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Gold Coast Multicultural Festival – Shopping at Harbour Town – Discount shopping – Gold Coast Show (5/1/2017)

In the heart of the Gold Coast is the Broadwater Parklands, central to everything the coast has to offer, and when you add the quiet serenity of the Broadwater you’ve got the perfect place for your next holiday. You’ll love going for a walk by the water and through the parks, or heading into Surfers or Main Beach for the beaches and atmosphere. Plus, there is always something to do with the Gold Coast Multicultural Festival and Gold Coast Show coming up in August and there are endless dining and shopping options at your doorstep.

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival

The Gold Coast Multicultural Festival

The Gold Coast Multicultural Festival is once again showcasing the diversity of the Australian population. Held on the 6th of August from 10am-4pm, this event makes the perfect day out celebrating the skills and talents of our communities cultures.


There will be international acts from up to 35 nations as well as 65 stalls serving international cuisine, arts and information on particular cultures. Plus there will be rides and activities available for the kids. The event is free, although you’ll want to bring money to try some of the food that will be on offer. The event is held at the Southport Broadwater Parklands and is open to everyone. For more information you can visit their website:

Harbour TownWhen visiting the coast you can’t go past a shopping trip to Harbour Town, it’s outlet shopping at its best. If you’re visiting from interstate make sure you get your VIP Tourism Card. The card gives you access to the Tourism Lounge and doubles as a discount card which entitles you to up to 25% off at most stores as well as other bonuses and extras. There is also a free tourist shuttle if you don’t have your own transport.

With stores like Kate Spade, Nike, UGG, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Bikini Island, Cue, City Chic, Road & Gunn, Roger David and Victoria’s Secret – there is something for everyone. Plus there is a Cinema with a Gold Class lounge on site and dozens of restaurants and cafes to try out or recharge in.Harbour Town City Chic

The Gold Coast Show is another popular event, and for good reason. Held on September 1st-3rd at the Gold Coast Turf Club and Showgrounds in Bundall. The show has been in operation since 1952 when it was originally named The Southport Show until it was renamed in 1959 to it’s current name.

Gold Coast Show wood chops

Each year there is a fireworks display, Australiana displays, show bags, stage shows, wood chops, side show alleys, roaming entertainment, and a free family circus! There are also a range of competitions held through the weekend, from arts and crafts and cake decorating competitions to best in show for dogs, goats, poultry, cattle, horses and even rodents. Plus there is the wood chop, where axe men travel from all over the state to compete, you won’t want to miss this event.Gold Coast show


Why not stay in the heart of the Gold Coast and make the most of the events and locations at your doorstep. For more information on short stays or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip at Sandcastles on the Broadwater, check out our website, or call (07) 5537 0000 for bookings.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Night Quarter Markets, Gold Coast Speech Festival (4/25/2017)

There is always so much to do on the Gold Coast and with events such as the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, the weekly Night Quarter Markets, and inaugural events like the Gold Coast Speech Festival it’s no wonder the coast is such a popular holiday destination. Plus you always have the stunning local beaches to explore, which are still beautiful even in winter – with a few brave souls going for a splash. And when you’re looking for the adrenaline rush you are never far from the local theme parks.

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon attracts over 43,000 visitors from outside the coast

The Gold Coast Airport Marathonwith 27,000+ participants in a range of races. So whether you are competing, or looking to support loved ones the Broadwater is the perfect place to stay as it’s right in the heart of both the start and finish lines! The course which stretches across the Gold Coast is known for being one of the fastest and flattest in the world. For those of you competing each finisher receives a commemorative medal, shirt and certificate.

