Locale Magazine GC #2

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On releasing her favourite song ever

The inspiring businesses giving back


The buzz of the non-alc movement

Get your morning fix


Exploring three neighbouring beauties

Living like a local CAFE CULTURE
A feast of flavours to discover


Welcome to the second edition of LOCALE Magazine GC. We are thrilled to bring you another jam-packed issue showcasing more amazing places, businesses, food and wine for you to discover.

In this issue, we are shining a spotlight on the vibrant Southern Gold Coast, where new venues are popping up left and right. Explore the Kirra precinct in all its glory and immerse yourself in the bustling community that is making its mark on the Gold Coast.

We are also excited to feature the talented Amy Shark, who has just released a new single and is taking her career to new heights. And we’ve interviewed local musician Casey Barnes, who is set to make waves at Stagecoach with his incredible talent.

For foodies and wine lovers, we have you covered with the best Asian restaurants, cafes and wine bars to explore. Plus, discover local brands that are giving back to their communities, making a positive impact with every purchase. For those looking to indulge without the hangover, we’ve taken a dive into the fast-growing and hugely popular world of nonalcoholic drinks. The GC has some amazing businesses leading the way on the buzz without the booze movement.

And, after a long humid summer, the cooling weather provides the best time to escape. Experience nature in style at some of these amazing glamping locations and plan a getaway with friends at the luxurious qtQT Cabins featured on our cover.

Whether you're looking for inspiration, relaxation, or just a good read, LOCALE Magazine has something for everyone in this exciting new issue.

We hope it inspires you to get out there and explore this vibrant region, supporting the incredible places and businesses waiting to be discovered. Enjoy the Locale love!

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What’s making these southern neighbours ‘so hot right now’


Blood, sweat and perseverance – the rise and rise of Amy Shark


We’re calling it – the GC has the BEST playgrounds in the country


The buzz of going booze-free



Our top Asian restaurants pairing innovation and flavour


Book your uber and come discover the best wine bars on the GC


Move over Melbourne, our cafe culture has all the vibes


Inspiring brands spreading positivity and giving back


The local designers creating all our exercise-but-make-itcute ‘fits


When getting away in nature doesn’t mean sacrificing your creature comforts


Reconnect with your favourite people at one of these fabulous local staycays

The Arts


Casey Barnes – on playing Stagecoach and hitting ARIA gold


The coolest spots to experience the magic of the movies

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If you could pick three coastal towns globally recognised for their epic surf breaks and for producing some of the world’s greatest surfers, immediately Kirra, Coolangatta and ‘Dbah’ would come to mind. But the waves are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to these three spectacular neighbours.


While the Southern Gold Coast / Northern NSW border towns are famed for playing host to one of the top world championship surf competitions - WSL World Championship Tour - and are home to some of the world’s most famous surfers such as Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Dean “Dingo” Morrison, we went to discover what else makes these pretty towns ‘so hot right now’.

Situated on the borderline of QLD and NSW, the middle and most wellknown neighbour of the three, is Coolangatta – the ‘gateway to the Gold Coast’, thanks to one of Australia’s fastest growing airports which currently supports over 6.5 million travellers annually. With humble beginnings as a small emergency airport established in 1936, to now offering international flights – the Gold Coast Airport has transformed itself over the years and, after recently receiving a massive $500-million-dollar Southern Terminal expansion, travellers can now experience a line-up of luxury international brands and a multitude of retail, food and beverage outlets along with their choice of over 700 flights per week.

Next door is picturesque Kirra, famous for its 2.4 tonne rust red sea eagle sculpture that used to sit watch atop of Kirra hill colloquially known as ‘The Rusty Chook’. The statue monument installed in 1983 for its historical significance to the area, was established as a public artwork by local artist Craig Mesdon (1960-2015) and had seen and weathered all until 2021 when it was deemed unsafe structurally and needed to be removed. Happily, in 2023, a replica

Gold Coast Airport
‘The Rusty Chook’

of the sculpture was commissioned and, in keeping with the original integrity of the late artist, is due to be installed late 2024.

And then there’s Duranbah Beach - known as D’bah to the locals - a small nook of a suburb that also sits directly on the QLD/NSW boarder at the entrance of the Tweed River. The 350m stretch of surf beach, received its name in 1919 after the SS Duranbah, a steel ship built in Glasgow, Scotland, ran aground on one of its usual trade routes in the Tweed Bar during the early morning of November 6. The name was changed briefly in the 1980s to Flagstaff Beach, due to confusion with nearby farming district Duranbah (situated 20kms south), however it never stuck. Ever popular for its large swell and powerful, high-quality surf break, D’bah has played host to the likes of the Quicksilver pro and many other surf and bodyboard competitions.

Over the years all three suburbs have undergone remarkable transformations, emerging as some of the most sought-after holiday destinations on the Gold Coast. With a plethora of new developments and a rejuvenated atmosphere, the Southern Gold Coast beckons visitors to explore its hidden treasures and experience a truly unforgettable getaway.

The most recent to receive a facelift is Kirra Beach, with luxurious accommodations on the rise, world class restaurants moving in and a stunning new shopping precinct in development. Nestled along her pristine shores, the Iconic Kirra Beach Resort - offering elegant stays with breathtaking ocean views - stands as a testament to the area's newfound allure. Alternatively, Kirra Beach Tourist Park provides a more laid-back experience, whilst still allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area.

When it comes to dining, the region boasts an array of culinary delights. Kirra Beach House showcases the freshest local produce and tantalises tastebuds with its innovative menu, and just across the road, next door to the Kirra Surf Life Saving Club, Siblings have taken up residency. A visually stunning, light-filled, modern

Duranbah Beach Kirra Beach Resort
Kirra Beach House

space with uninterrupted ocean views and mouth-watering cuisine, that perfectly encapsulates the fresh new mood of the Southern Gold Coast.

For a taste of the Mediterranean, Xenia on the Coolangatta beachfront strip transports guests to the shores of Greece, or head to Pipi’s – a spectacular dining spot atop Point Danger. Housed in the former Cafe D’bar space, this brand-new development from the renowned Gambaro Group, offers panoramic ocean views and a sophisticated restaurant design (emulating the interior of a pipi shell) to complement their innovative approach to Mediterranean cuisine.

If it’s a laid-back locals vibe you’re after, you can’t go past the Rainbow Bay Surf Club. Built right above the only beach facing north on the Gold Coast, it’s these iconic views of the coastline that truly captures the essence of the Southern Gold Coast. Or rent a stand-up e-bike from Kool Bikes & Hire for a fun scenic exploration. The two-kilometre stretch from Coolangatta to Point Danger provides sparkling beaches to stop for a swim and magical vistas to fill your Instagram stories.

For some entertainment out of the weather, the newly opened Cinebar offers a unique cinematic experience. Taking ‘dinner and a movie’ to new levels, here you can sit back, relax and enjoy the latest blockbusters while having your meal and drinks delivered to your seat. And if the kids need to unleash some energy, head downstairs to Time Zone for a world of arcade games and fun-filled activities.

On sundown the Southern Gold Coast comes alive with a vibrant nightlife scene. Whether you're in the mood for live music or dancing the night away, the Kirra Beach Hotel, Coolangatta Hotel, Twin Towns, and Moxy’s Rooftop Bar will get you grooving.

And the early birds don’t get overlooked either - we’ve been doubly blessed with a second offering by the Gambaro group with newly opened Awaken. Situated directly under Pipi’s, early risers can take in the view in spectacular form. An airy coastal vibe offering health-conscious breakfasts, an impressive bread display, fresh baked pastries as well as a morning fuel up of Merlo coffee. Haig St Cafe & Restaurant in Kirra is another hot spot for coffee lovers and açaí bowl enthusiasts.

Regardless of where you choose to stay, dine or play, the Southern Gold Coast is a destination that captivates the soul. Its exciting transformation has breathed new life into the region, making it a must-visit location for travellers seeking adventure, relaxation, and unforgettable experiences.

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Coolangatta to Point Danger walk


As if life couldn’t get any busier, Gold Coast’s favourite indie-pop powerhouseAmy Shark - has started the year with a bang of inspiration by releasing what may just be her “favourite song she’s ever written.”

It’s a big call from Shark, whose catalogue of captivating tunes are already favourites the world over, but after listening to the dreamy and melodic ‘Beautiful Eyes’, you get it. A glorious ode to the artist’s life that was written during a monumental 42-date regional tour. “I wrote this on 30th June 2022 as a pure stream of consciousness,” she recalls. Coming to her, “after a lot of time alone thinking about the past and the future and my life and all the people in it.’’ Introspection may have been the catalyst for creating magic, but now Shark says releasing it into the world feels emotional. “It’s been a long process” she laughs. “I became obsessed with this song.”

The video release of the single is cinematic, sun-drenched and equally as beautiful. Filmed over two days in the scenic Northern Rivers by Hype Republic, it feels nostalgic and we can understand why the emotions kick in. Shark has a long history to reflect on.

From her beginnings as a student at Southport State High School and playing guitar in an all-female punk-band, Amy Louise Billings always had the grit to make it big. An overnight success by no means, Shark’s achievements have been well earned and the product of a lot of blood, sweat and perseverance, recalling in those early days that she was told to quit. "Please stop sending unsolicited material to me,” implored one music industry personnel, “your music is no good and it's not something we would be interested in anyway."

Going on to self-produce her music under the name Amy Cushwell (after her step-father), in 2013 the artist landed on the stage name ‘Shark’ - because sharks terrified her and Jaws happened to be her favourite film - typifying everything the Gold Coast native was about; a woman resolutely giving the middle finger to her fears (and critics) and transforming them into success. Shark finally got the recognition she deserved in 2016 when her single ‘Adore’ became a smash hit and won her an ARIA for Breakthrough Artist and Best Pop Release in the process - proving at last, just how formidable she was.

Since then, Shark’s star has risen and, from refined acoustic ballads to rousing beats, to a multitude of music awards and accolades the world over, she’s stayed the course and remained fiercely true to herself. Her talent and tenacity leading her to work with some of the biggest names in the biz, including pop heavyweight producers Jack Antonoff and Joel Little, as well as the likes of Ed Sheeran, Diplo, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Keith Urban and the Chainsmokers. World tours and US TV show performances may be a long way from her punk beginnings, but Shark hasn’t forgotten those early days.

As well as touring her home country and writing an epic list of singles, the last two years have shaped up to be some of Shark’s busiest yet. Signing on as a judge in 2023 for Channel Seven’s reboot of Australian Idol – for which she won the TV Week Logie

Award for Most Popular New Talent and became part of the illustrious group of artists who have taken home both an ARIA and Logie Award. Amongst her new singles, in celebration of Mushroom Records’ 50th birthday, the year also saw Shark release a re-imagined version of the Kylie Minogue classic, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” into an unexpected acoustic melody shimmering with summer vibes. And, excuse me, she also supported Coldplay during the Perth leg of their recent tour.

