Thought you knew everything to see and do on the Gold Coast? Think again! The Goldie is filled with all sorts of edgy, under-the-radar activities. From wine-filled spas and steamy cabaret to boozy art classes and concerts for dogs, there’s no shortage of gems.
To discover some of the city’s lesser-known things to do, we teamed up with HOTA, Home of the Arts. The lake-side hub is a home for all things creative with live performances, cinema-watching and even star-gazing.
Venture away from your usual spots and check out these eight things you didn’t know you could do on the Gold Coast. Happy exploring!
Take Your Dog To A Concert (Yes, Your Dog!)
Don’t leave your doggo at home for this one. Laurie Anderson’s Concert For Dogs is coming to the GC and—as the name suggests—it’s 100% dog-friendly. Held at HOTA, Home of the Arts’ Outdoor Stage, the concert features melodies and frequencies created to entertain dogs (and their accompanying humans). The short but sweet concert will be followed by an outdoor film screening of Heart Of A Dog, which is all about—you guessed it—our fave canine friends.
Soak In A Spa Bath Filled With Wine
Yes, you read correctly. The Lost World Spa at O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat offers what they like to call “vino therapy”. The appropriately named treatment stars a rustic timber bath filled with a warm, aromatic soak using grapes from the local vineyard. Experience the benefits of the grape’s antioxidants while you sip on a glass of wine (obvs).
Hit The Ski Slopes
Skiing on the Gold Coast? You must be kidding! Nope, it’s a thing at Gold Coast Snow Park. While it’s not *technically* snow, the dry snow park is made with Neveplast—an artificial slope that has super similar qualities to snow. Here you’ll find beginner and intermediate runs for skiers and boarders alike. There is also ice karting, snow tubes and a snow-themed café (and bar) so you can refuel after a long day on the slopes.
Check Out A Steamy Cabaret Show
Yeow! A steamy, glitter-loaded cabaret show is coming to town for one. month. only. That’s right, HOTA will be taken over by Deluxe Deluxe’s cabaret-slash-circus show from July 4 to 29. From the creators of BLANC de BLANC and Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart tour, the high-energy show is totally unmissable. Our advice? Round up your squad and nab a table for four, complete with a bottle of bubbles. Grab tickets here.
Sip Wine While You Paint
Boozy art classes are popping up left, right and centre on the GC and we’re all for it. Sip on a glass (or two) of vino while you channel your inner-Picasso. Book a class with Brush & Barrel’s painting instructor and recreate a Parisian night scene, London’s Big Ben or a vibrant flower—they even have a class where you paint your pet. Check out all the wine-fuelled art classes on the Goldie here.
Paddle-Board With The Dolphins At Tallebudgera Creek
Head to Tallebudgera Creek and hire a stand-up paddle-board from All Coast Paddle Board Hire or Cheyne Horan Hire. Have a 101 lesson before paddling in the calm waters of the creek. If you’re lucky, you might cross paths with a pod of dolphins. The creek often attracts the friendly creatures—bring your camera.
See David Bowie Live In Concert (Kinda)
David Bowie is alive and kicking on the Gold Coast. Well, kinda… Europe’s much-loved theatrical rock show Starman is in town and trust us when we say: it’s a must-see. Inspired by the musical legend that was David Bowie, the epic worldwide show combines cabaret with rock. Expect Bowie’s multiple personas, glam rock costumes and a whooole lot of rock’n’roll. The gig is for one night only at HOTA, Home of the Arts—don’t miss out.
Drink Your Way Through A Cocktail Degustation
Forget excessive foodie degustations, there’s a boozy new concept that’s taking over the city. Every Monday night Iku Yakitori & Whisky Bar turns things up a notch with their cocktail degustation. That’s right, a night dedicated to fine cocktails alongside mouth-watering Japanese bites. The talented team will shake their way around the bar to pour you seven cocktail tasters with bottomless edamame dip. Heck yes, we’ll drink to that!
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Image credit: Hayley Williamson, Home of the Arts and O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat