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SEPTEMBER 2013

SURFERS PARADISE / EVENT GUIDE / ART & CULTURE / MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT / FOOD & LIFESTYLE

THE CHANGING FACE OF SURFERS PARADISE

SAND, SUN & FAMILY FUN IN SURFERS PARADISE

YOUR GUIDE

TO THE 2013 SURFERS PARADISE KIDS WEEKEND

ARMOR ALL GOLD COAST 600 THE RACE THAT STOPS THE GOLD COAST

NICKELODEON’S SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS

IN PARADISE


shop, dine & play

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3 levels of shopping, dining & entertainment Cavill Mall Surfers Paradise www.centrosurfersparadise.com.au • Phone 07 5592 0155

Shopping Centre


The Event 2014 The iconic Australian real estate event of the year is coming soon!

Be a part of this high profile real estate event that year after year creates magnificent opportunities and results for our sellers. The culmination of this intense marketing program is a series of auctions including Residential, Prestige, Commercial & Marine. The impressive marketing program and auction line-up reaches well over a million people and is held on the Gold Coast on January 27th 2014. Places are strictly limited. Call us today toll free on 1800 198 009 visit www.rwsp.net.au or email j.shaw@rwsp.net The Surfers Paradise Group


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CONTENTS COVER STORIES

ARTS & CULTURE

LIFESTYLE

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The Changing Face of Surfers Paradise

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What’s On – Arts & Culture

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Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants

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Kid’s Shop

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10 for 10: 10 Kid’s Meals for $10 or Less

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Budds Beach: Surfers Paradise’s Best

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in Paradise 14

Your Guide to the 2013 Surfers Paradise Kids Weekend

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ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600

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Sand, Sun & Family Fun

SPORT 22

What’s On – Sport

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Australian PGA Championship Returns to the Gold Coast

REGULAR FEATURES

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Bulletin Board

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Surfers Paradise Ambassador

ENTERTAINMENT

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Precinct Map

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Experience Bazaar at QT Gold Coast

Kept Secret 48 50

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets Weekend Escapes: Celebrating in Ladylike Style

What’s On – Melbourne Cup

Golden Boys: The Stafford Brothers Zagame's Paradise Resort: Heaven for Kids, Paradise for Parents

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Precinct Magazine, an initiative of Surfers Paradise Alliance Limited spa@surfersparadise.com www.surfersparadise.com

WELCOME NOTE

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elcome to our new look Precinct Magazine. We’ve been working hard over the past few months, putting together a publication that we think is not only informative, but also entertaining. We hope that this issue, and each forthcoming issue of Precinct Magazine will help you discover a brand new Surfers Paradise, with ideas on where to go and what to do and see.

This issue is focused on family fun, tying in with the great events being brought to you by Surfers Paradise Alliance in the coming months. The annual Surfers Paradise Kids Weekend is back on September 21 and 22 with a few guest appearances from

Published by Nude Publishing, a division of Nude Creative Pty Ltd www.nudepublishing.com.au Art Direction, Editorial & Production Nude Creative hello@nudecreative.com.au www.nudecreative.com.au National Advertising Manager Peter Wastie peter@nudepublishing.com.au Cover Photography Vince Valitutti

some very special stars – turn to page 14 to read all about it. There’s also a great story on child-friendly entertainment in Surfers Paradise (see page 34) as well as our top picks for yummy kid’s meals that won’t break the bank (see page 42).

Additional Photography Melanie Tjoeng Gold Coast Tourism

There are also a few stories the adults will appreciate. Sporting enthusiasts will love our guide to this year’s ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 (page 28) and our overview of the Australian PGA Championship, which returns to the Gold Coast for the first time in nearly 40 years (page 26). Foodies will enjoy our introduction to the chefs behind some of Surfers Paradise’s greatest fine dining restaurants (page 44). Don’t forget to take a few minutes to complete our survey on page 38 and let us know what you thought of the new Precinct Magazine. You’ll even go into the draw to win a double pass to see Tom Hanks’ latest blockbuster movie, Captain Phillips. Until next time … The Team at Precinct Magazine

Printed in Australia by Webstar www.bluestargroup.com.au Disclaimer. No part of this publication may be reproduced or copied in any form by any means without prior written permission from the Publisher. Opinions expressed in this magazine are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Surfers Paradise Alliance Limited or Nude Publishing. Every issue of Precinct Magazine is prepared with careful attention to accuracy. Please use this magazine as a general guide. Precinct Magazine expresses the views of the authors and is based on the information available at the time of publication and it is not to be taken as advice. All prices quoted in this publication are correct at time of printing. All editorial material is accepted in good faith. We welcome editorial and photographic contributions.


THE CHANGING FACE OF SURFERS PARADISE

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ou would have undoubtedly noticed the improvements made to the Surfers Paradise backdrop of late; from the refreshing changes on Cavill Avenue and the Surfers Paradise Foreshore, to the prestigious and internationally recognised Soul development, locals and tourists alike are flocking to the area to take advantage of the recent upgrades. The objective of the redevelopment was to create a space on the Surfers Paradise Foreshore where man-made attractions were equal to the natural beauty of the surrounds, and so far the venture has proven to be a great success. The upscale redevelopment is attracting a new class of tourists to the area who are enjoying the fact that the Gold Coast is living up to its reputation of coastal luxury. For locals, the upgrades have ultimately reconnected the heart of Surfers Paradise to its finest attraction: the beach. Newly built

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pedestrian pavements, ramps and stairs all lead directly to its shores. Injections of urban furniture and lively beach markets are turning the space into a functional, contemporary hub for all to enjoy. While special care has been taken in consideration of the pedestrian environment, the new look and feel is also providing ample opportunity for business spaces, all of which are contributing to a booming commercial precinct. Practically speaking, the upgraded roadways, new civil and drainage works and alterations to street services and street lighting have contributed to the overall feeling that change is for the better among locals. The design has de-cluttered, refreshed and encouraged local engagement of the area, while inspiring newfound appreciation of Surfers Paradise from an international audience.

Rising magnificently to an awe-inspiring 77 levels high, Soul is the outstanding centre point of the Surfers Paradise Foreshore. Situated directly on the revived beachfront esplanade, you will be greeted with sublime views from the top floors, while down below, passers by can enjoy an exceptional fine dining experience at Soul’s signature restaurant, Seaduction (read more on Seaduction on page 44). The surrounding retail precinct boasts an array of casual international cuisines, with some of the most renowned designer labels such as Prada, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Cartier all within easy walking distance. The major public redevelopment means exciting times ahead for Gold Coast residents and visitors. While plenty has been accomplished, there is much more to come for the future of Surfers Paradise.

The new layout on Cavill Mall integrates seamlessly with the adjoining area of Soul.

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BULLETIN BOARD HOLIDAY SAFE

GOLDLINQ: CONNECTING THE COAST

COAST FAREWELLS LOCAL PROPERTY GURU

Just as important as it is to have a fun, family escape in Surfers Paradise, it’s also important to remember to stay responsible for your personal safety. Keeping Surfers Paradise safe is everyone’s responsibility and our friendly police officers are always ready to offer a helping hand. Remember to take the instructions of any uniformed individual; this includes Surf Life Savers, who work to make our beach as safe as possible. Surfers Paradise is one of the most famous holiday destinations in the world for all the right reasons. Let’s work together and help our lifeguards and police officers, to ensure its reputation as a safe haven continues.

Construction on the Gold Coast light rail system is winding down, with a mid-2014 launch date firmly set in sight. Connecting Griffith University to Broadbeach, the light rail will also pass through Southport and Surfers Paradise, with stations at:

It was with great sadness that we recently farewelled one of the Gold Coast’s best-known property figures, Tony Tooma. His unexpected passing has left a hole in the industry that will be hard to fill.

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Gold Coast University Hospital Griffith University Queen Street Nerang Street Southport Southport South Broadwater Parklands Main Beach Surfers Paradise North Cypress Avenue Cavill Avenue Surfers Paradise Northcliffe Florida Gardens Broadbeach North Broadbeach South

Hugely respected across the wider Gold Coast community, Tony counted influential Gold Coasters such as Mayor Tom Tate and Federal MP for Moncrieff Steve Ciobo among his friends. He was actively involved in many community and charity projects, serving on the Gold Coast Rapid Transit Precinct Advisory Group and acting as the auctioneer at the Gold Coast Mayoress's Charity Ball. Tony was also much loved in the local Greek community. His contribution to the constant development of Surfers Paradise will always be remembered and our thoughts and well wishes go out to his family.

Construction is on schedule and the project has injected nearly $200 million into the local economy to date.

DON’T FORGET TO SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SEEK, SLIDE With an average of 245 fine days a year, the sun is almost always out in Surfers Paradise. That’s why it’s important to always apply sunscreen before heading outdoors and cover up with a hat and sunglasses when you’re out and about, even on a cloudy or overcast day. Carry a small tube of sunscreen with you for touch-ups throughout the day and you’ll be sure to stay sun safe from dusk ‘til dawn.

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To check on current road closures, visit www.surfersparadise.com and to stay up to date with the latest news and updates from GoldLinQ, follow on Twitter at @gclightrail or visit www.goldlinq.com.au

STAY INFORMED You can keep up to date on all things Surfers Paradise by visiting our website, www.surfersparadise.com or connecting with our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/surfersparadiseqld

THE KIDS EDITION / September 2013


COVER STORY

NICKELODEON’S SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS

IN PARADISE

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COVER STORY

Recognised as the world’s leading entertainment brand for children, the Nickelodeon network - encompassing the Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. pay-TV stations here in Australia - really are doing it for the kids. With a strong belief in the family unit, Nickelodeon have managed to create a string of breakout shows and characters that have not only achieved cult status with the under 15s, but have become secret guilty viewing pleasures for grown ups too.