2023 also saw Shark take to the radio mic, producing a special sixpart series for Apple Music, aptly called ‘Feeding Time Radio’. For Shark, crossing to the other side of the radio desk and interviewing some of the local artists catching her attention has been an enjoyable change. “I’m a bit of a lone ranger when it comes to being an artist, I kind of just do the job and don’t need too many people around me. But doing this I’ve gotten to catch up with people. Talking to everyone has been so nice, hearing that we all have the same thing going on - the same pet peeves, the touring schedules. It’s been really nice to bro down with a few of them.”

She may have her fingers in a lot of pies, but Amy Shark is showing no signs of slowing down yet. Kicking the year off with ‘Beautiful Eyes’ she has whetted our appetite for more to come. And, after amassing close to 1 billion combined global streams she’s proven that she’s not going anywhere soon.



We’ve got beautiful beaches, thrilling theme parks and excellent eateries – but the Gold Coast also boasts some of the best playgrounds going. From north to south and east to west, here are some of the best.


Want your kids to develop their imagination, social and emotional abilities and self-confidence while improving their physical fitness and co-ordination at the same time? Look no further than the humble playground.

Convincing children to down their devices in favour of monkey bars can be a challenge – but not when there are the likes of the incredible, imaginatively-designed playgrounds the Gold Coast has to offer. These next-level kid zones boast challenging sky-high rope climbs, exciting jungle-themed treasure hunts and speedy ziplines they can ride over and over.



945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Ahoy, me hearties! Heave away and set sail at the pirate-themed (and upgraded) playground at the Palm Beach Parklands. Looking as if it’s been left adrift at high tide from Currumbin Creek, a ‘sunken’ ship offers a deck with cannons, rope bridges and hidey-holes. Looming over the mast is a crow’s nest with a long slide for a quick getaway. There is a zipline, a smaller slide for toddlers and a globe-shaped roundabout for plenty of pirates to cling to. Two mini rafts set apart are joined via a talk tube - or, in this case, a kiddie two-way radio.

Amenities: Bubblers, toilets nearby, beach showers, shelters, tables and seats, BBQs, Currumbin Creek, cafe nearby

Fenced: Partial



506 Schusters Road, Tallebudgera

The rebooted Schuster Park is jungle themed and a haven for little monkeys that love to climb. Two tube slides can only be accessed by multiple rope nets and there’s a scaled down version for smaller children at the other end of the park. Don’t miss the treasure huntlizards, beetles and butterflies all ‘preserved’ in Perspex and hidden around the playground. Snaking alongside the park is Tallebudgera Creek - perfect for a paddle or to drop a fishing line. Keep a close eye on little ones as there is no fence between the park and the water.

Amenities: Toilets, BBQs, sheltered tables, shade, Tallebudgera Creek, grassy area adjoining perfect for ballgames, bubblers, taps

Fenced: No




Pratten Park, Old Burleigh Road

From toddlers to tweens, including those with mobility issues, this seaside sea-themed playground is a crowd pleaser. The cement sandcastle with sandpits and the submarine cubby house are both wheelchair accessible and there is plenty of shade. For the adventurous, there’s a towering rubber hill complete with slides and rock climbing grips, and multiple sets of swings (including one on a zip line) to head off bickering.

Amenities: Bubblers, toilets within the playground (including change table and hoist), bench seats

Fenced: Yes



231 Beaudesert-Nerang Road, Nerang

Not to be confused with the Paradise Country theme park, the Country Paradise Parklands offer Gold Coast kids the chance to release their inner farmer. A giant 11.5m windmill doubles as a slide - but to get there, kids must navigate a water tank tunnel and swing bridge. A creek moat surrounds the park and is dotted with water pumps, troughs and ramps to encourage kids to use a bit of ingenuity and control the course of the water. A concrete path wraps around the park and has inbuilt jumps and ramps for those handy with a scooter.

Amenities: Toilets, bubbler, BBQs, sheltered tables

Fenced: No



Marine Parade, Southport

Running alongside the stunning Gold Coast Seaway, where boats cruise past and huge luxury yachts can be spied in the marina on the other side, is the Broadwater Parklands. There are three must-dos within the sprawling 3km-long park, from Peninsula Playground in the north to the bouncy pillow in the south.

Peninsula Playground is part abstract art installation, part message about ocean conservation and complete fun. Ropes, platforms and tunnels lead up the spiralling centrepiece and end with a mega tube slide. There are inground trampolines, giant eggs, climbing walls and a water play area to keep everyone entertained.

Just to the south of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is The Rockpools. Beginning with a giant bucket, water runs along the ‘creek’ which is complete with shallow pools, giant marine animals to clamber on and plenty of shade on the artificial grass to spread out a picnic. Perfect for cooling off toddlers through to primary school age.

To the south is the Bouncy Pillow - which is nestled near yet another playground complete with swings, seesaw and a rail ride. A shade-sail protects the vibrant striped pillow from becoming too hot and kids will love the endless jumping, sliding and springing.

The Great Lawn often has free, family friendly events on yearround - check on the Gold Coast City Council website for a What’s On guide.

Amenities: Toilets, BBQs, sheltered tables, benches

Fenced: No

Note: Check opening hours of The Rockpools and Bouncy Pillow as they change seasonally

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Whether drinking less, looking for a spacer between drinks or abstaining completely, the next generation of NoLo (no and low alcohol) drinks create a pleasurable and sophisticated drinking experience minus the hangover. A perfect fit with the health-conscious lifestyle of the Gold Coast, local brewers, distillers and winemakers have been quick to jump on board.

The NoLo (no and low alcohol) scene is hot right now, fuelled by the mindful drinking trend and the exciting range of premium, innovative products available. “Once considered an afterthought, non-alcoholic options are now in the spotlight as consumers demand the same level of taste and excitement found in their alcoholic counterparts – minus the alcohol,” says Helen McAteer of Witches Falls Winery on Tamborine Mountain. The winery has received critical acclaim for their Bird Dog Alcohol-Removed range which features Sparkling Cuvée, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz, made by winemakers using state-of-the-art techniques to mirror the enjoyment of sipping traditional wines.

Statistics show that 31% of Australians now buy no alcohol products, and beer, as you might expect, tops the list. Sure, non-alcoholic beer has been around for a long time, but these days it tastes good. Take Hiatus, which launched on the Gold Coast in late 2022, with a full flavoured NAPA (Non-Alcoholic Pacific Ale) brimming with tropical aromas and fresh notes of citrus. “Cracking open a crisp, light lager at the beach is part of the trip for many people,” says Jules Ryan, who along with his co- founders – all longstanding beer industry insiders – was driven to develop a beer that could be enjoyed by beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike. “One of the areas we love to play around in, is the dry zones across the Gold Coast; whether having a drink at Rainbow Bay or Burleigh Hill to end the day, or finishing off a hike in the hinterland,” he adds.

Spirit lovers don’t miss out either. Enter Catie Fry, founder and master distiller of Clovendoe – Australia’s first female owned and operated distilling company. Crafted in the same way as botanical gins and vodkas, her low and no proof distilled spirits are packed with intoxicating aromas and flavour, and blend beautifully with tonic or soda. The range includes Seed, inspired by Australian botanicals, Sprout, inspired by the Middle Eastern spice trails, and Stem, made with exotic South East Asian botanicals like kaffir lime

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Bird Dog

leaf, ginger and galangal – perfect for whipping up pineapple and coconut cocktails. Each has a choice of zero proof or 24 ABV. “Whether it’s FOMO with your girlfriends, the realisation that drinking five nights a week probably needs a balance, or you need a non-alcoholic prop for the social season, Clovendoe Distilling Co is your new best friend,” says Catie.

Just across the border you’ll also find our southern neighbours at Cape Byron Distillery, have entered the room with their brand new non-alc range - Brookie’s Free Spirited – consisting of two fresh and flavoursome premixes, adding balance to your drinking-repertoire. There’s the G&T with Pink Grapefruit, inspired by their classic dry gin and tonic. And a Blood Orange Spritz - think juicy blood orange with a hint of bitterness, like your favourite Italian aperitivo.

Catch the functional buzz

What if we could get a buzz from non-alcoholic drinks? That’s the goal of functional drinks, infused with plant-based extracts that create a positive effect on the mind and body. “It’s about replacing the need for alcohol in social settings, whilst making sure we never lose those good times,” say Jack Freestone and Alana Blanchard, co-founders of Dayse Functional Spritzers. Drinks with names like Awaken and Easing contain mood enhancing adaptogens – like gingko, passionflower and turmeric root, and nootropics (cognitive enhancers) which create an elevating effect and encourage calmness.

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Ellidy Pullin - Fizz Functional

Hard Fizz, who have a tap room in Burleigh, launched their Fizz Functional range in 2023. Fronted by Darling, Shine! Podcast hosts Chloe Fisher and Ellidy Pullin, the brand expected significant interest, but were blown away by demand, selling out all 4800 cans in 12 hours. Try zero sugar Berry Boost Glow with marine collagen and Pink Lemonade Dialled in, loaded with guarana and ginseng to improve stamina and concentration.

Memorable Mocktails

“Gone are the days of a terrible tasting mocktail or watery low alcohol beer,” says Dave Galvin, the Gold Coast restaurateur behind Kōst and newly opened Kirra Beach House. Here’s where to find delicious mocktails alongside more traditional boozy libations.

Kirra Beach House - Soak up the gorgeous ocean views with a Rosa Spritz or a Tropical Saturn Supernova – think passionfruit, pistachio, tropical spices, cacao and lemon.

Roosevelt Lounge - This prohibition-style cocktail bar in Broadbeach has an enticing list of Lyre’s non- alcoholic cocktails, including a sensational Amaretto Sour, and a Negroni.

Justin Lane - Head up to the Burleigh rooftop for sourdough pizza and a fragrant Hibiscus Highball blending hibiscus, rosemary, honey, orange blossom and peach bitters.

Discover Sobah

There’s no need for a designated driver when you visit Sobah Brewery, Australia’s first dedicated alcohol-free brewery which opened in Burleigh Heads in 2023. Proudly Aboriginal owned, Sobah’s bush tucker-inspired craft beers are made with ethically sourced ingredients and include Lemon Aspen Pilsner, Finger Lime Cerveza and Pepperberry IPA. Join a brewery tour, or head into the native food cafe for a Crocodile Burger, Sweet Lemon Myrtle Eggplant and side of Damper with wattleseed butter – washed down with as many ice cold brews as you fancy.

Clovendoe Sobah


One of Australia’s fastest growing charity organisationsServing Our People - welcomes all to support, sip and graze while paying it forward at their newest cafe.


Yas Matbouly, founder of Serving Our People (SOP for short), and his team have opened the doors to the second of their charitable coffee shops called ‘Served’. Located at the Pacific Fair shopping centre, it’s the perfect place to put down your shopping bags and pick up some good feels - knowing that 100% of the organisation’s profits directly serve, not only great coffee, lite bites and fresh juices, but ‘the people of Australia in whatever capacity they need.’

