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 cocktail degustations, 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!
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).
Try Life Drawing… With Music!
It’s life drawing but not as you know it! Held on the second Thursday of every month, HOTA hosts a life drawing workshop with a twist. The session is combined with live music to get really the creative juices flowing. The rhythm is guaranteed to inspire your creativity as you draw your heart out in the two-and-a-half-hour session. Local artist Rebecca Cunningham will show you the ropes as you draw the human bod in a fun and relaxed environment.
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.
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