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ake, for example, SpongeBob SquarePants. When this “absorbent and yellow and porous” larrikin made his debut on Nickelodeon in 1999, it’s hard to think anyone could have predicted the success he was destined for. But more than a decade later, and SpongeBob SquarePants is still Nickelodeon’s highestrating show of all time. The show’s innovative ideas and clever writing gave it a universal appeal that has stood the test of time, gaining celebrity fans including US President Barack Obama and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who reportedly watch the show with their children. But it’s not just animated characters like SpongeBob SquarePants who have made Nickelodeon the biggest players in children’s entertainment. The network is also loved for its real life antics such as Slime Time. Running from 2000 – 2003, the Slime Time Live television show was a live show in which audience members were selected to participate in a quiz on stage. If they answered a question incorrectly, they would be ‘slimed’; a bucket (or three) of gooey green mess would be poured over their heads. Slime Time has now been reinvented as a stage show, and will be making an appearance at the 2013 Surfers Paradise Kids Weekend (along with SpongeBob SquarePants himself)!

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COVER STORY Precinct had a chat to Nickelodeon hosts Luke and Wyatt and gained some insight into all things Nickelodeon. P: Why do you think kids love slime? L&W: Being slimed is the ultimate honour. It’s a life-changing experience. Nothing can describe it. Until you’ve been completely dunked in slime, you really haven’t lived. We’ve been slimed heaps of times and we still love it to the max. P: What’s it like to be slimed? L&W: Imagine Christmas Day combined with your birthday. Now, times that feeling by TEN and make it into a liquid and spray it everywhere! We can't wait to host SLIMEFEST again. You can watch it on Nickelodeon on Monday 30 September. It’s all our Christmases and birthdays coming at once, with a soundtrack of awesome live music.

P: Why do you think SpongeBob SquarePants is still so universally popular? L&W: For a start, he lives in a pineapple under the sea, which is a pretty great real estate location. But more importantly, he’s seriously funny, and eternally positive and optimistic no matter what the world serves up. Plus he has a pet snail called Gary.

P: You’re a duo like SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Starfish - which one are you more like? L&W: Well I (Wyatt) think I'm more like SpongeBob SquarePants because I'm cute and have a funny giggle. Luke is more like Patrick Starfish because he's not all there and goes "duuuuh" a lot.

P: Who’s your favourite character in the show? L&W: Squidward, because he plays the clarinet and that's classy.

P: You were recently on the Gold Coast filming the latest series of Camp Orange at Sea World – what did you love about the place? L&W: All of the ANIMALS! I loved meeting all of them, the polar bears, the dolphins, and the seals. One of the seals gave me a big kiss!

P: Do you have a favourite SpongeBob SquarePants saying/quote? L&W: “It’s no secret that the best thing about a secret is secretly telling someone your secret, thereby adding another secret to their secret collection of secrets, secretly.”

You can catch up with SpongeBob SquarePants in person as part of this year’s Surfers Paradise Kids Weekend lineup. For more details on show times, please read our article on pages 14 – 16.

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ach year in the September school holidays, Surfers Paradise transforms for the Kids Weekend, a child’s dream event with entertainment and activities spread across the beach city. This year it’s back bigger and better than ever with star attractions including Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and Slime Time Live, as well as Ronald McDonald and all his friends. Read on to find out what’s happening and where, so you can plan the ultimate kid’s weekend in paradise.

TO SEE This year’s line up is jam packed with plenty to see, including exciting live stage shows and entertainment such as a blockbuster movie being screened right on Surfers Paradise Beach and a fireworks display. The live shows will take place in the Main Stage Pavilion, located on Surfers Paradise Beach, at the end of Hanlan Street. Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants Live Stage Show: Stories from Bikini Bottom Join SpongeBob SquarePants and his best friends as he relives his favourite adventures in this fun interactive stage show. Ronald McDonald and Friends Live Stage Show This 30-minute stage show is filled with song and dance and will have your little ones grooving along as Ronald and the gang track down that pesky Hamburglar!

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Nickelodeon Slime Time Live This live game show involves lots of fun audience interaction and even features a surprise appearance from a very special guest. Beach Cinema: The Avengers The kids will love seeing this blockbuster film on the big screen, as they get comfy on the sand of Surfers Paradise Beach. Screening begins at 6pm on Saturday. Fireworks As The Avengers Beach Cinema finishes, the Surfers Paradise Foreshore will explode with all the colours of the rainbow in a stunning fireworks display.

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Located along the Surfers Paradise Foreshore and operating from 11am until 4pm on the Kids Weekend, these attractions will keep kids of all ages entertained.

Surfers Paradise truly caters for all tastes, offering everything from fast food to fine dining, with all types of cuisines represented. For our top picks for kid-friendly feeds in Surfers Paradise, check out our article on page 42.

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Children’s Beachside Markets Bungy Trampoline Mini Golf Rock Climbing Wall Jumping Castles Timezone Games Hub Face Painting

TO LEARN Have some fun – and learn along the way – at the Paradise Resort Activity Hub, where workshops will be held from 11am until 4pm over the Kids Weekend. Kids will be able to take part in:

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WHERE TO STAY? If you truly want your Kids Weekend experience to be all about the kids, then there is no other place to stay but Paradise Resort. To find out more, read our feature on Paradise Resort on page 39. For more information on facilities or the Kids Weekend, visit www.surfersparadise.com

• Cup Cake Decorating • Colouring-In • Balloon Twisting

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TIPS AND

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PLAN AHEAD Make a list of the activities and attractions the family want to see and devise a schedule to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. Don’t forget to pencil in times to sit down for a snack and lunch.

BE ORGANISED Pack your bags and the car the night before and include a clean change of clothes for each child in a separate clear zip lock bag, labelled with their name. Don’t forget the sunscreen, hat, a few snacks and some cool drinks.

BE IN THE KNOW Take the map from the centre of this magazine with you – we’ve highlighted the best spots to park and available rest room facilities so the hard work is done for you! Take a photo of our 10 for 10 article (page 42) on your phone, and that way you’ve got our handy list of kid-friendly restaurants right in your pocket and ready to go!

TRAVEL LIGHT Only take the bare essentials with you so that you are not carting around a huge backpack. Limit your items to a few snacks, wet wipes, phone, wallet, keys and a small drink bottle that can be refilled. Prams will not be admitted into the main stage pavilion, so keep an eye out for the pram storage facility, and store your set of wheels there.

MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT Rather than trying to cram everything into one day, take it slow and make a whole weekend of it! This will allow for a much more enjoyable, stress-free experience for all.

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ARTS & CULTURE

WHAT’S ON

SEPTEMBER

KEYIM BA AFRICAN CARAVAN

NADIA SUNDE’S SUPPER CLUB OKTOBERFEST CRUISE

ARTS & CULTURE DATE

World-class West African musicians, Keyim Ba, bring the rhythm, dance and music of West Africa to the stage. Enjoy powerful African drumming, percussive and melodic music and high-energy dance.

Thursday 12 September, 2013

VENUE The Arts Centre Gold Coast 135 Bundall Rd Surfers Paradise

Diverse and innovative, African Caravan explores melody, song, rhythm and movement across culture and time, taking audiences on an extraordinary musical journey into West Africa.

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Embracing percussive as well as melodic pieces, African Caravan offers a show of explosive and powerful African drumming and high-energy dance while capturing the alluring sounds of West African melodies accompanied by the Kora (West African harp), Guitar and Balafon.

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What happens when five phenomenal musicians take to the stage for an evening of music, laughter and friendship? Take the journey with internationally awarded singer/songwriter, cabaret performer, comedienne and ABC radio personality, Nadia Sunde, as she hosts a night of breathtaking musicianship and shared discovery. Nadia Sunde’s Supper Club promises to be an intimate evening of musical delights, featuring acclaimed national and international artists in never to be repeated performances. The stage is set, the lights are dim, the candles lit and the wine is breathing … let the music begin. Don't miss your only opportunity to get up close and personal with Nadia Sunde on Saturday 28 September!

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Join Wyndham Cruises and celebrate Oktoberfest aboard the recently renovated cruise line. Enjoy hours of entertainment including:

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• 3-hour cruise, departing from Surfers Paradise • German Oktoberfest music • German beers, sausages and snacks available for purchase

7.30pm Adult $26.00 Concession $22.00 Student $16.00 Group 6+ $15.00

CONTACT 07 5588 4000

Saturday 28 September, 2013

VENUE The Arts Centre Gold Coast

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135 Bundall Rd Surfers Paradise

7.30pm. Doors and Bar Open 6.30pm

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Adult $30.00 Concession $26.00

CONTACT 07 5588 4000

Saturday 28 September, 2013 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Saturday 28 September, 2013 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Sunday 29 September, 2013 2.30pm - 5.30pm

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Departs Surfers Paradise Tiki Village Wharf, River End, Cavill Ave Surfers Paradise

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Only $39 per person

CONTACT 07 5539 9299

THE GRAND NOVEMBER

*Rated 15+ (MATURE THEMES)

When a mysterious young woman arrives at The Grand Hotel seeking shelter one dark night, she is taken in by proprietor Matilda and trained in the art of fine hotel service. But Eugenia soon learns that here, comfort means much more than welcome cocktails and clean sheets. At The Grand, not everything is as it seems. In a world where sunshine can be blinding and nature encroaches indoors, these women draw increasingly on games and dreams and memory as they wait for their guests to arrive. And all the while ambition creeps quietly behind closed doors and neon signs …

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Soon it will be high season and bathers will be bobbing in the ocean. The boilers will be staked out on the sand like a mud crab buffet. Welcome to The Grand. You’ll never stay anywhere else, again.