Photo: Gold Coast Airport Marathon Website

While competing or cheering from the sidelines you may also have the opportunity to meet running legends Rob de Castella, Steve Moneghetti, Lee Troop, Pat Carroll or Benita Willis as they will be around all weekend. The races are held on the 1st-2nd of July and range from a Juniors Race and a 5km race all the way to the full marathon at 37kms that will take you from the Broadwater all the way to Burleigh. For more information or to enter the race simply head over to their site here:

If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday or Saturday night, you can’t go past the Night Night Quarter markets held in HelensvaleQuarter markets held in Helensvale. Starting at 4pm and going till 10pm you’ll be able to enjoy a range of market stalls, street food, shipping container boutiques and live music. There are over 120 stallholders and there is always something new to capture your senses and interest.

Whether you want to enjoy some Spanish tapas, join in on the Freakshake craze, rummage through vintage clothes and boutique labels or try a charcoal burger you are in for a night to remember. And if you have a sweet tooth you’re in for a treat with several dessert stores offering everything from crepes, to ice cream sliders and handcrafted popsicles.

Mark Hunter - keynote speakerWhy not try something different and witness the very first Gold Coast Speech Festival. This event has been designed to inspire and showcase the incredible talent the coast has to offer. There has always been power in speech; Martin Luther King, Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchil are just a couple of notable examples of people whose speeches have changed history.

Some of the speakers that will be gracing the stage include:

Mark Hunter: Mark is one of the keynote speakers in 2009 he beat 30,000 competitors to claim the Toastmasters Title.

Gavin Topp: For the boxing fans Gavin will also be speaking. After his renowned boxing career ended he created a program to help men transform their health and fitness through boxing, regardless of their current fitness levels.

Jason Ganis: The 2015 Young Entrepreneur Winner

While you’re visiting the coast be sure to enjoy the local beaches, there are so many to explore, dine at Marina Mirage for a luxury experience or just go for a walk around the Broadwater Parklands.

For more information on short stays or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip at Sandcastles on the Broadwater, check out our website, or call (07) 5537 0000 for bookings.

Blues on Broadbeach – Broadwater Parklands – Escape Hunt (3/9/2017)

There is no better place to stay on the Gold Coast than the Broadwater, pristine beaches, the marina, minutes to Surfers Paradise and close to the theme parks – it’s the perfect place to stay for your next Gold Coast holiday. While you’re here why not check out the Gold Coast Music Awards, Blues on Broadbeach, take the kids to The Rockpools in the Broadwater Parklands or challenge yourself in an Escape Room.

Escape HuntEscape Hunt
If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, why not check out Escape Hunt! Based on the ‘escape the room’ games that are popular around the world – it’s what they call ‘experimental entertainment’. Each adventure last roughly 90 minutes, and you will play the part of a London detective and attempt to solve a mystery.

There are even games for couples – one of the few spaces in the world that offer games for small groups.

Escape Hunt also makes the perfect corporate event, it’s perfect for a team building activity but also a lot of fun for everyone involved and you can compete against each other for an added challenge. For more information or to book visit:

Blues On Broadbeach 2017

Blues on Broadbeach

Blues on Broadbeach is one of the iconic Gold Coast events, held from May 18th-21st.  Featuring artists like Bonnie Tyler, Ian Moss, Slim Jim Phantom Trio, Blues Arcadia, Little Billy, and Ezra Lee. It’s one of the largest free music festivals in the country, with stages and shows held throughout the streets of Broadbeach. In addition to the big name acts, the festival aims to highlight local Australian talent through a diverse program.

Wander through the main streets to discover hidden talents or get in early to get a good spot to watch your favourite acts. You can even book a table at one of the many restaurants, order dinner and truly enjoy ‘dinner and a show’. Just make sure you book early, as reservations can be hard to come by over the 4 days.

Koi Dining, La Porchetta and 1two3 are usually good picks to soak up the most atmosphere offering a delicious and diverse range of food plus they have, in past years, been front and centre for the main stage acts!

Broadwater Parklands
If you’re travelling with kids why not check out The Rockpools in Southport? Part of the Broadwater Parklands, this water feature includes a swimming lagoon on the beach, water jets and animal statues and a pool with water that isn’t too deep for the little ones.

