The Gold Coast is famous for its never ending list of activities to do and things to see. Failing to disappoint in the category of markets, this list details our pick of the 5 best market days on the Gold Coast for both tourists and locals alike!
1. Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
Starting at 5:00 pm every Wednesday, Friday & Sunday night one of the Gold Coast’s largest night markets is a must do whilst holidaying on the coast. Tourists are treated to over 120 market stalls lining the Surfers Paradise foreshore, whilst live entertainers perform. The markets feature a diverse range of products including fashion, jewellery, accessories, artworks, photographs, beauty products and home wares.
2. Marina Mirage Farmers Markets
Held on each Saturday morning from 7 am – 11 am at Marina Mirage these markets showcase the best hand-crafted local artisan delicacies alongside fresh quality produce. The market stalls are spread throughout the outdoor shopping precinct, which make it easy to enjoy a delicious breakfast or coffee at one of the many cafes.
3. Miami Marketta Street Food Market
Every Saturday night Miami comes alive with an international smorgasbord of cuisine and an extensive dessert hall creating an eclectic family orientated outdoor dining experience. The street food market begins at 4pm and boasts an undercover dining area for 450 people. Boutique wine and locally brewed beer are served whilst patrons are entertained by local blues, jazz, roots and independent artists on the main stage.
4. Gold Coast Organic Farmers Market
Queensland’s only truly organic growers market can be found every Sunday morning at Miami State High School. Starting at 6:00 am this market is committed to providing the tastiest organic and fresh produce on the Gold Coast at an affordable price. To ensure quality is of utmost importance stalls change weekly dependent on the seasons and product availability.
5. The Village Markets
Held on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month at Burleigh Heads State School and at Paradise Point park every 4th Sunday, The Village Markets are the Gold Coasts best boutique fashion and lifestyle market. This market showcases a diverse and perfectly edited range of stalls alongside live local music, delicious eats and positive Sunday vibes.
From the 11th of April to the 19th of April join over 7,000 Surf Lifesavers from 311 Surf Clubs for nine days of competition on North Kirra beach.
With over 380 different events, it is the largest championship of its kind providing the excitement and action to match. In 2015 the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will be celebrating 100 years.
Aqualine Apartments are located 15 minutes from all of the action and can provided affordable deals on accommodation for participants and spectators.
Call us now to book your event accommodation.
From the 10th until the 12th of April 2015, the International Triathlon Union has confirmed that the Gold Coast will be the host of one leg of the series.
The event will be held at the Southport Broadwater Parklands, and will offer a diverse range of event types and distances to suit all abilities and ages.
Aqualine Apartments are less than a 10 minute walk from the location of this event and can provide great accommodation deals for those interested.
Ensure you book now to avoid missing out!
A trip to Australia is not complete without experiencing our unique and renowned wildlife!
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a easy 35 minute drive from Aqualine Apartments and has long been claimed as a must do activity while on the Gold Coast. Visitors are encouraged to interact and learn about the native animals through a range of unique experiences. Professional photo opportunities are available multiple times daily, where visitors are able to hold the animals – including koalas, and capture the moment.
The Free Flight Bird Show is a brilliant demonstration where the audience can watch as Australia’s most beautiful bird species fly overhead. Sanctuary guests can also watch as skilled vets work to provide ongoing treatment and care to injured wildlife.
General admission tickets start at $49 for adults, $40 for concession and $35 for children aged 4-14 years old.
For an authentic Australian farm experience a visit to Paradise Country Aussie Farm Tour is a must. Located just behind Movieworld and Wet ‘n’ Wild, Paradise Country is a new addition to the must do tourist attractions whilst on the Gold Coast.
Visitors can watch sheep being shorn, feed the kangaroos and interact with the farm animals and koalas in a real Australian farm environment. Tickets include a buffet lunch filled with delicious dishes to cater for all. Why not try your hand at gold fossicking and opal mining while you are there using traditional techniques taught by the farm hands. Or watch the acclaimed Australian Stock Horse Show.