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A darkly funny show with more than a passing nod to Australian tourism’s heyday, don’t miss this new offering from Gold Coast Theatre Ensemble, White Rabbit!

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Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 November, 2013 Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 November, 2013

VENUE The Arts Centre Gold Coast 135 Bundall Rd Surfers Paradise TIME

7.30pm Adult $27.00 Student $15.00 Concession 24.00 Group 6+ $24.00 Student Group 6+ $12.00

CONTACT 07 5588 4000

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ARTS & CULTURE

SURFERS PARADISE AMBASSADOR PROFILE: MOYRA MAJOR

Precinct Magazine caught up with popular Hot Tomato radio announcer and Surfers Paradise Kids Weekend Ambassador, Moyra Major, to find out why she loves calling the Gold Coast home! Tell us a little bit about yourself. I grew up on the Gold Coast, attending Bellevue Park for primary school and All Saints for high school. I furthered my education at Griffith University and started in radio on the Gold Coast almost 12 years ago!

The Surfers Paradise Kids Weekend has a pretty cool line up this year – what do you think Jaxon will be most excited by? I think he’s going to love it all, but he will especially enjoy SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Starfish!

Where were you born? Christchurch, New Zealand

Spending a whole day out with a little one can be pretty daunting, especially for those who are still fairly new to the parenting game. Do you have any survival tips you can share? Lots of treats! And always know where an ice cream shop is!

How long have you lived on the Gold Coast? My family moved here from New Zealand when I was two – my Dad took a teaching job at T.S.S. and the rest is history! What is your favourite thing about Surfers Paradise? The beautiful beaches and the great free events that happen throughout the year! What’s one thing about Surfers Paradise you think the rest of the world should know? How beautiful, clean and relaxing our beaches are. Our great restaurants and night spots are also something that the world needs to know about. If you could fly any celebrity in the world, living or dead, into Surfers Paradise for a day, who would it be and where would you take them? I would have mojitos with Marilyn Monroe at any of the Surfers Paradise bars – I think she’d love them all! What does your ideal day in Surfers Paradise consist of? Family time with my son Jaxon and my husband Paul, hanging out on the beach and having lunch together. Then we’d head off to dinner with some friends and relax with some drinks.

Surfers Paradise is one of Australia’s top family holiday destinations – why do you think it is so popular with families? There’s so much for everyone to do, it has everything you need in the one spot - putt putt, extreme fun like the Slingshot, cafés, shops, restaurants and clubs. It’s got something for every member of the family. What do you think is Surfers Paradise's bestkept secret? I don’t know if it’s a secret or not, but the walk along The Esplanade is such a great way to start the day! Vapiano’s is also a favourite, and the Beachfront Markets are also a great wander! Finish this sentence: If you're visiting Surfers Paradise for the first time, don't forget your ... sunscreen and a good pair of shoes – you’ll fall in love with it and spend more time than you thought enjoying it!

MOYRA’S SURFERS PARADISE TOP FIVE

Favourite Store: Mimco

Favourite Attraction: Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Favourite Restaurant: Absynthe Bar and Restaurant

Favourite Watering Hole: Helm Bar

Favourite Outdoor Activity: Hanging out with the family on the beautiful beaches

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Shop in store or online www.swedishgoodies.com.au 46 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise 07 5526 7007

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NESTING DOLLS ANIMAL SERIES For the style conscious mum, the Mimco Lucid Baby Bag features the signature Mimco turnlock hardware. Constructed using durable nylon with top handles and shoulder straps, it's practical and easy to keep clean. It possesses twin front pockets and is proof that style is not without substance.

The Nesting Dolls from Studio Matryoshka are made for art, design and toy lovers of all ages. Display, collect, enjoy and play with them. This set of colourful nesting dolls features various popular animals such as a lion, owl and a penguin. Made of painted plastic, one set consists of six animals that fit one inside the other. Designed to be played with or placed on display, they also make great storage containers. Not recommended for kids under three years of age. By OMM Design Sweden

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Stay warm and toasty in the surf with a Syncro springsuit. Features ultra flexible Hyperstretch III neoprene with the HFT heating system in the chest and back and GBS glued and blindstitched seams, so you can stay comfy and warm for longer. RRP...................................$99.99

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Lion / Owl / Tiger / Whale ............................$11.95

KID'S KIDS MIXED UP SHUFFLE

Soul Retail, 4 The Esplanade Surfers Paradise 07 5504 6433

GIRLS SYNCRO 2/2MM SPRING SUIT WETSUIT

Gorgeous OMM melamine plates with vibrant, playful designs that children will love. These plates can also be used as wall art! Think of dear old ladies with their Franklin Mint Kitten Plates mounted in the sitting room, but with a fresh design twist. Place them in a pattern on a child's bedroom wall for a funky feature. Certainly more palatable than a Wiggles poster! These plates are, of course, food safe and can be put in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. Not suitable for microwaving. Designer: Ingela Arrhenius. Produced by OMM Design

With colour, silhouette and style being a key element in this season's kids accessories range, why not check out the latest footwear on offer from Roxy! RRP............................................................................ $19.99

GIRLS SYNCRO PFD

You won’t lose sight of your child this summer wearing this bold and bright personal floatation device! Featuring an all over print, double buckle clip closure with front zip and Roxy printed logo. RRP......................... $99.99

GIRLS LOUVRE BACKPACK Beach-chic goes school cool with this Louvre Backpack by Roxy. Crafted from super durable 600D polyester, it comes stacked with features including dual compartments, padded adjustable straps, and a large contrast appliqued Roxy logo. With a gorgeous floral print, this backpack is the perfect place to stash your academic accessories. RRP........................................$39.99

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GUCCI The Moroccan Shop 6, Elkhorn Ave Surfers Paradise 07 5531 6966

KIDS LEATHER SNEAKERS WITH WEB DETAIL These are the most stylish sneakers in Surfers. Made in Italy, these well-made leather shoes represent iconic Gucci design. Sizes range from size 27-33. RRP.......................................................................... $250.00

RUBBER KIDS BOOTS Made in Italy, these brown GG transparent rubber boots with fluro trim will be sure to brighten those rainy days. The perfect footwear for playing outdoors in all conditions. Sizes range from size 27-33. RRP �������������������������������������������������������������������������� $150.00

SHOP BUILD-A-BEAR Centro Surfers Paradise, corner Cavill Ave and Surfers Paradise Blvd 07 5670 3642

KIDS LEATHER SUITCASE ON WHEELS Made in Italy, this durable, lightweight Gucci leather suitcase is ideal for those jet-setting juniors. RRP ����������������������������������������������������������������������� $1360.00

QUIKSILVER Soul Retail, 4 The Esplanade Surfers Paradise 07 5504 6122

KIDS SYNCRO 2/2MM CHEST ZIP SPRINGSUIT WETSUIT

Grab plenty of attention in the Inked cap. Features a bold and bright all over subliminated print logo, 3D embroidery and a slick flat peak.

Stay warm and toasty in the water with the Syncro 2/2mm Springsuit! Featuring 100% Hyperstretch III, Vapourstretch mesh and the HFT heating system for maximum flex, extra stretch, less water absorption and higher heat insulation.

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COASTAL EXPRESSIONS Shop 229 / 3105 Surfers Paradise Blvd Surfers Paradise 07 5538 8679

KIDS LIFEGUARD T-SHIRT Your kids will love making a new furry friend at the Build-A-Bear workshop. With a selection of teddy bears, dogs, cats, dolls and bunnies to choose from, they'll have lots of fun adding clothing and accessories to make their new best friend.
Furry Friends starting at only $15.00.

Does your kid love the sun, sand and surf? He’s sure to be the cutest kid on the beach with this personalised lifeguard t-shirt. At Coastal Expressions you can choose a design from over 200 prints, choose the style of shirt and they’ll print it for you in less than 2 minutes. RRP ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� $18.00

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WHAT’S ON

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AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY GAMES

Since its inception in 1993, the Australian University Games (AUG) has grown to be Australia's largest annual multi-sport contest, with events in the following sports: athletics, Australian rules football, badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, fencing, football, futsal, golf, handball, hockey, judo, kendo, lawn bowls, netball, rugby union sevens, sailing, softball, squash, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, tenpin bowling, touch, twenty20 cricket, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and water polo.

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GOLD COAST SEVENS

The Gold Coast Sevens is undoubtedly one of Australia's most unique sporting experiences. Where else can you come dressed as your favourite character, celebrity, object or animal to share a stadium with 16 of the world's best rugby teams? Fans in fancy dress help bring a world-class international tournament to life while karaoke and dance battles also feature in the non-stop entertainment.

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VENUE

Sunday 29 September to Friday 4 October, 2013 Gold Coast - Check the website for details of each event

CONTACT www.unisport.com.au

VENUE

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October, 2013 Skilled Park, Stadium Drive, Robina

CONTACT www.rugby.com.au/ goldcoastsevens

See 45 matches over two days and breathtaking acts from some of rugby's most exciting and talented players. It's fast and furious entertainment in one of Australia's most vibrant cities.

NETFEST

NetFest is Netball Australia’s mass participation netball event, offering a choice of traditional (outdoor) or beach netball tournaments, supported by a range of social activities on the Gold Coast.

OCTOBER

In September 2011, the inaugural NetFest attracted 62 teams. The following year, a whopping 134 teams from around Australia and New Zealand descended on the Gold Coast for this huge celebration of netball, fun and friendship, and even more teams are expected to participate in NetFest in 2013.