Broadwater Parklands

Plus a little further south is the playground with its huge jumping pillow, pedal trains, flying fox, climbing equipment and much more. The area has its own café and is located just across the road from Australia Fair – there are also plenty of BBQ’s if you want to cook your own. It’s located in Mitchell Park (part of the Broadwater Parklands) just opposite North Street.

Gold Coast Music Awards
For the music fans, why not check out the Gold Coast Music Awards. Held in Surfers Paradise this year, after its previous two years in Burleigh – this free event is worth checking out! The first event held in 2015 sold out and received more than 30,000 votes. The awards are held on the 27th of April in Surfers Paradise and nominations are currently open. Whether you want to soak up the musical talent or want to see if you’re in with a chance, you won’t want to miss out.

For more information on short stays or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip at Sandcastles on the Broadwater, check out our website, or call (07) 5537 0000 for bookings.


Film Festival, Street Entertainment, Blues on Broadbeach (1/3/2017)

If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay on the Gold Coast, look no further than the Broadwater. Close to public transport, and Surfers Paradise, you are also on one of the most beautiful pieces of water the coast has to offer. Watch the sunset as you stroll around the water, take your pick of the dozens of beautiful restaurants – from the fine dining at Versace, to the casual fish and chip shop – there is something for everyone. While you’re here why not check out the Gold Coast Film Festival, the Australian Street Entertainment Championships or Blues on Broadbeach.

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The Gold Coast Film Festival is one not to be missed. Established in 2002, the festival has grown with a record 14,148 attendees at the 2016 event.  Covering a range of genres you are sure to find something you love, from comedies, international dramas and indie favourites – you’ll experience something new and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere.

Experienced and budding filmmakers can enjoy the free seminars and workshops that are also included in the program.  Plus there will also be Q&A’s with industry professionals, panels and a range of talks.  The festival runs from the 19th – 30th of April will the official program being announced early March. For tickets and program information check out:



Australian Street Entertainment Championships
Prepare to be captivated on April 14-17 during the 2017 Australian Street Entertainment Championships. The best street entertainers from around the country battle it out. From the professionals to those just beginning you’re guaranteed to have a laugh and be amazed at the performances.


Wander between acts, spend some time on Surfers Paradise beach, cruise between tents and stages or stay and watch a full performance. The choice is yours. You can even vote for your favourite act in the People’s Choice Awards. The event is free, but make sure you bring along some money to show your appreciation for the skill and talent that you’ll see – there will be plenty of hats around!


Pic: Blues On Broadbeach Website

Pic: Blues On Broadbeach Website

Blues on Broadbeach
Held from the 18-21st of May is the iconic Blues on Broadbeach. There will be a couple of main stages, and a number of smaller performances in the streets of Broadbeach. The event is free, although if you book early you might be able to have dinner at one of the nearby restaurants and truly enjoy “dinner and a show”.

Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler


Only the first round of artists have been released and the likes of Ian Moss, Bonnie Tyler, Slim Jim Phantom Trio, and Kevin Borich set to take the stage. More artists are set to be announced soon. Make sure you check out the website: for the latest updates and more information on the event.




While many travel to the Gold Coast in the Summer months, they miss out on the beauty that is the coast during Winter. Yes, it’s a little cooler to locals – but there is still plenty of sunshine and warmth to soak up. The average winter temp of the Gold Coast is 21° max with a 13° min and the average water temp is a beautiful 20°. Plus it’s the perfect weather to explore the hinterland, go for a bike ride along the beach or spend the day lazing in the sunshine without the heat of summer. It really is the perfect time to travel, escape the cold and enjoy the warmth.


Check out this Early Bird accommodation deal for 2017

Plan your February March. Holiday and save – Book and stay after the Christmas Holiday Rush and save up to 25% off. Stay 5 nights and Save 20% – Stay 7 nights ad Save 25%.