Each activity has been developed to provide each visitor with a once in a lifetime unique farm experience that they will never forget.
All tickets include lunch and start at $39.99 for adults, $24.99 for children aged 3-13 years and $29.99 for pensioners. Book online to save $10 off general admission pricing.
This year’s best family friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations will be happening at Broadwater Parklands in Southport.
Starting at 6 pm at the Great Lawn, enjoy a family concert featuring a host of local musical talent followed by a brilliant fireworks display. The event finishes at 9 pm and is sure to be a huge hit with children of all ages.
Paradise Point is hosting ‘A Night of Stars’ New Year’s Eve concert, an unforgettable party night with spectacular fireworks, live bands, singers, dancers, clowns, stilt walkers and fire eaters. The concert commences at 5:45 pm and fireworks display is at 9 pm.
Or for New Year’s Eve celebrations like no other, head into Surfers Paradise Offshore. Two firework displays will be held, one at the family friendly time of 8 pm and one leading into the New Year at midnight.
Many other New Year’s Events can be found on the Gold Coast with parties held at Q1 Skypoint – $159 pp, Stingray Bar – $89 pp or any of the famous bars of Surfers Paradise.
Only a few kilometres from the Gold Coast University Hospital, and located by the Broadwater Parklands, Aqualine Apartments is the ideal accommodation choice for those who require easy access to the hospital.
Using the G:link tram station located minutes away from Aqualine Apartments in Southport, the journey will have you arriving directly at the hospital in under 10 minutes. Trams leave Southport station every 15 minutes on weekdays and weekends, running from 5am until midnight. The G:link accepts Go Cards or alternatively journey tickets can be purchased at each station.
Aqualine Apartments is also the perfect choice for any guest who needs to be in close proximity to Griffith University Gold Coast Campus.
Using the G:link service from Southport the tram reaches the Griffith University stop at either the Griffith University Hospital station or Griffith University station. This journey also takes under 10 minutes.
The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most recognised holiday destinations by both national and international travellers. The coastal city has been the selected holiday location for families for many years, with additional attractions making appearances each year.
A holiday to the Gold Coast will never be a unmemorable occasion especially if you follow our must do guide guaranteeing the perfect fun filled trip away!
1. Less Known Beaches
The Gold Coast is renowned worldwide for its beaches, uncomparable to any other in the world. Although most tourists are attracted to the famous beach of Surfers Paradise, we recommend to take a trip down to Currumbin Alley beach. Only a 25 minute drive from Aqualine Apartments this beach boasts lovely clean sand, less people and safe swimming conditions. Why not make a day trip out of the drive and visit Elephant Rock just around the corner, which, as the name suggests looks uncannily like its animal counterpart. Many much loved cafe’s and restaurants are situated around this area, however the views of the Currumbin Surf Club always make it a winner!
2. Outlet Shopping
What better way to spend a holiday than indulging in a little retail therapy. The Gold Coast’s well known Pacific Fair outdoor shopping centre is always high on the list of must do activities on the coast, however it’s Harbour Town Shopping centre that has our pick. Only a 15 minute drive from Aqualine Apartments, Harbour Town is home to a huge array of designer brand outlets that offer unbeatable discounts all year round. Some of the big names include Levi’s, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Oroton, Polo Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss. The centre is open every day including most public holidays, and is designed to provide shoppers with an outdoor retail experience so they can enjoy the Gold Coast’s beautiful weather. If you are travelling from interstate or overseas be sure to visit the Tourism Lounge located in the centre, to collect your VIP Tourism Card. The card offers special discounts and traveller incentives to ensure visitors take full advantage of the deals on offer.
3. Walk with a View
There is no better way to squeeze in some holiday exercise than to take a walk around Burleigh Headland National Park. Only a 20 minute drive from Aqualine Apartments this park offers two walking tracks- The Rainforest Circuit (2.3 km return) and The Ocean View Walk (1.3 km one way). Despite which track you choose both offer unmatched views of the famous Gold Coast skyline and beaches. The circuits can be accessed from the very top of Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, which also boasts picnic perfect grassy areas and facilities overlooking the ocean. We recommended to take a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a bottle of water to make the most of the experience.