ARMOR ALL GOLD COAST 600

Get set to party at the V8 Supercars ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600, October 25 – 27. The Gold Coast's biggest party is back with a show stopping week of celebrations on and off the track. Experience three action-packed days of street racing as the V8 Supercar Drivers battle through one of Australia's most unforgiving street circuits to claim the inaugural Enduro Cup. The off-track action at this year's ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 will be just as hot as the action on-track, with the biggest entertainment program in the events history.

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VENUE

Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 October, 2013 Beach Tournament on Surfers Paradise Beach

CONTACT www.netfest.com.au

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Friday 25 to Sunday 27 October, 2013

VENUE Breaker Street to Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise full circuit available at website CONTACT www.v8supercars.com.au

NOVEMBER

Free public transport available on certain services to and from the event with a pre-purchased ticket. Don't miss a moment of the Gold Coast's biggest party.

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NAVY SURF ROWERS NATIONAL PREMIERSHIP

Each November, Round 1 of the Navy Surf Rowers National Premiership is staged at Surfers Paradise, with elite crews from around Australia delighting the on-shore crowd as they push their boats and themselves to the limit. Centrepieced by two dramatic days of surf boat action, the event will also include thrilling Navy helicopter fly overs and beach rescue displays.

AUSTRALIAN PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

The Australian PGA Championship returns to the Gold Coast for the first time since 1975, this November, with seven days of festivities. Watch a practice round at no cost, or catch all the action live on the green over three rounds on the Thursday, Friday or Saturday. There’s also a chance to rub shoulders with the who’s who of PGA at Dinner With the Stars.

DATE

VENUE

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November, 2013 Eileen Peters Park, Surfers Paradise

CONTACT www.asrl.com.au

Of course there’ll also be the official competition and a mix of crowd pleasing race formats, including a stunning 'shotgun start', with 35 boats hitting the water simultaneously, and the daredevil 'expression session'.

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VENUE

Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 November, 2013 RACV Royal Pines Resort, Ross St, Benowa

CONTACT championship.pga.org.au

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OFFICIAL SEASON LAUNCH 2013/14 NAVY AUSTRALIAN SURF ROWERS LEAGUE SUMMER COMPETITION Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th NOVEMBER, from 8am

Surf Boat crews from four states - Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia - hit the waves at Surfers Paradise Beach for the start of the Official Season Launch of the 2013/14 Navy Australian Surf Rowers League summer of competition.

The alliance between Navy and the ASRL is a perfect fit, as both groups are comprised of active, healthy Australians who provide a community service for Australia. The weekend culminates in an interstate competition between all visiting states.

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AUSTRALIAN PGA CHAMPIONSHIP WATCH THE PROS LIGHT UP THE GOLD COAST

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eld from November 7 to 10 2013, the Australian PGA Championship is returning to the Gold Coast for the first time since 1975. Presented by Coca-Cola, the championship will be co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia, and promises to deliver not only four riveting days of action on the green, but also a number of great activities and events outside of the tour schedule as well. Monday November 4 will kick off the week’s festivities with a practice round, which is open to spectators at no cost. Tuesday offers another practice round followed by Dinner with the Stars – a Championship Dinner at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, where you can rub shoulders with players, sponsors and other high profile personalities. Tables of 10 are available at a cost of $4,000. Wednesday will see the PGA’s top players pair up with celebrity partners for Pro-Am Day and Thursday brings the serious strokes in Round 1 of the tournament. Round 2, on Friday, has been named Wear Green Day and spectators are encouraged to wear green in celebration of hometown hero, Adam Scott’s, recent Masters victory. A three-time winner on the PGA Tour of Australasia, Adam’s best finish in the Australian PGA Championship so far was in 2011, when he

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tied for fourth place. Having obtained the coveted Green Jacket, Adam is excited to be playing on home turf. “To be able to play at home at Royal Pines is going to be a lot of fun”, he enthused. “The Gold Coast has been so supportive of me my whole career so it’s a good chance for me to hopefully go out and say thanks and play well.” PGA CEO, Brian Thorburn, is just as energised about Adam’s inclusion in this year’s line up of players. “The significance of Adam’s victory is immense and we’re very excited to welcome him home to the Gold Coast”, he said. “To have Adam contend our Championship for its return to the Gold Coast is a wonderful opportunity, and we’re sure the fans will come out in their thousands to congratulate Scotty.” To celebrate the PGA’s partnership with RACV for the Australian PGA Championship, members of RACV and its affiliated motoring clubs are being offered a huge 50% discount off the standard ticket gate price when booking online at the unique Ticketek URL distributed to them by their respective auto clubs. Those who take advantage of the offer before September 30 will also go into the draw to win a ‘money-can’t-buy’ experience, with the opportunity to walk inside the ropes with a leading player as well as lunch for two in a corporate marquee during Round 1 of the Championship and a set of Cleveland golf clubs.

Moving from its traditional spot as one of the final events of the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia season has so far proved to be successful, with a number of high profile players in negotiations to join the line up. “Our priority for this year is to ensure we position ourselves to maximise opportunities for the Australian PGA Championship, in terms of attracting both a quality field and the fans”, said Mr Thorburn. The event is also set to deliver significant economic and tourism benefits for Surfers Paradise, which has established itself as the unofficial entertainment hub for the Gold Coast’s sporting events. With a huge choice of accommodation, hundreds of food outlets and restaurants to suit every budget, plus a wide range of activities and experiences for all ages, Surfers Paradise delivers sports fans an entertainment precinct like no other.

Watch the pros light up the Gold Coast Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 November, 2013 Visit championship.pga.org.au for more information on ticket sales and event details.

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FIRST TWO HOURS FREE AT BRUCE BISHOP CAR PARK

WHAT’S ON 1

BAZAAR RESTAURANT QT HOTEL

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MELBOURNE CUP 2

HELM BAR SURFERS PARADISE

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SURFERS PARADISE MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA

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ARMOR ALL GOLD COAST 600 OCTOBER 25 - 27, 2013

It’s getting close to that time of year again: the race that stops the Gold Coast. While the drivers are gearing up for three days of unforgiving street circuits to claim the inaugural Enduro Cup, event managers are working around the clock to deliver another jam-packed ARMOR ALL GOLD COAST 600 that captures the anticipation and action of the racing.

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his year boasts the biggest entertainment program in the event’s history plus plenty of action on and off the track. ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 is bringing in US rap-rock outfit Gym Class Heroes to headline Friday’s concert, supported by Spiderbait and Havana Brown. An all-Aussie affair on Saturday night will see The Presets, Grinspoon and Stafford Brothers take the stage. If you are bringing the family, there will be an abundance of activities to keep the kids entertained. Trackside tickets allow you to get the best of the circuit and soak up all the colour and atmosphere right in the heart of

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the action, with kids under 12 receiving free entry when accompanied by a paying adult. Like last year, there will be a fantastic ‘Family Zone’ catering to kids. Coupled with carnival rides, face painting and appearances from the Gold Coast Titans and Gold Coast Suns, it’s an all day event for the whole family. Be sure to check out the Disney-Pixar Fun Zone, a huge success last year and set to be even better this year. For locals and spectators coming from far and wide, the Gold Coast will be providing free public transport available on certain services to and from the event with a pre-purchased ticket. Don’t miss a moment of the Gold Coast’s most exciting annual event. Tickets available via Ticketek.

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V8 SUPERCAR DRIVER, ALEX DAVISON Alex Davison comes from a long line of racing car champions. The son of Australian Formula Two champion Richard Davison, and grandson of four-time Australian Grand Prix winner Lex Davison, Alex has a lot of history behind him when he returns to the V8 Supercars Championship in 2013 as the driver of the Charlie Schwekolt’s #18 entry run out of the Ford Performance Racing Workshop. A local resident of the Gold Coast, we talk to Alex about the upcoming ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 and his favourite things to do on the Gold Coast with his wife Melanie and kids, Lily and Luke. P: Alex, what inspired you to become a race car driver? A: My family has been involved in motor racing for as long as I can remember. My grandfather started racing in the forties, and my father continued with the sport. From the moment I was born I remember Dad racing and it was something that I was naturally interested in. I started at around 11 years old, driving gokarts and progressed through the ranks. There was never any pressure to pursue a career in motor sport, it was really just something I naturally wanted to do. I have a lot of energy and passion for it, it’s something I love doing and I am fortunate enough to be able to make a living out of it.

Coast so it’s not too far for them to travel. I have two kids under the age of five (Lily, fourand-a-half and Luke, nine months) and there will be plenty of great entertainment for them at the event. It’s a fantastic atmosphere for the whole family. There is a good line up of bands this year too for the adults – not that I will be staying out late! P: What difference do you think the family friendly aspect will have on spectators and locals this year? A: I think there has been a big effort in the last couple of years to ensure there is a family-fun side to the event. The marquee tents and on and off track events for the kids - it all makes it more child-friendly than previous years. Overall the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 has become a lot more family oriented. It’s the perfect event for spectators and locals to really enjoy the best of what the Gold Coast has to offer. Good weather, competitive racing and a great atmosphere. P: What types of events and activities can families enjoy this time round? A: I would definitely encourage spectators at this year’s event to bring the whole family and make a mini-break out of it. Melanie plans on taking the kids to the Disney-Pixar Fun Zone. There will be carnival rides, the SeaFM stage and plenty of festival activities.

P: How do you feel you are going in the lead up to the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600?

P: As a local resident, what are some of your favourite sights and sounds of the Gold Coast?

A: We’re halfway through the season, and overall we are feeling really positive. It has been a learning curve, but we are making good progress. Our form is really starting to come together and we have been qualifying consistently in the top 10 – it’s a good time of year to be competitive going into the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600. The ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 is really like a home race for me, and it will be good to be up on that podium, holding a surfboard!