Length of Stay 1 Bedroom Apartment 2 Bedroom Apartment 2 Bedroom Spa Apartment
2 Guests 4 Guests 4 Guests
5 Nights Normally $120 pn Normally $140 pn Normally $150 pn
20% discount  20% discount  20% discount 
Now ONLY $96 pn Now ONLY $112 pn Now ONLY $120 pn
7 Nights Normally $115 pn Normally $135 pn Normally $145 pn
25% discount  25% discount  25% discount 
Now ONLY $87 pn Now ONLY $102 pn Now ONLY $109 pn


early-bird-saver-300x197This deals INCLUDES FREE WiFi (limits apply). Fully self-contained air-con apartment’s .Enjoy our Swimming Pool, Gymnasium, B.B.Q’s, and Games Room.



Not Valid with any other offer – For new bookings only – Min 5 night stay

Stay dates: 1st Feb – 30th March 17

Book before 30th January 17, stay a minimum of 5 nights between Limited availability so book now.


For more information on short stays or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip at Sandcastles on the Broadwater, check out our website, or call (07) 5537 0000 for bookings.



Sand Safari – Boat Hire – Mt Tamborine (11/22/2016)

There is no better place to stay on the Gold Coast than on the Broadwater. You’re just minutes away from the heart of the coast, Surfers Paradise, but you’ve got the peace and tranquillity of the water in front of you. You’re close to all the big attractions, while still maintaining a more relaxing atmosphere. You can venture into the hustle and bustle and retire back to the quiet when you’re done. There are some wonderful dining options, you’re just across from Marina Mirage and the sunsets over the water are truly spectacular. While you’re here, why not check out the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships, hire a boat and cruise the water or tire the kids out with the dozens of activities on over the Easter holidays!


Australian Sand Sculpting Championships
For the art lovers, parents with kids, and the children at heart you won’t want to miss the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships. It’s truly amazing what these artists can create in sand. Held from the 3rd-26th of February, primarily located in Surfers Paradise, this is an event you definitely want to add to your itinerary – visitors and locals alike.

Sand Safari

Sand Safari

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While the majority of the sculptures located along the coastline of Surfers Paradise, there are also 22 mini sculptures located on the ‘sand trail’ from Tweed Heads to Loganholme so be sure to keep an eye out for these additional pieces as well.  The art is inspired by the sand and sea and they have some secrets up their sleeves for the 2017 event. Last year’s event also featured some iconic DreamWorks creations with characters from Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek and more carved into sand.




Hire a boat
For something a bit different why not hire a boat and cruise the Broadwater? There are so many little inlets and islands to explore, you can go over to South Stradbroke Island, spend the day at Tipplers Island (only accessible by boat), go fishing or just cruise around. Depending on the time of year, you might spot some dolphins or jelly fish and be sure to give the other boaties a wave as you go by!


Easter on the Gold Coast
Easter is on the 25th-27th of March in 2017, and it’s the perfect time for a Gold Coast holiday. There are so many things to do – why not:

Purling Brook Falls at Mt Tamborine

Purling Brook Falls at Mt Tamborine

- Spend the days lazing by the beach while the kids play, swim and build sandcastles

- Have a picnic in one of the many Gold Coast Parks

- Go to one of the big four theme parks

- Check out the top of the Q1 and admire the view of the entire Gold Coast

- Go for a drive up the mountains and go for a walk, check out one of the look outs or have a look at the Glow Worm Caves

- Visit Purlingbrook Falls in Mt Tamborine, or explore one of the many other waterfalls and walking tracks

Observation Deck at Q1

- Check out some of the local markets – there are markets on every weekend and during the week

- Go the AquaSplash water park – it’s like a jumping castle on the water

- Go stand up paddle boarding in the Broadwater


For more information on short stays or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip at Sandcastles on the Broadwater, check out our website, or call (07) 5537 0000 for bookings.