Serving Our People also happens to be the first charity in QLD to ever offer a free supermarket for anyone in need. Named ‘The People’s Market’, there are now three storefronts; one located at the SOP headquarters at Mermaid Beach and two others in the Logan district - Kingston and Yarrabilba.

Originally established during the pandemic (out of Yas’s own garage) to help thousands of vulnerable people in quarantine and isolation, SOP have since handed out over 19,000 meals and 1000 bags of groceries per year and positively impacted over 55,000 people in communities throughout South-East Queensland. And those numbers continue to increase with Yas nurturing a growing team of 2,100 members and volunteers. “Essentially we are just like-minded individuals getting together and helping the community through acts of service” says Yas.

While the SOP mission is to be ‘agents of change’ - by providing complimentary logistics, mental health support, delivery and emergency relief for anyone in need, anytime, across Brisbane, Logan, Gold Coast and the Northern Rivers region - the charity is able to connect and serve the community through its funding; 98% of which comes from philanthropists and corporate sponsors.

Yas, from a corporate background himself, found it was his world travels and being exposed to different standards of life and significant levels of poverty across cultures, that made him see “the depth of Australia’s unmet needs”. “It was a shock” he says, “to realise how many people are at risk in our own backyard”. This realisation was one of the catalysts for creating SOP, but there was another reason also close to Yas’s heart, “When my daughter was born, I realised I wanted to be the best man I could possibly be. To show her the benefits of being kind and that it’s not all about materialism.”

How can we support Yas and his team on their mission? It’s as easy as popping by Cafe Served and ordering a coffee.

Open Mon-Sat, 6 Seaview Ave, Mermaid Beach and open 7 days at Pacific Fair (next to H&M)


You can now hydrate while you donate, with the cafes now offering their own official brand of ‘SERVED’ bottled water, as well as wholesale options for businesses who wish to support the organisation.

If you wish to donate or become involved as a partner or volunteer go to - sop.org.au Follow - @cafeserved / @servingourpeople9

Serving Our People HQ - 2582-2584 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach (entrance on 4-6 Seaview Avenue)

If you or anyone you know are in need, phone the helpline on - 0476 776 707




Situated along the picturesque coastline of the Southern Gold Coast, Kirra Beach has long been a hidden gem for those seeking a slice of coastal paradise. And now, with the introduction of two new and exciting drinking and dining destinations, Kirra Beach is set to become a major drawcard for those in search of a remarkable culinary experience.

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Kirra Beach House

The Kirra Beach Hotel, a reinvented classic Australian pub, stands proudly on the corner of Marine Parade and Miles Street, just steps away from the sand. This bright and breezy establishment has been thoughtfully designed to reflect Kirra's enviable coastal lifestyle. As you step into the pub, you are greeted by a vast sun-drenched beer garden, where you can unwind while enjoying a cold beer, an icy white wine, or indulging in a delicious meal.

Comfort is the priority at the Kirra Beach Hotel, and the interiors reflect this with neutral tones, bleached terracotta tiles, and polished concrete floors. The soaring five-meter ceilings and wide-open windows flood the space with sunshine, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The bustling Public Bar, Sports Bar, and two boutique bottle shops cater to all tastes and preferences, ensuring that everyone feels welcome and satisfied.

For those seeking a more refined and glamorous experience, Kirra Beach House is the ultimate destination. Located above the hotel, this magnificent venue offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from every vantage point. The wining and dining oasis features glamorous outdoor cabanas, intimate wine and cocktail bars, and beautifully styled event spaces. The terrace, in particular, provides the perfect spot to watch the world go by while indulging in a delectable Mediterranean share-style menu.

Executive Chef, Sebbie Kenyon, has curated a menu that combines classic and inventive dishes set to please every palate. From raw and cooked seafood platters to delicious flatbreads and pizzas straight from the woodfired oven, every dish is a testament to the culinary expertise of the team. The menu also boasts share steaks from Rangers Valley, lobsters and Moreton Bay bugs in smoked butter and succulent market fish of the day with coastal salsa. For those seeking a more casual dining experience, the venue offers the best cheeseburger and hand-cut chips on the coast, with peanut brittle and banana brulé to finish.

What sets Kirra Beach House apart is not just its exquisite cuisine but also its versatility as a premium event location. The stunning interior decor, attention to detail, and cleverly conceived space make it the perfect venue for weddings, parties, launches, and galas of any size. Whether you envision a formal seated dinner with dancing, a chic BBQ lunch with friends on the terrace, or a celebratory Champagne toast in Prestons' Bar at sunset, Kirra Beach House has you covered.

The introduction of these two new and exciting venues has truly put Kirra Beach on the map as a must-visit destination. With the Kirra Beach Precinct filling a void that the Southern Gold Coast had previously lacked – a truly premium event location that combines stunning views, exceptional cuisine, and impeccable service. Whether you are a food and drink enthusiast, a beach lover, or simply someone seeking a memorable experience, Kirra Beach is the place to be.

So, gather your friends and loved ones, and head to Kirra Beach to indulge in the finest food and drink offerings, soak up the sun on the golden sands, and immerse yourself in the relaxed coastal lifestyle that this enchanting destination has to offer. Kirra Beach awaits, ready to welcome you with open arms and a taste of paradise.

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Kirra Beach House


If your idea of foodie heaven is tootling along picturesque country roads and dropping into glorious farms, restaurants and cellar doors along the way, then be sure to mark May 4th and 5th in your diary.

Now in its ninth year the iconic Harvest Food Trail, brought to you by Northern Rivers Food, is a unique opportunity to wander through the gates and into the paddocks, kitchens, bottling rooms and packing sheds of some of the Northern Rivers finest food and beverage producers. For food lovers, it’s the ultimate way of going behind the scenes to where the magic happens.

Spend time with our local salt-of-the-earth farmers and learn what connects them so deeply to their land. Sample their produce, pat their animals and take home a jar of honey or a wedge of divine, handcrafted cheese.

Meet the new breed of young and passionate distillers creating extraordinary businesses and producing internationally awardwinning whisky, vodka, gin and rum from local ingredients.

And talk food and wine with some our region’s finest restaurateurs. Join guided tours of their inspirational kitchen gardens and sample dishes created from the meats, fish, fruit and vegetables of their favourite local producers.

This year’s Harvest Food Trail is shaping up to be one of the best ever with some of the region’s finest farmers, producers and hospitality venues already confirmed - including Tweed River House, Potager, Duck Creek Macadamias, Five Sixty Farms, Nimbin Valley Dairy, Zentveld’s Coffee, The Spotted Pig, Cape

Byron Distillery, Marquis Macadamias, Elements of Byron and North Byron Hotel. .

Preceding the actual Harvest Food Trail are two days dedicated to tastings, cooking demonstrations and food knowledge and skills. Think foraging walks, tasting menus, cooking with fire, cocktail making, nose to tail eating, knife techniques and more. Expect special events at some of your favourite restaurants, pubs and farmers markets. Then on the Saturday at the Bangalow Bowlo, you’ll have the chance to sample and buy directly from some of the local stars of the food and beverage industry.

Already signed up for the Harvest Hub are new distillers, nut producers, plant-based cheese and milk producers, seafood sellers, exquisite shrub makers, olive growers, and native jams and honey producers. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with these small business owners and hear the stories behind their brands.

This year’s Harvest Food Trail program will feature many free-to-visit locations, and several ticketed events that usually sell out quickly. Full details, including an interactive map to help you plan your self-drive trail, are available at northernriversfood.org.



A melting pot of character and culture, the Gold Coast’s myriad of Asian-inspired restaurants swing open their colourful doors and we are here to explore!


From modern, fine dining restaurant Yamagen in Surfers Paradise to the brand-new Billy Chow in Kirra, the Gold Coast has an Asian eatery to suit all tastes. We’ve rounded up the best of the best so you can sample flavours from every corner of Asia, right here on your doorstep.


A feast for your senses awaits at Yamagen, found within QT Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise. A traditional Japanese restaurant with a modern twist, Yamagen boasts a playful interior surrounded by stunning gardens and an innovative menu by Executive Chef Adam Lane - who has made magic in some of the world’s top restaurants and is renowned for his innovation and finding ways to balance flavours into his exciting dishes. It’s a family affair, with Adam’s wife Yuka coming in each day to handcraft melt-in-yourmouth gyoza using a traditional recipe passed down from her grandparents. The pan-fried wagyu beef, miso mustard version is an absolute must. Next, you’ll want to sample the Spicy QLD Spanner Crab with crispy rice, ikura and red baby shiso, followed by a dish that will quite literally blow your mind – Miso Glazed Glacier 51 Toothfish with pickles cucumber, hazelnut and shiso. For the final ‘wow’ factor, finish with the visually stunning and equally tasty, Mt Fuji Apple – baked fuji apple and pomme de verte parfait, compressed apples, almond nougatine, miso caramel. Everything is plated to resemble a work of art and once you’re done ogling the eats, consider pairing your feast with a selection of sake or sampling a tipple from the largest whiskey collection in the state. yamagen.com.au


Stepping inside Mermaid Beach’s beloved Etsu, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported into a Japanese Izakaya. A nondescript entryway hides a whole new world beyond; think

curved ceilings, a low-lit moody vibe and some of the best sharestyle Japanese eats around. Gyoza, Yakitori and dishes fresh off the Robata Grill grace the menu and there’s a selection of Japanese whiskey to wash it all down.



Just a few minutes up the road is another Gold Coast institution, Itoshin, which has been dishing up authentic Japanese dishes in Mermaid Beach for decades. It’s a quiet, unassuming space constantly teeming with fans of the Kyoto-inspired dishes that pay homage to traditional flavours. Favourites include five styles of ‘Hot Pot’ where broth, noodles and veggies come together to create an unrivalled taste sensation. There’s sushi, skewers and banquet options and frankly, one visit won’t be nearly enough. itoshin.com.au

Yamagen Yamagen Yamagen Little Itoshin
Little Itoshin

Ally Chow

Pink neon lights the way to Nobby’s Ally Chow, a South East Asian-inspired, Chef Hat awarded venue that is as intriguing on the outside as it is on the inside. The circular space is dripping in pendant lights and greenery, accentuated by wrought iron and polished concrete floors and serving up fresh, share-style dishes like Betel Leaf with sticky pork and Burmese-style, slow cooked lamb shoulder that will have you sighing in your seat. allychow.com.au

Billy Chow

Ally Chow’s southern sibling, Billy Chow, slid open its doors just a few months ago with the intention of spreading the joy of food and carefully curated flavours throughout Kirra. The coastal-inspired venue offers both dine-in and takeaway options with dishes like Miso Toothfish cooked over charcoal, Spanner Crab Rice Paper Rolls and Beef Short Ribs on offer. billychow.com.au

Maggie Chu

In the heart of bustling Broadbeach is Asian-fusion restaurant

Maggie Chu. Inspired by the sensuality of hawker and street food markets of Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Bangkok, Maggie’s is quirky and cool. The space is loud and colourful and the food is a perfect match, with punchy flavours you won’t soon forget spun into dishes like Cheeseburger Spring Rolls, Miso Scallop Ceviche and Singapore Chill Bugs. maggiechoo.com.au

More flavours await at:

Little Itoshin

The smaller sister of Itoshin can be found tucked away in Miami with only 28 dine-in seats and all the exceptional eats you’d expect. litoshin.com


Intimate, fine dining awaits at Mudgeeraba’s Anekawa, an authentic Japanese restaurant with a changing menu reflecting the Gold Coast seasons. anekawa.com.au

Light Years

Fun and flavour-packed, Light Years in Burleigh is where creative cocktails meet a modern-Asian menu in a space brimming with good vibes. lightyearsasiandiner.com.au/burleigh-heads

Rick Shores

Famous the world over, Rick Shores boasts an unbeatable location and the best Fried Moreton Bay Bug Roll you’ll ever taste. rickshores.com.au

Light Years Light Years
Billy Chow


TAFE Queensland is at the helm of the marine industry with their new Marine Centre of Excellence in Coomera on the Gold Coast.