A: We are originally from Melbourne, but both my kids have grown up on the Gold Coast so we love to take full advantage of the weather and attractions here. We live close to the theme parks. We make sure we get a family pass for the year - it’s still a novelty for the kids! Winter is actually my favourite time of the year. The weather is great; you can wear shorts and t-shirts and take the kids down to a park. On any given weekend we can go down to the foreshore. The kids love getting fish and chips and enjoying the outdoors. That’s really the perfect weekend for us.

P: Will Melanie and the kids be cheering you on this year? A: Melanie and the kids will definitely be attending this year; we are local to the Gold

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GOLDEN BOYS From humble beginnings to world domination in dance music, the Stafford Brothers have gained international recognition amongst the best DJ performers and producers in the game, and it all started a decade ago on a dance floor at a small lounge bar in the heart of the Gold Coast.

The Stafford Brothers return in October to take the stage at the upcoming ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600, getting back to their roots and paying homage to an adoring home crowd. The boys took to the decks for the very first time on the Gold Coast, and consequently uncovered a talent that led them to their careers as professional, internationally renowned DJs. It is rare to make it in this business, let alone be at the top of your game (they have twice been voted the number one DJs in Australia), so what is it about Gold Coast brothers Matt and Chris Stafford that make them so successful? In 2011, Fox 8 launched the Stafford Brothers reality show. Their mix of talent, youth and vibrancy appeared to be the perfect combination to appeal to audiences; it was the first TV show of its kind to follow the lives of DJs in an all access, exclusive way. The show kept audiences glued and highlighted the boys’ hectic lives travelling around the world to play at big name clubs, idyllic party destinations and iconic festivals. One thing was clear though; despite the entourage, the parties and the beautiful women, the Stafford Brothers’ passion for progressive dance music is driving them to be pioneers in their genre. It has been the sheer love of what they do that has catapulted them to the top. Charisma, crowd instinct and a sense of humour have simply brought their talents into the limelight. The story really began when, as producers, they exploded onto the local circuit almost overnight with their first release ‘More than a Feeling’, a dance cover version of the classic Boston title. What followed was a string of original club records that landed them on major dance labels like Ministry of Sound, Cr2, Toolroom and Defected. Their big break as DJ performers came about when they were announced as the support act for English electronic dance music group The Prodigy on their Australian Stadium Tour. This instantly caught the attention of touring giants Future Entertainment, and the Stafford Brothers became the official host on the annual Future Music festival’s main stage, playing multiple sets between big name artists – a yearly tradition that they have kept up. With set ups in New York, Las Vegas and Hollywood, the Stafford Brothers have adjusted to a more international crowd, and have remixed artists from Snoop Dogg, to Timbaland, Wolfgang Gartner and Akon. More recently, the brothers signed to Cash Money Records, joining a family of artists with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne. Their first single with Cash Money Records – Hello – features Lil Wayne and Christina Milian, and went Double Platinum in Australia. The single has also launched in the US and is gaining momentum. The Stafford Brothers have invested interests that go well beyond DJ performance. They are shareholders in three popular nightclubs which showcase national and international artists each week, they co-own the premium artist touring and management outfit ‘360 Agency’ and have weekly slots on the highest syndicated chain of commercial radio networks. Season three of their TV show is currently in the works, being filmed on location in the US. While still locals to the GC when they come home, the Stafford Brothers are a success story of the best kind – still going strong with plenty ahead of them, and flying the banner for Australian dance music on the global stage. The Stafford Brothers are on the line up for Saturday’s concert at the V8 Supercars ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600. Get in fast to be one of the first 1,000 to receive free entry to the concert with your same-day ticket. Tickets on sale now from www.ticketek.com.

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WHAT’S ON

MELBOURNE CUP

HELM BAR SURFERS PARADISE

Guests will enjoy a generous beverage and substantial canapé package, which includes beer, wine, sparkling or soft drink. For just $10 more, you can upgrade basic sprits to the beverage list. A plethora of plasma and big screens will ensure everyone has ample view of the action, and TAB facilities are available for all races from midday.

VENUE

30 - 34 Ferny Ave Surfers Paradise

TIME

12noon

Dress to impress as there will also be a prize for the best-dressed male and female, a best hat prize, as well as lucky door giveaways. A live band will keep the party humming into the evening.

CONTACT 07 5538 9677

THE ARTS CENTRE GOLD COAST

Join the race for a cure! The annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon at The Arts Centre Gold Coast is more than just a fun filled day, with tantalising food and all the action live from Flemington; it is also a valuable initiative for raising funds for local leukaemia patients and their families.

VENUE

135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

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10.30am

NOVEMBER

BAZAAR RESTAURANT - QT HOTEL

Tuesday 5 November, 2013

Over the years, the event has grown into an exciting sell-out event featuring a professional fashion show, sweeps, auction, raffles and prizes.

With free wi-fi available, bring your iPad or laptop to connect to your own online betting account for the most luxurious betting experience available. Sweeps tickets will be available onsite and there will be prizes for best dressed guests. Big screen TVs will be set up for your viewing pleasure. Free entry into Stingray to the post race celebration after party.

COST

Basic Package, $89. Spirits Package, $99

COST $65 pp (includes sparkling wine and canapés on arrival, delicious two course menu and tea and coffee) CONTACT 07 5588 4000

VENUE

7 Staghorn Ave Surfers Paradise

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12noon

COST

$89 Bazaar Interactive Marketplace lunch including a welcome glass of bubbly

CONTACT 07 5584 1200 or reservations_goldcoast@ qthotels.com.au

WATERMARK HOTEL & SPA

With a seafood buffet, glass of Chandon on arrival, free flowing beer, wine and soft drinks, L’Aqua Powder Room, Lisa Brown fashion parades, entertainment, sweepstakes, giveaways and big screens, this is one of the hottest tickets in town on Cup Day.

VENUE

3032 Surfers Paradise Blvd Surfers Paradise

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11.30am

COST

$99 per person, buy 9 and the 10th is free

CONTACT 07 5588 8321 or events@watermarkhotelgc. com.au

GRAND BALLROOM

SURFERS PARADISE MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA

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Sweepstakes, prizes and a live telecast of the race on the big screens along with a three-course plated luncheon, served with premium wines from Chandon and Cape Mentelle at the luxurious Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa. There will also be live entertainment and a fashion showcase by Marina Mirage.

VENUE

158 Ferny Ave Surfers Paradise

TIME

12noon

COST

$140.00 * per person (Tables of 10 guests $1350)

CONTACT 07 5592 9740 * No further discounts including Club Marriott will apply. Bookings are essential.

Indulge in a buffet selection of chef-crafted salads, soup of the day and fresh breads, an a la carte main course and an array of decadent desserts and ice cream from the dessert buffet. There will be sweepstakes and prizes and the race will be telecast live on TV.

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158 Ferny Ave Surfers Paradise

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12noon

COST

$59.00 * per person

CONTACT 07 5592 9740 * No further discounts including Club Marriott will apply. Bookings are essential.

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SAND, SUN AND FAMILY FUN

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

Your guide to family-friendly entertainment in Surfers Paradise …

As a child growing up in a small coastal town in New South Wales, I would look forward to school holidays, when my parents would ship my sister and I off to stay with Nan and Pop on the Gold Coast for a week. Every single visit would always involve the exact same things: a swim at the beach followed by an icy pole; a day out at Sea World; a round of Putt Putt. Nan would even cook us the same meals every time we came to stay, and while I did eventually get sick of her Apricot Chicken, there was one thing I never tired of, and that was a trip to Grundy’s! For those of you who aren’t all too familiar with the history of Surfers Paradise, Grundy’s was the bee’s knees of entertainment back in the day. This game arcade/amusement park hybrid featured

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a range of games you could play in the hope of winning tokens, which you could then trade for prizes at the prize booth. Even Nan and Pop used to get in on the action, competing against each other in the water horse racing game and balloon darts. Naturally, things have progressed a bit since then – Grundy’s is now Timezone and the games are a lot fancier. But the essence remains the same – Surfers Paradise is still THE place for family fun. With so much on offer, it would take weeks to experience all the fun activities available to you, so we’ve selected a few that we think will keep the whole family happy.

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TIMEZONE

BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP

Timezone Surfers Paradise originally known as Grundy’s is a Gold Coast icon.

If you’re looking for a special memento for your child, then Build-a-Bear is for you!

The largest indoor family entertainment centre in Australia, this entertainment hub caters for everyone from the ages of 1 to 100. A deep labyrinth of flashing lights, bright colours and the bing, bang, boom of arcade games, Timezone Surfers Paradise has stood the test of time as one of the Gold Coast’s greatest fun filled precincts.

This innovative concept-store allows children of any age to create their own special friend … right down to a name and birth certificate! Children can choose from a selection of nearly 60 items including traditional teddy bears, animals, dolls and even licensed cartoon characters including Hello Kitty, Elmo, Dora the Explorer, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, SpongeBob SquarePants and more.

Toddlers will be over the moon in Kiddy Land; a fenced-in area designed specifically for little tots, the zone is overflowing with bright, fun kiddy rides. School-aged children can have a round of mini golf and then try their luck at one of the many ticketed games in hopes of taking home a special prize just for them. Even parents will enjoy the centre, as they tackle arcade games such as Deal or No Deal, or amp up the action in the Typhoon Simulator, delivering up to 2 g’s of acceleration and up to 400 movements per second. There’s also laser skirmish, a 4D haunted house arcade game (available for ages 15 and up), bowling games and the classic arcade ride – dodgem cars! Timezone is open from 9am until midnight. TIP: purchase a package deal, which affords you unlimited games and rides for one or two hours.