Valentines Day, Fishing & Bleach Festival (11/2/2016)

Hands down, the best place to stay on the Gold Coast is on the Broadwater – Surfers Paradise is on your doorstep, but you still get to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Broadwater, the sun rising over The Spit and South Stradbroke, cute and quirky cafes are nearby and the Marina is just across the water. Plus, you’re minutes from the highway, which makes getting to the theme parks, the hinterland or heading down south for some of the quieter beaches a breeze. Plus you’ve got some incredible fishing opportunities at your doorstep and if you happen to be in town for Bleach Festival – a majority of those events are held in Surfers Paradise, which is right next door!

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day For the couples (or if you just want to spoil yourself) it’s never too early to start planning a romantic Valentines Day getaway (February 14th for those who may forget). Book for 3 nights or more in a one bedroom apartment and receive a bottle of wine and box of chocolates, must be for February stays only and you must quote this offer at the time of booking to receive this deal The Broadwater is one of the most romantic spots on the Gold Coast. Go for a twilight stroll around the Broadwater, watching the boats, twinkling lights and the sunset. Finish up with a delectable dinner at one of the many dining options at Marina Mirage – most of them are back over the water and marina – it’s truly spectacular.

Fishing the rock wall at The Spit

Fishing the rock wall at The Spit

Fishing For the more adventurous at heart, and those who love to fish – the Broadwater is the best place to drop a line. Whether you want to cast a line from one of the local beaches, fish from the rock walls on the Spit or want to hire a small boat to cruise the islands and inlets and try your luck there – it’s the perfect spot.

Fishing Charters

Fishing Charters

Alternatively, there are a number of deep sea fishing charters that leave from the nearby marina. With an abundance of fish in the offshore waters, and a huge variety of species it’s a must do activity for your next Gold Coast trip. Most of the charters will even let you keep what you catch (some will even be gutted and cleaned for you!). Some offer all day adventures, which will add a whole lot of excitement and fun to your holiday. Plus, if you’re lucky – you might even spot some other marine wildlife such as dolphins, whales and turtles on your way out to sea!   It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time fishing, or you’re a seasoned angler – this is an experience you don’t want to miss out on. Be sure to call us, or check in with reception before you book as we often have specials on offer for our guests! Bleach Festival One of the best events the Gold Coast has to offer is the Bleach* Festival held on the 31st of March until the 16th of April. Last year featured over 40 individual events, ranging from art exhibitions, dance and circus performances, photography exhibits, and music acts and lessons from the likes of Ben Lee. For more information and the full schedule, visit the official website: – Performances and event info will be released soon. image from - The Last Blast a 2016 Dance Performance by The Farm (image from – The Last Blast a 2016 Dance Performance by The Farm)   For more information on short stays or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip at Sandcastles on the Broadwater, check out our website, or call (07) 5537 0000 for bookings.

Harbour Town Christmas Shopping, Carols, Glow Worms (10/23/2016)

The Broadwater is a beautiful place to stay when visiting the Gold Coast, not only are you on the Broadwater, you’re minutes from the beach and in the heart of the Gold Coast – everything you could ever want is nearby or a short drive away. Take advantage of the outlet shopping at Harbour Town, soak up the Christmas spirit with Carols, or go exploring the green behind the gold in the hinterland and check out the glow worm caves and national parks. And when you return to your hotel and you’re deciding where to eat, you will be spoilt for choice with so many wonderful dining options!

Harbourtown Christmas Shopping

Harbourtown Christmas Shopping

Harbour Town
Why not check out Harbour Town for some last minute Christmas shopping, or to spoil yourself. They have recently opened 25 brand new outlets so there are even more bargains to be found. Plus, when you get hungry from all your shopping – there are over 20 alfresco dining options so you can shop to your content. They even have a free shuttle service if you’re visiting from out of town, so getting all your shopping back to your hotel won’t be a problem.

The Glow Worm Caves at Mt Tamborine

The Glow Worm Caves at Mt Tamborine

The Glow Worm Caves
The Gold Coast is famous for its golden beaches, but the green of the hinterland, which is sometimes forgotten, is worth the drive. Why not go out and check out the Glow Worms?