The only one of its kind in Queensland, the $11.8 million training facility is a nod to the diverse and growing needs of the Gold Coast marine sector.

As a major contributor skilling the industry’s workforce, the new campus can accommodate up to 500 students studying Certificate III Marine Craft Construction and Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology.

Karen Dickinson, General Manager of TAFE Queensland on the Gold Coast said the facility was purpose built to train and prepare the workforce for the anticipated growth in the superyacht and marine industry.

"TAFE Queensland collaborates with employers and industry to shape our courses so that they align seamlessly with the ever-evolving requirements of the marine sector to ensure our graduates are confident and capable," she said.

The campus has four classrooms, three soundproof workshops, mezzanine viewing platforms and demonstration screens for immersive teaching. It also boasts fiberglass chambers, mobile spray-painting booths, and a spacious pergola for boat storage.

Offering top-notch courses for school-based learners, international students and apprentices of any age, TAFE Queensland a crucial player in supplying a continuous stream of skilled professionals, meeting the industry's insatiable demand for expertise.

Among its thriving talents is Jack Sutherland, a 20-year-old second year apprentice in Marine Craft Construction at Maritimo.

Jack, who left school to pursue his maritime dreams said the Marine Centre of Excellence has exceeded expectations, offering abundant workshop space and state-of-the-art facilities.

"The new campus has everything I need to refine my craft to the best of my ability and I love that I get to do things that I might not have the opportunity to explore in a regular work setting,” said Jack.

Meanwhile, Jac Harman, a former army truck driver turned 1st-year apprentice at Maritimo said his time on campus gives him the opportunity to acquire new skills applicable to his workplace.

“The projects we work on in the workshop allow me to use tools I haven’t used before and the practical projects allow me to express creativity while honing my craft,” said Jac.

Jac's long-term goals are centred around a vision for a more sustainable future.

“As I move through my apprenticeship and after graduating, I would love to incorporate a more sustainable way to build boats using recycled materials,” he said.

The campus was designed with an eye on sustainability with large air tunnels and louver windows allowing ample ventilation - echoing Jac’s commitment to becoming an eco-conscious tradesman.

As the marine industry continues to chart unprecedented growth, TAFE Queensland’s Marine Centre of Excellence is positioned to be a hub for shaping the next generation of skilled professionals, ready to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the marine industry.

Learn more about Marine Centre of Excellence

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They say - In vino veritas - in wine there is truth. And so we set out to uncover the truth about the local wine bar scene and what it has to offer… As it turns out, it was a purely wine-derful experience!

What are the elements that make a good wine bar? We came up with a few key components to look for - the location, the ambiance of the venue, the overall service, the experience of the sommeliers and of course, an impeccable wine list! And with these things in mind we sipped, we dined and we joyfully composed a short list of the best wine bars not to be missed on the GC.

Starting in Bundall we discovered the funky vibe of Bar Leo. Already crowned ‘the hidden gem of Sorrento’ here is a fabulous, fully thought through, indoor/outdoor space that simply does not disappoint. With its open kitchen and modern design Bar Leo will have your senses heightened from entry. Run by local husband and wife team Alana and Jai (Jai also happens to be the chef), with fabulously attentive staff, and an international wine list and menu curated in thoughtful complementary union. On recommendation we enjoyed a glass of the Australian Valentine Pinot Noir, which paired perfectly with our Duck liver pate off the share plate menu. Come on a Sunday afternoon and you’ll enjoy the chill sounds of live music in the background, what’s not to love? Bar Leo is a sheer delight. Hats off to the small team that have ticked all our 'must have' boxes already. barleo.au

Next, we head to Burleigh Heads and find Paloma. Situated in the heart of town, this is the not so hidden gem of James Street; so well recognised in fact, Paloma was named by Gourmet Traveller as 2023’s Wine bar of the year just 10 months after opening their doors. Brought to you by the team behind award-winning restaurant Labart (also in Burleigh), Paloma has a seasonal menu that changes based on the high-quality and daily availability of produce as well as a specially crafted wine selection, so you simply won’t leave without having your palate enriched. We sampled the Italian Margò, Regio Bianco which is a must try for all orange wine lovers.


Just three minutes up the road we found ourselves in the immersive and intimate surroundings of La Bella Cellar. So much more than a wine bar, after newly changing hands, this exclusive fresh space delivers an elevated culinary experience that is not to be missed if you’re looking for the Gold Coast’s finest boutique wine and food destination. Boasting an exquisite selection of wines from around the world, both (food and wine) menus have been curated to give you the ultimate pairing experience and it absolutely doesn’t disappoint. We decided to keep it in the country and went with an absolutely cracking Barossa Valley Shiraz, Utopos, paired with a mouth-watering lamb tagine. Prepare to have your tastebuds blown by the experience.


Bar Leo
Paloma Wine Bar

Heading back up the coastline and into the heart of Broadbeach we are spoilt for choice. Firstly, we explore the multi-award-winning Moo Moo The Wine bar + Grill. If enjoying a juicy tender cut of aged beef and a delicious hearty red is your jam, then this is the place for you. Diving into the ocean-sized international wine list is all a part of the experience, so just prop yourself up on one of the high tables inside, around the bar or alfresco style with a group of friends, and your cup will runneth over with a plethora of exceptional beverages to choose from. We managed to land on the smooth Catena ‘High Mountain’ - a knock your socks off Argentinian Malbec which is definitely a crowd pleaser. Moo Moo’s is a well-known, long-standing institution in Broadbeach and, with its consistent reputation for style, quality produce and high calibre staff, satisfaction is guaranteed all year round.


Not far down the road, and one of the newer kids on the block, is the fabulous Vivo On Broadbeach. A Mediterranean inspired mixed grill and seafood cuisine by the culinary legend Danny Cecchi, this beautifully designed space offers a relaxed elegance for entertainment of all kinds. Whether its private dining or just people watching, wine in hand on the beautiful Broadbeach strip, this new contender has won our hearts for its chic style and satisfaction. vivoonbroadbeach.com

Finally, we take our tastebuds a little further north to the impressive Carafe Wine in Southport, which delivers premium wine on tap from a selection of Australia’s leading wine regions. Reintroducing the European style of decanting wine from a tap into elegant carafes, means wine not only maintains its freshness, but reduces the carbon footprint by a whopping 90%. Carafe Wine also works with Australian grape producers to maintain a sustainable winery process - so you get to enjoy award-winning wines whilst doing your bit for the planet. ‘Wine without waste’ – it works for us! carafewine.com.au

The truth is, we have only just scratched the surface on our wine bar tour. The Gold Coast is full to the brim with fantastic wine experiences - so book an uber, grab your mates and head off on your own adventure.

Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill Vivo on Broadbeach
Carafe Wine


In the bustling beachside suburb of Currumbin on the Gold Coast, a healing oasis awaits those seeking a truly unique and transformative experience. Re/Wind Currumbin is not just your average wellness centre, it is the ultimate Medispa sanctuary offering a range of services designed to nurture the mind, body and spirit.

At the heart of Re/Wind is the immersive Salt Therapy room, a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. This innovative therapy utilises the natural healing properties of salt to cleanse the respiratory system, improve skin conditions and promote overall wellbeing. The only one of its kind on the Gold Coast, the salt room’s soothing surrounds allows visitors to unwind and recharge.

But Re/Wind goes beyond Salt Therapy. With a team of experienced registered nurses, the centre offers a range of cosmetic treatments, including scar revision, PDO threads, and cosmetic injections. This unique combination of medical expertise and holistic care ensures that clients receive personalised treatments that enhance both their physical appearance and inner confidence.

Re/Wind is also the place to go for wellness classes that nourish the soul. Yoga, Pilates, Meditation & Breathwork, as well as women's circles which provide opportunities for self-reflection, growth and connection. With an in-house psychologist and naturopath, guests can also explore the emotional and spiritual aspects of their wellbeing, receiving guidance and support on their journey to finding inner peace.

What sets Re/Wind apart is a commitment to accessibility and affordability. Recognising the time constraints of modern life, their

sessions have been tailored to 35 minutes bookings, ensuring that self-care can be a priority for all. By keeping numbers limited and costs low, they are breaking the generational conditioning that has hindered women's self-love and care for decades.

Re/Wind is more than just a wellness centre; it is a movement towards holistic self-care and personal transformation. Whether you seek physical rejuvenation, emotional healing, or spiritual growth, this haven in Currumbin offers a comprehensive range of services to help you find your calm and rewrite your narrative.

31 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters

re-wind.com.au | @re_wind_currumbin

RE/WIND brings to you an experience like no other. Equipped with a salt therapy room, yoga and pilates classes, meditation and sound healing, along with two registered nurses to undertake anything from Scar Revision, to PDO threads, IV Vitamin Infusions and Cosmetic Injections.

re-wind.com.au 0404 149 375 31 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters, QLD, 4223 (upstairs from Nook Espresso)

Hours: Mon - 6.30am - 6pm | Tues - 9am - 6pm | Wed - 7am - 6pm | Thurs - 9am - 6pm | Fri - 9am - 6pm Sat - 10am - 2pm | Sun - Private Bookings Only



Cafe culture is strong in this city. Gold Coasters take their caffeine seriously and our local barista plays a vital role in our morning routine (And mid-morning. And lunch.) From fresh, French and al fresco to healthy beachside vibes and brews made from locally grown beans, we’ve got a good coffee buzz going on.

Rise Bakery - Hope Island

Bringing a touch of Parisian style to Sanctuary Cove, Rise Bakery is known for their fluffiest, flakiest, most perfect pastries, including eclairs, croissants, seasonal treats and artisanal bread. Chef Adrien Marcinowski is a master of French patisserie and creates truly exquisite sweet treats and quiches. Prepare for culinary pleasure - your eyes will roll back in your head when you take a bite of his incredible creations. In traditional style, each concoction is a delight for the eyes as well as the palate.