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The best part is, no two toys will ever be the same! Children not only select a toy and outfit, but they can also stuff it to their personal level of cuddliness by choosing their ‘snuggability’ rating in store. Add to that a secret wish to give your special friend a heartbeat, and you’ve truly created a unique gift to celebrate your holiday. Register your new friend with a birth certificate, and pack them up in their cardboard house, and they’re ready to take home!

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ODDITORIUM

This world-renowned museum for the wild and wacky will amaze and enthral with its unique display of bizarre artefacts from around the globe. From shrunken heads and dinosaur eggs, to replicas of the world’s tallest man, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium is just as educational as it is fun. Take a self-guided tour through the myriad of themed galleries and explore hundreds of exhibits and interactive displays at your own pace – there’s even an unforgettable movie for your viewing pleasure! Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium is open 365 days a year from 9am until 11pm and is suitable for all ages. TIP: If you’ve had enough sun for one day, this is a great place to stay cool without dampening the fun factor.

Build-a-Bear Workshop is open from 9am until 7pm Monday – Wednesday and from 9am until 9pm Thursday through to Sunday. TIP: Extend the fun by giving the kids some crayons to decorate their cardboard houses with when you get home – another feature unique to your creation!

TIMEZONE Level 1, Centro Surfers Paradise Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise 07 5539 9500 www.timezonegoldcoast.com.au

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ODDITORIUM Soul Retail Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise 07 5592 0040 www.ripleys.com/surfersparadise

INFINITY Chevron Renaissance 3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise 07 5538 2988 www.infinitygc.com.au

BUILD-A-BEAR Shop 121, Centro Surfers Paradise Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise 07 5570 3642 www.buildabear.com.au

STRIKE BOWLING Circle on Cavill 3184 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise 1300 787 453 www.strikebowling.com.au

DRACULA’S HAUNTED HOUSE 3177 Surfers Paradise Blvd Surfers Paradise 07 5592 5534 www.draculas.com.au/haunted-house

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STRIKE BOWLING

More than just a bowling alley, Strike Bowling is a complete entertainment experience. With large projector screens playing the latest music videos, food made to order, and glow in the dark lanes, the atmosphere created in this basement level haven is electric! Grab a set of comfy bowling sneakers – much better than your traditional two tone bowling shoes – and it’s game on! After you’ve had your roll as King Pin, why not take to the table for a game of pool? With plenty of bar sized tables to choose from, there’s never a long wait; choose snooker or play your own version of pub pool rules. Not much of a pool shark? There are still plenty of entertainment options, including private karaoke rooms where adults and kids can belt out their favourite in a family sing off!

INFINITY

DRACULA’S HAUNTED HOUSE

Illusion is at the forefront of this Surfers Paradise funhouse!

Face your fears in this five level, interactive fun house!

The first of its kind in the world, Infinity is a maze of wonder; with 20 fun filled rooms, and loads of special effects, atmospheric sound fields and optical illusions, the whole family will be left spellbound at the end of your 40-minute journey!

Dracula’s Haunted House takes you on a journey below street level, where your family can climb through fun and spooky exhibits as you make your way through an underworld and back into the daylight! With as many laughs as there are scares, this family friendly attraction is great for kids of all ages!

Infinity is open from 10am until 10pm daily, closed Christmas Day. TIP: Visitors receive two hours free parking at Chevron Renaissance. Just ask the Infinity staff to validate your parking.

Dracula's Haunted house is open from 10am until 10pm, daily. TIP: Don’t forget to smile for the camera as you finish your tour!

Strike Bowling is open daily, from 10am until late. TIP: Check out the Strike Bowling website (www.strikebowling.com.au) for daily deals and offers – you could save yourself a few dollars, especially with mid-week specials.

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ZAGAME'S PARADISE RESORT: HEAVEN FOR KIDS, PARADISE FOR PARENTS

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f a child were to dream up their perfect holiday accommodation, we’re pretty sure it would end up looking like Paradise Resort. From outstanding onsite attractions, to colourfully appointed guest rooms – think brightly coloured kid's bunkhouses, complete with gaming consoles in each bunk – every inch of this resort has been designed with kids in mind. Set on five acres of prime real estate, Paradise Resort is located within walking distance to Surfers Paradise’s best beaches and attractions. Occupying the central resort space is a gigantic water park featuring a lagoon pool, large heated spa and two very impressive aqua play attractions, complete with a myriad of slides, water cannons and climbing frames. Kids of all ages will be delighted by the giant bucket-shaped water feature; released every few minutes, the supersized attraction gushes out 600 litres of water in one big splash! Heated all year round, the water park will thrill in any season. But don’t think the resort is just for kids; there’s also plenty of fun for parents, including an adults-only gym and day spa, and an onsite play service, Zone 4 Kids Club. This fully supervised care program caters for babies through to 12 year olds and provides parents with the opportunity to get some quality holiday time for themselves.

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Children will love the seven themed Z4K play spaces such as Tiny Town, with pedal powered cars and working traffic lights; Under Water World, with submarines and slides; and the Magic Garden with its colourful ball pit. They’ll also enjoy the opportunity to make new friends their own age. For quality family time and some great photo opportunities, head over to Dusty’s Adventureland. This sandy outdoor play area, protected from the sun with overhead shade sails, is open from 9am until 6pm every day. Young children will love the traditional outdoor play equipment including slides, seesaws and a jungle gym, as well as one-of-a-kind features like the sand digger. The ‘coolest’ attraction at Paradise Resort though, is the newly opened Planet Chill. This all-weather, indoor ice-skating rink is accessible all year round and offers three two-hour sessions per day for 3 – 12 year olds, with additional sessions available for teens. There’s also a ‘Chill Zone’ for teens with air hockey, foosball and snowboarding game tables. The Chill Zone regularly hosts themed party nights and other activities for teenagers – check out the resort’s events calendar before you go to see what’s on during your stay.

Another outstanding feature of Paradise Resort is that kids can eat at any of the resort’s restaurants for just $8! Open for breakfast and dinner, Bistro Zagame’s offers quality dining in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. A continental buffet breakfast is available from 7am until 10.30am daily, serving up delicious and nutritious dishes such as fresh fruit, yoghurt and cereals, as well as freshly baked treats. At dinnertime, children will enjoy favourites like pizza and burgers while parents can indulge from a more grown up selection including crispy skinned Atlantic salmon, Greek lamb salad or Tuscan vegetable risotto. More dining options are available at the Poolside Café & Bar, which is open from early morning until late, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With so many options to eat, stay and play, children and adults alike will be truly impressed with their holiday experience. It’s safe to say that Paradise Resort is really living up to its mantra: heaven for kids, paradise for parents …

Zagame's Paradise Resort 122 Ferny Ave Surfers Paradise 07 5579 4444 www.paradiseresort.com.au

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EXPERIENCE BAZAAR AT QT GOLD COAST WHERE SURFER CHIC MEETS GOLD COAST GLAM

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ince its grand opening nearly two years ago, Bazaar Restaurant at QT Gold Coast has added a wow factor that is highly sought after by both Gold Coast locals and tourists. From the funky, fresh fit-out to the ever-changing seasonal offerings and worldclass service, Bazaar has been a major player in increasing the standard of dining in Surfers Paradise. After a top to bottom refurbishment, the hotel was reborn under the QT brand in 2010, complete with a quirky new image, bright décor and a pop art aesthetic. A throwback to the vibrancy of the 1950s and 60s but with a contemporary twist, QT is reminiscent of the cool beachside feel of Surfers Paradise of old. At the heart of it all is Bazaar. Designed to reflect a bustling marketplace, the restaurant's fare reaches all four corners of the globe. Chefs at different stations, designed to represent street stalls, are on hand to explain their dishes; a lack of labelling encouraging discussion between chef and guest. Have a chat to them about the dishes on offer; from the lavish cold seafood spread to authentic wood fired pizzas and Asian dumplings steamed to order. The dishes vary from day to day and according to season, but on our most recent visit we sampled melt-in-your-mouth roast pork with perfectly crispy and crunchy crackling; fresh local prawns, scallops and oysters; spicy buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese sauce and the most amazing grilled corn on

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the cob. Start small and try a bit of everything; we recommend the cous cous salad, steamed prawn dumplings, roast ham and a variety of desserts including ice-cream ‘cold stone’ style. Every element of Bazaar is designed with interaction in mind. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer a view inside the cool room, stocked full of premium meats and aged hams. Delectable bite sized treats are lined up perfectly in rows in the help yourself dessert station. The restaurant takes the title “buffet” to a whole new level. Sights such as this, as well as ocean views, retro art wall hangings and the open plan dining room give the impression that Bazaar is as pleasing on the eyes as it is on the palate. Upping QT’s cool quotient even further is the hotel’s hip lounge bar, Stingray. Offering an extensive drink list with signature cocktails, beer, wine and champagne, there’s also a great selection of bar food. The food menu is reminiscent of a Mexican Cantina, with tantalising snacks such as wood fired quesadillas stuffed with tequila marinated king prawns, buttermilk onion rings and braised wagyu brisket sliders. Catering to everyone’s tastes, QT also makes for a great family getaway that’s a little out of the box. Children will love the bright and colourful atmosphere and the interactive style of dining at Bazaar. Hotel facilities including an outdoor pool and spa, tennis court, as well as complimentary bike hire and an in-room babysitting service that allows

Mum and Dad to escape to the onsite day spa, or cosy up on Stingray Lounge’s balcony. QT even offers a great-value family accommodation package which includes admission to Dreamworld – see the special offer on this page for details. For terms and conditions and more information on this package or any of the facilities or venues, mentioned in this story, please contact: QT Gold Coast 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise 07 5584 1200 www.qtgoldcoast.com.au

QT FAMILY FUN PACKAGE FROM $360* PER NIGHT includes: • Two interconnecting designer accommodation rooms • Daily breakfast for two adults and two kids aged 12 or under • One-day family fun pass to Dreamworld For Reservations call 07 5584 1200 or email reservations_goldcoast@qthotels.com.au *Subject to availability until 24 December 2013. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer and is only applied to new bookings with a minimum of three nights stay.