The Glow Worm Caves at Mt Tamborine are open daily from 10am-4pm, you don’t even have to wait for the sun to go down to see these beautiful creatures! It’s just $6 for children and $12 for adults – it’ll be something you remember for ever as you watch and learn about these extraordinary animals.

Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park is another wonder to go see, this world heritage listed site covers 20,200 hectares of parkland and forests and is home to over 160 species. Whether you want to go for a drive through the hinterland, stop for coffee and cake, go for a short walk to through the forest, check out a lookout or go for a hike, there is something for everyone. O’Reillys, Binna Burra and Mt. Tamborine are spots you want to check out if you’re not sure where to start!

Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park

Dining on the Broadwater
When you’re back at the hotel, and wondering what to have for dinner, you’re in luck as the Broadwater is host to dozens of wonderful restaurants and cafes. If you’re looking for a quiet coffee, a relaxed lunch or a fancy dinner, here are our Top 5 Picks (in no particular order, they are all wonderful):

1. Aqua Front is a seafood grill restaurant; their claim to fame is “best seafood grill on the coast!” The food is wonderful, the view stunning and they have great lunch specials! They also have a great selection of options for those who aren’t so keen on seafood.

2. Daark Espresso is renowned for their coffee, friendly staff and delicious food. Offering a more relaxed vibe, healthy options and delicious breakfasts. This is the perfect place for brunch, an early morning breakfast, or lunch with friends, and their sweet potatoes are delicious!

The Lazy Lobster

The Lazy Lobster

3. The Lazy Lobster is another amazing seafood restaurant, they have even won the peoples choice for best seafood restaurant three times, and on the Gold Coast that’s a big call. Being on the Broadwater they have stunning views as well!

4. Madam Tojo’s Coffee Palace is one of the most quirky and loved spots on the Gold Coast, this eclectic café has a fabulous atmosphere, delicious cakes and a cozy environment. The staff are wonderful, and you’ll love the decor!

Pizza Cittadella

Pizza Cittadella

5. Pizza Cittadella is open from 4:30pm till late and is perfect for a quiet and easy dinner after a big day of exploring and adventure. They have 30 different topping options so there is something for everyone, plus they have a selection of Italian favourites available as well (they also have a gluten free option!)

With so many dining options, how will you ever decide?



For more information on short stays or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip at Sandcastles on the Broadwater, check out our website, or call (07) 5537 0000 for bookings.

Jeep Magic Millions – Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo – Early Bird Deals (9/18/2016)

There is no better place to stay for your next Gold Coast holiday than the Broadwater. It really is the centre of the coast and it’s a piece of paradise in itself. Watch the sunrise over The Spit, take a walk through the parklands, and take your pick of the multitude of dining options over looking the water. Why not check out Magic Millions, or dine with a celebrity masterchef at the Food and Wine Expo while you’re here? Whether you’re in the mood for testing out new restaurants, lazing on the beach, exploring the hinterland, or you’re looking for your next hit of adrenaline at one of the theme parks – Sandcastles on the Broadwater is at the heart of it all.

Jeep Magic Millions
On Saturday the 14th of January, 2017 is the Jeep Magic Millions Race day –it’s renowned around the world for its unique sales based racing. Whether you’re looking for a high fashion event, want to place a bet on your favourite horse, or simple want to soak up the atmosphere, this is a day not to be missed.

Jeep Magic Millions

Jeep Magic Millions

It’s “the worlds richest sales based incentive raceday” so you know it’s going to be a day full of anticipation, drama, and excitement. This is no ordinary race! For more information, visit the website here:

Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo

Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo

Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo

If you’re a lover of gourmet food and fine wine, you cannot miss the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo on the 20th-22nd of January. This is the 9th year this three-day even has run, and it gets more popular every year.  You’ll enjoy free food and wine tastings from over 100 exhibitors, plus showcases from leading homeware and kitchenware businesses. Inspiration will be everywhere, and you’ll leave with dozens of ideas and recipes to try at home.

