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14 Rad Things To Do On The Gold Coast This June

By Danielle Read
31st May 2018

things to do gold coast june

Sure, we may complain about the frosty mornings, slight breezes and icey surf. But really, we don’t have winter too bad in these parts - especially when you think about the Hobartians and Melbournites of the world who are all wiping icicles from their eyebrows.  

To bring in winter, the GC is putting on some stellar events. And there is absolutely no way we are accepting an ‘it’s too cold’ excuse not to get in on food fests, fireworks comps and Cooly Rocks On!  Here they are, the best things to do on the Gold Coast this June.

First Fridays At Hotel Miami

Talented AF artists, musicians and DJs strutting their stuff at the southern end's favourite new coworking space, Hotel Miami? Yas, please! Sponsored by the ever so suave crew at Young Henry’s, expect a few cold ones for five bucks each while you’re checking out the goods by killer local businesses with all artworks for sale. Keep your eyes peeled for events on the First Friday of every month.

When: Friday 1 June; 6pm to 10pm
Where: Hotel Miami, 1/49 Lemana Lane, Miami
Cost: Free
For more information, click here 

Twilight Night At Cornerstone Stores

If there’s cheese, there’s us. And Cornerstone’s Twilight Night in Tugun is the best excuse we’ve come across to eat it by the wheel. Kick back with a cold one, a cutie and your picnic rug, all with catchy live music crooning in the background. Best of all, share boards and mezze plates are on the ready so your sunset session comes fully catered. Yaaas!

When: Friday 1 June; 4pm to 7pm
Where: Cornerstone Stores; 570 Gold Coast Hwy, Tugun
Cost: Nibbles fund
For more information, click here 

Gold Coast Food & Wine Festival

Now in its third year, the tables are set for the Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival. And can we just say, it’s the perfect opening act to the halfway mark of 2018. Decadent five-course tasting menus at Sirromet Winery, dessert tours at Night Quarter, winery degustations, gin and rum tastings and a whole lotta good food lovin’ are set to hit the Gold Coast over this four-day fest. Don’t miss Mo’s Desert Clubhouse’s Carnivale Finale, creekside picnics at O’Reilly’s Vineyard, High Coffee at The Fireplace or, simply meander to Lionel Perry’s picnic in the park in Surfers Paradise.

When: Friday 1 to Monday 3 June; various times
Where: Various locations 
Cost: Free and ticketed events
For more information, click here 


What’s June without world-class pyrotechnic fireworks designers competing for your awe-inspired wow faces? Nothing. That’s what. Watch the sky light up from the Esplanade or, get in early for front row seats to Seafire on Seascape Restaurant’s rooftop bar.  

When: Saturday 2 June; 7pm onwards
Where: Surfers Paradise Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Cooly Rocks On 

Dust off the Chevy and pull up at the levy in style at the Gold Coast’s favourite old school music festival and show 'n' shine, Cooly Rocks On. Jam packed with live music stages, flash mobs, lindy hop competitions, pin up pageants, a mega vintage car display and more, your whole week is sorted as you dance down Cooly’s boulevard from dawn ‘til dusk with a sneaky flask in your back pocket.

When: Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 June; all day long, baby
Where: Coolangatta beachfront and beyond
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Revive Our Surf Culture With Don The Togs

The Gold Coast has the barrel lovers and lindy hoppers of the 1950s to thank for its surf culture.  Show off your retro swimwear, learn the hand jive and maybe even win a prize for your killer moves.  Rewind your discman and even your walkman at Don The Togs.  We’re going way back to the land of records and the gang at Swing On In dance school will be spinning them all morning. Relive the Gold Coast’s past with a whole sand-encrusted cabinet full of surf rock beats.  

When: Friday 8 June; 10:30am to 11:30am
Where: Warner Street Stage, Coolangatta
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Swap A Sweater At Mr P.P.s 

The legends from Stone & Wood and Mr P.P.’s Deli and Rooftop are joining forces to bring you this year’s most talked about Swap A Sweater night. Donate a sweater or warm piece of clothing and they’ll swap you for a beer, how good is that?  With 100% of donations going to local organisation Streetfeedz—who provide meals and clothing to the homeless—the karma keg will continue well into the night with you deciding how much you want to pay for a frothy. Better yet, you could even win yourself a lucky door prize from Blendlove or Luigi & Sons Barbershop. Go and show your community support, folks!

When: Friday 8 June; 5:30pm to 9pm
Where: Mr P. P.’s Rooftop and Deli, 43 Nerang Street, Southport
Cost: Free entry, BYO warm stuff
For more information, click here

Skypoint Gin & Jazz Festival 

You had us at gin. When a seven-piece band combines with a selection of gin cocktails and free entry, you know it’s going to be a good night! If you’re a gin snob or just a general gin lover, then tasting your way around some of the most famous mixes will have you twirling with joy in no time. Ink Gin with its exotic blue hue, Four Pillars a small but awesome Australian distillery and Herno from Sweden will all make an appearance on the night. Swill around six varieties on the night and get funky to a big ol’ brass band, all while taking in the breathtaking Gold Coast views from the Q1’s Sky Deck. Does it get any better? Hint – the answer is no!