4. Great Coffee & Great Food
Chirn Park, only a short stroll from Aqualine Apartments, is the home to a collection of the Gold Coast’s best cafe’s and dining options. Winner of the Crave Gold Coast “#1 Coffee on the Coast”, Daark Espresso is the northern Gold Coast’s answer to the perfect brew. As the focus of Daark is clearly the coffee, the menu is restricted but offers a flavour packed selection of all day breakfast and lunch items. Around the corner is Koncubine Cafe. Offering cosy indoor and cool outdoor seating this haunt is a favourite of locals. With a menu built on fancy sandwiches and classic breakfast dishes its unlikely to be anything other than satisfied. Thai Magik is another favourite of the area, offering fresh and truly authentic thai cuisine for a reasonable price. Tonic on Chirn is a fantastic tapas bar which easily competes with the well known establishments of Broadbeach. Tonic on Chirn offers an extensive cocktail list and a regularly refreshed menu of tapas dishes.
5. Pelican Feeding
The Ian Dipple Lagoon, located only 5 minutes up the road from Aqualine Apartments is the perfect place for a relaxed day of beach activities. The lagoon is sectioned off from the broadwater by a sand barrier providing safe swimming conditions all year round. The lagoon area also hosts barbeque facilities, picnic tables, childrens playground and shaded areas to ensure visitors can make the most out of their day. The main attraction however is the fascinating pelican feeding which occurs at 1:30 pm everyday, weather permitting. Free to all, spectators can watch as the huge number of pelicans soar down from the sky and then make their way out of the lagoon onto the banks for a lunchtime feed. Tourists are even encouraged to take photos with the pelicans before the take flight once again! Adjacent to the lagoon is the Gold Coasts famous Charis Seafoods, which along with supplying the lunchtime fish to the pelicans also has classic style fish and chips for the onlookers.
Broadwater Parklands Southport Gold Coast
Calendar of Events
Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Diving and Water Polo
Date: 1-2 November 2014
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Swimming
DAte: 6 – 8 November 2104
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Think Well Be Well Festival
Date: 11 November 2014
Chefs in the Park
Date: 16 November
Capoeira in the Park
Date: 29 November 2014
Aquasplash Inflatable Water Park
Every day 7am – 6pm
Rockpools Broadwater Parklands
Opening hours 8am – 6pm
The Heart Foundation Walk
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 5.15pm
All located within walking distance to Aqualine Apartments, Gold Coasts premier Self Contained accomodation.
The number 1 Southport Accommodation provider as rated by Trip Advisor is Aqualine Serviced Apartments. If you want to be greeted with a warm friendly smile, be referred to by your first name, have staff go out of their way to help you – not because they have to, but because they genuinely want to, then Aqualine is the place for you. Located on Marine Parade in Southport directly across from the magnificent Broadwater, Aqualine Apartments is a beautiful place to stay whether working or holidaying.
Aqualine Apartments is perfectly located for you to take advantage of all that the Gold Coast has to offer. Relax by the pool and spa, walk to Australia Fair, restaurants and Southport CBD. The Broadwater Parklands with sandy beaches and protected swimming is just across the road and all the Gold Coast Theme parks are within 20 mins. Surfers Paradise and Harbour Town are a mere 5 minutes away. With public transport very close by, you can access everything without the need for a car.
Our luxury 1 bed serviced & self-contained Gold Coast apartments are modern, comfortable and definitely affordable. With all of the inclusions you would expect in a well equipped self contained apartment ensuring a relaxing stay for a couple of days or longer term.
Our luxury 2 bed serviced & self-contained Gold Coast apartments are both modern and comfortable. All apartments have water views from the balconies with apartments located on the eastern side having expansive views of the beautiful Broadwater.
Contact us directly via phone or our website for information on bookings.