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10 FOR 10 TEN KID’S MEALS FOR $10 OR LESS When hunger strikes, parents know all too well that there is only a short timeframe in which to satisfy a growling belly. In order to help you navigate to one of our family friendly restaurants, we’ve compiled a list of tasty kid’s meals in Surfers Paradise for under $10 – sure to satisfy a petite palate, as well as Mum and Dad’s budget!

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ZAGAME'S PARADISE RESORT 122 FERNY AVE, 07 5579 4444 What would the ultimate family resort be without a good feed? Zagame's Paradise Resort offers kid’s breakfasts, lunches and dinners for just $8 a meal. Fill up at the continental buffet breakfast (yes, a buffet breakfast for only $8!) and be sure the little ones have enough energy to get them through a fun-filled morning.

COSTA D’ORO 27 ORCHID AVE, 07 5538 5203 Offering a range of delicious, traditional Italian pizzas and pastas, as well as a large range of mains for adults, little bellies will also be happy with familiar favourites such as spaghetti bolognaise and lasagne. Kid’s meals are priced at $8.50 and include a free ice cream. AND, if you dine before 7pm, you receive a discount of 25%, bringing the cost of a kid’s meal down to just $6.45 – bargain!

CHARLIE’S RESTAURANT BAR & CAFÉ 8 CAVILL MALL, 07 5538 5285 This long-standing iconic Surfers Paradise eatery has been a staple on the scene since 1976 and is situated amongst the hustle and bustle of Cavill Mall. Offering a range of modern café style meals for the grown ups, kids have a choice of good old favourites such as fish and chips or chicken and chips for $8.90.

VAPIANO SOUL RETAIL, CAVILL MALL, 07 5538 8967 This hugely successful global chain has created a fun and innovative menu of contemporary Italian food. Part of its appeal is in the interactive style of dining on offer; order your meal at the appropriate station, watch it being cooked, and then garnish it with the fresh herbs growing in the middle of each dining table! Kids have a variety of pizzas and pastas to choose from, all priced at $7.50 each.

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MOS BURGER SOUL RETAIL, 4 THE ESPLANADE, 07 5667 8089 With the majority of items on the menu priced well under $10 (a bacon and omelette breakfast burger will set you back just $3.95), this Japanese burger chain will satisfy the whole family at breakfast, lunch or dinner time. Ditch the traditional burger and try one of the rice burgers – your choice of filling sandwiched between two grilled rice patties. Yum!

AMALFI BISTRO AT WATERMARK HOTEL AND SPA 3032 SURFERS PARADISE BLVD, 07 5588 8305 Open on Friday and Saturday nights, Amalfi Bistro dishes up modern Mediterranean fare for the grown ups and classic kid’s meals for $9.50 or less. The little ones can choose from a varied menu including fun items such as Super Sketti (spaghetti bolognaise), Brontesaurus Burger (cheeseburger and chips) or the Double Banga (sausages, eggs and chips). Dessert is also available for $4.50.

PITA PAN SOUL RETAIL, 4 THE ESPLANADE, 07 5526 8167 This Greek chain of souvlaki restaurants has just launched in Australia with its very first outlet in Surfers Paradise. Kids can choose from a range of souvlaki (pita pocket style sandwiches) or gyros (pita wrap style sandwiches), all of which are priced under $10 and come with fries, juice and a gift.

THE COFFEE CLUB SHOP G05, THE HIGH STREET, 07 5538 5653 OR SHOP 2, CENTRO SURFERS PARADISE, 07 5538 8940 Choose from the Cavill Mall or The High Street locations, both of which offer a good selection of kid’s meals such as pancakes for breakfast or a nutritious grilled chicken wrap for lunch. All kid’s meals are priced at $10 and come with a drink and activity pack to keep the little ones entertained (giving Mum and Dad a chance to enjoy a quiet coffee)!

*Please note that all prices and products featured in this story were correct at time of printing, but are subject to change without notice.

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WAXY’S IRISH PUB 3206 SURFERS PARADISE BLVD, 07 5526 7655 Don’t be fooled by the grown up name; this long-standing watering hole caters well for kids, too! Open from 12noon - 3pm for lunch and from 5pm - 10pm for dinner, Waxy’s has kid’s meals priced at $7 as well as a variety of adult’s meals for only $10, making it great value for the whole family.

CRUST PIZZA SHOP 36 CHEVRON RENAISSANCE SURFERS PARADISE BLVD, 07 5538 6720 If you’re looking to grab some takeaway and sit out in the fresh Surfers Paradise air, Crust Pizza offers nine-inch kid’s pizzas for just $8.50. Order a yummy Upper Crust pizza for Mum and Dad, and a salad to share and you’ll have yourselves a delicious al fresco family dinner!


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TABLE SERVICE MEET THE GREAT CHEFS OF SURFERS PARADISE The Gold Coast has long been considered Australia’s answer to the spanning Californian coastlines; with plenty of glitz and glamour, it has maintained a reputation as one of the most dazzling coastal locations in the country.

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he recent redevelopment of some of Surfers Paradise’s best-known hot spots is helping to reinforce this title, ensuring that Surfers Paradise takes its place alongside some of the best holiday destinations in the world. In recent years, the Surfers Paradise Foreshore and Cavill Mall have been completely overhauled, befitting the coastal destination’s international reputation as one of Australia’s best tourist attractions. The upscale redevelopment of Surfers Paradise brings with it a host of contemporary dining experiences, delivering some of the most remarkable cuisine on the Gold Coast.

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From Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill at the Hilton to the luxurious Seaduction Restaurant and Bar in the now iconic Soul development, Surfers Paradise has cemented its reputation as the Gold Coast's fine dining precinct. Whether you’re a full-time food connoisseur or simply appreciate a decadent night out, there are exciting options in the heart of Surfers Paradise that are bound to impress. From enjoying carefully crafted cuisine in a fine dining setting, to indulging in beautifully prepared dishes that make the most of the fresh, local produce of the surrounds, we have highlighted a handful of the exceptional restaurants that are making their mark on the fine dining scene.

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Seaduction is located within Sea Temple resort at the Soul development, perfectly positioned on the Surfers Paradise beachfront. The location epitomises what the Gold Coast has to offer; breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean coupled with a truly opulent dining experience. The contemporary, lavish interior complements the modern menu, which is inspired by local and seasonal produce. Executive Chef Steve Szabo flawlessly combines old world culinary techniques with simplistic, delicious flavours that embody Modern Australian cuisine.

If you’re looking for a dining experience with a twist, take a seat at Queensland’s only revolving restaurant. Situated on the top level of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Four Winds commands views over the Pacific Ocean, Hinterland and Gold Coast city. Here you can experience sunset or candlelight dining amidst ever-changing views.

Celebrity chef Luke Mangan brings his creativity and expertise to Hilton Surfers Paradise, with Salt Grill. Salt Grill’s 157-seat dining room features large circular windows overlooking Orchid Avenue, and the action that goes hand in hand with an open kitchen.

Seaduction’s signature entrée dish is a must: butter poached crayfish and marinated tuna, on a bed of quinoa and sunflower seeds with an almond gazpacho. It is the type of entrée that will awaken your senses and give you a glimpse of the careful preparation of each dish, all of which balance texture and taste with a high level of culinary artistry. For a vegetarian option, the handmade goat’s cheese tortellini with beetroot gel and crushed walnuts in mandarin and burnt butter is the perfect example of a classic combination with a twist. The main courses on Seaduction’s menu exemplify the head chef’s technical skills. The understated rainbow trout sandwich is accompanied with celeriac remouladé, fennel cream and watermelon bubbles, a delicious foam that perfectly complements the smooth texture of the trout. If seafood isn’t to your fancy, try the sous vide duck breast, served with a fruited sweet potato, lime confit and a coffee foam that works beautifully with the rest of the dish. Seaduction boasts its own wine-tasting room, private dining room and stylish bar. The food is divine, the wine list is impressive and the location is spectacular.

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The restaurant more than surpasses its buffet title, with an eclectic mix of international, Asian and Modern Australian flavours combining perfectly with a range of locally sourced produce. You can enjoy everything from Middle Eastern style sirloin steak medallions to perfectly cooked lamb cutlets with a mustard and walnut crust, or fresh Atlantic salmon in sorrel sauce, prepared under the watchful eye of Head Chef Fong Chan. An exclusive Asian selection features stir-fried pork belly in a red curry sauce, while the cold selection gives you the opportunity to indulge in an array of fresh seafood. Of course, the dessert menu is a sweet tooth’s dream, full of decadent, traditional favourites. Save room for the strawberry mousse cake, crème caramel and warm sticky date pudding. Enjoy 360-degree views of the Gold Coast, all while being spoilt for choice.

Depart from the traditional a la carte menu, and enjoy a seven-course degustation menu featuring matching wines from their acclaimed, hand-selected wine cellar. The degustation menu gives you the best of Salt Grill and takes you on a journey of Modern Australian cuisine with bursts of Pacific Rim flavours. The seared scallop, shitake sausage and tamarind dish is divine in its simplicity, while the Riverina lamb cutlet, garlic cream and mixed mushrooms tops off five courses and prepares you for two rounds of dessert. You can always enjoy part of the menu that makes up Salt Grill’s namesake and opt for a choice of seafood or meat ‘from the grill’. Everything off the grill comes with an indulgent selection of sauces - choose your own combination. We couldn’t go past the barbeque spiced chicken and smoky barbeque sauce served with crisp green beans. Perfect!