When: Saturday 9 to Sunday 24 June; 7pm to midnight
Where: SkyPoint Australia; Level 77 of Q1, Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $95 per person
For more information, click here

Yoga Fest At Justin’s Park

Is it getting zen in here, or is it just us? In celebration of International Yoga Day on June 21, Justin’s Park is turning into one big yoga mat for an all-day stretch fest. In 2004, the United Nations deemed that yoga is pretty darn powerful right across the world, so get in on the action and join millions of others who will be downward dogging right across the globe. Burleigh Head’s Yoga Fest is in its 4th year running and the winter sun is just so glorious, isn’t it?  BYO mat, water bottle and your fun loving ‘tude.

When: Saturday 16 June; 9am to 1pm
Where: Justin’s Park, Burleigh Heads Esplanade, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

From Jaws To Jurassic Park At HOTA

From the truly terrifying piano riff in Jaws to the whimsical tunes in Harry Potter, movie soundtracks have the ability to transport us to faraway lands and, come this June, you can get a front row seat to the action. From Jaws to Jurassic Park features the music of acclaimed film composer, John Williams. Haven’t heard of him? He’s only won five Academy and 23 Grammy Awards, no biggie. His incredible tunes, which include notable tracks from Star Wars, Superman and E.T will be performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra on a stunning open-air stage. Get in quick! 

When: Saturday 16 June; 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: HOTA, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Adults $40
For more information, click here

Beer Birthday Bash At Black Hops Brewery

After taking out best small brewery at the Australian International Beer Awards, aka winning the equivalent of the Oscars of the beer world, the fellas at Black Hops Brewing are celebrating—and rightly so. Their second birthday bash promises to be a goodie with a weekend-long celebration featuring two specially brewed, top-secret beers, food trucks and awesome local DJs Acid Joe and Huggy Bear on the decks. 

When: Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 June; 12pm to 6pm
Where: Black Hops Brewing, 15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Bring cash for beers and food
For more information, click here 

90th Mudgeeraba Show 

Um, is this the most adorable show ever? The Mudgeeraba Show has been around for 90 years and we cannot even deal with its ca-uteness. It’s amazing how you can cross the motorway and all of a sudden you can get in on a country fair.  Pat all of the baby animals, meander through stalls and just generally indulge in some good old fashion fun. If you’re looking for things to do on the Gold Coast this June with the kids, this is it. But the Mudgeeraba Show is also a super cute date destination and an excuse to eat your weight in fairy floss. Expect a sizzle of fireworks to end the second night. 

When: Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 June; 9am onwards
Where: Mudgeeraba Showgrounds; Corner Mudgeeraba Road and Worongary Road. Mudgeeraba
Cost: Adults from $15, children from $10 
For more information, click here

After Hours Cabaret At Miami Marketta

Baby, it’s cold outside. But it’s truly warming up at Miami Marketta. The After Hours Cabaret Club mixes cheeky burlesque with sassy cabaret and then throws in wild entertainment to taste.  Discover a night of wonder as the curtain is drawn on the carnie club and you’re welcomed in for a night of sexy moves, raunchy music and everything in between. Reow, see you at the bar. Adults only.

When: Friday 29 June; 7pm to10pm  
Where: Miami Marketta, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Cost: General Admission seated $35 plus booking fee or VIP table seats, $49 plus booking fee
For more information, click here

Gold Coast Marathon

The 40th cook bacon in your front yard, err, we mean, Gold Coast Marathon, is back! Kicking off at Runaway Bay and scooting all the way down to Burleigh Heads, runners have six hours and 40 minutes to cross the finish line.  Cheer them on and do not trip anyone over.

When: Saturday 30 June to Sunday 1 July; various start times
Where: Runaway Bay to Burleigh Heads foreshore (and return)
Cost: Free for spectators
For more information, click here

Champagne Weekends

Cancel your weekend plans: we’ve got a must-do event for any and every Gold Coast foodie. Garden Kitchen & Bar has revamped their Champagne Weekends, including a delectable share-style menu and flowing CHAMPAGNE for two hours. No, this is not a drill!

What: The Star Gold Coast: Champagne Weekends  
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, seating times from 12pm-2pm and run for two hours.
Where: Garden Kitchen & Bar at The Star Gold Coast
To book: Call 07 5592 8787
For more information, click here


On the hunt for more things to do on the Gold Coast this June? This mega roundup of goodness should keep you busy. 

Image credit: Seafire

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