If you want to improve your skills and knowledge, whether you’re a connoisseur of fine foods and wine or a novice wanting to know more, you can also take part in the free wine, beer, cheese and food classes which are held daily by renowned speakers and exhibitors. These classes are always a hit!

Dining with Ben Milbourne

Dining with Ben Milbourne

To take your experience to the next level, you can’t miss out on Dining with Ben Milbourne (from MasterChef 2012), join him for a 5 course degustation, each meal paired with a matching wine, and he will share his cooking tips and a few secrets along the way! Places are limited, so make sure you secure your spot early!

February/March Early Bird Deal
Plan your February March Early Bird Deal. Holiday and save – Book before and stay after the Christmas Rush and save up to 25% off. Book before 30th November stay a minimum of 5 nights between 1st Feb & 30th March 17 and save 20%. Stay a minimum of 7 nights and save 25%.  Limited availability so book now. early-bird-saver

For more information on short stays or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip at Sandcastles on the Broadwater, check out our website, or call (07) 5537 0000 for bookings.

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre – V8 Supercars (8/15/2016)

As the weather starts to warm up,  the Gold Coast truly starts to come into its own and the northern end of the coast is packed full of things to do. It’s close to the theme parks, the best dining precincts, the Broadwater and our famous Gold Coast beaches. There really is no better place to stay. While you’re here, make sure you check out the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, visit the Spit for a laid back afternoon beach side, or get your adrenaline pumping at the V8 Supercars!

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is a world-class swimming facility. The perfect place to bring the kids, no matter their age, or just to enjoy a swim. You can race in the competition pool, where the athletes in the coming Commonwealth Games will be winning medals. Or simply relax poolside, watch your kids in the children’s splash pool, dive from the dive boards, or enjoy a quiet meal in the café overlooking the Broadwater.  The perfect place to be if the weather is a little less beach friendly, or you want to enjoy a relaxed swim without the sand and waves!

The Spit
The SpitAnother wonderful place to visit is the Spit, as it’s known locally, as it is a local favourite. Pick up some fish and chips from Pete’s on the way in, park your car and enjoy one of the most spectacular views the coast has to offer. There are quiet little inlets to swim in on one side and the ocean on the other. Watch the boats and luxury yachts cruise past, while you drop a line and catch a fish or two. Stroll out on the rock wall and feel the force of nature around you. There are also a few snorkelling spots the locals love. It’s the perfect spot for a day out.

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Sometimes on holiday, you just want to relax, sometimes the weather doesn’t behave as expected, a little one doesn’t feel to well, or you partied too hard the night before. We make it easy to enjoy a slower paced day. Did you know we have a selection of movies and board games for you to play when you stay with us? Make sure you pop down to reception and see what we have on offer. Some of the best holiday moments can be made with family and friends relaxing over a game or a good movie, simply enjoying the time away spent together.

V8 Supercars
If you’re on the Gold Coast on the 21st – 23rd of October, you can’t miss the Castrol Gold Coast 600 to see the V8 Supercars. Watch them through their practice and qualifying rounds before the final races. Enjoy the atmosphere, and the cars and don’t miss out on the headline acts. With bands such as Birds of Tokyo, The Living End, and The Rubens, there is something for everyone. Staying at Sandcastles on the Broadwater is perfect, you’re close enough to the action to have easy access to everything, but still have enough space to relax away from the hustle and bustle. To buy tickets or to find out more head to:

Castrol Gold Coast 600

Castrol Gold Coast 600

For your next Gold Coast stay, Sandcastles on the Broadwater is perfect, as it is located just 10 minutes from the centre of Surfers Paradise, 15 minutes from any of the Gold Coast’s major theme parks and 5 minutes from internationally renowned shopping outlets and supermarkets. The beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland is also within easy reach.

For more information on short stays or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip at Sandcastles on the Broadwater, check out our website, or call (07) 5537 0000 for bookings.

