn’t get any better than that. Venue: Price: Time:

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Over $52,000 was raised for the Courier-Mail‘s Children Fund at the MG Annual Christmas Party. See who was out and about page 121. (Image: Paul O’Brien & Georgina Lewis)

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KOI LOUNGE + DINING It’s not everyday a Gold Coast favourite gets a makeover, and the outcome couldn’t be more impressive with the Broadbeach hotspot Koi’s new look. Featuring oh-so cool renovations and a brand new menu that will have you coming back again and again. We recommend you try the chargrilled prawns or the fried whitebait.

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Coming up this September for every fashionista is Joy Hysterics Spring/Summer launch. Held on September 22 at Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill, the event will feature a runway show with one of our hottest model exports, and a chance to mingle with some very special designer guests flying in especially for the event. Guests will enjoy a delicious spread of canapés and cocktails. Last year’s fashion soirée sold out, so purchase your tickets in advance if you don’t want to miss this special event. Also, in store now at Joy Hysteric is hot Australian designer, Michael Lo Sordo (pictured). Get in quick to try his latest looks for Summer 2014. With a reputation for love at first sight, these pieces won’t last long at the iconic boutique. Joy Hysteric is located at 24-26 Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach. Phone 07 5538 0761 or head to


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As the days start heating up, make a trip to Nobby Beach to enjoy the mixture of new venues as well as the old favourites. Breakfast at new addition, BSKT, will send your taste buds into a spin as well as give you a health kick start to the day. Make sure you stop by Cambus Wallace for a drink, or grab a smoothie from Smoothie Shack and stroll around the local boutiques. Dinner? Why, Hellenika, of course.

In focus this Summer will be Peony Swimwear. Coming into her second summer, designer Becky Jack has created some delightful floral pieces for the girl who loves Summer days. The new label is entirely designed and made here in Australia, making it true blue. Plus, the signature one-off prints means you won’t be matching anyone else on the beach. Check out


M G ’s A nnualt y s Pa r C h r is tma Christmas may be a few months away but that didn’t stop Brisbane’s elite turning out for MG’s Annual Christmas Party. Guests were also celebrating the launch of the Gambaro family’s new addition Cut Steakhouse and Tapas and the anticipated opening of Gambaro Hotel in 2014. Over $52,000 was raised at the event for the Courier-Mail’s Children’s Fund.

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Ladies of leisure and those who love to network gathered at Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill for the ever popular Be Fabulous Ladies Luncheon. The events are hosted bi-monthly and include a three-course lunch, bubbles plus a fashion parade and raffles to assist the ‘Working Wonders for Sick Kids’ charity.

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ian T he O va r s Luncheon s Awa r ene Ovarian cancer affects more than 1300 Australian women each year. Sadly 800 of these women will die from the disease. Local nurse Arna Coward is fighting to change these statistics. Together with Philanthroparty GC, Arna hosted The Ovarian Cancer Awareness Luncheon at Bazaar Restaurant QT. Over 150 guests attended the event and over $10,000 was raised for the Mater Foundation. Put a note in your diary as this is about to become an annual event on the social calendar.

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uilde r s ’ M a s te r B B ig N ight Jupiters Hotel and Casino put on a show for the annual Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards. Almost 500 guests filled the pavilion ballroom for the black tie gala event to recognise excellence in the building and construction industries. Keith Vandyke of V-Build took out the House of the Year while Grocon Constructors won Project of the Year.

K olpe rt H ello M r The Arts Centre Gold Coast celebrated the second instalment in the 2013 Inaugural Independent Theatre Season with Mr Kolpert by Soapbox Theatre Productions.

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Sep 24 – Oct 23


Getting a firm grip on your finances can seem elusive. Living costs seem to be flowing like water running through your fingers. Money making ventures are just an intangible pie in the sky ideas that don’t seem to have any place in the real world. Take a deep breath and bide your time. Scramble the resources and just make do until better financial times grace you again.


Oct 24 – Nov 22

Like the Wizard of Oz you rule your domain and can manipulate the masses with illusion and magic tricks. With so much influence at your disposal you might want to check-in on your moral compass and ensure what you’re doing is beneficial to all involved. You’re on a lucky streak but someone could try and thwart you.


Nov 23 – Dec 21

You could see yourself working closely with an ally in the workplace. If you play your cards right, and align yourself with the right people, positive career moves could lay in wait for you. Discovering who to trust is the aim. Past well intended favours could be repaid with you as the beneficiary. If you are in line for a promotion – then it is likely you are the chosen one.


Dec 22 – Jan 20

Follow your internal instincts, have faith that all is in order and learn to trust. It can be tempting to try and control outcomes –but if you do – you may miss out on something even better on offer. Check in on your expectations and the probability of achieving them. Are they realistic?


Jan 21 – Feb 19

A caring temperament coupled with a considerate nature makes you the go-to person when someone needs a fix. You’ll need to convey this to your lover when your wants may be at odds. Spend some time tending to each other’s needs to help negotiate new ways of interacting. Open your mind and broaden your horizons.

Feb 20 – Mar 20


Whoever you join forces with holds the key to your success. Choose the right person and the world is your oyster. It could be someone that you feel very close to even though you may have just met. For some, this chance encounter, blossoms into a full blown romance. For those already loved up, take this as a sign to pack a picnic and find a romantic way to express your love.


Mar 21 – Apr 20

You may need to make adjustments and be flexible to keep things running smoothly at work. A colleague can truly benefit from your helpful input and provides the opportunity to shine. Resist taking control.This can put you at odds with others when you come across too abrasive.


Apr 21 – May 20

Power and influence are attributes readily at your disposal at the moment.Trust your intuition; know what you are in control of and where you can affect the most change. Fate plays a role here with who and what you encounter.You have the option to do some great healing work with people or animals. 128 September/October 2013


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May 21 – Jun 21


Someone at home could be causing you grief. You could be called upon to be a sympathetic ear or you could be in need of a helping hand. A spanner in the works arises when a colleague, neighbour or sibling causes limitations in your progress. A war of words could ensue and you don’t want to be in the firing line. Paying attention to the details could be helpful in resolving issues.


Jun 22 – Jul 23

Look to your left and right. Allies surround you. You have a supportive network that you can lean on to help dig you out of any sticky situation. Powerful alliances can set you up to expand your horizons and reap profits. Carefully consider which assets and resources to bring to the party and be sure business associates bring equality to the table.


Jul 24 – Aug 23

There’s fire in your belly but it’s a difficult call to know whether taking assertive action right now will put you on a winning streak or have you running with your tail between your legs. You can certainly force your will, but the consequences may be undesirable. Hold off making decisions until an adjustment in attitude helps you see things more optimistically.


Aug 24 – Sep 23

If you entered a popularity contest now you’d be the winner. A compelling event puts you into a major turning point. You have options before you that could be life changing. Your love life feels richer, friendships are more congenial and family is bonded. Weddings and social gatherings bring much joy and pleasure. New arrivals could also be on the cards!

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Gold Coast Magazine  

Welcome to the September/October issue of Gold Coast Magazine. This issue we celebrate Spring with a smashing cover featuring local model Kr...

Gold Coast Magazine  

Welcome to the September/October issue of Gold Coast Magazine. This issue we celebrate Spring with a smashing cover featuring local model Kr...