Adding an extra French flair, is the accompanying Champagne bar, so you can pair your pastry with a glass of real French bubbles. Cheers!

Must try: Mille feuille

1 Masthead Way, Hope Island | @risebakeryau

Stairwell Coffee - Surfers Paradise

Channelling some Harry Potter vibes, this inner-city cafe is tucked away under a stairwell in a Surfers Paradise alleyway. And just like our favourite wizard, the baristas here brew up some magic in the form of consistently excellent coffee made from locally roasted beans. The non-dairy drinkers love Stairwell for the extensive range of alternative milk on offer. A menu of mouth-watering jaffles and toasted bagels complement the drinks list and make the perfect breakfast option. With limited seating, Stairwell is more of a takeaway joint, but there are a couple of tables where you’ll see a steady stream of regulars and their doggos stopping in for their daily caffeine fix.

The Centre Arcade, Surfers Paradise | @stairwellcoffee

Rise Bakery

BSKT Café - Mermaid Beach

First things first - it’s pronounced ‘biscuit’. And from sunrise onwards, the dawn patrol, dog walkers, fitness enthusiasts, plantbased babes and families gather here for lunch, brunch, breakky, coffee and Oakberry acai bowls. Be sure to bring your dog down to this buzzing beachside hub and treat your pet to the BSKT Puppy Board featuring a puppacino on oat mylk and an organic dog cookie.

For humans, the all-day breakfast and lunch menu is full of fresh, healthy house-made wholefoods, bursting with flavour, and there’s something for everyone including gluten free/vegan/vego/ paleo/keto diets. Parents appreciate the little play area out back to keep toddlers entertained, and the sandy shores of Nobby Beach are mere metres away. Order takeaways and watch the waves roll in as you imbibe the blessed brew for a nourishing start to your day.

4 Lavarack Rd, Mermaid Beach | @bsktcafe

Commune - Burleigh Heads

Commune is a neighbourhood favourite and it’s easy to see why. This cafe has local character and a laid back, social feel - it’s the kind of place where groups of friends gather and people stop on the way back from the beach, barefoot with their dog in tow. Take a seat in the sunny courtyard and sip on supremely good Campos coffee or fuel up on fresh, wholesome fare like healthy bowls, salads, juices, breakfast classics and hearty lunch options. You’ll want to linger longer and try something from the cake cabinet.

1844 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh, Gold Coast @communeespresso

Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation

If you consider yourself a coffee connoisseur, take a trip to Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation in the Hinterland. Book a Crop-to-Cup tour to see first-hand how coffee is grown and processed, then head to the onsite cafe to experience a brew made from home grown beans carefully roasted and blended to highlight the unique flavours.

Housed in a quaint old Queenslander complete with white picket fence, the cafe has a sun-drenched al fresco terrace and sprawling, shady lawn where you can relax and enjoy a meal. The menu here changes with the seasons and fresh, local produce is the hero in gourmet sandwiches, juicy burgers, salads, cakes and share plates. Pair with craft cocktails, local tap beer and wine for a superb Saturday afternoon. Take a bag of freshly roasted beans home with you.

64 Alpine Terrace, Mount Tamborine @tamborinemtcoffee

A few of our other faves to check out


Name Lane Café & Bar

Broadbeach | @nonamelanecafe

ELK Espresso

Oasis Broadbeach | @elkespresso

Paddock Bakery

Burleigh Heads | @paddockbakery

Tarte Bakery and Cafe

Burleigh + Currumbin | @tartebakery

Hide 'n' Seek Espresso

Miami | @hidenseekespresso

Blackboard Varsity

Varsity | @blackboard.varsity

Haig St Cafe

Coolangatta | @haigstkirra

Commune Stairwell Coffee






Heads up foodies - save the date 17 - 26 May because Caper Byron Bay Food & Culture Festival is back for 10 days of culinary delights, cultural experiences and community connection.

With over 20 events in the program, scattered from the beach to the hinterland, from morning to night, in restaurants, businesses and iconic landmarks, Caper Byron Bay, presented by North Byron Hotel - the official watering hole of the festival - is a celebration of the region not to be missed.

Think long lunches, intimate dinners with celebrity guest chefs, art shows, fire cooking feasts, live music, cabaret, a brewery take over and wellness experiences - all packed between the official opening and closing parties. Head to North Byron Hotel for pre and post event drinks and a full 10 days of free programming with live music, wine tastings, pop-up food experiences, a family day with pony rides and kids’ entertainment… the list goes on.

The Caper program's tasty lineup has been curated by none other than local Mullumbimby boy turned standout star, Chef Louis Tikaram. Louis has a long list of chef accolades starting with Longrain, Bentley and Tetsuya in Australia, before heading to the US and putting E.P & L.P in West Hollywood on the map, followed by a return home to Stanley Restaurant where he’s currently shaking up the Brisbane dining scene.

Louis will be joined by two of Australia’s most exciting fire cooking chefs, namely Jake Kellie of acclaimed Arkhe restaurant in Adelaide, and Ross Magnaye from Seria Kitchen in Melbourne, for two special signature food events amongst the plethora of local talent for you to choose from.

Tickets go on sale in March, with events added weekly. Head to caperbyronbay.com to purchase and sign up to be notified with every new event added. TOP TIP - don’t miss the opening party which will see a dozen of the best Byron Bay and Northern Rivers restaurants come together for one night only! Tickets are limited so get in quick.



Autumn is for recalibration. It's for getting some exercise, nourishing our skin, and caring for our bodies in a way that is good for the planet. It's for outward looking and supporting those who support our communities. It's about doing good and feeling good.


Crafted from our stay-dry BodyBase fabric, the Zone Bralet, like all Cleo Harper Bralets, features three layers of breathable fabric and bra cups encased that are removable. RRP $79 cleoharper.com.au

SERVED Water 600ml


The fabric is just the right mount of compression and each panel is carefully placed to compliment your shape. RRP $109 cleoharper.com.au

Proceeds from SERVED, will back various initiatives, including donation boxes deployed in Gold Coast and Brisbane supermarkets, aiding Serving Our People's expansion plans. RRP $3.5 Available from Cafe Served Mermaid Beach & Pacific Fair sop.org.au


Replenish and renew post-summer skin with our favourite Vitamin C rich serum. An oil-free, lightweight serum that intensely hydrates and diminishes the appearance of hyperpigmentation, sunspots for a brighter complexion. RRP $94 retreatmentbotanics.com

Brookie’s Free Spirited G&T with Pink Grapefruit – No Alcohol here, this is your G&T, care-free. Made from Aussie rainforest botanical distilate & premium tonic. Just sip, savour and embrace the flavour. 4 x 275ml Bottles RRP $18.99 capebyrondistillery.com

LIVIN One Day Tee - Navy Stumble, Fumble, Stay Humble! Say hello to the "One Day Tee" - a comfy, 100% cotton shirt. It's soft and lightweight, perfect for your day-to-day shenanigans! RRP $55 livin.org

The Undercurrent Mermaid Beach T-Shirt

Loved by locals for its laidback, friendly neighbourhood vibe, Mermaid Beach received its name from the cutter HMS Mermaid. RRP $39 theundercurrent.com.au

Hiatus Beers

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In the mood for a succulent steak? There’re only a few places on our doorstep that focus on elevating our humble regular into an unforgettable epicurean experience.

Enter EMBER – an exclusive steakhouse situated on Jonson Street, Byron Bay. Nestled in the treetops within the Mercato on Byron complex, this chic, recently refurbished space hums with the vibe of local patrons and holiday makers alike. Multi-purpose areas have been designed for a diverse dining experience - a seat at the bar, the high tables or on the upholstered lounges is perfect for pre-dinner cocktails, an afternoon Spritz with friends or a post dinner nightcap, whilst hidden beyond the checkerboard floors is an elevated steakhouse experience with a New York aesthetic. There’s also dining on the deck, where, amongst the gum canopy you’ll find a gorgeous breeze heading directly from the ocean. An impressive spot that can be separated completely to cater for group bookings; from celebrations and parties to micro weddings.

The ambience and warmth are further enhanced by the exceptional service of an obviously close-knit and knowledgeable team, all of which is credit to owner, chef-turned-restaurateur, Troy Lister. “There’re no egos here. We value our locals, and we are all just working to create an outstanding dining experience every time.” A local of 30 years himself, Lister’s reputation for excellence precedes him - as the previous owner of the Beef & Beach at the Lennox Hotel - it's his passion for hospitality and love of the community which brought him to Byron.

Ambience and service might be a winning combination, but it’s the steak you come here for, and here’s where Lister’s knowledge, experience and determination to become the ‘standout destination for premium steak’ comes to the fore. “We looked around and realised there were no steak specialists in the area, so we made this our mission” he says. While Lister’s dedication to excellence starts with sourcing the freshest and highest quality produce available his secret weapon is undoubtedly, the premier piece of cooking equipment fondly known as the ‘Josper’. An enclosed charcoal grill, that cooks at temperatures of 400-500 degrees with controlled/low oxygen – helping to render the fat in the meats and imparting in the process, deliciously smoky, sweetly caramelised flavours. “The Josper changed everything in terms of how we cook food and especially, our steak. There’s nothing else like it, and the outcome is incomparable.” For Lister, it’s all about producing uncomplicated, delicious and consistently high-quality food or, as he says, “a product without the B.S.”

He's right, it may be high-quality, but pretentious it isn’t. With the menu delivering up simple yet delicious dishes - from seafood to a premier, melt-in-your-mouth wagyu – that are unsurpassed in terms of flavour. These are the kind of meals you think about for days afterwards.

And while steak may be the star of the show, Ember’s menu is diverse and caters to all tastes and dietary requirementsincluding gluten free and coeliac - as well as vegetarian, and vegan options for those who really can’t bear the red stuff. Still, for all the enthusiasts of the carnivorous kind, Ember is the place to go for the region’s premier steakhouse experience. emberbyronbay.com.au



As the concept of brands ‘giving back’ gains momentum, more businesses are being created with the altruistic intention of paying it forward - to the community, to charities, to the Earth and to each other.

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We’ve discovered some world-renowned brands built on our own sunshiney shores, making it their mission to not only spread positivity but give back in unique and inspiring ways.

One such brand is LIVIN, a Gold Coast-born non-profit organisation founded by Casey Lyons and Sam Webb in memory of their mate Dwayne Lalley who took his own life after suffering silently with a mental illness. “LIVIN started in 2013 after we lost a great man to suicide” says Casey. “We wanted to turn that heartbreak into a legacy.”

Realising early on that, although there were many great mental health organisations, there was also a significant gap, Casey and Sam set out to do something different. “Many organisations focus on diagnosis and treatment, rather than prevention - only offering interaction and assistance in reaction to an individual's health deteriorating to the point of mental illness.”

Instead, the boys wanted to create a brand that people could interact with whether they were having a good or a bad day, and set out to empower people by way of delivering a LIVINWell mental health program free of charge into schools and businesses around the country. “Through the amazing support of our partners and wonderful community-based fundraisers we are able to empower those suffering in silence to share their struggles and to equip people with the right tools to encourage and support one another” says Casey.