Whale Watching – Local Markets – Gold Coast Multisport – The ABBA Tribute (7/10/2016)

There is always such a variety of events running on the Gold Coast, from our extended whale watching seasons, to GOLD: The Abba Tribute, or our extensive range of local and farmers markets to the Gold Coast Multisport festival. Plus, you can’t forget the four big theme parks,  dining and entertainment precincts and our gorgeous beaches.

Gold Coast Whale Watching
Whale Watching on the Gold Coast
We are lucky enough to have one of the longest whale watching seasons here on the Gold Coast. From May to November, you can watch these spectacular creatures in the wild. There is nothing quite like being metres from them, watching them play and coming to check you out. You will capture photos (and can always purchase some from the day), create priceless memories and you might even see a variety of other wildlife such as dolphins, turtles and sharks on your day out.

Each trip is unique, so whether you’ve been before, or you’ve never experienced it, it’s a must do while staying on the Coast. We often have specials running so be sure to check out our website, or ask at reception before booking.

Gold Coast Multisport Festival
Gold coast multisport festival 1If you’ve visiting in August, be sure to check out the Gold Coast Multisport Festival held on the 29th and 30th. It includes a Supersprint Triathlon, a Kids Aquathon and a Twilight Fun Run – and is held in conjunction with Challenge Gold Coast.

Event numbers are expected to exceed 2,500, so whether you are a spectator or a competitor it’s sure to be a competitive and fun atmosphere. Come along and support your friends and athlethes, or challenge yourself to compete! All information and booking information will be live shortly at

 GOLD: The ABBA Tribute
For the ABBA fans, Happy Days Records and GOLD: The Ultimate ABBA Show present  Dancing The Ultimate ABBA Show present Dancing QueenQueen: The 40th Anniversary Tour, a brand new ABBA show.  It’s the 40th anniversary of ‘Dancing Queen’, which was released in 1976 and was listed as ‘one of the greatest songs of all time’ by Rolling Stone Magazine. The band features internationally recognised ABBA performers who are all about providing an authentic ABBA experience.

Showing Saturday the 4th of June, this is an event not to be missed, tickets will sell out – so book your tickets today.

Local  Gold Coast Markets
If you’re looking for something more relaxed to do while you’re on the Gold Coast, you can’t go past the selection of local markets. Four of the best are The Village Markets, Miami Marketta, Carrara Markets and the Beachfront Markets in Surfers Paradise.

The Beachfront Markets are held on the famous Surfers Paradise beach each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. With over 120 stalls, located right along the coast, live entertainment and a range of stallholders. It’s a wonderful evening activity, and you can also wander through Surfers – pick up an ice cream or have a nice dinner while in town.

Miami Marketta has earned quiet a reputation for it’s diversity of food and entertainment. These street food markets are on every Friday and Saturday with food from all over the world! You definitely won’t leave hungry. There is also live entertainment plus art, fashion and design displays, which vary each night. Be sure to check their website for times and specific events.

You can’t go past Carrara Markets either, open every Saturday and Sunday – there is truly something for everyone. Check our Luke’s Reptile Kingdom, play a round of putt putt, enjoy an all day breakfast, or go hunting through the vast array of stores.

Carrara Markets

The more creative types will love The Village Markets, they are on most Sundays – but be sure to check the site for the location as they move up and down the coast depending on the week.

Focused on art, fashion and creative endeavours, you’ll find refurbished furniture, handcrafted clothes and leather, jewellery, and handmade fashion. You can see the next event and where they will be here:

For your next Gold Coast stay, Sandcastles on the Broadwater is perfect, as it is located just 10 minutes from the centre of Surfers Paradise, 15 minutes from any of the Gold Coast’s major theme parks and 5 minutes from internationally renowned shopping outlets and supermarkets. The beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland is also within easy reach.

For more information on short stays or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip at Sandcastles on the Broadwater, check out our website, or call (07) 5537 0000 for bookings.