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Salt Grill

8 The Esplanade Surfers Paradise 07 5635 5700 www.seaduction.com.au

2807 Gold Coast Highway Surfers Paradise 07 5592 9906 www.fourwindsrestaurant.com.au

Level 1, Hilton Surfers Paradise 6 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise 07 5680 8100 www.hiltonsurfersparadise.com.au

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BUDDS BEACH SURFERS PARADISE’S BEST KEPT SECRET

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sk locals in the know and they might be reluctant to tell you about the hidden gem that is Budds Beach, for fear of having to share one of the most serene waterways on the Gold Coast. But the team at Precinct is here to tell you about this ideal family-friendly spot where the beach meets the river. Located just off the Gold Coast Highway, Budds Beach overlooks Chevron Island to the west and Surfers Paradise to the east. This small neighbourhood spans just a few blocks, but is secluded from the hustle and bustle of central Surfers Paradise, providing a wonderfully relaxing and tranquil atmosphere that both couples and families will enjoy. Along the water’s edge is a partially fenced children’s playground. Set up your picnic lunch on the table nearby and then watch the kids enjoy the play equipment while you soak up the sunshine! You can even try your luck and drop a line in the water, where whiting and flathead often bite. A modern jetty provides plenty of room for you to sit back and wait for your bounty. If you’re in the mood for a fabulous gourmet meal, just across the road is one of the Gold Coast’s best cafés. Famed for its mouth-watering breakfasts,

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superb coffee and quaint shabby chic interior, Bumbles Café is a Gold Coast institution. Head to the library room at the back of the café, where you can indulge in a lazy lunch over a selection of books, or take your order outside and enjoy your pick by the river. Located right next door is Suga Suga, a charming little homewares and gift store, jam packed with delightful treasures. Inspired by the coastal vibe of New Guinea, the Bahamas and of course, the Gold Coast, Suga Suga is always immaculately merchandised and is without a doubt one of the most unique stores on the Coast! If you prefer to get your toes wet after lunch, Budds Beach provides plenty of opportunities for family fun in calm waters. Wade in the water’s edge, or if you’re up for something a little more adventurous, try a spot of paddle boarding or even a jet pack adventure. The latest craze to hit the water, jet pack adventures involve strapping a water powered jet pack to your back, propelling you into the air and hovering above the water, Jetsons style! If you need to freshen up after your aquatic adventures, there are public facilities including toilets, showers and taps in Budds Beach park.

Bumbles Café & Catering 19 River Dr, Surfers Paradise 07 5538 6668 www.bumblescafe.com Suga Suga 19/21 River Dr, Surfers Paradise 07 5538 0222 Paddle Boarding 07 5599 2267 or visit www.getactivegoldcoast.com.au for more information Jet Pack Adventures 1800 538722 or visit www. jetpackadventures.com.au for more information.

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eld every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening from 5pm until 10pm, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets brings together 120 of the Gold Coast’s best market stalls with live entertainers for a great night out. We recently tried and tested the wares, sampling everything from delicious handmade sweet treats to homemade ‘sludge’ to bring you our top ten buys for kids.

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This is without a doubt one of the most popular stalls at the markets, with shoppers keen to try the free samples out on offer. From scrumptious chocolate almond clusters to the very tasty caramel slice, everything is made from scratch by stallholder, Claudine, and her team of helpers. Claudine’s treats are so popular that the stall often sells out before the market is over.

No beach holiday is complete without the obligatory beaded hair wrap or braid! Choose from a removable wrap, which is attached to your hair for free and can be reused over and over, or a half head or full head of traditional style hair wraps. You can even get beaded braids that will last anywhere from two weeks up to two months.

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2. CRAZY HATS As the name suggests, this stall offers all sorts of crazy hats and headpieces. With cosy caps for babies, crazy fur hats for adults and everything in between, there is something for all ages here. The handmade, original designs are all produced by stallholder, Judy, and also include a range of hair accessories for kids and adults.

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4. SISTERHOOD SEWING This range of cute and colourful handmade owls is hard to pass by. The gorgeous creatures serve double duty as either heat packs or pillows (depending on which style you choose), making them pretty AND functional. With a large selection of unique designs, there will be one perfectly suited for your home here. Prices �����������������������������������������������������������������������from $6

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Okay, this one’s for Mum and Dad – but you deserve it after a day out with the kids! Treat yourself to a quick neck, back & shoulder massage, a re-energising reflexology foot massage or opt for a specialised treatment to help relieve the discomfort of tennis elbow, frozen shoulders or a stiff neck.

This eye-catching display of macarons in every colour of the rainbow will catch your eye from afar. Just as yummy to eat as they are to look at, you can take home a beautiful gift boxed pack of macarons as a treat for a special someone.

Get a personalised name plaque for your child’s bedroom door or wall while you wait. Choose a design and watch your name being applied in just five minutes for a fun souvenir to take home. Personalised key rings are also available.

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Have your child’s name written out in this beautiful, decorative Korean Art, as an everlasting memento of your holiday. Watch as the talented artists work their magic, incorporating dragons, butterflies and other stunning artwork into your child’s name. Take it home, frame it and be reminded of your wonderful time in Surfers Paradise every time you look at it.

This stall offers a range of caps which can be airbrushed while you wait with your choice of graffiti style word or name. With over 35 designs to choose from, customisable with your choice of colours, you’ll be in pretty good company wearing your new cap – stall owners Matthew & Lana have provided their wearable art to celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men and Anthony Mundine.

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6. SLUDGE The brainchild of stallholder, Lyn, this non-toxic, nonsticky gooey slime will keep the kids entertained for hours. Available in an array of colours, you can get a six pack of different colours for $20 – a bargain when you think of the many hours of play you’ll get. Prices �����������������������������������������������������������������������from $6

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WEEKEND ESCAPES CELEBRATING IN LADYLIKE STYLE

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or some, holidays are all about relaxation; some time by the pool, a nice bottle of wine and a fabulous meal combine to create a level of sophistication on a holiday escape. Enter the latest in a range of holiday trends: the Girl’s Weekend Away. When it comes to the ultimate in lavish, girly pampering, what better than an indulgent high tea and a day at the spa with your closest girlfriends? L’Aqua Day Spa at Watermark Hotel and Spa are now offering just that, having created a range of luxurious packages combining spa therapies with tasty treats. Available to groups of four or more, these packages make a great way to celebrate special occasions such as hen’s parties, bridal or baby showers, birthdays and more. Starting at $135 per person, the High Tea and Spa Delight package consists of either a facial therapy, relaxation massage, foot therapy or body polish, followed by a high tea service. If you’re really feeling indulgent, you can even choose to upgrade to a Lindt chocolate high tea for an extra $5 per person. The Girls Pamper Package, priced from $125 per person, offers a choice of Swedish massage, facial, deluxe vanilla bean sugar scrub or foot therapy. After your treatment, you can refuel with lunch and a beverage from the mouthwatering Spa Cuisine menu. From a light and refreshing apple

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and cucumber Waldorf salad, to something a little more filling, like the scotch fillet steak served with truffle scented fries, there are plenty of tasty options. It’s recommended that you select your meal when booking your package. For the ultimate in weekend escapes, choose the Lux Girls Getaway. Representing excellent value from just $209 per person, the Lux Girls Getaway gives you one night in a deluxe room at the Watermark Hotel & Day Spa with pillow menu, slippers and bathrobe. You’ll also receive a luxurious 50-minute spa treatment and either high tea or lunch in the exclusive W Lounge. Our pick of spa treatments is definitely the signature hot stone massage. A combination of hot and cold stones mixed with a relaxing massage re-energises the mind, body and soul, and leaves you feeling completely rejuvenated. The L’Aqua signature facial is also a delight, combining an introductory hot stone massage with a customised facial, specific to your skin type. You’ll even get a bonus foot exfoliation and massage, as well as a mineral make up application to finish off your treatment. If your skin is in need of some TLC, we recommend opting for the lemongrass infused salt body scrub. Harvesting the benefits of natural botanical extracts and the cleansing properties of marine sea salts, the rich citrusy aroma of lemongrass will

transport you to an exotic world as you relax. The salt scrub purifies your skin’s surface, revealing the softest, smoothest, silkiest skin imaginable. With all these exquisite treatments and more available as part of L’Aqua’s group packages, everyone is bound to leave feeling like a brand new person! Watermark Hotel and Spa 3032 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise 07 5588 8333 www.watermarkhotelgoldcoast.com.au

For more information on these packages, or to make a booking, visit www.laquadayspa.com.au

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Beachfront Markets WEDNESDAY | FRIDAY | SUNDAY 5PM - 10PM ON THE FORESHORE AT THE END OF CAVILL MALL

Addition Day Ma al rkets

Surfers P aradise

21st & 22nd Kids Weekend September

A great night time shopping and dining experience The iconic Surfers Paradise Beachfront Night Markets are a must-see attraction for visitors to South East Queensland. Adorning the foreshore of the popular tourist precinct for 18 years, up to 120 market stalls display hand-made, unusual and unique product offerings, gifts and souvenirs you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll often find entertainment such as jazz bands and street performers intermingled with the market stalls

along the esplanade of the world-famous Surfers Paradise Beach. Just across the road visitors will find a tasty array of beachfront cafes, upmarket five-star restaurants and holiday classics such as fish ‘n’ chip shops and ice creameries. Catering to almost one million visitors annually, visiting the night time Beachfront Markets is part of the total Surfers Paradise experience. We hope to see you there!

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