Garnering world-wide attention with the renowned hashtag #itaintweaktospeak, the brand is championed by some of the biggest names, including Chris Hemsworth. So how can we help? Besides buying merchandise, you can donate on the website with a one-off or ongoing payment; which of course goes towards spreading this valuable message where it’s needed most.

Show your support at livin.org

Good Intentions Co. was born of brothers Aaron and Adrian Andre who dreamt of creating a brand ‘doing better’. “My brother and I always wanted to run our own business” says Aaron, “and from the start, the plan was to give back to the community in some way, shape, or form.”

The idea grew after Aaron saw a woman in a bright yellow dress strolling down the street and thought, 'This lady does not look like she is about to


rob a bank, she looks like she has good intentions'. A funny thought he took back to his brother, and which ultimately set the ball rolling on a project they could call their own. “I hit him up with the idea of starting a clothing brand called Good Intentions Co.”

Offering quality tees with great designs, the next step was to bring their Giving Back Initiative into being. Through this initiative, Good Intentions Co. donates 10% of each sale to one of three amazing charities—Beyond Blue, RizeUp and Foodbank. “We're all about threads with a purpose” says Aaron, “and aim to make people feel good about looking good.”

Find your favourite piece at goodintentionsclothing.com.au

The Undercurrent is another Gold Coast brand born from a love of local culture and community and the desire to “flaunt the Gold Coast through the eyes of locals”. And that they do, with a collection of T-shirts designed by local artists depicting suburbs within the city. Not only supporting our artists, The Undercurrent also donates $2 from every shirt purchased to Surf Lifesaving Queensland, a volunteer-based community service organisation.

Entrepreneur and owner of the brand Carly King says, “I started The Undercurrent as an ode to the Gold Coast. I love this city, the people that make it tick and the unique vibe of each ‘burb within it. I chose to share the icons of each area in a quirky way utilising local artists in the design of each shirt.”

With most people associating surf culture with the Gold Coast, it made sense to Carly to connect with Surf Life Saving QLD who volunteer tirelessly throughout the year to keep our beaches safe. “It also tied in nicely with our name” she says. “The Undercurrent, works two-fold as a surf term but also a reference to the culture shift on the Gold Coast that is apparent just below surface level” she says.

And it’s not only the tourists who have jumped on board, it’s the locals who are proud as punch to wear these shirts and showcase the fabulous part of the world they live in.

Represent your favourite spot on the Gold Coast at undercurrent.com.au

The Undercurrent
The Undercurrent


Cleo Harper

The Gold Coast is undoubtedly a city built on an active lifestyle. From the early morning joggers to dedicated gym-goers, fitness is a way of life here. So, what better way to embrace our active lifestyle than by wearing the uniform of the GC – fabulously stylish and wonderfully comfortable activewear. Lucky for us, there are a host of amazing brands designed right here on our doorstep for all our exercise-but-make-it-cute needs.

Whether you're hitting the gym, going for a run along the beach, or practicing Pilates, there are a few things that are essential for the perfect workout ‘fit. First and foremost, comfort is key. We've all experienced the frustration of ill-fitting bike shorts or a crop top that just doesn’t stay in place. Second, breathability is a must, especially in the scorching Queensland sun.

And finally, let's not forget the cute factor. Activewear should not only feel good but also make you feel confident and ready to take on the world. Get ready to break a sweat in style as we explore some of the best Gold Coast activewear brands that are making a move in the industry.


If you're looking for activewear that exudes feminine luxury, look no further than Cleo Harper. This local brand is loved for its simple yet sophisticated designs and limited-edition collections. Each piece is carefully crafted with attention to detail, from the choice of fabrics to the selection of colours and patterns.

Founder and Creative Director Vanessa Levey explains, “At Cleo Harper, we blend feminine sophistication and forward-thinking design to curate exceptional activewear that resonates with our community. Our limitededition collections reflect our commitment to beautiful quality and stunning design for workouts and everyday wear.”

Cleo Harper offers a wide range of activewear pieces, from bralettes to tights and outerwear; and, if you're in need of some motivation to get moving, their luxe activewear is sure to turn heads. Gold Coast locals also have the added benefit of shopping in person at their flagship store in Burleigh Heads.



Kula Athletic, owned by Gold Coast mum Sarah Wallace, is another brand that deserves your attention. Originally created for yoga enthusiasts, Kula Athletic expanded after the team saw the opportunity to deliver high quality activewear for different body types. At the time, no other brands were making leggings or shorts with an inner gusset (no seam, front rise) so Kula Athletic launched their own. The pieces is designed with the purpose of having women feel good and look good.

Derived from the Sanskrit word for ‘community of the heart’ Kula Athletic is all about creating a sense of connection among strong, empowered women. With an emphasis on sustainability and slow fashion, their high-quality pieces are not only good for your body but also good for the environment - with 20 trees planted for every single purchase made - making Kula Athletic the perfect choice for those who want to look and feel their best while breaking a sweat.


Kula Athletic
Cleo Harper


Moana Smile Club is one brand guaranteed to bring a smile to your dial. Bold, colourful prints and unrivalled quality are the name of the game from the team who gifted us the Gold Coast’s beloved Moana Bikinis. Like their initial brand, Moana Smile Club’s pieces guarantee every wearer stands out from the crowd due to a passion for unique and exclusive prints, comfort and fabric that flatters every body.

Each garment offers four-way stretch, UV protection, moisture management and everything is squat proof. Moana Smile Club also recently released a waterproof active collection complete with anti-chafe technology. What a dream.



In 2017, Paris-Rose Paterson and Samantha Fulton-Kennedy began envisioning a slow fashion activewear brand embodying high quality over mass production, a brand that was committed to excellence in design, style and Australian made pieces that fit and flatter every figure. In 2018, Paris & I came to life with the mission of redefining leggings, empowering women and helping the planet by reducing their environmental impact.

Today, Paris & I have created an inclusive space for women to honour their authenticity through activewear pieces like onesies, jumpsuits, crops and of course, their famous and extremely flattering leggings. No matter your shape or activity of choice, Paris & I have the fit for you.


Paris & I
Moana Smile Club


Step into the captivating world of Sera J Wright, an esteemed Australian Photographer and Creative with a remarkable 14-year career that has taken her to breathtaking destinations around the globe.

Known for her unique style and exceptional eye for detail, Sera's work is a true reflection of her talent, creativity and passion for photography in a constantly evolving industry.

Sera effortlessly captures the essence of her surroundings in a variety of photography genres. From lifestyle and interiors to travel destinations and products, her portfolio is a visual masterpiece that leaves a lasting impact on viewers.

In addition to her professional endeavours, Sera leads a dynamic life split between her farm in Tenterfield, where she operates Knucklehead Wines with her fiancé, and her family home in Byron Bay, where she was born and raised. Constantly on the move, she dedicates a significant amount of time to traveling across Australia and the world to bring her clients' visions to life.

With an online platform that has been

thriving for over a decade, Sera shares her breathtaking prints with a global audience through her online print store. As a social media influencer with over 70,000 engaged followers, Sera also collaborates with companies, businesses, and brands to showcase destinations, accommodations, and products, making her a sought-after partner for those looking to connect with a diverse and captivated audience.

Sera's talent and ability to capture beauty were evident when she photographed the cover image for this issue at the qtQT at QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. Her portrayal of the location's unique charm brought the cover to life and set the tone for the entire publication. Immerse yourself in the world through Sera's lens and discover the beauty and wonder she captures in every frame.

Follow her journey on Instagram @serajwright. For inquiries and to explore her work serajwright.com

Imagine your team stepping away from the daily grind and immersing themselves in the serene surroundings of  Sugar Beach Ranch.

Our Equine Assisted Team Wellbeing Days can be tailored to meet the needs of your team or organisation.

Our focus is to guide your team members to be the best version of themselves and support your team to thrive.

Reward your staff with a unique experience they will remember forever.


Sugar Beach Ranch, South Ballina NSW



Autumn is the perfect time to get away. As the weather cools there’s nothing like an escape in nature; waking to the sounds of birdsong and crisp evenings spent by a campfire under a blanket of stars. But, if you’re not up for roughing it or hauling everything and the kitchen sink along with you, we have just the solution…

What if getting back to nature didn’t have to mean sacrificing a few creature comforts and a good nights’ sleep? Think fresh linen and plump pillows on a comfy bed, a private ensuite and even air conditioning! This is the world of glamping (glamorous camping) and here’s a few of our faves to get you inspired.

Cedar Creek Lodge
Cedar Creek Lodge

Woodland Luxe

No need to choose between relaxation and adventure, a stay at Cedar Creek Lodges’ newest offering, Woodlands Glamping, means you can have it all; indulgence included. Located amongst 114 hectares of Tamborine Mountain’s subtropical rainforest - part of the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast hinterland region - and set, overlooking the stunning Cedar Creek at Thunderbird Park, Woodlands Glamping is the perfect combination of natural surrounds, adventurous activities and rustic luxury for all the family – including the pooch. We are talking a king-sized bed, a private ensuite (with shower under the stars) and deck (with BBQ and, I’m sorry, but did someone say ‘jacuzzi’? Yes indeed!) The family tent even has a plunge pool – so after the kids are done with the TreeTop Challenge, Adventure Mini Golf and mining for Thundereggs, parents can relax on sun loungers and inhale a magnificent slice of nature.


The Magic of Nightfall

There’s a little piece of heaven on earth to be found by those who are looking for some remote indulgence with minimal impact on our natural surrounds. Experience crisp, fresh air, pure mountain stream water and homegrown food cooked and delivered to your tent at Nightfall - a sustainable and awardwinning glamping retreat set in a gorge of breathtaking scenery within the secluded Lamington National Park.

Find yourself unwinding in a luxurious two-person tent that boasts a 360-degree fireplace, a pair of vintage tin bathtubs, rain-head shower, flushing toilet, plush lounge and a king-sized bed made with luxe organic bedding. This is understated luxury with all the elements of camping we know and love - mountain wilderness, crystal-clear tumbling creek waters and simple fresh food. For owner Steve Ross, a self-confessed minimalist, the bush is the true hero here, so maintaining a small footprint on the land is paramount. Roll up the canvas walls to be cocooned in a mesh room, where inside appears to blur with outside and becoming one with nature is as easy as looking out. nightfall.com.au

Nightfall Nightfall

Private Tranquillity

If it’s a secluded romantic getaway you’re after, look no further than the luxury couples’ eco-retreat at Ketchup's Bank Glamping, Cannon Creek - in the heart of the spectacular Scenic Rim. Set on the edge of 100-acres of private eucalypt forest - and with only 6 guests hosted on the property and at any one time - the only signs of life you’ll encounter are the myriad of wildlife that are happy to roam, soar overhead and perch in the trees.

Enjoy private facilities positioned with spectacular views of Knapps Peak and the Border Ranges and watch the rolling mists settle over the valley from your hammock. Accommodation includes luxury linens, plush bath robes, internal ensuite and an alfresco kitchen; while hosts Anna and Alex add thoughtful personal touches like an indulgent breakfast hamper of locally sourced supplies, and even chopped firewood and damper ingredients for cooking on the campfire. This tranquil spot guarantees all the best bits of a camping experience, with nothing bad at all! ketchupsbankglamping.com.au

Retreat Away

King sized beds, kitchenettes and flatscreen TVs aren’t usually synonymous with the camping experience, but they are if you’re glamping at Tucker’s Retreat. Another Scenic Rim beauty offering couples space to unwind in a choice of two private eco-accommodations (children over 12 are welcome if you book both tents). Whether you’re up for a bushwalking or mountain bike adventure, a local winery tour or an afternoon exploring the charming village of Canungra, your day will be complete relaxing in your personal hydrotherapy spa under a vast, starry night sky.


Ketchup’s Bank Ketchup’s Bank
Purling Brook Falls Guest House

Glamping but make it a Yurt

How about something a little different? We couldn’t resist adding this magical beauty. Inspired by the yurts of Mongolia, Gwongorella - meaning ‘Dancing Waters’ - is tucked away in the rainforest of Springbrook Mountain, atop Purling Brook Falls. Enjoy the private space which comes complete with its own dancing water soundtrack - that is, the creek that runs through the property and is free to swim in - while lookouts, walking tracks, cafes and the Natural Bridge glow worm cave are just a stone’s throw away to explore. You’ll be captivated by the stunning central skylight or there’s the option of leaving the roof open on a clear night which makes for a breathtaking stargazing experience. The dwelling is completely self-contained with private bathroom and kitchen, and has the added luxury of an internal fireplace and outdoor firepit for cosying up on those crisp autumnal nights. Homemade meals are available on request as are holistic remedial massages and kinesiology treatments for the ultimate R&R experience. booking.com/hotel/au/purling-brook-falls-guest-house

Purling Brook Falls Guest House
Purling Brook Falls


qtQT - image credit: Sera J Wright ESCAPE 54

Escape the monotony of everyday life and embark on an unforgettable staycation with your squad. No need to worry about booking flights or renting a car - we've got the perfect destinations for a getaway with friends right here in the region.

Whether you're seeking a serene break in nature or sunset poolside cocktails in the city, we've curated a list of the best places to escape – so get ready for deep conversations, shared memories, and an epic adventure with your favourite people.



(As featured on our cover)

First up on our list is the ultimate cosmopolitan retreatqtQT - cute cabins in the heart of Surfers Paradise. These cosy hideaways redefine the meaning of ‘cute’ with an impeccable attention to detail and luxurious amenities. From the robes and bedding from I Love Linen, to the Drift Candles from Currumbin, every aspect of your stay is designed to make you feel pampered. Gear up for a tech-detox because, happily, there's no TV in sight. Instead, you'll find coffee table books and board games to entertain yourselves while hanging chairs and sun loungers make the perfect spots for reading, relaxing and catching up. Pack your togs and make use of the iconic black and white tiled QT pool, with private cabanas available to settle in for the day with drinks and snacks. Book cabins with adjoining balconies for sunset drinks or hang out on the lush tropical terrace, which boasts an outdoor kitchen with grill, smoker and wood-fire oven for bespoke feasts. And, if there’s enough people in your group to book all the cabins (there are 6 in total), the whole rooftop is yours to enjoy. Book in a private Pilates or yoga session, a chef-curated group picnic, a fun cocktail masterclass, or grab one of QT’s complimentary bikes and go exploring. With Surfers Paradise's vibrant bars, restaurants and clubs just a short stroll away, the qtQT cabins are the perfect base with everything you need for an unforgettable getaway. qtqtgoldcoast.com | @qtqtgoldcoast Surfers Paradise


Imperial Hotel

Walking through the airy, opulent foyer of The Imperial, luxury is omnipresent - from the giant crystal-chandelier suspended from the ceiling to the hand-crafted mosaics and bespoke furnishings. Continuing the legacy of Italian craftsmanship and style from its beginnings as the Palazzo Versace, this new chapter of five-star luxury has meant the hotel’s 200 rooms have been elegantly refurbished. Soak up the sophistication - there’s no need to leave the hotel. The 63m pool has its own white, sandy beach so make the most of it by booking a private cabana - complete with bubbles and indulgent snacks. In the evening, step out in your finest and enjoy a cocktail at Le Jardin before dining at Il Barocco Restaurant.

theimperialgc.com.au | @imperialhotelgc Main Beach



Cheshire Cat Motel

If you think highway motels mean itchy cigarette smoke-scented sheets and neon lights, prepare to be blown away. An original Gold Coast institution from the 1960s, the Cheshire Cat’s seven rooms have been lovingly renovated, serving up sleek, Art Deco style rooms, from doubles to two-bedroom bungalows. Book a few with your mates and enjoy the lush plunge pool, lined with cacti and an outdoor shower bearing a rainbow-shaped mantra - “wash your worries away”. The sand and surf of Palm Beach are just a 200m stroll away and, when the sun sets, there are restaurants and bars within stumbling distance.

cheshirecatmotel.com | @cheshire_cat_motel | Palm Beach


Mouses Houses

If you’re needing a nature escape, head to the hills. The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat offers 14 wooden chalets nestled in World Heritage Listed, Springbrook National Park. Relax with a wine in front of the fireplace and listen to the gentle streams trickling nearby and the call of native birds. Some chalets boast private hot tubs to soak away the stress and reconnect with friends. During the day, hike through the surrounding Gondwana Rainforest, enjoy a spot of tennis or relax in the sauna. mouseshouse.com.au | @mouseshouseretreat | Springbrook


Iconic Kirra Beach Resort

With salty sea breezes floating into your room and pristine sunlounges beckoning you poolside, it’s not hard to feel like you’re in a luxurious beachfront resort in the Bahamas. Cue, Iconic Kirra Beach Resort, where luxury meets relaxation. The stylish apartments - some with balconies perfect for sunset drinks - come in one-, two- or three-bedroom options. Here, the only thing stealing the attention from the modern interiors are the uninterrupted coastal views back over the Coral Sea to the high-rises of Surfers Paradise glinting in the distance. Take in Kirra Point, one of Australia’s most famous surf breaks, or laze in the 20m pool (heated in winter) and its inviting deck chairs, cook up a summer feast on the barbecue under the stars, or work out in the guest-only gym. It’s a home away from home and you and your mates will never want to leave.

iconickirra.com.au | @iconickirra | Coolangatta

The Imperial Cheshire Cat Motel
Iconic Kirr a Beach Resort


Combining progressive environmental practices with cutting-edge facilities, Robina Events Centre is redefining the landscape of eco-friendly events and is shaking up the way professionals meet and connect on the Coast.

Centrally located within TAFE Queensland's Robina campus, the innovative venue is one of the newest and most exciting additions to the Gold Coast events scene. With everything from environmental practices to tech requirements, Robina Events Centre (REC) is a catalyst for change in the way professionals convene and connect.

Boasting eight multi-purpose spaces, REC caters to a spectrum of event needs from grand corporate galas to intimate workshops, school formals to weddings, positioning itself as the go-to choice for local businesses and individuals seeking adaptability and flexibility.

The Anna Rose Room, REC's largest space, pays homage to environmentalist Anna Rose, offering a multi-purpose venue capable of accommodating up to 300 guests. This interchangeable room has the ability to modify to a multitude of configurations to suit smaller functions creating a harmonious atmosphere for any occasion.

REC’s sustainability ethos is echoed throughout the building, from its 250 solar panels, and EV charging stations, to composting initiatives. This dedication to eco-friendly practices positions REC as a pioneer in sustainable event hosting, enabling Gold Coast businesses to align their values seamlessly with their event venue, contributing to a positive impact on the planet.

Local flavour takes centre stage with REC's delicious food and drink packages, featuring locally sourced produce that supports regional farmers and businesses. Impressively, REC converts food waste into nutrient-rich compost, reinforcing its standing as a responsible choice for corporate gatherings and events.

Conveniently located, REC adds ease to event hosting with a dedicated events team ready to assist, ensuring seamless logistics and a stress-free experience. The REC team goes a step further by offering a free guide outlining the top ten tips for holding a sustainable event, empowering businesses to make eco-friendly choices. (Visit robinaeventscentre.com.au to get your copy.)

In a time where environmental responsibility is paramount, REC sets an impressive new standard for Gold Coast functions. Ideal for both corporate and family events, it invites businesses to champion eco-friendly practices while relishing in a sophisticated and versatile venue. The Robina Event Centre is not just a space; it's a powerful statement – a commitment to a sustainable future.

Learn more about Robina Events Centre: robinaeventscentre.com.au Facebook & Instagram@robinaeventscentre 57 GOLD COAST | AUTUMN 2024


Dorsett Gold Coast seamlessly blends modern luxury with environmental responsibility, captivating both leisure and business travellers.


Locale was invited to an overnight experience at this newly opened hotel, where we were placed in the elegantly designed Executive Twin Rooms. Stylish and minimalist in design, the room had a stunning view of the glittering Gold Coast from our private balcony and provided us with the perfect base for a relaxing retreat.

Equipped with amenities like a large flat-screen TV, Google Chromecast, rain shower and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, the Executive Twin Rooms cater to the needs of any traveller. The Executive rooms also include free and exclusive access to the Executive Lounge located on Level 19, enhancing our experience, offering sweeping views and indulgent meals throughout the day.

Jin Café & Bar on Level 1, offers a delightful haven for indulging in both refreshments and light bites. Transitioning seamlessly from a charming café in the morning to a sophisticated cocktail bar by nightfall; its versatility caters to diverse preferences. The intimate atmosphere, coupled with its array of signature cocktails, elevated the experience and stood out as a memorable highlight of our visit.

Notably, the adept mixologist adds a dash of flair, crafting bespoke cocktails tailored to individual tastes, ensuring an unforgettable evening.

A morning swim at the Level 6 pool, accompanied by stunning views of the Gold Coast, was a refreshing start to the day, while the poolside bar and restaurant provided delicious refreshments, adding to the overall experience.

Situated within The Star Gold Coast complex, the hotel enjoys proximity to key attractions like the Convention and Exhibition Centre and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. With 313 contemporary guest rooms, including accessible options, Dorsett Gold Coast ensures comfort and convenience for all guests while showcasing local talent through art installations.

The hotel's commitment to environmental sustainability is also evident through its Green Globe certification and Guest Room Management System, reflecting a conscientious approach to reducing its ecological footprint.

Dorsett Gold Coast is a harmonious blend of luxury, sustainability and convenience, promising an unforgettable experience for discerning travellers seeking the best of the Gold Coast.




He's conquered the charts and captured us with his infectious energy and heartfelt lyrics. Casey Barnes, the Gold Coast's golden boy of country music, is on a meteoric rise and his latest single, "God Took His Time On You," just hit ARIA gold.

Beyond the accolades and sold-out shows, what drives this passionate artist? We sat down with Casey to delve into his music, his inspirations, and the magic of connecting with fans on a global stage.

Congratulations on receiving your first ARIA gold record for your single 'God Took His Time On You'. How does it feel to achieve such a milestone in your career?

Look if you’d have told me any of the things that have happened to me over the last 12-18 months would happen when I was first starting out, I’d have never believed you! It’s just been surreal and something I’ll never take for granted.

Can you share with us the story behind the song ‘God Took His Time On You’ and what inspired you to write it?

The song really started out as a dedication to my wife, but to see it connect with so many people around the world has blown me away. I was fortunate enough to team up with two incredible song writers in Nashville who have become great friends and it all really started with how to capture the ultimate tribute to your partner. It’s pretty tough to beat the lyric ‘when heaven dreamt you up, God took his time on you.’

How does it feel to be the only Australian artist on the lineup for Stagecoach in California this April!?

Its genuinely a dream come true. Playing Stagecoach has been on the bucket list for nearly a decade and the lineup for this year is insane - with the likes of everyone from Morgan Wallen, Willie Nelson, the Beach Boys, Post Malone and the list goes on. It’s the ‘Coachella of country music’, in the same location, 75,000 people and one massive party. We can’t wait!!

Your album ‘Light It Up’ has been a massive success. Can you give us a sneak peek into what we can expect from your upcoming studio album in 2024?

I’m so excited about this next record. I don’t think I’ve put more work into anything I’ve released up until now like I have with these new songs. You always want to make sure your next album is a step up from your last and I really feel that this one is, even with all the success we had with ‘Light It Up’. I’ve been able to push the boundaries a bit, work with some incredible writers and producers both here and in the States. Stay tuned because it’ll be out soon!

Your current single ‘Miracles’ is receiving a lot of love from fans. Can you tell us what it means to you personally?

It was so good to team up again with Sam and Kaci from Brown & Gray to co-write ‘Miracles’. Something magic always seems to happen when the three of us get in a room. Miracles has such a positive message, all about those sliding door moments in life and the power of how the right relationship can bring you out of even the darkest places

You've had an incredible year with multiple award wins and chart-topping singles. What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Geez that’s a tough question… It’d be a toss-up between winning my first ARIA last year along with my first Golden Guitar. I’m fortunate to have the most amazing fans and team behind me.

As a proud Gold Coaster, what do you love most about calling this place home and how has it influenced your music and overall lifestyle?

I love the fact that you can still base yourself here on the GC and have success. Back in the old days there was often an expectation

that you’d have to move to Sydney or Melbourne, but now we’ve got so much talent here in our own back yard. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!

Your live shows are known for being electrifying. Can you give us a glimpse into what fans can expect from your upcoming tours in Australia and the U.S?

We’re literally working through that as we speak. It’ll be a brandnew show, lots of surprises, a bigger band lineup and lots of energy. It’s my favourite part of creating music for a living -there’s nothing better than playing live and that connection you get between you and your audience.

With over 60 million combined streams, your music undeniably resonates with fans worldwide. How does it feel to know that your songs have touched the lives of so many people?

Yeah, that part still blows me away. It really hit home when we were on tour in the US last year and the crowd were singing the words to the songs back to me. There’s no better feeling!


Best beach: Currumbin

Fave local coffee spot: The Salt Mill, Currumbin

A place to escape: Currumbin Valley

Local restaurants you like to dine at: We love Mr Hizola’s in Burleigh

Place to chill with family and friends: Nothing better than some of the local cafes where we live in Currumbin




There’s the surround sound, the darkness, the salty popcorn and sweet choc tops, and of course, the star of the show- the giant silver screen. Nothing quite beats the magic of the movies, and here are the Gold Coast’s best.

In 1895, the “talkies” arrived in Australia and, while moving pictures had been projected before, this was the first time an audience could watch a film with sound thanks to a kinetophone. Those there were given an earpiece made from a wax cylinder to hear the sound from a phonograph, synchronised with images projected from an Edison kinetoscope.

From 1915 onwards, Hollywood’s Golden Age dawned, launching stars like Cary Grant, Ingrid Berman, Clark Gable and Audrey Hepburn shining bright on the silver screen.

It was the go-to Saturday night date night, from holding hands in the back row to getting cosy in the car, radio hanging on the door, at the drive in.

And the Gold Coast has had its share of the pie. Award-winning director Baz Luhrman nicknamed the city “Goldiewood” thanks to the growing number of big-budget blockbusters being filmed here, including Elvis, Thor, Pirates of the Caribbean and Aquaman.

For children, as it has done for more than 100 years, the smell of buttery, salty popcorn will forever be tied to cinemas with quirky carpet, plush seats and being cocooned in a dark cavern with surround sound and a screen bigger than a school bus.

Create new memories – and relive old ones – with a trip to a Gold Coast cinema, where there’s everything from the latest blockbusters to nostalgic screenings of cult classics, right through to arthouse and indie flicks and touring international film festivals.


Relive the glory days like Danny and Sandy and take your crush to the drive-in cinema at Yatala. Top tier is a ute that you can back in for prime viewing, but for those in a sensible sedan, simply fold the back seat up and make a love-nest out of pillows and blankets. Failing that, deck chairs or beach loungers spread on the grass will work just as well. There are three cinemas operating at once, which fan out from a central 1950s style candy bar featuring a life-sized Elvis

and Marilyn. Yatala features new releases but also hosts special screening nights of retro films. Tune in your car stereo - or portable radio - to your screening’s audio and enjoy. Limited old-fashioned radios to hang on your car door are available to hire on Field 1. Dogs are welcome (must be kept on a lead).

100 Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road, Stapylton fivestarcinemas.com.au/drive-in


The Home of the Arts Cinema has long been the beating heart of the Gold Coast’s film scene. Hosting the annual 10-day Gold Coast Film Festival - whose red carpet has attracted the likes of Lincoln Lewis, Leah Purcell and Catherine Martin - screenings range from foreign films to new release blockbusters.

The licensed bar allows patrons to take their favourite tipple into the cinema, and the cafe outside is the perfect meeting place to grab a bite before or after the show. For the romantics, squeeze in a drink at the sky-high bar The Exhibitionist at the nearby art gallery.

135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise hota.com.au/whats-on/cinema

HOTA Cinema Yatala Drive In


The independent cinema chain opened on the former Gold Coast Hospital site in 2022 with 11 screens that show everything from recent releases to art-house films. Dendy Southport has also hosted various overseas film festivals, including the Chinese Film Festival and the Indian Film Festival. The cinema is fully licensed - so you can enjoy an alcoholic beverage with your popcorn - and the small bar is the perfect place to catch up before the curtains open. Queen Street Village boasts a number of food options if you’re wanting a bigger bite before or after showtime.

Queen Street Village, 129 Queen Street, Southport southport.dendy.com.au/cinemas-southport


Pack a picnic, grab a rug and pillows and take in a movie under the stars. From the Broadwater Parklands to beachside parks, family friendly films are beamed from special outdoor screens. Movies range from recent releases to nostalgic classics - think School of Rock and Air Up There to Mario Bros and Spider-Man. On site are food trucks (and ice cream trucks) if you can’t be bothered bringing your own hamper. And the best part? The screenings are free, thanks to the City of Gold Coast.

Various locations | cityofgoldcoast.com.au/movies


Known in the 1950s as the Victory Theatre, Brunswick Head’s cinema was abandoned in the 1990s. After sitting dormant for 30 years, it was given a much-needed facelift and has been lovingly restored as the Brunswick Picture House. It is cosy and quaint, with a licensed original bar and snacks and doubles as a home to cheeky cabaret and comedy shows.

In all her art deco regalness, The Regent stands proud in Murwillumbah as it has done since it was built in 1947. Upgraded with air conditioning, surround sound and state-of-the-art production the cinema shows blockbusters, cult classics and arthouse films.

brunswickpicturehouse.com | the-regent.com.au

Movie under the stars Brunswick Picture House
The Regent



A new beacon of creativity and innovation is set to light up Byron Bay’s night sky.

OTHERWORLD, the most unique immersive, light and art gallery in Australia, is ready to captivate audiences with its mesmerising display of colour and light, promising to transport visitors to a realm where art, technology, and imagination collide.

"We have curated a group of brilliant artists from around the world and from our own region, to create a place for both locals and visitors of all ages to explore, enjoy, and be enraptured," says OTHERWORLD co-founder Simon Richardson. "Otherworld is not just a gallery, it's an experience. A place where each step is a discovery, each corner a canvas of colour."

From interactive kinetic artworks to 360-degree experiences, OTHERWORLD offers a diverse range of installations that invite audiences to step into a world of wonder. One of the standout pieces, The Divine Touch by artist Lumos, transforms the audience's touch into a dance of ethereal light and colour, creating a spellbinding journey of awe and wonder.

Lumos shared his inspiration behind The Divine Touch, "I wanted to create an interactive experience that would engage the audience on a sensory level. By allowing them to physically interact with the artwork, I hope to evoke a sense of wonder and connection to the world around them."

Another highlight is Inner Drift (variation #2) by artist Simon Burgin, an interactive animated work that encourages audiences to consider chaos, order and complexity through body movement. Burgin explains, "I wanted to create a piece that would challenge viewers to explore their own inner experiences and how they relate to the world at large. By inviting them to physically engage with the artwork, I hope to spark a deeper sense of introspection and connection."

But perhaps the most striking installation at OTHERWORLD is ‘Ngarindjin’/Eagle by artist Andy Forbes, in consultation with the late Minjungbal elder Uncle Magpie. This majestic eagle sculpture, with its 8-metre wingspan, embodies the spirit of

the wedge-tailed eagle, a primary animal totem of the area. As visitors gaze up at the sculpture, they are reminded of the ancestral spirits that watch over them, keeping them safe.

In addition to the immersive art installations, OTHERWORLD also offers a 360-degree projection dome, the only one of its kind in the northern rivers area. This dome provides a truly immersive experience, allowing visitors to step into award-winning films from around the world. Currently playing is Labyrinth by artist Sergey Prokofyey, a visual journey through a fantastical labyrinth that challenges viewers to rethink their perception of space and time.

OTHERWORLD is at the forefront of a revolution, bringing cutting-edge technology and artistry to the creative hub of Byron Bay. As visitors step into OTHERWORLD, they are not just spectators, but active participants in a transformative entertainment experience.

To complement the immersive art installations, OTHERWORLD also features Ayusoma, an elixir bar offering signature handcrafted elixirs. Visitors can sip on these unique concoctions as they explore the gallery, adding an extra layer of sensory delight to their experience.

OTHERWORLD is set to become a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike. Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiast or simply looking for a new and exciting experience, OTHERWOLRD promises to captivate and inspire all who step through its doors. For further information and tickets visit otherworld. live and prepare to be enchanted by the magic of OTHERWORLD. It’s unlike anything you've ever experienced before.



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